Archive for March, 2008|Monthly archive page
Several candidates face tough run offs in May and voters face tough decisions. Originally published in February, the NPT Voter Guide invited all candidates to answer questions specific to their race. If you haven’t already seen the voter, it’s online at http://www.newspapertree.com in theElections section, where you can find the latest news and information on local races.
This article was originally posted on Newspapertree.com on March 28, by David Crowder
The endorsements of a coalition of law officers, and of a breakaway group, reflect on union concerns over bargaining, discipline, and who really represents officers’ interest over playing the game of politics.
Richard Wiles may be the El Paso police chief whose recent four-year tenure never got messy, kept El Paso at the top of the safe-city list and led to the accreditation of the department, but a coalition of public safety unions endorsed his opponent and predecessor, Carlos Leon, for sheriff.
There has been a lot of speculation about the why the El Paso County Sheriff’s Officers Association, the Municipal Police Officers Association and the El Paso Firefighters’ Association chose Leon over Wiles.
Wiles thinks it may have been his tough discipline standards, and Leon doesn’t disagree.
But the union leaders say the unions’ collective and individual endorsements weren’t meant to tell voters whom the officers’ organizations think would make the best and most effective sheriff.
It was, they say, a decision about which candidate, Leon or Wiles, would be best for the labor unions themselves — and chiefly the members of the sheriff’s officers union.
And the biggest issue, the union leaders say, was probably the fact that Wiles sought the support of a break-away union established by sheriff’s deputies.
“Both are real, real qualified for the job,” Joe Marrufo, a sheriff’s department detention guard and the president of the officers’ association, said of Leon and Wiles. “What it boils down to, I think, was a labor issue.”
Although I missed the speech on television, I read the transcript to Barack Obama’s “We Have a Choice” speech on race which we recently published on Newspaper Tree. If you haven’t taken the time to read it, make the time so that you can join the national conversation that so few of us are brave enough to have.
In response to all things Obama, we published another great column on Newspaper Tree, “El Paso Won’t Vote for a Black Man” by Marc Williams. Williams begs the question of NPT readers why does “the notion of an African American president of the United States elicit such antipathy from the Mexican community?”
Join the discussion either on newspapertree.com in the form of a Readers Response or here on our blog.
“El Paso is a city that believes in its soul that it has been cheated of its destiny.” -Paul Burka, Texas Monthly
I am always flattered when out-of-town media outlets cover El Paso news and events, but when it comes to our current county corruption scandal, I feel “turfy” and want to read locally-produced coverage. Paul Burka’s recent take on the county corruption scandal, albeit totally smart and well-written, is not locally produced and seems clinical at times. Luckily, I can rely on Newspaper Tree for smart, well-written, local coverage of El Paso news. For example, Joe Olvera’s recent column in response to Raymond Telles’ guilty plea, has all the qualities I need in a column; cultural sensitivity, insight and a deep sense of El Paso history. What did you think?
Sito Negron, the editor of Newspaper Tree, has a daily radio show on KHRO 1650 AM from 11 a.m. – noon. Sito focuses on music and politics and has a great rapport with callers and guests alike, given his energetic and smart delivery and timely topics and guests. Today Sito was talking to a frequent caller named Gilberto about creating a strong Isreal and they were disagreeing about something. Sito responded to Gilberto “I will bet you a hamburger right now…”, thus creating this new section of our blog, “Sito Negron’s Quote of the Week.”
If you hear something come out of Sito’s mouth worthy of mention, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After months of our publisher Keith Mahar requesting that we launch a video section on Newspaper Tree, we finally got our act together. Click here to visit the video page. You can view all kinds of interesting stuff from our staff riding around on a Downtube folding bike to eating Chico’s Tacos to hosting Paddy Jones and the San Patricios on our KHRO radio show.
As the video page grows (and our talent for shooting video) we will be sure to update you on new and exciting posts to watch. Want us to shoot something? Send your suggestions to email@example.com.
Beto is the City Council Representative for District 8 in El Paso. Beto is a father, business owner and graduate of Columbia University. Be sure to tune to find out where Beto stands on the results of our most recent election and the Obama vs. Hillary debate.
I host a radio show on KHRO 1650 AM, Mondays and Fridays from 10-11 a.m. My job as host is to promote and talk about stories in El Paso Magazine, take calls from listeners and interview interesting people, all in a very pro-El Paso stance- it’s totally my speed.
Today on my show, I was joined by Ben Fyffe and Victor Guerroro from the Museum and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD). They were on to promote an upcoming Education Evening to help introduce the “Downtown Cultural Corridor” (a very sexy phrase to describe the culture cluster that is popping up around the City Hall side of Downtown) to teachers.
Part of the interview focused on a study that came out in 2004 about the benefits for children that participate of 100 minutes of art each week. (100 minutes of art to include drawing, painting, dancing, singing, etc.) The results of the study are so interesting I just had to blog about it!
2004 National AFTA Study Found that students who participate in 100 minutes per week of Arts are:
4 x more likely to be recognized for academic performance
3 x more likely to be elected to class office
4 x more likely to enter a math or science fair
3 x more likely to win an award for school attendance
4 x more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem
2 x more likely to read for pleasure
4 x more likely to participate in a youth group
4 x more likely to perform community service
So, the next time you are looking for ways to improve your child’s chances of growing up to be a fantastic citizen of the planet, add a little art to their life and wait for the results!
On Feb. 15, NPT reported that “The Plaza Hotel today was sold to Mills Plaza Properties, a company controlled by Western Refining CEO Paul L. Foster.” Merely 11 days later, renovations are underway, and some of the images captured show a building frozen in time.
On Feb. 26, I happened to be walking across Downtown with a camera and let myself into the Plaza Hotel (the doors were open, a work crew was there) to see what was going on. The story and slideshow I posted from that adventure (click here to read Plaza Hotel Begins Renovations) turned into one of NPT’s most-read stories.
In our newsroom we spend countless hours deciding what to write about, how to cover it and how our readers will respond. The Plaza Renovations story was one of those rare moments in journalism where all the timing was right and the story was a hit for both our readers and our editorial team.
If you have a chance to read the story, send me your feedback.