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Adair Margo PRESERVATION OF HISTORY AND THE LEGACY OF SPIRIT. By: MICHAEL C. GRAHAM

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Growth in the City WHERE TO STAY, PLAY AND BE HEALTHY IN THE GROWING EL PASO LANDSCAPE.

Steamrolling Toward Success TRANSFORMATION THROUGH TECHNOLOGY.

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Cara Santana A CHAMPION FOR SOCIAL AWARENESS. By: SHELLEY MOZELLE

Here and Now

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Dog Sitting YOUR PUPS MATTER AND WE HAVE THE SITES TO KEEP THEM HAPPY. By: JANENE ROJAS

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EP History THE EVER-EVOLVING BORDER AND ITS ROLE IN THE ARTISTRY OF THE REGION. By: ROBERT DIAZ

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W Editor’s

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LETTER

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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book Review

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Medium Raw By: Anthony Bourdain

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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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 it’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.

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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 Paso’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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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

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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;

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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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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.

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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.”

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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 jrosales@rosaleslawfirm.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 narta@lawofficeofnma.com 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.”

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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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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

math (STEAM).

their capabilities to the edge when it comes to utilizing technology.”

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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

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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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activities would come from college and post-

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

Oasis,

overwhelmingly positive response from El

a

technology-based

community

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

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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

prosecuting,

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

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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

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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.

my father I think of someone who came from

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

his degree and he got his Master’s in criminal

road to a sobriety. I’m 14 years sober and

hope that El Paso will continue to reinvigorate

justice, became a probation officer and then

I’ve been writing this piece for a while. If you

itself and grow and develop. I really look

eventually, the chief of the juvenile probation

follow my story, as well as stories of people

forward to the future of the city.

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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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which many have worked in for decades. Still, today, the same values for quality of food and customer service stand. Throughout my morning speaking to the staff there, they insisted I sit down and have a bite to eat. I ordered a sausage sandwich in hopes of retaining professionalism

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students in ’82, got married in ’83.” This story, while immensely romantic and extraordinary, is one that is consistently echoed throughout stories of the employees. The State Line just seems to have that kind of impact on people. Everyone that walks in, be it an employee or customer, is immediately a part of The State Line family. “We have a culture that is like a family, everybody works hard together.” Having fed many generations of El Pasoans throughout its existence, The State Line has a seemingly unbreakable bond with the people of the city, the soul and loving energy that the restaurant radiates seems to be unbreakable, no matter how much the city evolves. “Being willing to change with the times is super important, says Miller, “but the heartbeat of the restaurant will always be the employees and the customers.”

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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.

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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.

Salt and Honey CafĂŠ

Are the mountains beckoning, and could you use a bit more altitude in your life? Welcome to the

Wyler Aerial Tramway. Getting to the tram is an adventure all in its own. Snaking through historic neighborhoods until you reach the base offers up a view of the suspended offers up a new

lines. The ride up in the cable car allows for a view

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

El Paso.

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

she continues.

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

animal lovers.

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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running out open doors etc.

Becoming a pet sitter for these care sites is a great opportunity for

- Commands your dog responds to

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- Your dog’s feeding schedule - Emergency contact info It’s best to be completely transparent with your sitter or owner about your dog’s needs or habits.

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PET OF THE

TCM Pet of the Month highlights our readers’ best friends!

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Speedy Montana

Owner: Matthew Montana Speedy Montana is a ten years young Apple Head Chihuahua. He loves going on outings with his dad,

Matthew, and he especially loves riding along with him on

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his motorcycle. Speedy has been featured in commercials and videos promoting El Paso businesses, and he loves getting recognized while out and about! When he’s not out galivanting, he enjoys being at home with his two dog brothers and cat sister, who are all rescues.

Let’s Make El Paso a No-Kill City.

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of Illinois both wrote about a large party

After

thrown for American troops by Paseños and

Guadalupe

hostilities

ended,

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

Hidalgo

the

created

Treaty the

of

border

using language that produced international

Evolving Border:

I

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

Language and

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

images

work, along with the observations

exercises

and writings of soldiers from the

long

war, which defined the border at

and customs houses were ever

this time.

built. Furthermore, the original

and before

boundaries In the journals of American soldiers

other

created

intellectual boundaries

bridges,

were

much

fences

more

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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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,

“It 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,� 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

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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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top Soccer, football, and futbol is poetry in

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.

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CHEF OSCAR HERRERA

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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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

scaled friends.

firsthand what thousands of years and unimaginable amounts of people have

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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.� 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

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August, 2018 Endangered Species Carousel. The El Paso Zoological Society Board of Directors will be hosting the “Gateway to Asia Gala;� 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).

Ingredients:

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

rosemary (chopped)

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

Directions:

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

Directions:

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,

lifestyle changes.

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.”

SERVING VETERANS FELLOWSHIPS COMMUNITY and now

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

EL PASO

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,

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| By: ROBBIE AARON photos courtesy of: MAKE-A-WISH |

with joy and anxiety with hope. Families

are unified and entire communities are enriched—the positive impact is boundless.

W

Medical professionals see the power of

hen you hear “Make-A-Wish,”

wishes first-hand every day and are driving

what

your

mind?

referrals to an all-time high across our

Heartwarming?

Nice?

chapter. But, it’s funding that determines the

pops

Sweet?

into

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.

With

support

from

generous

donors,

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

For sponsorship and ticket information,

chance of survival. When a wish is granted, a

please contact wishnightep@ntx.wish.org or

child replaces fear with confidence, sadness

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IN

&

OUT

July, 2018 August,

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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Your 4-Day

Tour de France D T | By: MARIE MOORE |

in Strasbourg

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 today’s traveler. In order to see the city’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

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Day One Day At the top of the list is the Aldstadt (German for “old city”). It’s easy to squeeze Notre Dame Cathedral,

Palais

Rohan’s

Decorative

Arts

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

Two

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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BEFORE

Day

MAKE YOUR HOME

ILLUMINATE -

RENOVATE

Three

Architectural buffs will be impressed with a stroll along the banks of the River Ill and its

AFTER

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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Investment

Charitable Giving Through Life Insurance

August, 2018

| 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

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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.

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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

August, 2018

Refilling our glasses from our favorite brunch menu‌ | 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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A Sweet & Spicy

Tart & Boozy

Ice Pops

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

Chef’s tip

| 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.

3.

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.”

1.

Frozen Mangoneada

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.

3.

Fill mold with mango mixture and freeze for 1-2 hours. Place popsicle sticks into molds and continue to freeze

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for another 4-5 hours for best results. 4.

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Alfresco! Fridays

::: 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

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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

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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

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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

Pimpinela

::: 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+

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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

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Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing ::: August 4, 11, 18, 25

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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

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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

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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

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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 |

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DOWNTOWN

DOWNTOWN

Anson 11 $$-$$$

Park Tavern

303 N. Oregon St. Ste. 110 | (915) 504-6400

204 E. Mills Ave. | (915) 228-9050

Anson 11 is two exceptional dining experiences dedicated to the

From the same people that brought you 150 Sunset, Park Tavern is a

military man, the gentleman and the food connoisseur that was

new lunch and dining experience in downtown. With many options

Anson Mills. For a downtown dining experience like no other, Anson

available, from creamy chicken pasta to buttery fried fish, this new

11 is the restaurant to go to. PR, H

addition to the block is a welcoming place to satisfy your cravings.

$$

NORTHEAST

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.

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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 you’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

Mi Piaci

WESTSIDE

Avila’s

$$$

$$

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

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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


UNIVERSITY/KERN

WESTSIDE

The Kitchen

August, 2018

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

NOSH

Gusto

$$

$$

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

options. P

modern environment. PR

EASTSIDE

Cattleman’s Steakhouse

$$$

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

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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

Smallcakes....................................................................Pg.100

Farmers Insurance........................................................Pg.121

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

Geico.............................................................................Pg. 90

Sun City Orthopaedic & Hand Surgery Specialists........Pg. 87

Grace the Psychic Lady.................................................Pg. 34

Table Occasions............................................................Pg.101

Gusto.............................................................................Pg. 51

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

Intraceuticals.................................................................Pg. 91

Wallflower......................................................................Pg.59

Jerusalem Grill................................................................Pg.99

Westend Hair Company & Day Spa...............................Pg. 77

KTSM.............................................................................Pg. 13

Wyatt Underwood Trial Lawyers.................................Pg. 127

Las Cruces Wine Festival..............................................Pg. 31

YWCA............................................................................Pg. 86

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