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

El Paso Sunrise, Sunset Photo Exhibit Opens: A new exhibit featuring sunrise and sunset photos taken by people living in the Borderland is now on display at the El Paso Museum of History, 510 N. Santa Fe Street in Downtown. The exhibit, “Pasos Urbanos: A Photographic Narrative of Borderlands Sunrise and Sunset,” displays the work of 43 area photographers. Of those, 27 are from El Paso, 14 from Juárez and two from New Mexico. The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 25. A second exhibit, “Chicano Power! A Force for Change and Progress in El Paso” that looks at Chicano civil rights movement in El Paso, is set to open Saturday. For more information on the El Paso Museum of History, visit epmuseumofhistory.org.

County Reinstates Teen Curfew: A teenage curfew that mirrors the city’s was reinstated Monday by El Paso County Commissioners Court. An El Paso County Sheriff’s commander told the court the order, which expired during COVID-19, was needed because of rising crime involving juveniles. Children under 17 years old can no longer be out with their friends between 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. in the unincorporated areas of the county. Any minor who violates the curfew will be arrested and released to their parents. The minor will be charged with a class C misdemeanor and can be punished for the first offense with a fine up to $50, with subsequent offenses punishable by up to a $200 fine. 

UMC Bond Request Website: On June 16, the El Paso County Hospital District went before the El Paso County Commissioners Court to seek approval to issue certificates of obligation for $345.7 million to expand University Medical Center and El Paso Children’s Hospital. At the meeting, the court asked UMC to present its plan to the public. As of this week, UMC officials said they have made 26 presentations to the community and are setting up other presentations. The hospital district also created a web page,  https://capacityforcare.com/.

Ramon Bracamontes

Ramon Bracamontes is editor of El Paso Matters.