The perception of Mexico in the U.S. hits a new low, according to survey

The U.S. view of Mexico is at its worst level since 1994 and although Americans consider Mexico an important neighbor few Americans are aware of how strong the economic ties are between the two nations. In general, the perception today in the U.S. of Mexico is not favorable according to a recent study by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Woodrow Wilson Center. On a scale of 0-100 with 0 being very cold and 100 being very warm, Mexico scores a 43. These feelings toward Mexico can be attributed in part to immigration issues and to the escalating level of violence in that country. According to the public opinion survey conducted in April, a majority of Americans believe that bilateral relations are more important with other countries than they are with Mexico.

This year's Senior Games have over 300 participants that will compete in over 15 events. (Luis Barrio/

El Paso’s senior athletes still compete to win after all these years

EL PASO – On a recent March morning, 76-year-old Armando Uranga sat on the gymnasium bleachers dripping sweat and catching his breath. He had just played a strenuous 20-minute game of basketball with three other competitors as part of this year’s El Paso Senior Games. After playing in the games for the last 12 years, Uranga considers them his fountain of youth. “I felt like I was in my backyard like when I was a kid, it was so much fun,” said Uranga, who has already competed in the 5K walk, the 3K walk and plans to participate in Saturday’s track and field event at Montwood High School. In its 31st year, the El Paso Senior Games are a beacon drawing residents to get out and be physically active or go watch the community’s senior athletes compete.  With a variety of events, the games are for persons 50 years of age and older who participate in activities ranging from swimming to cycling, basketball to track and field.

Fernando Perales is the manager for El Paso’s newest and much-anticipated restaurant. (Luis Barrio/

New Jason’s Deli serves up a mantra of dedication to people, quality food and choice

EL PASO – On a good day, he stands about 5’8’. He’s a man with noticeable confidence and charisma. Originally from McAllen, Texas, he finds himself along the Rio Grande once again after working at the Jason’s Deli in his hometown. This time he is in the Sun City managing a Jason’s Deli rather than cleaning dishes as in his first restaurant job with the national company. Fernando “Fern” Perales has the biggest responsibility for El Paso’s newest and much-anticipated restaurant.