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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
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
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
http://agenda.elpasotexas.gov/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=213&doctype=AGENDA 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
Condoleezza Rice, Henry Cisneros are headliners for a bipartisan immigration task force to advise Congress The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), based in Washington, D.C., announced today that Condoleezza Rice and Henry Cisneros will co-chair a new high-level bipartisan task force to advise Congress on immigration reform policies. BPC said in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at Border Cafe
Authorities break up weird border cult http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57566512/mexico-breaks-up-bizarre-border-sex-cult/ Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at Border Cafe
Authorities break up weird border cult http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57566512/mexico-breaks-up-bizarre-border-sex-cult/ Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at Border Cafe
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MESCALERO APACHE MAN SENTENCED TO 79 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ABUSE CONVICTION Department of Justice News Release/Jan. 29, 2013 DOJ////Earlier today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., Terrence Charles Blake, 29, a member and resident of the Mescalero Apache Nation, was sentenced to 79 months in prison... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at Border Cafe
Women from Mexico were enticed From ICE new release U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the results of "Operation Dark Night," into a sex trafficking ring in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina and South Carolina. Authorities said they made 13 criminal arrests and 44 administrative arrests, and rescued as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2013 at Border Cafe
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www.pov.org/premiereparty/ "Reportero" airs 9 p.m. Jan. 7 on KCOS TV in El Paso and KRWG TV in Las Cruces Review: "Reportero," a moving portrait of endangered journalists in the Tijuana, Mexico, area will air tonight on PBS stations. The Point of View (POV) special highlights the work of reporters and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2013 at Border Cafe
NATGEO and the History Channel have aired several specials that highlight the Maya civilization, calendar and prophecies, including whether the Mayas predicted a doomsday scenario for Dec. 21, or post-Dec. 21. Beginning tonight, Galavision TV network (Spanish only) begins airing a series of specials every day of the week until... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2012 at Border Cafe
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USA Today and other news media outlets have published stories about the DEA's ongoing investigation into the company of the airplane that crashed in Mexico, killing singer Jenni Rivera, her staff members and the 78-year old pilot. The trips in Mexico by Jenni and her crew were intended as "test"... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2012 at Border Cafe
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Nov 28, 2012
Today's story in the El Paso Times "Suspect: Officials sought cartel deals" stems from information in a letter provided to the newspaper by Edgar "La Barbie" Valdez Villarreal. The letter was also given to a national newspaper in Mexico and a national newspaper in the United States. We are a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2012 at Border Cafe
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Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico's president-elect, said in his Twitters that he met today with Democratic Party leader in Congress Nancy Pelosi, and with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2012 at Border Cafe
White House statement by the press secretary in advance of today's visit of Mexican President-elect Peña Nieto "President Obama will host President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico at the White House on Tuesday, November 27. The President looks forward to meeting President-elect Peña Nieto and hearing about his vision for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2012 at Border Cafe
http://www.elpasotimes.com/newupdated/ci_21732202/chapo-guzman-emerges-big-winner-after-zetass-leader. The Zetas cartel was involved in a previous body-snatching incident, according to expert George W. Grayson, co-author of the 2012 book about the Zetas "The Executioner's Men" (Transaction Press). It's not known if the Zetas took Lazcano's body from the funeral home. Grayson said Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman had deployed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2012 at Border Cafe
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Does Charlie Minn ever take a break? The high-energy producer, director and writer has graced the Southwest border with his talents to produce four films about high-profile events. He made a documentary about the worst massacre ever in Las Cruces, New Mexico, which occurred in a bowling alley and remains... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2012 at Border Cafe
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ABC15.com in Arizona reports that 'friendly fire' is a possible line of investigation into the border shootings that killed Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie and wounded another agent earlier this week. Mexican authorities reportedly also detained two suspects in connection with the incident, under a separate possible scenario. Ivie was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2012 at Border Cafe
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James McClure, a reader, shares the following regarding yesterday's announcement by US and Mexican officials that deportation flights to Mexico City for Mexican nationals began this week as part of a pilot to transport people who are from the country's interior to the capital city. They will no longer be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2012 at Border Cafe
The Associated Press reported that one of the players in the smuggling ring tied to the ATF's Operation Fast and Furious was given a new sentencing date of Dec. 12 by the federal judge presiding in his case. Alredo Celis,� accused of buying 130 weapons under false pretenses, was indicted... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 2, 2012 at Border Cafe
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Update: A spokesperson for the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C., said the embassy maintains its position that it had no knowledge of Fast and Furious until the U.S. operation was made public. It also abides by previous statements of the Mexican Federal Attorney General's Office that it was investigating the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2012 at Border Cafe
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Legalize marijuana, not! If you drive fast enough past this billboard on Interstate 10 near Downtown El Paso, your mind might tend to read the sign's words as "Legalize Marijuana," when it fact the Carino's Restaurant freeway ad actually says "Legalize Marinera," as in the Italian tomato sauce. Well, no... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 27, 2012 at Border Cafe
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The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced the designation of Victor Manuel Felix Felix, a close associate of fugitive drug lord Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman Loera, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, according to a Drug Enforcement Administration news release. "Felix Felix plays a key... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2012 at Border Cafe