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ear loyal friends of the magazine,
Welcome to our 10-year, 100th-issue celebration. This commemorative edition in combination with a curated museum installation is overwhelming to me. It is more special than words can put on paper. I am a storyteller, and for the past ten years, The City Magazine’s primary focus has been to tell the story of El Paso. We believed it was important that we featured not only people and spaces that are inspiring but also showcase those who might otherwise go unnoticed, “The Doers.” From inception, the force behind our magazine has always been rooted in one mission, to celebrate all the good things going on in the city. I am proud to say that we’ve done just that. I’m feeling extremely sentimental as I reflect on how far we’ve come. We’ve had successes and challenges. I’ve reaped the rewards and suffered through some sacrifices. Through it all, I’ve been fortunate to have always been surrounded by support from loyal staff, my family, and most importantly my children. Chaz and Sarah spent many nights curled up on an office sofa, eating family dinners around the conference room table, and witnessing their mother’s late-night frenzies during monthly press deadlines. My grandchildren Caisen and Brilyn have experienced similar situations while in the loving care of their “Honey.” My hope is that someday when I’m gone, they will turn the pages of past issues and understand why I occasionally missed 18
a ball game or a tumbling event and still be proud of their Mom and “Honey”.
on you to remind me of that every day! I am proud of the man you’ve become. Every mother should be so blessed.
We’ve only had two Managing Editors during our ten years, which speaks to the dedication and passion behind the magazine. Our first was Kim North. Kim will forever hold our past as she dedicated seven years to the magazine. Her dedication, professionalism, and loyalty cannot be measured in words. Kim’s entire family is owed an enormous thank you. Her husband and children were often roaming the halls during late-night deadlines and committed hours to help in whatever capacity we needed. I could not have made it this far without Kim’s help and friendship. Ernie Sanchez, my graphic-design guru of eight years! Ernie’s ability to interpret my vision into a reality month after month has been invaluable. Ernie has patience, tenacity, and loyalty that astonishes me. We’ve definitely burned some midnight oil and I can’t think of a better creative partner. Even Bea, Ernie’s wife, has proven to be a magazine asset as my silent human resource gal. Chaz is my true partner in crime. Could I have asked you to wear any more hats?! Chaz
Our current Editor, Erin Coulehan, holds the magazine’s editorial future in her hands and I could not be more confident in her abilities. She interned at the magazine ten years ago. She left El Paso to earn her wings writing for national publications and as fate would have it, she’s back where she belongs, writing about the town she loves so much. Erin’s passion for writing, editing, and the magazine business is infectious. Our future is in great hands. There are many throughout the years who’ve guarded our mission, whose dedication, loyalty, and work ethic have catapulted us to where we are today, you know who you are and I will always be eternally thankful and count myself lucky to have worked alongside you. I sincerely hope we have done justice to the collection of editorials that have memorialized the history and landscape of El Paso. The museum installation tells a story of our tenyear in a timeline, from the beginning through today. We did it together. And I am forever grateful, El Paso.
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said that was fine, but would I mind also writing about lipstick? One beauty article led to stories on technology and health, then profiles on businessmen and women, and then features on wildlife that had me giving bubble baths to elephants. I found my niche in my early 20s but knew I wasn’t ripe enough to lead. I needed experience and I wasn’t done adventuring. I was accepted into Georgetown University’s School of Professional Studies where I earned a master’s in journalism and interned at iconic institutions like National Geographic and outspoken online magazines like Slate.com. I had a romance with rock and roll reporting that led to a “big break”-type gig at Rolling Stone -- and oh, so much fun! I returned to El Paso in the winter of 2014, still eager to make my mark, this time at home. Over the last ten years, I’ve evolved from intern to editor while also gaining a greater appreciation for El Paso. Thinking about it, every big
We had many difficult conversations about the way we would represent
opportunity for me has been either in or because of El Paso.
events like the August 3rd mass shooting and the COVID-19 pandemic then realized we were telling the story of overcoming obstacles.
This very special 100th issue of the magazine is a testament to how far our community has come over the last decade, as well as a forecast of
A lot has happened over the last decade, and I’m just as excited to
where we’re going and who we hope to be.
have my family at our 100th issue celebration as I was at our first, once upon a time ago. I’m just as excited to celebrate this milestone with
From the culinary expansion of Socorro inspired by the culinary
my fiance, friends, and colleagues I’ve gained and grown with.
and generational legacies of business owners to El Paso’s beloved elephants who’ve served as ambassadors of the city, to some of the
We wouldn’t exist without our readers or this community.
families that give the Borderland its flavor and ferocity -- it’s my belief (hope) that there’s an editorial in here for everyone.
None of this would’ve been possible without our fabulous team, Shelley, Chaz, Mari, Megan, Omar, Ernie, Maggie, and Amber; our
In addition to this special issue, we’ve curated an entire museum
wonderful partners who remind us to eat and love us even when we’re
going to print or planning a party (usually both), Blaine, Ed, Chris, Bea and Sarah; and our children who we work so hard for (too many human
The International Museum of Art was gracious/crazy enough to bring
and canine to list on a tight word count).
our wild dream of a ten-year retrospective to life. We’ve gone through all 100 issues of the lifestyle magazine to pick out some of the most
We’re so lucky to have so much to celebrate.
memorable editorials and situated them -- literally and figuratively -- in El Paso’s history over the last world-changing decades. 20
Now to start planning the next 100 issues.
JUNE 2022 VOLUME 100
Beyond the Rainbow: THE BORDERLAND RAINBOW CENTER LEADING IN LEGACY N IN HEALTHCARE
The Power of Family
Honoring EL PASO’S ELEPHANTS
By: THE CITY MAGAZINE STAFF
By: ERIN COULEHAN
By: ANDI R. TISCARENO
Here and Now
Catching up WITH KHALID
‘Nacho’ Average Appetizer
Honoring AUGUST 3RD
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Khalid Catching up with
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C at c h i n g u p w i t h K h a l i d
a blessing, so I want to push it as far as I
to touch fans through my music. I want my
can go, experiment, try new genres, and tell
evolution to be proof to others that embracing
stories I haven’t told.”
your true self and living in your purpose can lead to happiness within yourself.
Khalid’s storytelling through song has made him a five-time Grammy Award-nominated
multiplatinum artist who continues to make
How does El Paso inspire you?
music and give back to the Borderland through his nonprofit, the Great Khalid
The city of El Paso has a close-knit community and it’s inspirational to see how everyone
For this special issue, The City Magazine
comes together to push the city forward and
caught up with Khalid on El Paso, legacies,
create opportunities to uplift the community.
and what comes next.
Everything from supporting local businesses to standing up for diversity and inclusion, El
The City Magazine
Paso is a gem that I’m truly proud of.
What makes you proud of El Paso? Khalid I’m proud of El Paso’s community. Growing up a military kid and moving around so often, El Paso was the city that embraced me with open arms. Because of that, I am proud to call El Paso my home. TCM
This issue is all about legacies, l Paso has always been a haven
what do you hope your legacy to be?
for musicians and artists, our dry deserts serving as a rich oasis for
creativity somewhere between
I hope for my legacy to show my dedication
LA and Austin. For Khalid, a former
to pushing boundaries in music and in
DIY online artist turned global superstar, El
philanthropy. I’m blessed to do what I love
Paso has also served as a haven for both
and I want to inspire the next generation
independence and creativity.
of youth to stay true to themselves and persevere. This is why I started The Great
A lot has happened since Khalid wrote his
Khalid Foundation, with the mission of
first song in 2015 and then catapulted to
supporting youth in education and the arts.
superstardom, but he remains focused and interested in exploring his range as an artist.
TCM You’ve done so much within the
“I’ve learned the capability I have as an
last 5 years, what do you see ahead
artist,” he says. “I don’t want to limit myself
in the next 5 years?
to one sound or genre. I love music across the board. I might write a folk song in my
Notes app, or I might go into the studio and
I want to keep learning, continue to grow
do an R&B track. My purpose is to make
artistically, and become the best version of
music that’s true to me. I have the chance
myself. Expand into fashion, film/television,
to relate to people around the world. That’s
and executive producing, while continuing
Culinary | Words and photos by: CLAUDIA FLORES |
Exploring Socorro’s Culinary Fronteir
Socorro is expanding its culinary footprint with new options to explore unique cuisine in the Southwest that is rooted in family traditions and
Frontier generations of knowledge. As the community continues to grow, the culinary expansion is inviting El Pasoans to venture east and for
adventures with new tastes in town inspired by entrepreneurs honoring their own family legacies.
wned by 29-year-old chef, Enrique
Lozano as a business owner.
Lozano, former owner, and Chef of
“When I came back to El Paso
Nishi Ramen, El Charlatan, located at 10180
for family reasons, I decided
Socorro Rd., brings a unique experience with
that instead of taking a step back
the blending of Mexican and Asian cuisine.
and work at any restaurant, I had to open
2021, El Charlatan offers a rich blend of
my thing, and then I did Nishi Ramen,”
Mexican and Asian Cuisine, such as Chicken
Chilmole Tacos season with Togarashi and
Lozano has worked at renowned restaurants
Opened in October of
Carrilleras Short Ribs inspired by the classic
throughout his career, such as Michelin Star restaurant Next in Chicago, and said working
In 2017, at the age of 24, Lozano ventured
there was a big culture shock.
into his first restaurant. A ramen shop that
was located Downtown. At Nishi, Lozano
For Lozano, one of his priorities as owner
“The way things were
experimented with different recipes and
and executive chef of El Charlatan is giving
done in the kitchen was
flavors, that he brought back to El Charlatan
clients the best experience possible.
very specific, calculated,
after three years.
and meticulous, and it was something that I’d never seen before,” Lozano said. However, after working in Chicago for six months and returning to his hometown, the experience opened a new path for www.thecitymagazineelp.com
While some restaurants serve bread as a “It was surreal at the time,
starter, Lozano serves his clients a fresh
and it was something that just
handmade flour tortilla along with their
happened. I didn’t really have
special house-made miso butter.
a game plan for it. I just knew I
wanted to do it and got it done,” Lozano said.
“We really take the time with our clients,
“It lasted about two years before I decided to
even if we’re super busy, we really try to take
close it for financial reasons, but now moving
time to make the customer feel this is their
forward, I wanted to open up a ramen shop,
time and nobody else’s,” Lozano said.
but also touch back on my roots, which is Mexican.”
Most recently, El Charlatan came out in ‘Texas Monthly’s Dining Guide’ as one of the top restaurants in Texas for 2022. 29
Café Cocol I
f El Charlatan sounds like the place for a
According to Carlos, the name of the café,
great meal, right next-door Café Cocol offers
Cocol, originates from her childhood since it
quality coffee along with a great atmosphere.
was what his grandfather used to call the drink. “He would call my grandma and say, ‘Dame
Coming from a Latino family, Lizabeth Carlos,
mi Cocol’ and he was referring to the coffee.
31, always saw coffee as a ritual in her home.
He would sit at the table and have his café
The drink was a must in the mornings and the
instantaneo, Nescafe,” Carlos said. “Then, my
evenings for her family, and it was the scent that
grandma would bring her the water, sugar and
later pushed her to start working in coffee shops.
coffee, and that’s when I would smell the jars, and the smell still reminds me of home.”
“I’ve always loved the smell of it and right after high school I started working at a coffee shop
After working for a couple of years at Joe Vinny
and I never stopped,” Carlos said. “I kind of
& Bronsons Bohemian Café, one day, Enrique
knew I wanted to have a little coffee shop of
Lozano, a friend of Carlos and owner of El
some sort, something chill and welcoming, and
Charlatan, approached her with the opportunity
it came out of nowhere really, I was planning it
to finally open her own shop.
and planning it and I never thought it was going to be this big.”
“One day he just shot me a message and was like ‘Hey do you still want to open that coffee
Exploring Socorro’s Culinary Fronteir
shop?’ and I said yes, then he told me ‘I have
Signature drinks like the Abuelita Latte
a little spot for you.’ Initially, I blew him off
and Mazapan Latte, says Carlos, bring you
because big dreams like this are scary,”
Carlos said. “At first I thought it was going to be a little room because I knew he was
“These flavors remind you of your grandma’s
opening his second restaurant, but when I
house and drinking chocolate abuelita. Or
walked in here, I was blown away.”
eating Mazapan at children’s parties, and for so long I was holding on to the idea of
Decorated with vibrant colors contrasting
these drinks,” Carlos said. “When I worked
with the white walls of the place, plants, and
at coffee shops and had an idea for a drink
the adobe infrastructure, give Café Cocol a
I was like ‘I’m going to put that drink in my
cozy look that’s a must for coffee shops.
shop, and now they’re a hit.”
Exploring Socorro’s Culinary Fronteir
ithin less than a half mile of
According to Ralph, the farm now stands
“We’re not certified organic, but we follow all
distance between Café Cocol and
on the place that once was The Lupe Garcia
organic practices. We encourage people to go
El Charlatan, Bodega Loya serves
Dairy, one of the first original established
look at the garden,” Marty Loya said. “There
dairies on the Mission Trail.
is no shipping of vegetables or fruit, we don’t
the community of Socorro with fresh
freeze anything. It’s literally from the farm to
ingredients that go from the farm directly into the hands of customers.
“My dad was raised by his Godparents, the
their house, and people like that about us.”
García’s and they raised him as a farmer
For Marty and Ralph Loya, farming’s been the
and dairyman,” said Marty Loya. “When
Aside from farming, the Loyas decided
family business for generations. Located at
I inherited the farm, we continued having
to open a space where people from the
10257 Socorro Rd., the establishment that’s
people grow cotton. We tried alfalfa and
community and artists could enjoy a venue.
been in Socorro for over 100 years is now a
other things, but it wasn’t going anywhere,
fresh produce farm and coffee shop all in one.
so about three years ago we decided to try
At Cafecito, the customers can go in for
a cup of coffee or freshly brewed tea with herbs cut directly from the garden, while
“I grew up with farming as a kid, my dad was a farmer and we always helped him and
One of the unique characteristics of Bodega
looking at the art that hangs from the walls of
learned from that,” Ralph Loya said. “It’s
Loya is the experience it offers customers by
the adobe house.
always been a dream of mine to continue
harvesting fresh produce directly from the
doing that after I retire and when COVID hit it
ground to their kitchen tables.
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June 2022 art gallery where artists could sell their art
in the Socorro community and customers can
within the walls of this house,” Marty said.
find products from other vendors such as
“We opened the coffee shop in October of
chicken and ducks eggs from local farmers and
2021, and we’ve been slowly adding more
dairy products from Licon Dairy.
artists to the place.” “When you have connections then you Loya,
have more items to sell. You have a variety
customers can come in for fresh produce all
so that when people come to the bodega,
they don’t just have a couple of things to
purchase, but they find there’s quite a bit of Apart from their own products, the bodega has strong connections with other local businesses
variety,” Marty said.
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he significance of life on
the border is commemorated
lxs dos honors life on the Border | By: AMBER LANAHAN |
in art throughout El Paso and is celebrated in deserts beyond our own. Music fans and the local
art scene were given a treat this year at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival that honors the legacy of the border, as El Paso artists LxsDos were selected to create an installation for the highly-anticipated event. El Paso’s artistic duo have taken on their largest sculpture project yet in “La Guardiana,” a piece that tells a story of the ongoing refugee crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border. Artists Christian and Ramon Cardenas are the pair that make up LxsDos (also known as Los Dos). Their work showcases a collection of experiences that occur while living on the border that intersects and resonates throughout the country. LxsDos
Coachella’s newly commissioned immersive art
international acclaim and enhanced attention to the legacy of life on the border. “During the finishing process [for ‘La Guardiana’], before, the festival, we had many interactions with the workers who were setting up this place, mainly immigrant workers and Chicanos. My heart was warm and they brought tears to my eyes literally every day with their comments,” LxDos wrote on Instagram of the Coachella experience. “Many mentioned that it’s the first art work here that represents them. So we are completely satisfied with that. Even though people will interact with it on manly levels, those were some of the most significant ones for us. We also met some pretty awesome people hanging out by the work,” they continued. LxsDos has built its platform utilizing an array of art mediums, from screen printing to
June 2022 inflatable sculptures in order to share stories with its audience. The most notable of these techniques is the duo’s street murals, which can be found in local neighborhoods. In a 2016 interview, the couple explained their reason for the street art medium was its accessibility to the general public. The pair share the belief held by many fellow street artists in the desire to make art available to all audiences. “Being exposed to art is a luxury,” Christian disclosed. “It’s a way to make art available to poor neighborhoods or people who don’t have the opportunity to go to a city museum,” Ramon would conclude. El Paso’s Segundo Barrio holds one of many pieces dedicated to this mission, the mural, “Sister Cities/Ciudades Hermanas.” The display takes the image of twin sisters, symbols for the cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. Their hair weaves together, which represents the two cities’ interwoven relationship. Using bright hues of green, blue, and yellow the couple pays homage to rich Latino culture while highlighting similarities between sister cities. Within the sisters’ clothing are small tributes to street vendors, musicians, and other individuals who have significantly influenced the artists’ lives. In 2019, LxsDos received an email from an unknown source asking if they’d like to work on a piece for a band. Taking a chance on this potential spam mail would become a lifetime opportunity, as the callback representative proposed a collaboration with Rage Against The Machine. “It was one of those things where we couldn’t say ‘no,’” Ramon told KTEP earlier this Spring. “It was a call that could change everything.” The art duo was asked to use their knowledge of the U.S.-Mexico border experience to design a poster for the band’s reunion tour (the tour was later rescheduled due to COVID-19). “They were planning on having a reunion and doing something big,” said Ramon. “And they wanted to start at the border and address refugees along the U.S.-Mexico border,” added Christian. The couple said the request was perfect because immigration and border issues are frequent motifs in their work. “La Guardiana” would become a piece dedicated to the reasons and risks faced in refugee journeys to a hopeful haven once Paul Clemente, Art Director for Coachella invited the duo to turn the image into an installation. The visage of a female refugee, presumed to be a mother, holds a baby protectively to her back with her rebozo (shawl). A pair of horns, symbolizing strength, serve as one of the only clues to the woman’s facial appearance 38
as a dark mask conceals her identity from onlookers. Her enredo (skirt)
tells the story of a people that make the dangerous trek to the border via train or boat. “La Guardiana” stands as the protector of refugees from Mexico, Central America, and many others displaced across the globe. Rising at a staggering 30 feet, this symbol of hope watched over an admiring audience of musicians and concertgoers at Coachella. While LxsDos spent the months prior to Coachella working on “La Guardiana’s” massive structure, the artists took the opportunity to decompress during the festival. Christian and Ramon enjoyed the event’s vast range of artistic talents throughout the event. On social media, one could see the artists meeting new and old fans of their work as they posed proudly by their goddess refugee. However, this pair of creatives could not stay away from the brush for long, as their second week of the event had an exciting addition to the “La Guardiana” experience with the creation of a unique hand-crafted mask. While the individual pieces had their unique design, one could not help but recognize the similarity to “La Guardiana.” This correlation between the masks and the sculpture added a fascinating feature to the work’s interpretation, as those adorning the masks could be depicted as worshippers of “La Guardiana’s” figure. The masks as an item of worship might be a silent nod to the indigenous cultures of Latin America, whose religious practices bear vibrant masks and attire for ceremonial rituals. For those unable to catch the installation onsite, all of the event’s artistic displays will be relocated to a new home. These locations will serve as the art’s permanent residence for an audience to come. Until then, El Pasoans and others can experience the work of LxsDos throughout El Paso and Ciudad Juarez while taking in the culture that inspires their work in the process.
Beyond the Rainbow
The Borderland Rainbow Center Leading in Legacy | Words and photos by: ANDI R. TISCARENO |
B e yo n d t h e R a i n b ow l e a d i n g i n l eg acy
he city of El Paso has long held a
legacy of empowerment through advocacy
not being met, I knew I had to do something,”
from gender-affirming therapy and support
groups, HIV services, deaf services, youth and senior services, education and training
and service to others. This legacy is embodied in its people through their
With the inspiration and the drive to serve, Dr.
services, and even a weekly volunteer-
resiliency and familial sense of community
Risch established the Borderland Rainbow
operated food pantry that serves up to 300 El
Center with a larger vision in mind.
Pasoans per week.
out with its own legacy of empowerment is
“It’s always been an open-ended project for
Many of these services are free and open to
an LGBTQ+ community center called The
me;” says Dr. Risch, “the whole point was to
the public, holding true to the BRC’s intended
Borderland Rainbow Center. The Borderland
respond to the community need.”
mission of allowing a space for everybody
through activists, non-profit organizations, and volunteers. One non-profit that stands
within the community to have a seat at their
Rainbow Center (BRC) was founded in 2016 And respond she did.
and expertise to providing a safe space for
The BRC was established with this mission
LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies to have
in mind: to create a community space in
Borderland to combatting discrimination
access to the resources they need.
which lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,
and empowering youth with volunteer and
questioning, and intersex (LGBTQI) people
advocacy opportunities, the BRC continues
The inspiration for the center came in
and their allies can heal, grow, and empower
to stay on point with the mission Dr. Risch
late 2015 when another organization that
themselves and others.
about to close its doors and displace several
As the center grew and word of its services
For one transgender woman, the BRC
transgender youths and their families who
spread, El Pasoans who identified as
allowed her the opportunity to have more
would lose out on this important resource.
LGBTQ+ (and even those who didn’t) now
interaction with others like her.
by Executive Director Dr. Brenda Risch (She/ they), who has dedicated her time, energy,
facilitated a transgender support group was
had a place where they could engage the Concerned as to what would become of
community through services and volunteer
“It gave me access to other people that
the families and the transgender youths,
opportunities while also having access to the
were experiencing the same things I was,”
Dr. Risch drafted a needs assessment the
resources they needed.
Jocelyn Elena Stout says.
that confirmed my worst fears, that about
Now located at 2714 Wyoming Ave., the BRC
“No other center really made me feel like it
95% of the needs of the community were
offers resources to the El Paso public ranging
was a home,” she adds.
following spring. “When I saw those results
B e yo n d t h e R a i n b ow l e a d i n g i n l eg acy
Jocelyn has volunteered with the BRC for
opportunities to advocate on behalf of the
“I am loving how the BRC spotlights our
three years as a member of the center’s
transgender community and LGBTQ+ rights
successful LGBTQ community members.
board of directors, showcasing the drive the
in El Paso as a transgender advocate and
For me, that’s important because I want my
center inspires to volunteer and serve within
employee of the BRC.
kids to be able to see that. I want them to be able to see representation, especially for
the community. This past March, I had the opportunity to
my kiddo who is trans,” says Lorena (Lori)
The BRC has since proven to be a valuable
speak on behalf of the BRC before the
and safe place for trans and LGBTQ+
individuals such as Jocelyn.
resolution to officially recognize March 31st
Lori previously worked with the BRC as the
as Transgender Day of Visibility in El Paso.
Youth and Senior Services Coordinator; now
she continues to volunteer as the Center’s
“I’ve met so many different people and met other trans women; it gave me so
The BRC inspires everyone who comes
Parent Liaison. To Lori, there wasn’t a
many different opportunities to learn more
through its doors and drives them to truly be
whole lot of representation or visibility in the
about the community and to advocate for
the change the community needs. It is what
community growing up. Now she says that
the community. Opportunities I didn’t have
has inspired me to continue to advocate
“One of my favorite things is watching our
before I knew of the (Borderland) Rainbow
and use my visibility to the advantage of the
community network. Everybody is willing
Center,” she says.
community whenever the BRC produces the
to help everybody. It makes me feel very
chance to do so.
protected and makes me feel like we aren’t that small.”
As an organization that promotes diversity With this level of community representation
LGBTQ+ community members, the BRC
and inspiration to advocate, many other
The BRC has touched the lives of many in
continues to establish a legacy of change and
LGBTQ+ El Pasoans see their view of the
the Borderland and it leaves a mark no one
empowerment. Moreover, I have had many
community in their city changing in many ways.
will easily forget.
and encourages empowerment amongst
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y r a r e T t i L y c a g e L
he Borderland is home to rich history, culture, and lifestyles that have inspired writers for generations.
From tales of the Wild West to stories of falling in
love, El Paso’s literary legacy continues as the region
serves as the home for many successful writers, as well as students developing their own literary voices. Take a journey through the mind of the creative imagination with these books with unique ties to El Paso.
| By: ERIN COULEHAN |
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver Published in 1981 when the author was living in El Paso and teaching at UTEP. The short story was lauded by critics and continues to live in the canon of American short stories. The story centers on a dinner conversation about the definition of “real love” that some locals say was inspired by an actual dinner party in El Paso’s upper valley.
Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart Lake Success is a love letter to El Paso during one of the most divisive periods in American history. The novel takes place during the 2016 Presidential Election when the disenchanted narrator packs his bags and embarks on a cross-country bus ride to reclaim a long-lost love who is a professor at UTEP. Shteyngart visited El Paso during the course of writing the novel, and sharpeyed readers will appreciate references to beloved sites in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez.
Thirty Talks Weird Love by Alessandra Narvaez Varela explores adolescence along the El Paso-Juárez border during the late 90s and early aughts. Narvaez Varela is a native of the region and uses her experiences as a teen to teach readers of all ages about the art of self-love and acceptance.
Everything Begins and Ends At the Kentucky Club by Benjamin Alire Saenz Everything Begins and Ends At the Kentucky Club celebrates the longstanding history of The Kentucky Club, located just south of the Santa Fe Bridge near downtown El Paso. The book is a collection of short stories that examines borders in the literal and abstract senses from geographical to sexual that elucidates the many different lived experiences of those in the Borderland.
¡Ándale, Prieta! A Love Letter to My Family by Yasmin Ramirez ¡Ándale, Prieta! A Love Letter to My Family is a coming-of-age memoir that functions as an homage to Ramirez’s family legacy by honoring the strength of her tough-as-nails grandmother. The memoir is a love letter to the resilience of the author’s family that persevered despite challenges, which created tough and intelligent women in the process.
Looking Back – And Forward to – El Paso’s Growing Healthcare Landscape | By: DR. OGECHIKA ALOZIE |
he first thing I think about when I look at 2022 and look back to when I came here in 2010 is that everybody has an origin story. I’ve told my origin story ad nauseam but here goes: I moved
to the United States as a kid when I was four months old. My mom and dad were Ph.D. students. My dad, unfortunately, died when I was four years old from liver complications. Anyway, I grew up in Minnesota until I was 16. My mom was working on her Ph.D. then and self-deported me back to Nigeria to get “cultured”. I finished high school and went to medical school there before moving back to Minnesota in 2002. In Minnesota, I did more medical training and finished my infectious disease fellowship
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in 2010. My wife, an Associate Professor
start an HIV clinic because that’s sort of my
But the doctor shortage remains in need of
at Texas Tech University Health Sciences
specialty and focus, so I got to that by the
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Fall of 2010. Data collected from 2009 to 2012 reports a 51
Department, hated the cold in Minnesota, so we had to look for work somewhere below
Things have changed a great deal since then.
percent increase in the number of physicians in El Paso, increasing from 1,068 to 1,613.
the Mason Dixon line. If I look back at the landscape of El Paso at “Hey! You should come to El Paso,” I
that point in time, I really didn’t understand
El Paso County is experiencing some of the
remember a recruiter saying to me.
the landscape of El Paso healthcare. All I
fastest growth in the number of doctors
knew was Texas Tech, which was a gift and
coming to the region. For example, the Texas
Medical Board reports a 44 percent increase
“Hey! Yeah, I shouldn’t” is what I remember
in the number of doctors between 2010
thinking. As I looked around El Paso, I quickly
to 2019, compared to 40 percent in Travis
It’s funny, I look back 12 years later and it’s
became aligned with and aware of what
County, 31 percent in Hidalgo County, and 28
the same resistance I get when I tell people
was happening in other places within the
percent in Dallas County.
they should move to El Paso.
But I decided to take a shot and try it out. We
seemed disjointed, especially with a shortage
If you look at our community, it’s clear that
of physicians in El Paso.
our hospitals have improved greatly, such as University Medical Center expanding its
visited El Paso and really liked it. Despite the shortage, progress has been
ambulatory footprint. Historically there were
TTUHSCEP offered my wife an academic
made over the last decade that suggests
very few hospital-based outpatient clinics.
position and gave me an opportunity to
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| By: ERIN COULEHAN |
he significance of life on the border is
LxsDos was invited to participate in Coachella’s newly
commemorated in art throughout El Paso
commissioned immersive art exhibit, an honor that’s
and is celebrated in deserts beyond our own. Music
garnered international acclaim and enhanced attention
fans and the local art scene were given a treat this
to the legacy of life on the border.
year at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival that honors the legacy of the border, as El Paso
“During the finishing process [for ‘La Guardiana’],
artists LxsDos were selected to create an installation
before, the festival, we had many interactions with
for the highly-anticipated event.
the workers who were setting up this place, mainly immigrant workers and Chicanos. My heart was warm
El Paso’s artistic duo have taken on their largest
and they brought tears to my eyes literally every day
sculpture project yet in “La Guardiana,” a piece that
with their comments,” LxDos wrote on Instagram of
tells a story of the ongoing refugee crisis along the U.S.-
the Coachella experience.
Mexico border. “Many mentioned that it’s the first art work here that Artists Christian and Ramon Cardenas are the pair
represents them. So we are completely satisfied with
that make up LxsDos (also known as Los Dos). Their
that. Even though people will interact with it on manly
work showcases a collection of experiences that
levels, those were some of the most significant ones
occur while living on the border that intersects and
for us. We also met some pretty awesome people
resonates throughout the country.
hanging out by the work,” they continued.
Covering the Cit y with the ‘People’s Museum’
LxsDos has built its platform utilizing an array of art mediums,
The display takes the image of twin sisters, symbols for the
from screen printing to inflatable sculptures in order to
cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. Their hair weaves together,
share stories with its audience. The most notable of these
which represents the two cities’ interwoven relationship. Using
techniques is the duo’s street murals, which can be found in
bright hues of green, blue, and yellow the couple pays homage
to rich Latino culture while highlighting similarities between sister cities. Within the sisters’ clothing are small tributes to
In a 2016 interview, the couple explained their reason for the
street vendors, musicians, and other individuals who have
street art medium was its accessibility to the general public.
significantly influenced the artists’ lives.
The pair share the belief held by many fellow street artists in the desire to make art available to all audiences.
In 2019, LxsDos received an email from an unknown source asking if they’d like to work on a piece for a band. Taking a
“Being exposed to art is a luxury,” Christian disclosed. “It’s
chance on this potential spam mail would become a lifetime
a way to make art available to poor neighborhoods or people
opportunity, as the callback representative proposed a
who don’t have the opportunity to go to a city museum,”
collaboration with Rage Against The Machine.
Ramon would conclude. “It was one of those things where we couldn’t say ‘no,’” El Paso’s Segundo Barrio holds one of many pieces dedicated
Ramon told KTEP earlier this Spring. “It was a call that could
to this mission, the mural, “Sister Cities/Ciudades Hermanas.”
The art duo was asked to use their knowledge of the U.S.-
once Paul Clemente, Art Director for Coachella invited the duo
Mexico border experience to design a poster for the band’s
to turn the image into an installation.
reunion tour (the tour was later rescheduled due to COVID-19). The visage of a female refugee, presumed to be a mother, “They were planning on having a reunion and doing something
holds a baby protectively to her back with her rebozo (shawl).
big,” said Ramon.
A pair of horns, symbolizing strength, serve as one of the only clues to the woman’s facial appearance as a dark mask
“And they wanted to start at the border and address refugees
conceals her identity from onlookers. Her enredo (skirt) tells
along the U.S.-Mexico border,” added Christian.
the story of a people that make the dangerous trek to the border via train or boat.
The couple said the request was perfect because immigration and border issues are frequent motifs in their work.
“La Guardiana” stands as the protector of refugees from Mexico, Central America, and many others displaced across
“La Guardiana” would become a piece dedicated to the
the globe. Rising at a staggering 30 feet, this symbol of
reasons and risks faced in refugee journeys to a hopeful haven
hope watched over an admiring audience of musicians and concertgoers at Coachella.
Covering the Cit y with the ‘People’s Museum’
While LxsDos spent the months prior to Coachella working
correlation between the masks and the sculpture added a
on “La Guardiana’s” massive structure, the artists took the
fascinating feature to the work’s interpretation, as those
opportunity to decompress during the festival.
adorning the masks could be depicted as worshippers of “La Guardiana’s” figure. The masks as an item of worship might be
Christian and Ramon enjoyed the event’s vast range of artistic
a silent nod to the indigenous cultures of Latin America, whose
talents throughout the event. On social media, one could see
religious practices bear vibrant masks and attire for ceremonial
the artists meeting new and old fans of their work as they
posed proudly by their goddess refugee. For those unable to catch the installation on-site, all of the However, this pair of creatives could not stay away from the
event’s artistic displays will be relocated to a new home. These
brush for long, as their second week of the event had an
locations will serve as the art’s permanent residence for an
exciting addition to the “La Guardiana” experience with the
audience to come.
creation of a unique hand-crafted mask. Until then, El Pasoans and others can experience the work of While the individual pieces had their unique design, one could
LxsDos throughout El Paso and Ciudad Juarez while taking in
not help but recognize the similarity to “La Guardiana.” This
the culture that inspires their work in the process.
| By: DANIEL HERNANDEZ photos courtesy of: BORDER AIDS PARTNERSHIP |
H o n o r i n g L eg ac y a n d P r i d e i n E l Pa s o
une brings the start of summer and many
community by raising funds and awareness
celebrations. Celebrations feel much safer
devoted to HIV/AIDS education, testing, and
to attend this year such as Father’s Day
gatherings, Juneteenth events, and Pride.
Pride has become quite a positive event for
the LGBT+ community, reinforcing a bold
message of love and support for those who
and confident feeling for the participants.
have historically been marginalized in the mainstream. The LGBTQ+ community has
This June, El Paso’s Border Aids Partnership
faced many overt and irrational prejudices,
is continuing its mission to serve the
especially with the AIDS pandemic which 81
H o n o r i n g L eg ac y a n d P r i d e i n E l Pa s o
started in the early 80s. What happened within
Hilton explained to me that BAP “works
which is the time I began getting news that
the gay community because of AIDS was not
to support education and outreach for
AIDS had entered my life.
only devastating but also revolutionary. It
organizations dealing with HIV & AIDS.” It started with my cousin Bobby dying. Then
became an experience of community activism because we could only rely on ourselves, as
In 2020, BAP granted $50,000 to four HIV/
it was mentioned that an acquaintance, who I
so many had been ostracized. This led to
AIDS organizations in El Paso and Juarez, and
hadn’t seen in a while had been sick and died.
proactive, self-sustaining methods within the
advocates in other ways, as well.
Soon after, I heard Roland that worked at the mall with me died, and so did his boyfriend
community to support one another through emotional and financial assistance for those
BAP has been a positive influence in our
Tom. My friend Mario died. And then Mark,
in need of help. Many great charities and
community by creating a variety of events
my favorite TA when I was at Yale, died.
organizations came out of the AIDS crisis that
that combine fun and fundraising for a good
still provides services to those in need, such
cause. In the past, they have put on “Dining
Later, my dear friend Richard died, among
as Project Angel Food, God’s Love We Deliver,
Por Vida” and Red Gala Fashion Show.
others over the years.
BAP’s Spotlight Art Auction extravaganza
That feeling and memory came back to me
and Border AIDS Partnership in El Paso. continue
is a winter highlight in El Paso, with artists
during COVID-19. It started with a friend of
celebrating Pride in El Paso because we are
donating their work to be auctioned off.
my brother dying early summer of 2020, my
unique in being a border city. As THE largest
There are often pieces by well-known local,
friend’s nephew died, then my childhood
border population in the world, El Paso Pride
national, and international artists available at
friend’s mom died, and many more.
creates a positive environment celebrating
a great price that’s for a wonderful cause.
My mother died.
the LGBTQIA+ people that are part of this 2.5 million person community,” says Wayne Hilton,
The organization’s other big event is AIDS
President of the Border Aids Partnership.
Walk El Paso.
In 1994, the El Paso Community Foundation
AIDS Walk started in LA in 1985 not only
and the US/Mexico Border Health Association
to fundraise but to celebrate and advocate
created a local HIV/AIDS partnership to
for inclusiveness and civil rights of the
AIDS has come a long way in its treatment,
provide assistance to nonprofit organizations
prevention, and stigma, but is still around
I was constantly hearing about someone dying of COVID-19 just like what happened
(albeit at a lower rate).
in the region working on this critical health problem. With support from AIDS United,
AIDS gave me a trauma that resurged with
with AIDS decades earlier.
In the early 90s, there was the first public advertisement for Gay Pride in El Paso. It was a
AIDS Partnership (BAP); a collaborative that has been providing funding for HIV/
I was deeply affected by the current
billboard across from Bassett Center Mall. I was
AIDS education and prevention in El Paso,
pandemic, but there was also an all too
so surprised to see it and almost too closeted
Southern New Mexico, and Juárez.
familiar feeling as it snowballed around the
to even look at it. The billboard was vandalized
world. When I started college in the late 80s,
right away; someone threw paint on it.
I was outraged but too insecure to voice it. I’ve learned in life that I can only care about what I think of myself and let go of anyone else’s ideas of me. I am so proud of my life
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and the things I’ve accomplished and the things I’m still learning. Pride is a consciousness of one’s own dignity. “My hope for the Border AIDS Partnership legacy is that we will be known as an organization that has always committed to the fight of ending HIV/AIDS,” says Hilton. “Awareness of HIV/AIDS related issues has fluctuated over the last forty years, however, in our almost 30 years of existence, we have consistently supported organizations that share our vision of finding a cure to HIV/AIDS.” I hope we all feel that within ourselves, and a great place to express that is at AIDS Walk, on June 19th, Memorial Park.
FEMAP’ s Forward-thinking
Improves Lives on the Border | By: ERIN COULEHAN photos courtesy of: FEMAP |
ifteen minutes in El Paso can be
Like many other children in the c
spent traveling from Northwest El
was born with a cleft palate, an ope
Paso to downtown, waiting in line at
roof of the mouth that occurs when
a drive-thru for coffee in the morning,
not fuse properly during fetal de
enjoying a power nap, or participating in other
Unlike many of the other children,
somewhat mundane ordinary activities.
starving to death because of pylor
an uncommon condition in infants Extraordinary things can happen, too.
food from traveling from the stom small intestine.
Fifteen minutes can also be spent performing life-saving surgery for children who otherwise
“He was going to die,” explains
wouldn’t have a chance at a long or healthy life.
Yates, a cranial and facial surgeon
Children’s Hospital who volun
At least for kids like Pablo, a patient at
FEMAP, on a sunny day at the clin
FEMAP’s craniofacial clinic in Ciudad Juarez.
were able to save him.”
FEMAP uses a multifaceted approach in three
Diego’s life was saved thanks to
strategic areas to bolster health along the
many binational and bicultural p
border: health, education, and social programs.
that exist between El Paso Childre
ifteen minutes in El Paso can be
Like many other children in the clinic, Diego
care to families in need. FEMAP’s mission
spent traveling from Northwest El
was born with a cleft palate, an opening in the
for nearly 50 years has been to improve the
Paso to downtown, waiting in line at
roof of the mouth that occurs when tissues do
quality of life for people and families through
a drive-thru for coffee in the morning,
not fuse properly during fetal development.
health services, education, research, and
enjoying a power nap, or participating in other
Unlike many of the other children, Diego was
somewhat mundane ordinary activities.
starving to death because of pyloric stenosis,
Extraordinary things can happen, too.
an uncommon condition in infants that blocks
“It’s a special thing to visit the clinics and
food from traveling from the stomach to the
witness the wonderful work of all the doctors
who make an impact in the lives of kids like Diego,” says Yubia Fierro, Executive Director
Fifteen minutes can also be spent performing life-saving surgery for children who otherwise
“He was going to die,” explains Dr. David
wouldn’t have a chance at a long or healthy life.
Yates, a cranial and facial surgeon at El Paso
of the FEMAP Foundation.
Children’s Hospital who volunteers with
FEMAP provides community members with
At least for kids like Pablo, a patient at
FEMAP, on a sunny day at the clinic. “But we
general and specialty consultations that
FEMAP’s craniofacial clinic in Ciudad Juarez.
were able to save him.”
include procedures like cleft palate repairs performed at the Craniofacial Clinic founded by Dr. Vernon Burke.
FEMAP uses a multifaceted approach in three
Diego’s life was saved thanks to one of the
strategic areas to bolster health along the
many binational and bicultural partnerships
border: health, education, and social programs.
that exist between El Paso Children’s Hospital
“Recognizing the interconnectivity of the
and FEMAP to provide health and medical
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of two countries and three states – community partners on both sides of the U.S. – Mexico border have invested in quality-of-life improvement initiatives, with FEMAP playing a central role in the region,” says Fierro. Every month, Dr. Yates and other generous talents donate their time and services to FEMAP’s clinics that lead to improved quality of health (and life) for families in Juarez and other cities throughout Mexico. To date, almost 1 million procedures have been performed at FEMAP clinics that have helped more than 200,000 people. FEMAP was founded by Guadalupe Arizpe De la Vega in Northern Mexico and has been internationally recognized for its work. De la Vega was the first Mexican woman to receive the Woodrow Wilson Award in 2013, for example. In 1992, Adair Margo created The FEMAP Foundation in the U.S., a non-profit organization established to complement regional efforts to improve the quality of life for those living in poverty via healthcare, education, outreach, and economic development. “FEMAP is a chain of solidarity that exist on our border, and it demonstrates how things multiply when we help each other,” says Margo. www.thecitymagazineelp.com
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June 2022 On the day of my visit, we hopped in a van near downtown El Paso, crossing quickly into Juarez, and then entered the busy clinic as families, physicians, and staff prepared for the day ahead. Brightly-hued art depicting hopeful images adorned the walls as patients were called into waiting rooms. Dr. Yates invited me to look in while he rounded, and explained some of the challenges of repairing cleft lips and palates all while artfully wrangling frightened kids with wooden tongue depressors in their mouths. Within an hour, one of the patients I met earlier was anesthetized and undergoing a cleft repair by Dr. Hwi Moon, a fellow of oral and maxillofacial surgery who also volunteers with Dr. Yates at FEMAP. I watched in awe as Dr. Moon worked inside the tiny little mouth, not once breaking his concentration despite the click of my camera or Harry Styles’s “As It Was” playing overhead while nurses hummed along.
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June 2022 “Thanks to partnerships like this one and through dedication, trust and the support of our donors that FEMAP has been able to develop a true binational collaboration with no borders to provide quality care to those that need it most in our sister city,” says Guadalupe Canales, President of FEMAP Mexico and FEMAP Foundation. “And it’s all because of the vision of Mrs. De la Vega,” she adds. FEMAP was born in 1973 to address the need to bolster maternal and child health services to some of the poorest communities. De la Vega’s vision was to offer a variety of medical and community services to those living in poverty. Since then, FEMAP has grown into a robust organization that addresses health needs through its two critical care hospitals, nursing school, and social programs. One component of FEMAP’s growth is the binational and bicultural partnership with El Paso Children’s Hospital, as well as other organizations like Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC) and University Medical Center of El Paso, that makes the lifesaving care and procedures performed by physicians from El Paso and Juarez possible. FEMAP is planning to bolster its services and grow alliances by inviting the community to learn about the organization and contribute to its continued success. “There is still so much to do, and with your help, we can get there,” says Fierro. “FEMAP has an Individual Monthly Giving Program that everyone can enroll in by visiting ‘femap. org’ and looking for the ‘donate now’ button. Additionally, doctors can donate their talent; there are corporate and business sponsorship opportunities; we are currently restructuring
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Kentucky Club Celebrates Centennial
| By: THE CITY MAGAZINE STAFF |
ne of the most beloved aspects of
Prohibition in the United States in the 1920s
Despite cultural changes over the last 100
living in El Paso is the proximity to
served to transform the lifestyle and landscape
years, the structure of the Kentucky Club
Ciudad Juárez that enables residents
of the border as American distilleries moved
remains largely the same, with the bar’s
to enjoy a bicultural and binational lifestyle
operations to Mexico. The Kentucky Club
green neon lights and white awning serving
unlike any other in the world. Generations
was founded by Franciso Montes during
as a beacon on both sides of the border amid
of El Pasoans remember crossing the Paso
Prohibition after Mary Dowling relocated
the desert landscape.
del Norte International Bridge for lunch or
Waterfill & Frazier distillery in Bourbon County,
happy hour at the Kentucky Club, located on
with Antonio J. Bermudez (who would later
Saenz became the first Latino to win the
become the mayor of Juárez) and renamed
PEN / Faulkner Award, one of the nation’s
the company D.W. Distillery.
highest literary honors, for his 2012 book
Today, what was once a Las Vegas strip-
Juárez. Dowling partnered
of short stories entitled “Everything Begins
style entertainment district has undergone iterations over time that some say leave
“As soon as Prohibition hit, Waterfill &
and Ends at the Kentucky Club.” The
the neighborhood almost unrecognizable --
Frazier packed up and went down there,”
collection showcases the intergenerational
with the exception of the Kentucky Club, its
says Bourbon historian Mike Veach.
and transnational patrons of the bar while also demonstrating the complexities of life
history, and its lore. According to lore, the margarita was created
-- and identity -- on the border. The stories
The bar is rumored to be the birthplace
in 1946 when bartender Lorenzo “Lencho”
demonstrate that legacy of the Kentucky Club
of the margarita, a claim the iconic bar
Hernandez concocted the cocktail for a
is as much about the people who frequent
continues to assert.
woman-- named Margarita -- who was visiting
the iconic establishment as it is the bar itself.
from Albuquerque. “Some people are so beautiful,” writes
The Kentucky Club turned 100 in October 2020 but was unable to celebrate its centennial
Apart from the margarita, the Kentucky Club
Saenz in the opening story of “Everything
because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which
has claims to fame that include visits from
Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club, “that
took the life of owner Sergio Pena in July
Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Al Capone,
they belong everywhere they go.”
2020. Pena’s children have since taken over
Oscar de la Hoya, and more that signify
the business and are coordinating a proper
the bar’s longevity through Prohibition,
several wars, the launch of the internet, the
Juárez officials now that
most pandemic restrictions have been lifted. www.thecitymagazineelp.com
COVID-19 pandemic, and beyond. 91
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Honoring El Paso's Elephants
| By: ERIN COULEHAN Savannah photography by: MAGGIE BLUM Juno photography provided by the: EL PASO ZOO |
They say an elephant never forgets, and
the impact of two Asian elephants in El
Paso has left an unforgettable legacy in
the community that spans generations. This year, the El Paso Zoo and Botanical Gardens are honoring the contributions of two of its most influential residents, Savannah and Juno, in both life and death. This year, Savannah, the oldest elephant in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), is turning 70, marking a long life that began in India in 1952. At the same time, Juno, who passed away in 2021 at the age of 53, is being inducted into the local Animal Hall of Fame for her contributions to the scientific community after her tissue was donated for breast cancer research at institutions like the Smithsonian. A decade ago, our editor-in-chief and I met Savannah and Juno at the El Paso Zoo in preparation for Savannah’s 60th birthday festivities. Shelley and I watched in wonder as the two gorgeous girls walked languidly through their exhibit before moseying over to us for a spa day that included a bubble bath and pedicure. Elephants are the largest land mammals on Earth and are known for their intelligence, grace, and contributions to their native ecosystems. At the El Paso Zoo, the elephants (as well as all the other animal residents) participate in enrichment activities designed to stimulate their minds and promote physical, emotional, and mental wellness.
H o n o r i n g E l Pa s o ’ s E l e p h a n t s
Savannah predicts the winner of the Super
The legacies of Savannah and Juno are
Caring for animals like elephants is a whale
Bowl as part of her enrichment by selecting
marked by their larger-than-life personalities
of a task that requires a team effort and
one of two helmet-shaped pinatas with the
that have little to do with their size, and
expert care. The El Paso Veterinary Medical
participating team’s logos in her exhibit.
everything to do with joy.
Association (EPVMA) works with the zoo
“Enrichment activities like the Super Bowl
Savannah spends her days doing enrichment
animals. Each year, the EPVMA selects an
predictions keep the animals stimulated
activities, as well as indulging her sweet
outstanding animal from the community to
mentally and physically,” said El Paso Zoo
be honored for their contributions by being
to ensure the health and wellness of the
inducted into its Animal Hall of Fame, which
Trudeau. “We provide these types of
“She likes anything sweet,” says Joe
activities every day to give the animals an
Montisano, El Paso Zoo and Botanical
opportunity to engage in natural behavior and
is an interactive exhibit at the zoo. The first inductee was Mona the elephant who was chosen for her more than 40 years
assert control over their environment.” “And at 70-years old and about 8,000 pounds
as El Paso’s mascot for goodwill at the zoo.
-- who’s going to stop her?”
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is extended to her animal care team and our veterinary staff who did everything possible to help her battle this horrible disease and make her last years and days with us as comfortable as possible,” said Montisano. Juno was a retired circus elephant who
spent her days at the zoo participating in enrichment, and also enjoyed playing the harmonica.
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June 2022 After her death, Juno’s body was donated to
groundbreaking research. “Juno was chosen because she was such a wonderful companion at the zoo,” says Eric Boehm, Executive Director at the EPVMA. “Her tissues were sent to multiple research facilities to help further cancer research, and we decided to honor her for her contributions to the community in life and in death.” The plaque honoring Juno was debuted at the EPVMA’s annual gala in May, where Dr. Victoria Milne, Chief Zoo Veterinarian, gave remarks on the lasting legacy that Juno left in her wake.
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Power of Family I | By: THE CITY MAGAZINE STAFF |
n honor of our 10-year anniversary
and 100th issue, we’re thrilled to spotlight
living legacies in the Borderland. We talked
to members of the first, second, and third
generations of these families to explore the
qualities that lead not only to success, but also generations of happiness.
From families of immigrants coming to El Paso more than 100 years ago to three generations of women who prove that it’s possible to be fierce and feminine, to an athletic scholarship that led to hanging out with Old Hollywood legends, to a family with five generations in town who continue to shape the future for families in El Paso, the power of family in El Paso cannot be denied. 98
T h e P o w e r o f Fa m i ly L e g a c y
Weaving a Lasting Legacy, Piece by Piece
The Van Pelt Family
Western University with $25 in his pocket.
He completed college in 1962 with a degree
During the U.S. apparel boom, Sahara
in education and had a job at The El Paso
employed more than 170 employees and was
Country Club’s golf shop.
located on Mills Ave. in downtown El Paso. In 1978, Sahara Sportswear into the top three
ollywood stars and famous athletes were dressed to impress in the
golf apparel manufacturers. Sahara provided
late 20th century thanks to one
When did the business begin?
apparel for 47 out of 50 major colleges. They also provided every coach and staff of every
El Paso family’s commitment to MVP
NFL team in the early 1980s with custom-
1962, three generations of Van Pelts shaped
Don founded Sahara in 1962 after visiting
the embroidery and manufacturing industries
Harolds of Houston and loving the men’s
in the Borderland that continue to make their
sportswear but not the price tag. He was
mark on the community.
convinced he could replicate it at a lower
Who were some of the company’s most
price, and Sahara Sportswear was founded
crafting bespoke apparel. Since
Today, siblings Chris and Deb are carrying on
by the Van Pelt and Seamster families. The
the family legacy while also teaching Chris,
original location was on Florence street in the
and his wife Mari’s, children the family trade.
back of government housing and started with
From Buddy Hackett and Arnold Palmer to Greg
Norman, Bob Hope, and Dean Martin, to Lee
The City Magazine How/when did your family arrive in El Paso? Mari Van Pelt Don Van Pelt rolled into El Paso in 1958 on
Trevino and Bobby Knight just to name a few. TCM What was the scope and
scale of the business?
What are some of the Van Pelts’ favorite family stories?
a golf and basketball scholarship at Texas 100
Va n P e lt Fa m i ly L e g a c y
The business model
Our sales pitch is quite simple, we like to take
an example of chaos in the business world
NAFTA was coming
and give it some order and cohesiveness with
into full effect, so
styled uniforms with great looks that display
our business had to
the business name and logo/embroidery
evolve and change -- that’s how Van Pelt Sports
clearly and effectively.
ended up happening. The Corporation that Van MVP
Pelt Sports is under was actually formed while
Don dining at La Dolce Vita with Dean
Sahara was at its prime as a sub-contracting
How do you want the Van Pelt legacy
Martin! Sahara provided Dean Martin with
business to help Sahara with embroidery at the
to be carried on?
his beloved bright-colored cashmere. Don
time. Van Pelt Sports, as it is now, came into
also provided apparel to notorious mobster
existence after the sale of Sahara. After selling
Lou Rosanova, knowns as “Lou the Tailor.”
Sahara and not being contractually bound by
I would love our kids to be involved in the
Don says he seemed nice.
either a non-compete or employment contract
business, and they have been involved since
we brought Van Pelt Sports into existence as the
they could walk, but as far as taking over the
new Sahara in the now evolved NAFTA world
business someday – I will leave that up to
What’s the legacy today?
and left Sahara behind.
them individually and collectively. I just want them to be happy in whatever they end up
choosing to do in life, I will not direct them to
Sahara sold in 2000 and Van Pelt Sports was
What are your goals now for the company?
this business, it will be left as a choice.
corporate apparel with logos. Today, it’s the
official merchandiser of the Tony the Tiger
Our goals at Van Pelt Sports have always been
What’s the best part of the family business?
Sun Bowl Game, as well as several branches
customer-oriented, we knew there would
of UTEP athletics.
always be a need for Corporate Apparel and
Embroidery. With the small business boom
I have no greater joy in my business life and
in the 2000s, we found a niche that would
Van Pelt Sports than seeing all my family
How has the second generation of
be perfect for us to service and service well.
working and joking together during busy
Van Pelts carried on the legacy?
All our suppliers were already in place, our
times. We do some events where the entire
founded, which is geared more towards
production and embroidery were/are second
family helps out and those times are by
Chris Van Pelt & Deb Van Pelt
to none and we could now service our core
far my most cherished and keep me going
Selling Sahara was bittersweet, moving on
customers in a timely fashion, which would
through the rest of the year.
was hard but we knew it was the best thing to do.
prove was greatly needed in our new model.
M a r c u s Fa m i ly L e g a c y
Location, Location, Locations
The Marcus Family
ou don’t have to look hard to see the Marcus family’s impact on El Paso. From starting MIMCO, a leading commercial real estate management and investment company, to philanthropic commitments, the community is the recipient of the gifts that come from big hearts and bright minds.
Ben Marcus is a third-generation El Pasoan and managing partner at MIMCO who is looking forward to continuing his family’s legacy while also honoring its history. The City Magazine How/when did your family legacy begin in El Paso? Ben Marcus September 2021 marked the Marcus family’s 100th year in El Paso. Our Marcus (Meyer’s) ancestors immigrated from Aleppo, Syria. They followed an uncle who was in El Paso and working as a peddler selling small goods
M a r c u s Fa m i ly L e g a c y
from place to place. On the Goldberg family side (Mindy’s side), they arrived by way of Poland about a century ago. Both Jewish immigrant families came here with nothing but a dream for a better life. TCM What does your family’s legacy mean to you? glitters isn’t gold.” That always reminds us BM
to stay humble and true to ourselves. On
Our family’s legacy and what it means to us
El Paso and the Borderland is a jewel that
the Marcus side, of course, it’s “Location,
have developed over time. The goal wasn’t
many people outside of our area don’t have
originally with a legacy in mind, but it has
a great understanding of. The people here
become just that. Since the beginning, our
make the city shine and we try to highlight
family has been driven simply to be a part of
that in everything we do. We have grown
What do you want your legacy to be?
improving our city and our community. For
up here, done business here, raised families
us, it’s about honoring the work done by our
here, and have lifelong friendships that have
family before us, continuing that work, and
spanned decades and generations. This is
To leave our city better than we found it. To
being proud of our name. We want to help
our home that we choose to continue to
continue investing in the place we call home
El Paso grow and support our community
grow our families in and we are so very proud
so that our kids and hopefully their kids and
to the best of our ability. Through MIMCO
so forth can benefit from it. To take all that our family has taught us in kindness, work
and our family fund, The Melinda and Meyer Marcus Family Foundation, we are able to
ethic, and generosity and teach it to our kids
contribute to and support local causes that
What’s the best / most memorable advice
as well. We are proud of our history here
are important to us, and to be able to do that
from an older member of your family?
and proud to be El Pasoans, and we hope our family will only continue to grow and
work means a great deal to us. BM
continue our legacy for generations to come.
There are many! But one of our favorites that
El Paso has been great to our family for a
Why does your family continue
we all hold true to our hearts comes from
century, the next century looks just as bright.
to serve El Paso?
our late grandfather Abe Goldberg, “All that
W o o Fa m i ly L e g a c y
ard work pays off for one family in El Paso who is living proof that home is where the heart is. Sue Woo is one of five generations in town, and the head of three
g enerations of real estate experts in El Paso generations who specialize in real estate. Together, the family works together to celebrate each member’s individual talents and assets, while also leading the way for more families in El Paso to create long-lasting memories. The City Magazine How did your family legacy begin in El Paso? Sue Wu I am originally from San Antonio and we moved to El Paso in 1979 because my husband, who is a physician, was hired by Providence Hospital to be their neuroradiologist. We had two children already, one was Jennifer, and I was 7
months pregnant with my third as we arrived in El Paso. My real estate career did not
Five Generations and a Family Business
take off until 1989 after the children
The Woo Family
were older and going to school full time. Before 1989, I had two more children: twins Kimberly and Kristen. So, a total of five kids to tote around. I was getting a degree in finance but took a course in real estate for fun. When the kids went to school full
time, I went to talk to Sandy Messer of Sandy Messer & Associates and told her I would like to dabble in real estate, not knowing that 33 years later, that would be my career of choice. I currently still work at the same real estate firm. TCM What values are most important to you and your family? SW I believe in working hard and have given a lot of my time back to the community. I have always instilled that into 104
leaving El Paso was Detroit -- very cold but he was very my kids. I have served as Chairman of the
successful with events. He
Board for the Symphony, Chairman of the
missed El Paso and came back
Board for El Paso Youth Orchestra, Chairman
two years later. He is the third
of the UMC Foundation where we raise a
generation of realtors in the
lot of money for the Children’s Hospital, and
family. Brandon also won 1st
Chairman of the Building Committee that
place in the Dancing with the
generation, and Leeland’s generation (Brandon’s
built the YWCA Transitional Living Center,
Stars Fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters
son and my great-grandson). We had a fabulous
Chairman of the YWCA 100th Anniversary
this past year. He takes after his mom.
trip together in Hawaii before the pandemic hit. So much fun!
Luncheon, Chairman of the Board for Shelter for Battered Women, Served on Board of the
Chamber of Commerce, Holocaust Museum
What do you love about El Paso?
TCM What advice do you give your children?
Board, & Medical Alliance Board. Member of Leadership El Paso Class 19 and honored as
Woman of Impact by El Paso Inc.
I love the mountains, the sunsets, the great
people who live here, and of course, the
Work hard, enjoy life, and respect others.
Jennifer has followed in my footsteps by
Mexican food! TCM
serving as the President of the Board of Creative Kids, and a member of the El
What’s your favorite part about
Paso Youth Orchestra Board, Community
What do you want your legacy to be?
having a family business?
Foundation Board, CASFV Board, Big Brother
Big Sisters Board, and helped out on the
That we made a difference in the community
As you know, I love real estate and it is nice to
and we sold beautiful homes! Our tagline
have others in the business have something
Fundraiser, YWCA Luncheon, and Texas Tech
is “Experience 3 Generations of Personal
in common to discuss. Brandon is the new
Breast Cancer Fundraiser in the past. She is
Commitment to Professional Services.”
tech person in the group (because I am too
old to learn) and Brandon/Jennifer work on
also a member of Leadership El Paso. She also won 1st place in the Dancing with the
marketing for our group. Each of them has
Stars Fundraiser with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
What are some of your
their own clients and it is very rewarding for
favorite family memories?
me to see how aggressive and successful they both are. We are well-respected in the
Brandon Woo, my grandson, just got his real estate license in August and he is already on the
Big Brother Big Sisters Board. When he was
We love our five generations that currently
25 years old, he worked with the management
live in El Paso. My 92-year-old mother, who
team for Top Golf to help open new locations
is very healthy and still drives around, my
around the country. His first assignment after
generation, Jennifer’s generation, Brandon’s
community and that has been a blessing.
Three Generations Reign in the Ring
The Gomez/Aceves Family
or most families, arguments between mothers and daughters are an expected rite of passage as hormones collide with generational differences, lived experiences, and ever-evolving identities. The bonds between mothers, daughters, and granddaughters can be as fierce as they are fragile; a delicate balance of leading by example while pursuing greater opportunities for the next generations. One family is brought closer together through fighting. It’s in their blood. Kayla Gomez is a third-generation woman fighter, who is following the example of her mom and grandmother, Crystal and Cindy Aceves, while also making the sport her own as she prepares to head to qualifiers for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The City Magazine Tell me a little bit about what it is that you and your family do. Kayla Gomez We’re boxers. We’re three generations. I’m a 14-time national champion and a 5-time international champion, and my mom has also competed in nationals as well. My mom and I usually fight alongside each other. She 106
stopped to coach me and my grandma is one of my coaches, as well. TCM How did your grandma get into the sport? KG She was a kickboxer, which is a little different but still in the fighting scene. She got my mom and me into it with her feistiness and it inspired me to be a strong woman who can also be girly. That’s what I’d like to inspire in little girls.
KG Always believe in yourself and don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t. There will always be people -- especially as a female --who are going to say “you can’t do that.” My mom always said “if you believe you can do it, you can do it, and we’re going to support you,” and that’s all that matters.
TCM How old were you when you started boxing?
TCM You’re training for the 2024 Olympic Games, what’s that like?
KG I was 9-years old and remember that I was so motivated. I’m still motivated, but looking back, I really thought I could accomplish the Olympic dream. I thought “I’m going to work hard, and when I’m older, I know I can do it.” I was doing lunges and extra work to get to that place. Now that it’s so close, I really believe that I belong. Back then, I was trying to get there, and now it’s like “Wow, I’m actually here.”
KG It’s wild! I have to train really hard every day and have so many tournaments every year. I just got back from Ecuador, I placed third, it was North America versus South America. I thought I won but things happen in boxing. She’s a two-time Olympics bronze medalist. So if she’s a medalist and I think I was successful, then I think I can be a gold medalist. Two more years, and I think I’ll be up there.
TCM What’s some of the best advice that your mom or grandma has given you?
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KG I didn’t know she was a boxer before. I was inspired by boxers’ strength and confidence, and I wanted to do something feisty -- but in a good way. My mom told me that she was a boxer when she was little and a teenager but she didn’t take it as seriously as I wanted to take it. She said we can do it together and took me to her old boxing gym. TCM What do you think your strengths are as a fighter? KG Definitely, my power. I have a lot of technique but I feel like my power is what makes my opponents not really want to fight back. It also helped me as I grew up, but I still had to work on speed and technique because I was so used to overpowering people that I wouldn’t really focus on my technique a lot. But now that I’m older, I feel like I’ve developed into a great fighter. TCM What’s it like being a third-generation fighter? www.thecitymagazineelp.com
KG It’s amazing. I know that it was made for me and it’s not just something that was given. I have to take it as far as I can. TCM What do you, your mom, and grandma like to do outside of the ring? KG Going to tournaments creates a bond. We train together, we do everything together. It seems like all we do is train, but it brings us closer. When I step into the ring, it’s an emotional and spiritual thing. You get in there and you can either be scared or dig deep, and those memories help me out of struggles. Fighting brings us together, but for fun, we love hiking. We love nature. TCM What do you want readers to know about being from a strong family of women? KG I want people to know that they can be strong and also girly. I want them to be inspired by that and know that if I can be a boxer and not be scary, they can be a strong woman and also have a girly side. 107
Honoring August 3rd | By: ERIN COULEHAN |
Honoring August 3rd
he tragedy of the Cielo Vista Walmart
Additionally, the lotus flower logo has 23 petals
shooting on August 3, 2019, remains a
that represent each victim of the mass shooting.
deep wound in a community that prides
itself on its collective strength, resilience,
“This Garden enshrines the 23 Mexican and
and multicultural identity but that doesn’t
Mexican-American martyrs,” said Dolores
mean the healing comes easily. El Paso
Huerta, Founder and President of the
County responded to the need to create a
Dolores Huerta Foundation. “We must make
public place for mourning by establishing a
a living legacy with a commitment to healing,
memorial at Acarate Park.
nonviolent actions that will eliminate the racism that took their lives.”
The El Paso Community Healing Garden opened to the public on August 3, 2021, as a place for
El Pasoans and guests to honor the lives lost
legislative efforts to pass H.R. 4380 to
and serve as a peaceful place of contemplation.
designate the El Paso Community Healing Garden as a federally-recognized national
Today, the Healing Garden is now a national
memorial site to honor the victims, first
responders, and community. The bill was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives
“Our heartfelt objective is to bring forth a
on March 16, 2022, with bipartisan support.
beautiful space for the victims, their families, and for our courageous community,” said
“My bill will designate the El Paso Healing
El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego.
Garden at Ascarate Park in El Paso, Texas
“Everyone in our community has felt the
as a National Memorial and help ensure our
profound grief of that vivid August 3, 2019
country honors the 23 innocent lives we
experience. Our hope is that our Healing
lost in the attack on El Paso on August 3rd,
Garden will be a welcoming place for individuals
2019,” said Congresswoman Escobar.
and families to find comfort and an opportunity to embrace their individual healing process.”
The bill awaits approval in the Senate before being signed into law by President Joe Biden.
The County opted to place the memorial at Ascarate Park to promote healing, noting
“I’m grateful that my colleagues voted to
data that supports the therapeutic benefits
honor the lives forever changed on August
of being in nature and chose a lotus flower
3rd, 2019. We are, and will continue to be, El
for the logo, which symbolizes serenity,
Paso Strong,” she added.
grace, and knowledge.
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t the center of El Paso’s downtown
final product to be packed with flavor from
When patrons make their way through the
sits the Tap Bar and Restaurant.
the first crispy bite to the last. With so many
tinted doors, they’re greeted by the staff upon
Sporting a vibrant red neon sign
ingredients melded together, one would
entry. The space plays home to twin pool
reminiscent of the light displays of
believe that the plate holding the dish would
tables, a full-length bar, and a music player
old Las Vegas, this little hole in the
be as small as those of much larger chains.
with an extensive selection. Whether it be
wall holds memories of El Paso’s past 66
However, this would not be the case, as the
through food and drinks or the interactions
years. The steady blinking of the sign on the
building proprietor makes it a point for the
between the patrons themselves, all outside
darkened street of San Antonio Ave. serves
size of the dish to reflect the amount of flavor
tension begins to gradually fade. This relaxed
as a guiding hand to the establishment’s
within. A single plate serves two adults with
atmosphere provides El Pasoans a respite
plethora of patrons walking through its doors.
ease at an affordable price while they indulge
from the bedlam of Downtown assortments
in a cold beer on the side.
ranging from the stiff county courthouse to the chaotic shopping district of Segundo Barrio.
The Tap was established in 1956 and now stands as an El Paso staple with its rich
As the City of El Paso has continued to
history of cold beer drinking, pool shooting,
transform and grow, the Tap has remained
Generations of El Pasoans have made many
and legendary nachos.
virtually unchanged. A traditional dive, the
a memory throughout the Tap’s history. It
Tap and its employees reflect everything that
doesn’t appear that they’ll be stopping anytime
makes these locations desirable.
soon as the family-owned establishment
The Tap’s nachos are the establishment’s
shifted over to new ownership by daughter
golden child. A delectable combination of ingredients one could find in almost every
A 2018 Vice interview with District 1 City
Charlene Soule. The Tap is a facility that has
El Pasoan’s kitchen (jalapeños, tomatoes,
council member Peter Svarzbein highlights
made its mark with its legendary nachos, but
onions, tortillas, queso blanco, and more)
the Tap’s open atmosphere, “You have
it’s the space’s comfortable energy that keeps
are paired with the visitor’s choice of chicken
lawyers next to college kids, next to artists
its patrons coming back. To horribly misquote
or deshebrada. The chef takes great care in
next to politicians. [The Tap] is a place where
iconic Brooks & Dunn end of the night classic,
making the appetizer, as each ingredient is
there’s no pretension and people are there
you’ll be alright as long as there’s light from a
meticulously spread across each chip and
to have the best nachos in the world.”
cooked. This preparation method allows the
Svarzbein could not speak a stronger truth.
Rock and Roll Hero | By: AMBER LANAHAN |
n Monday, April 4th, El Paso lost a
Crosby himself, Crosby’s Studio was open to
member of its rock and roll legend
musicians of all genres to record their music
history, Rodney “Rod” Andrew
in a professional set-up at affordable rates. As
Crosby, at the age of 76. Guitarist and lead
artists recorded, Crosby offered advice and
singer of 60’s and 70’s rock band Rod Crosby
guided artists with a model that follows them
& the Intruders, Crosby continued to play an
today. Jim Ward’s Sleepercar bandmate, Gabe
integral part in the development of El Paso’s
Gonzalez, worked with Crosby personally with
music scene off stage in co-creating Border
event set-up and sound control. Gonzalez
Legends of El Paso and personal businesses
emphasized Crosby’s pride in music produced
Crosby Sound and Rosewood Studio.
in his studio and how it only bolstered his
desire to inspire the El Paso music scene. Moving from California in 1960, Crosby would become an Austin High graduate in 1963.
Aside from music, the other great love of Crosby’s life was his wife, Patricia Ann Crosby.
Crosby’s love for music began in the summer
His designated “goddess,” Patricia became
of 1960, when he came across an early
the match that kept Crosby on his toes. At an
performance by another El Paso legend,
event, Crosby shared a story of a woman’s
Bobby Fuller, of 1966 top 10 “I Fought the
Facebook post on having witnessed one of
Patricia’s performances. When he revealed the post’s “I saw a Goddess” title to the audience,
The two became close enough friends that in
Crosby displayed a playful possessiveness as
1965 Fuller invited Crosby to join his band, The
he shared that he was the first.
Bobby Fuller Four; Crosby politely declined his friend’s offer. Instead, Crosby and The
Crosby praised that it was their differences
Intruders would grow to become Fuller’s most
from one another, and how it was these
significant rivals as both bands inspired and
characteristics, that’d strengthened their union.
drove each other to perform and create music. Friends and family could write books about Crosby joined his forever band in 1960.
Rod’s love for Patricia. In an interview with
Founded by Bobby Wilson, the group
the El Paso Times, family friend Steve Ligorio
shared, “The only time he was guaranteed
including the band’s final name change to
a smile was when talking about Patricia.
Rod Crosby & The Intruders, with Crosby
He worshiped her.” The pair would have
remaining the constant element.
celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary
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proms. As his career matured, Crosby joined
Angel Central on 3839 Montana Ave. The
hands with friend and co-producer Rick Kern
family has asked those mourning the El Paso
and created Border Legends of El Paso. This
icon to donate to a preferred charity in lieu
annual event helped keep the El Paso rock
of flowers. In addition, the family has an “In
scene alive as local bands were invited to
Memory” section on the artist’s obituary
perform and showcase their talents.
page where family, friends, and fans alike can upload photos or stories with Crosby. As the
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and corporate research funding, helping us
The achievement of the R1 designation in
continues to have a ripple effect in
to grow and maintain our state-of-the-art
2018 means that UTEP is among universities
the Borderland, with UTEP serving
equipment and facilities for groundbreaking
like Harvard, Georgetown, Stanford, and UT
as an institution of higher learning and
discoveries,” says Dr. Toni Blum, Vice
Austin with the greatest volume of research
social mobility. This year, UTEP reaffirmed
Provost for Curriculum Effectiveness and
activity that leads to more Ph.D. graduates.
its R1status by the Carnegie Classification
Improvement at UTEP. The development of UTEP’s research began
of Institutions of Higher Education, resolidifying its position as one of the top
UTEP reports more than $106 million in annual
in 1992 after a lawsuit challenged a restriction
research universities in the United States.
research expenditures that expose students
that only allowed UTEP to offer one Ph.D.
to real-world projects and problem-solving
program. Since then, UTEP has created 22
The designation means that UTEP is among
that also develop confidence, critical thinking,
141 of 4,0000 universities in the country
and global awareness. More than 40 percent
producing top-tier research in impact areas
of graduating seniors at UTEP participate in
“Of the 11 top research universities in
like aerospace, health, cybersecurity, border
on-campus research or scholarly projects.
Texas, 5 are part of the UT System,” said UTEP President Heather Wilson. “That
issues, and more. “This designation provides students access
is a remarkable achievement. Research
Currently, UTEP is ranked fifth in Texas for federal
to these excellent opportunities to become
universities positively impact jobs and the
research expenditures at public universities.
part of the creation of knowledge that can
economy in Texas. The decision made by The
transform our community,” Blum continues.
University of Texas Regents in 1992 to open
“This designation is not only prestigious, but it
opportunities and expand research to more
also gives UTEP access to even more federal
campuses is paying dividends today.”
Continued Student Success UTEP is one of a handful of R1 universities
“As a public research university, UTEP has
| By: ERIN COULEHAN |
that are also Hispanic-Serving Institutions,
a responsibility to positively impact the
This May, UTEP celebrated its largest
and the only R1 university in the country
health, education, economy and culture of
graduating class (3,126 students) in the
to persist with 100 percent undergraduate
the community,” says Roberto Osegueda,
student admission while also developing
Ph.D., Vice President for Research. “We
significant triumph over the challenges
research excellence. The university has 83
have positioned ourselves to be a leader in
imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
percent Hispanic enrollment and has been
research on Hispanic health disparities, with
committed to providing access to education
direct implications for improving the health of
“We believe that if you are willing to work
that positively contributes to the community.
the community we serve.”
hard, you should have a chance to study at
In addition to producing college graduates,
The ability to earn an affordable degree in
changing the world,” said President Wilson.
UTEP contributes more than $1 billion per
town opens the door for students and families
“We’ve proven again that UTEP is America’s
year to the local economy, and students
to achieve social mobility despite obstacles
leading Hispanic-Serving University.”
to education many in the community have
a university where meaningful research is
community service hours per year.
faced in the past.
The City Magazine’s May Launch Party
celebrated El Paso’s
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Borderland Bail Bonds ...................................................... Pg. 15
Pacifica Homes .......................................................... Pgs. 10-11
Calhoun Flower Farms...................................................... Pg. 89
Palo Verde Homes ........................................................... Pg. 71
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Casa Buena Vista Homes .............................................. Pgs. 4-5
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