This is your Friday update, which takes a quick look at the week ahead and some developments that El Paso Matters is following.

Well Known Priest Retiring in July: One of the longest serving pastors in El Paso, Monsignor Arturo Bañuelas, will retire in July after more than 46 years as a priest. “There is no way to fully express our gratitude to Msgr. Bañuelas for his many years of dedicated service,” Bishop Mark Seitz said in a statement. Bañuelas is currently assigned to St. Mark Catholic Church on the Eastside. After retirement he will continue to serve as a priest as needed. Bañuelas was one of three Catholic priests who traveled to Guatemala in 2019 to visit with the families of the two children, Jakelín Caal Maquin and Felipe Gomez-Alonzo, who died while in U.S. Border Patrol custody.

Memorial Park Master Plan: The city of El Paso is seeking volunteers to serve on a committee to develop a vision for future improvements of Memorial Park. To get involved citizens can register online under the Memorial Park Master Plan steering committee section. Seating on the committee is limited. Anyone interested should nominate themselves by Monday, June 13. The Central El Paso park covers 45 acres and includes an indoor aquatic center, a senior center, tennis courts, playground, softball field, the El Paso Municipal Rose Garden, a library and other amenities.

El Paso Water Prepares for Monsoon Season: In preparation of the 2022 monsoon season, in which stormwater runoff, overflows, blockages, mudslides and water stagnation may damage El Paso Water assets, the Public Service Board on Wednesday authorized its CEO to proceed with needed repairs without further action from the PSB. The 2022 Emergency Stormwater System Resolution authorizes the CEO or designee to take necessary action to preserve and protect the public health and safety of residents and to immediately repair El Paso Water facilities and property if severe storms cause substantial damages to the stormwater system.

Ramon Bracamontes

Ramon Bracamontes is editor of El Paso Matters.