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1. We’re Going to Need More Wine By: Gabrielle Union
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2. Meditation for Fidgety
3. A Gentlemen in Moscow
4. As You Wish
5. The Immortalists
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s oe r e h l ia c pe s r o f e im t A I recently gave a talk to a group in the public relations field and was asked about my favorite editorials throughout the years. Four of the five stories I spoke about were stories of heroism. Was it because I was currently reading hero stories while
preparing for the March magazine, or because those are the stories imprinted deep
within me? When you look at the current movies high on the box office, “Avatar” (alltime highest box-office grossing movie worldwide), “Titanic” (second highest grossing worldwide), “Star Wars” (third highest grossing worldwide) and “Beauty and the Beast” (eleventh highest growing worldwide), they all have some form of heroism. These highlywatched films show us that I am not alone here, and that we all need to celebrate and touch on heroes. When 9/11 hit, our world glued itself to all types of media to learn more about the specifics, but our hearts also yearned to know about the heroes of the day. We recently mourned with Florida after their tragic school shooting, heartbroken about the lives taken, fearing for our own children’s lives and praying that if this tragedy ever
hits close to home, we would have a hero like the football coach who used his body to shield his students. My point is that as small children and grown adults, we need heroes. We search for them — especially, ones that don’t crumble under the weight of real-world interaction. We gravitate towards heroes that either share traits we already possess, vicariously living through them, or we select ones that have a quality we lack in order to inspire personal development. As you read through the pages of the March magazine, you’ll be inspired by Tiffany Herrera, age 19, who was a soft-hearted young woman, unknowing that her life would be cut short and that her heart would someday beat in another’s body. That tough decision came during a tragic time and by her family who donated her organs, so that another life would go on. Today, a small part of her lives on as her healthy organs continue to give life to four individuals. Two of our staff members were there when the Herrera family met two of the recipients and caught the emotional reaction of hearing their daughter/sister’s heart beating in another. The gift of life is the most precious, greatest gift a person could ever give. You can also read about the heroes in the canine units, whose detailed stories we’re not allowed to fully tell (something about government secrets being kept on a need-toknow basis), of lives saved, lives protected, and the constant war on drugs and human smuggling. If you’re an animal lover — and who isn’t — you’ll connect and fall in love with these dogs that protect our borders, our city. We need these heroes. As I get older, I’m realizing that womanhood/manhood is about finding the balance between following in the footsteps of the people you look up to, while also carving your own path, so that we can mentor others. Here’s to the current heroes, the future heroes and the unsung heroes.
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GiGi’s Playhouse “I Have A Voice” Gala GiGi’s Playhouse is excited to announce that on March 24, they will be hosting their biggest fundraising event of the year at the El Maida Shrine Auditorium. “The Great Gatsby” is this year’s theme so everyone can enjoy a fun night out while helping those with down syndrome have a voice. Tickets available now at gigisplayhouse.secure.force.com.
Walk MS Meet up at El Paso Community College Valle Verde campus to start the walk for multiple sclerosis. The walk will begin at 9 a.m. sharp and every dollar will be used towards fighting MS. Bring a friend or family member and walk for change in the world. More info at nationalmssociety.org.
Mentorship Benefit On March 25, the RSEPSF Board of Directors invite successful professionals to come to Pebble Hills High School for a mentorship benefit. This one-year mentorship program will help benefit 100 high school seniors as they prepare for careers, school and life after high school. Be there at 1 p.m. and help the future of El Paso. More information at ruralschooleducation.org.
El Paso Stroll for Epilepsy Take a stroll on March 31 at the beautiful Ascarte Park for El Paso Stroll for Epilepsy. This is a family-friendly walk, reunion and rally that raises money and awareness for the Epilepsy Foundation Texas’ programs and services. Be there to start at 8 a.m. For more information go to www.strollforepilepsy.org.
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About the Bond By: MARKO MORALES Photographed by: JENN MÁRQUEZ Within
Patrol are individuals who make up Border Rescue, of
completed training courses so difficult, it is often described as the Border Patrol’s version of Navy Seals training.
Nose down, about the bond
pon successfully completing the program, these agents are then trained to be paramedics. Due to its level of difficulty, the number of candidates who apply and are accepted, then eventually make it through to complete the program, is understandably low.
Some of the members, like Border Patrol Agent Matthew Ross, put
IT WAS A FIRST FOR ME AND A FIRST FOR HIM GOING THROUGH THE TRAINING.
in a request to be considered for the canine unit. Acceptance to this portion of the program comes with, among other things, more training. Before the training comes an interview process. Expectations are extremely high during the selection process. The trainers, or handlers who assign the dogs, use the interview process to best match an agent to his/her new four legged partner. The trainers take many things into consideration, evaluating both the agent, as well as the canine. The idea is to study both personalities and make matches that give the partners a better chance for success, as they work their way together through a program, many will fall short of completing. The four-month long training is designed to prepare the BORSTAR candidates to deal with a number of elements and scenarios that the average agent is not very likely to encounter out in the field. Agent Ross has been working for the Border Patrol for the last nine years. Before being accepted to the canine unit of BORSTAR, Ross worked as a line agent in Deming, NM for over four years. Only having one dog as a pet growing up, Agent Ross’s limited experience left him wondering what to expect once it came time for him to be partnered up with Rody, a four-year-old sable shepherd. “It was a first for me and a first for him going through the training. I had never been a handler before,” explains Ross. Aside from being partnered up according to personality, they seemed to be partnered up by size as well. Both Ross and Rody were physically the biggest in each of their classes. Rody came from the Netherlands, where working dogs are bred off of drive as opposed to their looks. He was brought to the Canine Center El Paso (CCEP), one of only two facilities in the United States that house and train the Border Patrol’s four legged agents. The only other facility is coincidentally enough located in Agent Ross’s home state of Virginia. The first few weeks of training candidates are in the classroom, much of the time is spent going over PowerPoints. The class then transitions to what is known as modular training. This is when the partners begin to work on obedience training and working short trails. After some time they move on to working longer trails with more variables, twists and turns. They begin with one individual for the partners to search for, then move on to searching for multiple people along the trail. When it comes to the training of the canine, they run off a rewards-based training model. The canines are not disciplined for getting things wrong, rather they are rewarded for getting things right. www.thecitymagazineelp.com
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YOU JUST HAVE TO TRUST THE CANINE. THAT IS WHERE THE BOND IS SO IMPORTANT.
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A “green dog” means no prior experience and an agent who never
is preferred, it is something that is necessary in order for them to be
before worked as a handler, firsts for both. It is not far off to think this
prepared to handle the job after graduating from CCEP and getting to
likely helped out with the bonding process. The very first time an agent
work. “I think that was instrumental for us both to start from the basics
is allowed to take his canine partner home, he/she gives the dog a bath,
and work our way all the way up to doing the real thing on the job.”
“... from there, you are constantly bonding with them,” says Agent Ross.
Agent Ross and Rody have been working search and rescue/
The two spend just about every moment together from this point, getting
tracking and trailing since graduating from CCEP in June 2017. In
used to each other, learning to trust one another. The canines work with
the El Paso area there are just over eighty canine teams. Only three
one handler, and only one handler. It becomes routine, waking up in the
of those canine teams specialize in tracking and trailing. Agent Ross
morning, jumping in the truck and heading off to training together. It
and Rody are on that short list of teams. A majority of the canines
is all about learning the job and bonding. This is not something that
graduating from CCEP go on to work in human, or narcotics detection.
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One of Agent Ross’s most memorable moments on the job happened while they were detailed to the mountainous area of Van Horn, TX. It was cold and had been snowing heavily. Earlier the same evening there were multiple reported deaths in the area due to hypothermia. Agent Ross and his partner were doing some routine patrolling. Rody was off leash doing an area search. Rody and Agent Ross came across four lost individuals attempting to make their way out of the mountains. In ten to fifteen degree weather, the appreciative individuals (none of which were wearing a jacket) knew that the outcome would have very likely turned out to be grave for them, had this particular canine team not found them that freezing night. At work, Agent Ross and Rody need to know one another exceptionally well. They need to be able to trust in what the other is doing, or going to do. When they are out in the elements and there are no visible tracks to follow, Agent Ross needs to be confident that his partner is on the trail, seeking out their target. “You just have to trust the canine.” Agent Ross says, “That is where the bond is so important.” There is simply no time to chase rabbits through a seemingly desolate desert. For now, Agent Ross is unsure of what he will end up doing when it comes time for his partner to retire. Some agents move on to other roles, others choose to be re-teamed. One thing Agent Ross is certain of is, so long as Rody is a working dog, he wants to be the agent working alongside him.
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onfinement. Separation anxiety. Loneliness. Boarding a dog can be a stressful experience for pets and their owners alike. That’s what Melina Garos, the owner of the Howl-a-Day Inn, wanted to change. Melina, a native of Germany, is no stranger to helping dogs—her
Located in El Paso’s Upper Valley, the Howl-a-Day Inn offers a unique
current endeavor is more than 14 years in the making. Before moving
way for local pet owners to board their dogs. Rather than keeping the
to El Paso in 2005, she previously trained search and rescue dogs for
animals cooped up in a kennel, the facility allows them to run around
the Red Cross in her native country.
during the day in its large play areas. During their deployments, she and her dogs would scour through Melina skillfully organizes play groups of up to 10 dogs to allow them
rubble, forests and other areas to look for people in need of help. “It
to socialize with their fellow guests. “It’s better for the dogs,” she
was fun for me to work with my dog,” Melina says. “What you put
says. “It’s less stress on them.”
in you get back.”
The Howl-a-Day Inn first opened its doors in February 2011 after
Although Melina previously focused on helping people, it wasn’t until
Melina found herself in need of a place to house her several dogs
she began volunteering at Animal Rescue League of Canutillo that
after a difficult divorce. “It’s still very emotional for me,” she tearfully
she realized her passion for rescuing dogs. “I love what I do, I can’t
recalls. “I still think of that hard time and I’m still thankful for those
see myself doing anything else,” she says.
who helped me.” Through the Howl-a-Day Inn, Melina continues to work towards With the help and generosity of the Animal Rescue League, the
her mission of rescuing local animals. By always keeping additional
kennel has grown to offer not only boarding, but other amenities like
vacancies available at the kennel, she is able to house and care for
day care and training.
stray and feral dogs—some of whom have even been there for several years. “The dog boarding helps to provide care for dogs I find on the street,” Melina says of her business. “Everything that goes in goes back to the dogs.” In an effort to save as many animals as possible, Melina also works with other local rescue organizations to ensure that every dog has a chance at a fur-ever home. “Different rescue groups bring in dogs until they can be transferred to other shelters,” she explains. Between rescuing stray dogs and looking after people’s pets, Melina works tirelessly to make sure that every guest at the Howl-a-Day Inn enjoys their stay. Although being its concierge may be a tiring job, Melina takes pride in her role. “I think I’m here for a purpose,” she says proudly.
Sheriff Deputy Hilario Calinche and K-9 Jerry of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit
e think it’s safe to say that we all love dogs—and for those of us that have them, we would love to
bring them to work every day. That brought out some curiosity here at The City Magazine, especially since we live in a city where police officers and other agents work with these highlytrained K9’s. We set out to learn more about this relationship through Sheriff Deputy Hilario Calinche. Keep reading to see what he had to say.
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What are your dogs specifically trained to do?
How does the bonding process take place?
After passing the academic portion of the handler course, you are introduced to the canine you will be working with. Bonding starts immediately once the leash is placed on the canine’s
My canine is trained to alert to the odor
collar. Then, you and your canine begin training in the type of field you will be working. For me
of narcotics, specifically cocaine, heroin,
and my canine, it was the narcotics detection. You begin to read the canine’s characteristics,
traits and mannerisms and the canine begins to learn yours. The bonding continues away
However there are several other types of
from work with having playtime, exercise, care and grooming. It takes about a year of working
canines and they are trained for different
together to have a good working bond.
there are patrol canines that are used to search and locate subjects. If the subject becomes violent then the canine is
law enforcement purposes. For instance,
Are you involved in the training process or are they already trained when they come to you?
trained to bite and release on command. detection, currency investigations and
How often do you work with your “best friend?”
A My canine partner and I are always together because I am allowed to take
Most canines are trained before they are purchased in the specific field they will be used in. The training however, continues throughout the canine and handlers career. The handler training that I went to was a seven-week course, with a certification from the Border Patrol Canine Program. As a narcotic detection team, we continue to train every two weeks and re-certify every year.
Other types of canine purposes are bomb
What have you learned from working alongside your dog?
him home with me. He is employed just
as I am, every time I go to work he is there
What I have learned by working with
with me. At work, we conduct narcotics
my canine is that he and all other
sniffs on vehicles, homes and properties
working canines are valuable tools
to assist in narcotics investigations. The
in law enforcement. For example,
canine’s nose is a valuable tool in these
a patrolman searching a vehicle for
types of investigations because their
narcotics is tougher if the narcotics
sense of smell is so much better than
are well hidden. The narcotics canine
ours. For instance, everyone knows what
is that added tool that you can use in
a hamburger smells like, but for a canine
order to find or pin-point a location of
he is able to separate every smell of the
the narcotics. A patrolman searching
burger, such as the bread, cheese, meat,
for a burglar in a residence can
mustard, lettuce and pickles. So the items
become an officer safety issue. With
he is trained to detect, he will find.
the dual-purpose canine locating a subject and subduing him, with the canine’s trained behavior, that is safer than a patrolman going hands on with a subject. In my opinion, it would be necessary to have that valuable tool accessible.
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jump higher, run faster, get stronger. Here though, it is
actually a different case, “Yes we do have a few of the kids who are using this to train for a sport, but about 70 percent of our kids are just here to get active. This is their sport. Their parents (many who are gym members at Get Lifted) want them to start these healthy habits as kids so it can carry them into their adulthood. One of the greatest things I have seen is that, the kids really come together and it’s a completely organic experience. They cheer each other on and really develop a community on their own.” There is a strong sense of leading by example, but the kids have their
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Legacy of Life Leaving a
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L e av i n g a L e g a c y o f L i f e
O Mike Carlton
n January 25 of this year, three families
was able to save four lives. In the bleakness of
were arranged to meet at the Embassy
the situation, her family had a tough decision
Suites Hotel in El Paso. In a chaotic
to make: whether or not to donate her organs.
room on the eighth floor of the hotel,
Tiffany’s godmother played an important part
the tension was thick and emotions
in the decision-making; her own mother had
were high. The Herrera family, Thelma
passed while waiting for a transplant.
and Gerardo Herrera along with their three children and a godmother, sat clustered
It should be stated that those on a transplant
waiting list, by far, outnumber the percentage
Employees with Southwest Transplant
of organs donated. On Donatelife.net it is stated
Alliance (STA) shuffled in and out of the
that the largest football stadium could not fit the
room to adjust, comfort and make sure things
number of patients on the national transplant
were going smoothly. With tears in their eyes
waiting list. Of the documented organ donors,
and a growing anxiousness to meet the other
only one percent of those organs are eligible for
two families, they sat and waited.
donation. Faith Borunda, who was managing Tiffany’s case with STA, also mentioned that
After two long years, these three separate
there must be oxygen and blood flowing to the
families would finally meet each other, strangers
organs in order for them to be donated.
bonded by one person: Tiffany Herrera. Tiffany and her family were able to donate six
Tiffany Herrera would have been 21 this year.
of her organs—a tremendous feat given the
Instead, fate would have it another way. At the
situation. Six of those organs were able to save
young age of 19, her life was taken in a fatal
four people—two of which the Herrera family
car accident. The silver lining is that Tiffany
would be meeting, a first to occur in El Paso. 33
Bailey Gorman and family The second person to come in was Mike Carlton and his wife. Mike had a failing heart and was given two weeks to live one Friday. By Monday he got the call that Tiffany’s heart would be available for a transplant. “You wonder if [the donor family] is doing okay and how [the donor] was,” he commented. He now gets to spend more time with his grandkids and as he said, “She saved my life.” Emotions were high for the Herrera family as the morning continued. They sat along the wall in a hotel conference room, many were at a loss for words, shedding tears as they remembered their precious daughter and sister. Then, they were given the opportunity to hear Tiffany’s heart and lungs. In a cathartic moment, the family heard Tiffany for one last time. And so, this is for the family who lost a daughter too soon and made the extremely tough decision to donate her organs to other families Bailey Gorman and her family came in first. Bailey, who was born
with daughters, fathers, mothers or siblings to lose. With this selfless
with cystic fibrosis, received a double-lung transplant from Tiffany
act, Tiffany Herrera is able to live on and will never be forgotten.
two years ago. A young woman herself, she is now able to continue college and finish her electrical engineering degree. As Bailey’s mom
This story of multiple heroes ends with one important and serious
said to Thelma, “I’m so sorry, but I thank you so much.” It was very
message. Register to be a donor. You never know who you may be
emotional and bittersweet. Bailey gifted the Herrera family with a
able to help or how many lives you might save. You can register at
necklace she wore the entire time of her hospital stay: it featured
two stone lungs with an amethyst stone at the center. “They are now my family,” Bailey commented. 34
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A Heroine March, 2018
Peace | By: ANDREA MACIAS | | Photos Courtesy of: KYLA MCMILLIAN |
A Heroine for Peace
icture this: you’re on the
take. New sights and a world unknown were
In addition to teaching, Kyla developed
longest flight of your life,
at her fingertips when she decided to flip the
secondary projects by creating an English
page to begin her own story.
traveling miles away from home and
familiarity. Doubtfulness and nerves,
leadership club in response to the interest
and a sprinkle of excitement, rush
“I had youthful aspirations to ‘save the
the youth had to make an impact in their
through your body. You’re clutching onto
world,’ but more so, I felt the world was a
community. During her summers, Kyla would
your arm rest as the plane finally lands. Two
very big and interesting place and I wanted to
travel to other areas of Ukraine where she
years worth of your life are now being lugged
experience another culture, language, way of
taught project design and management to 14
behind you on wheels—you’ve made it.
to 16-year-old students.
Suddenly, your mind hits you with the same
Like all volunteers, Kyla spent three rigorous
“This was the most rewarding aspect of
old question your family and friends have
months training in-country for her soon-to-
my service because I could see the projects
asked you a million and one times; are you
be position as a teacher. She was assigned
that my students planned and how doing so
sure you want to do this? For anybody else
a host family while she took classes with a
helped their development as leaders within
the easy, simple and more probable answer
small cohort of other volunteers who were
is no. But, there’s a difference between you
given language, cultural and safety training.
and them because a Peace Corps volunteer always says yes. Bring. It. On.
Kyla had a unique position to see the impact Upon completing her training, Kyla left the
that generations of Peace Corps volunteers
comforts of her new friends and host family
made in Ukraine during a brief period
Uprooting your life at any age is difficult.
to live in a small town of 10,000 people
when there were none. Unfortunately, this
But uprooting your life to go live and work
experience and sense of success came to an
in another country comes with a bit more
abrupt end in her last year as a volunteer.
challenges. Kyla McMillan saw this challenge
With only two secondary schools in her
as a feat. At 24-years-old, Kyla made her way
town, Kyla taught at the largest, which had
“When the then president, Yanukovych,
to Ukraine to begin her life as an English
nearly 700 students in first through eleventh
turned against the people, what had been
teacher for the Peace Corps.
grade. She co-taught each grade alongside
months of mostly peaceful Euromaidan
different English teachers to aid the training
protests, turned to violent revolution. To
of Ukrainian teachers.
ensure the safety of all volunteers, we were
As a lifelong lover of books and stories, Kyla was always fascinated with the adventures the characters in her favorite books would
evacuated out of the country during this “We would lesson plan and lead lessons
together. On top of English language classes, I also taught an American culture class, test
Kyla, along with every other volunteer in
prep for seniors and writing.”
Ukraine, left the country and their services were
A iH or Peace make-A-W se h r eoli npea sf o
February, March, 2018
hat happens to the mind and body when our wishes—our most significant goals—come
true? More effect iscapacity. the Make-Awithout being able to say goodbye, Kyla’s ties longerspecifically, needed in what a leadership They ® Wish wish experience having on children? led her back to Ukraine, where she returned had become their own leaders.” Those are questions a team of medical researchers set out to as an independent volunteer for athe summer answer in a recent study published in Quality of Life Research, camp. After finally returning to the states, Kyla’s an international, multidisciplinary journal. relationshipmedical with Peace Corps was far from
“Once at the camp, I met the group of over. She now works for the Peace Corps Sixty-six children, through twelve, all students of them intelligent, driven, youth leaders who ages had five recruitment office atparticipated, UTEP. She aids referred to Make-A-Wish Israel. Roughly half were assigned to a wait-list managed to fundraise enough money to looking to become prospective volunteers control weren’t wishes would keep the camp open. They group—children stepped up as who in their owncertain Peacewhen Corpstheir journey while she be fulfilled—while the other half were assigned to an intervention group the directors of the camp as well. I quickly completes a master’s degree in linguistics, their wishes occur within months. realized that my role that as aknew volunteer was nowould something shesixwas influenced by the language classes she took. Researchers asked both groups of children to complete questionnaires rating measures of psychiatric and health-related symptoms, positive and negative effect, hope and optimism both pre-intervention and postintervention. The result? The children whose wishes were granted had higher levels of hope regarding their futures, increased positive emotions and lower levels of depression and anxiety. Control group participants displayed lower levels of positive emotion over time with no major shifts in their levels of hope or health-related quality of life. The research also uncovered a decrease in the perception of physical limitations among the group of kids whose wishes were granted. These findings emphasize the role of hope and positive emotions created by the wish experience in fostering the well-being of children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses.
A Heroine for Peace
Even with the obstacles, homesickness and
“Before my service, I considered myself a
the political climate, Kyla’s service is one that
quiet, shy, dreamer. I was never quite sure
not everyone can achieve—it was one she
if my dreams of traveling would become
even doubted herself. She learned persistence,
more than that. But my time as a volunteer
cooperation and things about herself she may
opened the door to the world and gave me the
not have figured out otherwise.
confidence to dive in and explore it.”
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The New Tax Law, Individual and Businesses What You Need to Know
| By: VERONICA NEVAREZ with BECKY NELSON, ACCOUNTANT/REAL ESTATE BROKER |
What are some of the major changes to the tax law for Individual Tax filers? On December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law
transportation reimbursements, have also been eliminated. Moving
and signals the most significant changes to our tax law in more than
expenses for members of the armed forces on active duty and moving
30 years. There are five filing statuses: single, married filing jointly,
pursuant to a military order will still be deductible.
married filing separately, head of household or qualifying widow(er). There are no changes there. Taxpayers were allowed personal
There are other deductions that fall under Schedule A, which now
exemptions of $4,050 per person per household through the end of
have limitations. For example, property taxes are now limited up to
2017. However, and as one major change, personal exemptions are a
$10,000, which means that taxpayers who pay more than this amount
thing of the past beginning in 2018.
will see an increase in their tax liability. Also, mortgage interest deductions are now being limited to loan balances up to $750,000
Moving expenses, unreimbursed employee expenses (i.e. job-related
in 2018 versus $1 million in 2017. “I don’t believe too many folks
expenses), casualty and theft losses, as well as employer-subsidized
in our city will be affected by this change,” points out Becky. The
March, 2018 medical expense deductions will continue to benefit most through
married couple in 2017, it was $12,600 and increased to $24,000 in 2018.
2018, which allow taxpayers to deduct medical expenses that add
The standard deduction is the amount that also reduces taxable income, so
to more than 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI). In 2019,
due to this major change, fewer taxpayers will benefit from itemizing in 2018.
however, that amount will be 10 percent of AGI. On a similar note, as of 2018 the penalty is zero for taxpayers without the previously
There are still seven tax brackets. This is the breakdown of percentage
imposed minimum health insurance.
tax due based on the amount of taxable income. In 2018, there will be some relief since, for example, a married couple filing jointly
Regarding the standard deduction per filing type, the major change here
had a 15 percent tax rate on income from $18,651-$75,900
is that it almost doubles for each. For example, a single filer in 2017 had a
in 2017, but that amount is now 12 percent on income
standard deduction of $6,350, but will increase to $12,000 for 2018. For a
from $19,051-$77,400 in 2018.
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How about major changes to businesses? Businesses such as sole proprietors, partnerships or S Corporations,
businesses were taxed on graduated rates from 15 percent to 35
report profits or losses from those entities on their own personal tax
percent, but in 2018, itâ€™s a flat 21 percent.
return. So, in 2018 this will continue, but profits can be offset with a 20 percent deduction. For example, if a business has a profit of
Another change in 2018 relates to net operating losses, which allowed
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businesses to carry back losses for two years and then forward for
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20 years. Now, there is no carryback and carry forwards are limited
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There are also changes in the additional types of capital purchases
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allowed to be expensed under this section.
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EPMA’s Ethics, Excess | By: KRYSTA AYERS photos courtesy of: EPMA | | ETHICS EXCESS EXTINCTION was organized by Art Works for Change |
[BILLIE GRACE LYNN – ELEPHANTS] Billie Lynn Grace (American, born 1961), 4 Inflatable White Elephants, ripstop nylon, www.thecitymagazineelp.com chiffon, electric fan, 10’L x 6’W x 8’H. Courtesy of Art Works for Change.
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Extinction nimals hold a special place in most of our hearts. Though we can’t speak for everyone, it’s usually that animal clip or the pet in a movie that pulls our heart strings. The El Paso Museum of Art now has an exhibition exploring the multiple ways that humans have affected the animal world, “through themes ranging from poaching to pollution to consumerism.” The exhibit was organized by Art Works for Change by Randy Jayne Rosenberg and displays various mediums of art completed by an array of artists including Kiki Smith, Chris Jordan and Esther Traugot. You can walk through this exhibition and find poetry, sculptures and various media. Though each artist took a different approach, each work portrays the sensitive topic of animal extinction and how humans have played a large part in their destruction. This is not for the faint of heart—viewers will see just how we have affected multiple animals, including elephants and giraffes, and see the numbers behind it all. “Notably, while ‘Ethics’ approaches a sensitive issue, together the artworks in the exhibition weave a visually compelling tapestry encouraging us to rethink and engage with the problem in new ways,” said El Paso Museum of Art Senior Curator Dr. Patrick Shaw Cable. Sometimes it takes artists compiling the scientific facts and turning those into emotions and a visual representation for the rest of us to finally understand and see the reality of things. One case in point are the elephants discussed. The number of elephants on this planet has nose-dived from 10,000,000 to a heart-crushing 350,000 because of poaching alone. Though many people may know that elephants get poached for ivory, the numbers may not have been displayed so candidly. See for yourself when you tour the new exhibit and witness the way these artists have expressed this global upheaval. Hopefully it will evoke change, sympathy and educate audiences on the seriousness of the problems these beautiful creatures face today. The exhibit will be on display through May and is free to the public—so you have no excuse not to go. If you felt moved by the exhibit, make sure to stop by the museum gift shop for some great souvenirs. They will have postcards for purchase, a book featuring the work of artist Kiki Smith and earth-friendly solar lights by Solight Designs. www.thecitymagazineelp.com
[KAHN SELESNICK MAN_AND_FEATHERMAN] Kahn & Selesnick (British/American, born 1964), Persona, 2014, archival inkjet print, 32” x 32”. Courtesy of Art Works for Change.
[KAREN KNORR – BIRD] Karen Knorr (American, born 1954 in Germany), The Search for Sattva, photograph, 20” x 25”. Courtesy of Art Works for Change.
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[NICK BRANDT - SHORT] Nick Brandt (English, born 1964), Two Rangers with Tusks of Killed Elephant, Amboseli, 2011, archival pigment print, 56” x 70”. Courtesy of Artworks for Change.
Within | By: MICHELLE CROMER |
Every time you are willing to say, “yes” to everything on your path, you express the hero inside of you. Joseph Campbell
ost of my childhood was spent
becomes less clear, as we all find ourselves
unique place in the universe, the particular
listening to my Irish uncles telling
living in a cosmic turn, it is the unfolding of
gifts that we have to bring forth and to serve
powerful myths of ancient gods
the inner life of the soul that provide the best
a purpose greater than ourselves. Now is
and ageless heroes, of men of
way to proceed. In order to move forward in
the time to help sustain and revitalize the
magic and women of bravery. I was terrified
a deep and meaningful way, we must find
world around us.
of some gods, in love with courageous
the hero within each of us. Somewhere deep
warriors, fearful of monstrous Cyclops and I
inside each of us lives the soul of a hero, it’s
We need to learn how to tolerate dynamic
always dreamed of being a heroine of great
not something we bring to the world, rather
tension if we are to embark on a worthwhile
beauty and mystery.
something that brings us to the world. We
inner adventure. As we develop and grow, we
must discover the hero within because we
cross points of no return. Once we cross over
are all heroes of our own myths.
to new experiences of conscious awakenings
Myths and stories are the oldest school for humankind. Genuine stories offer a living
and once we’ve committed ourselves to a
school where the only entry requirements
We discover the hero within by doing the
path of awareness, we will no longer be the
are an active imagination, some capacity to
inner work of determining what meaning
same. Our old identity begins to shed its
feel one’s own feelings and the willingness
and purpose our world and future holds for
skin. We come across threshold guardians—
to approach the world as a place of mystery
us. We can learn to see with more clarity
daemons that block the way, attempting
how we each have a unique role to play and
to ward us off. They are like the gargoyles
how we each have our own way to make a
entrenched above archways and entrances
Myths are not a part of the past, but a way
difference in the lives of others. It is up to us
to shrines and cathedrals. These guardians
to see universal truths playing out in the
to give our own life the meaning and vitality
are manifestations of our deepest fears. They
present. Myths are the inside story that
we need to make it through and to be of
also guard the way to our deepest longings.
make meaning of the outside world. People
service to others.
We cannot go on a genuine, soulful adventure
feel more whole when listening to a story
without bringing along your authentic doubts
and feel most lost when out of touch with
We need a path that allows us to bear the
and fears, as well as our strongest desires
their own story.
trials of living, the ordeals of our present
and longings—for without them, it would not
time and circumstances and the suffering
be a hero’s journey.
When I think back of the myths told to me
inherent to life’s harsh realities. Discovering
of the hero’s journey, I realize now that the
the hero within means waking up to the
But the one simple truth of the discovering
accomplishments of the hero’s took place in
realization that the necessary conditions
the hero within is just to be ourselves—that’s
the outer world, but as the story of our world
are being created for us to recognize our
the real job of a hero.
When Sister Cities, El Paso and Juárez, Unite to Improve Lives
| By: VERONICA NEVAREZ |
dvancing technology for its clients is only
tech operation to the U.S., while overseeing
looks to become an industry leader in our area
one facet of what SYSOL, the 20-year
offices throughout northern Mexico in Tijuana,
by offering the latest in tech support, while
established security and IT solutions
Hermosillo, Chihuahua, Monterrey, Reynosa
making significant contributions to our Sun City’s
company from Mexico, brings to the
and the current Juárez headquarters. Offering
quality of life in the process. With the largest
table as it makes entry into El Paso. Founder
businesses cutting-edge technology that spans
grocery store chain in Juárez, the well-known
and President, Yiris Hallal, a native of Sinaloa,
sophisticated surveillance and alarm systems,
“S-Mart,” under its belt since the company’s
Mexico who resides both in El Paso and
voice and data networking, to innovative
inception, along with several prominent clients,
Juárez, is now expanding his thriving, high-
telecommunications and much more, SYSOL
SYSOL is well-positioned to do exactly that.
Photo By: JESSE MAYNES
March, 2018 Pointing to his company’s two-fold agenda for
noteworthy credentials that include serving
with Patrick Jephson at their Washington,
operations growth and economic expansion
as the late Princess Diana’s Chief of Staff
D.C. and London based communications
in our city by establishing its new U.S.
(his bestseller, “Shadows of a Princess,”
and reputation management firm, Jephson
headquarters here, Yiris says his company’s
tells the story firsthand), an appointment to
Beaman, LLC. With respect to SYSOL’s
newly and strategically founded advisory
Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order by
expansion into El Paso, William says, “The
board, with its diverging yet complimentary
Queen Elizabeth II, and regular appearances
idea is that it’s an opportunity to build
perspectives, is a means to accomplishing
as a contributor for CNN and the BBC, among
bridges and encourage collaboration across
exactly that and describes his agenda as,
others. Of British descent, Patrick brings to
the border at a time when there’s a lot of
the board a unique perspective of our city and
misunderstandings and concern ...” and
says of Yiris’ vision, “We’re here to help Yiris
adds, “The branding of SYSOL makes Yiris
and SYSOL, and by extension, the people
and SYSOL a brand ambassador for El Paso.”
something good for the community.” Enter Washington, D.C. consultant, Nestor
with whom he does business with … and the
Sainz of NAS Consulting Group, whom
wider community here.”
Ruben Olmos, president and managing
Yiris enlisted in that very aim and who,
partner at Global Nexus, also joins the team.
subsequently, spearheaded a sophisticated
The board is also joined by William Beaman,
He brings with him more than 18 years of
advisory board comprised of a top-notch
a Harvard University graduate and current
expertise in government and public affairs
league of major players who contribute
and has a background of specialties that
significantly in their own respective ways.
background that includes writing and editing
includes international relations, tourism and
With over 20 years of international business
for National Geographic Society, serving as
trade, to name just a few. More specifically,
expertise as a leadership and management
Editor-In-Chief for Campaigns and Elections
Ruben represents both U.S. companies and
advisor for many high-profile U.S. and
magazine and was Bureau Chief for Reader’s
companies with U.S. interests and works to
foreign government officials, Nestor affirms
build and nurture those relationships. With
the advisory board for SYSOL would be “a
vast experience in government relations
collection of professionals with diverse
and brand awareness, and he also partners
consulting, including for one of the largest
backgrounds, so that [Yiris] would have an opportunity to discuss at all levels” in order to effectively carry out his vision. A culmination of unique and proven talents, SYSOL’s advisory board is solidly grounded in a range of well-rounded backgrounds and each boasts an impressive set of credentials. That brings us to Lucia Navarro, a CNN correspondent, Telemundo news anchor and a recipient of the prestigious American Academy of Arts Award by the American Academy Awards of Arts and
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SYSOL served on numerous regulatory agencies
Ruben is well-suited to help meet SYSOL’s
such as the U.S. Department of Energy
objectives for U.S. expansion.
and the Texas Railroad Commission and has practiced law before the U.S. Congress
Appropriately, Arturo Mediola, vice president
and the White House. As a successful
of operations at NEO Technology Solutions,
lobbyist, Gary knows well the advantage of
brings to the table nearly 20 years of
combining and leveraging interests for the
manufacturing experience from the U.S.,
betterment of SYSOL’s plans for our own
Mexico and Europe, and offers a direct hands-
city’s economic growth, and hopes to bring
on approach to the advisory board in terms
his expertise in oil and gas to the forefront
of implementing successful tools and best
in dealing with the anticipated challenges.
practices relevant to SYSOL’s manufacturing operations. As a manufacturing guru, Arturo
Bringing it full circle, SYSOL is not only a game-
lends vast expertise from the Mexican side and
changer in the tech sector by improving the
offers a highly specialized perspective to the
quality standards by which companies hold
board. He points to the surprisingly untapped
themselves to in our increasingly digital age, it
potential that still very much exists between
also looks to bring that same penetrating force
our neighboring cities of El Paso and Juárez.
into our community via a socially-responsible agenda that promises to bring economic
Finally, is prominent attorney, Gary D.
growth and vitality to a transformative
Compton, a senior partner at Lucas Compton
city—a vision that is all too relevant during
in Washington, D.C., whom once worked
a time of rapid expansion for El Paso.
as a White House intern under President Lyndon
it’s an opportunity to build bridges and encourage collaboration across the border.
global technology companies known as Aptiv,
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In late January of 2018, SYSOL’s “dreamteam” of an advisory board made its debut at a local dinner hosted by Nestor, at which current Mayor Dee Margo and members of the El Paso Chamber of Commerce, were in attendance. The meeting of the minds was followed by several appearances in the borderland, one of which included a press conference in Juárez as part of an introductory tour that was very well-received. In fact, SYSOL’s advisory board spoke candidly with us at The City Magazine offices during this time and each person left here with a much different impression of our city than before. In fact, the board shared both on and off the record that El Paso is quite surprisingly off the radar, has “such a rich range of assets that could be brought together more and marketed more consistently,” and more poignantly said, “is a story that has yet to be properly told or properly heard.” Currently employing around 100 employees, and servicing over 60 major clients, SYSOL projects officially opening its doors in the Sun City within the year, and has begun providing its innovative client services locally to the likes of Tyco Electronics and others. With that, El Paso can look forward to SYSOL, through its strategically organized advisory board and national influence, to help further bridge the proverbial gap between two sister cities, two neighboring nations, through both job creation and economic growth. By way of this unique group of national leaders and its opportune agenda for mutually-rewarding commerce through visionary collaboration, lies the promise of far-reaching progression and vitality for our city and its residents.
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success and also aids in the ability to be successful.
is considered the best of
the prosperity crystals and is
is considered the stone for prosperity,
also known as the merchant stone
wisdom and harmony and is very lucky in
which is great for businesses. I advise
promoting the flow of abundance.
business owners to place three pieces of citrine inside the cash register or bank bag to attract steady customers. Citrine is
When selecting your crystals, I suggest
Another tip is to always make sure that the
holding the stone in your hand and sensing
money inside your wallet is organized. Placing
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them by soaking them overnight in salt
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(some people like saltwater) to remove
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other peopleâ€™s energy that have touched
it creates chaos with your finances.
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Everyone | By: ROSE LUCERO |
veryone loves a hero. Everyone
has their own heroes. They come
in all shapes, sizes, genders, ages and
reasons why they are admired. Some heroes have special powers and others are even known to occasionally wear capes.
This year at the event, there will be a special section known as the “Wish Zone” featuring kids who have some of El Paso’s most unique
On Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 8 a.m. at The Fountains at Farah,
wishes that have been granted. In addition, Walk For Wishes will
the El Paso community has the unique opportunity to honor and
feature interactive booths associated with “I wish to be__________,
support local wish kids who are facing and battle critical illness
I wish to meet__________, I wish to see_________, I wish to go
by participating in the signature walk of Make-A-Wish®—the Third
to____________.” Also new to the event, a man-made “Wishing Tree”
Annual Walk for Wishes® presented by The Hospitals of Providence.
will be created where participants can write their individual wishes.
Wish kids, who can easily be spotted wearing their blue Make-AWish capes, participate along-side family members, friends and
The fundraising goal for this year’s El Paso Walk For Wishes is
community supporters in this fun, one-mile walk around the beautiful
$75,000. Recognition will be given to the top fundraising teams,
Fountains of Farah.
schools, companies and individuals. A very simple registration process
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March, 2018 found
allows people to register, donate and get involved! Funds raised through the event will help ensure every eligible child in the El Paso area has their wish to count on. A wish plays a unique role in the treatment of children with critical illnesses as it can mark a pivotal turning point in their journey. Wishes are catalysts for hope—profoundly effective in fueling a child’s drive to defy the odds and push toward tomorrow. When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy and anxiety with hope. Families are unified and entire communities are enriched—the positive impact is boundless. Help us add magic to the medicine on National Superhero Day by joining us at Walk For Wishes on April 28, 2018. Walk with wish families and local supporters, all while helping to share the power of a wish. Every eligible child needs a wish to count on!
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Take the first step to granting more wishes! Register today at www.WalkForWishesElPaso.org. You can register as an individual walker, register your team, or join an existing team.
Now let’s fill your team! Share your team link with your friends and family, coworkers, church group, gym buddies, and more! We recommend a team of at least 10 people for ultimate magic!
The first step to fundraising is to make your own self-donation. By donating just $10, you can encourage your team to do the same. Challenge your team to ask for donations from their networks. Be sure to ask your company if they have a matching gift program to amplify your efforts!
Celebrate your success with us on Saturday, April 28! Call a rideshare or coordinate a carpool, and find a spot at The Fountains at Farah for everyone to meet up. You will have the opportunity to meet and walk alongside the many wish kids and families who benefit directly from your support. Walk with wish families and local supporters, all while helping to share the power of a wish.
Having a Moment of
Regret After an Argument? Here s how â€™ to Save Your Relationship
| By: JANNET BUSTILLOS |
Every relationship is bound to have arguments and misunderstandings. A heated argument can trigger us to say things we may later regret. If the wrong words have escaped your lips and regret is terrorizing you, here are some tips that may help turn the situation from wrong to right.
Take responsibility for your actions. Sounds simple right? Everyone handles situations and emotions differently. What may not be that big of a deal to you, can really have an effect on your partner. Taking accountability for your actions is a huge step in making the process of forgiveness work.
Give your partner some time and space. Hurtful words trigger emotional reactions. In my opinion, it’s better to let things simmer down for a bit before you continue to add fuel to the fire. Be careful though because waiting too long can also be detrimental to fixing the situation. Address the issue as soon as you sense the time is right.
Offering a sincere apology is a key component to making amends with your loved one. Few people reject a heartfelt apology. But if they detect a whiff of insincerity, your words of remorse will fall flat. It is very important that you include the words, “I’m sorry.” Many people find those two words extremely difficult to say, but your partner deserves to hear a true apology.
Words may not be enough. You
their feelings. By validating their
may have to take your apology
emotions, you are acknowledging
further and do something more
that you understand why they’re
personal to let them know you care.
upset, and that you’re willing to fix
A handwritten note, a bouquet of
the issue. Let him/her know you
flowers, or a special homemade
“get it.” Say something like, “I
meal may help fix the situation.
know my comment sounded critical and I understand why you’re upset.”
Assure your loved one that your thoughtless words aren’t a reflection of how you feel about them. Your partner may wonder if there is some deeper meaning behind your unkind remark. Let him/her know your inconsiderate comments were a case of “temporary anger.”
Empathize as much as you can.
While you can’t promise you will never say something hurtful again, you can promise to make a conscious effort to tame your tongue during future arguments. This may help steer you away from being in this position in the first place.
Allow them to ask questions. The
person you hurt probably has some
things they want to get off their
misunderstandings in relationships
are bound to happen. Most people
are willing to forgive as long as they feel the apology is genuine.
A Walk Through
Amsterdam | By: ANDY MARTINEZ |
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here was a hint of doubt within me, as I had just reserved a bicycle for pickup at a shop near my hostel, that I might encounter some issues while attempting to traverse through the city from the bike-dominated roads. On the winding road from Schipol to Oosterpark, I saw hundreds of people completely unbothered that the sky seemed to want to fall at a
moment’s whim. As I sat there, still wrapped up in a heavy coat, scarf and comically cumbersome gloves, my confidence in my ability to bike through rain, sleet, hail and the winds normally associated with the time of year I was visiting (January) completely plummeted. I had made that decision to take the city on foot. I decided to tour the Dutch capital through what the taxi driver said was, "the worst time to visit Amsterdam.” During my stay, the Amsterdam Light Festival was on its last week on display. The winter festival illuminates the city center from sunset throughout the night and includes concepts from original light art to projection mapping on the city’s most iconic buildings. I walked the edge of the canals and watched as couples boarded their guided tours that tunneled under the canal bridges which, normally dark, became illuminated through the city’s dedication to showcasing and
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Museumplein, I made my way through to The Van Gogh Museum to learn about the artist’s life and work in the area that the post-impressionist called home. A symbol of pride and worldwide recognition for the Dutch, The Van Gogh Museum not only highlights the trajectory of one man, but how his art was affected by his surroundings and the development of the Netherlands from the time of his birth to his passing. The Rijksmuseum, only a skating rink and a musthave IAMSTERDAM photo capture away from The Van Gogh Museum, is the oldest in the Netherlands and includes the largest art collection in the country. After attempting to absorb the 8,000 on-display objects, I dined at the Rijks, the museum’s own
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March, 2018 Michelin-starred restaurant. What was objectively the best dish I had during my stay, the Langoustine met oestercrème, heightened all expectations for the rest of my days in Amsterdam. Immediately outside the Rijksmuseum was its garden. The majority of people clung to the road and the tourist photo traps and it was to my advantage that I was able to find the discreet entrance to the garden. Even now, I remain unsure that I was allowed to be in there and it simply didn’t make sense to me how such a beautiful garden could be so vacant in the middle of the day. Nevertheless, it allowed for a moment of relaxation inside one of the city’s most foot-traffic heavy areas. I spent a morning in Harlemmerbuurt, a quiet area of town that normally doesn’t attract tourists. My guide, photography teacher Jan Arsenovic, provided a history of the old production and storage part of the city. Beginning in Haarlemmerplein Square, we made our way to one of the islands in the city with community gardens and backgrounds perfectly representative of the city without the crowds. With a recommendation from Jan in hand, I walked one canal bridge over to Winkel 43, a narrow and unassuming café famous for its apple pie. I ordered a hearty slice and paired it with a glass of Chardonnay while I rested my feet and watched the goings on of the city through the windows—hoping that the hail would pick up again to learn how to appropriately behave like a true mokummer during such a situation. On my way back to Oost, the neighborhood where my hostel was located, I coordinated with a few hostel mates and stopped by one of Amsterdam’s local breweries, Brouwerij ‘t IJ, where I was able to sample many of the beers. The brewery’s pub, which is located in the same repurposed bathhouse under Amsterdam’s largest wooden windmill (Degooyer), offered perfect pairings for each beer. I chose to go
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with the IPA; the fruity and bitter taste will definitely be one worth the revisit. As I packed my suitcase I realized that convenience is far beyond second to experience, and that even though I could have visited during the warmer months, nothing would have guaranteed a more enjoyable time. I turned in my key and vowed that when I return, it would be with bicycle wheels to the ground.
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Your dog deserves cake too. Here’s a cake your fur-child can enjoy on their birthday—or any day!
TCM Pet of the Month highlights our readers’ best friends!
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ccreditation by definition is â€œthe action or process of officially recognizing someone as having a particular status or being qualified to perform a particular activity,â€? according to Oxford Dictionary. Did you know that the El Paso Zoo is accredited by an organization known as AZA (The Association of Zoos and Aquariums). AZA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and
aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science and recreation. The 1970s created a spark of growing concern for animal care and welfare in zoos and aquariums. Since then, the U.S. has only become more conscious of the way animals are provided for when under human care. In response to this, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums was established in 1971 and immediately appointed a committee to create guidelines, best practices and requirements they believed were necessary for providing optimal animal care. Lead experts with significant experience and training compiled an ever-evolving list of necessities for animal welfare, operations, husbandry and veterinary medicine. This list not only met, but exceeded the requirements deemed necessary by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture). Of the 2,800 animal exhibitors that are licensed by the USDA across the country, you will find less than 10 percent of them are AZA accredited. AZA accreditation is no simple task. When applying for accreditation, it often takes six months to prepare the documents for the application and another six months to complete the process. This process includes a lengthy, well-documented written application, a multipleday inspection of the facilities and lastly a hearing in front of the Accreditation Commission. To insure that a zoo or aquarium is meeting the standards of AZA, the facility will be evaluated on things such as animal exhibits, appropriate social groupings, use of enrichment, veterinary programs, nutrition, financial stability, educational messages, involvement in conservation and a number of other areas.
There is a validity of the accreditation for five years before the zoo or aquarium
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will need to reapply. This is a protocol that has
involvement in a new strategic, inclusive and
been implemented to meet the ever-rising
impactful conservation program called Saving
standard of how to provide exceptional care
Animals from Extinction (SAFE). For each
identified species, this framework coordinates the many efforts of various government
In between the five years of the application
agencies, conservation groups, zoos and
cycle, the zoos and aquariums are monitored.
aquariums into one focused action plan for
The zoos that apply for this accreditation are
recovery. Currently, the SAFE species in the
offering an invitation of scrutiny to provide
program now are African penguins, cheetah,
the best facilities for all parties involved. This
sharks and rays (although they are not a
continuous evaluation is one way to gain public
species they are facing serious pressures),
trust through proving there is unwavering
vaquita, western pond turtle, African vultures,
care for all the animals. An important part of
black-footed ferret, Asian elephants, and
accreditation is the requirement to be involved
radiated tortoise. From the list, the El Paso Zoo
has contributed to SAFE as a Founders Circle
AZA supports accredited facilities in our
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Campaign and the emergency efforts to save the last 40 vaquita on the planet. Zoo Director Steve Marshall explained how the El Paso Zoo is currently completing the final steps for the 2018 accreditation cycle. “Being accredited is a huge accomplishment that we are very proud of,” said Steve. In 2015, they were recognized for continuous accreditation for the previous 25 years. As of now, their application has been reviewed, site inspection has been completed and their hearing will be in March. The visiting committee of inspectors noted a few Points of Particular Achievements that Steve shared
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the same report, the El Paso Zoo was also commended on their excellent vet staff and veterinary program that “serves as a model.” The AZA visiting committee expressed that The El Paso Zoo is to be congratulated on an excellent and ambitious masterplan and the $50 million Quality of Life Bond allocation. It
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was also noted as a particular accomplishment that El Paso Zoological Society has pledged to raise another $7.5 million in private funding for designated projects.
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Injuries and How to
| By: LIZZIE MARTINEZ |
There are a few factors
in everyday life, such as not enough rest, too much too soon, or the simple wear and tear, that can cause pain and injuries that throw a wrench into our workout routines. But 30 percent Percent of injuries are caused from repetitive
1 Shin Splints
After a long run (or if you never run, a short run) or after jumping into a workout
routine, you may feel a bruise like pain along your shins that hurts when you walk. You are at a greater risk of getting shin splints after you’ve recently increased the intensity or the frequency of your workouts. The muscle becomes inflamed from the new activity and causes the pain that usually goes away on its own with rest after a few days.
workout activities such as
How to stay safe:
running, swimming, jumping etc.
running shoes such as Asics or Brooke’s.
So here are a few of the common injuries and how to avoid them. 86
• Wear proper shoes for your activity. If you’re running wear a good brand of • Avoid running on uneven ground or uphill/downhill. • Slowly increase your workout intensity to no more than 10 percent a week. • Avoid running right away, make sure you are warmed up. You can do jumping jacks or mountain climbers to get your blood moving and muscles warmed up. www.thecitymagazineelp.com
2 Low-Back Strain
A sudden sharp pain in your lower back during a workout could be a sign
you’ve overdone it. Most of the time this is due to either not warming up properly, overloading weight you can’t lift, or improper form.
3 IT Band Syndrome
When the ligament that runs from your hip to your
shin is overused, it can become tight and inflamed.
How to stay safe:
Cycling and running are common activities that can
• Make sure you are warmed up properly. Rowing is a great full body warm up
cause this. It can also cause a pain on the outside of
exercise to do for any workout. You can also do a spinal twist stretch on the floor
to loosen up the muscles. • Slowly increase the weight week by week. If you can do 15 reps at the weight you’re at without needing to stop, then you’re good to go for a heavier weight.
How to stay safe:
• Learn good form by learning how to maintain a “neutral back.” To find the feeling
• If you’re a runner, make sure you’re not wearing
of your neutral spine, lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the
worn out shoes or running on uneven or downhill
floor. Your spin should touch the floor under your neck and back which allows
surfaces. If you’re a cyclist, make sure the seat
the natural curves of your back to absorb shock during an exercise. So that’s
height is correct. You want to be able to just reach
the feeling you should keep your back in for squats, deadlifts, etc.
the bar without feeling all bunched up.
Always make sure you warm up properly with either walking or stretching. 87
| By: LLOYD HAMILTON photography by: SHARILYN WELLS | ragrantly embellished tapestries of traditions braided together, and uniquely cousined to other Texas cities like Austin and Dallas, El Paso offers its own personality of fresh elaborations in décor and fashion. Particularly, a quaint boutique located in the Placita in Santa Fe, has captured a bouquet of the city’s trends while cleverly matching region gems with diverse tapestries of Hueco glamoured fashion. The vibrant shop features merchandise in both clothing and home designs, as each handpicked item contributes its own distinctive personality that compliments the El Paso community, accompanied with the same aroma commonly welcomed from Alpine to Houston. Dos Femmes is translated into the phrase “Two Women” in both French and Spanish, indicative of both store owners, Cassie-Jean and Lexi-Page Johnson, who fancied opening their own boutique from the time they were very young. Sharing a collegiate background 88
in design merchandising and journalism, as
Both women agreed, as their customers
products have been regularly pursued by
well as professional backgrounds in fashion
notice this elegant pattern, it portrays a sense
cliental abroad in London, England through
sales and business marketing. These two
of comfort and a feeling of uniqueness as
sisters possess a high capacity to bring multi-
buyers take their products home.
perspective strategies to be successful in
Each item will only be sold once at the shop
their industry. Lexi-Paige assured me, “We
Dos Femmes is gorgeously etched with an
for a period of time before another line is
both bring different things to the table, which
El Pasoan-like style font and painted among
presented in an environment of everchanging
makes us unique because we work so well
cacti and other native illustrations. The store
items; customers will not see the same
together and have different things to offer.
is exquisitely decorated with gracefully
product in the store repeatedly. Cassie-Jean
Although, we do have two very different
fluttered earrings and necklaces of various
and Lexi-Paige have been successful at using
styles and even wear the same clothes a
styles of statement and color. Home décor
this uniqueness to broaden the demographic
little bit differently.” Lexi-Paige is proud that
adds personality to the shops character,
reach that appeals to many customers.
when people come to Dos Femmes, they
resembling a ‘Dos Femmes Pinterest’ and
can find the essence of their own individual
spruced up like a Chihuahuan flavored
could be something in the store for anyone,
styles as they shop. Customers who come to
“Magnolia Market.” Some shoppers who visit
“Someone in high school can walk in and buy
the boutique can find comfort in knowing that
the boutique among locals are in-between
a set of earrings for 18 or 25 dollars, where as
Cassi-Jean and Lexi-Paige have truly put their
routes from places like Dallas or Phoenix.
we can have someone in their sixties come
heart and soul into hand picking everything.
However, more magnificently, Dos Femmes
and buy a sweater or some other earrings
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that they really like. So, we want anyone to come in and find something they will fall in love with.â€? Both sisters invest in getting to know each customer in order to help them find something in the store that can illuminate the existing beauty already found within them. This interpersonal characteristic of Dos Femmes is one that expresses the wonderful dynamic of El Paso; a boutique carrying an integrity of grassroots that are modernly hedged and displaying seasonal fashion in real time.
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| By: ANDY MARTINEZ |
eeping in control of daily jobs and responsibilities is many
peopleâ€™s priorities. Because of this, we might let other
things fall by the wayside. Appearance is one of the first giveaways that you may be desperately trying to maintain
things and stay afloat through the seas of tasks that you have to keep in line. Here are some products that work with you to keep things in place and looking neat to bring a bit of order to your life.
H I s P r e r o g at i v e
1 Scotch Porter Brand Beard Balm For the gentlemen with facial hair longer than the “I’ve been too lazy to shave this week” look going on, attention must be paid to your neglected beard. Shaping up and redefining your edges might seem like enough, but when the hair seems to go in all directions and is dry from exposure to your facial cleansers, it’s time to take action. Keep your beard healthy, “strokable” and give it as much attention as you give the hair on the top of your head. Retain the moisture and condition your beard with this beard balm to maintain its softness and shininess.
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2 Root Science Detox Use this clarifying and spot treatment to bring your skin to its best-looking state in as good an instant as realistically possible. The mineral clay comes in a powder form and must be activated with water to create a paste that is then applied in a single layer to the skin. The combination of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants leaves your skin looking refreshed and healthy. Simply allow the mask to dry completely before removal. If you’re prone to dry skin, replace the water with a more hydrating activator such as honey or face oil.
_________________________________________________________________________ $60 | shoprootscience.com
3 Wise Birch Bark Daily Shampoo This sulfate-free shampoo leaves your hair feeling clean without producing excessive amounts of foam and stripping the hair of its moisture. Often, the primary reason for dry hair post-shower is the shampoo itself. This formula, however, provides exceptional cleansing with great natural scents such as cedarwood, clary sage and rosemary essential oils. The eco-friendly packaging uses 80% less plastic than standard shampoo bottles and can be used to refill the glass bottle, which can be purchased separately. This process reduces the amount of waste and is 100% recyclable.
_________________________________________________________________________ $27 | wisemenscare.com
4 Living Proof Leave-in Conditioner Tame your frizz and make styling easier with this leave-in conditioner. Use a pea-size amount on damp or dry hair and work through ends first and then run whatever is left on your hands throughout your entire hair. After, you’ll find that you won’t need to use as much hold-specific hair product. The nourishing product isn’t only for frizzy hair types as it makes all hair types easier to manage and control by blocking humidity but still keeping the hair moisturized.
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Mellow Yellow A March, 2018
| By: KRYSTA AYERS |
vibrant shade is finally having its moment; the color of spring
2018 is yellow. Just in time for your spring break travels, this
color will brighten your wardrobe and your spirits. Not gonna lie,
it’s a hard color to pull off, but since there are different shades of
yellow, you can find one that doesn’t wash you out.
The color is having a moment in really bold ways. From swimsuits to
ready-to-wear fashion, yellow is popping up everywhere. Don’t hide or
fight it; if you’re hesitant about this trend, start small: get a fedora, a
purse or any other accessory.
fa s h i o n i s ta
For those of you
ready to make that bold move, welcome to the bright side.
Sunny Side Up
A lot of swimwear lines have made a uniform decision to implement yellow in their suits. Try a one-piece that’s striped for a moderate take on the color trend—and really, because it’s flattering for everyone. If you’re ready to dive right in, a two-piece in all yellow will turn heads.
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Little Yellow Dress
We’re adding another summer staple to your closet. A flowy yellow dress has been all over the runway, from Oscar de la Renta and Tom Ford to H&M. For a little bohemian take, and just over all more comfortable look, try a floor-length dress.
T rail Blazing If you’re stuck in the office instead of taking some time off—because who does spring
break anymore anyway—try adding this color to your work clothes. A yellow blazer is the perfect piece to add to your work attire. Find a boyfriend fit for a cool and casual look over an all-white outfit.
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Shoesâ€”heels to be specificâ€” are another easy, yet bold way, to incorporate this color trend. For a weekend at brunch, pair a pointy-toed heel with some distressed boyfriend jeans. At work, pair the pump with an A-line skirt and solid top.
Makeup Tips for
| By: ELYSE SIMONS |
earing makeup over 50 should
be as much fun as it was in our
younger years. The difference is
that the rules change; the ones you
lived by in your 20s and 30s need to get thrown out the window. Whatever the age, makeup should feel fun, flirty and instill confidence. While we canâ€™t roll back the clock, we can look more radiant, more rested and more youthful
these helpful makeup tips.
Start with skincare
Lose the shimmery shadow on your brow bone
It’s not only important, but necessary to keep your skin well hydrated and
This style is long gone and can really date you. It is much more
exfoliated to avoid dry, cakey looking skin. Start by applying a rich anti-
flattering to apply your colors just on the lid and into the crease.
aging cream. Try Caudalie Anti-Aging skincare www.us.caudalie.com
Choose the right foundation
Use eye pencils for liner Eye pencils are softer than liquid liners, which can be harsh on aging
As your skin matures, you’ll find that a matte formula is your enemy,
eyes. To soften the line even more, smudge it with your fingers. Try
as it will accentuate fine lines. Instead, find a hydrating formula that
Kevyn Aucoin The Eye Pencil Primatif www.kevynaucoin.com
diffuses light to make the skin appear more youthful. Try Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation www.charlottetilbury.com
Always use black mascara The black makes the white part of your eyes seem whiter and adds
Less is better
a more youthful look to your face. Use an eyelash curler first as this
Over time you may have developed uneven pigmentation. Don’t try to
makes your eye appear even bigger. Try Make Up For Ever Smoky
hide it completely by overdoing your foundation or concealer. Apply a
light layer of product on the face and if more is needed, apply a thin layer onto the areas that need more coverage.
Don’t forget your brows Create a brow with shadow rather than a pencil to fill in the blanks.
Use face powder sparingly
Then use a brow fiber gel to create a softer and more natural look.
Too much powder will make skin look instantly older and make
Try Senna Cosmetics Brow Shaper Duo and Brow Fix Setting Gel
wrinkles stand out. Use a small amount to set your makeup—under
your eyes and down the t-zone to remove any shine. Try Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Loose Powder www.sephora.com
Use a lip balm Don’t forget to use a lip balm before applying your lipstick. It will keep
Toss your powder blush
the lips from drying out and will help them look plumper and softer. Try
Cream blush is the better option. It is moister looking and much more
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm www.sephora.com
forgiving. Choose a formulation that has no sparkle or glitter, as this will sit in lines and wrinkles. Try Stila Convertible Color www.stilacosmetics.com
Use a lip liner Try a lip liner that is the same shade as your lip or invisible if you
Make your eyes the center of attention
want your lipstick to stay in place longer without feathering. Try Urban
Avoid dark heavy eyeshadow colors that can make hooded eyes appear
Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil or Ozone Multipurpose Primer Pencil
too dark and small. Instead, try a wash of natural, light coloured shadow
on the eyelids to make your eyes look instantly younger. Try Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow Palette www.chanel.com
Balance your lip color Too much gloss will certainly run; too much matte lipstick will accentuate your wrinkles; too dark a color of either is a real ager. Instead apply a
medium toned, moisturizing lipstick, blot and reapply for longer wear. 101 Try Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. www.charlottetilbury.com
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| By: KRYSTA AYERS |
Shave Clubs If you haven’t gotten on board with a mail service for razors, you need to change that—quick. Gone are the days that you step into your local drug store and take a pick from the cheapest razors on the shelf (not to be confused with being inexpensive). Quality
available and you can get them right in your mailbox—all for a really good price, too! Men can head to Harrys.com to start and women can head to mybillie.com.
Statement Slides Streetwear fashion is never going away. You probably have a closet full of Kanye-inspired luxury loungewear. Coming in on that style train are slides. Very popular in the 90s (with socks), these gems have recycled their way back. Now, wear them from your favorite brands like Supreme, Victoria Secret, The Hundreds and more.
Denim, Denim, Denim The Canadian tuxedo is hotter than ever. Think Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears at the 2001 AMA’s but more modern. This denim on denim look has become an easy go-to outfit to wear out—perfect for a casual weekend. Pair your denim skinnies with a loose denim button-down and, some dainty accessories and you’re all set.
Brunchin’ Out Anthony Bourdain said it first and we should all follow suit—brunch is out. It has become such a cliché, basic thing to do on Sunday mornings, even the show Portlandia poked fun at it several times. Instead, stick to just breakfast or lunch. El Paso has amazing breakfast spots, so there are plenty to choose from.
Studded Jeans with any type of bedazzled design are extremely out (not even sure they were ever in). Leave the “diamond” studs for your ears. That’s all.
Sticky Notes With the rise of bullet journals and pocket Field Notes, there’s no need to clutter your desk—or your life—with sticky notes. Keep every list and every thought organized in one little pocket-sized book.
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BRaised short ribs
olenta is, by definition, a thick mush of cornmeal. Please, allow me to fix this poor definition by giving it the explanation it deserves. Boiling cornmeal turned out to be a great idea—thanks ,Italy!
Polenta can be compared to grits, but it’s stronger (coarser)
and Crispy mushrooMS
and it will hold its shape better in the cooking process. With unmatched versatility, it can be creamy or have a little firmness to it. It can be cooled and molded into shapes, then cut and grilled, baked, fried … etc. The point is, I wasn’t familiar with it before last year, and when I saw it on menus and in recipes, strayed
| By: JESSE MAYNES |
4 beef short ribs (4 inches, bone exposed)
Use different cheeses in the polenta for different flavors.
1 small onion, diced 3 cloves of garlic, crushed 2 carrots, diced
it now. But polenta is a lot of things, maybe that’s what’s so special about it in the first place. Because it’s so versatile, it can be paired with an unlimited amount of options. Let’s say goodbye to winter properly with some savory beer braised beef short ribs and crispy, herby, buttery mushrooms. I want to clean the palate from these heavy flavors by adding smoked gouda to my polenta, it’ll hit you with the first breath after your bite and won’t leave you with an oily aftertaste that a fatty cut of meat can often do. This makes the perfect opportunity to visit your local butcher to get beef short ribs cut to expose the bones, aka French Cut (Thanks, Coronado Prime Meats). Exposed bone is a great plating
1 stalk celery, diced 1 bottle Guinness stout beer
from it. I’ve heard that you’re your own worst enemy, and I get
tool and will awe your guest with no extra effort on your end. 1.
2 tablespoons flour
Heat 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter in deep sauté pan (5 quart Dutch oven) on medium high. While oil heats, season short ribs with salt and pepper on all sides. Once seasoned, lightly toss ribs in
3 tablespoons oil 1 cup beef stock
flour to evenly coat. Sear ribs on all sides creating a solid crust. 1-2 minutes per side. 2.
Once browned, remove ribs and set aside. Lower heat to medium/low and add 1 tablespoon butter to pan. Once melted add onion, carrot,
garlic and celery. Sauté until tender, stirring often. Once tender, slowly
1 tube ready-made polenta
pour in beer and beef stock. Stir to incorporate while scraping bits off
1 cup milk
ribs to braising liquid and cover for 1 1/2 - 2 hours, until ribs are very
1 bay leaf
bottom of pan. Bring braising liquid to boil, reduce heat to low, return tender. 3.
masher until no lumps (or if you like a little) remain. Add milk and bay
6 tablespoons butter 1 1/2 cups smoked Gouda
leaf, whisk until combined and smooth, slowly bringing to a simmer. 4.
Add cheese in three part (half cup each part) stirring in between each, making sure cheese is melted. Remove from heat, remove bay leaf, add 2 tablespoons butter, season with salt and pepper and stir until
2 cups button mushrooms, sliced 1 1/2 tablespoon butter
While ribs cook, add polenta to medium heat pan, break up potato
butter is melted. If too thick, add a tablespoon of milk and stir until desired thickness. Set aside and cover. 5.
Warm 1 tablespoon oil in medium sauté pan on medium high heat. Once oil is shimmery, add mushrooms and caramelize until browning
occurs and mushrooms have released most of their liquid. Add 2 tablespoons butter and fresh cut parsley until mushrooms are crispy.
CHop it like it’s hot
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Remove from pan and drain on paper towel. 6.
Plate up with polenta in the center of your plate, round half your plate with crispy mushrooms, finish with rib and fresh parsley. 107
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Star City Tattoo and Arts Expo ::: March 2-4
12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. El Paso Convention Strictly focused on the art of tattooing, this tattoo and arts expo will bring talent from around the world. Admission: Single day $20, weekend pass $45 Info: starcityexpo.com
::: March 15
8:00 p.m. Lowbrow Palace Enjoy a live set from this surf-rock band at local venue, Lowbrow Palace. Admission: $10 Info: maslsoccer.com
11:00 a.m. â€“ 1:00 p.m. Heart of the Desert Pistachios and Wine Bring your mat and embark on some yoga in the vineyards. Admission: $20 Info: heartofthedesert.com
Dirty Dancing on Broadway ::: March 11-12
7:30 p.m. The Plaza Theatre Catch the classic story of Dirty Dancing on stage! Admission: $35 Info: elpasolive.com
8th Annual Showdown Tattoo Convention ::: March 16-18
El Paso County Coliseum There will be music, vendors, tattoos and more under one roof. Admission: Single day $25, weekend pass $60 Info: showdownfest.com
Hippie Sabotage ::: March 13
8:00 p.m. Tricky Falls Come and see Hippie Sabotage on the Path of Righteousness Tour. Admission: $27 Info: trickyfalls.com
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo ::: March 18
7:30 p.m. The Plaza Theatre Enjoy a night of nostalgia with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo playing an intimate acoustic set. Admission: $39.50+ Info: elpasolive.com
Vino and Vinyasa ::: March 18
Tejano Legends ::: March 17
7:30 p.m. The Plaza Theatre Accompanied by Grammy award winners, Ruben Ramos and Johnny Hernandez. Admission: $25+ Info: elpasolive.com
Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour ::: March 20
6:00 p.m. Abraham Chavez Theatre Take the kids out for a night of fun and dancing with Disney Junior. Admission: $29.70+ Info: elpasolive.com
Bad Bunny ::: March 23
8:30 p.m. El Paso County Coliseum Puerto Rican singer, rapper and producer will be here for a night of dancing. Admission: $58 Info: ticketmaster.com
::: March 24
12:00 p.m. Pakitu Skate Plaza Tony Hawk, world-famous skateboarder, will be holding a live exhibition in El Paso. Admission: Free Info: speakingrock.com
::: March 23
8:00 p.m. Speaking Rock Casino Enjoy a free live show from rock band Incubus. Admission: Free Info: speakingrock.com
EPSO Side by Side ::: March 25
7:30 p.m. The Plaza Theatre Join in for an extraordinary event of 300 musicians on stage. Admission: $36.50 Info: tickets.epso.org
Romeo Santos ::: March 24
8:00 p.m. Don Haskins Bachata all night when Romeo Santos comes into town. Admission: $50 Info: vividseats.com
Chicago Live in Concert ::: March 28
7:30 p.m. The Plaza Theatre Donâ€™t miss a night with Chicago playing all the hits you know. Admission: $50 Info: chicagotheband.com
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Anson 11 $$-$$$
303 N. Oregon St. Ste. 110 | (915) 504-6400
204 E. Mills Ave. | (915) 228-9050
Anson 11 is two exceptional dining experiences dedicated to the
From the same people that brought you 150 Sunset, Park Tavern is a
military man, the gentleman and the food connoisseur that was
new lunch and dining experience in downtown. With many options
Anson Mills. For a downtown dining experience like no other, Anson
available, from creamy chicken pasta to buttery fried fish, this new
11 is the restaurant to go to. PR, H
addition to the block is a welcoming place to satisfy your cravings.
The Downtowner $$ 325 N. Kansas St. | (915) 532-5200 Eat like a downtowner. Found on the ground floor of the Hotel Indigo, The Downtowner offers breakfast, lunch and dinner - the only breakfast spot available in downtown El Paso. The restaurant delivers great American taste with a twist of our Southwest flair. Savor the amazing dishes offered on the menu and enjoy a cold and carefully crafted cocktail while enjoying the gorgeous views of downtown.
Prices: $ - Low Priced Patio/Outdoor Seating - O
$$ - Medium Range Dog Friendly- DF
Edge of Texas
8690 Edge of Texas St. | (915) 822-3343 Located in the far east, this is definitely worth the drive! Eat the best steak youâ€™ve ever had and enjoy the saloon.
$$$ - High Priced $$$$ - Exquisite Dining Party/Private Room - PR Happy Hour - H
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WESTSIDE March, 2018
5411 N. Mesa, Suite 1 | (915) 875-0034
6232 N. Mesa St. | (915) 584-3621
Join Mi Piaci Ristorante Italiano for lunch or dinner with Chef/Owner
Winning Best Taco for Best of The City 2015 and Best Chips
Cosimo Baltaglia, who hails from Calabria, Italy, for the freshest
and Salsa in 2014, Avila’s has a savory Mexican menu that will
seafood, gourmet hand-cut Angus reserve steaks aged 21 days,
satisfy your cravings. We’re open for weekend breakfast, have
and gently homemade pasta from Italy. O
lunch specials available daily and a convenient pick-up window is accessible for family dinners on the go. PR
Jerusalem Grill $$
Westside’s 3rd Hole
5380 N. Mesa St. | (915) 500-4357
1035 Belvidere Suite 168 | (915) 584-5577
Jerusalem is a low-key eatery where you can find authentic gyros,
There’s no better place to relax and grab a bite to eat than W3H. Nominated
baba ghanoush, shish kababs and more. Their appetizer combo is
as El Paso’s best tacos, stop by today and see why we’re becoming El
complete with hummus, baba ghanoush, grape leaves, spanakopita
Paso’s go-to spot for catching a game and eating some good food. “We
and falafel. Your tastebuds will enjoy this retreat to an amazing
saved you a seat.” Now with NFL Sunday Ticket on all screens. O, H
array of dishes. Serving El Paso Authentic Italian Cuisine since 1948 • Private Party Room • Beer & Wine • Outside Dining • Live Music Thur. to Sat. • We cater large or small events
The State Line
1222 Sunland Park Dr. I (915) 581-3371 Enjoying delicious authentic BBQ from The State Line. Based on four principles: offer the highest quality smoked BBQ, provide generous portions at affordable prices, offer friendly table and bar services and www.thecitymagazineelp.com celebrate the heritage of Texas. Come on by to enjoy!
Italian Kitchen West
450 Thorn Ave. | (915) 842-0775 Enjoy boundless savory Italian classics either at their outdoor Italian.Kitchen. Westpatio
or intimate and comfortable atmosphere inside.www.theitaliankitchenelpaso.com Italian Kitchen West m is doling out classic pizzas, mouth-watering pastas with great wine pairs and Italian meat entrees. Stay local, but enjoy the cuisine from 119 an ocean away. O, PR
Mesa Street Grill $$$
150 Sunset | (915) 585-0801
3800 N Mesa St., Ste D1 | (915) 532-1881
Whether you’re looking for brunch, a quick lunch or a nice sit-down dinner
Mesa Street Grill introduces their newest dessert creation – the Pineapple
with views of El Paso’s sunsets, you will find all that you need at The
Crostata. This refreshing blend of pineapple, cinnamon and nutmeg is
Kitchen at 150 Sunset. Be sure to also check out our special wine dinners,
crowned with a cashew crumble and handmade sugar garnish. Taste this
with a specially curated menu and wine pairing. Come and treat yourself.
dessert once and it’s sure to become a summertime favorite. O, H, PR, H
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R E S TAU R A N T & B A R
150 W. Castellano Drive Ste. D | (915) 229-6674
5860 N. Mesa St. Suite 130 | (915) 307-3346
Nosh creates delicious, freshly made, craft salads & prepared food items. A
Gusto is El Paso’s newest and most unique restaurant on the west
sustainable, fresh and fun concept, NOSH focuses on providing El Paso with
side. It features international cuisine that blends European with Latin-
healthy and delicious meals. Whether you’re on a specific diet or not, Nosh has
American flavors. Gusto will transport you to a different place with
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Our March 2018 issue is packed with heart warming stories of heroes in our community. As you read through the pages of the March magazine,...
Published on Mar 1, 2018
Our March 2018 issue is packed with heart warming stories of heroes in our community. As you read through the pages of the March magazine,...