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Diana Washington Valdez
El Paso, Texas
Journalist and author based in El Paso, Texas. Staff writer for the El Paso Times.
Interests: US-Mexico relations, border issues, drug cartels, women's issues, minority issue, movies, reading, travel, and more
Recent Activity
The last surviving member of Mexican Revolution hero Francisco "Pancho" Villa's elite cavalry detachment known as the "Dorados" (the Golden Ones) died recently. Capt. Guillermo Flores Reyes died of natural causes Nov. 5 in the Mexican state of Mexico; he was 116 years old. According to historians, Flores joined Villa's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Border Cafe
There was an interesting item that appeared on the Dec. 2 City Council meeting agenda before it was deleted without fanfare. Here is part of the item that Mayor Oscar Leeser had placed on the agenda: "WHEREAS, at its November 12, 2014, meeting the Open Space Advisory Board recommended that... Continue reading
It had been building up and building up, and finally on Tuesday, several City Council members let go and got several things off their chest about the city attorney's office, and the saga that began in early October and manifested itself mainly through vague and sketchy meeting agenda items. Because... Continue reading
People Power sent out a notice listing various events scheduled for today, the 104th anniversary of the 1910 Mexican Revolution, in Paso del Norte region. The events in the notice are in addition to plans by Mexicanos en Exilio (Mexicans in Exile) to stage a protest today in front of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Border Cafe
Former El Paso Mayor Larry Francis will be the special guest for the 85th anniversary celebration Nov. 18 of the Rio Grande Power Station in Sunland Park, N.M., according to George De La Torre, spokesman for El Paso Electric Co. A media tour of the facility is planned for the... Continue reading Items 8.1 & 8.2 - A Foster-Schwartz proposed annexation of 310.6 acres and development agreement; involves donation of land contingent on factors. Item 9.1 - $12.5 million for on-call agreements with professional service companies. Items 10.1 and 10.5 - Continuing saga over how to evaluate the city attorney and... Continue reading
Once more, the El Paso City Council has put items on the regular council meeting agenda that are related to the City Attorney's Office. Neither the mayor or city representatives will state whether one or more council members want to get rid of the city's chief lawyer, but city officials... Continue reading
A baby boy was born at night Nov. 8 at the Presidio, Texas, port of entry with the help of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers, Roger Maier, spokesman for the agency said. Maier said the boy was delivered around 11:05 p.m. Saturday. The mother and a friend showed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Border Cafe
U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, was interviewed for MSNBC's "Hardball" with Chris Mathews on Sept. 17. O'Rourke discusses his efforts to investigate the source of the alleged ISIS threat on the border. (Link to the interview that aired Wednesday Among other things, O'Rourke mentions his concern over attempts by... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Border Cafe
The next U.S. ambassador to Mexico could be Maria Echaveste, former President Bill Clinton's deputy chief of staff. If she is confirmed, she will become the first Hispanic woman to fill the post. The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) issued a statement in support of her... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Border Cafe
Letter from Texas Governor Rick Perry to Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, dated Sept, 17, 2014 Dear President Enrique Peña Nieto: I read with interest and concern your comments regarding border security on the week of September 11, which called Texas' increased law enforcement presence on the border "unpleasant" and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Border Cafe
Entrance to narrow alley and basement of building at 101 N. Mesa where mutilated body was found. Side entrance on San Antonio of build where body was found. A plaque describing the historical significance of the site is affixed to the left of the door. (Photos by Diana Washington Valdez/El... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Border Cafe
With the death of author Charles Bowden, the border region lost an important voice and herald. Right to the very end, he was doing what he loved and what he did best, expounding and exposing the major events that the rest of newsland tends to bury or ignore. Bowden wrote... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Border Cafe
Most corrupt per are Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia; least corrupt are Denmark and New Zealand.
See map with countries and their rankings (The lower the number the lesser the corruption) * Mexico ranks 106 out of 177 * US ranks 19 out of 177 * Canada 9 rank out of 177 Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Border Cafe
URL By Diana Washington Valdez El Paso Times/July 29, 2014 El Paso, which posted the biggest decrease in poverty, ranked above average in recovering from the Great Recession out of the 150 largest cities in the United States, according to WalletHub's just-released analysis. El Paso ranked 43rd in overall... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Border Cafe
James McCormick and his son James McCormick III watch the Fourth of July "People's Parade" in El Paso, Texas. The parade attrached thousands of El Paso residents, many who had the day from work. The parade featured 84 entries and grand marshal (Ret.) Army Sgt. Major Joe Lopez. Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at Border Cafe
By now, the whole world has heard about Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez, the 11-year-old boy from Guatemala whose body was found June 15 near La Joya, Texas. Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra, who disclosed several details about the boy on Monday, speculated that the boy may have died from heat... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Border Cafe
(The ACLU today released the results of an investigation into immigrant prisons operated by private companies that contrac with the U.S. government. The following is a copy of the ACLU's press release and a link to its report.) ACLU Finds Abuse, Inhumane Conditions, at Little-Known Prisons for Immigrants Run by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Border Cafe
Mexico main country of origin for most U.S. deportations By Diana Washington Valdez El Paso Times Hispanics made up 97 percent of the people that the U.S. government deported in 2013, according to a new report released today. The report "Detention, Deportation, and Devastation: The Disproportionate Effect of Deportations on... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at Border Cafe
DEA news release today DEA: COLOMBIANS LAUNDER FUNDS THROUGH COLORADO TO OPERATE MARIJUANA BUSINESS Money was being wired from bank accounts in Colombia to bank accounts in Colorado for purchase of marijuana grow facility DENVER – Hector Diaz, age 49, David Jeffrey Furtado, age 48, Luis Fernand Uribe, age 28,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2014 at Border Cafe
Time lapsed video from reader of the Chihuahuas baseball stadium construction Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2014 at Border Cafe
By Diand Washington Valdez/El Paso Times Fusion recently reported that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in El Paso held 40 pregnant women in custody during the past year. Fusion, a new national English-language digital TV network affiliated with Univision's Jorge Ramos, cited a document obtained under FOIA for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at Border Cafe
This is a verbatim copy of the news release issued today by the US Attorney's Office in New Mexico April 10, 2014 ALBUQUERQUE – Following a comprehensive investigation, the Justice Department today announced its findings that the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) has engaged in a pattern or practice of excessive... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Border Cafe
How long did it take to count it? The Mexican federal Attorney General's Office released pictures of items seized from one of presumed drug kingpin Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman's homes, which included a collection of gold-plated guns, exotic animals, assault rifles and $22 billion (U.S.) in cash. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Border Cafe