District 7 race shows divergent approaches to COVID-19, business and development

Henry Rivera and Aaron Montes have long histories of public service in El Paso.

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Rivera was a police officer and incumbent representative and Aaron Montes was a full-time journalist before throwing his hat in the political ring.

While they have spent much of their lives in El Paso, the two have starkly different visions for the city’s future as they campaign for the City Council District 7 seat in the Nov. 3 General Election.

For example, Rivera and Montes have differing views on how the city is battling the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing reforms to improve policing and City Hall’s approach to promoting business development.

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Incumbent Henry Rivera, left, is facing challenger Aaron Montes in the race for City Council District 7.

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Incumbent Henry Rivera, left, is facing challenger Aaron Montes in the race for City Council District 7.

In his three years on the council, Rivera said he has worked

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COVID-19 May Boost Cloud and Edge Computing

According to a new report by PMMI Business Intelligence, currently 47% of leading CPGs and 46% of SMEs are utilizing cloud computing, and only 20% of leading CPGs and very few SMEs are utilizing edge computing strategies, though the use of both did accelerate due to COVID-19.

Cloud computing enables manufacturers to access production data and controls, remotely and in real time. By continuously uploading data to the cloud, manufacturers can obtain a comprehensive view of their operations, monitoring where products are, controlling what production lines are doing, and analyzing gathered data, without the need to be physically present at the site of production. Edge computing enables many of the same advantages of cloud computing, but without the option of remote access to data.

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The report states that

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WSU accepting business proposals for COVID-19 Innovation Challenge

Washington State University’s Center for Innovation is looking people with creative ideas to solve a current or future problem related to COVID-19.

The Center for Innovation, in partnership with live sciences incubator sp3nw, WSU’s Stevens County Extension office and Coeur d’Alene-based GIZMO, launched a COVID-19 Innovation Challenge, which is open to community members with potential solutions for coronavirus-related issues, such as inhibiting the spread of infection, overcoming supply-chain disruptions and supporting daily living tasks, among other things.

The deadline to enter the COVID-19 Innovation Challenge is Oct. 23. Participants can enter at: http://form.jotform.com/202675210709149.

Three finalists will be invited to submit full proposals with an executive summary and pitch video for further consideration on Nov. 2. Finalists will also be selected to participate in a pitch event Nov. 18 via Zoom.

Contest winners – who will be notified by Nov. 20 – will receive $25,000 for product and prototype development as

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