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hat a summer we have been having. Running off the thrills and excitement of
our latest food issue, I had to reflect back onto what we would be putting on
the walls of our war room for the August issue. The people and the growth of
this wonderful city are always in my heart and my mind. Whether I am passing
a new restaurant, see construction beginning on a new expansion or when I am
sitting down with old friends and opening new bottles of wine. As you look through
these pages, I want you to not only celebrate the champions pushing this city into
the future, but honor those who shaped our past. Give yourself a pat on the back,
for this city wouldn’t be what it is without each and every one of you. Growth is not
always easy or comfortable and that is what makes it necessary. When was the last time
positive change stemmed from an easy decision or the road most traveled?
Our August issue, you guessed it, centers around the growth and development of El Paso.
At The City Magazine, we celebrate all of the good things happening in the city. EP’s own
first lady, Adair Margo, was honored earlier this year in Washington DC for preserving the
legacy and art of Tom Lea. She has been integral in raising the standards and visibility of our
great city. From her appointment to multiple committees since the Bush era and making our
cover 13 years ago, we find her once again gracing the outside of The City Magazine.
We also stepped into a topic that spans borders; Cara Santana returned to us and spoke about
her influence and social awareness initiatives. We had an open discussion and although we agree
on many things, there are also topics we didn’t meet eye to eye on. That is what makes this
country great and I am proud of her for finding and using her voice for those who don’t have one.
Legacies are built on pillars; one of El Paso’s standards just celebrated their big 41. The State Line
has created memories for all who have stepped through their threshold. Who doesn’t remember
the big family gatherings, laughs and that aroma? What an achievement for them to have cemented
themselves in the annuls of history. Being a part of the change and growth of this city means the world to our team and myself. As El Pasoans, we all hold within us the responsibility and ability to enact growth; whether that be internal or external. My hope is that you find the champions in our corner of the world, or you be one for another. Now, I leave you with a mission, go out and make El Paso the example for the rest of the world to follow.
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Tom Lea. Going 22 In, First Wave, 1944. Oil on canvas, 22½ X 42¼. Life Collection of Art WWII, U.S. Army Center of Military History, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Image courtesy of the Tom Lea Institute.
August, 2018 highly regarded novels, paintings, murals and
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other works that would influence some of the most highly regarded works to ever originate in the southwestern United States. His work has proven incredibly enduring and impactful. One of his most graphic and powerful pieces, depicting a Marine in The Price, once hung outside General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s office at the Pentagon in the years after WWII as a reminder of the true price of war. The WWII Museum describes the criteria for being recognized with the American Spirit Medallion as “individuals who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to the principles that strengthen America’s freedom and democracy.” Adair shared that receiving the award was a “total surprise.” As a brief indicator of the significance of the award,
receives the American Spirit Medallion from the National WWII Museum
some of the recent past recipients have included Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Gary Sinise, Tom Brokaw, Tom Hanks and astronaut Captain Jim Lovell, whom Mr. Hanks portrayed in
the movie Apollo 13. One of her co-honorees this year was Archie Manning. In other words, it is an award of tremendous emotional and historical significance, a sentiment that Adair clearly felt as well. When I asked Adair why
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she thought the museum chose to recognize her, the answer was simple: “The significance
f you are like many El Pasoans, including
Adair was recognized for her almost tireless
myself, it is often overwhelming and
work in promoting and preserving Mr. Lea’s
seemingly impossible to keep up
legacy, especially the works that conveyed
For those readers unfamiliar with WWII history,
with and remember the incredibly
his memories and visions of the battles and
it is essential to understand the sheer scale
of Tom’s work in capturing the war.”
rich and diverse cultural heritage of
campaigns of WWII. In particular, Lea’s works
of Peleliu and the particularly emotional toll
our community. El Paso is, without question,
about the Battle of Peleliu and the Pacific
it enacted upon the 1st Marine Division. The
one of the most culturally diverse and unique
Campaign conveyed what Adair described as
National Museum of the Marine Corps puts it
communities in Texas, if not the entire
“the only wartime artist who conveyed the
very bluntly, calling it the “bitterest battle of
United States. However, one of our most
truth of war. He was the only one that depicted
the war for the Marines.” Lieutenant General
treasured cultural icons is undoubtedly the
rounds being fired or soldiers being wounded.”
Lewis “Chesty” Puller, the most decorated
artist, writer and correspondent Tom Lea.
Marine in U.S. history, received his first of two
Owing much to her almost unceasing work in
Tom Lea was born in El Paso in 1907, and
Legions of Merit for his actions on Peleliu.
helping to preserve Mr. Lea’s artistic legacy,
volumes of works are not sufficient to extol the
The 1st Marine Division lost roughly 1/3 of
especially his works as a war correspondent
many virtues and accolades his virtually lifelong
its men, or approximately 6500 Marines. The
and painter during WWII while working for
career produced. After graduating from El Paso
combined Army and Marine forces expended
Life Magazine, Adair Margo was recently
High in 1924, and subsequently beginning his
almost 16 million rounds of total ordnance.
awarded the American Spirit Medallion by
artistic career as a student at the Art Institute
In short, it was a bloody and chaotic—and in
the WWII Museum in New Orleans, LA.
of Chicago, Lea produced some of the most
many ways a catastrophic—2 1/2 months.
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Tom Lea. The Fighting Hornet, 1943. Oil on canvas, 30½ X 21½. Life Collection of Art WWII, U.S. Army Center of Military History, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Image courtesy of the Tom Lea Institute.
A Legacy of Spirit-Adair Margo
Tom Lea. The Beach, 1944. Oil on canvas, 22-1.5 X 42½. Life Collection of Art WWII, U.S. Army Center of Military History, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Image courtesy of the Tom Lea Institute.
The WWII Museum describes the criteria for being recognized with the American Spirit Medallion as
“individuals who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to the principles that strengthen America’s freedom and democracy.” 26
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Tom Lea. That 2,000 Yard Stare, 1944. Oil on canvas, 36½ X 28½ Life Collection of Art WWII, U.S. Army Center of Military History, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Image courtesy of the Tom Lea Institute. For Tom Lea, he had begun working for “Life” in 1941 and spent time with all of the branches of the military, all across the globe. According to Adair, some estimates have him covering over 100,000 miles during WWII to chronicle the war. In the fall of 1942 he was aboard the USS Hornet, and then after some time documenting and painting images that represented other campaigns, he found himself in the Pacific in 1944 as a correspondent embedded with the 1st Marine Division. As he accompanied the Marines during the Battle of Peleliu, he created perhaps his most famous piece from the war, “That 2,000 Yard Stare.” As Tom would describe it, “He left the States 31 months ago. He was wounded in his first campaign. He has had tropical diseases. He half-sleeps at night and gouges Japs out of holes all day. Two-thirds of his company has been killed or wounded. He will return to attack this morning. How much can a human being endure?” In Adair’s words, Tom’s art was the convergence of the culture of her hometown (she is a 3rd generation El Pasoan) and the significance of the art, of virtually all mediums, that one of its most famous sons produced. Having earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Vanderbilt, and later a Master’s in Art History from New Mexico State, art is clearly her driving passion. But as she told the museum, it is not the only thing. “I live in an immigrant community, where we
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see so many people who feel so proud to be a new American. I hope it’s something I never
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lose, the wonder of living in a country where we encourage people to become all they want to be.” Adair has made art her lifelong passion and has spent her career advocating for the arts and championing their significance in helping to build relationships within and across cultures. She received the Presidential Citizens Medal in 2008 from President George W. Bush, for her “strengthening of international relationships from Mexico to China” and established the Tom Lea Institute in El Paso in 2009. By any measure, she has devoted her career to the arts in general, but in particular to preserving Tom Lea’s legacy, and ensuring that the harrowing images of his work depicting WWII are preserved and understood for generations to come. It is a testament to her passion and dedication that she was bestowed with this award, and it is much deserved.
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The Things They Carried By: Tim O’Brien
Bourdain; a man larger than life and with the words to craft his path.
understand. Tim O’Brien and his experiences in the Vietnam War
In this follow up text to his legendary Kitchen Confidential, Bourdain
became the catalyst for this historical fiction-based set of vignettes.
uses the letters in the alphabet as the ingredients to a memoir-esque
Conflicts such as the Vietnam War, were often met with deep
book, cooked full of insights, stories, and lessons learned. As with
misunderstanding and hostility, especially toward those who put their
many of the books I recommend, this one is not always an easy read,
boots in foreign soil when they returned home. O’Brien allows us
but being uncomfortable is where growth comes from, yes? Dive into
to take a look into what his and the men he served with felt and
these pages and drift down the river of the mind of a genius, bonus
thought. Although it is not exactly non-fiction, many of the vignettes
points if you have heard him speak before because it is as if he’s in
are loosely based on actual events experienced. It is gut wrenching
the room reading it aloud.
but a text that deserves to be felt, and heard; paying a homage to
Two dark months have passed since the word lost a light in Anthony
War is something that those who never partake in will never fully
those who went.
TyranT By: Stephen Greenblatt
History, when examined through the lens of hind-sight bias is puzzling, yet we tend to repeat the mistakes of our ancestors. In
This Love is Not for CowardS By: Robert Andrew Powell
Across the Rio Grande is our sister city, Ciudad Juárez and she has
Tyrant, Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt delves into the world
bled; the drug war in Mexico has cost the lives of countless people
of Shakespeare in the Elizabethan Era and examines the renowned
and has seen waves of destruction and pain. Our brothers and sisters
playwright’s ability to discuss the turmoil, triumphs and tyrannical
across the border have found ways to keep their lives moving forward,
nature of art as it represents and mirrors the time. The commonality
through art, culture and in many cases the love of soccer. Journalist
and parallels to the modern world political climate is striking and
Robert Andrew Powell examined the relationships that centered
introspective, opening up conversation and an examination into
around the once Juárez based soccer team, the Indios. He followed
where we stand in history.
fans, and groups as they navigated life in the narco-state and how the team stood for more than a sport. In this work, we see first-hand
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Growth in the
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The next few years will bring a ton of growth, excitement and new attractions to a city that is making moves and bustling with the best of them. It has already started and it shows no signs of slowing down. The Sun City has the ballpark, Its breweries and bistro movie theaters. in the not too distant future El Paso will have more options for just about everything all the way around. Getting excited yet? Well, take a deep breath and prepare to be thrilled! From playgrounds for adults, to new hospitals and hotels, to pools. EPTX has been on the map and itâ€™s only getting bigger.
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ealthcare services have always, and will always be needed.
location serving about 30,000 patients per year, it’s clear that
As the city grows, the need for these services only grows
residents living in the northeast stand to benefit from the new
with it. The Hospitals of Providence is expanding to the
campus. WBAMC’s new location in far East El Paso broke ground
northeast side of town while William Beaumont Army
in 2011. It is expected to replace the medical center’s campus
Medical Center (WBAMC) will be moving to far East El Paso.
built in the 70s, just off of Alabama. Construction is expected to
By November of this year Providence is expected to have its
be completed in 2019, with its doors opening sometime in 2020.
northeast campus up and running. This location will include
Once completed, the hospital will come equipped with multiple
roughly eight to ten emergency treatment/triage rooms, along
specialty clinics including women’s health, behavioral health and
with outpatient clinic services. With its two-year-old freestanding
occupational therapy services, just to name a few.
William Beaumont Army Medical Center
hen out-of-towners come to our city for work or play, one thing is a given, they will all need places to stay. In the downtown area of our beautiful
city new hotels are popping up, older hotels are closing up temporarily for renovations and hotels that have been shut down for what seems like forever are being brought back to life. It is a lot to take in, but soon enough El Pasoâ€™s downtown will go from its current hotel room inventory of around 430 to 1200 rooms available for visitors to utilize. In an attempt to bring in bigger conventions and position itself to be more competitive, downtown organizers are working towards adding more hotel rooms. This is needed in order to attract more individuals to make their way to the borderland. If they are successful in attracting larger groups of people to the area, chances are, those individuals will spend larger amounts of money during their stay.
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ust less than two months ago, Aloft opened their doors and added 89 rooms to the downtown inventory. The former Camino Real Hotel will
have its name changed to Paso Del Norte Hotel and is currently attempting to pick up some more tax incentives from the county to help finish up with construction. The Plaza Hotel is expected to reopen its doors
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in the spring of 2019, adding 131 boutiquestyle hotel rooms, along with a 540-vehicle parking garage. The Stanton House Hotel, a boutique hotel bringing life to a 100-year-old building, will open its doors this summer, adding another 42 luxury rooms to the mix. El Paso’s very first boutique hotel, Hotel Indigo has been up and running since 2016 in a building on Kansas St. originally built in the 1960s. Room is being made for the
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l Paso’s growth is not limited to hospitals and hotels.
The draw of living in the heart of a bustling downtown is becoming more of a reality for El Pasoan’s, with new lofts/living spaces opening up every month it feels like. The Franklin Avenue Apartments, Martin Lofts, Campbell Street Apartments, The Mix, Essex Alley and the Savoy Lofts are just a small collection of the growing number of options. Lofts offer big city feeling, while allowing the comforts of the Sun City. 36
There is so much more in the works, as well as other new buildings and attractions. Hunt Companies purchased property in downtown El Paso back in 2014 and is now
planning to build an 18-story high rise with parking and retail space on Mesa St. The plan is to be completed with construction no later than 2020. The building will be named WestStar Tower, and will take the place of the current WestStar Bank building also located in El Paso’s downtown area. The El Paso Zoo has a $14M expansion in the works that will eventually bring new and exotic animals to the city and is scheduled to be completed in fall of 2019. Earlier this year, city officials announced a $5M renovation plan for the park sitting at the top of Scenic Drive. For over 50 years visitors and residents have enjoyed visiting Murchison Rogers Park, which sits off the side of the Franklin Mountains. Artist renderings of what the park could potentially look like are absolutely stunning. www.thecitymagazineelp.com
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piece of mind and proven results when they select their legal counsel;
engagement and nature of giving and goodwill. “The people we
when you multiply that by the power of four you get the esteemed and
represent in court are our neighbors and our success as a firm is
award-winning firm of Ortega, McGlashan, Hicks and Perez, PLLC.
because of our neighbors.” With over 80 years of experience and service it is time to “Let The Power of Four Fight For You.”
Founded in April of 2014, the focus began with family law, criminal law and personal injury—it was then decided that to better serve the people of El Paso the practice would hone their focus and become a civil litigation firm with an emphasis on personal injury law. As the awards garnish the wall of the firm, it becomes clear that the victories
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time and time again are not the only factors that have raised the firm
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El Paso, Texas 79901
is that all of our partners are heavily committed to giving back to the
community. We are very cognizant of our roots here in El Paso.”
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John A. Wenke Attorney John A. Wenke loves a challenge. After all, representing workers in a pro-business state like Texas is just that. But according to John, workers’ rights are human rights. Discrimination and sexual harassment are not only unlawful, they affect people’s livelihoods and the ability for workers to care for their families. John’s successes in the courtroom have not gone unnoticed. He has received some of the largest employment law verdicts in the state over his 24-year career and has been recognized multiple times as a “Texas Super Lawyer”—an achievement that only five percent of all lawyers in Texas have attained. He was also previously named a “Top 50 Attorney” for all lawyers in El Paso, San Antonio and Austin combined. While he expresses concerns over the dwindling rights for employees, John remains optimistic about the future of Texas workers. He admittedly doesn’t have a lot of faith in lawmakers or the courts, but he thinks that many Americans are more willing to stand up against intolerance and discrimination, and companies are being forced to change their corporate culture. In the meantime, John is prepared to continue his fight in the courtroom against companies who violate their employees’ rights. John A. Wenke 501 E. California Ave. El Paso, Texas 79902 (915) 351-8877 johnwenke.com
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Moss Legal Group, PLLC “We provide large firm experience with small firm service.” Mitch Moss and Priscilla Castillo formed Moss Legal Group, PLLC in January 2018 based on the promise of delivering “efficient and effective legal solutions for complex legal problems.” Their collective experience in large law firms with a focus on litigation provided a seamless transition to their own firm. The firm provides legal services to clients across West Texas and New Mexico and handles a wide range of civil litigation, including personal injury, commercial disputes, employment law and professional liability matters. The key to finding these solutions lies in their ability to communicate with clients and their commitment to forming lasting bonds and relationships. “Communication is key. It leads to understanding our clients and getting to know them very well, allowing us to assess their individual needs.” Their core focus is finding tailored solutions for each client, understanding that every case is different and requires individualized attention. The firm’s innovative and tailored approach leaves clients with peace of mind, knowing that the legal team in their corner has their back and is not treating them with outdated or cookie-cutter approaches.
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Daniela Labinoti A testament to the fire of the human spirit, Daniela Labinoti
Daniela Labinoti is a prime example of what happens when drive
escaped the civil war in Albania in 1997 and found herself alone,
and hard work take the helm. A lifetime of fighting and successfully
in Austin, speaking little English—20 years later, she is one of the
dominating any roadblocks set in front of her has geared and
most successful and thorough trial advocacy attorneys in El Paso
conditioned her as legal counsel like no other. “I didn’t want to accept
and she is ready to fight for you. She has been practicing in Texas
any societal restrictions set in front of me, being a woman and an
and New Mexico for over 12 years specializing in employment
immigrant at that, so I opened up my own firm to challenge those
law and personal injury. The places she calls home is El Paso
restrictions. I was put here on earth for a reason, and that was to be
and Las Cruces, which represent the majority of her work.
a champion for people who were taken advantage of. The sufferings
and struggling I experienced gave me the heart and passion to fight for the ones that can’t. ” She is a strong advocate for specialization, and only acts as counsel in areas of her forte, which is personal injury and employment law in Texas and New Mexico. She was awarded Super Lawyer Texas Rising Star for 2017 and 2018. In 2016, she became the winner of Top 100 Verdicts in Texas. Also, she was acknowledged as 10 Best Attorneys in Texas for Personal Injury and Employment Law for Client Satisfaction in 2017.
Daniela Labinoti 707 Myrtle Ave. El Paso, Texas 79901 (915) 581-4600 email@example.com
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Rafael Morales 300 East Main 11th Floor, Ste. 1112 El Paso, Texas 79901 Rcmoraleslaw.com (915) 532-3674
Rafael Morales “The power doesn’t belong to the State of Texas, the power belongs
Rafael’s job is to ensure that the state has met its burden and that
to the people of El Paso,” says Rafael Morales, who has built an
the legal system does not skip proceedings or steps in the process,
esteemed career on keeping the state in check. A graduate of the
a process that he has been on multiple sides of. From his tenure as a
University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Rafael was voted El
Federal Agent with the US Border Patrol and his time as an Assistant
Paso Bar Association 2013 Lawyer of the Year. A commanding and
Attorney General for the State of Texas; Rafael understands the
poetic air surrounds Rafael, and as a criminal defense attorney, he is
dangers of an un-checked system. A competitive mindset and a clear
adamant about the power of words. “People always ask me, ‘How do
mastery of the judicial system has seen Rafael on the winning and just
you defend criminals?’ I don’t, I stand up for decent everyday people
side of the law time and time again. “We have trials because people
who have made a mistake and who are being judged on the actions
have disagreements with the government and that’s healthy, I am here
of the worst moment in their life.”
to defend the fidelity of the system and fight for the people of El Paso.”
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Brock Benjamin A humanistic and personable approach to legal counsel is the foundational stage when you work with Brock Benjamin. Brock is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is well versed in both sides of the legal system, spending three years at the district attorney’s before opening up his own practice eight years ago. A career in the legal field spawned from a single origin point in his undergrad. “The moment I knew I wanted to be an attorney was when I read a vignette about criminal defense and the difference in retained and appointed practices; there was not a difference in the numbers; it all boiled down to someone who cares.” Brock’s practice sees a heavy amount of appointed work and he loves getting to form connections and bonds with his clients. “I enjoy walking my clients through the steps of the legal process which is why I lead a smaller more hands-on practice … I prefer to litigate and resolve cases the best I can and that is by putting in the most time with clients.” A competitive edge and winning mindset has seen Brock and his clients basking in the rays of justice. His words of wisdom/mantra: “You need to be able to sit down and talk to your attorney.”
Brock Benjamin 747 E. San Antonio El Paso, Texas 79901 (915) 412-5858 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Rosales Law Firm 1400 Montana
Rosales Law Firm “We knew that El Paso was where we were going to be making a
El Paso, Texas 79902 email@example.com (915) 474-2300
difference, we left so we could come back and serve our community.” Joe and Marc Rosales, sons of El Paso, attended law school with the intentions to one day open their own practice at home. With a combined 44 years, the Rosales brothers also bring a completely bilingual staff to the table. “That is very important to us, especially in the region. Language shouldn’t be a hurdle for people to receive the legal counsel they deserve.” Serving the people on the border comes with its own challenges and rewards—the scope of legal issues transcends borders and the Rosales Law Firm has proven to be a champion for the people of El Paso. The practice has an emphasis in the criminal law and family law sector which has allowed Marc and Joe to “find solutions to our client’s problems.” Law, and its surrounding contingents, are a method for the firm to better the city of El Paso, which is a priority for Joe and Marc. “We know the people. We know the community. We never had the intention of practicing anywhere else. Our roots are here.”
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Nora Artalejo 801 E. Rio Grande Ave. El Paso, Texas 79902 (915) 356-2222 firstname.lastname@example.org artalejolaw.com
Nora Artalejo El Paso has a magnetic energy to it. Nora Artalejo felt that pull and used it to fuel a career in law. Her time in the Big Apple inserted lessons into her life that carried over into how she approaches her practice. “I take a no nonsense approach with my clients. I don’t like to be an attorney who sugar coats anything, especially in the type of law I practice.” To Nora, family law is no stroll in the park; she means business. In order to provide the highest level of legal counsel, Nora ensures that every detail, even down to the way her office is laid out, facilitates the client’s needs for top notch service and comfort. “People are usually very nervous and anxious when they have to meet with an attorney for the first time. I created this space to allow clients to feel very comfortable and at ease because they are coming in here to deal with very difficult issues.” With a hands-on and personalized approach to every person that walks in, Nora has solidified herself as proficient in family law and personal injury, instilling a piece of mind in every individual who call upon her service.
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Luis Yañez Luis Yañez is living proof of what happens when a lifelong goal comes to fruition, through dedication, passion to the law, city and its residents. Born in Ciudad Juárez and coming to El Paso at the age of 13, he states there was never that “aha” moment of when he knew he was going to become a lawyer. “It was something I always knew I was going to do, ever since I was a little kid. I kept my head down, worked hard, went through the steps and here I am today.” Calling Luis a hustler is an understatement, he has proven that determination to help others, preparation, and the will to embrace and accept challenges is the key to success on his client’s cases. “I began working the minute I got my license eight years ago and before that had been working in the field since I was eighteen.” Luis has built a career upon the pillars of a totalitarian approach to the understanding of the legal system. With a background in criminal defense, family law and personal injury, Luis has seen the spectrum of the law in multi-faceted approaches. “El Paso has good people and a good legal system, and I want to help people with their problems.”
Luis Yañez 1001 Campbell El Paso, Texas 79902 (915) 503-2424 Luis@yanezlawoffice.com
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Samuel Flores 3004 E. Yandell El Paso, Texas 79903 (915) 300-2430 Samfloreslaw@gmail.com
Samuel Flores “I am always asking people and colleagues questions ... you should nev-
that he wanted to set his own destiny. “I took the leap of faith, I
er stop learning,” says Samuel Flores, who was born in El Paso and
wanted to work for myself, startup my own practice and brand ... I
raised in our sister city, Ciudad Juárez by his mother. Mr. Flores is a
was ready to hustle and learn.”
UTEP grad with strong ties and bonds to the region. Upon graduation from law school, he left the sandy shores of San Diego to practice in his
Believing in himself came to be the best decision Flores could
hometown and provide his exquisite services to those in his community.
have made. Now, running one of El Paso’s best Law Firms, he has cemented himself in the realm of family, personal injury and criminal
A strong background in all aspects of family law, criminal defense
defense; while also serving as a legal resource. “If I don’t know how
and personal injury stemmed from his time working amongst
to work a case, I won’t take it, period. Instead, I will help this person
some of El Paso’s greatest lawyers. Initially having the opportunity
find the right attorney they need and deserve.”
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Justin Underwood & Dereck Wyatt The prosperous firm of Wyatt Underwood was formed in 2004 by Dereck Wyatt and Justin Underwood. After working together at the El Paso County District Attorney’s office, the men decided to branch out, Dereck being the infantryman in that charge, with Justin soon following. They have grown from their original compact office in the Basset Tower to a residence of ample size; needed to handle the volume and gravity of cases they handle on a daily basis. A specialization in criminal cases has led the men to countless victories and has elevated them to be the experts in their fields. Justin Underwood focuses on DWI cases and Dereck Wyatt has an emphasis on drug related cases. Very often, their expert knowledge is called upon by local and national law enforcement agencies, students, and anyone who needs to have a thorough understanding of the law and their rights. Wyatt and Underwood both boast an impressive track record and a winning mindset. The past few years alone, both men have received not guilty verdicts for clients in some of the region’s most high-profile cases; including a not guilty in a case with a false/forced confession. The accolades are endless for the firm, but for the two men it’s not about awards, it’s all about serving the community with the legal counsel they deserve.
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S T E A M r o l l i n g T o wa r d S u c c e s s
any people who live in El Paso have heard the following phrase about the city: “I wish El Paso was more like (insert name of booming metropolis here).”
That’s what one local organization is trying to change, one tech-savvy student a time. The STTE Foundation—which stands for success through technology
“I believe that, nowadays, kids need to accept technology and utilize
education—is a 20-year-long effort that aims to grow entrepreneurship
it to the best of their abilities,” the foundation’s Executive Director
in young people through science, technology, engineering, arts and
Joseph Sapien said. “And not only that but be innovative and take
their capabilities to the edge when it comes to utilizing technology.”
Over the next two decades, the foundation
help foster a more prominent STEAM culture
hopes to transform El Paso from an often-
in the community.
overlooked border town to a city synonymous with the epicenter of technology and
“We can ... help shape the culture of
innovation—the Silicon Valley.
entrepreneurship early on,” Beto, a native of the Borderland, said. “The STTE Foundation
“We have a great talent pool here in the
is not a policy-making organization; we are a
region, and we have all the right ingredients,”
hands-on, roots-based, bottom-up partner to
Joseph said. “We just have to start to
the various other organizations that desire to
grow the individuals that are going to be
see positive change in our community.”
leading businesses at an early age to help hustle growth.”
Beto, 44, was inspired to create the foundation after a local high school freshman reached
Founded in January 2018 by seasoned venture
out to him last fall seeking sponsorship for
capitalist Beto Pallares, STTE primarily works
an entrepreneurship program at MIT. “We
with students and educators—ranging from
originally thought that the most significant
middle school to college and beyond—to
demand for entrepreneurship training and
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With STEAM at the forefront of most modern
college participants ... but stronger yet is the
K-12 curricula, the foundation also works
interest from middle school and especially
hand-in-hand with local schools to ensure
high school students,” he said.
that its events and initiatives bring important
We provide targeted services for: • Women • Seniors • Military members
core content beyond the classroom. Along with Workforce Solutions Borderplex, the Fab Lab, school districts, and other local
“We complement the school districts,”
partner organizations, Beto originally planned
Joseph said. “They are key partners in the fact
to work with 10 to 20 students in the MIT
that they also provide insight and guidance
program, but eventually wound up helping
in what we’re doing beforehand. [We’re]
nearly 200 others register to participate.
another option for kids to get engaged.”
In hosting such large gatherings, the group
Although the foundation is still in its infancy
turned to Downtown El Paso’s CoWork
stages, STTE has already received an
overwhelmingly positive response from El
workspace, to allow the dozens of high
Paso’s up-and-coming STEAM community.
school students to work on the program’s projects for several hours each weekend.
“The kids in the community are thirsty for
“We found that the demand was much
these types of programs,” Joseph said. “It
greater [than anticipated],” Beto said.
hasn’t been a problem trying to get individuals to participate; it’s really a matter of getting
From summer camps to its annual SteamX
more resources to deliver to more kids.”
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competition, STTE now hosts numerous events throughout the year to help lead
Until El Paso is able to reach that exclusive
aspiring young entrepreneurs on the path
Silicon Valley status, STTE hopes to inspire a
toward career success.
shift in the community’s educational values in the meantime. “I’d like to see students
“These are not only the jobs of the future,
have the opportunity to impact their family
but the skill sets of the future, regardless
tree by having the option to learn and apply
of what job you take,” Beto said. “STEAM
STEAM principles in ways they previously
impacts learning, and learning is often tied to
had not,” Beto said.
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Shelley Mozelle: You are promoting “Social
Bazaar Magazine. We just want to get the message
Awareness” on your social media and through this
out there from a different perspective.
trip to El Paso. SM: So give us your tough, honest opinion about Tell us more about why you are so passionate about
what you know is going on right now?
some of these social issues and what you are doing to help promote change.
CS: I think it’s fundamentally anti-American, I think it’s inhumane … it’s an outrageous act against these
Cara Santana: I think we are at an impasse as a
children and their families. Do I believe that we
culture, as a community, as an American people. I
need to have border policies? Absolutely. Do I think
started feeling so hopeless and helpless as it related
that we need to know who’s coming in and out of
to all of the images of the immigration crisis and
our country? Absolutely. Do I think that punishing,
the separation of the families … I offer a unique
perspective. I grew up in a border city, I know women
from each other is the way to go? Not by a long
who have crossed over, I know these families, I
shot. I don’t have the answers and I don’t want to
know these children, and I know the community
pretend to speak on what I think that reform should
of El Paso has always embraced Mexican citizens.
be, because it is a robust issue. There are people
I want to bring an unbiased social awareness to
that we have elected and entrusted to find those
people who look to me somewhat as a public figure
answers and those solutions so I turn to them.
in the US, and I want to bring awareness to what is
Mexican citizens crossing over seeking asylum,
going on. I’ll also be writing an article for Harper’s
they deserve to be treated with respect to have the
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answers and be able to have the opportunity to thrive just like my family did. My greatgrandfather immigrated from Italy and my mother’s family immigrated from Russia. America is a country of immigrants, so why now are we taking these punitive measures? Can we not work together to create an immigration policy that works? I always tell people, I grew up in El Paso, Texas, one of the safest cities in the country per capita … What I’m trying to do is advocate and raise awareness to the vast majority of people who come across our border to work to provide for their families. Our country thrives on the sisterhood of these two cities and the culture. We need to work together so that we can uplift both. Josh Sanchez: Being that you’re in the media and entertainm ent industry, what do you think about how women in that sector are being empowered? CS: I think the me-too movement, which is something that obviously really became central focus, at least where I live, really allowed us to rise up and use our voice and I think what was not lost amongst all of us, are the things that were happening to women in the entertainment industry are things that happen to women in all industries. SM: Do you believe that there is any concern on the flip side, that women will push so hard, so fast, that there will be men out there who will say, “I don’t want to hire a woman because I can’t deal with some of the stuff that might come of it.” I’ve had that said to me on many levels. I’ve had men say “I would hire you before this movement happened, but I’m not sure I would hire you now because of the movement and you women are on fire and it scares me.” How do you balance that? CS: What is the fear? If you hire me to come in and do my job and I’m the right candidate for the job, what fear do you have that I’m going 58
to go after your business. I just think that
seeing differences, focusing on similarities
that’s a fundamentally warped perspective.
and that’s something that I really grew up
When I look at the majority of women who
with. My parents didn’t speak about, “Your
are looking to better themselves, find equality
different because of this,” we had someone
and use their voice, that’s what we’re looking
who lived with us for 15 years who was
to do. I’m not looking to ruin your business,
like a second mother to me and she was an
I want to participate in the ways that men
immigrant. She came over for a better life and
have categorically always been able to.
she lived with our family and ultimately my family helped her get papers and she became
SM: You are a proud Texan and El Pasoan, tell
a resident. I really love this community.
us what El Paso means to you? SM: Where do you hope to see El Paso grow CS: I’m already emotional talking about it. I
in the next 10 years?
had these dreams of leaving El Paso and going to Los Angeles and becoming an actress.
CS: A lot of people in my generation wanted
I mean, ever since I was a little girl I loved
to leave, but there is so much growth and the
creating, I loved storytelling and imagination
opportunity that El Paso has to offer, that has
and I was always in theatre arts, after-school
brought them back … I never thought that I would
programs, like the El Paso Playhouse and
be here 15 years later advocating for immigration
Kids and Company. And then I went to Bel
reform and for policy change, and for El Paso as a
Air which had an amazing theater program,
community as a whole, but there’s just so much
shout out to Mr. Townsend and Billy Lucas
here— there’s so much to offer.
who was my speech and debate coach at St. Clement’s. The life that I had growing up
SM: How influential was your father in
here was so positive and I loved the cultural
getting you to where you are today in regards
influence and the diversity, it made me who
to your thoughts on social awareness?
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CS: I get so emotional talking about my dad.
department in El Paso. He was so well
that I have met along the way, both through
I think my father really instilled in me a
respected. He always said, “There’s no such
addiction and in recovery, I really wanted to
sense of humanity that I’m really proud
thing as a bad kid, just misguided children.”
bring awareness to the plight of addicts and the understanding and the humanization of
of. My mom has always been someone who was very involved in the community:
SM: Tell us about your different acting roles.
president of the Junior League of El Paso,
Tell us about your producing roles. What do
on the board of the YWCA, and she was
you have coming up?
addiction, as a disease. SM: What can you tell us about your relationship with actor, Jesse Metcalf.
always very proud of that. CS: So, I just finished a really great independent My father is someone who is the strong
film called “Be The Light.” The film follows
CS: People keep asking us when we are
silent type. He worked, acted and advocated
a young girl and her father. How ironic that
getting married. We have been together
for change, especially in the juvenile justice
through the course of circumstance become
for 8 years and engaged for two. Jesse
system, with a humility and a quietness, but
estranged. There’s a very strong sort of social
is my heart, he’s just so supportive of
it was not lost on me. So, when I think about
story line about the healthcare system and
everything I do.
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about low socioeconomics and how that
nothing. He was sitting in a college classroom
really inhibits people.
SM: Final thoughts?
during the Vietnam war and he found out that he had lost friends—he walked out of
I am producing a film with my fiancé, called
CS: I’m just so grateful to be back in El Paso
that classroom, he enlisted in the Navy and
“Steps” and it follows six people through
and so grateful that you have given me an
he served our country. He came back, he got
three decades, battling addiction and their
opportunity and a platform to speak, and I
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xcitedly, and seemingly materializing out of thin air, the employees at The State Line, El Paso’s iconic “Legendary Bar-B-Q” spot appeared for what seemed like one of the most enviable class photos. After taking the shot, it was easy to tell why everyone spoke with such emphasis on camaraderie and family-like dynamics.
The landmark, synonymous with El Paso food, has just passed its fourth decade in serving the El Paso people with deliciousness. Having celebrated its 41st anniversary on June 20, the restaurant has had its fair share of peaks and valleys along the way since opening in 1977, however, longevity is the name of the game. “It’s unbelievable, in our industry, to still be around for 41 years,” says owner and president of The County Line Skeeter Miller. Starting as a dishwasher, Miller understands every aspect of the business he runs and the values still stand, “You have to be connected to your employees and their lives. You have to let them know that you’re gonna take care of them and in turn, what happens is that they do the same for the customers.” The State Line, one of six properties that have sprouted out of the original The County Line in Austin, Texas, still feels like a mom and pop-run establishment regardless of the size that the entire company has grown to. This is backed up by The State Line’s dedicated staff, of
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Chock-full of history, culture, dive bars and holein-the-wall classics, this ever-expanding district has something for any and everyone.
If you have an insatiable hunger that can’t be tamed,
Kiki’s is your spot.
With the mountainous backdrop in the distance, this El Paso classic is a living piece of history, and a tasty one at that. Dine on any of their dishes and you will be hooked. This addiction is one I can personally attest to. There is a reason that celebrity chef Aarón Sánchez calls it the best machaca plate in the country.
Central is also home to another local site;
El Paso Municipal Rose Garden. A walk through the garden may help you
find some balance as the hot desert air and a small waft of wind caresses your nose with the smell of sweet roses.
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Are the mountains beckoning, and could you use a bit more altitude in your life? Welcome to the
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concept in the up-and-coming
of the canyon below as you climb higher and higher.
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Miles and miles of expanding landscape unfolds
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our annual getaway is nearing but for most of us, the question
Ashley Claster, Cynthia Patterson’s dog sitter, says she first started
of “who will watch my pup?” can be stressful. Lucky for all of
with Rover five years ago while living in Lubbock before moving to
us pet lovers, animal care sites are becoming more popular than
ever, and yes, they are safe to use. Rover, Wag! and Happy Tails
are three popular services that can easily provide you with local dog
“I was working as a news reporter and at the time, I was doing it
walkers and/or sitters at an affordable cost.
so I could supplement my income to pay rent,” says Ashley, who describes how her love for dogs paid off in a big way.
Cynthia Patterson used Rover to find her pet sitter, Ashley Claster, who she believes takes better care of her animals than anyone else could.
“I ended up making pretty good money from doing it and it actually did help me pay my rent, but honestly, I ended up loving it just because I
“I love my family and all, but I am far more comfortable with Ashley
get to be around dogs all the time.”
caring for my animals than I would be if my family members were caring for them,” says Cynthia.
Ashley goes on to say that the bond between a sitter and dog is incredibly rewarding. She’s seen many dogs grow from small puppies
“I swear that my animals love her as much as they love me,”
into dogs that know and trust her, while teaching them new tricks
along the way.
Founded in Seattle in 2011 Rover now has over 200,000 pet sitters
Because our pups are part of the family, safety is the biggest priority.
and dog walkers across the country. Rover vows to connect pet
At Rover, less than twenty percent of those who apply actually
parents with dog people safely, while offering a great income for
get to become puppy and house sitters. The Rover team reviews
each sitter and dog walker’s profile including experience reviews, photos, references and third-party verification. They must also pass
Rover dog walkers and sitters are the ultimate decision makers on
a background check.
what services he or she chooses to provide, such as dog walking, puppy sitter’s home daycare, pet care at your home, pet check-ins,
Meet and greets are encouraged before leaving pets with sitters
and house sitting. Sitters and walkers all have easily accessible
from any site. This ensures that both parties can agree that they are a
reviews on Rover.com that families can look at before deciding on the
good fit for one other. It also allows the pet owner to leave important
perfect person to care for their puppy.
information with the sitter and allows the sitter to give information about the puppy’s environment while the family is away.
Happy Tails, a second dog-sitting site, believes pets are happiest in familiar environments. They only offer drop in services and walking
Whichever site you choose, you can be at ease knowing a carefully
services in contrast to Rover, which offers “doggy daycare” like
chosen and experienced dog sitter is only one click away. Your furry
services. Happy Tails not only cares for dogs but cats, horses, birds,
family member will be in good hands.
fish, reptiles and plants too. A third great pet sitting resource is Wag! This dog walking site/app is hightech in that it allows you to watch your dog being walked via GPS tracking on your walker’s phone. You’ll even receive an activity report after every walk. When searching Wag! you will only see walkers near your location who are available at the time of your search. Need a dog walker in 30
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of Illinois both wrote about a large party
thrown for American troops by Paseños and
about “the fair senoritas of the place,” to
between both countries using intellectual and
use Hughes’s words. Their descriptions cast
linguistic exercises to construct a new reality.
Paso Del Norte in an exotic and spellbinding
This legal document redefined citizenship
light, enticing readers across the U.S. to
and property rights for the people living in the
settle in the area. Subsequent historical
territory recently acquired by the U.S. It also
scholarship, however, casts doubt on the
established the Rio Grande as the boundary
using language that produced international
f you have lived in El Paso for an extended period of time, you probably take the border for granted. The sight of the fence,
Customs and Border Patrol agents and checkpoints are the norm for people living along the 1,900 mile U.S.-Mexico border. But this was not always the case. Indeed, prior to the final years of the nineteenth century, this was unheard of. After 1848, the U.S.-Mexico border was denoted by language and artistry. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo that ended the U.S.-Mexico War (1846-1848) reduced the size of Mexico by nearly half and increased the territory of the United States by almost a third. It also delineated the Rio Grande as
disputes in the Mission Valley and in the
Border-making and the Role of
Artistry in Paso Del Norte | By: ROBERT DIAZ photos courtesy of: THE EL PASO COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY |
Chamizal region between 1849 and 1964. Just as crucial to the creation of the border was the artistry capturing a view of the newly formed borderland, an area many Americans and Mexicans could only imagine. Between 1850 and 1853, John Russell Bartlett and Henry Cheever Pratt, surveyors for the U.SMexico Boundary Survey, rendered scores of scientific and ethnographic drawings and watercolors highlighting the environment,
the eastern boundary of the U.S.Mexico border, reaching from the Gulf of Mexico to what became El
flora and fauna and livelihood of Photo courtesy of the John Carter Brown Library, John Russell Bartlett Collection
individuals living along the border. Surveyors also took painstaking
Paso. For the next several decades,
steps to clearly mark the dividing
determining the exact physical
line between the two countries.
location of the new border became a challenge for surveyors, lawyers
Over the last 170 years, the U.S.-
and officials in both countries. It
Mexico border has evolved. Words,
was their intellectual and artistic
work, along with the observations
and writings of soldiers from the
war, which defined the border at
and customs houses were ever
built. Furthermore, the original
boundaries In the journals of American soldiers
amorphous and elusive than they
who entered Paso Del Norte (a
are presently. With this in mind, it is
region comprised of the present day City
cordiality of the Paseños, given that their
important to remember that borders are not
of El Paso, the Mission Valley and northern
property was destroyed and local customs
only manmade, but also taken for granted.
Juarez) one can observe particular imagery of
ignored by Americans during the month that
the borderland develop. John Taylor Hughes,
troops remained in the area.
a Kentucky born teacher, and George Gibson
Robert Diaz is the president of the El Paso County Historical Society
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EL P A
anguage does not matter here and nationality
Soccer is universal and played on every
to hold and what this meant for the city.
has no bearing. Sex, gender, religion, politics
continent. Some children learned to walk
Unknowingly to us, a few people in the room
and any other classification used to divide
with a ball at their feet and grew up through
had been instrumental in this process that
people is erased once you step onto the
the sport learning valuable lessons along
began two years ago, one of those being
pitch, street or lace up your
the way. I was fortunate to be one of those
Sarah Nollner, director of marketing and
boots. Hours can pass here
kids and my passion and love for the sport
communications, who has been the boots
without any inkling of time,
received a new fire and veracity when the
on the ground person since November 2016,
next goal win is the moment
United Soccer League announced that pro
when the idea of an El Paso USL franchise
the intensity overcomes fatigue, trash cans
soccer was coming to the 915 in the early
was only a dream.
become targets, a ball can be made from
morning of the first day in March. When the
anything found around the ground. This is
press conference went live on Facebook,
â€œIt was kind of an undercover operation
football, soccer, futbol; whatever you call it, it
many of us sat eagerly awaiting the news,
I guess you could say,â€? states Sarah as
is coming home. To El Paso that is.
curios as to what our future was going
she chuckles in the newly operational
W e lc o m e E l Pa s o U S L
USL offices in downtown. Sarah boasts an
realized the potential for El Paso to be the next
impressive soccer resume, working for Club
home of a franchise. “They (USL executives)
Tijuana, the Mexican National Team, Gold
saw what we were capable of with MILB in
Cup, Copa America and the MLS for two
El Paso and thought the city and USL would
years before making her way to El Paso as
be a great fit.” El Paso will join a growing list
a spy (a title I gave her) for USL. Her time
of franchises that are partnered with a baseball
with the Xolos saw the implementation of
affiliate in terms of joint ownership and those
the first English social media channel in the
who just share a stadium (for the time being).
Liga MX and paved the way for cross-border
Building off the excitement and buzz of the
collaboration and communication. Stationed
announcement of their first player, El Paso’s
in El Paso, primarily doing on-the-ground
very own Omar Salgado, a first round MLS
research, finding what made soccer fans in
draft pick in 2011, the question Sarah and the
El Paso tick. “I went and watched games
organization received via a barrage of Tweets
with the American Outlaws and the Gooners
is, “What is our team going to be called?”
and other little pocket groups. They were
Yes, I asked her multiple times to tell me, give
all welcoming and had such passion for the
a hint, a clue, a letter even, alas, it was to no
sport.” As Sarah’s role began to evolve with
avail, even when I assured her it would be our
the announcement of the team, her mission
secret … “I don’t even know what the name is
soon took on a different mentality, her rules
going to be.” El Paso USL is working with the
of engagement changed.
design/marketing company who worked on the branding behind the Chihuahuas; we are in
Riding off the success of the Chihuahua’s,
for a treat in 2019, when the team kicks off its
the USL front office, located in Tampa,
inaugural season at Southwest University Park.
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chanting for our boys on the field. Until then,
motion. The roar of fans singing their chants
I leave you one task; share the love of the
in unison, the banners, flags, scarves,
sport with those who haven’t felt its shining
gameday rituals and the overall experience
warmth. Watch old classics on the tv, attend
is like no other sport. To those who have
a UTEP Women’s soccer match, or grab the
never seen a professional game in person
mates, find a field/street/court and kick the
and felt the rumble and collision of airwaves
ball around, for soccer exists everywhere
and comradery of the supporters around you,
and El Paso is going to show the rest of the
I hope to see you in the stadium next year.
country that our roots run deep.
I will be standing with you, cheering and
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eing a member of the region, Oscar Herrera knows what the people of El Paso like, although his goals are to subvert the expectations and bring about a new experience when his restaurant Taft-Diaz opens in the nearly-completed Stanton House boutique hotel.
| By: ANDY MARTINEZ |
Oscar’s first experience with the kitchen came about not from an inherent interest with creating dishes, but rather a penchant for stealing a bite or two. The easiest way to achieve this, he found out, was to be hands on in the kitchen when his family was preparing food. “It started from always trying to help in the kitchen when they were doing the tamales, and believe me, it wasn’t me trying to help, I was just trying to eat!” Although not knowing it at the time, Oscar was building his interest and learning how to navigate a kitchen, whether it was through helping his family out, or watching the television like any other child. “When I was a kid and you wanted to have a good time watching TV in the mornings, you would wait until Saturdays to see the cartoons. But right after, you got to see two half-hours of food content. PBS had the cooking shows, Julia Child and ‘Yan Can Cook.’ I just loved watching that.” Oscar never considered the kitchen as a viable career option when growing up, but after pursuing telecommunications, he discovered that his true talents and passion lied in the restaurant scene. This decision didn’t come easy, and a series of trials and errors followed, with Oscar opening up shop in El Paso and ultimately failing. This was a pattern that was set to be repeated time after time for Oscar. An optimistic outlook helped him persevere through the disappointment. Ultimately, he set his goals on a new project, Flor de Nogal Hacienda and Restaurant. “I didn’t have money to advertise but I had full commitment that if we execute it well in the kitchen, people will come.” Throughout the first couple of quarters, Oscar admitted that the Juárez-based restaurant was beginning to look like it would follow suit of past endeavors, however, business started picking up and the restaurant began attracting the attention of foodies in the areas. The new customers began leaving favorable reviews and by the fourth quarter, Oscar received a surprising message, “In the fourth quarter, we received an email that we were in the top 120 restaurants in Mexico.” This marked a new era for Oscar, now owner of the top ranked restaurant in Juárez.
August, 2018 Oscar seems to have discovered what his strength and reason for success in the restaurant business is. “If we can make dishes that exceed expectations, people will come in,” he says. “I do not consider myself or my team or my restaurant to be better than anybody else but we are going to do our best to provide an experience of food and service.” Now, Taft-Diaz (named after the historic 1909 meeting between presidents William Taft and Porfirio Diaz in El Paso, the first time presidents from the U.S. and Mexico met in person) is set on the new horizon for Oscar as well as for the expectation in the people of the region. After his previous attempt of opening up shop in El Paso, Oscar now understands his journey up until this point, “I don’t think that it’s the city, I’ve learned a lot. I’m not saying that the city is right for me, I think I’m right for the city now.” After a look at the planned menu, one that Oscar says is constantly evolving and being changed, it seems like the people of the region will have something new to experience together. Drawing inspiration and techniques from world foods like Bahn Mi and Gyro (al pastor of course), Oscar inserts his regional twist as he says, “because I’m Mexican.” As the sentiment of El Paso’s growth is consistently echoed throughout, Oscar is excited to continue being a vital part of the conversation. “I would love to be part of the history of two cities,” he says. “Let’s hope more people jump in and make businesses and promote and try to do different stuff. Jump in the water!”
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SWEET TOOTH | By: LIZZIE MARTINEZ |
ome of us crave salty foods, and some of us love sweets! I know I definitely struggle with the
cravings for something sweet. For
the most part, I personally stay away from sugar because I am aware of its addictive qualities. Once I start, I just can’t stop! Especially with my favorite Sour Patch watermelon or donuts! So, what does a girl with a big sweet tooth do (especially around that time of the month)? Here are a few things that work
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great for me and I hope they help you too!
Eat Regularly If you go too long between meals, you start getting hungrier and start craving the bad stuff. If you’re eating regularly (3 meals, 2 snacks a day) you should be full all day. When you’re full, you don’t have as many cravings.
Drink More Water Water also keeps you full like eating regularly, and like I said, staying full keeps hunger cravings at bay.
Don’t Store Junk Food at Home Having it readily available in your home does nothing good for you. It only makes the cravings so much harder to curb and the temptation comes on so much more. If you know you have to get in your car and go to the store for junk food, you might not feel like going and drop the craving.
Make It Homemade If you must have a dessert, try and make it from scratch. You might think twice about it once you see what is going into it like tons of butter or sugar. But it is better to have homemade fresh sweets as opposed to storebought desserts that contain additives and preservatives that your body doesn’t know what to do with.
Use Spices to Trick Your Tongue Spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves and vanilla extract, can turn plain things like oatmeal or coffee into a sweet treat without the extra calories!
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Track Your Food If you are paying attention to how those extra calories and macros add up, you may be less likely to reach for that cookie at the next event. One day when you’re on an all-out binge, try tracking your calorie intake. Once you show yourself how many calories you’re going over, and you realize that 30 min on the treadmill only burns 300 calories … you probably won’t want to binge as hard on the next go-round.
Make Splurges Count Plan it out. Have a cheat meal when you know you’re going out on a date, or dinner with friends and get that one thing you’re craving out of the way. Don’t waste it on something you don’t love.
Pay Attention to Triggers When we are emotional or in a stressful situation, we usually start desiring that comfort food. Knowing that it’s not a physical hunger but a mental desire will help us make better choices.
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f only there was a single place that could
Or maybe walking isn’t your speed and you
offer unlimited thrills to families, history
need a bit of adrenaline coursing through
buffs, hikers and rock climbers alike!
your veins to feel alive. Bouldering it is!
What a place that would be … well, just out
Hueco Tanks houses some of the world’s
east of El Paso you can find Hueco Tanks
most sought-after bouldering challenges.
calling for your outdoor adventure.
Life looks different when you are parallel to the ground with your heel hooked into rock, eh? If the thought of gripping rock
hands is not your cup of tea then just witnessing the amazing human feats of strength and agility leaves spectators satisfied. Life in the sparse and dry desert is rough and cruel but the huecos offer a respite for the weary travelers and permanent residents alike (residents of the four-legged and winged nature A land of rich history, the huecos (hollows)
that is). Just as the water reservoirs served
supported the life and prosperity of many
as a necessary life source for the ancient
ancient people in the region. Dating back
people in the area, so too did they spawn
10,000 years ago, people have lived in
life for countless species of animals that still
the area ever since. The markings of
reside in the park to this day. While walking
their history paint the cliff faces that
the snaking paths along the hills and valleys,
wind in and out, through vegetation and
a bush may shake, a print may be found in
crevices—explore and only take photos
the dirt, or you may stumble upon a den of
and leave nothing behind to preserve this
pups. Man and beast have coexisted in this
piece of living wonder. Stopping in at the
landscape since the beginning of time, point
visitor center at the entrance of the park
being, keep your eyes out for our furry and
gives you an overview and ability to see
firsthand what thousands of years and unimaginable amounts of people have
Sustaining and maintain this park is the
done to the area; shaping and crafting it
utmost importance, if you do make the
into what we see today.
trek tread lightly, leave nothing behind and respect the land so the generations after us
have the same gifts we do.
Connoisseurs Conservation | By: DANIELLE MOTON |
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he last time you went to the zoo, did you happen to stop by the tree house and notice all of the detail put into what seems to be a monstrous and beautiful piece of interactive art? Maybe you
and your family or loved one, stopped by the splash pad to cool off in the unrelenting El Paso heat; you have most likely ventured into or under one of the many projects completed by the El Paso Zoological Society. The zoological society is a non-profit organization that is currently implementing several capital projects approved under the El Paso Zoo’s master plan—As a nonprofit, the society is a source for AZA (Association of Zoos & Aquariums) accredited and partner zoo memberships and they also hold various fundraising events throughout the year—like Brew at the Zoo and The Annual Gala.
In the master plan, the Zoological Society is responsible for capital projects that amount to over $7 million—this included things like the Giraffe shade structure for guests to take part in the giraffe encounter, the eco garden in Africa, the treehouse and carousel. “Moving forward, upholding the margin of excellence at the El Paso Zoo and adding that little something extra, is the flamingo exhibit and the giant anteater exhibit,” shared the El Paso Zoological Society’s Director, Renee Neuert. “More than anything we want to keep a clear consistent message through our events and projects that we care about conservation and not only are we doing our part, but we want to remain a voice that encourages others to join us in the fight for animal conservation.” In line with this message of conservation, for over twenty years, the biggest fundraiser that the Zoological Society has is the Annual Gala. Along the line, these gala’s started to gain traction among donors and was moved to an offsite location; however in 2010 under Neuert’s direction, the Gala returned to the El Paso Zoo. “I didn’t want us to lose sight of why we were all there,” she said. “I think that the standards set worldwide by the AZA are really important. Having the endangered species carousel, you are sitting on a giraffe and you have to face
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the fact that these animals are endangered and we still have time to do something about it.â€? In speaking to a few of the staff members at the El Paso Zoological Society, it is easy to see the roots that run true to the theme for the 2018 year coincides with the opening of the new Asia Gateway and the Hunt Family
August, 2018 Endangered Species Carousel. The El Paso Zoological Society Board of Directors will be hosting the â€œGateway to Asia Gala;â€? There will be options for general admission and VIP. VIP guests will enjoy an earlier entrance where they will be greeted with dinner and wine pairings in the African Event Pavilion from 5-6:45pm. General Admission will join VIPs at 7p.m. and ride on their favorite animals on the newly opened Hunt Family Endangered Species Carousel, meet and greet Japanese Taiko Drummers, be mesmerized by Miyuki, a world renowned contemporary geisha, and experience more sights and sounds from the Far East throughout the evening. All guests will have unlimited access to food stations from local restaurants, beer and wine, and a sake bomb bar throughout the Asia area of the zoo. Tickets for Gala will be available for purchase at the El Paso Zoological Society office or online through their website elpasozoosociety.org.
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Jackie’s Roasted Root Veggies with Balsamic Cranberry Reduction Serves 4
(NYC) and the Living Food Institute (GA).
a glass covered roasting lid. Toss periodically
Jacqueline has an extensive health coaching
10 brussels sprouts
making sure the roasted vegetables do not
background and has hosted workshops and
2 large beets (peeled, cubed)
burn. Set aside to cool while covered. Once
classes in El Paso for the past seven years.
1 large yellow sweet onion (cut into 1/8)
your roasted root vegetables have been
She has taught nutrition in the OLLI Program
2 large sweet potatoes
cooled, pour the balsamic cranberry reduction
at UTEP and has been a keynote speaker at
(cut into large cubes)
over that top and serve.
various organizations such as The Wise Latinas
1/2 head of cauliflower (cut into florets)
Summit, The El Paso Museum of History for
1 cup of whole fresh cranberries
Jackie’s Balsamic Cranberry Reduction:
their healthy Thanksgiving workshop, and the
1 1/2 tablespoons of fresh organic
1/4 cup of water
Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, among many
3/4 cup chopped dried cranberries
more. She is also the head consultant for Head
2-3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
(soaked in water until plump)
Start and is a board member of local non-profit,
Himalyan salt to taste
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
“Impact Programs of Excellence.”
Fresh cracked black pepper to taste
1 cup of balsamic vinegar
You can find Jacqueline Cordova and her
1 teaspoon of salt
husband Ulises, the head chef at the G.I.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place
1/2 teaspoon freshly grounded black pepper
Express, at the Downtown Artists and Farmers
the brussels sprouts, onions, sweet
Market every Saturday morning and at the
potatoes, beets and cauliflower florets in
Green Ingredient Express during the week.
a large roasting pan. Next, pour the olive
Place soaked cranberries in a blender, add
Upon her nutritional knowledge, Jacqueline
oil over the veggies and toss lightly until
water and remaining ingredients to the
knows of and recommends holistic health
all the vegetables are covered. Add the
blender and blend for a count of 15 seconds.
coaches that can assist in your eating and
rosemary, salt and pepper, cover the pan
Pour blender contents into a small saucepan,
and place in the oven and roast for 30-
bring to a boil, simmer and stir for 2-5 minutes
45 minutes until the vegetables can be
or until sauce starts to thicken. Finally, pour in
pierced with a fork. Cover with parchment
a vinegar vessel to serve—bon appétit!
acqueline Cordova is remarkable woman. Besides being the “Health Food Guru” of El Paso, she is a Certified Health and Nutritional
Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition
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hidden gem oniphan Drive and Zaragoza
Ales, Ambers and Pilsners, all within the
Road had for so long been
realm of craft beers.” Co-owner Abraham
the farthest west and farthest
Soto also pointed out, “We get in a lot of
east in El Paso. Recently, these
limited addition seasonal beers as well.”
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boundaries have jadedly faded
and new imaginary lines have been defined
Over the years Abraham has built a good
by the metropolis outskirts. Located outside
rapport with breweries scattered all over
the New Mexican state line in a business park,
New Mexico, and receives inside information
not far from the Sunset Neighborhood, sits
from the brewers including new beverage
the quaintly unique “New Mexican True” tap
recipes and seasonal ales, which normally
room and grill, Knife and Barrel Public House,
would be disclosed and spread among the
whose metal-wainscoted, forest-green panels
breweries regional communities. As of now,
compliment the umbrella-covered garden patio.
Knife and Barrel owners Abraham Soto,
The location boasts a beer-garden atmosphere
Elizabeth Zapanta and Daniel Valenzuela, are
within a mile of the Rio Grande river walk trails,
undergoing an expansion of their kitchen,
and Western Playland Amusement Park, just
which already features mouthwatering burgers
west of the Sunland Park Racetrack.
such as the Classic, and the iconic New
Mexican Hatch green chili burger. Once their Aberrantly, before being acquired by the
kitchen re-vamp is complete, their new menu
Knife and Barrel Public House, the building
will spotlight smoked foods and meats including
was home to the Sunland Park Winery.
other southwest flavors that will pair well with
Today, though the primary beverage of the
their beer selection.
public house is beer, they also sell what remnant bottles are left from the Sunland
Co-owner Daniel graduated from culinary arts
Park Winery, which is not all the way a
school in Austin and has generated quite a
closed-up shop; the winery owner may begin
reputation for whipping up his unique and
operations again one day in the near future.
out-of-the-box dishes. He has previously worked at Sandra Bullock’s restaurant Best
Unlike other local taps in El Paso, the
Bistro, as well as for the popular reality TV
Knife and Barrel Public House embodies
series, “The Bachelor.”
characteristics of a New Mexican-style filling station, serving exclusive homegrown beers
Each of the co-owners brings a specific set
from all over the state. The Public House
of skills which contribute to the development
features stand-out barley-brewed, on-tap
and management of their Public House, and
craft beer from local breweries like Bosque
they excitedly look forward to the growth
from Albuquerque and Santa Fe Brewing
and possibilities that are in store for them.
Company. Not all the beers served on tap
The trio plans to expand into a farm-to-table,
at Knife and Barrel are permanently stocked
beer-garden brewery, and host live music, as
however, many of them are interchanged
well as other vendors. As of now, this dream
for other kegs which are distributed from
is currently underway as they have already
New Mexican breweries, both large and
begun working toward scheduling live music
small. For example, barrels from Marble
line-ups and farmers market events. Knife
Brewing could be hosted at the Public
and Barrel Public House is the perfect up-
House, and possibly others from Turtles
and-coming tap room to visit, whether you
Mountain and Boxing Bear, or Cloudcroft
are just ending a long workday or biking
Brewing Company. Tap-room co-owner,
through the Rio Grande trail, this charming
Elizabeth Zapanta explained, “Our beer
gem is a true New Mexican delight.
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with joy and anxiety with hope. Families
are unified and entire communities are enriched—the positive impact is boundless.
Medical professionals see the power of
hen you hear “Make-A-Wish,”
wishes first-hand every day and are driving
referrals to an all-time high across our
chapter. But, it’s funding that determines the
For a vast majority, a wish is a “nice thing”
rate at which we are able to grant wishes.
for a child with a terminal disease. And
therein lies our biggest misconception.
Wishes are not solely reserved for children
dedicated volunteers and valuable partners
with terminal illnesses. What if a wish was
in the medical community, each wish can
so much more than just a wish? What started
become a reality. With your gift of time or
as a community coming together for a boy
money, we’ll move closer to granting the wish
with cancer in 1980 has transformed into
of every eligible child when they need it most.
a global phenomenon with nearly 500,000 wishes granted since then.
And don’t forget about Wish Night El Paso! Join us for an unforgettable evening under
For children battling critical illnesses, wishes
the stars at the El Paso Country Club on
are catalysts for hope—profoundly effective
Saturday, September 8th. Wish Night will
in fueling a child’s drive to defy the odds and
feature dinner, live music and both a live and
push toward tomorrow. Medical research
silent auction to help make wishes come true
reveals physical and emotional benefits that
for El Paso area children with critical illnesses.
can give children with critical illnesses a higher
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In and out may cause a shift in your life so drastic that you can take over the world. Ok, that’s a bit dramatic, my goal through this is to shift the way you think, upgrade a segment of your life, or bring you up an echelon. Here is what is In and Out for the month of August. | By: TAYLOR HINES |
CBD Oil Before you berate and attack me with questions to my inbox about “drugs,” take a drop of cannabidiol (CBD) and feel the calm. CBD oil is the new face/supplement for those suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, depression and a host of other ailments. Derived from the cannabis plant but, it is the non-psychoactive component of the chemical composition— leaving you with an overall sense of well-being. It is safe to use and the science behind this supplement, spurring interest to choose it over traditional meds, is building steam.
White Sneakers We live in a society that judge’s on appearances. As right or wrong as that is, you don’t need to break the bank to get this season’s hottest/ cleanest trend and have the people looking at you give a smile. The holy white sneaker—(think classic Chucks, Vans and the resurgent Reebok Classics) does wonders for an outfit. Dress them up with a blazer and slick tie for the office or rock em with shorts on the weekend. Best thing about them is that they are not age restricted and are staple wardrobe pieces.
Disconnecting Technology is a great tool and we can accomplish massive feats with it, but when was the last time you didn’t check your phone for an entire day? Phones buzzing with email alerts, Instagram notifications, news updates, friend requests … the list amounts to the numbers between zero and one. Put your phone away for a day, go for a walk, grab dinner with your family or coffee with an old friend. The point here being that we are always so connected that we don’t make time for connections that matter.
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One use plastic anything ARE WE REALLY STILL DEBATING THIS? People, folks, friends…ditch those plastic bags at the grocery store and the single use straw when you can. Instead, look for options that are sustainable and affordable. Nearly every grocery store in town has bags you can buy and reuse for months! Bonus points, some stores even give you a discount if you bring your own bags.
Talking smack about the 915 El Paso is rad. We are on the up and the city is ever-changing, one of my biggest pet peeves is people trash talking their own home and giving us negative publicity. Instead of complaining, become a champion for your city. Without coming off as cliché, be the change you want to see.
HQ Trivia Calling all H-Cuties! This is not Scott anymore, I’m here to tell you that your lunch time is now free again from the grasps of losing on a ridiculous question with advice from a coworker who knows that it is definitely the middle answer. HQ was hot and garnished the attention of all those with a smart phone who wanted to prove they knew more than the average person and win thousands. How many of you made it far enough? And how ridiculous did those alerts get. Just like Pokémon Go, this too shall pass.
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his UNESCO World Heritage center is a study in dualism. Historically torn between French
and German cultures, contrasted by centuries
old and strikingly modern architecture, bustling
with fast-paced enterprise yet married to slow-
gaited pedestrian tourists, Strasbourg is truly a diverse mecca for todayâ€™s traveler. In order to see the cityâ€™s best attractions, I recommend four days. Having said that, be sure to make time for mouthwatering French cuisine and at least one sampling of world class entertainment in this amazing city! Palais Rohan
Day One Day At the top of the list is the Aldstadt (German for “old city”). It’s easy to squeeze Notre Dame Cathedral,
Museum and Archaeological Museum into a day because of their proximity to each other. On your way, stop in Gutenberg Square to see the Lower Rhine Chamber of Commerce building, with a 16 century dressed-stone façade. In Kleber Square, you’ll see the 18 century pink sandstone Aubette building. Both are significant examples of their period BUT diagonally from the cathedral, and even more impressive, is Le Maison Kammerzell’s dark, 15 century beamed exterior with a steep, sloping roof, multiple gables and bottleneck windows. Photo time! Now, turn and look up. 400 years in the making, Notre Dame Cathedral towers at 142 meters
La Petite France walking and boat tours explore this quaint Ill River district, once home to poor, working-class tanners, millers and cobblers but now to well-preserved, half-timbered edifices, spirited waterfalls and lush gardens. You’ll enjoy Pont du Faison revolving bridge (still manually operated) and period perfect Rue des Dentelles and Benjamin-Zix Square. Wander a little farther to St. Thomas Presbyterian Church, the Mausoleum of the Marshall of Saxony and the Ponts-Couvert’s (covered bridge’s) five towers—they are the last traces of the wall that surrounded Strasbourg in the Middle Ages. Fill out your day with traditional French meals and unique shopping experiences nearby.
and is a Gothic masterpiece. The spire, pulpit, rose glass, apostles gallery, grand organ, astronomical clock (be there at 12:30 p.m. for the Apostle’s Parade) and angel pillar are showcased in a setting that will drop you to your knees. Please allow two hours and the private tour is highly advised. Next, have you ever wondered what Napoleon’s bedchamber looked like? You’re in luck! It is one of many astounding rooms in the Palais Rohan’s Decorative Arts Museum just steps from Notre Dame. You can also touch 3000-yearold statues in the extremely organized, multilingual archaeological museum, located in the same building.
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Architectural buffs will be impressed with a stroll along the banks of the River Ill and its
Imperial district. Don’t miss Customs House (14 century, partially destroyed in WW2), and the Cour du Corbeau (“Crow Court”) featuring Renaissance architecture and a guest list that included several kings and emperors, Rousseau and Dumas. The Quai des Pecheurs wharf and Neo-Classical Esca buildings are also notable. The Place de la Republique, Palais Universitaire, National Library, National Theatre, Place Broglie and Opera House are landmarks of Germany’s Imperial district expansion, in the 1800s. Take a sunny afternoon break at The Botanical Garden or in Empress Josephine’s Orangerie (Park) which is a winter refuge for migrating storks. The Deux Rives Garden is also very peaceful. All are accessible on public transportation.
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Palais de L’Europe You may not think my last day sounds as interesting as the first three but The Palais de L’Europe (built in a “forming pyramid” style) is where The Council of Europe’s 47 member states put their heads together to strengthen political stability. It is 64,000-square meters in size, and of monolithic proportions. The Human Rights Building (Richard Rogers clear cut design) is distinguished by two metal cylinders symbolizing the scales of justice. It’s amazing! Then, there’s the European Parliament Building, a 1998 glass, metal, wood and sandstone façade. It has a 60 meter high tower and a 750-seat chamber room. Tours are available but must be pre-booked online.
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| By MICHAEL C. GRAHAM, CLTC, Principal National and Principal Life Financial Representative, Principal Securities Registered Representative | Most people could not write a check today for $100,000 to their chosen charity. But through life insurance, it can cost you very little to be very generous. Life insurance enables you to make a substantial future gift by making small premium payments over time. The advantages of using life insurance as the instrument to fund a charitable giving plan include: • You may qualify for income, gift and estate tax deductions. • The gift is given without disrupting other assets reserved for your family. • Death benefits are paid promptly to the charity. • Gifts of life insurance do not increase estate liquidity needs. • The policy’s growing cash value also may be borrowed by the charitable institution for special needs. The federal government has structured income, gift and estate tax laws to encourage you to share your assets with charitable organizations. The tax benefits you may receive include lower: • Income tax liability
• Gift tax liability
• Estate tax liability
Options for funding charitable donations through life insurance Michael C. Graham Managing Director Principal Advisor Network Financial Representative
There are two common options to consider when making charitable donations through life insurance. Choose the one that best meets your needs.
Option 1- Name a charitable beneficiary to receive all or a portion of the proceeds of a policy you already own or purchase a new policy, naming a favorite charity as beneficiary. In either case, you own the policy and you pay premiums. You cannot deduct the premium
payments, but you maintain control of the policy (should you decide to change the
beneficiary at some point).
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Option 2 - Donate an existing policy* to a favorite charity, or make cash donations to the charity for the purpose of purchasing life insurance. This provides you with a current income tax deduction, while the charity pays the premiums and maintains ownership of the policy. Estate planning needs If you have more sophisticated estate planning needs, charitable giving may be a necessary and valuable component of a comprehensive estate plan. In this case, life insurance in combination with various estate planning instruments can provide you with current income tax deductions and may generate income for you and your family.
cell (915) 820-3407 If you are interested in making a charitable gift through life insurance, or if you have
complicated estate planning needs, consult your insurance representative and tax advisor or attorney for further information. No matter how you look at it, charitable giving through life insurance can be a win-win situation. Your generous support of charitable organizations will help fulfill their missions while providing you with financial benefits. *Dividends are not guaranteed. Michael C. Graham is a Financial Representative of Principal National Life Insurance Company and Principal Life Insurance Company and a Registered Representative of Princor Financial Services Corporation. Securities offered through Principal Securities Corporation, (800) 247-1737, member SIPC. Principal National (except in New York) and Principal Life are issuing insurance companies of the Principal Financial Group. Principal National, Principal Life and Princor® are members of the Principal Financial Group®, Des Moines, IA 50392. Michael can be reached at (915) 598-8885.
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drink of the month
Refilling our glasses from our favorite brunch menuâ€Ś | By: TAYLOR HINES photography by: JESSE MAYNES |
Rosemary Grapefruit Old Fashioned Ingredients: Rosemary Simple Syrup (recipe below) 4-5 Rosemary Sprigs Water Sugar Whiskey or Bourbon of your choice Grapefruit Bitters Large Ice Cube Rosemary Simple Syrup 1. To make rosemary syrup, combine equal parts water and sugar in a medium saucepan on low heat. Stir mixture until sugar is dissolved and then add in a few sprigs (4-5) of fresh rosemary. 2.Keep heating until it begins to simmer and then remove from heat. Leave the sprigs in the sugar/water mixture for 10 minutes and then remove. 3. Let cool before use (can store for extended periods of time). Rosemary Grapefruit Old Fashioned Take a rock glass or any other short glass and fill with .25 ounces of rosemary simple syrup and 2 dashes of bitters. Pour 2 ounces of bourbon (Bulleit works well) into glass. Take a sliver of grapefruit skin by peeling with a paring knife. Twist it into the glass so it releases the oils and drop it in. Add a large ice cube (Round or cubed). Stir until well combined.
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multitude of things contributed to me dabbling into popsicles; A consistent 105-degree temperature and my proneness to catch an attitude when I get hot is more than enough. Instead of throwing a temper
tantrum, I’m going to cool myself down the best way I know how. I’m making popsicles. The problem is, I’ve never had a big sweet tooth. The flavors that sparked my interest at an early age were the savory type. Not exploring a sweet palate intimidated me. So, check me out making sweet stuff, being bold and adventurous in efforts to live my best life. Call me dramatic, but it’s hot outside and I’m on my fifth fit of the day. I’m Jumping right into a Gin & Tonic popsicle with fresh
| By: JESSE MAYNES |
Pomegranate Gin & Tonic 3 cups Tonic Water 2 ounces Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin 1/4 cups lime juice, fresh squeezed
Due to alcohol content, this will take longer to freeze than normal. Plan ahead!
3 tablespoons sugar
understand what a mangoneada is … Think fresh mango, lime, chamoy sauce (a simple syrup laced with chile) and Tajin (a lightly sweetened chile powder for that extra push of heat). Two options for two very different palates. So, In the
Mix together tonic water, gin and lime juice in a pitcher In popsicle mold, drop a few pomegranate seeds into the bottom, pour gin mixture into mold, top with thinly sliced lime.
Freeze for 1-2 hours then slowly place popsicle sticks in place. Continue to freeze for a minimum of 6 hours or overnight for best results.
Frozen Mangoneada 1.
Blend together frozen mango, pineapple, water, lime juice and sugar until smooth. Do this in batches and
1/4 cup chamoy sauce (each popsicle) Tajin, as garnish
entire culture if it was not addressed. For those who don’t
with a whisk. 2.
2 key limes, juiced 3/4 cup water
popsicle. It’s such a classic El Paso treat that I’d upset an
Pomegranate Gin & Tonic
2 1/2 cups frozen mango 2 cups frozen pineapple
in the sun’s face. Secondly, I’ve made a mangoneada
Freeze in the 1997 hit classic Batman & Robin, “Chill Out.”
the perfect combination to conquer heat waves and laugh
words of Arnold Schwarzeneggar from his portrayal of Mr.
1 pomegranate, de-seeded 1 key lime, sliced thin
lime and pomegranate. Sweet, sour, fresh, and boozy,
transfer to a pitcher. 2.
Before adding mango mixture to popsicle molds, drizzle 1/4 cup chamoy sauce into each mold. Turn mold in every direction to cover inside.
Fill mold with mango mixture and freeze for 1-2 hours. Place popsicle sticks into molds and continue to freeze
Chef’s tip Streaky chamoy drizzles make the bestlooking patterns. www.thecitymagazineelp.com
for another 4-5 hours for best results. 4.
Before serving, sprinkle Tajin over each popsicle and on the plate and/or side, it will make the perfect mixture for sticking to the popsicle once it starts to melt.
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::: August 3, 10, 17, 24
6:00 - 8:00 PM Convention Center Plaza Alfresco! Fridays showcases the best regional talent performing a fun, diverse mix of music including: Mariachi, Salsa, Classic Rock, Cumbia, Tribute, Jazz, Reggae, Funk and more. Admission: Free Info: elpasolive.com
3rd Annual Race for the Future ::: August 5
7:30 - 10:00 AM Proceeds from Race for the Future 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk will go to Community Partners of El Paso, Inc. a local nonprofit that works with abused and neglected children and IREM El Paso, the Institute of Real Estate Management. Admission: $25 Info: raceadventuresunlimited.com
Cuatro Amigos Show
::: August 4—August 24
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM Hal Marcus Gallery The group has influenced each other and continues to depict the aesthetics of the Borderland in a variety of styles. This is their first exclusive group show and art talk together. Admission: Free Info: halmarcus.com
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM Every Saturday Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing provides ultra-fresh produce, honey, and other fresh, small-batch foodstuffs which are the hallmark (and benchmark) of the best farmers markets. Admission: FREE Info: ardovinos.com
::: August 16
8:30 PM Plaza Theatre One of the most recognizable musical duos in the past 30 years, Pimpinela is back on tour and headed to the Plaza Theatre this August. Admission: $48+
Insights - Zootopia STEAM Summer Camp ::: August 6 - August 10
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM UTEP’s Centennial Museum and Desert Gardens Jump into the world of animals and zoos through a variety of STEAM lessons and activities! Admission: $100 Info: insightselpaso.org
Chingo Bling Puro Hustle Tour ::: August 17
8:00 PM Abraham Chavez Theatre Chingo Bling is known for his insightful, unapologetic Latino stand-up comedy and multiple viral videos. Don’t miss Chingo Bling’s Puro Hustle Tour! Admission: $25-$35 Info: visitelpaso.com
Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing ::: August 4, 11, 18, 25
Kids Camp: Saving History! ::: August 15 - August 17
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center Put on your masks and capes and get ready to save history! Kids will learn that history is all around them. Admission: $60 Info: visitmagoffinhome.com
Sofía Niño de Rivera ::: August 18
8:00 PM Plaza Theatre A pioneer in the genre of stand-up comedy not only in Mexico, but in all Latin America, Sofia Niño de Rivera brings her new tour to the Plaza Theater. Admission: $40+ Info: Elpasolive.com
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Mission Trail Art Market ::: August 19
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM San Elizario Historic District Discover the Mission Trail Art Market, The Mission Valley’s premier art and craft sale. Professional artisans from across the region present an amazing selection of quality art and crafts Admission: Free Info: sanelizariohistoricdistrict.org
Call today for coverage you can tailor to your needs. G.A. Delgado | 915-303-7122 | 4901 N MESA ST STE 3A 79912 El Paso Symphony Orchestra Presents the Music of Queen ::: August 25
8:00 PM Plaza Theatre The El Paso Symphony Orchestra presents Windborne’s MUSIC OF QUEEN and they will, they will ROCK YOU! The incredible sound of Queen partnered with a full orchestra will leave you rockin’ in your seats. Admission: $30+ Info: Elpasolive.com
Last Sunday Hike ::: August 26
7:00 - 9:30 AM Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park Join the Park Rangers for the monthly guided hike up Ranger Peak and learn about the geology and wildlife of the Franklin Mountains. Admission: $4 Info: tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/wyleraerial-tramway
We celebrated the release of our first combined issue–
our July food issue and our Summer Spaces magazine
–at Aceitunas on July 5th, with the rockin’ sounds of Dusty Low! | Photos by: JENN MÁRQUEZ |
Anson 11 $$-$$$
303 N. Oregon St. Ste. 110 | (915) 504-6400
204 E. Mills Ave. | (915) 228-9050
Anson 11 is two exceptional dining experiences dedicated to the
From the same people that brought you 150 Sunset, Park Tavern is a
military man, the gentleman and the food connoisseur that was
new lunch and dining experience in downtown. With many options
Anson Mills. For a downtown dining experience like no other, Anson
available, from creamy chicken pasta to buttery fried fish, this new
11 is the restaurant to go to. PR, H
addition to the block is a welcoming place to satisfy your cravings.
The Downtowner $$ 325 N. Kansas St. | (915) 532-5200 Eat like a downtowner. Found on the ground floor of the Hotel Indigo, The Downtowner offers breakfast, lunch and dinner - the only breakfast spot available in downtown El Paso. The restaurant delivers great American taste with a twist of our Southwest flair. Savor the amazing dishes offered on the menu and enjoy a cold and carefully crafted cocktail while enjoying the gorgeous views of downtown.
Prices: $ - Low Priced Patio/Outdoor Seating - O
$$ - Medium Range Dog Friendly- DF
Edge of Texas
8690 Edge of Texas St. | (915) 822-3343 Located in the far east, this is definitely worth the drive! Eat the best steak youâ€™ve ever had and enjoy the saloon.
$$$ - High Priced $$$$ - Exquisite Dining Party/Private Room - PR Happy Hour - H
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WESTSIDE August, 2018
5411 N. Mesa, Suite 1 | (915) 875-0034
6232 N. Mesa St. | (915) 584-3621
Join Mi Piaci Ristorante Italiano for lunch or dinner with Chef/Owner
Winning Best Taco for Best of The City 2015 and Best Chips
Cosimo Baltaglia, who hails from Calabria, Italy, for the freshest
and Salsa in 2014, Avila’s has a savory Mexican menu that will
seafood, gourmet hand-cut Angus reserve steaks aged 21 days,
satisfy your cravings. We’re open for weekend breakfast, have
and gently homemade pasta from Italy. O
lunch specials available daily and a convenient pick-up window is accessible for family dinners on the go. PR
Jerusalem Grill $$
Westside’s 3rd Hole
5380 N. Mesa St. | (915) 500-4357
1035 Belvidere Suite 168 | (915) 584-5577
Jerusalem is a low-key eatery where you can find authentic gyros,
There’s no better place to relax and grab a bite to eat than W3H. Nominated
baba ghanoush, shish kababs and more. Their appetizer combo is
as El Paso’s best tacos, stop by today and see why we’re becoming El
complete with hummus, baba ghanoush, grape leaves, spanakopita
Paso’s go-to spot for catching a game and eating some good food. “We
and falafel. Your tastebuds will enjoy this retreat to an amazing
saved you a seat.” Now with NFL Sunday Ticket on all screens. O, H
array of dishes. Serving El Paso Authentic Italian Cuisine since 1948 • Private Party Room • Beer & Wine • Outside Dining • Live Music Thur. to Sat. • We cater large or small events
The State Line
1222 Sunland Park Dr. I (915) 581-3371 Enjoying delicious authentic BBQ from The State Line. Based on four principles: offer the highest quality smoked BBQ, provide generous portions at affordable prices, offer friendly table and bar services and www.thecitymagazineelp.com celebrate the heritage of Texas. Come on by to enjoy!
Italian Kitchen West
450 Thorn Ave. | (915) 842-0775 Enjoy boundless savory Italian classics either at their outdoor Italian.Kitchen. Westpatio
or intimate and comfortable atmosphere inside.www.theitaliankitchenelpaso.com Italian Kitchen West m is doling out classic pizzas, mouth-watering pastas with great wine pairs and Italian meat entrees. Stay local, but enjoy the cuisine from 125 an ocean away. O, PR
Mesa Street Grill $$$
150 Sunset | (915) 585-0801
3800 N Mesa St., Ste D1 | (915) 532-1881
Whether you’re looking for brunch, a quick lunch or a nice sit-down dinner
Mesa Street Grill introduces their newest dessert creation – the Pineapple
with views of El Paso’s sunsets, you will find all that you need at The
Crostata. This refreshing blend of pineapple, cinnamon and nutmeg is
Kitchen at 150 Sunset. Be sure to also check out our special wine dinners,
crowned with a cashew crumble and handmade sugar garnish. Taste this
with a specially curated menu and wine pairing. Come and treat yourself.
dessert once and it’s sure to become a summertime favorite. O, H, PR, H
P, H, DF, PR
R E S TAU R A N T & B A R
150 W. Castellano Drive Ste. D | (915) 229-6674
5860 N. Mesa St. Suite 130 | (915) 307-3346
Nosh creates delicious, freshly made, craft salads & prepared food items. A
Gusto is El Paso’s newest and most unique restaurant on the west
sustainable, fresh and fun concept, NOSH focuses on providing El Paso with
side. It features international cuisine that blends European with Latin-
healthy and delicious meals. Whether you’re on a specific diet or not, Nosh has
American flavors. Gusto will transport you to a different place with
something wholesome for you - including vegan, vegetarian, keto and paleo
a totally new taste experience. Enjoy lunch, dinner and drinks in a
modern environment. PR
King Crab $$$
3450 S. Fabens Carlsbad Rd. Fabens, TX 79838 | (915) 544-3200
1700 N. Zaragoza Suite 154 | (915) 849-8697
This is a family-style restaurant located on a 46 square mile working
You can’t get seafood like this anywhere else in El Paso. With Chef Pierre
ranch. Come savor our famous juicy steaks and mesquite-smoked BBQ while enjoying miles of desert scenery and spectacular sunsets! PR, O 126
bringing his Cajun home-style cooking from New Orleans, the seafood boils and dishes will leave your mouth watering for more. Fresh seafood www.thecitymagazineelp.com is brought in twice a week. Come in and try for yourself. PR, H
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AUGUST Advertiser INDEX
Ben Bridge Jeweler.........................................................Pg. 9
Mesa Street Grill............................................................Pg. 19
Casa Buenavista........................................................ Pgs. 4, 5
Mix/Milan Salon & Day Spa.........................................Pg. 103
Cumbre & Toltec Railroad..............................................Pg. 67
Nicholas Reyes Hair Salon...........................................Pg. 109
Edge of Texas..............................................................Pg. 101
Ortho El Paso...............................................................Pg. 105
El Paso Behavioral Health System.................................Pg. 55
Park Tavern....................................................................Pg. 63
El Paso Rhinos.................................................................Pg. 8
Pure MedSpa.................................................................Pg. 37
Elyse Simons Beauty......................................................Pg.61
Southwest Plastic Surgery............................................Pg. 17
Fox Auto Group............................. Pgs. Front Fold, Inside BC
Southwest University at El Paso.................................Pg. 2, 3
Gardea Construction....................................................Pg. 114
Spectrum Technologies.................................................Pg. 73
GECU.................................................................... Inside Front
Sugar Skull Fashion Boutique........................................Pg. 95
Sun City Orthopaedic & Hand Surgery Specialists........Pg. 87
Grace the Psychic Lady.................................................Pg. 34
The Black Orchid Lounge...............................................Pg.97
Hotel Indigo...................................................................Pg. 10
The Hospitals of Providence................................ Pgs. 11, 106
Humane Society of El Paso...........................................Pg. 72
The Italian Kitchen West................................................Pg. 35
Indicium Display Network.................................... Pgs. 54, 111
The State Line...............................................................Pg. 29
Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino.......Back Cover
Vanities Jewelry & Gifts, Inc............................................Pg. 1
Institute Regenerative Medicine..................................Pg.121
Walgreens................................................................. Pgs. 6, 7
Westend Hair Company & Day Spa...............................Pg. 77
Wyatt Underwood Trial Lawyers.................................Pg. 127
Las Cruces Wine Festival..............................................Pg. 31
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Our August issue centers around the growth and development of El Paso. At The City Magazine, we celebrate all of the good things happening i...
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Our August issue centers around the growth and development of El Paso. At The City Magazine, we celebrate all of the good things happening i...