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Feline Fridays! Every Friday in December, Humane Society of El Paso Every Friday in December, and throughout the year, the Humane Society lowers adoption costs for cats. Adoptions costs are only $50 for kittens under 16 weeks, and there is a surcharge of $12.50 for ones older than 16 weeks. Adoption fees cover spay/neuter procedures, vaccinations, microchips and Leukemia testing. Come find the purr-fect can for your home!

Toys for Toys Through December 15, Various Locations The El Paso Marines continue their yearly mission to collect new, unwrapped toys during the holiday season to gift to needy children. Last year they distributed 17,500 toys and this year they are looking to help even more families. Check el-paso-tx.toysfortots.org for more information.

Up and Running Jingle Bell Run December 15, Up and Running on North Mesa Up and Running will be hosting their 12th annual 5k run/walk to benefit the El Paso High School Track team. Registration is $25 through December 14, $30 after that. You can find more information at raceadventuresunlimited.com.

Martin Luther King Jr. Food Drive January 2-15, Various Locations This citywide initiative will be looking to restock area food pantries. They are looking for donations of canned food items, as well as other nonperishables, to be collected around town at public library branches, local grocery stores and City Hall. El Paso Public Library’s Food for Fines program will also give donators the opportunity to clear library fines by donation items during the food drive. For more information, call 915-212-3201.

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THe Year in Sports THE YEAR’S BIGGEST WINNERS, LOSERS AND PLAYER MOVES. By: PILAR MUÑOZ

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The Year in Entertainment ANOTHER YEAR OF JUICY CELEBRITY NEWS IS IN THE BOOKS. By: ZAK HANSEN

Here and Now

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Artist Spotlight GET TO KNOW SIRAC MARTINEZ, A LOCAL COMIC BOOK CREATOR.

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eing Editor-In-Chief of El Paso’s only monthly

I love sitting in my home enjoying the familiar

lifestyle magazine is one of my greatest joys,

surroundings, but I also love to travel when I’m fortunate

Editor-In-Chief

greatest successes —barring family—and indeed,

to have the chance. When I do have time to visit

greatest challenges. On a daily basis I get to talk

another city, it’s my nature to compare. I contrast the

with business owners, I’m entrusted with their stories,

city’s current state to what it was when I last visited,

and allowed the understanding of all the nuances and

analyze its growth, observe the locals to see if they are

complexities of their different industries. Each type

as friendly as El Pasoans, etc. As each year passes, it is

of business or industry has its own vocabulary and its

the start of something new. We are reminded that we

own intricacies, its own challenges, but one thing we all

can’t go back, and we choose what memories we will

have in common is the excitement of company growth

hold onto. The past is the past, and though sometimes

and the honor when an award is

we want to erase and return to

bestowed upon us. Even if only for

familiarity,

a short time, we lose ourselves in

spirit drives us forward. What’s

excitement when we are honored

next in fashion, next in popularity

with an award, especially when the

and next in our personal lives, the

award comes from the voting of

disorientation of losing ourselves

the entire city. As we wind down

in what’s next. To see ourselves

2018 and look forward to 2019,

freed from all that’s comfortable,

it’s a tradition at the magazine to

we must appreciate the feeling of

celebrate the best of the year.

foreignness that’s both exciting

The awards we celebrate today

and intimidating. It is human

are called “The Best of The City”

nature to hold onto the past, so

because they are the people’s

tuck the 2018 magazines in a

choice awards. Over 164,000 of

safe, easy to grab place and make

you, both readers and followers,

room for what we have in store

went to our website and voted.

for you next.

our

entrepreneurial

This is our eighth year giving and fighting for these awards. The pride

I’d like to believe we have a finger

in receiving them grows every year.

on the pulse of what’s current and trending. Although you, the

On the national stage our country

reader, spoke on what you like

was divided as it tends to be during

best in our great city, now it’s

years of great political change. We

time we work on creating the best

watched as the nation learned more

versions of ourselves. I challenge

about El Paso. Khalid rose to the top

each of you, as we move into

of the music world and, whenever possible, gave shout

another year, to become the best possible you. I’m a

outs to our city, his home. UTEP football hero, offensive

continual work in process, always looking back at what

lineman Will Hernandez, was drafted to the New York

I should have done different, working to make sure the

Giants in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft, which

future is superior to the past. The opportunity to cover

reminds those in the El Paso athletic world that dreams do

and learn about something new every day is what makes

come true. Beto took the stage in the world of politics and

my job exciting. Meeting new people who make our city

brought El Paso right along with him. We were reminded

rock, eating at a new restaurant that brings a big city vibe,

that our voice is powerful. This city that was once referred

and local shopping that reminds us how fashionable our

to as the “Hidden Secret” might not be so hidden any

people are. Enjoy the best of El Paso.

more. And, regardless of if it is or isn’t, we are ready for the growth that is coming. We rally around the excitement of the street cars that are in full swing, resurrected from their vintage graves. And that’s only part of our infrastructure update: The new interstate, hovering the the Rio Grande line between the U.S. and Mexico, ensures that our city will be ready for the growth that travelers bring.

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the first streetcars were introduced to El

Streetcar brings to mind the famous

Pasoans, providing service in districts like

scene from the iconic film, “Back to the

Kern, Manhattan Heights and Downtown El

Future,” when Doc Brown turns to Marty

Paso until their retirement in 1974.

McFly and warns, “Roads? Where we’re

going, we don’t need roads.” Although flying

Fast-forward to the present, the launch of

cars are still out of reach, the return of our

the “new” El Paso Streetcar on November 9,

vintage streetcar comes back to us in an

2018 is the culmination of a more than two-

age similar to the one Doc Brown alluded to.

year endeavor by the Camino Real Regional

2018 is marked by cutting-edge advances

Mobility Authority (CRRMA) in conjunction

like autonomous vehicles, evolving space

with Paso del Norte Trackworks, a joint

exploration and increasingly superior feats of

venture by Granite Construction Company

technology. In fact, it could be said that the

and RailWorks Track Systems, Inc. The

re-introduction of the streetcar and its early

CRRMA was initially tasked with constructing

visible movements on our city’s streets

the project with the aid of Texas Department

portray the same stark juxtaposition

of Transportation (TxDOT) funding, while The

that can be found throughout the

City of El Paso provided its overall design.

“Back to the Future” trilogy.

The project consisted of the construction of a maintenance and storage facility, a

Incredibly, when the initial streetcars

4.8-mile track with 27 stops, several street

were introduced in 1902, the invention

reconstructions, system fixtures, traction

replaced

mind-boggling

power substations, overhead contact system

original mule-car system. The mule-drawn

lines, poles and communication systems and,

trolley cart slowly pulled passengers across

of course, remakes of the old streetcars that

the border and surrounding areas by what

once served El Paso. The new route is serviced

was known as the town’s pet, “Mandy the

by

Mule.” As our city industrialized, so did

Committee (PCC) streetcar vehicles. In fact,

its transportation system. By the 1950s,

the PCC fleet was transported on December

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with a nostalgic holiday experience during its long-awaited return. Their new WinterFest event runs through January 6, 2019 and transforms the historic El Paso Streetcar into a WinterFest Express that offers passengers a nostalgic blast-to-the-past via rides to all of the many downtown Winterfest activities. “The WinterFest Express and the El Paso Streetcar will offer a wonderful holiday ride for children of all ages,” Sun Metro Director, Jay Banasiak, was quoted as saying. “People will enjoy a unique ride experience on these two classic transportation options. We are delivering a transit service where patrons can enjoy downtown’s wintertime activities without the 2015 to Brookville Equipment Corporation

Campus and several historic neighborhoods.

in Pennsylvania for a full restoration and are

As an added convenience, El Pasoans have

the very same vehicles that ran on our city’s

a range of transportation options through

All in all, the evolution in our city’s

streets until the 1974 closure.

Sun Metro services, which makes riding

transportation modes from that of mule-

worries of dealing with traffic,” he added.

the streetcar ideal for those looking to save

powered trolley cart to our streetcars’ latest

Today, six streetcars have been returned to

on gas or those who simply want to enjoy

overhead electrical system is very much

service on the near five-mile route and are

this exciting, new mode of transportation.

along the lines of El Paso’s own “Back to

painted in each of the three historic color

Basically, riders can board the Streetcar and

the Future” storyline and should be eagerly

schemes used on the original cars. Now that

transfer to a Sun Metro bus for added ease

enjoyed. The Sun City’s come a long way

the project is complete, streetcar operations

in reaching their desired destination, or they

and, by the looks of it, our future is bright.

and maintenance activities are managed by

can jump on the Brio to reach numerous

So, climb aboard the El Paso Streetcar and

the Sun Metro Mass Transit Department.

other locations around the city.

take your very own ride through time!

in two loops—uptown and downtown—and

Unlike its predecessor, the new El Paso

For more information about this season’s

connects the international bridges, retail

Streetcar also features modern amenities

WinterFest

areas, government buildings, the El Paso

like

CCTV

com. To learn about all the exciting news

Convention Center, Southwest University

cameras, bike racks (three per vehicle), ADA

surrounding the El Paso Streetcar, including

Park, Las Palmas Medical Center, Hospitals

accessibility and modern propulsion. What’s

stops, hours of operation, safety tips,

of Providence, University of Texas at El Paso,

more, in partnership with Destination El

fares and ticket vending machines, visit

El Paso Community College Rio Grande

Paso, Sun Metro will be providing El Pasoans

EPStreetcar.com.

The revamped transportation system runs

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BEST Sports Reporter 1. Lou Romano 2. Steve Kaplowitz 3. Collin Deaver

BEST News Anchor 1. Estela Casas 2. Erika Castillo 3. Robert Holguin

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BEST Food Truck 1. Off The Grill 2. Corny and Cheesy 3. Poke Dots

BEST Romantic Restaurant 1. Anson11 2. Café Central 3. Ruth’s Chris Steak House

BEST Italian Food 1. The Italian Kitchen West 2. Tratoria Bella Sera 3. Sorrento Italian Restaurant

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BEST Lunch Spot 1. Tacos Don Cuco 2. L&J Café 3. Magic Bistro

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BEST Cocktails 1. Blackbird Cantina Deluxe 2. Murray’s 3. The Black Orchid

BEST Local Coffee Shop 1. Coffee Box 2. District Coffee Co. 3. Hillside Coffee & Donut

BEST Happy Hour 1. The Dry River 2. Whiskey Dicks Inc. 3. Later Later

BEST Margaritas 1. Los Bandidos de Carlos & Mickey’s 2. Julio’s Mexican Food 3. Anson11

BEST Wine Selection 1. Café Central 2. Anson11 3. Mesa Street Grill


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The Most Important New Year’s Eve Resolutions That Will ACTUALLY Change Your Life

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et in Shape: It’s certainly trite, but that

Pick up a hobby: It’s one of the great paradoxes

Limit

doesn’t make it any less important.

of our age: Despite more entertainment

Syndrome,” smartphones drain precious

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Whipping yourself into better shape

options than any time in history, many still

lifetime through frivolous and extremely

is paramount in 2019. Beyond being

feel unfulfilled in their free time. A lot of

addicting applications. Look, I’m not going

rewarding in itself, exercise may

you have surely experienced the frustration

to jump on the ever increasingly crowded

deliver the self-esteem and energy boost

of scrolling through Netflix, hooked by the

bandwagon of self-help writers who preach

you need to thrive in other areas of life. If the

feeling that the perfect show is imminent,

social media absence. Instagram is fun and

traditional gym experience is too daunting, or

only to realize the night is almost over and

Facebook helps us stay in touch with old

expensive, you could consider reviving your

you haven’t actually enjoyed any television.

friends and relatives, but you don’t need to

athletic career by joining a recreational sports

How can you avoid wasting precious evening

check either more than once a day. Turning

league. The fun competition will take your

hours and weekends? Forget the series and

off notifications, or even relegating the apps

mind off the pain of cardio work, and you

dedicate yourself to a hobby. I started taking

to your laptop, will help you consume your

might make new friends too. Go ahead, your

photos this year and, although I’m really bad

streams with moderation.

second prime awaits you.

at it, I can’t remember ever having been so satisfied with my spare time.

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the Year In Media | By: HENRY CRAVER |

The Rise of Beto O’Rourke Record Turnout for Midterm Elections: El Paso’s own Robert “Beto” O’Rourke became a bonafide national celebrity in 2018 during his senate campaign against incumbent Ted Cruz. O’Rourke, who represented Texas’ 16th district from 2013-

Voter turnout was really big for 2018’s elections. Around 49 percent

2018, was initially given little chance by political commentators. They

of eligible voters cast ballots this year, compared to the roughly 40

figured that no Democrat, no matter how charming, would be capable

percent who have in past midterms. One explanation for the huge

of winning in Texas, a longtime bastion of conservatism. However, not

jump in participation could be the especially intense media frenzy

long into the race, things started to look up for the young congressman.

surrounding the midterm campaigns this past year. Love him or hate

Pulling closer and closer to Cruz in the polls, buzz began to build in

him, the 45th President seems to have further polarized the country

liberal circles that Beto might actually be up to flipping the Lone Star

along political lines and citizens were eager to voice their opinions

State. Beyond his potential to deliver an unlikely political win, left-

at the ballot box. Democrats, who had declared the elections to

wing media outlets were enthralled by Beto’s charisma, boyish good

be a referendum on Trump, succeeded in overtaking the House of

looks, and irreverence toward campaign norms. In the end, however,

Representatives for the first time since 2010. However, those hoping

O’Rourke’s starpower wasn’t quite enough to make Texas shine blue.

for a “blue wave” were left disappointed as Republicans held onto a

Despite the defeat, there is chatter that El Chuco’s native son might

majority in the Senate. With the campaigns now out of the way, we’ll

make a run at the White House in 2020.

see if the two rival parties can put aside their differences and learn to play nice for the good of us all.

Time Magazine Has New Owners In September, billionaire couple Marc and Lynne Benioff purchased the iconic Time Magazine for $190 million in cash. Mr. Benioff, who’s made billions off of his tech-company, Salesforce, told the media that his decision to buy the publication was somewhat a spur-of-the-moment decision. Inspired by a shared appreciation for Time’s central role in the recording of American history, the tech mogul and his wife seemed to see this as more of a passion project than a cold financial investment. Long before his venture into the journalism industry, Benioff had gained recognition for meshing altruism with business. In 2000, he established the so-called “1-1-1” practice in Salesforce, a plan in which the corporation gives one percent of the product, one percent of equity, and one percent of employee hours back to the communities where it operates. Although the new bosses promised not to get involved with operations, their considerable 38

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AT&T and Time Warner Inc. Unite In June, US District Court Judge Richard Leon okayed telecommunications giant AT&T’s long anticipated $85 billion acquisition of media conglomerate Time Warner Inc. The two corporations, both stalwarts in their respective industries, hope they’ll now be able to more effectively compete against information behemoths like Google and Facebook. The merger had been held up for some time by the Department of Justice’s antitrust unit that argued the unification would give AT&T an unfair advantage over other telephone companies. Skeptics of the arrangement fear a beefed-up AT&T could dominate the field by coupling cell phone services with entertainment packages, a tandem that no rival could match. Only time will tell.

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Raw’ Fitness The greatest honor for Octavio Urias and his wife, Sofia, is being able

legacy anyone can leave is by positively impacting the lives of others.

to witness the transformation of thousands of lives in El Paso and Las

They aim to leave their fitness footprints throughout the city in order

Cruces each year. Winning “The Best Gym in El Paso” Award two

to reflect what hard work, determination and kindness can do, while

years in a row is something Octavio could have only dreamed of when

continuing their mission of transforming one million lives. They stress

he was just 19 years old and working out of his truck. He, Sofia and

how blessed they are to cross paths with people of all walks of life and

their team are humbled by the loyalty of each and every person who

are so thankful to their clients for giving them just two percent of their

took the time to vote for Raw’Fitness.

days. They love you all! From the bottom of their hearts and screaming from the mountaintops, they rejoice, “THANK YOU, EL PASO!”

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The Dry River Looking for some down-home cooking and Texas-sized fun? Look no

If you’re keeping it El Paso, The Dry River’s tri-tip steak tacos are a

further than The Dry River. Owners (l-r) Tony Muñoz, Franco Baca and

rockin’ option that inserts some Texas grilling and smoking into this

Lionel Dominguez have worked hard to bring a family-friendly taste

border staple.

of Texas to East El Paso. With a menu featuring savory comfort food with a dash of Southwest flavor, as well as a huge dining area, full

Don’t forget The Dry River’s motto: “Food Tastes Better with Music.”

bar with flat screen TVs, private party room with another full bar, and

With touring Country, Americana, Blues acts, as well as a variety of

a large outdoor patio with a stage, this East Montana restaurant and

local talent heating up the patio, this family-friendly establishment will

bar has it going on.

have your boots scootin’ and your mouth watering.

The savory menu features traditional Southern and barbecue items

The Dry River

like short ribs, macaroni salad, cornbread and in-house specialties

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In addition to tacos, the restaurant offers a vast array of meal options

the reputation thanks to a hardy foundation of teamwork, community,

such as burgers, shrimp cocktails, and menudo. The large menu

hard work, and of course, delicious tacos. Accepting the award of best

means everyone is sure to be happy. Whether you come with young

lunch spot in the city is an honor and Don Cuco gives credit to all the

kids or your best friend, expect to have a great meal.

employees at the nine locations. Everyone, from the managers to the cooks and cashiers, has played a role in the growth Don Cuco has experienced in the past couple of years. Tacos Don Cuco The main goal of Tacos Don Cuco is to create a welcoming ambiance for

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families, dates, group hang-outs, and more. This all goes hand in hand

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Angie’s Flowers Angie’s Flowers first opened Its doors in July 1998 at 1506 N. Lee

memorable. They pride themselves on their ability to work together

Trevino Dr. Flash forward to 2004, having realized that the original

and ensure a personalized and tailored experience for each and every

store simply couldn’t handle the growing demand for their services,

customer. They are a business composed of the most friendly team

they decided to open a second location at 1830 N. Zaragoza on the

of flower designers, delivery drivers, event consultants, customer

far east side of town. However, by 2012, even two stores wouldn’t

service representatives, and management that all works together to

cut it. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, word had gotten

fulfill the City of El Paso’s floral needs.

out that Angie’s was one of the best florists in town. So, in February 2012, they opened a third location at 7500 N. Mesa. Due to the

Angie’s Flowers

successful expansions, they are now able to serve the entire city.

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They are thankful for the opportunity El Paso has given them, relishing

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every part of the job, from design to arrangement. This enthusiasm

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for perfection helps make their clients’ special events all the more

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My Life Chiropractic Since the humbling start of My Life Chiropractic, Dr. Ben Leyva

heal without surgery or medication. Healing is a process that requires

has taken the spotlight of chiropractic physical medicine in El Paso.

commitment from both patient and doctor—the decision to recover

Earning the title of Best Chiropractor by The City Magazine, El Paso

your health will be your greatest challenge.

Times, and What’s Up, Dr. Leyva and My Life are pushing to become a household name. Specializing in neck and back pain, headaches,

Dr. Leyva and Dr. Gutierrez and are honored to serve the El Paso

arthritis and personal injury, objective and science-based treatments

community and endlessly thank you for the continued support.

are used to fulfill patients’ needs. With x-rays before and after a treatment, not only can you feel the results of a correction, but

My Life Chiropractic

you’ll be able to see them. Creating trust with patients is essential

1393 George Dieter, Ste. E

to maintaining customer service standards and opening better

El Paso, Texas 79936

communication with the doctors.

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Dr. Ben Leyva and Dr. Ramiro Gutierrez have partnered up to meet the demand of our growing city by providing care from east or west El

6600 N. Mesa, Ste. 502

Paso. My Life Chiropractic has one main goal: to restore your spine to

El Paso, Texas 79912

the way it was originally created, allowing your body to function and

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Café Central 109 N Oregon St. El Paso, Texas 79901 (915) 545-2233 cafecentral.com

Café Central On October 6th Café Central graciously celebrated one hundred years

Thank you to Candelario Ibarra for ensuring the quality of their

of fine dining in the borderland. Their establishment wouldn’t be

ingredients for 36 years. Pedro Cano, for 35 years of next-level

where it is today without its many gracious patrons and the employees

service and a toast to their beloved Tony Garcia, who’s energy has

whose hard work make everything possible. At Café Central, loyalty

been unbeatable for 32 years. María Devora has made people light up

extends beyond just the clientele. That’s why they want to thank and

with her creative desserts—like the Mango Colada Pie—since 1991!

recognize a few members of the personnel that have been at their

And last but not least, Café Central raises a glass to Charles Jones’

side for more than a decade. The contributions of these dedicated

12 years of creating a unique and genuine experience for their guests.

colleagues have been instrumental in the café’s ability to realize its mission by adhering to a set of core values.

The team turns expectantly to this new chapter in Cafe Central’s history as they pour their heart into combining innovative taste with tradition—with you always by their side.

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Jefferson Silva High School Cheerleading Team Few ever get to experience

and an extraordinary level of commitment. What this sport means to

the thrilling roars that crowds

the students who practice it, and the community they come from, is

produce at high school athletic

simply incalculable.

events. At basketball and volleyball L OO T HIGH SCH M TEA CHE ERLEADING BES

games they erupt in anticipation of

The Jefferson High cheer squad doesn’t believe in limitations, and they don’t

their team adding a couple more points

believe the old saying “there’s no such thing as perfection.” They work day

onto the scoreboard. Soccer fans shout in

in and day out to master their craft. They are Jefferson Silva strong, they are

jubilation when they see the opposing side’s net

Silver Fox proud. For donations contact mgrangel@episd.org.

ripple. Runners are greeted with thunderous applause at the finish line. Cheerleaders, however, are there for it all. These young women are not merely cheerers, they are athletes who have honed their flips and chants through pain and sweat. It’s a sport that requires guts, desire

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Jesus Ojeda Born in Mexico and raised in El Paso, Jesus Ojeda considers himself a proud El Pasoan. Learning the basics of entrepreneurship from a young age, Jesus refined his skills at the University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelor of Economics. This knowledge, coupled with his determination and discipline, has provided him with valuable skills that he uses daily in real estate negotiations and to educate investors, home buyers and sellers. As a Realtor® striving to showcase the unique nuances of El Paso, Jesus works to help his clients fall in love with El Paso all over again. As a member of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate ELEVATE with five years of commercial real estate experience, Jesus helps investors and entrepreneurs embarking on new business ventures, putting in the hard work so they don’t have to. He hopes to give back to the Sun City that has given him so much.

Jesus Ojeda Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate ELEVATE 6633 N. Mesa, Ste. 102 El Paso, Texas 79912 (915) 487-3535 www.bhgelevate.com

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B E S T B A K E RY

Trish Ruby Cakes and Decorations Trish Ruby Cakes and Decorations specializes in artistically-decorated cakes, cupcakes, chocolate covered desserts and custom decorations. Owner Patricia Rubio, who was born and raised in El Paso, has been making cakes for two years now. After ordering a cake for her husband, Ricardo Serna, in the shape of a wrench, she thought to herself, “This is something I think I would like to do.” She took a couple of basic cake-making classes and just took off from there. Today, her customers are her primary focus as she “would not be here if it wasn’t for them.” Creating their cakes and being part of their special celebrations is very rewarding and Patricia feels blessed and grateful that she has been granted the opportunity to serve her community in this way. Patricia

explains,

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always

had a love for art, no matter the type. I see beauty in all of it, and creating cakes just really won my heart over. I would like to thank all my wonderful friends, family and customers who nominated me— we did it. I say ‘we’ because Trish Ruby Cakes isn’t just me, it is all of us, and you all have helped create this, so again, thank you so very much.”

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Dr. Ricardo Reyna Dr. Reyna strongly believes that everyone deserves the best medical

had the privilege to provide care for! He is also grateful to be able to

care and utmost attention, no matter how small the concern may be.

serve/partner with the Utep School of Nursing, Lee & Beulah Moor

He views all his patients as family and his concern for the small details

Children’s Home, SOTX, Southwest Key Program, Lutheran Social

has lead him to even bigger accolades as a repeat winner of The City

Services and Medventure for Your Future. “THANK YOU! I’m honored

Magazine’s Best Doctor!

to be your doctor and serve this great city of El Paso!”

Dr. Reyna takes great pride in building relationships with not only

“Children are a heritage from the Lord … Like arrows in the hand of a

his patients, but also the community. He states it best, “I treat my

warrior are the children born in one’s youth”— Psalms 127: 4-5.

patients like family. I value my patient’s trust, and understand that every patient deserves the best personal quality care at every visit.” It’s what motivates him to come to work every day with a smile, knowing he can play a small part in their lives.

Dr. Ricardo Reyna 3901 N. Mesa

He would like to personally thank his parents, family, awesome office

El Paso, Texas 79902

staff, friends and the BEST FAMILIES in El Paso for which he has

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MNK Architects, INC. The only women-owned commercial architecture firm in El Paso. Renée and Jennifer have known each other for over a decade. Within the first couple years of having met, Renée BES

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Jimenez rose to become the CEO of MNK Architects, Inc. Jennifer Countryman, previously Jennifer Matthews, joined her at MNK five years later. Together, the partners—Registered Architects in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona—have built an award-winning practice. MNK is currently at the forefront of the ongoing transformations of Eastwood, Burges, Montwood and El Paso High Schools. They won a 2018 American Institute of Architects Award for the Eastside Sports Complex and AIA recognition in 2015 for the Museum of History’s Digital Wall. MNK led the teams that designed Southwest University Ballpark and the El Paso Children’s Hospital. They’ve also enjoyed the quiet satisfaction of designing smaller scale places: Famous Dave’s-Far East, Tropical Smoothie Café-Sunland, Casa Ford, The Church Bar the upcoming Orange Theory Fitness Center and Marco’s Pizza franchise locations. The MNK family is made up of 13 professionals and experienced personnel that know the business from all angles. Clients appreciate their dollarsand-cents perspective, ability to think outside the box and solutions-oriented approach. Their love of architecture goes beyond helping others launch their projects—Renee is busy designing a private getaway in her backyard, and Jennifer adopts and restores historic buildings.

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About Fabiola Salayandia…

been a couple for 17 years and have two children together. Fabiola

Designer, media influencer and fashionista, Fabiola has transformed

and Michel purportedly share interest in each others’ endeavors. The

many residential and commercial spaces applying her unique style

pair’s combined talents recently resulted in two “Best of the City”

and impressive vision for design. Two-time “Best Interior Designer”

awards, one for Michel’s “Corny & Cheesy” food truck and another

awardee, she has impacted El Paso through her business for the

for Fabiola’s interior design work.

past twelve years. Fabiola is known for her signature European touch which she attributes to a year spent living in Bordeaux, France and

About the Corny & Cheesy food truck…

extensive travel throughout the continent.

Using only the freshest and most authentic Mexican ingredients like white Mexican corn, four different cheese types, various herb and

Honored and humbled, this young couple would like to thank El Paso

spices, all imported directly across the border—this food truck is

for their support.

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Dr. Michael C. Ponce, DC Aktiv Integrative Chiropractic 5001 N. Mesa, Ste. 2D El Paso, Texas 79911 (915) 875-1494 elpasoaktiv.com

Dr. Michael Ponce Dr. Ponce exudes a deep and compassionate commitment to service.

Aktiv was established as a patient centered model to discover the root

A graduate of Cathedral High school, Santa Clara University and Texas

of a problem. They strive on developing a professional relationship

Chiropractic College, Dr. Ponce found his calling in chiropractic to

and patient specific plan to help recovery and wellness. Their goal

serve the community.

is to help patients return to the activities which bring joy such as traveling, sports, exercise, or playing with kids, grandkids, etc..

“The human body is an amazing machine,” states Dr. Ponce. And like any other machine, the body sometimes breaks down. Injured playing

Dr. Ponce utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and refined techniques

sports, he became interested in biomechanics, chiropractic, and rehab

such as Active Release, massage therapy and Graston. His collection

during his own journey back to health and activity. He learned and

of services is designed to treat in a personalized manner. “Not

developed a desire to help heal injuries through movement, recovery,

everyone receives the same treatment, but, everyone gets the same

rehab, and spinal and nervous system health.

great experience.” Dr. Ponce is thankful for his wife Vanessa, family, friends and staff. “At Aktiv we are proud to call El Paso home and we thank you for your support!”

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Julio’s Mexican Food Julio’s Mexican Food is all about tradition, that’s why delivering quality

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always behind their well-known tradition.

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years and expect to see you soon at any of their three locations.

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St. Augustine Artisan Pizza Located in the heart of El Paso’s Eastside, Saint Augustine is a

different experience to the Eastside. With choices that range from

pizzeria that strives to bring innovative cuisine to the table. David and

pizza Margherita to Grasshopper pizza, Saint Augustine is gradually

Alejandro Montoya, owners of St. Augustine, endeavored to bring

becoming a staple of the Eastside food and entertainment scene. It

a contemporary twist to a part of town that was in desperate need

has been almost a year since St. Augustine opened its doors to the

of it. Eastsiders were tired of having to travel west to experience

public and, although already successful, David and Alejandro have not

interesting culinary concepts. Alex and David’s primary focus is to

stopped seeking ways to improve the experience of their visitors.

demonstrate that avant-garde cuisine does not have to be reserved to the Westside and Downtown area of El Paso. Born and raised

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everything depended on you” - St. Augustine

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Today Castillo does her part to encourage others. Her weekly reports

words at KFOX 14 in El Paso. When

called “Carpe Diem” (latin: “seize the day”) are now entering its

senior evening news co-anchor Erika Castillo was

fifth year of production on fitness and well-being. Castillo reports,

diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2015 she and

produces and often helps shoots the segments. There’s no quit in

her family made the decision to share the journey

Carpe Diem, or in Castillo.

with the public, and to continue duties on the anchor desk through a grueling regimen of radiation and chemotherapy. Now in remission

The Ysleta High School and UTEP graduate says returning to her

she considers her healing a miracle delivered by an expert local team

hometown was the best thing she could have ever done for herself and

of doctors and the prayers of thousands of El Pasoans.

her family. Castillo says she cannot fully describe how happy she is to be back in her hometown, in the church she grew up, in a military community she values, and in a city identified by culture, character and love.

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TFCU At the heart of TFCU is an unyielding passion for community, believing in El Pasoans helping El Pasoans. Their roots can be traced back more than 80 years, when seven educators pledged their savings to create a credit union dedicated to helping their community. TFCU transformed from a small credit union to a robust financial institution serving 59,000 El Pasoans. From the warm greeting as you enter to their digital services,

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just as dancers, but as confident individuals as well. Imagine Dance

Imagine was a dream come true for Brenda who had always wanted

Academy offers creative movement, ballet, jazz, hip hop and lyrical

to be a part of the performing arts industry and loves working

classes for ages three and up. They include two free trial classes,

with children. Delia, a self-employed accountant with J & G Silva

require no contract, host two recitals and perform throughout the city,

Professional Services for 12 years, already knew business and her

including a yearly show at the El Paso Chihuahuas stadium. On behalf

daughter Evelyn had joined Imagine in 2010, followed by her other

of everyone involved at Imagine, they’d like to thank you for choosing

daughter Ruby in 2016.

Imagine Dance Academy as “El Paso’s 2018 Best Dance School.”

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architectural practice that adheres to the highest industry standard in

science and technology. “It is time to design the future of our city

project design and development. They seek to meet their goals with

and compete nationally,” states Al. When we talk to Al Loya and

the help of El Paso’s own talented young professionals who have a

LoyaWilke Architects, we learn about their vision, passion and the

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firm’s mission statement “to establish a higher level of expertise in architecture to benefit our healthcare and higher education clients.”

LoyaWilke Architects, LLP is honored to be in El Paso and to share this moment with the people of El Paso.

Even though LoyaWilke Architects’ practice specializes in healthcare, science and technology, they have also completed commissions in retail, master planning, multi-family, commercial and recently

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are found throughout the state, with locations in El Paso, Houston,

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Deutsch & Deutsch is not only a jewelry and watch store, it is a company

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special life occasion.

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With the greatest number of consecutive Wine Spectator Awards in

all shared a common love for good food and a dream of starting a

the southwest and numerous DiRONA (Distinguished Restaurants of

restaurant together. That night, the idea to launch what today is Mesa

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Through dedication and hard work, the Means family has built a

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What is the secret to success? It comes down to this: a focus on building great customer relationships and delivering the best dining

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Edgar, operate one of the nation’s top home builder’s, she has never

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been a three-time Builder of the Year (2015, 2016, 2017) and a Top 3 Finalist in 2018. She is proud to be part of the amazing team at Palo Verde Homes and looks forward to continuing to evolve and deliver the finishes that new home buyers are looking for.

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The Year in Sports | By: PILAR MUÑOZ |

All Aboard the Hype Train, El Paso Locomotive FC Announced El Paso has their own USL Championship soccer team, the El Paso Locomotive FC. After a period of uncertainty, the name was chosen through their “Name the Team” competition and Sarah Nollner, Director of Marketing

enjoy a high-quality sporting experience,” Andrew added. The

El Paso Rhinos Win Third Title, Coach Reiterates Commitment to Community

team will also showcase the local “hotbed of soccer talent”

Cory Herman, head coach for the El Paso Rhinos, led the team to a league

while letting fans feel the “excitement, passion and love for the

championship in 2018, their third Thorne Cup Championship. Cory, when

game,” Sarah affirmed.

asked about the team’s goals for the 2019 season, stated that they were

and Communication, feels that the community can rally around this “identity that the fans can relate to.” The squad will be a “full professional team of some of the best soccer players in the United States and Beyond,” says General Manager Andrew Forrest. The team will bring in more than “17 events to the El Paso calendar where families and friends can get together to

seeking another title. But more importantly, they plan to “develop these players to acquire a NCAA scholarship to play hockey or a pro contract.” He goes on to say that the team greatly appreciates the “unbelievable fan support” and will continue to have his team volunteer in the community to give back for that support. 72


France Wins the World Cup, Real Madrid Business as Usual, Ronaldo Shocks the World The World Cup was riddled with surprises as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the sport’s biggest superstars, were eliminated in the quarter finals. Croatia clawed their way to their first final, however, the French proved to be too much. Kylian Mbappe, a 19-year-old French superstar, helped drive “les bleus” to a victory over the Croatians. Real Madrid, with Zinedine Zidane at the helm and perennial hero Cristiano Ronaldo in tow, won their third consecutive Champions League final—a feat that had never been accomplished before. However, the headlines revolved around more than just the victory as both Zidane and Ronaldo left the team soon after the victory. Ronaldo joined Italian powerhouse Juventus FC and Zidane is currently weighing his options.

Fly Eagles Fly, The Brady Question and Jones’ Success The Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots duked it out in the 2018 Super Bowl. The Eagles held on to win their first franchise Super Bowl. When asked if he felt appreciated by the Patriots, Tom Brady, a record-holding franchise quarterback, pleaded the fifth—a response that raised many eyebrows. After a breakout season in 2017, hometown hero and UTEP golden boy Aaron Jones continues to prove himself with the Green Bay Packers. He is quickly becoming a vital component of the Packers’ attack as they fight their way to a playoff spot.

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Warriors Win Gold, James Makes Waves by Moving to LA The Golden State Warriors swept the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA finals. Many considered it poetic justice for a team that had dominated much of the season. Lebron James, arguably the best player the league has seen in the last couple of decades, shifted his attention to the LA Lakers in a move that sparked controversy as the marketing superstar looked to expand upon his legacy. James Harden, point guard for the Houston Rockets, won the season’s MVP.

The Red Sox Win The Big One, Rookies Shine The Boston Red Sox beat down the recently relocated LA Dodgers at the 114th edition of The World Series to claim their ninth title. The Sox had a dominant season, surpassing the 100-win mark for the first time since the club’s 1946 season, winning the most games in a single season since the 2001 Mariners. Rookies Ronald Acuna Jr. and Juan Soto had breakout seasons in performances that positioned them to be serious contenders for next season. They are both in the running for the NL Rookie of the Year award.

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Paso, and perhaps no one better

shows at Don Haskins Center—and winning

highest grossing films of the year included

exemplifies this than Khalid.

a slew of music awards including a Teen

five Marvel properties, including “Black

Choice Award, a Billboard Music Award and

Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” the

As the story goes, the now-20-year-old

an iHeartRadio Music Award. He dropped

third- and fourth-highest-grossing films ever,

El Paso High graduate flipped tracks he

his new EP, “Suncity,” in October, which

respectively, along with “Deadpool 2,” “Ant-

uploaded to Soundcloud into international

debuted at an impressive No. 8 on the

Man and the Wasp” and “Venom.” Coming

pop stardom, with his debut studio album,

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one film in the top 10—“A Quiet Place”—

of program production for Turner Classic

chalk artists, dancers and performers and, of

was an original property.

Movies and Film Struck; award-winning

course, the centerpiece of the weekend, the

filmmaker Matt Ogens; Walter Strony, one

sidewalk chalk art competition. Among this

For those looking for a non-Marvel movie this

of the country’s premier concert and theater

year’s CTB installations were “Impulse,” a

year, the Plaza Classic Film Festival, in its 11th

organists; and Bart Weiss, award-winning

series of illuminated, interactive seesaws;

year, provided the perfect place for film buffs

independent producer, director, editor and

“Face,” a video-mapped sculpture that

young and old to revisit classics and find new

educator

encouraged viewers to “play with their own identity’; and a mural walk curated by

favorites. Hosted by the El Paso Community Foundation, this year’s festival theme was

El Paso Live! continued its popular El Paso

Kalavera Culture Shop with work from Los

“Border Stories”—movies made here, set

Electric Presents Broadway in El Paso series

Angeles’s Vyal, New York’s It’s a Living,

here, referencing here or with some other

in 2018, with world-class performances of

Philadelphia’s Glossblack and El Paso artists

notable connection to the El Paso-Ciudad

“Rent,” on its 20th anniversary tour, “Dirty

Voodoo, Martin “Blaster” Zubia, Beto “Dec”

Juárez-Las Cruces area—with more than

Dancing,” “Buddy—The Buddy Holly Story”

Hernandez and Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado.

two-thirds of the 90 films screened featuring

and “Disney’s The Lion King.” The 2018-

a distinct Borderland connection.

19 season kicked off with “The Sound of

Neon Desert Music Festival also returned

Music” and, just in time for the holidays,

over Memorial Day weekend, bigger and

“Finding Neverland.”

better than ever. With a lineup including

To celebrate, the PCFF invited a slate of guests

Martin Garrix, Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Dillon

including Mexico’s Viviana Garcia Besne, a writer, director, film editor, documentarian

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public art festival included local, national and

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in their first Golden Gloves boxing tournament. They built a friendship while training and kept in touch with each other over the years. In 2005, shortly after graduating from high school, Miguel and Jose began their first business as partners. A small trucking company that they operated for two years before making the decision to sell the company and pursue an education. It was maybe four years ago, when the two business partners were getting their Roasted Corn Bus food truck up and running, that they began planning the opening of a coffee shop. While the Roasted Corn Bus worked large catered events around the city slinging roasted corn in a cup out the back of a Volkswagen van (sometimes referred to as a VW Micro Bus), the guys had a second VW Micro Bus being equipped to hit the streets as their mobile coffee shop. In keeping with the theme of their first food truck, the original idea was to call the new business the Roasted Coffee Bean. The business partners eventually shifted gears by selling the second Micro Bus and investing their time in gaining additional knowledge in the art and science of coffee through different training courses. After some time passed, Ricardo returned from a trip to Europe and, following a conversation with Jose, they realized they had similar ideas and a common interest in opening a coffee shop. The three friends from www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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Moreover, the debate over the spread of slavery in the newly acquired areas, in part, led to the Civil War, a brutal conflict that featured many Mexican War veterans. The U.S.-Mexico War is also the reason the Rio Grande serves as an international

here is a half-mile stretch of land hidden amongst construction

boundary between both countries. Hart, like several of the war’s

sites and highway ramps, border fences and unkempt shrubs.

survivors, settled in El Paso. Hart’s Mill served the area’s flour needs

It is easy to miss, even if you know what you are looking for.

for decades. According to historian W.H. Timmons, “Although a

Nevertheless, this area, beginning at 1720 W. Paisano, is one of El

quantity was not specified, it provided that he [Hart] would furnish

Paso’s most historic sites, home to Oñate’s Crossing, Hart’s Mill, and

flour…to the posts of Doña Ana, Post of El Paso and San Elizario.”

Old Fort Bliss. In this virtually abandoned area lies the remains of Don Juan de Oñate’s entrance into El Paso, along with the legacy of Spanish

The consequences of the U.S-Mexico War led directly to the

colonization; a violent clash between the United States and Mexico; the

development of Army posts in El Paso. After being headquartered at

advent of sustained military presence in the southwest; and continuous

Magoffinsville (about a mile east of present-day downtown) and near

tensions stemming from illegal immigration and drug trafficking.

San Jacinto Plaza, in 1879, Fort Bliss found a home on hundreds of acres once owned by the Hart Family. Fort Bliss remained there until

Historians claim that in 1598, Don Juan De Oñate and a caravan of

approximately 1891, but two of its officer’s quarters remain standing,

Spaniards entered present-day El Paso by navigating through a valley

although vacant.

situated between a jagged mountain range and marked by a great river that provided sustenance to Native Americans living in the area. Today,

Today, just a few feet west of this half-mile stretch is a massive

most people would only be able to identify this location as “Oñate’s

border fence erected to curtail illegal immigration and drug trafficking.

Crossing” thanks to the half- dozen or so historic markers that sit

One can see the presence of the Border Patrol as they make their

on patches of caliche, hardly showcasing their existence. There is

way along the banks of the Rio Grande. On the Mexican side of the

some debate as to whether this is the actual location where Oñate

fence one can see Juárez and its mountains. On the American side

deemed this region “El Paso del Rio del Norte.” Dispute regarding

construction of segments of the highway extension continue daily,

the exact location aside, this site’s importance in our region’s history

the sounds of workers, equipment, and vehicular traffic filling the

is unquestionable. Given current controversies involving the removal

air. Thus, the area is literally enclosed by present-day politics and

of statues of Confederate generals throughout the United States, it

modernization. But if you remove the politics, modern development,

is important to remember that El Paso experienced its own issues

and fences in your imagination, you might catch a glimpse of the

involving the placement of a statue dedicated to “The Equestrian”—an

expansive mountain ranges and river valley Oñate and his caravan,

unnamed Spanish conquistador who is undoubtedly Oñate. El Pasoans

Hart and his family, and countless Native Americans, observed

still debate whether one of the first images visitors to the area should

centuries ago. You might ponder El Paso’s international existence.

see as they leave the airport is that of a massive statue in the likeness

Perhaps you may also consider this: Our collective history and lives

of a man who led the massacre of 600 Native Americans at the Acoma

can be better understood by visiting this area. This half-mile stretch

Pueblo. As we continue to debate the educational value of statues

of El Paso’s history exists, not only in books and images, but as a

dedicated to controversial figures and as caravans of immigrants from

physical manifestation of our past. To our detriment, this area is

Central America attempt to reach the U.S., Oñate’s Crossing can do

slowly being erased by apathy and neglect. Given what we can learn

much to situate current debates in a much more expansive history.

from visiting these historic sites and their continued relevance, it is a disservice to ourselves to let them disappear.

Just a few yards north of Oñate’s Crossing are the remnants of one of El Paso’s first industries, a grist mill owned by Simeon Hart, an American solider who fought in the U.S.-Mexico War (1846-1848). Though oft-forgotten today, the conflict was arguably one of America’s most transformative wars. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the war, caused the cession of half of Mexico’s territory to the United States, increasing American holdings by nearly a third.


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l Paso-born Sirac Martinez knew he wanted to be a comic book

artist at only four years old. After graduating from Ysleta High

School and moving to Arizona to earn a degree in graphic design, his passion was paused to fulfill a different, yet financially stable,

career in another field. After this short hiatus from art, Sirac knew

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“We took it to a print shop got it printed,

publishers that were more accessible. After

and before we knew it we were selling in

five months of persistent submissions,

stores,” says Sirac. Shortly after, he moved

Guardian Angel Publishing gave Sirac his

back to El Paso and began publishing comics

first shot at illustrating a book. After asking

in his hometown with the help of childhood

about his interests, they sent him a story

friends. In the pre-Comic Con world of El Paso

that he and, most importantly, his children

in the early 2000’s, gaining support for their

loved. “Don’t Put Gum in the Fish Bowl,”

creations took time and energy, but they found

by Wesley Stuart, was Sirac’s first big yes in

the support through local publicity—which

children’s literature, but this style of art was

embraced and promoted their work. To his

far from what he was used to creating.“I’m

surprise, in 2007 Sirac won first place as a first

not used to drawing, I’m gonna say, ‘cutesy’

time competitor in the El Paso Art Association

stuff,” says Sirac, in reference to his years

competition. His winning piece was a portrait

of drawing overly-masculine men and sultry

of his late uncle. The following year, he won

women for comic books. “It really sat me

Best of Show with a portrait of him and his

in my chair.” After hours of research and

wife, and the landmarks of Las Vegas.

practice sketches, he began honing this new style and eventually created characters that

Fast forward to the present day—Sirac

the author, editor and publisher loved.

is not only actively creating portraits and comic illustrations, but has branched out to

“There is always someone or something

illustrating his first published children’s book,

that takes me in a direction where I have

“Don’t Put Gum in the Fish Bowl.” The book

to learn it. Like with the children’s book, it

offer came to Sirac in a time when he needed

wasn’t something that came natural, but I

it most. After eighteen years, he had lost his

had to learn it, and now I can add it to my

job and had nowhere to turn but back to his

repertoire,” says Sirac. “Don’t Put Gum in

passion. He immediately began sending his

the Fish Bowl” was published and released

illustrations to publishers, but received an

in early 2018, and kicked off with a book

unfortunate response. “It wasn’t easy, right

signing at Barnes and Noble. Sirac has

away the information that I was getting was

also been a guest speaker at elementary

that you have got to get representation, an

schools across El Paso to talk about the

agent,” says Sirac.

book and the steps he took to get his work published. He happily shares the wisdom

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Despite the tall wall between him and his

he’s acquired over the years of publishing

goal, he decided to send his work to smaller

comics, competing in and winning art shows,


December/January, 2019 and now illustrating a children’s book. Sirac lives by the belief that an artist must expand their horizons and step out of their comfort zones in order to succeed, as he’s had to do time and time again. A second belief at the core of Sirac’s career is that accessibility is key. He welcomes meeting with families for book signings, and is happy to answer any questions on craft or working in the art industry and even offers lessons for budding artists. He hopes to be a mentor to young generations as an example of someone who followed his dreams despite life’s obstacles. “There’s a reason why the term ‘starving artist’ exists,” says Sirac. “If I could say anything to El Pasoans, for artists, it would be: support us. Not just me, but support the artist that you like. Buy their piece, start a collection, talk about them, share their work on social media. We all need it.” Follow Sirac on Facebook.com/SiracIncArt

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educate the public on conservation topics and then getting their dream job here at the zoo, always leaves us in sheer awe. Their continued support, dedication and passion drives us to continue expanding our program to meet its highest potential. One of the community outreach events our volunteers truly love being a part of is going to local schools to read and engage with our youth. We have attended schools such as Thomas Manor Elementary for “Read Across America,” as well as Capistrano Elementary for “Dr. Seuss week,” where we were greeted with smiling and happy faces. We had the pleasure of talking to kids of all ages about the importance of recycling to promote a healthy environment, giving back to their community and of course showing off our very loveable mascots that kids just go wild over! Some might not admit it, but many adults go wild over our mascots too—

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but that will stay between us. These kinds of community outreach opportunities are possible because of the volunteers who make it their mission to give back to their community in various types of settings, ensuring that a tiny seed is planted in the hearts and minds of our little ones–which will grow into the desire to someday give back to their community as well.

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Volunteers are, without a doubt, the true backbone of everything that happens on and off zoo grounds. They are and will always be some of the most valued members of our team that advocate for the El Paso Zoo and the El Paso Zoological Society in our community, while generously giving their time year round. They turn their compassion into action, and you can too! If you are interested in joining our team, you can contact us zoovolunteer@ elpasotexas.gov or siqueirosoc@elpasotexas.

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E L PASO

he arrival of the holiday season often means spending time with family, exchanging gifts and enjoying delicious meals with loved ones. But it’s also the perfect time to focus on gratitude and giving. During this season of giving, there are many ways to support Make-A-Wish® and ensure the holiday season is a little brighter for children with critical illnesses. However you celebrate the season, you may be surprised to find that you can get–and give–the most out of your holiday traditions. This holiday season you can help make wishes come true by participating in these special opportunities supporting MakeA-Wish here in El Paso.

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Shop with AmazonSmile Are you using Amazon to complete your holiday shopping list? AmazonSmile is a convenient way to support Make-A-Wish every time you shop through smile.amazon.com—at no additional cost to you! Simply login to shop and choose Make-A-Wish® North Texas and 0.5% of your entire purchase price will be donated back!

Write a Letter to Santa (Yes, Really!) Calling “Believers” of all ages! Write a letter to Santa and help make wishes come true! Now through December 24, bring a letter–or five–addressed to Santa and drop it into the big red instore letterboxes at Macy’s. For each letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million!

Donate Airline Miles Instead of letting those airline miles expire, you can easily donate them to Make-A-Wish to bring everlasting wish experiences to life. Every mile donated helps wish kids and their families travel to destinations around the world. All you need is your American, Delta, Southwest, United or JetBlue frequent flier number and the number of miles available. Check your balance and donate online at ntx.wish.org.

Share Your Ears During the holidays, Disney Parks invites fans to “Share Your Ears” to help Make-A-Wish grant even more wishes to children fighting critical illnesses. This holiday season, Disney Parks is donating $5 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million, for each photo you take and share on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram wearing “Mickey Ears”–or any fun, creative ears–with the hashtag #ShareYourEars. To learn more visit shareyourears.org. What a great idea for the family, too!

Share the Love with Subaru Looking for a new car? During the Subaru “Share the Love” event, running November 15, 2018 through January 2, 2019, Subaru of America, Inc. will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased to your choice of four participating national charities—including MakeA-Wish. Since 2011, Subaru has granted the wishes of more than 1,500 kids with critical 138

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Buy Your Gifts and Shop & Support Shop for good and buy your gifts with Shop & Support. Through Shop & Support, you can link any credit or debit card and support Make-A-Wish North Texas every time you shop–at no additional cost to you. To get started, visit shopandsupport.org.

Buy a Bear at Helzberg Diamonds Stop by Helzberg Diamonds and purchase an “I Am Loved” bear. For every “I Am Loved” bear sold through December 24, Helzberg Diamonds will donate $5 to help Make-A-Wish America empower wish kids through life-changing wishes.

Buy A Star at Dave and Buster’s Celebrate this festive season with friends and family at Dave and Buster’s! Guests are invited to “Buy A Star to Help Grant A Wish” for $1. In return, guests will receive $10 of free game play with purchase of a $10 game play. Another wonderful activity for families!

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Thank you El Paso for nominating David Andrade as Best Realtor 2018! December/January, 2019

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Cesar Soto & David Manguia “David is someone that was there for us through the whole process. His energy and positive attitude made everything easier. I would highly recommend Mr. Andrade to anyone who is looking for a realtor! If you’re looking for someone dedicated and who will go above and beyond for your home building/selling experience, give David Andrade a call, he’ll do everything in his power to make your home dream a reality.”

Santiago & Hazibe Avila “Highly recommended, very patient with very good character, helped us in every way possible throughout the process and went above our expectations! As first time buyers, we appreciated that he made sure we understood everything and answered all our questions. David guided us to our dream home! Thank you so much David for taking the stress away in every way!” 140

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Thank you for nominating us as Best Car Dealership. Your vote renews our commitment to provide the best luxury cars, customer service and automotive support.

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| By: ANDY MARTINEZ |

s we start one year and begin another, we have an opportunity to

review the best that 2018 had to offer in men’s grooming. We tried

a lot of duds along with loads of winners, so it was difficult to compile

a short list of four products to wrap up the year (especially when your skin and hair have been enduring the muck, mud and mire that is the endless pit of grooming products). These next four products represent the most failsafe approach to grooming, while keeping in mind the wide variety of tastes and preferences out there.

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1 Aesop | In Two Minds Facial Cleanser 4 Living Proof | Molding Clay $33 | Aesop.com

$26 | livingproof.com

It’s difficult for people with combination skin to commit to one all-

Perfect for a care free look while still caring quite a bit, this easily

over-the-face product. Often times, we’re relegated to buying several

workable pomade provides a sturdy hold while still maintaining its

options of a similar product simply to avoid over or under-treating

malleability throughout the day. Made for those looking for a quick

certain areas of the skin. For me, the nose and forehead tend to turn

readjustment or style change throughout the day without it looking

into oil slicks before noon if I use a normal weight moisturizer, so a

heavy, this formula has the ability keeping your hair looking as neat or

light serum is more appropriate for those areas. The areas around the

as wild as your heart desires. Get rid of the stuffy post-work look and

nose and the mouth require a heavier formula to really work to repair

head to your friends’ gathering with a fresh and more relaxed vibe,

the especially dry skin. In order to balance the texture of the skin

because nobody wants to see your paperwork self at the taproom.

before even getting to moisturizer, a cleanser that regulates sebum production in oily areas while gently hydrating dry areas is best in order to not shock the skin into creating more or less of its natural oils.

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3 Wise | Sea Kelp Soap $15 | wisemenscare.com Initially focused on environmentally-driven, carefully-sourced men’s hair care, this Canadian company’s foray into other products has begun with this all-over body soap. This cleansing bar includes popular moisturizing soap ingredients such as shea butter, while maintaining a unique essence with anti-oxidant-rich sea kelp, black pepper, vetiver and my personal favorite, bergamot.

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a big impact on what you see in the mirror. Let’s break down the world

of skin care to simplify what should become your basic skin care routine.

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Basics

What is involved in basic skin care maintenance? You want to use products that will keep your skin from getting overly dry or dehydrated—keeping it clean and hydrated will slow down the daily aging process. Follow these basic steps and make sure to cleanse and moisturize/replenish twice daily.

Cleanse

Properly cleansing the face includes using three products:

an eye makeup remover, a facial cleanser and a toner.

Eye Makeup Remover

A gentle product that will remove

all eye makeup quickly, without all the usual rubbing and tugging, for the eye area is recommended. My favorite is Almay Longwear & Waterproof Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, it can be found in most drug stores.

Cleanser

A milky, creamy or oily cleanser is best for all skin types.

These cleansers gently dissolve makeup, excess dirt, oils and sunscreen as well as deeply penetrate the pores to dissolve the “bad” oils and bacteria from the skin. I recommend Shu Uemura Anti/Oxi Clarifying Cleansing Oil.

Toner

The purpose of a toner, also called a softening lotion, is to

remove cleanser residue from the skin. Choose an alcohol free toner, as alcohol is an ingredient that dehydrates the skin. Claims that toners shrink or close your pores are false. If they were true, why would anyone have large pores? I recommend Shu Uemera Ultime8 Sublime Lotion.

Moisturize and Replenish

Holding in the skin’s natural

moisture is crucial for all skin types and ages. There are three products you need to use daily: moisturizer, night cream and eye cream.

Moisturizer

Often called a daytime moisturizer, it is meant

to sit on the surface and protect the skin from the environment, hold in water and keep a barrier between skin and makeup—which allows makeup to go on better, look fresher and stay on longer. My favorite is Janssen Cosmetics Calming Sensitive Cream.

Night Cream

A night cream or treatment product can penetrate

the skin to replace water, vitamins, minerals and other beneficial ingredients to the skin. I recommend Janssen Cosmetics Night Replenisher.

Eye Cream

The skin around the eye is seven times thinner than

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Better Read Than Dead | By: HENRY CRAVER |

Fashion Climbing by Bill Cunningham Written in secret before his death in 2016, Fashion Climbing is famed fashion photographer Bill Cunningham’s intimate memoir. The book chronicles Cunningham’s early life and his unlikely rise to the top of New York City’s fashion world. Raw, sincere, and superbly written, this work offers readers a comprehensive understanding of one of fashion’s great innovators.

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung Adopted from an impoverished Korean family at a young age, author Nicole Chung’s first book recounts her experience being raised by a middle-class white family in Oregon and her journey to find herself as an adult. Chung skillfully explores the complex challenges adoption has posed to her identity and sense of belonging.

Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister Written by New York Magazine’s “writer at large” Rebecca Traister, Good and Mad dissects the anger felt by many women, and men, in the face of a historically sexist society. Traister not only documents the causes of such resentment but explains how it has been used constructively to create a more egalitarian nation.

Becoming by Michelle Obama The much-anticipated memoir of one of our country’s most beloved first ladies finally hit the shelves in November. Fans of Mrs. Obama won’t be disappointed as the 400-page auto-biographical work promises a charming and in depth look into one of our time’s most important figures.


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UTEP has experienced rapid growth over the last decade. With it, the University District too has burgeoned. Whether you’re an incoming freshman or graduated decades ago, there is fun to be had in this vibrant slice of central El Paso.

Little Shack

Can’t make it to Peñasco this year? Don’t get down about it, head to Little Shack and dip into the seaside state-of-mind. This little restaurant–one of three locations in El Paso–offers Caribbean delicacies, topnotch fish tacos and a wide variety of tropical cocktails to wash it all down.

Paradigm Texas Gift Shop This Kern Place gem, located in an old dance studio, has something for everybody. Like the store’s design, the inventory is eclectic—ranging from fine silk scarves to shave kits. One constant, however, is quality. All of the products are exceptionally well made.

Uptown Cheapskate

Uptown Cheapskate describes itself as “a cross between your favorite mall store, a thrift store, and the exclusive boutique that’s just down the street.” The shop features a conglomeration of some of the coolest lifestyle brands along with carefully selected second-hand clothes.

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Kinley’s Coffee House

Kinley’s Coffee House is arguably the most popular study spot for UTEP students right behind the university library. However, the joint’s rich coffee, tasty pastries and solid food menu make it a must visit for everyone, no matter when they graduated.

The Palomino Tavern

The Palomino Tavern has no problem standing out in El Paso’s increasingly competitive bar landscape. This place has great food and drink menus, reasonable prices and a beautiful patio that is perfect on nights when the desert just won’t cool down.

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PET OF THE

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

MONTH

Dog: Maggie

Owner: Michelle Fierro-Quintero Maggie is 10 years old. She loves her daily walks to the park. Since she is a senior puppy, she chills most of the

time in her backyard. She loves her daily treats, getting her teeth brushed, her fur coiffed and taking dips in her doggy pool

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hodes is a relatively small island, so when I booked a four-day visit, I thought I’d

see most of its tourist attractions. Was I wrong! History has made an indelible

mark on Rhodes. It is layered so deeply in rich historical treasures that the entire

The Byzantine Market offers cooling shade with its canopy of trees, umbrellas and draped fabrics.

island could be referred to as a living, breathing museum. But if you’re not a fan of archaeological splendor, don’t let that dissuade you, because mixed in with the Doric columns, stone ruins, clay pots and marble statues, is one of the

prettiest places you will ever visit.

The walled Old Town of Rodos, which is the Greek name for the capital city of Rhodes, is a capital divided by conquest. The Byzantine, Jewish, Roman and Turkish Quarters each speak of different cultures and eras of occupation. The Byzantines arrived in the Third Century and stayed until the 1300s. They were there for a thousand years, so their influence permeates the landscape. Next, the Order of the Knights of St. John the Baptist came, conquered and later protected Rhodes and its people. Many buildings and artifacts from both of these periods were destroyed or lost with the arrival of the Ottomans in the 16th century. This did not bode well for relations between Turkey, visible from the Rhodesian shoreline, and present day islanders. Early in the 20th Century, Rhodes transferred its political allegiance to Italy. This lasted until the second 158

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December/January, 2019 World War, when the Germans and then the British claimed her. Finally, in 1948, the island unified with Greece. All of this history is significant because of the impact it had on the face of the Old Town of Rodos. Every view is filled with a plethora of architectural styles. Mosques were built on the remains of Mycenaean temples. Christianity crowned many of the Islamic domes. Open foundations, dug down into the remnants of time, reveal centuries of interesting stories. Walking through the winding streets of each quarter was a truly incredible experience. Eating lunch in a garden shaded entirely by the limbs of one tree felt like living in a fairytale. Absorbing the beauty, the legends and glory of the past was breathtaking. The more popular islands of Mykonos and Santorini are at the top of every travel agent’s list, but if you are lucky enough to get to Greece, leave Rhodes till the end of your trip. It simply doesn’t get any better.

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CIRCA SESSIONS This fall, our expert bartenders Paco and Hugo will release signature drinks inspired by El Paso’s history, events, art

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Electric Scooters Glide into the City wave of scooters has arrived in El Paso.

Glide is a homegrown business founded

A concept similar to B-cycles, or rental

by UTEP alumni and El Paso natives,

bikes, electric scooters are a unique

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co-founder

and

current

CEO

Jonathan Lopez. Ideal for UTEP and EPCC

with commuters and those who use public

students, they expect to have scooters

transit in mind.

available in Downtown, Kern Place, Sunset

and culture. Come raise your glass with us at Circa 1963

including

way to get around. They were designed

Heights, Cincinnati District and Executive Lime and Bird—figureheads in the dockless

Boulevard. According to Andrew Harris,

electric

fast

Chief Financial Officer, Glide is hoping

growing California-based startups. Their

to have their scooters out and running in

business models are quickly outpacing other

December or early 2019. “We want to wait

ridesharing companies Like Uber and Lyft in

and work with the city to make it right,”

terms of rides shared and capital raised. This

Andrew says. They want the scooters

stratospheric progress has allowed them to

to be a fun and safe alternative to more

expand into international markets such as

conventional forms of transportation and are

Spain, while growing their domestic markets

working diligently with the city to make it

almost exponentially. Early promoters like

a reality. Bird, which was launched just last

Marshawn Lynch and the recent drive

year by previous Uber and Lyft executive

for

Travis VanderZanden, is already operating in

scooter

phenomenon—are

environmental

consciousness

can

help explain the growth of these types of

nearly 70 cities around the world.

alternative ridesharing companies. Scooter companies have expanded rapidly

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Two different companies are bringing scooters

in spite of running into regulatory issues in

to El Paso—Glide and Bird. Glide and Bird are

major cities such as Denver and Nashville.

similar in concept as they both connect to a

Their sustained growth will rely on their ability

mobile app. Both Glide and Bird scooters can

to jump through those regulatory hoops in

be rented by anyone over the age of 18 with

order to establish themselves in cities like

a valid driver’s license. The charges are also

El Paso—which earlier this year asked Bird

the same for both services—$1 base charge

to remove their scooters from the city until

and $0.20 per minute.

safety ordinances could be put in place.

Users can ride around for as long as they

The companies stress the importance of

want at speeds of up to 15 mph and leave

safe riding when it comes to using their

the scooters anywhere once they have

equipment. They advise riders to ride in

arrived at their destinations. Glide, like

bike lanes, wear helmets, and work hard to

other scooter ridesharing companies, will

ensure they have a driver’s license and are

have ambassadors patrolling the areas to

of legal age.

make sure scooters are parked correctly and charged overnight. Glide tested out scooters back in October and the results were promising.

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Together, we can do amazing

How often do you get to one thing that transforms someone's life? Donating blood can be that thing. It takes only moments, but on the other end, someone gets to live another day with better health, enjoy their family and experience another sunrise. Now that is amazing. Formerly, United Blood Services – same caring people, same life-transforming

For more information or to schedule a donation, call or visit us at vitalant.org Find us @vitalant:

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Celebrity

Eats

Laura Tate | By: ELAINE GORDON |

Dallas-born singer, Laura Tate, is drawing rave reviews for her fourth CD, “Let’s Just Be Real.” This soulful interpretation of the classics, with an enviable back-up band of seasoned pros, was recorded in Los Angeles last spring and has been gaining international airplay since its summer release. The album has already garnered fantastic reviews from around the world and is one of the best releases of this year. Known for her versatility, Laura sings a compilation of American standards from the 30s to the 50s in her first CD, “Songs from My Suitcase.” “Blue Train” and “I Must Be Dreaming,” add versatility to her music that encompasses jazz, blues and rock in her second and third albums. Singing since she was nine years old, Laura traveled the

Laura’s Signature Appetizer: Mediterranean Goat Cheese with Olives

country with theatrical companies and repertory theater groups before settling in Los Angeles to sing and act

Ingredients:

on stage and television. Laura Tate is a member of the

2 rolls of good quality Goat Cheese

Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Radio and

1 cup of Green Olives

Television Artists and the Actors Equity Association.

1 cup of Black Olives 1 cup of Kalamata Olives

Laura now makes her home in El Paso, Texas where she’s

1 Tablespoon of capers (optional)

an effective advocate for education, the arts and a variety of

1/2 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

humanitarian causes. Her leadership has been recognized by the President’s Volunteer Services Award from both

Directions:

President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.

Crumble the goat cheese onto a large microwavable platter. Finely chop all the olives and then cover the crumbled goat cheese with the chopped

After surviving devastating personal setbacks, including

olives. Sprinkle the capers on top of the olives and cheese. Finally, drizzle

domestic violence, she has regained her voice and her

the extra virgin olive oil all over the cheese and olive mixture. Place platter

strong personal spirit to revive her musical career. Laura

in the microwave on high for 3-4 minutes or until bubbly. Serve with your

Tate’s story is one of missed opportunities, heartaches and

favorite crackers or toasted baguette. Bon Appétit!

second chances. Her 2019 musical tour is in the works.

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GREEN CHILE

SEAFOOD

CHOWDER

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ostrani. It’s Italian for “Local” or “Homegrown,” but its liberal definition is “ours.” I learned the word from an Italian butcher while visiting London’s renowned Borough Market. Inspired, I

wanted to incorporate the strength of that word into a dish that would ease this seemingly endless year. Growing up, my dad would always gravitate to seafood for most of our special occasions. I think living in the desert made it seem exotic, but who’s complaining? This dish is packed with seafood and it’s best served when it’s cold outside, so plan accordingly. Easy and quick to make, a seafood chowder is all about your prep. Be meticulous about the directions and ingredients and you’ll be set. Bringing this home for the holidays with a respectful

Chef’s tip

| By: JESSE MAYNES |

amount of green chile seemed only right to get that “Nostrani” vibe. I love the crunchy things on top of egg drop soup so I decided this had to have crunchy things on top too. Bacon fat and Old Bay baked sweet potato straws are probably

For Green Chile Seafood Chowder 1/2 pound medium shrimp, peeled 1 1/2 pound clams, scrubbed and rinsed 2 cod filets, cubed 1/2 pound bacon, diced

Experiment with different shellfish for a variety of flavors.

1.

liquid has taken off the browned bits left on pan from bacon. 3.

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Add cleaned clams and cover Dutch oven with lid. Using oven mitts, shake Dutch oven back and forth to open up clams and release their liquid. After clams are opened and liquid is released, remove clams from pan, cover and rest in refrigerator.

4.

Add potatoes, fish stock, and clam juice to Dutch oven. Bring to simmer, drop heat to low and cover for 25 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.

5.

Once potatoes are fork tender, add cubed cod, peeled shrimp, clams and corn. Simmer 5 minutes then add milk and heavy cream. Bring back up to simmer and cook for 2

4-6 bolillos

For Garnish

Lower heat to medium, add onion, celery, and green chile. Cook for 5-6 minutes until flavors mesh and the natural

1 cup whole milk

Butter

In a 5-quart Dutch oven brown diced bacon on medium from pan, drain, and reserve half of the fat.

2.

1 can corn, drained

1 cup heavy cream

Grill some bolillos with too much butter, it’s the perfect tool

high heat, season with pepper. Once browned, remove

1 cup clam juice

1 pound Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, medium dice

remaining inches of your stomach is highly recommended.

For Green Chile Seafood Chowder

1/2 white onion, fine dice 3 cups seafood stock

start with it right here, right now. Stuffing carbs into the last

to soak up the remaining juices, no dirty bowls allowed.

3 cups green chile, diced 2 stalks celery, diced

my new favorite thing to put on top of everything, so let’s

more minutes. 6.

Serve warm with grilled bolillo and butter.

For Garnish 1.

One peeled sweet potato cut into extremely thin julienned strips.

2.

Toss sweet potato with reserved bacon fat and Old Bay.

3.

Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes, toss with fork halfway through.


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Independence Place 4011 Alabama St El Paso, TX 79930 (915) 562-4300

Spring Park 9535 Acer Drive El Paso, TX 79925 (915) 594-7411

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| By: PABLO DELGADILLO |

Comebacks With the announcement of the Spice Girls coming back, a “Child’s Play” reboot in 2019, and Queen’s music topping the charts, it’s more than safe to say that comebacks are in. How can you apply this to your life? Remember that sweater from ten years ago? Why not dust it off and rock it this winter? Those charming but old shoes, step out in them! There’s no limit to what you can bring back from the dead.

Bag it up Paperbag pants are hot right now! Their versatility can allow you to dress up or down depending on your mood and the weather! You can find them in different fabrics as well, velvet and cotton are perfect for the winter. Don’t be afraid to try them on!

Layering That five layer dip is not the only thing you can bring to your holiday parties, clothes can be layered as well. Now that winter is here, you have to think about how to stay warm. Consider mixing and matching pieces of your wardrobe to keep toasty and stylish. Try to incorporate a sweater vest or a cardigan on top of your shirt, and then wrap everything under a nice jacket or coat. You can play with a variety of pieces to achieve your desired look.

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OUT Grinchmas

There’s always a party pooper at every holiday celebration. If you hate buying gifts, cooking or bringing food to dinner, can’t stand listening to Mariah Carey when she gets festive, or detest anything that comes in an apple-cinnamon scent, well, you’re the grinch of your family and you better stay home.

Wrong-wraps Stuffing the perfect holiday present in a generic holiday gift bag is a thing of the past. With so many wrapping options and tons of ideas on how to personalize a wrap on Pinterest, there’s no longer any excuse. Take the extra step and wow your loved ones with a personalized name-tag, patchwork wrapping paper made from a bunch of scraps, or even a collage of newspaper clippings of stuff they like.

Single-days The holiday season can feel especially cold when you’re single, but don’t worry, not having a significant other shouldn’t stop you from enjoying this special time of the year. You’ll be free to spend extra time with your own family and friends. And in case somebody asks that uncomfortable question about why you’re alone, just reply: “I prefer buying presents for myself.”

Whatever Your Occasion,

Plan it With Us!

Gatherings That Inspire Unforgettable Social Events

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Microblading and Eyelash Specials, Call Now!

Master Hair Stylist | Nails | Skin | Wax | Makeup | Microblading | Massage

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Get To Know December/January, 2019

Home of America’s 1st Armored Division Fort Bliss is the nation’s air defense headquarters

Fort Bliss is the second largest military installation of the U.S. Army

Fort Bliss was first called “Post Opposite El Paso Del Norte”

Fort Bliss was named after Maj. William Bliss when reestablished in 1854

William Bliss was the son-in-law of President Zachary Taylor

Fort Bliss had five different locations before finally settling in its permanent site

The military community at Fort Bliss has grown to over 164,000 people

Approximately 58% of the military community at Fort Bliss is married Females represent 48% of the military community at Fort Bliss The cost of living in Fort Bliss is lower than the average for all the major cities in the United States Current annual sales on Fort Bliss exceed $275 million

William Bliss is buried at Concordia Cemetery

Ft. Bliss Old Ironsides Museum is a must see for war history fans; it contains exhibits featuring the military heritage within the U.S. and its role in the Mexican Revolution

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Freedom Crossing, “the heart of the Fort Bliss community,” is the first open-air shopping center. Along with a movie theater, which features stadium seating theaters, it also caters to children with a giant play area. Freedom Crossing hosts full events throughout the year, including summer concerts, Let Freedom Sing, monthly play dates andwww.thecitymagazineelp.com festivals


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FINDING NEVERLAND

A MERRY-ACHI CHRISTMAS ::: December 17

::: December 11-12 7:30 PM

Plaza Theatre Winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice for Best Musical, Tony-winning director Diane Paulus reimagines the tale of the beloved Peter Pan and delivers a performance that is at once enchanting and heartwarming.

Admission: $30+ Info: elpasolive.com/broadway

7:30 PM Plaza Theatre Ring in the holiday season with this theatrical mariachi group that will bring all the best holiday hits to El Paso for one night only. Admission: $37+ Info: elpasolive.com

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8:00 PM El Paso County Coliseum After finding recent success on the Billboard 200 with his debut mixtape “Day69,” New York City rapper Daniel Hernandez has set out on his World Domination tour. Having worked alongside artists such as Murda Beatz and Nicki Minaj, 69 will be looking to erase recent legal controversy with a performance that highlights both his eccentricities and raw talent. Admission: $64+ Info: elpasocoliseum.com

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8:00 PM Plaza Theatre Winner of multiple Grammy Awards, Jason Mraz, partners with Toca Rivera on a very special fall tour that promises to deliver the intimate acoustic performances for which these world-renowned musicians are known. Admission: $51+ Info: elpasolive.com

OOKAY

9:00 PM The Lowbrow Palace Los Angeles based DJ and EDM artist Abraham Laguna will bring his eclectic music to the Lowbrow as part of his Bad Habits tour. Admission: $20+ Info: lowbrowpalace.com

10:30 AM/2:30 PM Abraham Chavez Theatre This December, The Plaza Theatre will show you how to get to Sesame Street. Bring the whole family to an event that will captivate the minds of the young and the not-so-young with an interactive show unfolding on the world’s most famous street. Admission: $25 Info: elpasolive.com

MOSCOW BALLET’S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER ::: December 22-23

7:00 PM/1:00 PM/5:00 PM Plaza Theatre World Class Russian artists bring the season spirit to life in their Dove of Peace Tour. Their exhibition includes hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens and jubilant nesting dolls in this unique performance that will be sure to enthrall the entire family. Admission: $28+ Info: visitelpaso.com

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::: December 15

SESAME STREET LIVE! LETS PARTY! ::: December 22-23

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JASON MRAZ AND TOGA RIVERA ::: December 18

6IX9INE

::: December 13

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IL DIVO

::: December 18

8:00 PM Abraham Chavez Theatre A product and survivor of the Simon Cowell school of criticism, the tenor group has gone on to find world wide success, selling more than 30 million albums. They will be bringing their Timeless Tour to Abraham Chavez on December 18. Admission: $47+ Info: ildivo.com

2 DAY FLAG FOOTBALL CAMP

::: December 27-28

11:00 AM Album Park Perfect for young athletes who want a complete introduction to flag football, or veterans wanting to brush up on their skills in preparation for a league, this camp will teach participants core components of the game in a fun and positive environment. Admission: Free Info: active.com

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Jason Vourazeris, M.D. El Paso’s board-certified shoulder surgeon. Also, providing cutting-edge, non-surgical treatments, including Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) therapy.

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EL PASO PUZZLER

THE DINNER DETECTIVE INTERACTIVE MURDER MYSTERY SHOW: NEW YEARS EVE SHOW!

::: December 31

7:00 PM Holiday Inn-Sunland Park America’s biggest comedic murder mystery show is in El Paso! The interactive dinner show will feature a special holiday performance that will surely result in a fun, socially interactive evening suitable for all adults. Admission: $59.95+ Info: eventbrite.com

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::: January 20

8:00 AM Bowen Ranch This mountain bike race will test amateurs and pros alike with its “epic” courses. The 12th annual endurance challenge will be hosted at the Bowen Ranch’s Round House just north of US 54. Deadline for registration is January 6. Admission: $70+ Info: texassportsonline.com

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HYUNDAI SUN BOWL

::: December 31

12:00 PM The 2018 game will mark the 85th anniversary of the Sun Bowl and its 51st consecutive broadcast on CBS. The game features selections from the ACC and Pac-12 conferences. Admission: $22+ Info: sunbowl.org

CNCO

::: January 27

7:00 PM El Paso County Coliseum The Latin American boyband recently released their second studio album “CNCO” and are largely considered one of the biggest acts in Latin American pop music. They have won multiple awards, including the Latin American Music Awards and Teen Choice Award. Admission: $40+ Info: countycoliseum.com

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THE ROMANTICS

::: January 18-19

7:30 PM Plaza Theatre The El Paso Symphony Orchestra brings you the classical arrangements of the romantics. Music Director Bohuslav Rattay conducts the music of Brahms and Dvořák. Admission: $18+ Info: epso.org

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On Oct. 11, a fundraising dinner for the El Paso Diocese Foundation was hosted by Nora and Ernie Herrera and Lisa Soto and Paul Thompson. With Special Guest Bishop Mark J. Seitz, D.D., proceeds benefitted Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services. | Photos by: JENN MĂ RQUEZ |

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The 2018 “Taking Breast Cancer to Heart” event was

held on October 25 at the El Paso Convention Center. Featuring a fall fashion show by Ella Blu, the event raised money to support local breast cancer patients. | Photos by: JENN MÁRQUEZ |

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El Paso’s Halloweenthemed charity event, the Monster’s Ball, was held on Oct. 26th. With a costume contest, live auction and entertainment, this signature social event in it’s 11th year raises funds for Loretto Academy.

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On Oct. 27th, the Rotary Club of El Paso, along with their sponsor The Hospitals of Providence, hosted their

6th annual Wine Fest.

There were samplings of over 400 different types of wine and food from local restaurants. | Photos by: JENN Mà RQUEZ |

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Designs by LL Power hosted their fun annual holiday open house on Nov. 2nd with shopping deals to get you in the holiday mood while enjoying refreshments by The Magic Bistro.

| Photos by: JESSE MAYNES |

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The Junior League of El Paso held their annual shopping gift market, “A Christmas Fair,” on November 2-4 with over 220 merchants and multiple special events, including a rockin’ performance by El Paso’s own, The Dirty River Boys.

| Photos by: JESSE MAYNES |

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On Nov 8th, we unveiled our November issue at the new

downtown cocktail and cigar lounge, Wallflower. With live music and a mega-talented crowd, we celebrated El Paso’s diverse music scene. | Photos by: JENN Mà RQUEZ |

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August, 2018

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

$$

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 189 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

Johnny Carino’s

Angry Owl Southwest Grill & Cantina

$$

$$

675 Sunland Park Dr. | (915) 581-7042

4799 N. Mesa St. | (915) 532-2450

1201 Airway Blvd. | (915) 778-7771

1700 N. Zaragoza Rd., Ste. 128 | (915) 300-1004

From traditional Italian dishes like Chicken Parmesan, to the more

This colorful Southwestern eatery offers mesquite-spiced, Mexican-

creative “Spiced Italian” fare like the Spicy Shrimp and Chicken and

inspired chow and potent cocktails. From seafood and ribs to fajitas

Jalapeno Garlic Tilapia, Johnny Carino’s has food and drinks to satisfy

and wings, you’ll find plenty of southwestern flavors to tempt your

your hunger for great food in a family-friendly atmosphere. H

palate. PR, H

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

ranch. Come savor our famous juicy steaks and mesquite-smoked BBQ while enjoying miles of desert scenery and spectacular sunsets! PR, O 190

bringing his Cajun home-style cooking from New Orleans, the seafood boils and dishes will leave your mouth watering for more. Fresh seafood www.thecitymagazineelp.com is brought in twice a week. Come in and try for yourself. PR, H


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December/January, 2019

DEcember/january Advertiser INDEX Ben Bridge Jewelers.....................................................Pg. 11

Mesa Street Grill............................................................Pg. 33

Benjamin Law Firm......................................................Pg. 160

Mix/Milan Salon & Day Spa.........................................Pg. 175

Casa Buenavista........................................................ Pgs. 6, 7

New American Funding.........................................Back Cover

Connor Family Dentistry..............................................Pg. 131

Nicholas Reyes Hair Salon...........................................Pg. 116

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.........................................Pg. 173

Olivia’s Ooh La La Boutique..........................................Pg. 39

Edge of Texas..............................................................Pg. 108

Ortho El Paso...............................................................Pg. 179

El Paso Behavioral Health System...............................Pg. 126

Ski Apache.....................................................................Pg. 13

El Paso Studio..............................................................Pg. 139

Smallcakes...................................................................Pg. 112

El Paso’s Children’s Hospital.........................................Pg. 91

Southwest Plastic Surgery..............................................Pg. 9

El Paso Rhinos.............................................................Pg. 107

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

El Paso Spine Center...................................................Pg. 157

Spectrum Technologies...............................................Pg. 153

Elyse Simons Beauty...................................................Pg. 147

Sugar Skull Fashion Boutique......................................Pg. 165

European Wax Center...................................................Pg. 39

Sun City Orthopaedic & Hand Surgery Specialists......Pg. 103

Farmers Insurance.......................................................Pg. 127

Sun Travel......................................................................Pg. 81

Five Star Painting.........................................................Pg. 142

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino................................Pg. 105

FPI Management.........................................................Pg. 171

Table Occasions.............................................................Pg. 75

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

Telemundo...................................................................Pg. 152

Geico...........................................................................Pg. 113

TFCU............................................................................Pg. 167

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

The Angry Owl.............................................................Pg. 159

High Society Limousines.............................................Pg. 191

The Black Orchid Lounge..............................................Pg. 98

Hippie Girl....................................................................Pg. 149

The Hospitals of Providence................................ Pgs. 15, 136

Hotel Indigo.................................................................Pg. 162

The Italian Kitchen West..............................................Pg. 127

Humane Society of El Paso.........................................Pg. 156

The State Line.............................................................Pg. 129

Indicium Display Network.................................. Pgs. 125, 138

The Wilson Trolley.......................................................Pg. 155

InVogue Rejuvenation..................................................Pg. 151

The Woodhouse Day Spa..............................................Pg. 37

Institute Regenerative Medicine.................................Pg. 161

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

Intraceuticals...............................................................Pg. 164

Vitalant.........................................................................Pg. 163

Johnny Carino’s Italian.................................................Pg. 104

Walgreens............................................................. Pgs. 18, 19

KTSM...........................................................................Pg. 174

Wallflower...................................................................Pg. 111

Las Palmas Del Sol Hospital........................................Pg. 123

Westend Hair Co.........................................................Pg. 109

Lucchese Boots.............................................................Pg. 22

Wyatt Underwood Trial Lawyers.................................Pg. 100

Luis Carlos Perez...........................................................Pg. 10

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