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2021, Kiss, Kiss This. And I Don’t Mean On My Rosy Red Lips…

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021 looked vastly different than we could

platform. You ask, how does a ticketing platform

have imaged and I’ve heard many of you

make sense for the magazine?

comment that the best thing about 2021 is that it’s almost over. The pandemic, the

personal losses, and the political craziness we find

The answer is simple, who knows the lifestyle of El Paso more than us? No one!

ourselves in the midst of, even those who typically Already, 225,000 of you visit our website in a two-

don’t have political opinions in public.

month timeline. How many times have I heard At this time of the year, I normally find myself

my friends say “I have no idea what to do this

thinking, “How can the year possibly be ending this

weekend?” It’s this simple, go to our website, click

soon, where did the time go?” Where did that new

on the calendar and everything you need to know

wrinkle and new gray hair come from? Those are

about “fun” in the city is right in front of you.

not my thoughts today! With just another click, you can buy tickets to any For most of us, 2021 will not go down as one of our

of those events. How many of you sit on a non-

favorite years. 2021 has divided many of us with

profit committee and chose a date for your event

our positions of do…don’t…and I won’t….

just to find out another large non-profit has an event that same night?

It’s been a daunting year, draining us both emotionally, financially, and completely re-defining

We’ve made it simple for you.

isolation. But mostly, it’s made us appreciate life and realize how quickly a mere sneeze, a slight cough

Click on the calendar, pick a date and save your

can change our lives. I giggle every time I think

event date. Do it a year or two in advance. Yes,

of the meme that went viral that tells us that the

we want to help you sell tickets to your event, let

passing of gas was once the worse thing we could

us help you. Does the online ticketing source your

do socially, that thought has been replaced with a

currently using care if you sell out? Nope, but we

cough that was once innocent (another giggle.)

do. We’re your local source and we care about you.

What is still to be written is how we will carry

The clock is ticking and we’re ready for a new

our resiliency and strength as a country, as a city

year! A year that brings a fresh thought on life, on

forward into the new year.

growth, and on how we handle the workplace.

Moving the magazine forward, into a new age,

I’m ready to get off the 2021 rollercoaster!

we’re excited to bring new concepts, new technologies to help you learn more about our city, more about the events in our city, and more about your customers if you are a local business owner.

Let’s kiss 2021 goodbye together…wait, are we still allowed to kiss? As the singer-songwriter Aaron Tippin says, 2021, kiss, kiss this. And I don’t mean on my rosy red lips…

We promise that we’ll continue to publish stories in both print and online that celebrate our city. We’ll continue to grow and share our content via social media, with our weekly emailed newsletters with our community. That being said, we’re so excited about our new community calendar and ticketing

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don’t know about you, but I’m

I can’t speak to the future -- but I can speak to what the

feeling “2022.” Taylor Swift

magazine has in store as we march into a new year.

references aside, I’m so excited about the new year. A fresh

This issue is a celebration of the best of El Paso has to offer

start. A new beginning.

that also features ways to live your best life in 2022.

Although 2021 brought a greater sense

Over the course of creating this very special “Best Of”

of hopefulness than 2020, we continue

issue, the team and I witnessed the results of people

to recover physically, emotionally,

putting forth their best efforts to enhance the community

socially, and psychologically from the

with each editorial.

pandemic while also wondering what From author Benjamin Alire Saenz’s best-selling novels that tell

comes next.

the story of two young gay men in El Paso, to the interactive As I write this, the first confirmed case of the omicron

invitation to El Pasoans to name the new Children’s Museum

COVID-19 variant in the U.S. was confirmed. I can’t

and Science Center, to a local small business owner being

help but wonder what the statistics will be by the time

recognized for not only sustaining a business throughout the

this issue is released.

pandemic but also creating a way for service industry workers to be supported.

I re-read T.S. Eliot’s “Little Gidding” at the end of every year, and will leave you with this from the poem’s final section:

“What we call the beginning is often the end And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from. And every phrase And sentence that is right (where every word is at home, Taking its place to support the others, The word neither diffident nor ostentatious, An easy commerce of the old and the new, The common word exact without vulgarity, The formal word precise but not pedantic, The complete consort dancing together) Every phrase and every sentence is an end and a beginning.”

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l Paso’s economic outlook is looking bright as we head into 2022. After nearly two years of fluctuation and decline, lawmakers and experts are confident that the Borderland will see

continued economic growth in the new year. Over the course of the last year, local, state, and federal lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have worked to ensure El Paso is prepared to thrive in 2022 and beyond. The City of El Paso closed the fiscal year with a surplus of nearly $30 million, said Robert Cortinas, Chief Financial Officer; marking the seventh year in a row that El Paso reported a surplus. Additionally, the City reported that the budget stabilization fund, which was set up in early 2020, has increased to almost $41.8 million. The budget stabilization fund was established as an added financial reserve designed to minimize future tax rate increases, as well as to respond to emergencies. City Council unanimously voted to allocate almost $25 million from the surplus to the budget stabilization fund, while allocating the remainder to the City’s general fund. Other allocations include $7 million from the budget stabilization fund that will go toward: • $3.5 million for streets, infrastructure, and facility repairs pursuant to recent and future storm impacts • $3.5 million for a one-time lump sum payment for employees • $500 one-time lump sum payment for full-time employees • $250 one-time lump sum payment for part-time employees

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City leaders praised the City Council’s

Texas for the first time in history in 2019 and

“This is more than just a statistic,” Robert

recent decisions that helped make positive

2020. We have faced huge challenges these

Allen, President, and CEO of the Texas

economic strides, aligning with years of work

last 21 months and we have responded with

Economic Development Corporation said.

to promote economic growth.

a strong team effort.” “The fact that our state, if it were a nation, would

“The proactive decisions the City Council

El Paso’s economic prosperity corresponds

be the world’s ninth-largest economy shows

championed in early 2020 are paying huge

with the state’s overall economic landscape.

that Texas is well-positioned well-positioned

dividends,”

said

City

Manager

to outperform economically, regardless of the

Tommy

challenges that may lie ahead.”

Gonzalez. “In early 2020, the Council made

“Texas continues to lead the nation in

COVID-19 testing and vaccine administration

economic recovery and prosperity as they

a top priority. The Council also challenged

have recovered nearly 100 percent of

City, County, and Federal leaders gathered

staff to develop an aggressive response

jobs lost during the pandemic. Under the

recently to discuss continued infrastructure

to address the financial, economic, and

leadership of Governor Abbott and the

investments that will directly impact El Paso.

operational impacts on our community from

Republican legislature, Texas ranks in the top

COVID-19. Additionally, over the last seven

five of states for jobs recovered and getting

Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16)

years, we have made positive strides in our

Texans back to work,” says Macarena

met with County Judge Ricardo Samaniego

economic development efforts by supporting

Martinez, Republican National Committee

and Mayor Oscar Leeser to highlight the

more than 14,000 jobs through our economic

spokesperson.

significance of the Infrastructure Investment

development

program

agreements

and Jobs Act and the Build Back Better

and

attracted new entertainment and retail

Texas is the number one state in the U.S. to

Act that were passed in the U.S. House of

options. For this reason, El Paso led in sales

start a small business and the ninth-largest

Representatives and pending passage in the

tax percentage growth of the largest cities in

economy in the world.

U.S. Senate as this article went to print.

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December / January 2022 The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is set to create millions of good-paying union jobs with investments in rebuilding infrastructure in Texas that include: • Roads • Bridges • Ports of entry • Clean drinking water and wastewater systems • Electric grid • High-speed broadband networks The Build Back Better Act will bring transformational

investments

to

reduce

everyday costs that afflict families in El Paso from health care and education, childcare, paid leave, and more, says Escobar. “I am so incredibly proud of what is in that bill,” Escobar said. “It will help lower health care costs, it will help create jobs and get people back to work.” The two acts are slated to create an average of 2 million jobs per year over the next decade, while also addressing the climate crisis, on top of jobs created by local and state entities.

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“The plan ensures we emerge from the pandemic, but better than when we went in and paves a solid path for our workers, youth, and children to build in the years to come,” said Leila Melendez, CEO of Workforce Solutions Borderplex. Samaniego and Leeser agree the bills are an opportunity for leaders to continue to improve the community without adding financial burdens to residents. “It’s incredible,” El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser said. “To help us not only move our community forward but also not put it on the back of the taxpayer.”

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line of people patiently standing along the sidewalk, waiting for a table to open at

the business community sees you as one of their own and recognizes your work.”

Salt + Honey Bakery Cafe. As you enter,

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the hustle and bustle of breakfast

Four years ago, she decided to open Salt +

and brunch is served to families,

Honey: it was her dream since she was 10

couples, and groups alike.

years old.

The aroma of coffee brewing, a subtle but

Her parents were not too happy with her

delicious enticement to order a cup or two.

decision.

Owner Maggie Asfahani recently received

Her father’s family has a history of owning

coveted recognition from the El Paso Chamber

restaurants and knew the challenges and

of Commerce, Best Small Business in El Paso.

hard work it takes to succeed.

“I was shocked, teared up when I heard,”

“I didn’t think you could do it,” he told her

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To Asfahani it was a dream come true, a labor

Asfahani says it is important to give back

Torres and Garcia both agreed they are

of love and a lot of work.

to the community, especially those who

recommending the café to friends.

have helped her and her business succeed She credits having a great staff with achieving

through such difficult times.

with small children, and other groups

this success. Especially during the pandemic, when many restaurants and small businesses

On this visit, we saw couples, families

“Every experience is different,” she says.

inside and outside.

had to shut down. Asfahani started a food industry workers’ fund with the Paso Del Norte

The café is in the Five Points area along with

Foundation to help those in the foodservice

other bars and restaurants. Not competition

The staff is very friendly and efficient. The

industry with $100 gift cards to help while the

but a vibrant reason for everyone to excel.

food is delicious.

“We all offer something different, and we

Asfahani says she is happy that her staff and

benefit from it.”

customers connect and enjoy their time at

whole world remained at a standstill. “Strength, resilience, and flexibility,” she says

Salt + Honey.

are the lessons she took away from navigating the pandemic and the uncertainty of the

Alex Garcia is sitting with a friend enjoying a

economic recovery for businesses like her café.

cup of the signature coffee.

“My employees motivated me to keep

“It is good, it is trendy and relaxed, I like it.”

She likes to mentor other who want to enter into this industry and help her staff achieve their goals. The reason they were voted the best is plain to see, the camaraderie, the

going, they came and helped us while we tried curbside service and also while we

Garcia says he was searching for a place with

dedication, and the hard work pay off with an

were providing meals to first responders.”

good reviews, he found it in Salt + Honey.

ever-increasing number of loyal customers

For Thanksgiving Salt + Honey gave out

“I have been here before, I like the

about 60 food boxes with the help of Food

ambiance,” says his friend Madelaine Torres.

City to families of students attending Bill

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REAL ESTATE

PROSPERITY | By: HOPE ALEGRE |

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he pandemic has altered

Conrad Pickett, realtor and former president

the real estate markets

of the Greater El Paso Association of Realtors

in

unprecedented

explains, “We’re adhering to all CDC protocol.

way for almost a year

When you list a house, you ensure the seller

amid

uncertainty

that all protocols are being followed, and the

of fluctuating markets

same when you’re working on the buyer side.

and economic stability.

We’re trying not to touch things that would

Realtors

their

normally be touched. When you are buying a

clients are adapting to

house, you want to open things like closets

the challenges as we

and cabinet doors to see how much room is

head into a new year.

in there. We have things prepared ahead of

More and more people

time: all doors leading to bedrooms, closets,

are turning to home

and cabinets are open. We make sure all the

improvement projects while spending more

lights are on, so we’re not even touching the

time at home after having more money to

light switches. When we’re done with the

spare as other activities outside of the home

showing, we sanitize our hands, and on the

decreased—whether looking to sell or not.

seller side, they instantly disinfect to ensure

an

the

and

a clean and sanitized home.”

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It is assuredly more of a sellers’ market, with

demand and stiff competition. In light of the

Working with a team, they are able to find

a dwindling supply of homes and an increased

sellers’ market, homebuyers are snatching

listings or potential buyers quickly that can

demand for them. But, with interest rates as

up homes quickly because each of my team

make for a smooth process. Buyers are also

low as they are, now is also the time to buy.

members already has buyers. So, before I

able to take virtual tours online and can be

even put it on the market, I let them know,

signed up for subscriptions that alert buyers

Against this backdrop, many opportunities

and they will have an interested buyer that

when new houses hit the market through the

have presented themselves.

has potentially been on standby.”

facilitation of a realtor.

Realtor Christopher Gil explains, “There

Pickett and Gil are in the business of helping

Although a scarcity mentality may arise,

has been a shift, there is no question about

people and agree that seeking professional

don’t let it hijack the process -- and trust in a

that. Sellers are seeing multiple offers on

advice, as well as the opinion of an

professional. They are crossing their T’s and

their homes, and many are selling above the

experienced realtor, will benefit both buyers

dotting their I’s to find buyers’ what they’re

listing price. This is the result of increased

and sellers.

looking for without any disparity.

There has been a shift, there is no question about that. Sellers are seeing multiple offers on their homes, and many are selling above the listing price. This is the result of increased demand and stiff competition.

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he life of a writer is a solitary one

that’s evolved through the digital -- and now

pandemic -- era we find ourselves in. From Shakespeare and Cervantes to Faulkner and Fitzgerald, a writer’s responsibility is to be both

a critic and creature in the dark, using our senses to craft a story while crawling towards the light.

Towards the truth. While many contemporary young adult authors experience influencer-like fame, longevity is seldom part of the algorithm and the discipline to persist is rare. It’s hard to be told “no” time after time after time, especially when the work is so personal. A rejection by an editor, a publisher, a colleague can lead to a complete crisis of identity: it’s never just an assignment and the role is not a clock-in/clockout kind of gig. The life of a writer is more like a relationship with a mercurial lover than a formal job with benefits, with security. And yet, we can’t resist the siren song that leads to unruly waters of words and rejections. “Mine was a slow burn,” says Benjamin Alire Saenz, El Paso author and poet. “My career’s been a slow burn. But I’m lucky enough to have survived it for 35 years.” Saenz’s latest novel, Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World, recently made the New York Times Best Sellers List for young adult hardcover books, debuting at the top in its first week of sales. The novel is the sequel to Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, which tells the story of the two titular characters as they fall in love in El Paso during the late 1980s. “1987. El Paso, Texas. Latino boys fall in love,” Saenz recalls with a smile. “I wanted to tell a story that was tender and full of kindness and gentleness,” he adds. www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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The inclusion of a novel about homosexuality

The exploration of identity is a central theme

along the border into the literary canon is

to Saenz’s work that’s also not too dissimilar

validating the experience of many LGBTQIA

from his own existential journey.

readers who say they finally feel represented -- seen -- in texts is invaluable on social,

Ari says “the problem with my life was that I

scholarly, and recreational reading levels.

was everybody else’s idea,” Saenz explains of his character Aristotle. “Everybody else’s

“Learning to read is always about more than

idea was true. When you’re that age, your

just ‘word calling’; it is about the ways that we

parents have ideas of who you are, who

learn the language for describing ourselves

you should be, and so do your teachers.

into existence, for articulating our needs,

And everybody sitting there thinks they’re

values, and value in the spaces we need to

just a suggestion box and that they’re kind

survive,” writes literary scholar William P.

of powerless.”

Banks Literacy in “Sexuality, and the Value(s) of Queer Young Adult Literatures.”

Saenz’s literary expertise includes character development that reach readers from beyond

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Saenz says the success of both “Aristotle

the page. Readers find similiarities between

and Dante” novels is humbling but that fame

themselves and their peers with Aristotle

was not on his radar when it comes to career

and Dante despite facing chronic isolation as

accomplishments.

their identities are shaped.

“I’ve always sold enough books to live to

“They see them as characters they felt they

write another day. And that’s all I cared about

were real,” says Saenz.

because I still get to write and I’ve had my

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ups and downs as a writer,” he says. “So

The irony is that Aristotle and Dante

now I’m wishing, I wish there was a way

represent

that you could write a famous book without

largely marginalized, and yet continues to be

taking me along for the ride. You know, it

recognized by tens of thousands of readers

doesn’t work that way,” he laughs.

and literary markets around the globe.

a

demographic

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Saenz says writing the “Aristotle and Dante”

American kids could be representative and

sequel was challenging because of the

become universal characters,” says Saenz.

competition: himself.

“And in fact, they are published in 24

He experienced great loss before sitting down

languages,” he adds.

to write after the deaths of his mother on the

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day Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets Saenz’s DMs on social media overflow with

of the Universe was published and later his

expressions of gratitude from readers --

beloved little dog, who died in his arms.

some young adults, some adults, and some seniors -- that add to the depth of connection

Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

his novels create with readers that are both literary and personal.

“I said, ‘I’m going to write this book, I’m going to finish it this time,’ and it was really

The messages are often similar in that readers

interesting because I was going to give the

describe the ways Saenz’s novels help them

background of the AIDS pandemic,” explains

understand and accept themselves.

Saenz. “One regret and one of the reasons I did the sequel is because I didn’t mention

“They’ll say, ‘this book changed my life’,”

the AIDS crisis in the first one -- how could I

says Saenz. “Or, ‘I read your book and didn’t

make such an omission?”

feel alone anymore.’” Saenz notes that the AIDS pandemic -- not Saenz adds that he identifies with older

unlike the COVID-19 pandemic -- affected

readers when they confess they wish they

the way people (and literary characters)

had the opportunities to read his novels

see themselves.

when they were young. “I found that so much was married with the “To which I say ‘ditto,’” says Saenz. “They

AIDS pandemic and in the pandemic now.

also say the ‘books heal the brokenmess

It brings out the best in some people and

inside of me.’ It means something to me that

the worst in a lot of people. They’re afraid,

my books connect with people of all ages --

and they don’t believe, and they create

and internationally.”

scapegoats and it’s a frightening time.”

The connection felt between readers and

Saenz dove into writing the novel, pulling

the novels are testaments to the power of

all-nighters as the pandemic worked its

literature, as well as the unique qualities of El

way around the world. His sister gave

Pasoans that readers find in themselves and

him a pandemic companion, too, a yorkie

the characters.

named Chuy whom Saenz loves dearly and credits with helping him survive the last

“And it’s like, they don’t know anything about

year and a half.

being Mexican-American. They don’t know anything about El Paso. And they may not

Amid great loss, global uncertainty, political

know anything about being gay. And yet they

unrest, and literary fame, Saenz says he was

love these characters because they feel so

able to survive.

real,” says Saenz. “My writing and Chuy,” he says, “got me Despite achieving a realistic sense of

through everything.”

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ADMIT ONE

Cinemagoing During a Pandemic | By: OSCAR GARZA |

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Before March 2020, going to the

As film theaters closed for the majority of

cinema used to be a regular thing.

2020, the film industry turned its attention

The smell of popcorn. The dimming

towards streaming films and TV shows at

of the lights. The refreshing taste of

home. Services, like Disney+, Netflix, Amazon

cold soda as you sit down to watch

Prime, and HBO MAX thrived on releasing a

the latest summer blockbuster

myriad of content for the audiences at home.

or the newest film to win Best

This year, the pandemic forced many films to

Picture at the Academy Awards.

Now, it is impossible to deny that moviegoing

theaters as more have opened after closing their doors in 2020 to compete with the everevolving streaming services.

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Unlike

last

year’s

uncertainty,

though, 2021 has offered a slight glimmer of hope for movie theaters and the moviegoing public, indicating that it is OK to go back if you’re t aking protective measures like wearing a mask and being vaccinated. On a local level, events like the Plaza Classic Film Festival and the El Paso Film Festival once again returned to in-person attendance after transitioning to a drive-in and online format last While last year’s box office

year.

revenue was less than striking, this year’s ticket sales have shown that audiences

Movie

feel ready to venture out to the film theater.

Premiere

theaters

like

Cinemas,

Alamo and

Drafthouse,

Cinemark

have

embraced an in-person return with soldFilms like “No Time to Die,” “Shang-Chi and

out screenings and events for the local film

the Legend of the Ten Rings,” “F9: The

aficionado. The more audiences return to

Fast Saga” and “Venom: Let there

movie theaters, the more events from the

be Carnage” have all cracked

past make a comeback and add to the local

$100 million at the box

entertainment scene.

office, making it apparent

Local filmmakers have also used this return to

that BIG movies are what

premiere their work and finally show it to the

audiences want to see. It

public -- especially after being away from the

is the big tentpole releases

silver screen for so long.

that are urging moviegoers to return to theaters to offer

Carlos

an experience that is simply

Chairman of Tower Productions, said that the

not available at home.

pandemic presented the local community

De

La

Torre,

writer/director

and

with a plethora of challenges, including his The downside of the big films

production team at Tower.

driving the box office forward is that smaller releases like

“The pandemic was a challenge for all our

“The French Dispatch,” “Last

senses as creatives, and it was particularly

Night in Soho,” and “The Green

tough to have to mostly do all of this through

Knight” get lost in the box

Zoom and phone calls,” De La Torre said.

office, despite having a heavily promoted online presence.

De La Torre also said that as a filmmaker the pandemic taught him a hugely important lesson: preparation and reinforcing safety are key when making films.

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December / January 2022 “If we want to return safely to set, we have to be prepared for the risks and manage them beforehand as much as possible – at all costs. In a pandemic world, making sure that the safety of people you have chosen to surround yourself with should be a top priority at all times,” De La Torre said. In a world where a pandemic is still ongoing, safety is one of the main concerns that many film sets make sure to enforce and practice. Once theaters began opening their doors back to guests, the notion of safety was once again brought back to the centerfold. While there are some that are still hesitant to return to theaters, there are those who have found this return a welcome burst of joy -- albeit while making sure to follow the guidelines for everyone’s safety. De

La

Torre,

also

a

passionate

film

enthusiast and advocate for the moviegoing experience, has found the experience of going back to the theaters one of pure immersion and appreciation for the craft that his favorite filmmakers and peers bring to their respective stories. “The palace of light and magic will always hold a special place in my heart, it’s a place where I hope people join to enjoy someone’s vision together. And when they walk out, openly discuss their thoughts on the picture. Probably my favorite part of the movie viewing experience: the conversation that comes after,” De La Torre said. While several services continue to embrace a hybrid release model, the experience of sitting down at a movie theater, with a warm bucket of popcorn and an ice-cold soda, is in the early stages of rebirth. With continued enforcement of safety protocols and a desire to take care of each other, then the filmgoing experience, although different than the one that everyone’s familiar with, is bound for a remake.

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The Berkeley The Berkeley is a family-owned and operated hotspot in the heart

The Davenport’s son, Anthony, is also part of the business, where he

of downtown El Paso that’s been celebrated since its inception two

works as a bartender creating hand-crafted cocktails that include their

years ago and has won “Best Of” twice. The lounge proudly serves

signature Lavender Breeze and the Berkeley on Fire.

signature hand-crafted cocktails every night of the week. The Berkeley is curated to be more than a spot for delicious cocktails, Owners Lawrence and Danielle Davenport say they often hear from

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clients that entering The Berkeley always feels like a warm and

everything in between.

welcome invitation to enjoy and imbibe. Live music can be heard often including Gabriel Torres on the saxophone “We hope to make you feel like part of the family when you walk

every Friday and the Ryan G. Band on Saturdays, who have been part of

into The Berkeley,” they say. “We are there most weekends and

The Berkeley family since it opened.

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greeting each patron by name at the bar.

The success of the business has led to a well-

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Diaz says the COVID-19 pandemic revealed what

with locations in El Paso and two in Albuquerque,

separates him from other business owners.

New Mexico.

Despite the persistent challenges, Diaz has refused to cut corners when faced with supply

Diaz credits Pelican’s continued success to the

chain disruptions and has been able to maintain

business’ staff and customers that have created

quality for his clients and the community.

the Pelican’s family, noting that some employees have been with the company for over 20 years.

Today, guests can be confident that they’ll be

Guests note that they enjoy being able to stop

welcomed into an environment that feels like home

by for a quick cocktail after work or to celebrate

in the new normal where they can enjoy Pelican’s

birthdays, milestones, and other celebrations.

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Poe Toyota When you visit Poe Toyota, you will understand why our dealership

Nobody wants to feel pressured into buying a car; they want a

was voted Best in the City two years in a row. Our professional team

knowledgeable person to help them find the perfect vehicle within

consists only of the most passionate and knowledgeable individuals

their budget. Customers want to find help to understand what is

who are dedicated to going above and beyond in every way possible

going on with their vehicle when they bring the vehicle to service.

to help our customers.

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to sincerely thank the entire El Paso community for voting and

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nominating us one more time Best Car Dealership in the City.

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massage therapies are used, in conjunction with

environment where the patients feel welcomed

excellent customer service, to provide the best

and excited to visit the clinic, to improve their

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health and well-being.

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December / January 2022 ready for cold, warmth, rain, and to be hiking through knee-deep springs. For backpacking and camping, you need to be thoroughly prepared and I would recommend

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• First aid kit • Knife • Firestarters • Shelter • Extra food • Extra water • Extra clothes

is as unforgettable as it is breathtaking. The most direct route to access the

The trail, number 729 on the official Gila

park is via I-10 to Deming and then

National Forest Map issued by the USDA, is

up Highway 180 through Silver City,

a long-standing staple for backpackers and

however, you can also access it via

day hikers alike due to its ease of access,

I-25 near Truth or Consequences,

inclusion in multiple Gila hiking guide books,

New Mexico.

and its sheer beauty.

I chose the backroads, up through Mimbres,

The beginning starts with a relatively moderate

New Mexico, and on into the Gila through one

climb along the ridge of Little Bear Canyon.

of its eastern entrances. I was immediately greeted by a beautiful mix of alpine and high-

During the cool fall and winter months, this

desert flora. It seemed remarkable to me,

2.5-mile stretch can be lovely, however,

the quick transition into the forest and high

during the summer it’s quite arduous. Be

mountain passes. It wasn’t long before I saw

sure to pack lots of water as there is no

my first deer and a small family of javelina

water source along this portion of the trail,

crossing the road.

but the water is plentiful to filter or boil once you reach the Middle Fork.

After a twisty and turning hour of climbing and descending deeper into the woods, I

After the initial ascent up the ridgeline, I

finally arrived at TJ Corral trailhead about 34

dropped into Little Bear Canyon and was

miles into the heart of the Gila. This would be

dwarfed by the massive and sheer cliffs that

my launching point. My mission: a 7.5-mile

surround the narrow route to the Middle Fork

hike into the wilderness to explore and camp

of the Gila River.

at the infamous Jordan Hot Springs. Upon reaching Middle Fork, I swapped my

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December / January 2022 knee-depth river crossings through the canyon and to the hot springs. The water is ice cold and exhilarating most of the year, but especially in the cooler, fall months. The unfathomable beauty of the canyon during the autumn makes you forget about the penetrating cold in your feet altogether.

Four hours after I left my car behind and set off into the wilderness, I finally arrived at Jordan Hot Springs. I was met by hikers from around the world: A vagabonding family who had been on the road for 20 years, an architect from Tahoe, and a writer who was working on releasing a book about backpacking. Though we were all from different walks of life, we shared a camaraderie from enduring the hike and being able to bask in the celestial beauty of the springs.

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For two glorious nights, I bathed in the springs

All I would recommend for a day trip is to

For me, it’s the transcendent nature of

during the day and the uncountable stars at

wear proper shoes, dress for the weather

the woods that calls me to connect on a

night. The beauty was overwhelming and the

(including the weather that might come),

deeper level. To disconnect from technology

massive cliffs made me feel that I was just a

bring snacks, and bring water and/or a water

and connect to this world and its many

small piece of a much bigger puzzle.

filtration system.

inhabitants in a more primal way. And Jordan

This trail is great for experienced family hikers

Hot Springs is the perfect place for that. As

who want to bring children or furry friends. If

one camper I met in the springs put it, “You

Though backpacking and sleeping in the cold

backpacking isn’t your thing, the Gila also has

just have to see it to believe it.”

might not be your cup of tea, there were

plenty of less intensive activities to offer. And I couldn’t agree more.

many hikers who make it a day trip and hike in and out the same day.

From Lake Roberts to the historic Cat Walk or ancient cliff dwellings, there really is something for everyone.

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Check out the 5 pet-inspired resolutions that you can start today for a better year for you and your pets. •

Make new friends: Adopt, don’t shop! El Paso has many shelters and rescue organizations with plenty of dogs and cats in need of furever homes. Can’t commit just yet? A foster program might be right up your alley. You can contact local organizations about temporarily housing and caring for an animal in need while they transition to their furever homes (supplies like food included).

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looking for people willing to donate time to walk dogs, freshen up

the kennels, and help out with the fast-paced world of rescues. Doing so can help connect you to new friends of all species. •

Practice safe sun: SPF is just as important for certain dog breeds as it is for humans! Dogs and other species

are prone to sunburns, skin cancer, and other complications from the damaging impact of the sun that daily prevention can

work to avoid. Breeds that are predisposed to sunburns are

hairless breeds like Chinese Crested and American Hairless terriers. Dogs with thin or white coats, as well as dogs with

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sunscreen to you and your dog (make sure it’s

species appropriate). Your skin and overall health will thank you for it later. •

Don’t worry about how others see you:

Numerous studies attest to the positive mental health benefits pets have on their human counterparts. The unconditional love we give and receive with our pets is a reminder of our own worthiness, even on

• Take a no-shame nap: The Mayo Clinic reports that taking a nap is beneficial for the sleep-deprived, as well as those in need of a mental pick-me-up. The benefits of napping include reduced fatigue, increased alertness, improved mood, quicker reaction time, and better memory. Napping with your pet is a good (and free) way to bond that’ll leave each of you more rejuvenated.

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project in the making is being brought to fruition through the hard work and dedication of individuals focused on the relationship between El Paso and its newest cultural center— The Children’s Museum and Science Center that is set to open in 2022. The master plan, created by Gyroscope, a design firm specializing in emerging museums and cultural organizations, will bring to life one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art, interactive exhibits. In a live stream that took place in November 2020, The El Paso Community Foundation and Gyroscope revealed the exhibits that will inhabit the museum and took the community through a virtual walk-through. Located in the heart of the Downtown Art’s District, The Children’s Museum and Science Center will include immersive and experimental learning,

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December / January 2022 four floors that are STEM-based, children can engage in open-ended play in corresponding learning environments suited for their age group. Beyond the museum’s immersive learning is its inclusivity that connects different cultures, languages, abilities, and ages. The venture has been initiated and broken ground. “Continuing our work with Gyroscope, this is exactly where we expect it to be. We’re on schedule and still working under the same budget.,” says Eric Pearson, CEO of The El Paso Community Foundation, on the forthcoming exhibits. The community can expect to see things really moving in the next couple of months. “We’re happy to have kind of jumped in on this, you know, we always thought this was the

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December / January 2022 game-changer in the quality-of-life bond, and we were able to make it into a world-class place for the community and tourists alike,” says Pearson. The mission of The Children’s Museum and Science Center is to launch imagination and spark discovery. Additionally, the goal is to engage community members by challenging imaginations to think bigger and learn more. One of the first opportunities is to name the museum. The

building,

designed

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award-winning

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Community members can participate in the “Name the Museum

“We are proud to be El Pasoans because we know there is a lot of

Challenge” by going to the museum’s website and submitting their

talent in the borderland, and we can’t wait to invite you to a space

most creative, imaginative, and authentic names to be chosen from.

designed to grow the imagination and spark discovery as limitless as El Paso’s blue sky,” says a spokesperson for the museum.

The winner will be awarded a lifetime family membership.

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he year is coming to an end and the one question that has been lingering since January is “why?” My year started with a trip to the emergency room, the COVID-19 ward with . My mother, whom I came back to El Paso from LA to spend the quarantine with, was in the COVID-19 ICU at this point, only to pass a week later. Just as I was about to return to California to start back at the job that had me on furlough, I was officially laid off. I was aghast as to what was happening in my life. I spent most of this year in a funk, with long-term COVID-19 effects, trying to make sense of it all. I believe there’s a lesson in all experiences, so what is this all about?

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My conclusion is simple: life’s what you make it. I’ve decided to stay in El Paso and enjoy the warmth of the people and land. With this decision, I want to celebrate in style and the new year is a special time to do it. I wouldn’t call myself high maintenance (although it could be debated) but prefer things that are unique and not the norm.

Right now I’m in need of some self-care to look good and feel good for New Year’s Eve parties now that they are back. When thinking of where to start I decided to look up something I have heard of called “Bro-tox”, which is just actually just Botox with a macho prefix. I checked around town to inquire about this procedure. I found out that more and more men are getting cosmetic work done without the stigma, and Botox is very common for guys. I was told it’s good for wrinkles in the forehead, crow’s feet, and the glabella (that spot in between your eyebrows) -- something I can definitely use. Since I’m already in the realm of self-improvement for the new year, I decided I wanted to find a place in El Paso for some sprucing up.

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I discovered Gentlemen’s Republic Barber

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In hopes of not sounding cliché, we all have been through it these past couple of years, and any sense of style went straight out the window as soon as our world became mostly virtual. Now that we’re reemerging back into spaces where we’re taking meetings face-to-face or hanging out with our friends on a regular basis, we’re having to re-learn -- or maybe even rediscover -- our personal style. Without a doubt, we can never go back to who we were before the pandemic because we all discovered how superior elastic waistbands are compared to the confines of denim -- even the stretchiest denim. Luckily, I have my 5 tried-and-true tips to get you out of your style rut and prepare you to enjoy getting ready in the morning this new year.

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Ditch the urge to follow trends. Not enough people are investing in classic wardrobe staples that you can wear over and over again. Yes, a plain white button-up may seem boring to you now, but it’s only the canvas for you to embellish with your personal style and flair. Dress it up for work or other professional events, and then dress it down for the weekends. It’s all about exploring the different ways you can make your pieces work double-duty. Reflect on which pieces are your perfect staples and invest in the best quality of that garment so it’ll last you for years to come.

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s we celebrate another cycle around the sun, let me be the first to say: welcome to the next chapter! For many, the New Year traditionally signals a new beginning. Astrologically speaking,

this couldn’t be more accurate. The Sun and Moon’s union in Capricorn at

the start of the new year is intentional. It reminds us that where we invest our time and energy matters more than we think. Decisions made in the next month have the potential to advance our deepest hopes but require our cooperation. If we want to make meaningful change, we need to commit to setting long-term intentions. Resolutions are out. Revolutions are in. For your monthly astrological forecast, check your Sun and Rising sign.

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Capricorn

December 22 - January 19 With two of the strongest astrological bodies moving in your favor this month, now is the right time to embrace what you may have resisted throughout 2021. Naturally, your manifestations this month hold more power than usual. Whether it be a career shift, promotion, or move to another city, you need to consider your next move. These transits promise fortune in the year ahead. Tarot Card of the Month: The Fool. Do not be afraid to take a leap of faith!

Pisces

February 19 - March 20 Let’s be honest, Pisces. Last year’s transits were difficult for you. The good news is, things look much clearer in the year ahead! You may have felt yourself

Aquarius

January 20 - February 18

going with the motions the last few months. This year, expect to find your voice and take command over your path! You don’t need to wait for a sign or permission. At any moment, you can embrace the life that you deserve. Tarot Card of the Month: The Moon. Your dreams are more attainable than you think.

As Mercury prepares to move into Aquarius this month, you may find yourself radiating with more creativity than usual. Inspiration is on every corner and it is asking you to reassess your talents and abilities! Get serious about your creative potential. What new skills do you want to develop? Now is the time to invest in your craft. There is something here that has the propensity to make you incredibly happy. Tarot Card of the Month: Ace of Pentacles. Your gifts are undeniable.

Aries

March 21 - April 19 Cardinal in nature, you thrive when in constant motion. At its best, your drive allows you to push the envelope and move through challenges. At its worst, restlessness makes it difficult to process what takes time to heal. Last year, you witnessed pain, joy, and everything in between. Look beneath the surface. You can’t put healing on hold. Tarot Card of the Month: Ten of Wands. Release what you can no longer carry with you.

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April 20 - May 20 Spiritually, mentally, and physically, you are working in alignment with your higher self. It’s time to start acting like it! Last year’s transits emphasized your relationship with self-image and confidence. It’s time to put your best foot forward and allow the world to see your

Cancer

June 21 - July 22

growth. This year, Venus is reminding you that beauty cannot be contained, only embraced.

With the Moon and Mars dancing between your head

You deserve a moment in the light. Tarot Card

and heart, you may find yourself struggling to pinpoint

of the Month: The Empress. Take up space that

what changes may be best for you in the long run. While

is rightfully yours.

you may feel pressure from others around you to make decisions as soon as possible, remember that it is okay to take your time. Your growth does not have a deadline. Don’t be afraid to exercise caution with something that may not feel right. Tarot Card of the Month: Three of Wands. Clarity will arrive in its own time.

Gemini

May 21 - June 20 Mercury truly taught you a lesson in patience throughout 2021. Despite being an expert planner, you received your fair share of detours. Though things did not always go according to plan, you learned how to adapt and still came out on top! Take a moment to

Leo

July 23 - August 22

acknowledge how many wins you had in the last year. Considering the circumstances, you did the absolute best you could. Tarot Card of

As we move into the new year, remember

the Month: Nine of Cups. Take pride in everything you have achieved.

that everyone grows at their own pace. It’s easy to compare yourself to the person next to you, but it’s harder to give yourself credit. Your patience will pay off, but you cannot beat yourself up over last year’s shortcomings. Even on your worst day, you could still outshine so many. Trust that this feeling won’t last forever. 2022 is bringing abundance. Tarot Card of the Month: Five of Cups. There is so much more on the other side of loss.

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September 23 - October 22

Virgo

Last year held a critical lesson in independence for you, Libra. Your relationships mean the world to you, but who are you when you

August 23 - September 22 After the year you have had, you deserve a moment of recognition in the new year. While many are just beginning introspective work this year, you are no stranger to digging deeper. In a lot of ways, 2021

aren’t caring for others? You can no longer avoid making decisions for yourself. Keeping others in mind is noble, but not sustainable. At your core, what do you really want? You are embarking on a new cycle that requires you to put yourself first. You are not selfish for prioritizing your happiness. Tarot Card of the Month: Seven of Cups. Only you can decide what comes next.

forced you to grow in a hurry. You consistently proved that growing pains only produce a stronger person. You are entering the new year better for it. A much-needed emotional break is finally here. Tarot Card of the Month: Strength. Your courage is unparalleled.

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October 23 - November 21

challenge you to step up and take on more responsibility in your partnerships. Your romantic and business partnerships are evolving.

If 2021 taught you anything, it’s confidence in your intuition.

You have to evolve with them or risk losing them. Complacency

Astrological transits tested you at nearly every turn, but

is so 2021. It’s time to level up. Tarot Card of the Month: Three of

here you are! You should be incredibly proud of the lessons

Pentacles. Your loved ones are depending on you.

you learned. Your intuition has proved to be your best defense against tough decisions, but be wary of letting it steer you away from new opportunities. Not everything requires a second guess. You deserve things that are too good to be true. Tarot Card of the Month: Queen of Wands.

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