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Candida Rodriguez loves her kids. But at 289 pounds she couldn’t

process, she gained so much more — the ability to run and play

run and play with them. With hypertension and pre-diabetes, she

with her children. “I am no longer on medication for hyperten-

lived in constant fear that her health would take her away from

sion or diabetes. I’m no longer at risk of dying young like my

her children — just like it happened to her own mother at a

mother,” said Candida. “The Hospitals of Providence was very

young age. “Getting healthy is a choice I had to make for me, so I

helpful in preparing me for a life change. I love my new self!”

can be healthy for my children,” said Candida. That’s when she turned to The Hospitals of Providence for help. The bariatric weight loss program at The Hospitals of Providence provided Candida with the support and resources she needed in

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order to lose weight and get healthy. This 13-week program treats both the physical and emotional sides of weight loss with services before and after surgery, including support groups, nutritional counseling, gym memberships and more. After her gastric bypass surgery, Candida lost 130 pounds. In the

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Michelle Cromer

Kayla Melson

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Andy Martinez

Stephanie Aviles

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John Horta

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Krysta Ayers

Bobby Gallagher

Elaine Gordon

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Joann Wardy

Art Aguirre

Elyse Simons

Valeria Contreras

Grace The Psychic Lady

Michael C. Graham

Lloyd Hamilton

Brandi Lambert

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his month we celebrate the lens of Marcos Fernandez, a uniquely talented photographer and the cover artist of the August issue. An image made of panoramic photographs stitched together add a depth and perspective

that I can only describe as photography with an amazing point of view. Being in the publishing world for many years, I have watched behind the scenes as photographers work their magic. This technique brings a new feel … a wow factor. Photographers’ lives are documented behind the lens, capturing life’s moments then sharing them with the world. The artists we’ve spotlighted this month range from photographers, muralists, to graphic designers and those in film like actress Yvette Yates. These are El Paso’s artists, who often march to the beat of a different drum. These artists share with us their talent that often takes years to cultivate. This is also the month to celebrate locally-owned businesses. These businesses are led by entrepreneurs who put their everything into their business. These business owners work longer hours than most, often carrying every job title available, hoping that you, their fellow El Pasoan, will support and appreciate their passion. These locally-owned businesses range from third generation to brand new businesses coming from a dream and wish for success. To them, we say thank you. They bring a uniqueness to our city, a quality that makes us stand out from the ordinary. We should all make conscious efforts to grace their doors before we grace the corporate-owned franchises; spending our money with the businesses that support our local teams, local beauty pageants and the future of the people in this city. Get to know their faces because they want to know yours. If you’ve not been to the El Paso Zoo in a while, it’s time! It’s grown to be one of most exciting treasures we have to offer in our city. Each month we bring you something exciting from the zoo. We have talked about the life of a baby monkey, introduced you to one of the oldest elephants in captivity, and this month, we want you to learn about an impressive breeding conservation program. We want you to learn about and love El Paso as we do. Enjoy the read.


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“Sting-Ray Afternoons”

“The Dinner Party and Other Stories”

by Steve Rushin

by Joshua Ferris

In “Sting Ray Afternoons” we are transported back to the 1970s; the

The eleven stories included in “The Dinner Party” were first published

decade of Volkswagon cars, Bic pens, Led Zepplin and the Schwinn

in The New Yorker. They showcase a brilliant story-teller with a great

Sting-Ray bike. This memoir tells of central themes of family and

understanding of human characteristics. Each story conjures up the

growing up in the psychedelically vibrant landscape of the 70s. With

awkwardness and hilarious misunderstands we often face from day

humor, Rushin writes about his traveling salesman father, brother and

to day. In one story, we meet Arty, a Florida retiree whose birthday

sisterly love and what it was like before the age of technology had

party includes pizza and a prostitute. In another, we meet Jack, a man

kids growing up with tablets in their hands.

incapable of having a normal social interaction, even with the man he hires to help him move out of storage.

“We Are Never Meeting in Real Life” by Samantha Irby

“The Young Widowers Handbook” by Tom McAllister

“Sometimes you have to be tough even when life is a dumpster,” says comedy writer and blogger, Samantha Irby. In her new book of

When Hunter met Kaitlyn, it was the greatest, most unexpected

essays she humorously details her life, from growing up to becoming

thing that ever happened to him. He had not accomplished much in

an adult who doesn’t know how to budget her money correctly. She’s

life, compared to the success that Kaitlyn had, but with her he was

also trying to navigate life when all of her former drinking buddies

determined to be a better man. She was smart, kind and funny. Then

are now suburban moms driving mini-vans. You’ll be able to relate if

one day, she was gone. Hunter runs away, heading west with her

you’ve had some missteps in your life and can’t find the energy to

ashes by his side. They were supposed to travel together, but now

“adult” sometimes.

Hunter finds himself wrapped up in a life of adventure, odd jobs and


coping with his wife’s death.

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he process begins with a touch of a button. Click and flash. The rest becomes history, a

documentation of the photographer’s point

of view. From Marcos Fernandez’s perspective, El Paso becomes the setting of a fascinating world, full of vibrant colors and unique subjects as told by the lens. Marcos Fernandez is a long-time photographer and managing partner of Zephyr Works, a local photography and website development company. Born and raised in El Paso, Fernandez has been using his talent as a way to promote the city and help it grow. “It’s my hobby, my passion and my job. So it just works out that I can bring what I love to do so much into anything,” Fernandez said.


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Marcos Fernandez


“I just want to photograph the world. I want

and anyone and all of the light possible

to photograph it all, as far as I can reach.”

and that’s great out here in the desert southwest,” Fernandez said.

Through his life-long experience behind the lens, Fernandez has created a breadth of

By observing the stars in Fernandez’s Milky

work that showcases his expertise with

Way, you’d be surprised to learn that these

the camera. From portraits to products,

photographs are not heavily edited at all.

to weddings and quinces, Fernandez has documented many moments and places in

“Everything is fairly straight off of the

the borderland.

camera, for the most part,” Fernandez said. “Except the 360 images, those are

Although Fernandez demonstrates an eye

completely rendered. Those are a matter of

for detail in all of his subjects, his series of

technical-know-how at the end of the day,

photographs of the Milky Way demonstrate a

knowing how to do 360 imagery.”

particular sophistication and appreciation for our southwest skies.

Along with his detailed depiction of the southwest sky, Fernandez also photographs

“I’ve always been a fanatic of the stars, the

iconic areas of El Paso and turns them into

solar system, stuff like that,” Fernandez said.

360 panoramic shots. Images of Downtown

“When I finally had enough knowledge to

El Paso and historic buildings such as La

know how to photograph the Milky Way, I

Hacienda, for example, are manipulated into

was like, “Yeah, let’s go try it.”

curved, stretched and vibrant landscapes full of color and energy.

In Fernandez’s work on the Milky Way, we can see the natural outline of a quiet night

“I use a fish eye lens to do the panoramics.

sky, accompanied by a splash of stars and

You stitch them together, with them all

light, reminding us that sometimes the best

bracketed together like a circle,” Fernandez

moments are found in silence.

said as he described the process.

In this world, Fernandez breathes new life into the historic building by emphasizing key

“I drive out, quite often actually, out to this

In the panoramic of the old La Hacienda

characteristics in the rendering of La Hacienda.

little spot way out there,” Fernandez said.

restaurant, located by Old Fort Bliss and the

For example, the wooden door, which has

“It’s low enough light pollution zone that you

Oñate Crossing, a piece of El Paso’s history

been distorted in size by the fish lens, attracts

can get a decent enough shot of the Milky

is reimagined as its own world. In the image,

the eye’s initial attention and prompts us to

Way. It’s about getting away from everything

the restaurant is stitched together into a circle,

analyze the image in a circular motion.


creating its own three-dimensional globe.

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Marcos Fernandez

While taking a closer look at the door, we

Perhaps this open door serves, conceptually,

“I’ve been doing this for a lifetime. I do

see the iconic pink walls of the restaurant.

as an invitation to keep looking at the

it for the passion, I don’t do it always for

Our eyes then wander, moving clockwise,



the money,” Fernandez said. “If you’re

and find that the pink is interrupted by bright

Fernandez in this 360-panoramic shot. Or

looking for a photographer, you’re looking

shades of reds, oranges and purples, sparking

perhaps it’s an invitation to enter his own

for someone with a passion for it, who’s

a curiosity of what could possibly exist in the

world and see what else he may capture

interested in getting a great image—and isn’t

reimagined patio, before pulling us back to

through the lens.

worried about the rest.”




the pink walls and a new open door.


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Incubating Local Talent

Artists Receive Grants to Create New Work | By: KAYLA MELSON |

Photos courtesy of Adrian Lopez


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“Christian Pardo Cardenas”

Photos courtesy of Zeke Peña

“Sandra de la Frontera” Two-time grant recipient, Zeke Peña put his

lank. Plain. Ordinary. Since its establishment in 2011, the program

funding towards creating two interconnected

That’s how many south-central El Paso

has helped dozens of local artists by awarding


residents would describe the geometric

up to $3,500 to each accepted applicant.


exterior of their local Clardy Fox Library—

Artists have the entire funding year, which

and the Rio Grande—through paintings,

until one day, a burst of color graced its walls.

ranges from September 1 to August 31, to

drawings, photography and videos. “It really

complete their paintings, murals, drawings,

encourages you and inspires you to make

films and other pieces.

good work,” Zeke, 34, says of receiving the

Artist and longtime neighborhood resident





community border


funding. “Personally, it was really critical for

Adrian Lopez unveiled “Color Burst” in July

my development.”

after spending nearly three weeks creating

“The Artist Incubator Program gave me the

the mural using funding from the Museums

opportunity to create new work and grow

and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD).

as an artist,” multidisciplinary artist Laura


Turon, another recipient of the program’s

interdisciplinary artist has displayed his work

funding, says.

in numerous exhibits across the region, and

“This award was … a blessing because it got





has even made appearances in national

a lot of things started and there were a lot of things that fell into place in a very good way,”

Laura, 29, used her allotted $3,500 to create

publications such as Vice and Remezcla. “I

Adrian says.

“Paradox,” a mobile art display. Debuting

really feel like the grants are longer than just



the years that you get them in,” Zeke says,

Adrian, 29, received approximately $2,000

features Laura’s handiwork on its interior and

“the work continues to live and you have

from the department’s Artist Incubator

exterior—the inside is completely covered

other opportunities to show [it].”

Program, an initiative that aims to individually

with LED-illuminated paintings and drawings

help local artists. That money, along with

while a detailed blue mural adorns the

The native Las Crucen, who currently

paint donations and the help of more than 40

outside of the bus.

occupies himself with graphic novels and




other narrative work, hopes the program

volunteers, allowed the native El Pasoan to handcraft the bright, angular piece of art.

“I was very excited and motivated,” the

will expand to help other local talent. “It’s

“I didn’t make a whole lot of money out of

UTEP alumna says, remembering when she

a stepping stone for a lot of people,” Zeke

this,” Adrian says with a laugh, “I look at

first received her acceptance letter. “I had

says. “It’s a huge opportunity, especially in a

this as a gift to my neighborhood more than

been working on my project for a while and

community like El Paso where we have very

anything. But, in the long run, it is going to be

needed funding for [it].”

limited resources.”

something that pays off.”


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August, 2017

The Artist Incubator Program is just one of five initiatives that falls under MCAD’s Cultural Funding Program, which helps financially support local art, music and culture. In fact, the city-run department, which oversees and operates many of the city’s museums, festivals and public art functions, is part of “the only municipality in Texas that grants money out to individual artists,” MCAD’s Cultural Development Coordinator Rebecca Munoz says. “It’s something very rare.” The Artist Incubator Program and other granting categories listed under the Cultural Funding Program—the Operating Support Program, Project Support Program, Community Arts Program, and KicksART Downtown— collectively account for 25 percent of MCAD’s entire operational budget. “It’s something that we’re very proud of here at MCAD–the ability to really support the growth of local artists … and the ability to fund new work,” Rebecca says. The five programs help fund artists, art education, arts and crafts shows, as well as popular attractions like El Paso Opera, Neon Desert Music Festival, Music Under the Stars, El Paso Marathon and more.

Thanks to increased community outreach efforts, applications for the

Photos courtesy of Lauran Turon, “Paradox”

Cultural Funding Program saw a 15 percent increase this year over last–a trend Rebecca hopes will continue. “We’re always seeking different ways to reach out to the local community and to get more local artists involved in our programs.” Anyone interested in applying for MCAD funding can visit http://mcad. 30

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FHT Explorers Law Enforcement Memorial Run Join the race on August 6 at Album Park to help benefit the Fort Hancock Explorer Post 881. The race will start bright and early at 7:30 a.m. Either walk a mile or participate in the 5K run and don’t forget to stay and see who the winners are.

4th Annual Homerun for the Homeless 5K and Kids Dash This race is part of the Up and Running Springfoot “More Than A Marathon” series. Starting at the Southwest University Park at 8:00 a.m. on August 12, this annual run will benefit and bring awareness to the less fortunate in the community. The first to register will receive a T-shirt and a ticket to a Chihuahua’s baseball game. Hurry and register at

Forrest Leamon Memorial Run and Kids Fun Run In memory of Agent Forrest Leamon, this memorial run will take place on August 13 at the Braden Aboud Park. This also includes a fun run so that the kids can also get involved and have some fun. Sign up at

Children’s Grief Center Memory Walk 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk Benefitting the Children’s Grief Center, this is a great run to participate in. On August 19, the

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kateboarding is a culture and an art in itself. It comes with its own style of clothes, shoes, music, movement and language. Smells Like Fish Co. is no different. I met up with owners Gil Martinez and Myles Overstreet at their house/ studio and creative space. It is filled with art, largely local, and the company’s products, T-shirts, stickers and skateboard decks. There is even a room devoted to print, containing books, more art and vinyl records. This is the space of the creators of Smells Like Fish Co., the local skateboarding company rooted in community, environmental awareness and passion for art. The two owners are young, in their mid-twenties, and are very serious—and exude passion— about the work that they do. Having started in 2008, fresh out of high school, the two started with graffiti and graphic design, wanting to turn their vision into something tangible for their community. “Myles used to tag ‘Smells Like Fish’ everywhere and so we just stuck with the name,” shares Gil. Gil’s father also has an anchor tattooed on his arm, which contributed to the inspiration of the nautical theme that the brand has.


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Both agree that design matters. Gil spent four

space that skaters and creatives can go to.

Stacey Peralta did as the Z-boys in California

years in Los Angeles, the second location for

El Paso is not swimming in skate parks. Gil

during the 1970s, Gil and Myles are doing

the brand, where he studied graphic design

says, “The streets are skate parks.” They

with Smells Like Fish Co. in El Paso right now.

at the Art Institute of Los Angeles. Gil shows

take note of the architecture and share that

“With the brand I want everyone to be [and

me his portfolio; a lot of the designs are

they skate a lot around downtown.

feel] included,” Gil says. This inclusiveness has brought a community of skaters to

similar to the look he brings to the brand. It is heavily influenced by the psychedelic music

Their goal and message doesn’t end with

skating events they’ve hosted and has gotten

his father introduced him to and the graffiti

the art community. The brand is also bringing

the word out about their brand. On their

art that him and Myles started off with.

awareness to environmental issues. While

Instagram account, you can see their salmon

Some of their skateboard designs include

studying at the Art Institute in Los Angeles,

colored shirt with their newest design being

pop culture (Jane Birkin, David Bowie) and

Gil took an environmental science class with

sported by many of their supporters.

most comprise the hand-drawn nautical

professor Holly Hawk, who deeply inspired

art that both Gil and Myles create. Their

him and taught him the importance of

In five years, they hope to grow the

brand includes calling skaters “captain” and

keeping our oceans clean. A skateboard was

community, have a warehouse, have video

sayings like “gone fishing.” “We liked so

created in her honor that featured a picture of

premiers and tons of product and designs

many brands, we just started our own. [We

her underwater embracing the deck. “This is

to choose from. For now, they are slowly

wanted] to bring our own language and color

our thanks to her. I wanted to [do something

building their empire of inspired designs

to it,” Gil says proudly.

different]. I wanted to bring awareness and

to all the “captains” out there. Throughout

get people thinking about where we live, our

the interview, the smiles on their faces and

care for fish and water,” Gil says.

the way they introduce me to their product

When they were first starting out, the two

screams that they are proud of their work,

owners recall there being multiple local skate shops to hang out in and skate with friends.

Gil and Myles are role models to younger

deservingly so. They will surely keep the

Since those have been closed, they are

skaters in the community, whether they

art and skating community afloat with their

grateful for Barrio Skate Shop for creating a

intended to be or not. What Tony Alva and

wavy, environmentally psychedelic designs.



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pecial acknowledgment is to be

endeavor, “I would rather try, and fail, than to

With nothing but a radio to signal for help, he

awarded to the creators of the short

say no and stay in my safe zone, wondering if

manages to contact Lucas Dunn, a man living

motion picture, “Alchemy,” for their

we would have been able to ever pull it off,”

in the remote area. Lucus considers himself

hard work and perseverance. By

Diego assured me.

a caretaker of the land and critically explores the nature of the accident. They both embark

staying committed and persistent, they invoked “Alchemy” is a brief film starring Ben Vincent

on a conversation in which possibly, they can

and Joan Casta, who also directs the film. In the

find the redemption in their lives that they have

True grit is the thought that came to my mind

movie, the character Oscar Hill is exploring a

been searching for. This draws the viewer in

after listening to Diego Davila’s experience

mountain range in the Chihuahuan desert. After

close enough to each character to sympathize

working with a crew of young men to

falling into a terrible accident, he finds himself

with their emotions by drawing attention to

produce this short film. In reflecting on his

rimrocked and alone in the middle of nowhere.

relatable and popular real-life situations.

recognition from a film festival in France.



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The short film seems ordinarily appealing, however, upon viewing the film, I learned there were more complexities surrounding the simplistic narrative. When I asked, “What process was most demanding for you while creating this film,� Diego admitted to me that it had lasted a year and a half, while the actual duration of the film itself is only about twenty minutes long. Creating the short film demanded a large length of time because of internal factors like script edits as well as team and cast selection. External contentions also played a role in extending production. Some of those contentions manifested through careful selection of their movie set.


August, 2017 Purposely, the movie setting was chosen to be filmed in El Paso so that the director could draw the dramaturgy he had been searching for. Once the crew had selected their set location in Hueco Tanks State Park, they found challenges such as inclement weather delays, coupled with new concepts to learn which prompted some gained experience through working with many technical aspects


including photography gripping, visual cues, lighting, and the camera movements of “Alchemy’s” visual tone.

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Local Banking Means Business Walk into the lobby at any of the United Bank of El Paso del Norte

For businesses who are looking to finance a new location, construct

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know your business, but know who you are as a person.

philosphy that puts the needs of local people and businesses first. This is why our motto, We Believe in the Community, resonates with Many people may not even be aware that there is any difference

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we know that their success is our success. This is why we’ve made

most important aspect that sets United Bank apart is how lending

it our mission to invest in the vision of local business-owners and

decisions are made. We make every lending decision right here at

deliver banking solutions that are personal and customized.

home, not in far off cities that have no connection to El Paso and the people we serve. This also means that our financial success is

United Bank of El Paso del Norte specializes in healthcare,

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Hal Marcus Gallery El Pasoan Hal Marcus and Patricia Medici met in 1995, and married

They’ve been supporters of almost every non-profit in El Paso and

in 2001. Together they dedicate most of their time to educating the

continue their community involvement wholeheartedly.

community about El Paso Art and to exhibiting the work of local artists. The Hal Marcus Gallery opened in 1996 and has hosted hundreds of

A self-taught artist, Hal attributes his success to his parents who taught

art shows and represented hundreds of artists in the last 21 years. In

him good business sense and ethics. Hal’s three grown children are

2011 Hal and Patricia established an Early El Paso Art Foundation at

all artists, performers and supporters of the arts in California—he and

the El Paso Museum of Art.

Patricia enjoy getting together with them frequently.

Collecting local art for their home is one of their passions. Hal and

Hal Marcus Gallery

Patricia enjoy living in their 110-year-old home overlooking the city and

1308 N. Oregon

their gallery. They are very active in the Sunset Heights Neighborhood

El Paso, Texas 79902

Improvement Association. They take time to be involved in their

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community, serving on the board of the Interfaith Dialog Institute

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Fox Labyrinth Viviana (Vivi) Madero and her piercing studio, Fox Labyrinth, is synonymous to the growth of El Paso. Born and raised in El Paso, the young owner saw the opportunity of opening El Paso’s first and only piercing studio. With seven years of experience, she is knowledgeable, professional and extremely passionate. She truly cares about what your piercing looks like and what fits each customer. The atmosphere that she provides is unique to the studio in order to provide an experience that is enjoyable to all of her customers. “I don’t want anyone to have a horrible experience,” she says while reiterating that a good piercing experience is her main priority. The cleanliness and aftercare is not an afterthought in the shop, it is an important standard and health step. Her constant learning and understanding of an individual’s anatomy is what makes her the best and most reliable. She specializes in piercing without a “piercing gun” and uses hollow needles specifically used in body piercing. The jewelry offered is stainless steel, titanium and gold; meaning that the jewelry is ultimately safe and won’t change the color of the jewelry or your skin. Whether you want to finally pierce your ears, or you’re looking for some new body jewelry, this is the way to support local and go with an expert.

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CT Construction 4222 Pershing Dr. El Paso, Texas 79903 (915) 260-5450

CT Construction Family is where the heart is and at CT Construction, passion for

With notable projects including J&K Enterprises’ newest Far Eastside

“building the next generation” is, truly, where this family’s heart lies.

bar and restaurant venue, Born and Raised, the offices at Rio Grande

Amassing over 30 years of commercial and residential construction

Urology (RGU) and the renovation of Sunbelt Rentals, to name a few, CT

experience, coupled with extensive project management expertise,

Construction is a proven powerhouse in its undertaking of major, large-

they’re also entirely family-owned and operated. Proudly led by

scale projects throughout our city. Currently, the company is working

President, Tony Duarte, and his son, Chuck Duarte, Vice President,

ground-up on a 35,000-square foot project for P&H Trailer Enterprises and

the family makes clear that each plays a vital role in the success of

has impressively acquired a contract with the owners of El Paso Electric

the operation. The team also includes Tony’s wife, Elena Duarte,

for their new Schneider Electric warehouse project. A commitment to

Controller, and their daughters, Claudia Duarte, Office Manager, and

excellence rooted in family values and where in Tony’s words, “Everything

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can be done as a family, if you do it right,” spells continued success for CT Construction and indeed, for our Sun City’s “next generation.”



Go DesignS In 2009, the most reviewed and sought after landscape company,

see and touch the different landscaping, construction and interior

GO Designs, opened its doors in El Paso. George Ocampo started

material. “Everything is designed with quality materials.”

this outdoor living company with a focus on his clients providing a service that both the company and the clients could be proud

When the project ends, the team says they continue to keep up

of. Along with Miguel Lopez and Pete Lugo, GO Designs has

with clients to help ensure that it is also maintained properly. GO

been consistent with creative vision, immaculate designs and

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experience that turns into something very special for each client.

agree that, “Everything is designed and everything matters.”

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are no surprises. The office also has a showroom so clients can

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Justin Underwood WyattUnderwood 705 Texas Ave. El Paso, Texas 79901 (915) 485-9100

Justin “JBU” Underwood Justin “JBU” Underwood has been a lawyer for 16 years, a proud

make a difference in people’s lives. Just recently, the lawyer won a

father for four and an El Pasoan all his life. Upon graduating Hanks

huge case in which he successfully defended a young man charged

High School in 1994, he went on to excel at law school at Texas Tech

with murder. With his focus on criminal law, he says he continues

University. Aside from being a great criminal lawyer, he is an avid

to work because, “In my heart, I genuinely like to help people.” The

outdoorsman, conservationist and hunter. He is currently a board

gratitude he receives for his immense work is rewarding to him.

member for the YMCA and former board member for the humane

“That means more than anything.”

society. Justin is also proudly published in Trophy Hunters Magazine. With his abundant knowledge, passion and success, it’s no wonder In 2004, the partnership began for what is widely known as

that people trust him to defend themselves. Above all, he is a proud

WyattUnderwood. What Justin does at the law firm, in a nutshell, is

father who just loves his city.


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or El Paso born actress Yvette

shaped and influenced who I am and what I

“Without Men.” She teamed up with Slater

Yates, the road to stardom

bring to the table.”

in the action movie “El Gringo,” for her first leading role as the fierce and resilient

had unusual beginnings. She was not born a dyed-in-the-

She began her career in Hollywood with

Anna. In that role, Yates paid homage to

wool actress. Instead, her

the LOL Comedy, Inc. with the king of

her Mexican-American upbringing, while

dreams were more aligned with the stuff of



attempting to dispel the myths surrounding

“Discover” magazine and “Weird Science.”

Scott Montoya. Yvette helped Scott produce

our border region’s fall from grace. She cited

She attended Loretto Academy and Coronado

comedy specials and began to move into the

the inspiration for the role of Anna as Salma

High School. Upon graduation, a UCLA-bound

realm of professional acting.

Hayek’s character in “Desperado” and that



of Sophia Loren’s in, “Man of La Mancha.”

Yvette entered the world of molecules, cells and atoms, and secured a Bachelor’s degree

She hit the ground running and received

in Physiological Science.

wide recognition for her role as Lucena in the

Other accomplishments include the 2013

independent short film, “Nina Quebrada,”

crime drama produced by Academy Award

Among the many values instilled in Yvette

released in 2008. Her performance garnered

winning actress Anna Paquin. Possibly her

by parents Carlos and Maria, both educators,

her a Best Actress nomination for the Imagen

most well-known role to date was that of Luz

was a love of learning and the value of higher

Foundation’s Imagen Award. The foundation

in the critically acclaimed neo-noir dramedy,

education. This is a cornerstone of Yvette’s

is the leading organization for promoting the

“Inherent Vice.”

life and a tool she uses in all her affairs.

advancement of Latino culture in film and

In a Script magazine article, she revealed the

TV. From there, her career took off and she’s

For that role, much of Yvette’s Hispanic

starred in more than 20 films and commercials.

heritage, and perhaps the cornerstone of the culture, familial ties, helped prep her for

importance education has played both onand off-screen.“My education has shaped a

Yvette’s resume of films include an impressive

the role. In a 2015 This Funktional magazine

large part of who I am and it definitely bleeds

range of characters in a variety of genres.

article, Yvette explained the groundwork she

into my work in the sense that my personal

Her career skyrocketed when she was cast

laid to dig into the character of Luz:

journey for my education, in addition to life’s

alongside Eva Longoria and Christian Slater

experiences and the people around me, have

in the 2011 battle of the sexes comedy,


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Fierce El Pasoan on the Big Screen


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“I think that when I was delving into Luz, I really felt home. She is a Chicana. I kind of layered that into who she is,” Yvette said. “She’s a free spirit, but she’s very grounded. Family is very important in [Chicano] culture. I looked into the background and there were a lot of boundaries being set. She wasn’t necessarily following those lines. Luz is almost the next generation of that time.” That same year, Yvette starred as Zabeth in “Bloodsucking Bastards,” which has been described as “Office Space” meets “Shaun of the Dead.” She was a guest at the 2015 Plaza Classic Film Festival where the film was screened. Her first appearance at the festival was 2014 with the movie, “In The Blood.” At the time of this article she finished filming “Malicious.” While she is getting a lot of recognition on-screen, Yvette’s off-screen recognition includes being named an El Paso Community Ambassador, and having September 26, 2012 designated “Yvette Yates Day” by the mayor and the city of El Paso. Her other off-screen activities include philanthropic efforts for AIDS fundraising and speaking at various engagements for Hispanic Heritage Month about the importance of the portrayal of Hispanic culture in film.


August, 2017

Spirituality and the Art of

Georgia O’Keeffe | By: MICHELLE CROMER |


n a recent visit to the Brooklyn Museum

was during her time there in the 1930s,

of Art, I walked past Georgia O’Keeffe’s

that she began to obsess over the wall

morning glories and edificial irises and

with a door in it, located in the courtyard of

stood mesmerized by a painting that was

a tumbledown farmstead in Abiquiú, New

far more humble, far less glamorous – A/C

Mexico. First, she bought the house,for

wall with a door in it, an expanse of smooth

$10, a process that took a full decade,

brown adobe centered by a core of a rough

and then she set about documenting its

black square of absolute negative space.

enigmatic presence on canvas, creating almost 20 versions. “I’m always trying to

O’Keeffe liked to paint the same thing

paint that door—I never quite get it,” she

again and again, until she had penetrated it

announced. “It’s a curse the way I feel— I

to its essence, unraveling the secret of her

must continually go on with that door … it

attraction. The flowers – the blowsy petunias

fascinates me.”

and jimson weed – were superseded by New York cityscapes and then by cow

The attraction was a mystery, and yet walls

skulls and miscellaneous animal bones,

and doors figure largely in the story of

surreally aloft over the clean blue skies

O’Keeffe’s singular life. How do you make the

and dry hills of New Mexico. This was the

most of what’s inside you, your talents and

landscape that unlatched her heart, and it 60

desires, when they slam you up against a wall

of prejudice, of limiting beliefs about what a woman must be and an artist can do? She didn’t kick the door down—hardly her style— but instead, set her considerable canniness and will at finding a new way through. I see classic patterns, which generate archetypal sacred symbols in O’Keeffe’s work, especially the door, the sacred center of her home. Though this dwelling may not be a publicly recognized sacred structure, it serves as the center for O’Keeffe.

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be negotiated, before the threshold can be

painted. O’Keeffe’s salvation was earthly, even

crossed. The mysterious beyond is hidden

pagan, comprised of the cold water pleasure

from sight by the closed door, and some

of working unceasingly at what you love,

sort of action must be taken before the other

burning anxiety away beneath the desert sun.

side becomes visible and available to us. The

Guided by her own intuitive response, almost possessed, O’Keeffe paints this archetypal symbol. The door represents the notion of metamorphosis and transition, a passage from one place to another between different states, between lightness and darkness. The act of passing over the threshold signifies that one must leave behind materialism and personality to confront inner silence and meditation—it is abandoning the old and embracing the new. Doors hold the essence of mystery, separating two distinct areas, keeping things apart. There is a barrier, a boundary, which must

closed door is full of potential, for anything

Elegance shares a border with crankiness,

might lie beyond, as yet unknown and unseen.

independence with selfishness, and O’Keeffe was by no means a saint; but without O’Keeffe’s

At the age of 96, Andy Warhol, another creator

sharp-eyed, sharp-tongued, exacting presence,

of a purely American vernacular, interviewed

chaos loomed. She made it happen, that simple

O’Keeffe. She told him about the landscape

door was anything but, and in painting it, she

that she most cherished, her home and the

was opening a door to a new kind of American

wild expanses of New Mexico. “I have lived up

art, a new kind of woman’s life. “Making your

there at the end of the world by myself a long

unknown known is the most important thing,”

time. You walk around with your thing out in

she said, “and keeping the unknown always

the field and nobody cares. It’s nice.”

beyond you.”

From the beginning, New Mexico represented salvation, though not in the wooden sense of the hill-dominating crosses she so often @emichellecromer michellecromer


August, 2017

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August, 2017

Habits You

Break If You Finally Want to Settle Down




here did I go wrong? is often a phrase we say to ourselves or overhear from the avid dater. Sometimes we limit ourselves to many possibilities that could open doors to happy, healthy relationships. We all have bad habits we need to work on, and some may be difficult to depict unless someone else points them out. If you’re simply not sure what you’re doing wrong, I bring to light different behaviors that may be keeping you from finding the relationship you strive for.


August, 2017

Saying NO more than YES There’s nothing wrong with having standards. On the contrary, I think everyone should have some sort of

standards, especially when exploring deal breakers. Keep


Stressing too much about the future Don’t put too much emphasis on stressing about your “biological clock.” Many women, and even some men, tend to

feel pressured into getting married and having children at a specific

in mind though that there’s a fine line between having

age. If it hasn’t happened for you yet, then don’t force it! Rushing

standards and being overall picky. You must be realistic when

into a relationship just to accommodate your “ticking clock,” is

to comes to both. We can’t always have the Brad Pitt look

just asking for a disaster to happen. I have seen relationships fail

alike or the Victoria Secret model. Saying “yes” more often

time and time again when people jump into a marriage and have

to people who don’t necessarily fit your type may help you

children right off the bat. A future-focused mindset is no way to

step outside of your comfort zone. This may benefit you

find a fulfilling long-term relationship. Take a few deep breaths,

in the long run because it helps you open your eyes and

calm down and live a little more in the present. When the timing is

introduce you to more options.

right, things will happen for you.


Stop playing games With so many dating options out there, the single world is becoming more and

more competitive, and the sheer amount of time that a man might pursue a woman has decreased. If you’re the type that likes to play games, your chances of staying single are pretty high. My suggestion is to find balance between having your own life and morals, and making sure your love interest knows you’re still attracted.


Listening to other people’s advice A big mistake single people make is that we tend to over-analyze conversations we have with our crush. As if this isn’t a big enough

mistake, we also have the tendency of sharing too much with friends. Your


Feeling bad about being single I have come in contact with so many people who always have to be in a relationship because they

can’t bare the fact of being single or alone. Being

friends are always going to protect you, but they also only know one side of

single isn’t so bad. It’s a time to explore, experiment

the story. Only knowing your side of the story allows them to be biased and

and find your identity as a single person. How many

can subconsciously be pushing you in the wrong direction. This negativity

married friends do you know that wish they had

can suggest you to pull away or even walk away from a potentially great

some more “me” time? These same friends are also

relationship. Be careful when asking for others’ opinions because they are

the ones who live vicariously through you and get

not your opinion. You are the only person that should decide whether you

excited to hear all about your solo adventures. The

want to move forward with the relationship or not.

years of being single should be some of the most rewarding—don’t rush through them! This is a time for self-discovery, so enjoy it!



August, 2017


Artist Spotlight




artist spotlight

hat did you want to be

Jeni remembers her favorite scene of

to remain fluid and diverse the way Williams

when you grew up? This







is a question with endless

William’s character, Daniel Hillard, began

possibilities. For some, it is to be a doctor

his transformation into Mrs. Doubtfire. “Can

“He still continues to inspire me, seeing

or a firefighter. For others, there’s the more

you make me a woman?” he said to his

what he used to do,” she said.

glamorous answer of being an artist, a

makeup artist brother, Frank. After greeting

singer or a movie star. The dreaming never

him with a hug, they began using the power

After high school, Jeni decided to relocate

stops. For local actress and comedian, Jeni

of makeup and latex face prosthetics. Many

herself to Dallas where she worked in Retail

Villanueva, also known as Jeni Robins, her

characters later, Hillard appears as the elderly

Management for Target stores. While the

dream was to be an actress. Since a young

woman of Mrs. Doubtfire.

opportunity for advancement arose within Target, she expressed her desire to follow

age, she has been following that passion and training towards stardom.

“Seeing someone be able to transform

a different path towards her dream of being

themselves to play a man, a woman, an

an actress and comedienne. It was a step

Crediting television for her partial training,

elderly person … seeing his diversity inspired

in the right direction towards refining her

Jeni chuckles at the recollection of her

me a lot,” she said with admiration.

craft. Upon returning home to El Paso, Jeni spent some time putting her skills to work.

countless hours spent in front of the set. She claims it helped shape her as an actress.

Broaching towards Williams’ sudden death

She appears in several music videos by local

Imagining herself on movie sets or doing

in early August 2014, Jeni, with one single

bands: Great Shapes and The Defectonauts,

stand-up comedy like her idols; Dana Carvey

regret of never writing him a letter thanking

as well as many independent films such as:

and Whoopi Goldberg; she also mentions her

him for his influence in her life, reveals that

Incandescent, What We Were and Paranoid

all-time favorite comic, Robin Williams.

her last name is in dedication to him. While

Flux. On the comedy side, Jeni continued

channeling her own charm, Jeni remembers

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ugust is a funny month. For

kids are getting ready to go back to school, if

When you’re planning a trip, packing can be

us in El Paso, the extreme temperatures are

you’re a student yourself, the dreadful days are

a dreadful last-minute thing, but it doesn’t

going no where, whereas other parts of the

near and if you’re solely in the work force, it’s

have to be. Besides the sunscreen, camera

U.S and world might barely be feeling the

just another month. Usually though, August is

and sunglasses, these are the five essentials

heat or starting to cool off. The timing is also

the time for vacations (better get them in now

to take. Mix and match, layer, and you’ll find

peculiar in August—if you’re a parent, your

before the holidays keep you stuck here).

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The Pleated Midi-Skirt

Simple Shift Dress

Not only is this a great length to have, especially if you plan

Dresses are always a great item to pack. Not only can you

on visiting ancient churches, but this skirt can be styled in

easily layer with this, it’s the perfect lazy-girl scapegoat

so many ways. You can pair this with a crop top, a chambray

to getting dressed—no need to mix and match tops and

button-down, graphic tee or a nicer blouse, depending on

bottoms. A shift dress is also flattering on everyone. It’s loose-

where your plans take you. Plus, it’s light weight—which is

fitting, giving you room to eat whatever you want at that local

great for your suitcase and the temperature!

restaurant. Get one in a solid color and you can easily dress it up or down for a casual museum tour or a star-lit dinner.


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Striped Tee A striped T-Shirt literally goes with anything. It’ll go great with the pleated midi-skirt and anything else you pack. If you get cold easily, it’ll also look great layered under a solid pullover sweater. Whether you’re wearing some high-waisted jeans, white linen bottoms or a leather skirt, you cannot go wrong with this as a top.

Embroidered Pointed Slippers If you’re looking for a statement piece, this is it. These black leather embroidered slippers are all you need to finish off any outfit. Since they’re flat, they will also be comfortable when you’re walking from site to site. Walking on cobblestoned streets? No problem. Again, these can be worn with anything as a little added pop of interest. Pair these with your dress for the ultimate ready-in-five-minutes look.

Classic Denim Jacket I am a huge advocate for a good denim jacket and take mine whenever I travel. For cold airports, restaurants or museums, this is a great piece to have on hand. Since it’s denim, it’ll go with anything you’re wearing so you don’t have to worry about that. Drape it over your shoulders when you’re wearing your dress or wear it on top of your striped tee for an 72

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Makeup Trends

| By: ELYSE SIMONS | etallics are hot right now, and while they may not be to everyone’s taste, when applied correctly they will be vibrant, mesmerizing and bold. The metal trend was seen on the Oscars red carpet and on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week. Wear metals with attitude this summer and kick up your look a notch. For those worried about looking like the Wizard of Oz’s Tin Man, these new makeups are more sophisticated, translucent and as refined as you wish them to be. Mix and match this trend–you don’t have to wear it all at once.Try pairing a metallic eye and nail, or metallic eye and glossy lips. Celebrity makeup artist Sonia Kashuk also says that this next generation of metallic shadow is different than years past. “What we are seeing now are shadows that are more transparent and with more dimension. They are more iridescent and prismatic in a sense.”


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EYES Try Pat McGrath’s Metalmorphosis 005. Pat says, “Metallics will never go away. They bring so much dimension to the face. You can’t help but love them. I can’t help but love them always and forever. They’re just fun!” Get in line to be on the waitlist for this at Or try Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow, a long-lasting eye shadow that is lightweight and glides onto the eye at


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Good Luck Charms

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“Step on a crack and you’ll break your mom’s back!”

Lotus are a highly beloved flower in India as they are believe to

We’ve all heard the old wives’ tales and superstitions. Today, most of

Peacock feathers are said to bring good luck. The circle in the feather

us are not superstitious, however many people do believe in having a

is supposed to represent the evil eye. The bird itself represents

good luck charm—a tangible physical possession that has been there

everlasting life.

protects against illness and accidents. In another viewpoint, the Egyptians saw the lotus as clarity of thought and wisdom.

during good times or a talisman to ward off evil. Below are some good luck charms to consider if you are wanting to attract positive energy. Keep in mind, your good luck charm can be worn as jewelry, kept on a keychain, or hidden in your car—how and where you choose to keep your good luck charm is up to you! Beads are a versatile choice for a good luck charm. The most common good luck bead is the glass eye—it “sees all” and averts danger. Cats were believed to be sacred animals to the Egyptians and represented the moon. Believe it or not, even if you are superstitious about black cats, you shouldn’t be—they’re actually good luck. Crosses originated in Egypt and symbolize life and immortality. Crosses, of course, have religious ties and are great good luck charms for those strongly connected to their faith. Dragons are helpful in conquering enemies and used to enhance peace. Fish symbols attract abundance, wealth, fertility, and represent long life. Four leaf clovers are one of the better-known good luck charms as they are believed to bring you good luck for money and abundance. Frogs are used for wealth, health, long life and prosperity. If worn by lovers, it is believed to ensure a long-lasting, loving relationship with mutual respect. Hand of Fatima is very popular in the Middle East and is usually displayed on walls or door of the house to protect the occupants. Hearts are worn for love and joy and if used with Rose Quartz, it helps to heal past heartbreak and attract a healthy, loving relationship.

Rabbit’s foot is an old-school keychain favorite. The rabbit foot is thought to bring good luck quickly and boost good fortune when

Horseshoes are another well-known good luck charm. Placing


the horseshoe above the front door with it pointing upward is the proper way to display a horseshoe to bring wealth and happiness

St. Benedict wards off evil spirits with the commanding message:

into your home.

“Get behind me, Satan”

Keys enhance foresight and improve judgement. In Japan, they are

St. Christopher is known as the patron saint of travel. A photo of St.

used as a keychain to attract prosperity, joy and love.

Christopher is great for influencing safe travel and is ideally hidden in the glovebox.


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from El Paso to San Diego | By: KRYSTA AYERS photos courtesy of: EXIST 1981 |


where are they now?

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to large scale murals. I believe I needed to

ight now is an exciting time

spend all those years exploring all of those

in El Paso,” says muralist

different mediums and also building a name

and fine artist, EXIST 1981. In

for myself within the art community.”

Banksy-esque fashion, he does not want his name to be revealed, but the El Pasoan let us which gave him a lot of attention. He also

He’s in a different place than when he started.

started printing his own shirts and clothing—a

The street art perspective has also changed

“As a kid in elementary school, I always

huge success since 45 retail shops nationwide

into a more positive mind frame, graffiti as

scribbled and drew patterns. Later, in my early

started to sell them by 2005. “It was a total

an art form is now sought out instead of

teens, I was really into graffiti and learned more

DIY project and to be honest, it became too

painted over. “When I started out it was all

about drawing from graffiti than anything. In

much. At the time I was balancing school,

‘Do-It-Yourself’ and very secretive ... it was

high school I took some art classes and really

freelance jobs, my clothing, and my late night

an interesting transition to go from putting up

knew it was something I was good at and

obsession with graffiti and street art. Each

art on a building without permission, to later

really enjoyed doing for hours.” After high

one demanded a lot of time and work.”

having businesses and building owners seek

in on what is more important—his art.

me out. They not only gave me permission

school, EXIST moved to San Diego to really delve into his art.

“Doing murals was the natural progression

but paid me to do what I love—It’s unreal. It’s

of my art.” With all of his explored mediums,

both a pleasure and a challenge to put your

Upon moving to San Diego in 2000, EXIST

drawing, painting, silk-screening posters and

work in public spaces for all to see.”

1981 had a lot going on for him. Silk-screening

stickers, his next move was to study graphic

his own stickers and posters, he posted

design at school where he says, “The posters

You’ve seen his work before and you’ve

them around town in San Diego and El Paso,

got bigger and bigger, and finally moved on

probably taken a selfie in front of it. At The


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where are they now?

Mix building in downtown, a black and

“I enjoy being able to get a talented group

His Secret Lair project is his more recent in

white mural can be seen while driving on

of locals and friends from out of town and

San Diego. “The Secret Lair was my space

Paisano, the first large mural he completed

paint together for a weekend. It’s great to

in Little Italy San Diego, it was a temporary

in El Paso. At the Montecillo shops, his mural

get in front of El Paso’s youth and let them

place for me to paint for a couple months,

adorns the side of a shipping container for

see the different processes we take to create

culminating with an art show. I invited a

the restaurant Malolam. It is the face of a

our pieces.” He is acutely aware of how art

handful of friends from our collective called

woman encircled in vibrant, intricate designs.

affects people. You can see it in the art he

the Cohort Collective to come paint when

It is this mysterious intriguing shadow of a

creates, the shots he posts on his Instagram

they had time. I kept the location a secret

woman’s face that is seen in a lot of the work

account and how he works with people in the

during the process up until the day of the art

that he does. And it’s work that’s done in

art community. “El Paso is finally starting to

show. There was a phone number that was

different mediums, not just spray paint. “It

embrace progress and I want to contribute as

given out on social media and when anyone

really depends on the job,” he says, “when I

much as I can to that progress,” he also adds.

called it, the address was given.”

with brush, stencil and spray paint, same

“The intimidation of a giant, blank, public

The future for EXIST 1981 is bright—as

with Malolam. In my fine art I use enamel,

canvas,” he says keeps him motivated. It is

cliché as that sounds. The art community

acrylic, silkscreen, resin, hand-cut stencils

the whole process of the entire project that he

is one that celebrates collaboration and

and spray paint.”

loves. “It is very gratifying to see a large scale

success among friends and with every

piece I’ve accomplished within three to five

project EXIST 1981 is a part of, his

EXIST is still very involved with El Paso and its

days.” Take his first large scale project in San

community is right there with him—even

art scene. Just recently he was commissioned

Diego, for instance. Done in 2007 and located

El Paso as a whole. “I have very talented

to do the art work at the new eastside bar,

at the very popular restaurant, El Camino, he

friends to keep me pushing the limits.” We

Born and Raised. For six years he has also

was commissioned for two more projects

hope those supportive pushes lead him to

been in charge of curating the art selection

afterwards and it “snowballed” from there.

keep coloring the streets with his vibrancy.

painted the Alamo Drafthouse, that was done

for the live art at Neon Desert Music Festival.


where are they now?


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The Treasure Chest of Gems | By: STEPHANIE AVILES photography by: KAYLA BLUNDELL |


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hidden gem


f you self-identify as a bookworm, it is likely that you find yourself looking at your growing bookcase while your wallet becomes empty. This is likely caused by the trips to Barnes and Noble that turned into shopping sprees. It happens, but now you will have a place that will not only give your favorite books a second chance, but will give you the credit to purchase new ones at a fraction

of the cost. With two locations in Las Cruces, on Main Street and Solano, you will find the treasure filled bookstore known as COAS. COAS was founded in 1983 by Patrick Beckett. Patrick was originally head of the contractor archeological program at New Mexico State University, but got tired of academic politics. Since he had always loved books, COAS was created. As a family-run store, COAS is currently owned and operated by Patrick’s son Mike who has been working there since 1985 and bought the store back in 2007. Being the largest used book store in New Mexico, COAS also carries new books that are written by local authors. While COAS doesn’t have a target demographic, book lovers from all over the country come to visit; especially since they can find something at COAS with only a nickel in their pocket. Some customers have even taken to writing reviews on websites like TripAdvisor to say that COAS is,


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hidden gem

“An adventure in books.” These reviews help COAS to communicate

Possible plans for COAS would include vacating the second floor

with their customers and help point out any overlooked problems.

of their building, investing money into bringing it up to code and

Taking advice from customers is also why they expanded from books

expanding into a second story store. Not only would COAS be two

to different multimedia’s such as movies, records, CD’s, games, etc.

buildings wide, but it would be two stories high as well. While the option of opening more stores has been discussed, COAS didn’t

One of the qualities that makes COAS especially unique is their trade

want to dilute what they have by expanding too far. They wanted to

credit system. The system involves bringing in your old books, or any

maintain COAS’s individual personality.

other items, and receiving general and/or paperback credit. COAS gives you a percentage of what they will sell that piece for in your

Mike expressed his worry about being the last generation of book

credit account. Paperback refers to the mass market of books, where

sellers. However, with the consistent demand of books from kids, he

if you have the trade credit, you only pay 25 to 50 percent of the cover

has peace of mind. When items like the VHS first came out, there was

price. The general credit applies to everything else in the store. When

always a threat for the end of books. However, after all these years,

you check out, your credit account can cover over 75 percent of your

the book business is the one that is still standing. Even though book

purchase. For what a customer would spend elsewhere, they can get

businesses won’t always be what they are today, COAS will continue

a whole lot more for their dollar at COAS.

to stand for the many years to come. Their relaxing palm tree logo is a beacon, reminding customers that COAS is a destination to get away from everyday responsibilities seven days a week.


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109—that’s quite the number depending on what you’re counting. In this case, we’re counting Bolson tortoises, 109 of them. That’s how many the Turner Endangered Species Fund (TESF) brought with them to the El Paso Zoo at the end of June as part of their Bolson Tortoise Conservation Plan. These tortoises have been bred in captivity by the TESF and protected from predators with the goal of creating a self-sustaining population of Bolson tortoises in New Mexico. The difficulty in creating this population is the fact that Bolson tortoises’ sex is not determined by chromosomes, but by the temperature at which the eggs are incubated. That said, determining the sex without the use of an endoscopy requires waiting until the tortoises are 10 to 15 years old. That would mean TESF would have bred, incubated and hatched hundreds of tortoises at different temperatures, not knowing for 10 to 15 years if their process was correct. Instead, the TESF started bringing their tortoises to the El Paso Zoo for endoscopy clinics. The Bolson tortoises that are scoped are between six months to three years old. The incubation temperature, or animal sex data that is collected, is paramount in creating the self-sustained population of Bolson tortoises.


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E l Pa s o zo o

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The entire team worked tirelessly from 9:00

times and we are extremely appreciative of

veterinarians, Dr. Victoria Milne and Dr. Misty

a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the most recent clinic

Dr. Vikki and Dr. Misty and their staff helping

Garcia, their staff, and two other reptile

in June and scoped a total of 61 Bolson

us with this project. We couldn’t do it without

veterinarians, have set up two scoping

tortoises. “It was quite the day for us here

them. It really takes a village.”

stations. Each tortoise is first identified and

at the zoo,” said El Paso Zoo veterinarian, Dr.

entered into the computer program to ensure

Victoria Milne. “It was exciting, exhausting,

Through their five endoscopy clinics, the El

proper data collection. From there, they are

fulfilling, and just incredible.” Fellow zoo

Paso Zoo team has scoped over 325 Bolson

weighed to determine how much anesthesia

veterinarian, Dr. Misty Garcia, echoed her

tortoises. For zoo Director Steve Marshall,

is required. Once that is determined, they are

sentiments. “It was a long day, but our team

it’s all just part of what the EL Paso Zoo does.

injected with anesthesia while the team waits

powered through. We didn’t get to scope all

“In addition to providing expert care for our

for them to fall asleep. When the anesthesia

the tortoises before the TESF team had to

own animals, we are actively saving wildlife

sets in, the tortoises are scrubbed and

leave, but we still collected a tremendous

from extinction. Sometimes it’s through the

disinfected, and then injected with a small

amount of data that’s crucial for the Bolson

animals we have here at the zoo and other

amount of lidocaine at the endoscopy site.

tortoise population. Knowing that we’re

times it’s through outside conservation

helping this species survive makes the work

efforts. When opportunities like this present

we did today all worth it.”

themselves, it’s our job to step up and accept

At this point they are taken to one of the two

the challenge. It’s just what we do.”

scoping areas. One of the four veterinarians makes a small incision and inserts the

Chris Wiese from the TESF was also part



of the endoscopy clinic and expressed her

So, 109. For some, it’s 61 out of 109. For

navigating until the sex of the tortoise is

gratitude for the zoo’s role in their Bolson

the El Paso Zoo, it’s 339 endoscopies and

determined. The scope is removed once

tortoise conservation plan. “Our ultimate goal

one step in the right direction for the Bolson

the sex is confirmed. The tortoise is then

is to establish free-living, minimally managed

tortoise population in the United States.

injected with medication that brings it out of

Bolson tortoise populations in the United

anesthesia and is placed in recovery.

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No, no and no! I don’t care how many times Aldo or reality TV stars tell you to wear these horrific sandals that reach your knees, the answer is no. They are flattering on no one (is your circulation getting cut off?) and you are not in Rome fighting to your death. Save your money for something else.

Carg-NO Old Navy called and they want their cargo shorts back. Guys, there is no way that you fill up all of those pockets. There are also an excellent lady-repellent. So, unless you want to send that message while you’re out at a bar or hanging out on the weekend, throw your cargo shorts away.

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ometimes we may think it’s cute

your child is obese, here are some starter tips

If your child wants to go to McDonald’s

when our child has a little extra chub,

to get your child and your family on the right

with their friends, let them know that if they

but let these facts sink in and then, if

track so they can grow up to be healthy adults.

choose the healthier kids meal choices, they will be rewarded with something such as

your child is overweight, start to take action with the ideas provided.

Slowly start to replace your child’s favorite

more playground time.

dishes for healthier options that taste just

According to the center for disease control

as good. For example:

Set reasonable goals for your child. It’s not

and prevention, the rates of childhood

• Pizza replaced by a gluten free or

always a bad thing to actually weigh your child.

obesity has more than tripled since 1970.

whole wheat option

Find out from a doctor what a reasonable

The facts state that one in every five children

• Sour candy replaced by fruit

weight for your child should be and teach

is considered obese.

• Chocolate bar replaced with a protein bar

them not be obsessive over weight, but to

Obese children have a higher risk for having

• Cookies replaced by healthier cookies

(Quest Bars are a great option)

be aware of what over-weight is.

chronic health conditions such as asthma,

(MyCookie or Len & Larry’s brands are

Get the whole family on board. It’s not fair

sleep apnea, joint and bone problems,

good cookie replacements)

to your child if he/she sees one of the parents

diabetes and are at risk for heart disease. Long-term obesity can lead to adult obesity

• Spaghetti noodles replaced with veggie noodles

which is linked to even more serious

• Lunchables can be replaced with a build-

conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart

your-own lunchable with whole wheat

disease, metabolic syndrome and several

crackers, deli meat, cheese and a

types of cancers.

granola bar instead of the candy treat.

eating ice-cream in front of her. If you are going to eat something bad, do so out of the sight of the child and don’t keep that junk food in the house in sight of the child. Get your child moving. Find a sport or activity they love that gets them active and

Obese children are teased and bullied more

Cut out all frozen pre-made meals

make sure they’re doing it at least two to three times a week Being active will not

than their normal-weight peers and are more likely to suffer from depression, low self-

Make a “Cheat Meal Day” and enjoyable

only help them lose weight, but feel better

esteem and social anxiety.

outings that the family can do together.

overall emotionally as well!

Plan for once a week to go get your favorite We have an epidemic on our hands and it

frozen yogurt or pizza as a reward for eating

is up to the parents to solve the problem. If

healthy all week.


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STR OKES P ope John Paul II was once quoted as

portrait to paint for ourselves. Fortunately, for

Teresa Country Club at the age of eleven.

saying, “Not all are called to be artists in the

recent Coronado High School graduate, Greg

Although no one in his immediate family was

specific sense of the term. Yet, as Genesis

Yellin, not only has his masterpiece begun to

too involved with golf themselves, his first bit

has it, all men and women are entrusted with

take shape, but it also has the potential to

of influence came from his uncle who lives

the task of crafting their own life: in a certain

be hung in the Metropolitan Museum of Art,

in Miami, where Greg was born. His parents

sense, they are to make of it a work of art,

metaphorically speaking.

took notice of Greg’s desire and dedication at an early age and would drive him back

a masterpiece.” I couldn’t agree more—I believe we all are in the midst of creating our

Greg, two-time high school Player of the Year


own masterpiece. Some of us are en route

in El Paso and holder of the lowest round (62)

Golf Course; something Greg adamantly

to putting the final strokes on our canvas,

of golf in high school in the history of El Paso,

described to me as a very important part of

while others are still trying to figure out what

began playing golf at the now-closed Santa

his success. Greg also gives credit to the







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staff and general manager of Painted Dunes

During our conversation, I told him that I was

had put in the work, I practiced for hours

saying, “They were a huge help in getting me

a former collegiate athlete as well. Half way

on a daily basis … I knew my competition,

ready to play tournaments and helped a lot

through our chat we both not only agreed but

and I knew they weren’t putting in as

with me keeping a positive mind set.” Even

understood that, to play any sport at a high

much time as I was.” This response can be

now, Greg’s current mentor, a friend of his

level, you must carry some certainty about

expected from someone who was not only

stepfather and former NFL player, has tried

yourself and your game. So, when I asked

a Sun County Junior PGA champ, but also a

to assist his mental game and leave him with

Greg how he felt about being El Paso’s top

sectional qualifier for the US Open.

a focused mind. Because golf is an individual

male high school golfer and closing out his

sport, you don’t have others to rely on or

senior year with a district title, it was no

Personally, I don’t feel there is anything

blame, which is something he has come to

surprise to me when his response was, “I

wrong with a little self-confidence, and in

embrace and enjoys, stating, “It’s all on me.”

expected it.” He went on to elaborate, “I

Greg’s case, it led him to scholarship offers



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and interest from universities in California and

friends, which any athlete would love to do

“Its mentally demanding and you must have

Arizona. When it was time to choose where

given the chance.

a strong, positive mind,” Greg reiterated. In slow frames, watching a golfer begin

to go and what to do next, the decision was simple according to Greg, stay home and

As our interview came to a close, I gave

with the backswing, then thrust their hips

accept a full ride to play golf for UTEP. Playing

few details to Greg about what the article

forward while making contact with the ball,

for UTEP offers unique advantages for Greg

would be about, its release date and how it

to end in a patient follow-through, can be

such as course familiarity, the opportunity to

was going to be a part of our art issue. “Do

considered poetry in motion. For Greg Yellin

play as a freshman, a full athletic scholarship

you consider golf a sport or an art form?” I

the more strokes on his canvas, the less

and the ability to play in front of family and

asked him. “Both, for sure!” he responded.

strokes on his game.


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We’ve Gone Country: A Night at the Sundancer on the Brazos | By: KRYSTA AYERS photography by: TIMOTHY COBOS |


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aking a road trip through Texas

gate protecting our camping area. The safari

Sure, you could call it “glamping,” but I feel

is like watching a marathon of John

tent, sent straight from Africa, sits on top of

that doesn’t do it justice. I didn’t feel like I

Hughes movies: it goes on all day

a hand-crafted wooden deck that completely

was camping, which we had done the night

and you’re not sure if the movie has

encircles it, creating a wrap-around porch.

before in a two-person tent beside Granbury Lake in Granbury, Texas. It felt like we got

changed because everything seems the same. Nevertheless, a trip

We are tired from a long day of driving, but

a weekend pass to another life. A life that

across the state to the small town

we have our dog with us, a two-year-old

requires you to slow down, take a nap in the

of Weatherford seems like a good idea to

German Shorthaired Pointer who has just

afternoon after spending hours at the lake

escape from reality for a bit. I’ve found that

found his new happy place, so instead of

and really sit and enjoy what is around you—

quick weekend trips are the best remedy for

resting, we take a quick drive to the Brazos

especially the “moo’s” in the distance.

any work stress to keep sane and escape

River which is still on the property. The

the strain that daily life usually brings. We all

water is warm, and even though the current

There’s a reason that you have to have a

need to get out for a little bit and enjoy some

looks like it will carry the three of us off, the

minimum of two days when you book the

travel, even if it’s just for a weekend.

water is shallow and we can walk across

tent. Even with two days it isn’t enough

to an island of sand in the middle of the

to fully treat yourself to an escape from

My boyfriend and I went to Weatherford,

river. We don’t kayak or tube, though it’s an

the hustle and bustle of life. Our steak

Texas. Now you’re thinking, “What in the

option, but instead try to keep our eager-to-

dinner and our hearty breakfast of eggs,

world is in Weatherford, Texas?” And the

swim dog alive and explore a little bit.






better sitting on the porch with our dog

answer is essentially: nothing. And that is

and listening to the waterfall.

what was so great about it. The town is

When we come back, the tent has AC

small, no sight-seeing or big attractions.

(thankfully!) and it is nice, cool and begs

But what it lacks in entertainment, it

us to stay inside. But we’re in the country

The Sundancer at the Brazos was a reminder

more than makes up for in camping with

and mother nature is all around us. There’s

to slow down in life and enjoy the little

complete tranquility.

a switch in the back porch that turns

things. Even the drive there and back was

the waterfall on to the pond the porch

a series of stops—in a Kerouac-esque

The Sundancer at the Brazos is beautiful. This

overlooks. There is also a wood-burning

attempt to do a tour of America and trying

is the safari tent and campsite that we stayed

hot tub. Yes, a wood-burning hot tub. It’s

the barbeque of Texas—with no rush to get

at. The directions lead you to a gravel road up

avoided though, because we’re already

to any destination. Sadly, we couldn’t stay

into the country. After you make a right turn

cooking in the heat of Central Texas. The

forever. Our time was up and our dog waited

into the simple gate, you are greeted by a

place had everything one could need: AC,

in the air-conditioned Jeep for us to pack our

large field of hay barrels (the perfect photo

running water for a nice shower, a hassle-

bags and head down the graveled road, back

opportunity) and cows—we are cautioned to

free grill, a kitchenette, a comfy bed and

out of the modest gate that had led us into

drive slow and not scare them. Still further

more. It’s hard to believe that the place just

the property the day before.

up the road, we make more turns before we

opened up in January of this year.

are surrounded by trees and met with a red


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What it Means to

Hold the Magic Wand | By: ROCIO CHACON |


ake-A-Wish has been granting

volunteers the unique experience

life-changing wishes to children

of bringing a child’s one true wish to

battling life-threatening medical

life. They meet with the wish child

conditions for almost 40 years. Wishes

and his or her family to plan their

are a profoundly effective way for

wish, with the wish entirely funded

children to cope and conquer. They

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spark the imagination and power essential

“What has fueled my fire to keep

tohope. At Make-A-Wish, all-

granting more wishes? The kid’s

encompassing power of wishes quite

faces when their wish is about

like volunteers and wish granters.

to come true,” Rocio said. “It’s





priceless! The minute the family “I see it with my own eyes each

and the child realize the wish is

time I grant a wish,” said Make-

going to be granted, something

A-Wish volunteer, Rocio Chacon.

magical happens. I see it with my



own eyes. Even just the anticipation

from the minute Make-A-Wish is

of the wish allows the child to

introduced, and the child immediately

forget about the hospitals, doctors’


gains strength and hope. That day is

Paso. “And the time, commitment is tailored

offices, medicines, treatments and

truly magical!”

to whatever fits your schedule. You can call,

everything else they endure on a daily basis.

visit their website or even stop by the Make-

Seeing how much wishes change the lives of

A-Wish office to sign up.”

everyone involved – that’s my fire!”

So how does one become a volunteer and Wish Granter?

Rocio explains that there are countless

“Every single wish is different and special,”

“The process was extremely easy and the

ways to volunteer and help out at Make-A-

Rocio said. “My first one was extremely

Make-A-Wish staff was there every step of

Wish. From working events and assisting

memorable, not only because it was the first

the way and assisted with any questions I

in the office, to speaking on behalf of the

one, but because it was a true testament that

had,” said Rocio, who was first introduced



when we come together as a community,

to Make-A-Wish at a volunteer fair here in El

difference. Being a Wish Granter allows

anything is possible! My first wish was for






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a little five-year-old named

what happened next was inspirational and

Alexis. All he wished for

unexpected. Two police officers arrived at

was a birthday party. Something so simple.

my work and let me know the entire El Paso

During the initial interview, he mentioned

Police Department wanted to help organize

that he wanted to be a cop someday. For the

a special wish reveal that involved Alexis

reveal party, I went to the police station and

becoming a cop. I was in tears! It’s truly

asked if we could have something small for

wonderful to see how much each wish truly

him. I imagined a ride in a unit, a little cake

impacts the community.�

or maybe a tour around the station. Well, 112

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experience the all-encompassing power of wishes firsthand as well. “I don’t know if I can necessarily explain it,” Rocio said, “but it’s like an adrenaline rush happens and then the kids instantly improve! They are looking forward to their wish being granted and they can focus on that! When I met Blanca, one of our wish kids, she was very weak and down. She wished for a quinceañera, and when she found out she’d be getting one, she looked so much stronger and she said she felt beautiful, like a princess! That melted my heart.” Volunteering has also been a learning experience for Rocio. “I have learned how these brave little kids are so strong, and even though they are going through so much, they still have a smile on their faces. We as adults are so preoccupied with work and our daily lives that we forget to appreciate. I believe this is one of the main things that I have learned from volunteering – be happy, appreciate and be thankful for everything we have in life.” When asked what Rocio would tell someone thinking about volunteering: “The experience of helping these little heroes and changing their lives is amazing,” Chacon said. “Your heart feels full of joy and they think that you are simply helping them, but in reality, they are helping you too. The process is so simple: volunteer, interview the family and child, submit the interview documentation, make the magic happen! No matter how much time you have to give, everyone should volunteer for Make-A-Wish. It’ll truly change your life.” Visit or call 915-855-8700 for more information. Together, we’ll help ensure every child receives the wish they deserve.


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| By: BRANDI LAMBERT photography by: DAVID PARISH | ith wine ideas flow,” and flow they did over several glasses and

a conversation between old friends. Victor Poulos and Antonio

Gaudioso have formed a true and lasting friendship that continues to

flourish after 12 years. The two have managed to combine their common love of wine into several successful business endeavors, and are now on the verge of introducing an exciting selection of fine Italian wines to our “wine thirsty community.”

Antonio is a true Italian gentleman with an impeccable reputation in the wine industry. Throughout Italy and beyond, his knowledgeable expertise regarding the production and distribution of fine wine is highly sought after. Antonio began as an export manager for Vecchia Cantina di Montepulciano in Tuscany. He later became CEO of his family’s company, producing and distributing wines from Tuscany, Piedmont and Veneto. Although he holds a degree in political science, his 20 years of experience in wine making have defined his career path. Victor Poulos is a prominent local attorney, businessman and wine connoisseur who is the proud owner of Zin Valle Vineyards, located in Canutillo, Texas. Since 2000, Victor has been intrigued by the idea of bringing the finest quality wine to the local area, enthusiastically and aggressively pursuing that vision. Visitors to Zin Valle can experience a uniquely inviting venue in which they can savor grapes of their choice, thanks to the old friendship between Antonio and Victor. “I have known Antonio for 12 years. We imported wines together years ago when he worked as a wine broker in Italy,” says Victor. He fondly speaks of Antonio’s lovely wife, Giulia, a psychologist in Rome, and his two young children. It’s not hard to distinguish that these two share a genuine friendship. They speak with one another often, travel regularly to one another’s homes and work on their Italian and English, respectively. With a foundation of trust, Antonio began to export several of his wines to Texas and partnered with the local vineyard to produce a Chianti.




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“Bi Plano Rosso” or Red Biplane Chianti, will soon be making it’s

approximately 70 miles south of Rome. It will be the first brewery in

landing in the El Paso region.

the famous Tuscan wine country and will feature local beers, including one being made from the sangiovese grape, which is generally used

The label features the antique Great Lakes Biplane, which was owned

in wine making. The property will include lodging and dining amenities

and flown out of Cielo Dorado Estates by Victor himself. In addition

for guests, as well as possible investment opportunities for those

to the Chianti, several other wines, including a Borolo and a Nebbiolo

wishing to have ownership in the legendary wine country of Italy

D’Alva Brut Spumante, will be introduced and available at Zin Valle. It

“under the Tuscan sun.”

is said that the “best wines are the ones we drink with friends,” and with a variety to choose from, let’s hope we all have plenty of friends!

Whether you’re in Italy or El Paso, here’s to sharing drinks with friends, new and old. As Antonio and Victor can attest to, many dreams and

In recent months, Antonio and Victor have also become partners

friendships can manifest over a good glass of wine. Here’s to fine

on yet another venture—a brewery in Montepulciano, which is

Italian wine in El Paso … Cheers!


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Dinner Digging up

| By: ANNALISA ALDAZ recipes by: SARAH RECHY photos by: JESSE MAYNES |




ith the summer heat already in full swing, lighter and

with can be scary, don’t be afraid to stray away from the macaroni

fresh flavors are already lingering on our palates. While

salad and venture into all flavors the summer season has to offer.

I love the treasure hunt of a good farmers market, there is definitely

something to be said about the ones who venture into the summer

The first recipe Sarah shared with us is her zucchini scones with

heat and grow their own quality treasures.

summer squash jam. The fresh taste of the zucchini mixed with summer squash and lemon is a more casual play on the traditional

Blogger Sarah Rechy, from GrowingThriving, is one of the brave souls.

tea-time scone, which makes it versatile enough for any function.

Living off the food she grows as much as possible, Sarah is growing

Sarah’s second recipe is a savory dish that gives the often times

her own zucchini, tomatillo, squash blossoms, green tomatoes and

overlooked green tomatoes, all the attention they deserve. From her

much more. This ain’t your grandma’s vegetable garden. Combining

garden to her table, her spicy gazpacho sauce brings this recipe full

the wholesome body of garden fresh vegetables with their naturally

circle. Lastly, what’s summer without an icy treat? Before you dive

occurring sweetness, the recipes coming straight from the soul of

headfirst into a tub of Ben and Jerry’s, Sarah shared her recipe for

Sarah’s hippie kitchen are sure to make you a hit at your next brunch,

a lemon cucumber sorbet that is sure to have you think twice when

picnic or cookout. Choosing the wrong dish to show up to the potluck

walking through the freezer section.

Summer Squash & Zucchini Scones w/ Summer Squash Jam Scones - Ingredients 2.5 cups and 1 tablespoon flour, divided

1/2 cup zucchini

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup squash

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups pecans, roughly chopped

1/2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Jam - Ingredients

1 1/2 sticks butter, frozen and cubed

6 cups grated summer squash

1 egg, beaten

6 cups sugar

3/4 cup sour cream

1 package gelatin

2 tablespoons milk For Scones - Directions

Lemon, to taste

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees 2. Combine egg, sour cream and milk in one bowl and mix thoroughly. 3. In a separate bowl, mix together the 2 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and cinnamon. Set aside. 4. Grate zucchini and squash. Squeeze in a towel or cheese cloth until liquid dissipates. Add grated mixture to a third bowl with pecans and the remaining 1 tablespoon flour and combine. 5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold into each other. Once combined, add zucchini and pecan mixture and fold in. 6. Pour loose dough onto a floured surface and knead. When dough starts to come together, but isn’t sticky, flour your surface again and shape your dough into a 9-inch by 1-inch circle and cut into 8 equal parts (like slicing a whole pizza in 8 pieces). Place each slice on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. 7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. For Jam – Directions 1. Grate 6 cups of squash/zucchini and mix together with 6 cups of sugar. Cook on medium heat until swash and zucchini are translucent. Add a packet

of gelatin and mix until completely dissolved. Add lemon to taste. 2. Place in container and cover, sit overnight in fridge.



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Fried Green Tomatoes w/ Spicy Gazpacho Sauce Fried Tomatoes - Ingredients

For Tomatoes - Directions

10 small green tomatoes

1. Pour oil in a small sauce pot. Heat to 350 degrees (track with

4 slices of bread (your choice), toasted and crumbled

a candy thermometer)

1/2 cup cornmeal

2. While oil heats, use a food processor to pulse your toasted bread

1 tablespoon salt

crumbs until a course flour consistency. Then, add cornmeal, salt,

2 teaspoons smoked paprika Black pepper, fresh cracked, to taste 1/2 cup flour 2 eggs and 2 tablespoons for egg wash 4-6 cups canola oil

pepper, paprika and pulse until combined. 3. Rinse tomatoes, dry, dip in beaten eggs, dredge in flour, then onto the egg again, lastly into the breadcrumb mixture. Set aside on a plate, continue until all tomatoes are coated. 4. Once oil is hot enough, using a spoon, carefully drop tomatoes into the oil for 30-45 seconds until golden brown. Set aside and

Spicy Gazpacho Sauce - Ingredients 10 tomatillos

salt immediately. 5. Serve while hot.

10 roma tomatoes 2 serrano peppers

For Gazpacho - Directions

2 tablespoons dijon mustard

1. Char your serrano peppers, tomatoes and tomatillos on cast

2 slices of bread, your choice Salt/pepper to taste

iron skillet. 2. Blend all together in a blender on low speed for 5 minutes. Open lid to release steam every 30 seconds. 3. Add the mustard and the bread, blend again until thickened. (For thicker sauce, add more bread). 4. Cool in fridge overnight before serving.



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Lemon Cucumber Sorbet w/ Citrus Mint Ingredients 2 lemon cucumbers 3 large regular cucumbers 1 tablespoon liquid stevia 5 large sprigs mint 5 large sprigs stevia 1/2 cup lemon juice 1/2 cup water Directions 1. Peel cucumbers, cut into small pieces and freeze overnight 2. In food processor, add frozen cucumber, lemon juice, stevia extract, fresh stevia and fresh mint. Pulse together while slowly adding water until completely combined. Let sit in freezer for about thirty minutes before serving. 3. Scrape with a cookie scoop or spoon to shave off the top and form your sorbet balls. Need more motivation to cook with the vegetables you can

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Plaza Classic Film Festival ::: August 3-13

Ardovino’s Desert Crossing Farmer’s Market ::: August 5-26

Plaza Theatre This is the world’s largest classic film fest. Now in its 10th year, The Plaza Theatre and surrounding downtown venues will be showing classic films and hosting movie discussions. See the full schedule online. Info:

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Ardovino’s Desert Crossing Every Saturday enjoy some of the best vendors in the city. With a lush variation of fruit, home goods, jewelry and other great local finds, this market is the perfect place to go. Admission: Free



First Light Credit Union Presents: Alfresco! Fridays ::: August 4-25

6:00 p.m. Convention Center Plaza Back for its 15th season, enjoy free live music every Friday of the month during Alfresco Fridays! Hangout downtown, enjoy food from the Strike Zone Café and enjoy the outdoor event. Admission: Free Info:


Downtown Art & Farmers Market ::: July 8-24

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Union Plaza Hang downtown and enjoy all of the local vendors at Union Plaza selling art, food and activities for kids. Admission: Free

8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Sunland Dance Studio No partner is necessary to join the fun in learning how to dance tango and other Latin ballroom dances. Learn from an instructor and then dance freely after 9:00 a.m. Admission: $10 Info:

The Chamanas ::: August 12

10:00 p.m. The Lowbrow Palace If you didn’t catch them at NDMF, watch local and Latin Grammy Nominated artists, The Chamanas, at the intimate music venue. Admission: $8 Info:

Cristian Castro ::: August 12

8:00 p.m. Abraham Chavez Theatre Mexican pop singer hits the stage to perform his many hits. Don’t miss the big show. Admission: $110 Info:


El Paso Chihuahuas Baseball ::: August 11-31

Annual Ysleta Mission Festival ::: August 5-26




AAA baseball team’s home games are all at Southwest University Park in beautiful downtown El Paso. Chihuahuas vs. Las Vegas August 11,12 @ 7:05 p.m. August 13 @ 6:05 p.m. August 14 @ 7:05 p.m. Chihuahuas vs. Albuquerque August 15-18 @ 7:05 p.m. Chihuahuas vs. Sacramento August 24 @ 6:35 p.m. August 25, 26 @ 7:05 p.m. August 27 @ 6:05 p.m. Chihuahuas vs. Fresno August 28,31 @ 6:35 p.m.


Betty Who with Geographer ::: August 15

9:00 p.m. The Lowbrow Palace Australian singer-songwriter will hit the stage with opener band, Geographer. The dancey electro beats will keep you moving. Admission: $15 Info:

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Red Wine Tasting ::: August 17

6:00 p.m. El Paso Museum of Art Enjoy the Museum’s collection as certified Sommelier, Manny Jemente, from SaltBox Provisions leads a red wine tasting. Admission: $20 Info:

Rooftop pool view over the city skyscape Eat at The Downtowner Restaurant

Feasts with Beasts Fiesta ::: August 25

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6:00 p.m. El Paso Zoo Roam the zoo grounds, taste unlimited wine and craft beer and enjoy a night of live entertainment. This is the biggest fundraiser hosted by the El Paso Zoological Society and you don’t want to miss it. Admission: $275 Info:



Classical Mystery Tour ::: August 19

8:00 p.m. The Plaza Theatre Watch musical group A Tribute to The Beatles perform with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and hear the great classics this great British band brought to the world. Admission: $30 Info:

A Night to Smile Gala ::: August 26

7:00 p.m. El Paso Zoo Event Center Southwest Plastic Surgery invites you to a night filled with inspiration and purpose. The gala will be benefiting Smile Network International. Admission: $150 - $2,500 Info:



::: August 25

8:30 p.m. The Plaza Theatre The Spanish pop singer is back to play his hits. Enjoy five decades of the music from Emmanuel. Admission: $59.50 Info:

Miller Lite El Paso Blues and Jazz Festival ::: August 26,27

Chamizal National Memorial The El Paso Music Society brings us a weekend of blues and jazz in an effort to preserve the music. Enjoy a night of dancing and good music. Admission: Free Info:






D’ansa Jazz

Stage Performance JUNE 17, 2017 | at CORONADO HIGH SCHOOL | Photographed by JOHN HORTA and ALEXIS MARQUEZ



Anson 11 $$-$$$

Park Tavern

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.


WESTSIDE Serving El Paso Authentic Italian Cuisine since 1948 • Private Party Room • Beer & Wine • Outside Dining • Live Music Thur. to Sat.

The Downtowner $$

• We cater large or

325 N. Kansas St. | (915) 532-5200

small events

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.

Italian Kitchen West


450 Thorn Ave. | (915) 842-0775 Enjoy boundless savory Italian classics either at their outdoorWest patio Italian.Kitchen.

www.theitaliankitchenelpaso.comm or intimate and comfortable atmosphere inside. Italian Kitchen

West is doling out classic pizzas, mouth-watering pastas with great wine pairs and Italian meat entrees. Stay local, but enjoy the cuisine from an ocean away. O, PR

Prices: $ - Low Priced Patio/Outdoor Seating - O

$$ - Medium Range Dog Friendly- DF

$$$ - High Priced $$$$ - Exquisite Dining Party/Private Room - PR Happy Hour - H

To highlight your local restaurant in The City Local Eats email:


Mi Piaci





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

The Green Ingredient


201 East Main Street #201 | (915) 298-1010 The Green Ingredient is a restaurant that offers delicious, nutritious, personalized meals, teas and more. Offering people the real perspective of health, you can get balanced meals that are nutritious, free from additives, preservatives, GMO’s and extremely high quality. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Jerusalem International Foods $$ 5360 N. Mesa St. | (915) 231-9600

Westside’s 3rd Hole


1035 Belvidere Suite 168 | (915) 584-5577 There’s no better place to relax and grab a bite to eat than W3H. Nominated as El Paso’s best tacos, stop by today and see why we’re becoming El Paso’s go-to spot for catching a game and eating some good food. “We saved you a seat.” Now with NFL Sunday Ticket on all screens. O, H

The State Line


1222 Sunland Park Dr. I (915) 581-3371 Jerusalem is a low-key eatery where you can find authentic gyros, baba ghanoush, shish kababs and more. Their appetizer combo is

Enjoying delicious authentic BBQ from The State Line. Based on four

complete with hummus, baba ghanoush, grape leaves, spanakopita

principles: offer the highest quality smoked BBQ, provide generous

and falafel. Your tastebuds will enjoy this retreat to an amazing

portions at affordable prices, offer friendly table and bar services and

array of dishes.

celebrate the heritage of Texas. Come on by to enjoy!



The Kitchen

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 with

Mesa Street Grill introduces their newest dessert creation – the Pineapple

views of El Paso’s sunsets, you will find all that you need at The Kitchen at 150

Crostata. This refreshing blend of pineapple, cinnamon and nutmeg is

Sunset. Be sure to also check out our special wine dinners, with a specially curated

crowned with a cashew crumble and handmade sugar garnish. Taste this

menu and wine pairing. Come and treat yourself. P, H, DF, PR

dessert once and it’s sure to become a summertime favorite. O, H, PR, H

International $$

Rulis International Kitchen

114 A. Mills Ave. | (915) 355-7281

4176 N. Mesa St. | (915) 313-4806

Grab a carefully crafted cocktail and meet us on El Paso’s first rooftop bar.

Take a bite out of any of the delicious plates being served at Rulis’

We’re located in the heart of downtown, with views of San Jacinto Plaza, so

International Kitchen. As winners of Best Beer Selection for Best of The

join us for delicious food and drinks. We have everything from crispy Brussels

City 2015, there’s also a good reason to stay and drink. On Sundays try

sprouts in bacon jam to a classic cheeseburger with agave-chipotle pickles.

their savory Paella dish or stop in for Happy Hour Mon. - Fri. 4 – 7 p.m

On Taco Tuesdays enjoy $2 tacos and drink specials and a newly added brunch

and Th-Sat 9 – 11 p.m. O, H, PR, DF


menu for the weekend that includes tasty El Paso-inspired dishes with a complimentary mimosa. Enjoy the big city feel right here in downtown. O, DF



Edge of Texas Cattleman’s Steakhouse


3450 S. Fabens Carlsbad Rd. Fabens, TX 79838 | (915) 544-3200 This is a family-style restaurant located on a 46 square mile working ranch. Come savor our famous juicy steaks and mesquite-smoked BBQ while enjoying miles of desert scenery and spectacular sunsets! PR, O


8690 Edge of Texas St. | (915) 822-3343 Located in the far east, this is definitely worth the drive! Eat the best steak you’ve ever had and enjoy the saloon.

August, 2017

august Advertiser INDEX


A + O Group..................................................................Pg. 62

Nicholas Reyes Hair Salon.............................................Pg. 77

Casa Buenavista......................................................... Pgs. 4,5

Pasotex Realty LLC.................................Pgs. 33, Back Cover

CT Construction.............................................................Pg. 68

RGU Cancer Center.......................................................Pg. 45

Elyse Simons Beauty...................................................Pg. 123

Southwest Plastic Surgery...................................... Pgs. 9, 31

Fox Auto Group.......................................Pgs. 115, Front Fold

Southwest University at El Paso................................ Pgs. 2,3

GECU..........................................................Inside Front Cover

Southwest University Park............................................Pg. 93

Grace the Psychic Lady...............................................Pg. 113

Spectrum Technologies...............................................Pg. 125

Hal Marcus Gallery......................................................Pg. 113

Stonewood Modern Grill................................... Pgs. 128, 129

Hotel Indigo.................................................................Pg. 127

Sugar Skull Fashion Boutique........................................Pg. 73

Hughes Financial Group.................................................Pg. 92

Table Occasions.............................................................Pg. 97

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino...............Pg. 11

The Hospitals of Providence................................ Pgs. 13, 110

Intraceuticals...............................................................Pg. 135

The Italian Kitchen West................................................Pg. 68

Jerusalem Grill...............................................................Pg. 32

The State Line.............................................................Pg. 107

KB Realty.......................................................................Pg. 19

Vanities Jewelry & Gifts, Inc............................................Pg. 1

KTSM News Channel 9.................................................Pg. 17

Vistra Properties, LLC....................................................Pg. 55

Mattress Firm............................................. Inside Back Cover

Walgreens.................................................................. Pgs. 6,7

Mix/Milan Salon and Spa.............................................Pg. 131

Wyatt Underwood Trial Lawyers...................................Pg. 63

Developing Excellence Together Development Commercial/Office Leasing Commercial Management


320 Texas Ave. El Paso, TX 79901 915-858-3100

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