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February 2013

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3 Sierra Providence Expansion Two Years Early 11 Your Money 17 Finance 4 Foxygen Rocks El Paso

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Business Profile City Beat

FezCorp. Custom Woodwork Above & Beyond Expectation By John R.P. Del Rosario

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he charming little boutique bakery called “Bake Me Happy” on 10630 Montwood Drive is so brazenly colorful that there should be a sign at the door warning that the interior decor may cause epileptic seizures. An overstatement that may be, but what cannot be overstated is store owner and head baker Roseal Greenwood’s vision for the business’ decor. “I was going for a very happy look, because when you think ‘sweets’ you think ‘happy,’” said Greenwood, the indefatigable former nurse. “When I was looking for contractors, it was very important for me to get everything in detail. I interviewed several contractors, but when I came to Fez Corp., they went over the top for me. I just gave them a picture and my shop turned out exactly as the picture I gave them.”The colors? Her idea. Fuchsia, lime green and bright orange battle for attention like jealous siblings on her walls and curtain fixtures. But the anchoring black that can be found on the store’s display case, the bistro-style tables, custom molding lining the ceiling and cabinet fixtures on either end of the store were all the work of Fez Corp, a local custom woodwork service that specializes in European design. “We do all kinds of interior custom woodwork,” said company president Robert Fernandez. “We’ll do custom molding, any kind of wall system, shelving, bathrooms, kitchens, really, anything for the interior space of a custom nature.” Opened in 2010, Fez Corp (“Fez” is an abbreviation of “Fernandez”) was a way for Fernandez to take his 23 years of working in high-tech manufacturing to a logical conclusion. “When we set out to establish this business, we wanted a business that

used technology and craftsmanship and use those technologies to deliver to our customers,” he said. FezCorp handles both business and residential jobs. To give you an idea of the true versatility of their business, they even made and installed 160 kneelers for a church. “We established our business to be able to have a broad spectrum of capability,” he continued. “One of those capabilities is that we specialize in the European style because it offers a lot of functionality for the client - in terms of the options they can add, all the different hardware that’s available... The European design is very style-conscious. They want to be sure to be able to design something for any kind of space. Customers are attracted to the functionality and value of it. You can get a lot for what you pay for in terms of function, space and style” A special material that he and his team of six highly-skilled builders uses in their work is something called “threedimensional laminate” which is a protective

outer layer that surrounds woodwork. Fernandez explains, “Many people like laminate because of the style choices and the economy of it. You can cover very large surfaces very consistently in a broad array of colors and designs. What they don’t like is seeing edges and seams. With 3-D laminates, you’re able to avoid that in a furniture piece. It really doesn’t take away the illusion of authenticity of that piece.” A black three-dimensional laminate is used in all of the pieces done for the Bake Me Happy shop. “Roseal Greenwood is the epitome of the customer that we like to work with,” he said. “She has a vision of what she wants. She has high-quality standards and wants to create this environment for the customer.” About the service she received, Greenwood could not be happier. “I’m a very picky customer. If I want something a certain way, I want something a certain way,” Greenwood said. The communication between her and Fez Corp employees was so good that she even gave them a key to the building telling them, “Do whatever you need to do!” CB

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Ignorance: HIV’s Biggest Stigma? By Jennifer Lucero It was a warm December day when UTEP student Cristina A. (not real name), saw posters about World’s AIDS Day. While walking to class, she passed a table set up with HIV literature. She was greeted by another student who asked Cristina if she had been tested for HIV before. “I had been tested before but it was a while ago,” she recalled. “It came back negative and I didn’t think about it again.” Cristina continued to think about the testing question during class: “Many thoughts came to mind all of a sudden. I had just entered a new relationship and we used protection. But I read in the brochure that any form of unprotected sex could put me at risk for HIV and other STDs.”

and potentially infect my partner,” Cristina said. “It wasn’t an easy decision. I started thinking about the ‘what if?’” The type of HIV test that Cristina received is called an HIV antibody test. This test gently swabs the inside of the person’s mouth and is put in a solution. With results developed in 20 minutes, the test looks for HIV antibodies responding to an HIV infection. Cristina was told that if she tested positive, she would be referred to a clinic where she would get a second test to confirm the positive. “I remember feeling nervous,” she said. “I think people are afraid to test on a regular basis. HIV has been stigmatized in our society.”

Stigma is a constant visitor in the HIV community all over the world. Some HIV activists have called for the ending of HIV stigmatization as a way of preventing transmission. “When someone is told all their life that only certain types of people get After class, Cristina inquired HIV or that it’s their fault for testing about getting tested. While speaking positive, that is inevitably going to with student volunteers, she decided deter people from getting tested.” to take the test. “I figured it is said Lorena Vasquez, an HIV activist better to know now than learn later from Cleveland, Ohio who works in her community by providing Break a glass?..... Call HIV testing, presentations and counseling. “When people don’t get Auto • Home • Commercial tested, they don’t know they are positive. They have unprotected 111 Executive Center 532-5066 sex and this virus 1479 N. Lee Trevino Dr. 591-9486 continues to 9898 Dyer Street 751-1261 spread.” For women, the battle is different. Women are twice as likely to contract because HIV can enter the body easily through the vagina’s genital tissues.

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One cannot fight stigma physically; it’s a battle against beliefs. “We used to believe that it was homosexual disease,” Vasquez said. “It’s been proven that is not any type of person’s disease; it’s a human condition.” Javier Salinas is an HIV educator and tester who works for the International AIDS Empowerment organization in El Paso. Salinas explained that his organization does not advertise they are an HIV clinic. “People don’t want to walk through a door that says HIV clinic on it,” he said. “They’re afraid of who might see them walk in or if they know someone inside. They fear they may be questioned about their behaviors.” Through his experience, Salinas noticed that living on the border has a unique effect on HIV testing and transmission. Indiscriminately, people traveling from both sides of the border have intercourse with one another and return to their home. In Mexico, HIV testing can be inconvenient, costly and unavailable for Mexico’s residents. Due to the inaccessibility of testing and education, the virus will continue to spread across borders. Cristina received her test results in 20 minutes and found out she tested negative. She called her partner and asked him to get tested as well. “He came right away to get the test. It meant a lot that he was concerned for our health,” she explained. She then smiled and let out a sigh of relief. “After finding out I was negative, I was able to gather information around this disease to pass on to friends and family. I can make powerful decisions to help me and those I love.” CB


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Sierra Providence East Medical Center Expands and Doubles Two Years Early By Kiona Smith-Strickland

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ew construction at Sierra Providence East Medical Center, which began the week of January 14, could nearly double the hospital’s available beds by the end of 2014. The $67 million project will include a four-story, 145,000 square foot tower added to the front of the hospital, as well as a new emergency room and other additions in the main building. The new tower, referred to as Tower Two, will contain 30 medical beds and 30 surgical beds, along with three classrooms and administrative offices. When it is complete in late 2014, Tower Two will more than double the Medical Center’s current complement of 42 medical and surgical beds. In the main building, the addition of a new emergency room will add 32 beds to the hospital’s current 21-bed emergency department. Ashley Tantimonaco, Director of Marketing at Sierra Providence East Medical Center, told CityBeat that the Medical Center saw 51,000 emergency patients in 2012. The new emergency room is expected to be

open by the end of 2013 or early in January 2014. A new cardiovascular intensive care unit (ICU) with 12 beds will supplement the existing 12-bed ICU by late 2014. The construction project will also expand the Medical Center’s cafeteria and add outdoor dining. “The community is growing, therefore we needed to as well,” said Tantimonaco. Tower Two and the other expansions were originally scheduled for completion in 2016, but in the fall of 2012, Sierra Providence decided to begin construction two years early to catch up with the

rapidly growing population of East El Paso. 75% of the Medical Center’s patients come from the East Side, which Tantimonaco described as a rapidly growing area with a younger demographic. “Plans to expand the hospital were moved up because the facility is at capacity,” Tantimonaco explained. Sierra Providence East Medical Center is licensed for a total of 110 beds, and 95 of them are occupied on an average day. In 2012, the hospital admitted 7,500 patients and performed 3,000 total inpatient and outpatient surgeries.

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Foxygen Bring Psych-Rock to El Paso By John R.P. Del Rosario Foxygen, contributed photo

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oxygen makes the kind of music that lava lamps were invented for. At first listen, the music sounds like the perfect distillation of every great song you never heard from the 1960s San Francisco scene: reverb-drenched vocals looming behind acidic electric piano runs, suffocating blues guitar, Motown basslines and random horn bursts on incessantly shape-shifting song structures. This is the work of Sam France and Jonathan Rado, two Los Angeles-bred multi-instrumentalists with an incurable retro jones. Last month, they released their new record, (We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic). Foxygen bring their psychedelic freakout to the Lowbrow Palace with Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Wampire on February 18. We caught up with them to talk about the band and the new record. When people refer to Foxygen, are they referring to the two of you, the core songwriters, or a whole band that we don’t see a lot of? Rado: Yeah, us two. We’re the only two on the records. Does the backing band change with every tour? Rado: It minorly changes. There are small changes. But it’s pretty steady. It’s who’s available. We have a set, core band at this point. If you could have any backing band on tour with you, dead or alive, who would you have? France: I don’t know. I like our band now. I’d stick with our band now. I’d like to play in a different time period with our current band. It would be really funny to see our drummer Sean in the ‘60s. You guys have known to be prolific with a good number of independently-released EPs. How many of them are actually available for sale? Rado: None of them. You can find them online somewhere. I just saw that Ghettoplastick was on Youtube in its entirety. You’ll

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Local Artist Spotlight: Robert

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adly, El Paso has had a history of losing talented locals to bigger cities. As much as these talented folks love the city, they can’t deny the lure of bigger and brighter opportunities that lie abroad. This month, we interview Robert Tibuni, local photographer/filmmaker and owner of Vaboom Studios. Robert talks to us about his thoughts on what El Paso needs in order to become a competitive market, his artistic influences, and even shares a little about his latest passion project. City Beat Magazine: Hey Robert. So let’s get started with the basics. Are you originally from El Paso, and if you are, what made you stay in El Paso when it seems that others tend to flock to bigger cities such as Austin, Dallas, etc.? Robert: Well, I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. I’ve called it home all this time, but in the last year or so, I am being more drawn to work outside of El Paso. The money and the bigger projects and are outside of El Paso, especially when it comes to the multi-media field. Do you ever think El Paso can eventually become a competing market when it comes to entertainment? Well, I look around and what I see is that people are really driving the arts here in El Paso. A lot of seeds are being sown. Perhaps the city could use more funding and encouragement to draw new artist and filming to the community. Local artists, I feel, is how to keep things going. What is really needed though is any kind of help with new venues or workspace. The city could definitely use more funding and encouragement. So what drew you to the multimedia field? Well I’ve been working in film and photography for about 12 years now. Being a visual artist, I first started out with painting, sculpting, and drawing. Then in the early 2000s, prices dropped in the camera field, so that allowed me to enter it and begin experimenting. People liked what I was outputting so I continued from there. Where do you draw your inspiration from, or what inspires you most as an artist? My influences are the classical painters, especially the Chiaroscuro style. Chiaroscuro is a play on light and dark shadows. So when I get a chance to express myself through photos and film, I draw on that. I also draw a lot of inspiration

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from the classical film techniques. I’m not one for “what’s hot” or “in style”. I’m very classically influenced. Most of my learning of film and photography came from old dusty books (and I have a lot of them). El Paso has a little film scene going on, but it’s nothing compared to Austin or New Mexico’s. What do you think El Paso needs to help it flourish? Yes, there are many people doing film and photography here. What I think El Paso desperately needs is a work place and area to have people exchange ideas. Historically, in other cities, that is how communities have had success starting art movements and art groups. In film/photography, I believe it’s very important to collaborate and learn from your peers. Imagine practicing basketball with the same person every day, and never playing in a real game, or against other people. There needs to be a foundation of learning, mentoring, and knowing what the industry outside of El Paso is doing. Then you get the tools to be more Continued On Page 6 www.citybeat.us

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successful. That’s a great comparison. Do you have any advice for local and aspiring filmmakers wanting to start out? Grab any camera, cheap, whatever. Just film or photograph anything. Make mistakes, experiment, and learn from that. Do you have any projects coming up that you want the readers to look out for? Well I have two scripts that I’m working on, and I plan on filming them this year. These are personal projects I’ve had bouncing around in my head for a few years. I’m sort of getting away from what I call “industrial work”, and “working for others.” I’m now a position in life where I am lucky enough to be able to do the work I feel strongly about and love. It should be the best I’ve produced. Most importantly, I can finally commit to just my own projects. That’s great. There’s nothing like having complete creative control over your projects. Do you have any last words or something else you wanted to touch upon before we go? I would just like to say thank you to all the fans that have followed me throughout the years, and to everyone that has helped me do the work I do. To learn more about Robert and his work, visit vaboom.com or like his page, Vaboom Studios, on Facebook. CB

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Sierra Medical As the Medical Center expands, its staffing needs are expected to expand as well. The hospital currently employs 600 full-time staff and 200 part-time staff and contractors; 300 of the total staff are nurses. Although hospitals in Texas do not employ doctors directly, 300 physicians are credentialed to practice at Sierra Providence East, and the hospital hopes to attract more to the area. “With the building expansion will certainly come the need for additional staff,” Tantimonaco said, though she did not provide an estimate of how many jobs the expansion might add. Hiring is expected to accelerate toward the end of the construction process in 2014. CB

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Foxygen hear them eventually. We’re trying to figure out how to do that. But none are actively available. How much did you record for this new record? Did all the songs recorded make it onto the record? Rado: Only one song we recorded didn’t make it. We made the album in nine days, really, really, really quickly with Richards Swift (producer). We pretty much made a song a day. Pretty much the vision for the album is what is out. The other one is a song we re-recorded and didn’t like it, so we tossed it. In a previous interview, one of you mentioned that this new record was supposed to be an attempt at bringing world peace. Can you go more into that?

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Sam: I think it’s just kind of like our attempt at that, whatever that means. We were trying to make a positive album. The messages on it are just kind of off-the-cuff. Maybe not much meaning behind them, but more interpretive. CB


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Getting to Know: Rep. Marisa Marquez By Jennifer Lucero

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hen Marisa Márquez was growing up, education was an important value within her family. “My father was a dentist for more than 30 years,” Márquez explained. “So when I decided to run [for public office], my family was very supportive.” While studying at Notre Dame, she was involved in student government and advocated for student policies. Getting involved on campus inspired Márquez to think about what she wanted to do after college. She completed her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Business Economics in 2000. “I did a lot of non-profit work before I decided to run for office,” Márquez said. She remembers that while working in the non-profit sector, she met a lot of young people from El Paso involved with helping the community. In the summer of 2000, Márquez was an Americorps VISTA Volunteer for ACCION-Texas, a non-profit agency that provides service and credit to small businesses. Márquez worked with local and underserved business owners to help them access capital. Márquez recalled feeling inspired and wanting to serve her community. Her work non-profit sector gave her unique experiences. She was able to see the needs of her community on a grass roots level. In 2008, she decided to run against Paul Moreno in the democratic primaries. “My family was the core of that operation. I did not receive any endorsements from officials. It was beyond that and I never took it personally,” she explained. Márquez knew she had a lot to prove and overcome before people would endorse her. “I wasn’t discouraged. It was important to know that my family

believed in me.” And she won. “I was surprised,” she said laughing. “But there was my opportunity and I seized it.” It wasn’t an easy year for Márquez who began to work to pass legislation that eventually created the first ethics commission in the state of Texas. She also had to establish new relationships with colleagues on Capitol Hill. “I wanted transparency,” she explained. “If there is corruption, the casualties are within the community. Transparency won’t eradicate corruption completely but I want to put a spotlight on bad actors.” That year, Márquez worked on improving building standards in unincorporated areas which affects the health and safety of families living in Texas. Márquez advises young people to get involved in the political process. “It’s easy to complain and point fingers,” she said. “But I would say the majority of elected leaders want to do the right thing for their district.” Márquez explained that communication with your elected leaders is very important. “Come to your officials with solutions,” she urged. Márquez described the painful process of decision making: “You can tell me that you don’t agree. I don’t like getting letters that cuss me out but people forget that we are human. I am a daughter and a sister, I have obligations. We are all in this community I live there. I want good things. I know the decisions I make impact me and my family and my community.” Márquez was sworn in to the Texas House of Representatives for her third term on January 8, 2013. She represents District 77, containing downtown El Paso, UTEP, neighborhoods bordering Fort Bliss and across the Franklin Mountains to neighborhoods around Coronado High School. CB

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Giving The Gift of Life By John R.P. Del Rosario

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ike every year, the New Year blows in a few things before we shut the door on the novelty that drives our annual resolutions. Among them, new college semesters, a spike in gym memberships, the schizophrenic southwest winter and communitywide blood drives that encourage donors to “give the gift of life.” Hundreds of donors will walk onto mobile donation buses at campuses city wide and donate such a necessary and much-needed element of life. But for some, giving the gift of life is a much higher calling. In the waiting room of University Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit, there is a wall of 68 photographs surrounding a graphic that reads, “Dedicated to those who gave the Gift of Life.” These are people you know: the intrepid photographer who was in constant awe of nature, the third groomsman in line at your brother’s wedding, your personal trainer, the grandfather who serenaded you at your quinceañera. This is the nation’s very first, “Wall of Heroes,” a wall of portraits commemorating all those who committed to donating their organs before passing on. Though it may seem like a common concept that we may have seen in other contexts, say, commemorating fallen soldiers or charitable donors, University Medical Center is, in fact, the first to ever do a Wall of Heroes with organ donors in the country.

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“Back when UMC was Thomason, there was a girl who passed away,” said Pam Silvestri, Director of Public Affairs at the Southwest Transplant Alliance. The alliance, a non-profit, works with UMC and other hospitals managing prospective donors and had a hand in devising the Wall of Heroes. “The staff had taken extra good care of her, but she was un-survivable. The mom after her grieving period went back to the hospital and gave them a picture of her daughter in gratitude of the care they gave her daughter. They put the picture up in the ICU near the nurse manager’s office and every day, people would pass by that picture of the little girl and would know the appreciation of her family and the fact that she was an organ donor.” As visitors to the ICU would learn of the story of the little girl, other surviving family members did the same and started giving pictures of their deceased loved ones who had passed in UMC and who had donated their organs. This prompted the staff to create the Wall of Heroes in 2007. Located at the waiting room of the ICU, Silvestri said that having it there increases families’ awareness of organ donation. On February 15, UMC holds the Celebration of Heroes where they invite family members of the donors and people who received the organs for an emotional exchange of love and gratitude. University Medical Center, in addition to the Wall of Heroes, also boasts a 100% referral rate in terms of organ donation. “Meaning that, the whole team recognizes patients that are candidates and they get referred

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to the organ procurement agency,” explained Sandra Gonzalez, UMC’s Director of Trauma, Neurosurgery and Clinical Care. Southwest Transplant Alliance is the organ procurement agency in our area of the state. They handle the prospective donor’s side of things donors both living and deceased. Las Palmas is also a major player in terms of organ donation in the city. As of May of 2011, Las Palmas Medical Center is the only hospital that is a certified Adult Kidney Transplant Center by the Centers of Medicaid and Medicare Services as well as the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). This means that they are the only hospital certified to conduct a kidney transplant, and they are the only certified to do any type of transplant in the city. Dr. Hector Diaz Luna, Director of the Kidney Transplant Program, has been practicing in El Paso for 20 years and is the head surgeon during all kidney transplants. He received his medical degree in Guadalajara and received training at the University of


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Southern California. In his career, he’s done over 500 transplants. He estimates that Las Palmas has the capacity to do 40 transplants per year, but in 2012, he only reported doing 12 transplants.

Despite rises, there are still people who hesitate to donate because of common misconceptions. “People have this weird fear that if they have something that says that they’re an organ donor on their license that hospitals won’t try and save their lives,” Silvestri quipped. “That’s crazy, because hospitals are there to save your life!” Another misconception is age. “Age doesn’t matter as much as the health of the organs at the time they’re available,” she said. “What we’ve found is that just because people are young,

that doesn’t mean that they’re healthy. If people are old, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re not healthy.” The rarity of organ donation, as opposed to blood donation, does elevate the kind of price that is paid when the need for them is not met. A total of 18 patients die every year while put on the national waiting list, never finding a match for an organ, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. CB

Diaz Luna cites that one of the benefits for having this program is that despite a long waiting list for organs (over 116,000 people on the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network’s national waiting list), people who are matched with local donors save the trouble traveling out of town for transplant surgery and all subsequent medical follow ups. To give a sense of perspective, the closest transplant hospital to El Paso is in Albuquerque, New Mexico. With a strong partnership with Texas Department of Public Safety, the Southwest Transplant Alliance has seen an increased in committed donors. “Our primary partner in that is DPS because, across the country, most people who register as an organ donor do so through their drivers license program,” said Silvestri. “It’s where most people expect to be asked

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New York Mets’ Omar Quintanilla and staff of THE BASE pose with participants of their All Skills Baseball Camp, Photo By Raul Martinez

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amed baseball player Rogers Hornsby once said, “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” In Hornsby’s day, he played in the major leagues for the cities of Boston, New York and St. Louis as a Brave,

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Baseball In Any Weather a Giant and a Brown, respectively. If you don’t know anything about baseball, then suffice it to say that it was a very long time ago - long before the days of indoor practice facilities for athletes, like El Paso’s own The Base, located at 6801 Commerce Avenue. The 14,000 square foot baseball players’ haven opened its doors in November 2011 with funding by the El Paso Border Youth Athletic Association and has been constantly evolving with new space and new technology. Just last year, they doubled in space having acquired an adjacent unit. The facility has all the amenities for those serious about the sport. State-of-the-art lighting throughout the entire space minimizes glare for practicing catching pop flies. Three pitching tunnels (a “tunnel” being a netted enclosure) are set up for practice with plans of bringing in a specialized dirt to simulate the sensation of practicing outside while indoors. There are also plans to build a pitcher’s mound with help from a professional mound builder from California overseeing its construction. Eight batting cages equipped

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with special Iron Mike pitching machines are available for use as well, maximizing the space they have available. A weight room is also available for use, complete with dumbells, TRX bands, medicine balls and even a Hoist-brand exercise machine which maximizes the space with its versatility to adapt to countless workouts. But perhaps the biggest amenity for members is the expertise of the staff: a staggering collection of some of the city’s best players and some notable imports, as well. “We try to get people that aren’t just professional players, but are also professional people,” said Director of Operations Luis Reynoso. An El Paso native, graduating Burgess High School, Reynoso played at Chicago State University. He trained at the Rob Dedeaux Baseball Institute. He has also trained with pitching coach Tom House who is University of Southern California’s pitching coach and has worked with people like NFL’s Drew Brees, Tom Brady and, well, Tim Tebow. Reynoso brought on board his Chicago State teammate Hitting and Fielding Specialist, Roc Latino


Your Money City Beat (his real name) from San Diego to help out. Latino played at Irvine Community College in California where he set the school’s record for home runs. “People work out here get private instruction from guys who have actually been there: gone through college and know what it’s like to get your grades correct as well as be good,” said Latino of the benefits of working with such qualified people.” Cami Carrera, an expatriate of Phoenix, Arizona, is one of the most qualified members of the team having graduated UTEP and setting multiple NCAA hitting records. Currently, she is second in the NCAA books for home runs in a single season. She was also named 2009 Conference USA Player of the Year and is reigning C-USA Female Player of the Year. “The girls I teach are what makes it worthwhile,” Carrera said. “I have a groups of girls coming in more consistently now who just love the game. When I get somebody as passionate about the game as I am, then it makes everything so much better.” Megan Venegas, a California girl, herself, moved to El Paso to play softball at EPCC and then later, UTEP. She was EPCC Pitcher of the Year one year and was the college’s overall MVP in 2004. She plays a double role as Marketing Director and Softball Pitching Specialist. Lastly, Rene Fernandez is the Baseball Hitting Specialist. With 18 years of baseball experience, he helps coach members of the West Texas Nationals and his son even plays for Alabama State. The Base is home to the West Texas Nationals, a collection of some of the city best high school players that travel the country showcasing their talents in hopes of college recruitment. The base is also the practice facility of choice of El Paso native and New York Mets fielder Omar Quintanilla during the offseason. CB

Take a Number: Be Next In Line By Tanya Ocampo,

Dear Tanya, fter a year of looking, I found the home of my dreams. My husband and I both agreed that the home was perfect for us, and he promised we would make a full-price offer as soon as he got back from his fishing trip. During the week he was away, someone else beat us to it. I’m heartsick over losing my dream home, and my husband and I are hardly speaking. If we offer more than the asking price, do you think we can convince the seller to choose us over the other buyers? I hope you can help us capture the BIG ONE THAT GOT AWAY. Dear BIG ONE THAT GOT AWAY, If the first buyer has an executed contract, you may not interfere with it. However, any REALTOR will tell you that the not all the contracts we execute make it to closing. There’s a chance that the first contract can fail, because the buyer can’t secure financing or the inspection reveals deficiencies the seller won’t correct and the buyer won’t accept, or the house doesn’t appraise out – or any number of reasons. You can position yourself to be the next in line by doing a back-up contract. Remember the seller can’t sabotage the first deal, because your offer might be better, but the seller can negotiate terms and conditions that will hold if and when the first buyer terminates. If the first contract bites the dust, you will into the “winner’s” spot as the primary buyer without fear of losing your place to a competitor or having to negotiate again. The best part about a back-up is that you will be free to buy the house – or not – while you wait. You will, of course, need to pay earnest money and an option fee at the time your back-up agreement is

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executed. However, you will have the right to continue shopping for another property during the waiting period you agreed to in the contract, even during the days agreed to in the option if you end up becoming the primary buyer. While you’re waiting for the big one that got away, you may find a home that you’ll like even better. WHY SURVEYS? Dear Tanya, I’m overwhelmed by all the closing costs. I’m looking for ways to cut a few of them out. Why do I need a survey? Isn’t the fence around the property good enough proof where my property limits are? - Nickeled and Dimed to Death Dear Nickel and Dimed, If only we could be sure the fence is properly placed… An improvements survey establishes the lot lines and identifies the position , size, and shape of a house and other improvements, such as the garage, driveway, sidewalks, and pool within the boundaries. A survey identifies utility and other easements, which would give rights to non-owning parties to use your land to access gas, electric, and water lines or adjoining land not belonging to you. A survey also notes any encroachments, such

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Why Surveys as a tree straddling the property line with your neighbor or an improperly placed wall or fence that trespasses into your neighbor’s territory or vice versa. A survey can further help find encumbrances or licenses that devalue the property or restriction that could limit how you can use or improve it. Lenders will not fund a mortgage without an improvements survey, as the real estate will serve as security for the loan. They require a survey to protect themselves against unknown risks. If the survey shows that the utility easement runs through the house, the lender will not release the loan until the easement is moved. If the survey restrictions limit fence heights to 4 feet, and the property has an 8-foot fence, the buyer can, under the terms of the agreement, object and require the seller to cure this condition as a prerequisite to closing. The survey costs only $200-300 dollars on a typical home inside city limits and is an essential part of your due diligence. Consider it a good investment. Sometimes the seller provides an existing survey or will agree to pay for it. For further protection, you would be wise buy an endorsement for survey coverage at closing . The endorsement extends the standard coverage provided by the title company, by insuring against certain boundary errors on the survey. TANYA OCAMPO is an Associate Broker REALTOR with RE/MAX Real Estate Group. She is licensed in Texas and New Mexico. Please feel free to call her at 915 241-3035 or email to tanyaocampo@remax. net .

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Targeting Assault Weapons

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’m getting upset with the media using those two words, ‘assault weapon’ and attaching it to firearms,” said Jo Porter, co-owner of the El Paso Gun Exchange at 6250 Edgemere Blvd. In the wake of recent national tragedies such as the mass shootings at an Aurora, Colorado movie theatre, a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtwon, Connecticut, major legislative and executive actions have been taken to try to resolve the issue of gun control. Jo Porter believes that the world of legal firearm ownership is under attack and media’s affinity for the sensational has coverage of the debate lop-sided and unfair. “Every time the media addresses assault weapons, they usually show what is called an AR-15-type rifle,” she continued. “I think they’re trying to make the public have a very narrow viewpoint of what an ‘assault weapon’ is.” The history of the term “assault weapon” in America is a bit tricky. In 1934, the National Firearms Act was passed to re-classify and ban certain guns as a result of an active organized crime contingency that rose during the days of Prohibition. It was crucial in the strict regulation of fully-automatic firearms, which would be later

classified as “assault weapons.” The Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 failed broadly defining what an “assault weapon” was and, rather, focused its definition on firearms and a laundry list of military-type features on guns. The ban prohibited the manufacture and sale of qualifying firearms (members of the fullyautomatic and semiautomatic families of firearms) for civilian use. The ban ended in 2004 and multiple studies have been conducted to measure its effect on gun violence. The Centers for Disease Control found that there was insufficient evidence to determine the ban’s effectiveness. In 2004, the US Department of Justice submitted a report saying that a reinstatement of the ban would have minimal effect on gun violence. Most recently, Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced a new assault weapons ban that targets 156 militarystyle firearms.

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The El Paso Gun Exchange has been around for around 33 years supplying El Paso with a wide variety of firearms. From revolvers to rifles to ammunition, they have everything you need for sport and recreation. Owned by Jim and Jo Porter, the El Paso Gun Exchange not only offers guns and ammunition, but also a location for classes in Concealed Carry which is a few doors down in the same building. Stop by at 6250 Edgemere Blvd or call (915) 772-7076.


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El Paso Veterans Organization Seeks to Revive Forgotten Dream of Memorial By Kiona Smith-Strickland

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l Paso Veterans Organization Seeks to Revive Forgotten Dream of Memorial After nearly two decades of effort, the El Paso Veterans Business Association hopes to honor local veterans and preserve military history by building the El Paso Veterans Memorial and Museum. The museum building, designed by McCormick Architecture of El Paso, would be shaped like a five-pointed star, with five rooms surrounding a central chamber. Each of the five arms of the star would be dedicated to a twentieth century conflict: World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the War on Terror; these rooms would house memorabilia from local veterans and organizations. Intended as both a veterans’ memorial and an educational resource for the community, the museum would have an area for showing educational videos and holding presentations and discussions. This project is the revival of a 20-year-old idea that Memorial chairman Pete G. Flores calls “the Forgotten Dream.” When the museum was first proposed by County Commissioner Dan Haggerty in 1985, El Paso Community College had allocated land for the museum

Artist’s rendering of El Paso Veterans Memorial and Museum, Contributed photo

on its Transmountain Campus at the Patriot Freeway and Diana Drive. “All of a sudden things went wrong,” Flores told CityBeat, and although the details of the reversal remain unclear, the site is now the home of the Flags Across America Old Glory Memorial. Two years ago, when Flores became chairman, his first concern was to find a location for the museum. When he talks to local businesses and veterans’ organizations about supporting the project, he says, “The first thing they ask is ‘Where is it going to be built?’” Today, Flores hopes to build the museum at another El Paso Community College site. The college will reportedly receive 72 acres for a new campus out of the 272 acres allocated for the new Beaumont Army Medical Center at the junction of Loop 375 and Spur 601, and it is requesting an additional 50 acres to allow for later expansion. The El Paso Veterans Memorial and Museum has asked for two of those acres. In late December 2012, Flores met with new El Paso Community

College President William Serrata and was told that the college is still working on the request and had no new information. Flores describes El Paso Community College’s Board of Trustees as receptive to the project. The difficulty, he told CityBeat, is not in getting approval from the college, but a matter of whether the college receives the additional land it has requested from the Corps of Engineers and other federal agencies involved. President Serrata could not be reached for comment. The El Paso Veterans Memorial and Museum is currently a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and has begun raising funds through the Friends of the El Paso Veterans Memorial and Museum. These individual contributions will be used to support promotion of the project. When a site for the museum has been secured, Flores plans to turn to local businesses, along with state and federal grants, for approximately $2.5 million needed for the museum’s construction. For more information on the memorial contact Pete Flores at (915) 309- 3000 CB www.citybeat.us

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Dando El Regalo De La Vida Escrito en inglés por: John R.P. Del Rosario Traducción al español por: Loreli Hassan

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omo cada año, el Año Nuevo estalla en un par de cosas antes de cerrar la puerta a la novedad que impulsa nuestras resoluciones anuales. Entre ellos, los nuevos semestres universitarios, un aumento en la afiliación al gimnasio, el invierno suroeste esquizofrénico y las unidades de sangre en la comunidad que motivan a los donantes a “dar el regalo de la vida”. Cientos de donantes acuden a autobuses móviles de donación en varios campos de la ciudad para donar un elemento necesario y muy importante de la vida. Pero para algunos, dar el regalo de la vida es una vocación mucho más alta. En la sala de espera de la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos del Centro Médico Universitario, hay un muro de 68 fotografías que rodean una gráfica que lee: “Dedicado a los que dieron el regalo de la vida”. Estas son las personas que usted conoce: el intrépido fotógrafo que estaba en el temor constante de la naturaleza, el tercer padrino en línea en la boda de su hermano, su entrenador personal y el abuelo que le cantó en su quinceañera. “Wall of Heroes” es el primer muro en la nación lleno de retratos conmemorativos a todos los que se comprometieron a donar sus órganos antes de morir. Aunque puede parecer un concepto común de la cual podíamos haber visto en otros contextos, por ejemplo, en conmemoración de los soldados 14

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caídos o los donantes caritativos. University Medical Center (UMC) es, de hecho, el primero en hacer alguna vez un Muro de los Héroes con los donantes de órganos en el país. “Antes, cuando era UMC Thomason, había una niña que falleció”, dijo Pam Silvestri, Directora de Relaciones Públicas en la Alianza de Trasplantes del Suroeste. La alianza, una organización sin fines de lucro, trabaja con la Iglesia Metodista Unida y otros hospitales gestionando los posibles donantes y tiene la elaboración de el Muro de los Héroes. “El personal había tomado mucho cuidado de ella, pero fue sin capacidad de supervivencia. La mamá después de su período de duelo se fue de nuevo al hospital y les dio una foto de su hija en agradecimiento de la atención que dieron a su hija. Colocaron la foto en la UCI cerca de la oficina del gerente de enfermería y la gente pasa por esa foto de la niña y se dan cuenta de el agradecimiento de su familia y el hecho de que ella era donante de órganos.” Mientras visitantes de la UCI aprendían de la historia de la niña, otros familiares sobrevivientes hicieron lo mismo y comenzaron a regalarles las fotos de sus seres queridos que habían fallecido en UMC y que habían donado sus órganos. Esto llevó a que el personal creara el Muro de los Héroes en el 2007. Situado en la sala de espera de la UCI, Silvestri dijo que tenerlo allí aumenta la conciencia de la donación de órganos para familias. El 15 de febrero, UMC tiene la Celebración de los Héroes donde se invitan a

los familiares de los donantes y las personas que recibieron los órganos para un intercambio emocional de amor y gratitud. University Medical Center, además de el Muro de los Héroes también cuenta con una tasa de remisión del 100% en términos de donación de órganos. “Significando esto, que todo el equipo reconoce a los pacientes que son candidatos y se refieren a la agencia de procuración de órganos”, explicó Sandra González, Directora de trauma, neurocirugía y cuidado clínico en UMC. La Alianza de Trasplantes del Suroeste es la agencia de procuración de órganos en nuestra área del estado. Ellos se encargan de el posible donante, tanto los vivos como los fallecidos. Las Palmas es también un actor importante en materia de donación de órganos en la ciudad. A partir de mayo de el 2011, Las Palmas Medical Center es el único hospital certificado de Trasplante de Riñón para adultos por los Centros de Servicios de Medicare y Medicaid, al igual que United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Esto significa que son el único hospital certificado para llevar a cabo un trasplante de riñón o para realizar cualquier tipo de trasplante en la ciudad. El Dr. Héctor Díaz Luna, director del Programa de Trasplante de Riñón, ha estado practicando en El Paso durante 20 años y es el cirujano principal durante todos los trasplantes renales. El recibió su título


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de médico en Guadalajara y recibió entrenamiento en la Universidad del Sur de California. Durante su carrera, ha realizado más de 500 trasplantes. El calcula que Las Palmas tiene la capacidad de hacer 40 trasplantes por año, pero en el 2012, solo reportó haber hecho 12 trasplantes. Dr. Díaz Luna menciona que uno de los beneficios de tener este programa es que a pesar de una larga lista de espera para órganos (más de 116,000 mil gentes en la lista de obtención de órganos y red trasplante nacionalmente), las personas compatibles con los donantes locales se ahorraran la molestia de viajar fuera de la ciudad para la cirugía de trasplante y todas los posteriores seguimientos médicos. Para dar un sentido de la perspectiva, el hospital de trasplantes más cercano a El Paso se encuentra en Albuquerque, Nuevo México. Con una sólida alianza con el Departamento de Seguridad Pública de Texas, la Alianza de Trasplantes del Suroeste ha observado un incremento en los donantes comprometidos. “Nuestro socio principal es DPS porque en todo el país, la mayoría de las personas que se registran como donantes de órganos lo hacen a través de su programa de DL”, dijo Silvestri. “Es el lugar donde la mayoría de la gente espera que se les haga la pregunta y es donde el proceso encuentra la mayor cantidad de personas en cada estado.” A pesar de los aumentos, todavía hay personas que dudan en donar

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debido a conceptos erróneos. “La gente tiene miedo a este temor que si dice que son donantes de órganos en su licencia que los hospitales no intentaran salvar sus vidas”, dijo en broma Silvestri. “¡Es una locura, porque los hospitales están allí para salvar vidas!” Otra idea falsa es la edad. “La edad no importa tanto como la salud de los órganos en el momento en que estén disponibles”, dijo. “Lo que hemos encontrado es que sólo porque la gente es joven, eso no significa que sean saludables. Si las personas son viejas, no necesariamente significa que no son saludables”.

pacientes mueren cada año mientras que se mantienen en la lista de espera nacionalmente sin encontrar un donante compatible para un órgano, según el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos. CB

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Random Acts of Kindness Week By Esme Ojeda

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merry way. Believe it or not, that can be considered an act of kindness. With all the news lately about mass shootings, child molesters, corrupt city officials and so on, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with negativity and lose faith in mankind. But the international- recognized non-profit organization known as Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) is on a mission to inspire people worldwide about the power of kindness and the belief that nice guys can finish first. Being kind to a stranger may seem selfless, but actually benefits you more than you know. Performing kind acts can boost the serotonin in your brain, acting like a natural anti-depressant. It also builds one’s confidence and optimism. Having a horrible day? Being kind actually helps relieve stress and can create less conflict. It’s also contagious. Performing kind acts positively impacts others and inspires them as well. RAK Week this year is February 11th-17th. Here is how locals plan on participating: One example is Angel Godinez in the East Side of El Paso. She and a couple of her friends recently had children. Angel is going to gather up all the clothes that her baby and the others have Ⓡ Alfonso A. Holguin, AAMS outgrown, and she is directly Financial Advisor donating the clothes to the impoverished 12350 Montwood Dr., Suite 400A Indians in El Paso, TX 79928 Chihuahua. Bus. (915) 849-0662 Another Tf. 888-206-3296 Fax 877-568-7543 example is Brenda alfonso.holguin@edwardjones.com Sison. During www.edwardjones.com RAK Week, she

cts of kindness are being performed every day by all types of people. But for those of you who need a little reminder and inspiration, Random Acts of Kindness Week is this month, from February 11th-17th. How are you going to participate this year? “We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.” -Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) Comedic Actor, Filmmaker, Writer We’ve all been there. You are on your way home after a long day at work, crawling your way through bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-10, everyone desperate to get home. It’s not exactly the most peaceful environment. Finally, as the line begins to move and as you begin to accelerate, some car with no signal decides to quickly dart in the tiny space in front of you, cutting you off and causing you to slam the brakes. The road rage demon within is desperate to come out, making you want to honk or tailgate the car in front you. Not today though. You take a deep breath and carry on your

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is going to buy a meal for a homeless person around her neighborhood. Kevin Lopez promises to stop and help any stranded motorists he sees that week. Laura Alvarado, who sometimes admits to having road rage, is going to let in people whenever she can. You can participate too. If you have a little extra cash, here are some ideas: - At the drive-thru, pay for the order of the person behind you, or buy them a small dessert - Put some quarters in expired parking meters downtown - Take your mother or grandmother out to the movies - Buy a calling card for a soldier - Valentine’s Day falls during RAK week, so buy an extra rose for an elderly woman or stranger -Buy some toiletries for a homeless person - Leave quarters in a candy machine For those of you low on cash, here are some other ideas: - Be in a good mood at work, even if you can’t stand your co-workers - Tell someone you appreciate them, or better, write them a hand-written letter - Let someone go in front of you in a line - Have a meaningful conversation with a cashier or mail man - Read a book to a child in your life - Pick up trash at your local park - Compliment a random stranger who seems like they could use a smile There are countless ways to participate. And don’t just limit it to that week in February or those couple of weeks leading up to Christmas. Be kind to random people just because you can, especially if you’re in a bad mood. For more ideas, stories, and inspiration, visit: randomactsofkindness.org CB


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