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Features

Middle School Hero READ ABOUT THE FOOTBALL COACH WHO SAVED A PLAYER’S LIFE

Life Saver THIS WOMAN IS SAVING LIVES IN HER CAREER AND DAILY LIFE

By: JENNIFER ROSS

By: CHRISTINA CHITTENDEN

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The American DREAM ONE UTEP STUDENT’S JOURNEY AS A DREAMER By: MARIE MOORE

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A Rescue Mission LAW N PAWS IS THE ANIMAL RESCUE SHELTER YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT By: KAYLA MELSON

Here and Now

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Artist Spotlight TURN THE VOLUME UP FOR THE CHAMANAS By: JACQUELINE AGUIRRE

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Hidden Gem CREPE AND CO. IS SERVING THE FOOD YOUR STOMACH WANTS By: KRYSTA AYERS

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Where Are They Now? OSCAR MOLINAR IS A RISING STAR AND BEAUTY INFLUENCER FROM EL PASO By: ANGEL TORRES

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Michelle Cromer

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Christina Chittenden

Angel Torres

Contributors

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Sharilyn Wells

Jacqueline Aguirre

John Horta


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Bobby Gallagher

Marie Moore

Jesse Maynes

Dav Anmed

Joann Wardy

Elyse Simons

Nick Arias

Grace The Psychic Lady

Michael C. Graham

Jennifer Ross


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his month we honor the unsung heroes of El Paso, those who might go unnoticed, whose nature isn’t to brag; they do what they do because their hearts are good and their good deeds often go unnoticed because humility is their badge. Thus, the cover

story of Coach Eric Palomares from Hernando Middle School in the Socorro Independent School District. Coach was placed in the right place at the right time and with the right skill set to save a young football player’s life. When you read the cover story about his heroic efforts, his humility, you’ll breathe a breath of confidence about the hands you place your children in when they go to school. Coach Palomares is hailed as a hero for saving the life of one of his players. Read the cover story yourself and meet the man on page 20. There are an estimated 750,000 DREAMERS in the United States. Those who are at no fault of being brought into the United States illegally by parents wanting a better life for their children. They go to school, contribute to society, and walk a straight line often in the shadows, always looking over their shoulder with the threat of being deported. Most of these DREAMERS have never visited their birth countries, have no ties to relatives and if deported, would be entering a country as strange to them as it would be to us. I can’t imagine living in a world of what-ifs, hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. Meet a brave young UTEP student, David Gamez, who walks those shoes daily. This month we also celebrate the many real estate professionals in the El Paso region. As we grow, they grow, and the cream of the crop is highlighted in our July Issue. Those classy individuals who take the time to get to know us, learn our family wants, maneuver us through budgets, then search this great city for the perfect home for us to raise our children, play with our dogs, barbeque and swim in the summer sun. They find us our homes where we share a lifetime of memories. That brings us to the beauty article and updating those professional headshots. Girls, glamour shots are a thing of the past and if you’re still using yours on your business card it’s time for an update. Nothing is worse than showing up to meet your business appointment and not recognizing each other because of years gone by. Read our beauty article for tips on the latest do’s and dont’s, and embrace your beauty today and say goodbye to your younger self. You couldn’t get me to go back— well, maybe a few years. Enjoy the read,

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ric Palomares, Assistant Football Coach

eventually found his love in the world of coaching

at Hernando Middle School in Socorro

football, never realizing the importance and more

Independent School District, woke up to

so, the purpose his EMT background would have.

just another day, excited about the Friday night football game. It was August of 2016,

It was during the football game, after a helmet-to-

and little did he know that average day was

helmet crash, that the head coach yelled “player

soon to take a turn. He would suddenly be

down” and motioned for Eric. When he reached

thrown into the spotlight during an almost

the player, the words “head injury” came out of

tragic event at his team’s football game.

his young mouth, his voice diminished, his eyes closed and then he stopped responding. Eric went

Although all coaches are certified in CPR,

into high alert and since the player was laying

Coach Eric Palomares came to the team with

head-first, he took precautions and held his neck

a strong background in the medical world. After

to rotate the young man. There was no pulse and

graduating Bel Air High School, where he studied

his breathing had stopped.

EMT in their magnet program, he then attended

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UTEP and aspired to be a doctor. He studied pre-

As Eric describes it, he went into the zone; he says

med before discovering that passing the MCAT was

it was as if he stepped out of his body. He began

tougher than he thought. Eric got a job working as

CPR and fought to save the young football player’s

an EMT for a private ambulance company, which

life. He yelled for an AED, but it was locked inside

he did for four years. As life took its turns, Eric

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asking how far away the ambulance was

years ago that he’d lost a 15-year-old young

After the ambulance left, Eric started picking

knowing the clock was ticking. The crowd

man in similar circumstances. “It was real

up the medical equipment that was scattered

gasped, minutes passed as he continued CPR

sentimental to me,” he says, “because I’ve

from the intense situation when he realized

while waiting for the ambulance. When they

done that at work before, but I’ve had no

that no one was helping him. When he

finally arrived, the young player had a pulse,

emotional attachment to someone that I’ve

looked up he saw that those around him were

but his breathing was sporadic. It wasn’t until

done that for. When I saw him, and [knew]

standing in shock, staring at him. They called

the ambulance took over, placing the player

how hard he and all of my players have

the game, something that only happens

on the stretcher, that the coach realized the

worked all year, it was surreal.”

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“You need time with students outside the classroom, and that was the best opportunity for me. I started as assistant coach at the Catholic school and it made me happy. They need good role models. then watched as their coach resuscitated

who almost lost his life on the field that day. I

JR: Were you involved in sports or

him. Without Eric and his experience, the

asked him what he remembered and he laughed

extracurricular activities as a kid?

outcome of this situation would have no

and said, “It was the second quarter, I was

doubt been grave. He was soon hailed as

playing a 2.1 conversion and I made a couple

EP: Yeah, just in middle school. I wasn’t

a hero for his quick response in saving his

of hard hits.” He remembers waking up in the

that good. That’s what makes me a better

player’s life.

ambulance and hearing his mom crying. I asked

coach. I went out for seventh grade football,

him if he could describe the bond between

tried out for all the sports and didn’t make

I asked Eric to remember what happened

himself and Eric. The young football player said,

anything except football because they didn’t

next and he said he took some time before

“I want to say a big thank you, give him a hug

make cuts. So, I made the team and stayed

going to the hospital. He rode with his players

for saving me. He saved my life, I thank God

on the team in eighth grade because I loved

on the bus back to the school. When asked

for this man and that he’s here.” When asked if

football.

how the players were, he said, “They were

he’ll play football again he says, “Yes ma’am.” JR: What is your favorite part of the job?

all devastated.” He adds, “Unfortunately, it was an away game, so on the bus ride home

Our writer Jennifer Ross also got to interview

they looked at me to explain the whole story

the heroic coach.

but about life. You never know when you’ll

and it was a very teachable moment to them. I explained to them that you never know

EP: Impacting students, not just my subject,

JR: Why did you become a coach?

be given an opportunity to be successful. I tell them once you find something you love,

how fast your life can be taken away and you’ve got to enjoy it. And even now with my

EP: I wanted more one-on-one time to motivate

students in my classroom, I teach them to

them and get the best of them. I didn’t speak

work hard to prepare for things. I tell them to

until I was five-years-old. They wanted to put

JR: What do you want people

do the best to their ability.”

me in Special Education. My brother was older

to know about you?

you’ll never have to work a day in your life.

than me and he would always answer all of my Two and a half hours later he got to the

questions. We were always together. But my

EP: I don’t want to be recognized. I’m actually

hospital. “I expected the worst and he’s

kindergarten teacher is the one who worked

surprised I said yes to this interview, but I

there laying on the bed, he’s awake, his eyes

with me. She spent a lot of one-on-one time

think when you do your story, people will see

are open, he couldn’t recall anything that

with me. Fortunately, it was a small Catholic

who I am as a person.

happened,” Eric says. “It was nice that I was

school. She brought out the best in me. Thank you, Coach Eric Palomares, for

the first one that talked to him and explained You need time with students outside the

being ready when life threw a curve

classroom and that was the best opportunity

ball, specifically, to you on that hot

For a brief minute during the photo shoot, we

for me. I started as assistant coach at the

August evening.

were able to talk to the young football player

Catholic school and it made me happy. They

what happened.”

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inger Mariah Carey said it best when she said, “There’s a hero if you look inside yourself.” For El Pasoan Diamond Price, being a hero began many years ago – though she is far too humble to admit it. At the age of 16, Diamond became a mother to her oldest of five children. With the fad of “Teen Mom” shows and stereotypes, some would assume

that her chance at ever being successful was a lost cause. However, rising above the negativity and statistics of teenage motherhood, Diamond not only graduated from high school, but went on to become a medical assistant which became her career for over 20 years. Currently, she is only two classes away from completing her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, and she won’t be stopping there. Her fascination with the human brain sets her standards no less than becoming a doctor in neuroscience. Aside from her devotion to motherhood and her career success, Diamond is an avid member of the El Paso community—working as a lobbyist which encouraged our city to make Veteran’s Day happen outside the Fort Bliss area. Her second passion is assisting veterans with disability

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Diamond Price

Though, what really makes her standout

set up a meeting between the family and

circumstances. I believe it is so important to

is her heroic act this past February. While

me.” Though Emily will undergo different

know how to perform CPR—you never know

driving to lunch with a friend, she witnessed

therapies on her road to recovery, she is here

when you might need to use it,” she adds.

a horrific traffic accident involving a father

today because Diamond happened to be in

“What is even more vital, in my opinion,

and his four-year-old daughter, Emily. Despite

the right place at the right time.

is to never let fear control you in these situations. So many people want to stop and

being certified in CPR since her start in the medical field, this was her first time

Since the accident, Diamond admits that she

take pictures and record tragedies without

ever needing to apply it in an emergency

has heightened senses and a constant stream

knowing—or being afraid to—help. If I could,

situation. “All I could think was what if this

of adrenaline. “There are really no limits in

I would love to make learning CPR a law for

were my five-year-old daughter laying there,”

my life anymore,” she said. She wants to

everyone because life is far too short.”

Diamond said. She began walking Emily’s

use her ability to help people as much as

father, Gabriel, through giving Emily breaths

she can. She is currently an ambassador at

Diamond has perfected turning a mess

while she performed compressions. “It was

a university and enjoys setting an image for

into a message. As a single mother, she

such an adrenaline rush—I don’t remember

students by motivating and helping them

has enabled her children to become just

seeing or hearing anything around me.”

reach their goals. As one of the faces of the

as capable of saving lives and protecting

university, she is known for possessing high

themselves as she has. Each of her children

integrity and morals.

have learned how to perform CPR and how to

After what seemed like an eternity, medical

use a handgun in the event of an emergency,

crews arrived and rushed Emily off to the hospital. “I had no idea if she was even okay.

“I have always been compassionate about

especially since their house was recently

I ended up posting a status on Facebook to

the brain and helping people with post-

broken into. It is safe to say that Diamond

see if anyone in town had heard anything.

traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain

exceeds the teenage mother stereotype.

Luckily, one of my high school friends was

injuries,” said Diamond. “My dream is to

the sister of Emily’s grandmother. She

one day open a center for people with those

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Rebuilding Together El Paso Presents Run for a Margarita 5K/2K Rebuilding Together El Paso is a non-profit organization geared towards transforming the lives of senior citizens and disabled homeowners. After the walk/run, enjoy a complimentary margartia, pork burrito plate and live music from Dusty Low. The race will be on July 22 starting at Up and Running at 7 p.m. Early registration begins on July 20 for $25. Registration can be done at raceadventuresunlimited.com. For more information visit, rebuildingtogetherelpaso.com.

Ruidoso Grindstone Trail Run On July 29, head out to Ruidoso to help support the multiple-use trail system. The four-mile, eight and half mile and half marathon races will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Wingfield Park. Come and support the great outdoors. You can register online at raceadventuresunlimited.com

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PetCo Zaragoza Adoptions On July 22, head on over to PetCo on Zaragoza and adopt your fur-ever friend. With a great selection of adoptable pets, you could help give a home to a pet in need. Dogs 16 weeks and over are $100 and puppies are $120. Cats 16 weeks and over are $90 and kittens are $100. This is in support of the Humane Society of El Paso.

2017 Desert Music Jam As members of the Texas Music Office, Neonticket.com is helping to stimulate the music scene in El Paso. Enjoy local bands on July 28 and 29 at Painted Dunes Golf Course. A percentage of the proceeds will go to The American Patriots and the rest of the monies will be donated to support local veterans. The fun starts at 6 p.m. each day.

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The Dream Act

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According to a Congressional address delivered by Congressman Beto O’Rourke: There are an estimated 750,000 DREAMERS in the U.S. They are beneficiaries of an executive action by President Obama. It is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or “DACA.” This act is applied to people brought here at an early age, by their parents, from other countries. They go to school, live by our laws, are productive, make contributions to their communities, and sometimes strive to serve in the military or perform other community or civic services. It ensured they are able to reside in America after volunteering their personal information, fingerprints, contact information, names, addresses, telephone numbers and registered identity with the government to satisfy legitimate security concerns about undocumented immigration. DREAMERS satisfied those concerns. This temporary reprieve from deportation allowed DREAMERS to continue to live in and contribute to the safe and wonderful communities they occupy. It is no accident that El Paso has more than its fair share of DREAMERS nor that it is also the safest city (not just along the U.S./Mexico border or State of Texas), but in the United States. A commitment by President Trump to terminate DACA could reduce the security of communities where young people no longer feel comfortable approaching or working with law enforcement for fear of deportation. This could produce extreme anxiety and fear in those who’ve lived here for the majority of their lives. Consider someone who arrived at age three and only knows life in the United States; only speaks English; has lost family connections and has no home in their country of origin. The Department of Commerce estimates that these 750,000 DREAMERS will earn up to $4 www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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he issue of El Paso’s DREAMERS is one that tears

working student get deported a day after being found in public

at the very fabric of our city. Although it is based on

without his papers.

a political premise, for many, it’s really just about people like David Gamez who was brought to this

But I also find myself being better organized and more prepared.

country as a young boy by a mother who was left

This situation makes you realize how important it is to stay on the

homeless in the wake of a hurricane.

right side of the law, to save diligently, have money in the bank for unexpected problems and have a lawyer standing by, as should

But the plight of Gamez is impacted by legal dynamics.

ALL DACA participants, in case of a deportation notice.

El Paso Attorney Cynthia Lopez has been practicing Immigration Removal

It has taught me to make the most of my time here; that

Defense for six years. She’s a graduate of Loyola University and DePaul

DREAMERS must excel in English, develop personal skill sets and

University College of Law.

acquire a degree or certification so we can succeed wherever we are, but especially if we’re deported.

Cynthia explains, “There are no defined avenues by which a DREAMER can attain citizenship. Some work visas convert into legal permanent resident status but those are limited and there’s a big difference between LPR status and U.S. citizenship. For a DREAMER to become a LPR or citizen, a legalized family member must generally petition for them (spouse, parent, child over 21, or sibling). After three to five years as an LPR, the DREAMER can then apply for citizenship. “After DREAMERS graduate and get a job, an employer can sometimes petition on their behalf, but usually only for temporary visas. This process is lengthy and complicated and must go through the Department of State, so employers must willingly open their books and prove where their income originates and generally show they have unsuccessfully sought candidates with legal status for employment here.”

“Because most DREAMERS don’t have family members or employers to petition for them and they were brought into the U.S. illegally, DACA is probably their only option to avoid deportation.” As a DACA participant, David Gamez lives in El Paso, Texas. His story represents most DREAMERS so I asked David how current administration policies make him feel. Here is his story in his own words. Before and after becoming president, Donald Trump promised to make the DACA Agreement stronger (in our favor) but he hasn’t really come through on a lot of his promises. It’s very, very difficult—feeling like you’re living on a tightrope all the time, waking up every single morning with fear. At times I’ve questioned the legitimacy of the DACA program—especially after witnessing a hard-

DREAMERS must overcome the opinion of others who believe Mexicans are here “to live off the government” so I’m always reading, always improving myself. I research business opportunities so when I finish school in three to four years, I can pursue my career dreams. I’d like to work with a company that’s developing better energy sources. I’m very passionate about working in the Energy Sector and inspired by Tesla and Elon Musk. Eventually, I’d like to create a company that promotes the arts AND technology—because as well as being an electronic engineering student, I enjoy being a graphic designer and painter. In the meantime, I’m part of a group working with congressmen, the Border Network and El Paso City officials to develop a process that DREAMERS can implement to become American citizens. So, how do I summarize my feelings? I guess the bell of fear is always ringing at the back of my head. Always.

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But I’m not afraid to speak out or to try and inspire a different perspective—to change the way things are. Your strongest weapon is your mind and growing your skill set is the ammunition in your arsenal. DREAMERS are not here to tear the country or this city apart—we’re here to grow, to set an example and be the pillars of this American society.

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Thelma Briffa, American Living Realty Thelma Briffa is not just a sales agent, she’s a passionate sales pro “Helping People Live the American Dream;” which also happens to be American Living Realty’s promise. With more than 23 years of experience, she knowledgeably offers top-notch service to everyone she works with. Her passion has helped shaped a career devoted by immense time and effort to providing El Pasoans the best, most up-to-date information related to home buying and selling. Working with one of the most established home builders in our area, Classic American Homes, Thelma and her team are committed to providing both quality service and products. Offering a plethora of information to first-time home buyers is something that Thelma finds to be a pertinent part of the home-buying process. In fact, she regularly invites others to attend her seminars to better understand the home buying process and learn what to expect when starting their search. She intends to hold more seminars to accommodate the community and better educate consumers. One need only look to Eventbrite, Facebook and other social media for future dates and locations for her home buyers’ seminars. Thelma also works with “Homes for Heroes” as a way to acknowledge and give back to the dedicated first responders, educators, fire fighters, law enforcement officers and nurses in our community. Being involved in the community where she works is something that she takes pride in. Whether it’s doing community outreach at the Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s home, or in various leadership roles, everything this real estate expert does is with the purpose and intent to, ultimately, better her clients. Continually enhancing her knowledge, she stays well-informed and ahead of the curve in the real estate world. Soon, American Living Realty will offer “A LA CARTE LISTING SERVICES” and a choice for sellers that are looking to list their homes. Sellers will be offered a tier of menu services along with flexible commission rates to efficiently market and sell their homes. In the future, we can expect Thelma and American Living Realty to branch out into our city’s eastside, as well as New Mexico. Sticking to her company’s values of being authentic and passionate about the real estate industry makes Thelma an excellent choice for all your real estate needs. With her team of expert REALTORS®, there is no better choice than Thelma Briffa and American Living Realty.

Thelma Briffa American Living Realty (915) 204-1234 6633 N. Mesa St., Ste. 102 El Paso, Texas 79912 www.americanlivingrealty.com O: (915) 225-2266

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Alonzo Real Estate Group With the team at Alonzo Real Estate Group, you can expect quality care

all the difference in the world,”

and professionalism. This strong team has combined experience of

says Victor Alonzo. He’s led the team to being Top Producers at

over 35 years, making them incredibly knowledgeable about El Paso’s

both KB Realty and around the city. Together they have achieved an

real estate market and surrounding areas. Beyond that, Alonzo Real

impressive accomplishment of producing over 25 million dollars in

Estate Group works diligently and incredibly hard for each individual

real estate. Victor Alonzo is also a Top Producing Agent who’s been

client, giving them full attention and a personable experience.

named one of the Top 15 Agents of El Paso and, currently, ranked as NAHREP’s #62 Realtor® in the nation for 2016.

The team echoes the same sentiments about “working” as real estate agents. The difference between them and other agents is that it’s not a

To help them achieve their high rankings, Alonzo Real Estate Group

“job” to them, it’s their craft - their passion. “Every day, I love what I do

uses the most modern technology and promotes their homes vastly

and helping people realize their dream of being home owners makes

through social media. They’re also involved with a myriad of selling

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Alonzo Real Estate Group 1035 Belvidere, Suite 280 El Paso, Texas 79912 (915) 276-4639 Alonzorealestate.com

and buying options such as resale homes, investment properties, new

Group. The team of agents are completely aware of how stressful,

construction and commercial spaces. Currently, the team represents

yet gratifying, it is for someone to commit to such a large investment-

several local home builders and has strong partnerships with several

-the purchase of a home. That’s why the agents with Alonzo Real

mortgage lenders to better serve their clients.

Estate Group are tenacious and work that much harder when dealing with new families, young couples, investors, or second and third-time

The most important factor in their success is that they’ve mastered

homebuyers looking for a home.

their unique market. They understand that this is a diverse community, calling for multiple ways of selling and buying. With Fort Bliss at close

“It’s not a job, it’s a passion,” says the team. With a team of agents

proximity, for example, the influx of military families looking for a

who share your vision while guiding you through an exciting process,

place to call their own are well taken care of with Alonzo Real Estate

you’re sure to find the most suitable home to meet your individual needs working with Alonzo Real Estate Group.

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Claudia Abraham REALTOR® Claudia Abraham was born and raised in the El Paso/ Juárez area and being that she is a 3rd generation real estate agent, she has strong ties to the real estate community. Claudia’s reputation in the industry stands for her honesty, excellent communication skills, great work ethic and her willingness to go above and beyond to ensure a smooth transaction from start to finish. She graduated from UTEP with a Bachelor’s in Health Sciences and minor in Nutrition, however she knew her passion was in real estate. Claudia started her real estate career at Home Pros Real Estate Group and soon joined the Alexander Cordova Luxury Real Estate Group in El Paso. Given her background, perseverance, customer service, ability to connect with clients, attention to detail and unique skill to truly understand the client’s needs, it was no coincidence that Claudia became one of Alexander Cordova Luxury Real Estate team’s top producers and has helped, and continues to help, her city and its surrounding area with its growth and economic development. When she’s not assisting clients, she spends her time off participating in activities in her community such as playing volleyball, volunteering, crossfit/bodybuilding and enjoying family and friends.

Claudia Abraham REALTOR® Alexander Cordova Luxury Real Estate Group powered by Home Pros 714 Belvidere St., Ste. A El Paso, Texas 79912 (915) 787-6464 claudiaabrahamrealestate@gmail.com

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Jese Gonzalez The Real Estate Matchmaker Matching Buyers & Sellers The Real Estate Power House 5823 N. Mesa, Ste. 732 El Paso, Texas 79912 (915) 549-1962 www.SellingEP.com

Jese Gonzalez The Real Estate Power House They say home is where the heart is, but for Jese Gonzalez, homes

It has been Jese’s diverse background, broad knowledge and substantial

are her heart. Beginning her journey at a young age, Jese grew up

awareness of the communities’ needs that have facilitated vast success

around the industry through her mother, who was also in real estate.

and ultimately created an impressive resume within her career.

Originally from New York, Jese came to call El Paso her home after relocating due to her father’s profession in the military.

Jese has now started her real estate team, within The Real Estate Power House, to provide superior service and convenience to clients

Graduating in Economics & Finance from UTEP, Jese pursued a career

by being proactively involved across all social media outlets.

as a Cost Analyst for Boeing. After starting a family, she decided on a career change that would provide more flexibility and became a teacher.

It is Jese’s dedication that has established profound relationships with her clients. To Jese, her work is not just a transaction; it is building

But with her heart never straying far from her love of real estate—she

a foundation of trust during one of the most emotional and financial

pursued her real estate license during summer break from school,

aspects of a client’s life.

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Tony Delgado, KB Your real estate experience With 26 years of real estate experience, one would expect only the best when working with Tony Delgado, Partner/Broker, of KB Your Real Estate Experience. He’s a Sun City native, and a proud Austin High School graduate, class of 1978. He says that for him, “life really started in June 1978” when he graduated and a week later married his wife, Rose Delgado. Recently celebrating 39 years of marriage, they have two sons, Antonio Jr. and Jason. They have five grandchildren from son, Jason, and his wife, Vanessa. In fact, making family his priority parallels a flourishing career marked by the same longevity. This firm is one of the most progressive real estate firms in the country with its synergistic business systems, which afford their agents with multiple revenue systems to include property management, residential and commercial real estate, roofing and construction, home flipping and asset based lending. Thriving locally between two offices, he also operates a third office in Fort Worth, Texas. Tony’s secret to long-lasting success? “We have to remember this is not just a real estate transaction, it’s ‘Your Real Estate Experience.’” And that’s what working with the best sounds like! Tony Delgado, Partner/Broker KB Your Real Estate Experience 2077 N. Zaragosa, Ste. #B203 El Paso, Texas 79938 (915) 857-6800 Tonydelgado817@gmail.com www.mykbyree.com

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Rebuilding Together El Paso Over 725 El Paso homes belonging to the elderly, disabled and

their time and efforts. They’re also the only organization in town that

veterans in need have been revitalized through the dedicated effort

can make critical improvements, such as leaky roof repairs, unlike

put forth by Rebuilding Together El Paso. A non-profit organization

other local organizations that often refer their own applicants. Their

comprised of an all-volunteer board, their mission is clear: “Restore,

vison, according to Julie Kae Vasquez, Director of Public Relations, is

Renew, Rehabilitate” and make homes to those in need a “safe,

“revitalization of the community through the community.” See The

healthy and warm environment.” With over 500 volunteers and

City Magazine’s “Charity Register” this month for information on

valuable partnerships with Home Depot, Lowe’s, Wells Fargo

how your fully-deductible donations help Rebuilding Together El Paso

and Bank of America, to name a few, as well as several licensed

continue its purpose.

contractors, Rebuilding Together El Paso has restored the American dream for many disenfranchised El Pasoans since 1991. Rebuilding Together El Paso Impressively, over 96 percent of donated funds are allocated to their

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Gianna Yañez KB Realty 2077 N. Zaragoza, Ste. B203 El Paso, Texas 79938 (915) 443-4676 realtor.gianna@gmail.com

Gianna Yanez, KB Realty Gianna Yañez is young, ambitious and making some incredible strides

estate agent in the early stages of her career, and her accomplishments

in her career as a real estate agent with KB Realty. Celebrating her

continue to add up. She is producing a high turn-around rate, currently

one-year anniversary this month, Gianna is not to be underestimated.

selling her listed homes 50 percent faster than the typical agent, with

After six months of being a part-time agent, Gianna decided to go

her houses being on the market for an average of 38 days. She is eager

full time after falling in love with her work and seeing how much she

to work with the community and help people buy and sell their homes.

could help people. She also sells new homes, currently working with Loyalty Homes and Since November she has also been a part of El Paso Cash Home

their new developments in far east El Paso. Her self-motivation, and

Buyers, a company that will buy your home in cash and flip it. Being

sincere love of what she is doing, will surely keep her at the top of

invited to work with this company is quite an achievement for a real

the game, so if you need someone to call on, let it be Gianna Yañez.

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Jan Engels of Bear’s Bilingual Mobile Signing Services 2219 King James Place El Paso, Texas 79903 (915) 474-1081 Jengels25@yahoo.com www.bbmss.com

Jan Engels of Bear’s Bilingual Mobile Signing Services In our fast-paced, competitive marketplace, companies must find

A team of full-fledged notary publics and loan couriers, Jan and her

innovative ways to stay ahead of the curve. With around-the-clock

associates execute vital, highly time-sensitive documents at just a

services marked by “speed, accuracy and professionalism,” Jan

phone call away. Their mobile business model offers these services

Engels and her team at Bear’s Bilingual Mobile Signing Services do

right on the spot and with the same precision you’d expect from a

just that. With over 14 years in operation, these certified signing

traditional office. Her team is thoroughly background-checked and

agents offer reliable, mobile signing services for: title companies,

certified by the National Notary Association, and holds memberships

mortgage companies, reverse mortgages, home equities, refinancing,

to several notary associations. It’s no wonder Jan’s commitment to

depositions and affidavits all across Texas. Their four-person notary

excellence earned her a nomination for the 2014 National Notary of

team is fully bonded, and backed by over 10,000 mortgage refinancing

the Year award. That same standard of excellence upheld by Jan and

and home equity signings for over 50 companies, to offer convenient,

her associates makes Bear’s Bilingual Mobile Signing Services the

bilingual, 24/7 services to our area.

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Denise Torres CEO of The Torres Real Estate Group of El Paso Realtor KB Your Real Estate Experience WCR Vice President of Membership (915) 276-5261 DeniseTorresRealty@gmail.com www.DeniseTorresRealty.com

Denise Torres, KB Realty Besides being extremely welcoming and personable, Denise Torres is good at what she does. As a listing agent for Pointe Homes, 2016 Builder of the Year, she prides herself in her hard work, her dedication and being a successful woman in a male-dominated industry. With twelve years in the real estate world, she also has the experience and knowledge you’re looking for. Raising two children to become good, kind hearted and goal driven

Denise is an advocate of supporting other women and empowering

adults is her biggest accomplishment. Her personal struggles and

them to work at their full potential. “Working my way up to the executive

childhood have taught her to be resilient and remain positive. She

board of the Women’s Council of Realtors has allowed me to be in a

draws her strength from past experience “but also from knowing I

position not only to empower myself, but other women as well.” She

help others achieve their dream of homeownership.”

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Being Their Voice:

Law N Paws gives abused animals a second chance | By: KAYLA MELSON |

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t was when she learned of an animal

only leads to insufficient punishment. “We

abuse case in the Fall of 2016 that Vanessa

need to educate people on getting stronger

Acosta discovered her passion.

laws, because a lot of times [abusers] just get a slap on the hand and nothing happens

El Paso Animal Services officers rescued

to them,” Vanessa says.

Raven, a 1-year-old Black Labrador mix, when they found her with a four-inches-too-

Raven’s case inspired Vanessa to begin her

small collar painfully embedded in her skin.

own non-profit rescue organization, Law

The collar, which was intended to be worn

N Paws, to help save more abused and

by a cat, was so tight that Raven required

neglected animals. “They don’t have a voice,

anesthesia

so we need to be their voice,” she says. “We

to

treat

the

life-threatening

wound. “She was a victim … and she

have to protect them.”

deserved a second chance,” Vanessa says. “I think all animals deserve a chance.”

Law N Paws currently works by rescuing animals in abusive situations and placing them

Several months later, Raven is now in a

in the homes of the organization’s five foster

loving home. Her abuser, who has been

parents. Typically, Vanessa says anywhere

arrested and charged, bonded out of jail and

from 40 to 50 dogs and cats in their care at

is still awaiting a court date. Vanesssa says

any given time. “We’re still looking for more

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July, 2017 adds, “they just keep coming in.” So far, Law N Paws has helped approximately 20 animals find their forever homes. A longtime dog-lover and 17-year veteran with the El Paso Police Department, Vanessa officially started Law N Paws in February 2017 using her own money and donations from friends and family. While half of its title is named after her career field, Vanessa says the organization is something she does outside of her work. “This is … separate from my job—this is my passion,” she says, holding one of her rescues in her lap. Vanessa, a detective, says her co-workers at the department also contribute to Law N Paws by donating, fostering and helping at its fundraiser events. “We’re a big family—we all want to help each other out,” she says. “People see that law enforcement does care about animals ... we’re human too!”

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Vanessa created the organization with the

Law N Paws. “A lot of people don’t care

leads to child abuse, elderly abuse, domestic

help of her mother, Maria Acosta, who also

about the animals, so somebody has to care.”

violence and it just goes to bigger things.”

retired, Maria helps with the business side

In addition to helping save animals, Vanessa

Carrie Teran, a foster parent and volunteer

of Law N Paws, including handling donations,

is also working to raise awareness of animal

for Law N Paws, agrees. “I think a lot of it

deposits and expenses. She also chooses

abuse and the serious implications it can

is ignorance and lack of education,” she

names for the animals based on their

potentially have. “No matter how many you

says. Carrie has worked with Vanessa since

personalities and physical characteristics.

save, it’s going to continue to go on and on

March and says she’s in it for the long haul.

because people don’t understand that it’s

“[Vanessa] is the real deal because she’s

“We’re all really proud of [Vanessa] … and

a big issue,” she says. “What people don’t

doing it for the right reasons,” she says,

thankful,” she says of her daughter starting

realize is that this transferred aggression

adding that some rescues focus more on

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he cold, harsh wind blows on a

which are keeping her warm through the

While taking a graduate course, she met

Tuesday evening of a weekly, free

dropping temperatures. Others simply kept

Aman Wraich, a fellow Geology student from

yoga session at the University of Texas

their eyes closed, relaxing, breathing and

Canada, who would later become co-founder

at El Paso Centennial Plaza. As people

allowing their troubles to be carried by the

for Dare to Dream.

begin to arrive, others unroll their mats and

wind that continued to blow past them. Rachelle and Aman clicked right away and

remove their shoes, ready to begin their Currently a PH.D student in Geology at the

have been close ever since. While Rachelle

University of Texas at El Paso, Rachelle

already struggled with finding a location

Founder of Dare to Dream Yoga, and the

explored a dream of her own—leaving her

to teach and practice yoga in town, she

instructor for the evening session was,

job as an Exploration Geologist in Houston

discovers that Aman was a certified yoga

Rachelle Kernen.

for Shell Oil Company. Working in a stressful

instructor in Bikram yoga. Complimenting

hour-long session.

environment, she felt the negativity from the

Rachelle’s certification in Vinyasa yoga, they

“Bring gratitude into your awareness and

buildup of the daily grind. Feeling incomplete

decided to teach each other as a way to

presence,” she says in a low, soft, gentile voice.

working for Shell, she decided to put the

continue their practice in yoga.

money aside, pushed the “dark side” away Rachelle, who stands on a green yoga mat,

from her path, left her job and came to

In September of 2016, the two practiced

expresses her gratitude over her socks,

UTEP on scholarship to pursue her dream of

yoga at the Centennial Plaza inside the

earning her PH.D.

university. As they practiced, Rachelle says

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ive me your hand and I will expose all of the mysteries of your

can represent guardian angels. A life line that branches out closer to the

future!” That sentence is what we all immediately think of

wrist can mean you will have a life filled with many changes in general.

when we hear about palm-reading. While many of us think

of Palmistry as a novelty or something we do for fun, it turns out that

The middle line in the palm is your head line. A short head line can

the practice dates back thousands of years and does hold

indicate the person is not an academic while a long head line

some weight to it. According to Greek mythology, Hermes

across the entire middle of the hand is someone who will be a

was the messenger of God and responsible for us helping

lifelong learner. In rare cases the head line and the

us to understand the maps of our hands.

love line merge forming a single line. This is called the Simian Crease which alludes to the following

While many of us think that our fingerprints

personality traits—high intelligence, short temper

are the thing that are most unique to us, it

and stubbornness. A headline that forks off at the

should also be known that our palms are just

end represents someone who is

as personalized and informative. Our hands

generally impartial. If the end of

reflect many things- for example, even when

the headline branches out with

visiting the doctor’s office, they usually ask

three lines then it represents

to see your hands. This can give the doctor

high creativity.

immediate signs of illness. For example, areas of redness may indicate circulatory

The third major line is the

problems, or yellow may indicate disorders

love line found right under

of the liver, and pink hands are a sign of

your fingers. The depth of the

good health.

love line indicates how deeply you love and how you are romantically. If your love line is shorter than your head line, you tend to be more practical. If your love line is longer, than you tend to fall head-over-heels quickly in

A good palmist will look at not just

relationships. If your love line curves

your

from the index and middle finger this

hands

when

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is indicative you have a love for the

take into consideration

finer things in life. Another way to

things

gain romantic insight is found when

such

as

the

shape of your hand, and

making a fist. When doing so, lines

the length and curvature of

will appear on the side of the hand

your fingers. The most telling

below the pinky finger. The number

information will be in the three

of lines could indicate the number of

major lines of your palm: the life

serious relationships in your life.

line, head line and love line. Both hands should be considered when The line closest to the thumb is the life line.

having your palms read to see if they

A lengthy life line translates simply to possible

match or have variations in them. Your palms

longevity and older age. Having a short life line

also change with the times and experiences

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“The goal has always been to mirror France’s 2015 law in diverting what would be perfectly edible food to landfills on to people’s plates. France passed a law that has grocers of 4,000 plus square feet nding hunger in America seems like a basic idea that everyone should understand and support, right? The answer should be an easy, “yes.” Unfortunately, the process of educating and getting local government

backing is a battle in its own. Understanding a broken system is the first step to fixing it. EP Foods has since become a forefront of the movement by teaming up with local grocery stores to turn “b-grade” products into healthy meals for everyone. They have built a mission statement from the idea that 40 percent of all food manufactured, processed, and produced ends up in landfills. Instead of figuring out a way to reduce that percentage, companies want to produce more food to make up for that loss, instead of figuring out a system that reduces the actual amount of that waste. EP Foods has stepped up to fulfill that need in our local communities through action and education. There’s no incentive for doing what they do. They do it because they understand that any way you look at it, food is about the community. Rudy Parra was my first contact with the movement. Through opendiscussion type forums, Rudy organized meetings all around the city to gather information, educate and plan for the next steps in the food waste movement.

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signing contracts with local pantries and food banks to divert edible food from the landfills into those pantries. Food waste is the world’s dumbest problem, not only could we end unnecessary hunger, but we could also put a huge dent in climate change. In the same year that France passed their law, the W.H.O deemed the agriculture industry to be the top producer of greenhouse gases, more so than the fossil fuels industry. Food waste is a climate issue that we need to start talking about. With this resolution council passed, El Paso has become one of, if not the first, city in the U.S. to start this conversation.” – Rudy Parra Within all the efforts being carried out on a local level, the El Paso City Council has appointed a Food Policy Council, a citizen-lead movement that works with city staff to create a realistic food waste reduction strategy by 2018. Declaring 2017 as “The Year of Food Waste Prevention and Recovery in El Paso,” is a huge step in the right direction. This new council doesn’t operate alone. They are working closely with EP Food to combat these issues into a fullscale movement that will eventually find its way into the restaurant industry. Foundational guidelines put forth to push the movement include largescale education and actions appropriate to help El Paso become a national leader in food waste prevention and recovery, as well as sustainable food systems.

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here are changes taking place at the El Paso Zoo,

but it’s important to understand one of the key

players in making those changes possible—the El

Paso Zoological Society (EPZS). The EPZS is a private,

non-profit support organization, and their primary

mission is the growth and success of the El Paso Zoo. The

El Paso Zoological Society not only supports operational

costs, but also works to obtain funding for extraordinary

facilities at the zoo including capital improvements, landscaping, visitor amenities, advertising, and animal exhibits. In some past projects, the Society obtained funding for the construction of the Foster Tree House Playground, the Hunt Family Desert Spring splash pad and the McKee Giraffe Shade Structure and Giraffe Hut. As the zoo moves forward with its Quality of Life Bond projects, the EPZS is moving along with the new Hunt Family Endangered Species carousel. This new 36-foot carousel will be a feature of the new entrance to the Asia area of the Zoo. This new entrance is part of the Quality of Life bond, but the endangered species carousel is being funded by the Hunt Family Foundation. It is an $800,000 carousel that includes a poly-ground structure that will protect the carousel from the extreme temperatures and unpredictable weather. However, in order to ensure the carousel remains a shining fixture at the zoo for years to come, the EPZS is allowing the general public to “sponsor” one of the 30 animals that will be on this ticketed attraction. The animals will range from endangered to extinct, and each hand crafted, hand painted animal is up for a set donation amount along with a plaque providing an opportunity for advertisement or as a remembrance piece. There are three primary donation levels ($2,500, $5,000 and $7,500), and the donation amounts are based on the animal selected and where that animal is located on the carousel. For example, animals on the outer and most visible part of the carousel, like the African lion and white rhino, are $7,500, while animals in the innermost level of the carousel like the red panda and tapir are $2,500. Anyone who sponsors an animal will also receive a number of carousel ride tickets based on their level of donation. There are also two larger fixtures that fall into their own sponsorship level—the spinning bird’s nest, made for families/groups, and the swan chariot which will be ADA accessible for wheelchairs. Sponsorship for each of these fixtures requires a $10,000 donation and comes with 100 carousel ride tickets. Both are still available, but there are a few animals that have already been sponsored, including the triceratops, spotted leopard, hippopotamus and gorilla.

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Renee Neuert, El Paso Zoological Society Executive Director, emphasized that this carousel is an important addition to the zoo. “Number one, [this carousel] showcases some of the endangered species found all over the world, so each animal becomes an ambassador to the wild.

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ears ago, while in Lyon, France, I stumbled onto what the locals told me was a “healing” well. It was named after my favorite medieval saint: Saint Guinefort.

In the 13th century, a Dominican friar, Etienne de Bourbon was preaching near Lyon, when he heard during confession that many of the local women had taken their children to Saint Guinefort. Etienne had never heard of this saint, and wanted to learn more, so he investigated. Much to his surprise, he discovered that Saint Guinefort was actually a dog, a greyhound in fact. As the hagiography of Guinefort goes, he was a dog on a large estate. One day, when his master and mistress had left the house, a snake entered into the castle and began to approach the baby’s cradle. Guinefort attacked and killed the snake, but was badly hurt in the fight. He stayed to guard the cradle, but when the parents returned they 80


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found the cradle knocked over, and both dog and cradle covered in blood. Assuming that Guinefort had attacked the baby, the lord killed him with his sword—only to find the baby safe and unharmed and the corpse of the serpent torn to pieces. Realizing their error, they made a shrine for the unjustly slain Guinefort, and began to venerate it. Etienne was none too impressed with the locals’ veneration of a dog as a saint. He made them destroy the shrine and burn the remains of Guinefort—but that apparently did not end the cult of St. Guinefort,

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In many, if not most cultures, animals have served a variety of spiritual functions. They have acted as guardians and shamans, and have appeared in images of the afterlife. Many ancient creation myths depict God with a dog. That animals touch us in a deep and meaningful place is not a new phenomenon, but one that pervades the history of the human-animal relationship. Throughout history, they have offered us something fundamental, a direct and immediate sense of both joy and love. We recognize that animals seem to feel more intensely and purely than we do. I know I yearn to express myself with such abandon and integrity. In having a relationship with our animals we can recover that which is true within us and. Through the discovery of that truth, we can find our spiritual direction. Simply, animals teach

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usic is medicine for the soul. The elements of each song create special vibes that can change your mood like a flip of a switch. El Paso-Juarez band The Chamanas mix their

own medicine using pieces of the culture from El Paso and Juárez.

Their wordplay of “shaman” turned them into The Chamanas. The medicine men and

woman behind this band are: drummer Alejandro Bustillos, bassist Manuel Calderon, guitarist Hector Carreon and newly appointed lead singer of the band Paulina Reza.

With a blend of Mexican folklore, Pop, Brazilian, Bossa Nova, Indie and “other obscure

sounds,” the music of The Chamanas is certainly unique. Half of the members are from our

neighboring city, Juárez, and the other half are from El Paso. Their sound is shaped by the

culture of the two cities to allow a special harmony in their lyrics and their sound.

Their debut album, “Once, Once,” explains the fusion of two cultures on the border city that coexist as one. This won them the Best Pop Album in Mexico’s Independent Music Awards (IMAS) in 2016. They were also nominated for Best New Artist at the Latin Grammys later

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that year. “We were up against some really good bands. We don’t write and play music for recognition, but it’s awesome to gain it,” Bustillos says. After some changes, the band decided to introduce a different sound along with a new singer. Reza, who is their current lead singer, was just a fan before her audition for The Chamanas. While she already knew the members of the band through other collaborations, she was excited to add her touch into the band. “I love this genre and now it is in this new album that I can really put my own voice, my own essence,” Reza says In August, Reza completes her full year with The Chamanas. Growing at an international level, they have played music festivals in the US such as: South by South West (SXSW), Latin American Music Conference in New York, Beach House Texas Tour and in Columbia and Mexico. “We’ve grown to a good rhythm, and we’ve been told that,” Bustillos says. While they have collaborated with Beach House, Portugal, the Man, TV on the Radio and many others, the band rides on good vibes to bring into their music. Each member of the band teams up with each other to write music. Allowing the meaning of the lyrics and the mood to take over them, they transmit the emotion into the song. “I feel completely happy when I sing. Sometimes so neutral, and so involved … I feel complete when I sing,” says Reza. Their continuous growth, locally and internationally, has helped them through the production of a new album called “Nea.” Altering their image to their newer alignment, this album is about love, loss and the many occurrences of life. “This new disc is more happy. It has more hype, more punch,” says Bustillos Reza adds that there is more experimentation on the new album. She says that there’s a new, fresh vibe to their sound. While keeping that nostalgic element from their last album, they’re excited to bring a more positive feeling generated throughout their album. Behind the name, “Nea,” stands a person who was very special to the band. Brother of the guitarist, Hector Carreon, Nea passed last year. To honor him, the band collectively decided to name the album after him. As for the future of The Chamanas, they plan to continue to work on their sound, and will embark on a month long, twelve-city tour after the album release. The Chamanas plan on staying busy. Catch The Chamanas as they drop their album, “Nea” on the 12th of August at The Lowbrow Palace. www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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or every self-proclaimed foodie in El Paso, there are now a handful of new locally-owned restaurants and hidden gems

to eat at. The downtown area in particular has seen an influx of new storefronts and lunch spots. Apart from being local, which

we should always support, these new places also offer us an outlet in which to broaden our palettes. With El Paso being known for its never ending supply of Mexican food, it is a welcoming thing when new food is available, especially when it’s done right. Crepe and Co. is one of these new places. With crepes growing popular in Europe and Mexico, the three owners—Paola Herrera, Carlos Herrera and Hugo Borja— thought it would be a good idea to bring them to El Paso. They wanted to make sure that consumers would have a local place that provided quality crepes to try and keep coming back to. Taking up a small space on the bottom corner of the International Building, Crepe and Co. opened up at the beginning of this year to welcome downtowners, business people, tourists and young foodies. Being inside this historic Trost & Trost building lends to the unique dining experience. The

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windows offer a front row seat to people watching, and outside is an intimate café vibe reminiscent of Europe— but with Trost buildings all around, you can’t forget you’re in El Paso. Some may recall this spot as the previous home of the quick delicious lunch spot, Healthy Bite. Paola is also the owner of Healthy Bite and when the business expanded and grew out of the location, she was determined to keep the same spot. “I really wanted to keep the same space, it was good juju,” she said. While she kept the juju, the inside has completely changed. But enough about the backside—what is important is the food. Paola says that if you try anything on the menu, try the “Maria” and I agree. This savory crepe contains prosciutto, goat cheese, arugula and a sweet compote. You can never go wrong with goat cheese and prosciutto, and when you put these ingredients into the thin crepe, all the different tastes compliment each other perfectly. For any foodie, this is the mouth-watering goodness that your camera lens and taste buds will fully enjoy. If you have a sweet tooth, try the “Strawberries and Cream” or the “Dulce de Leche.” While both are on the sweet side

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of the menu, the flavors balance each other out so that it’s not too sweet. Carlos, Paola’s brother, admits that it was Paola that got the family into trying different food and branching outside of the regular Mexican dishes. Another pretty dish she serves is a crepe with ham, avocado and chipotle sauce. The fresh avocado and hefty drizzle of chipotle sauce is all you really need in life—especially when it’s your lunch hour and you’re not just looking for something to fuel you, but something that is really good. Paola says, “I want to serve you something pretty and something good.” She also says that customizing the dishes to satisfy her customers is something that they will do to adapt to their client’s needs. Don’t like the salad dressing served with each salad? No problem, they can easily change it for you. Not set on being so permanent on their www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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selection, the owners decided to call the restaurant Crepe and Co. in case they ever expanded their menu. In fact, when they were first conceptualizing the restaurant, they intended to include bagels on their menu. For now, it’s all crepes, save for the egg donut that is available for breakfast. But who knows what will become in the future? The proactive small business owners talk a lot about the growth of El Paso and how excited they are to contribute to it. Carlos says that he had a teacher once tell his class, “El Paso is not small, you’re small.” The three owners have taken that mentality and implemented it for their restaurant. So, as you sit on the stool inside, fork and knife tearing into your delicious crepe, take in the fact that you are in El Paso with views that no other city could offer you. Don’t forget to chew. 93


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“Don’t worry. You’ll find someone when you’re not looking.” I do believe that if you’re wanting to be in a relationship then you must also be on the look out, or at

least have an open mind about dating. I’m not saying you should be constantly looking for your soulmate, but don’t shut yourself out from completely looking. If two people meet, at least one of them had to be looking for a relationship, right?

Dating Clichés

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We have all been there and know the struggle of dating. Not only is dating exhausting, but simply listening to people’s advice can also be a burden. I’m sure we have all heard the same old dating clichés over and over. Well, it’s time we break the rules and start breaking some of these old-school clichés.

there is such thing as dating fatigue. Whether that means you’re constantly swiping and messaging on tinder, or

going on several dates per week, it can all get exhausting. Don’t over do it. It’s okay to take some breaks from dating.

We Can Ignore 3 | By: JANNET BUSTILLOS |

“You need to put yourself out there!” Believe it or not,

“Opposites attract.” While I do agree that there can be certain differences that may enhance a relationship, being in a relationship with someone who is the complete

opposite of you can also have a negative affect. If you’re a neat freak and he/she’s a slob then there may be some issues.

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“Don’t over analyze things and have fun.” Under thinking can sometimes blind us from a reality check and potential red flags. I’m not saying you must analyze

every single detail, but thinking critically can help you stray from the bad relationships.

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“Don’t have sexual relations right away.” This may vary from person to person. My suggestion is do what you feel is right. There are people that may disagree, but

we are all adults and ultimately, it’s your body and your choice. “If he can’t handle you at your worst, he doesn’t deserve you at your best.” Ah yes, the infamous quote that “Marilyn Monroe” once said (which we all know

is BS). We all want a partner that can handle our flaws and is understanding of them. More importantly, if you are just taking the part of “me at my worst” literally, that can be a problem. Don’t let this cliché phrase absolve you of fixing your flaws.

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“Timing is everything.” Umm... I’m not really sure about this one. What do people really mean by this? Could it be that you just got out of a relationship and you’re not ready

to date? Or that you are waiting for the perfect time to ask your crush out? Whatever the case may be, my advice is not to wait. Sometimes the best decisions are done when we just jump the gun. www.thecitymagazineelp.com


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| By: ANGEL TORRES photography by: DAVID PARISH |

f you ask around, not many will

Beginning his volunteer work while attending

with him that they gave him a chance to run

remember that, once upon a time, El

Austin High School and EPCC, his first big

the pageant for the following years. “I was

Paso was the host city of the famous

break came along when a judge of the 1988

only 21-years-old at the time, which was

Miss USA pageant. Don’t believe me?

Miss USA pageant missed their flight to El

kind of a big deal,” he says. So much so, that

YouTube it and experience for yourself

Paso, leaving the pageant short a judge.

the El Paso and Juárez media “ate it up.”

the smiles, sparkling dresses, cowboy

Now, some might say it was luck, I call it

Some might have not realized that this was

hats and boots and the choreographed

good karma for hard work, which Oscar

only the beginning.

dancing by all 50 contestants. One of the

firmly believes in. A producer took notice of

people behind the scenes of that amazing

Oscar’s hard working attitude and offered

Oscar then began representing talent and

production, was a success-hungry volunteer

him to be the replacement judge for the

started his own licensed talent agency,

from El Paso, Oscar Molinar.

pageant. This was an incredible opportunity.

one of few in Texas at the time. “I was

Not only did he meet all the other producers

dealing with over 100 beautiful and talented

and “big wigs,” but they were so impressed

contestants, and usually the top three were

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given endorsement deals or other opportunities, so I wanted to help out the other girls who I knew could make it in this business, but were not being represented properly.” In Texas, talent agencies used to have to be licensed and bonded in order to be considered legitimate through the Texas Agency Act, but as of September 2016 the act has since been abolished. This deeply concerns Oscar, who believes that a lot of models and actor/actresses can now be more easily exploited. “There were a lot of copycats at the time. I wanted to be licensed and bonded because I wanted to do it the right way … I was trying to look out for the best interest of the city and the girls.” After doing several minor commercials in the 1980’s it was in 2014 that Oscar made his second stint in television by being featured on San Antonio’s number one daytime talk show, “S.A. Live,” as one of their beauty experts and named as “S.A. Live GlamSquad.” This worked out well for Oscar, seeing as he had made a name for himself as a make-up artist working with huge names in the industry such as Mary Kay, Bobby Brown Cosmetics and so on. Not to mention, he had a great personality and the wherewithal to work with and handle talent. Being the youngest of ten-five sisters and four brothers—has molded Oscar to become a humble individual. When you ask nowadays what he’s up to, his responses are simple, “I’m just riding the waves of life, taking everything one day at a time.” Fortunately for him, simplicity meant making his third run in television. Oscar has taken advantage of every favorable circumstance that has come his way. When presented with a chance to be a “featured extra” in multi-episodes in season two of USA Network’s new hit series, “Queen of the South”— which has already began airing—and filming the pilot for “The Gospel of Kevin”—which will air on ABC—he jumped at the chance, calling it a “God send.” Now, I can’t forget to mention his other hobby of being a mobile make-up artist, though it’s a big trend nowadays. He has a running YouTube channel called, “On Location ProStylist,” where he gives viewers beauty tips on facial and skin care, some behind the scenes access while on set and some funny footage of himself and his friends being silly. Oscar has been at it for 25 years, working with some of the top talent in the entertainment industry, as well as your average person who just wants their look to be as fierce as can be. So, the next time you’re watching the Miss USA pageant or getting your make-up done at the mall, remember El Paso’s very own Oscar Molinar, had a big influence in the way things are done.

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Four Ways

| By: KRYSTA AYERS |

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uy yourself a little white dress. For the lightness and sunshine that comes with summer, this is a staple piece to have in your closet. Just like its sister, the little black dress, it offers a myriad of options when it comes to styling up or down. In picking one little white dress as

your staple piece, make sure you find something with a comfortable length, you know, something you can also wear at the office. Finding the right fabric is also key. You don’t want anything heavy for the summer. Pick something out that’s breathable and allows for layering.

Once you have this foundation piece, you can start styling it in different ways and get the most out of this investment piece.

Classic Denim

Keep it Simple

classic. It’s also so simple, you can’t do it wrong. Grab your favorite

Keep it simple with dainty gold jewelry—one or two rings

denim jacket, a cute crossbody (preferably in a bright color to bring

and one necklace—some killer heels and your purse. You

some pop to the outfit) and some nude heels. You can also pair this

don’t need to go overboard with belts or tons of jewelry.

with some stylish sneakers for a more relaxed, weekend outfit.

Plus, this look will create an effortless vibe about your

The denim jacket with a little white dress is a timeless and effortless

If you’re in a hurry, wearing a dress is also a fast solution.

style.

Blazin’ Through

What we love about pairing a LWD with a blazer is that with a few accessory changes, this is so versatile. Top your dress with a tailored

Chill Vibes

It’s summer in the Sun City—and you know what that

black blazer with simple jewelry for an office look, or complete your

means (hint: scorching sun rays). Pair your LWD with

look with a bright blazer, some statement jewelry and a clutch. You

a wide brimmed fedora, long brown-toned necklace,

can also wear a slouchy, boyfriend blazer and go for a trendier office

shades and comfortable shoes. This look can take

look—the key for this outfit is wearing a white blazer to keep a

you to a patio brunch, the farmers market or a nice

polished work attire.

stroll around downtown.

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Makeup for

Professional Headshots It’s time … time to update your professional headshot. Business relationships are built on trust; ditch those high school yearbook photos, selfies and 20-year-old glamour shots! We all want to look younger and appear our best, but people expect to meet the face that’s in that photo. Keep your headshot photo professional and updated. If the image doesn’t look like you, it’s not! 10 Makeup Tips for Your Professional Headshot

1.

Apply your makeup in natural light, this will help ensure you have

6.

Use black mascara to give your eyes definition – no false

an attractive and even look.

eyelashes please.

2.

7.

Never apply sunscreen for a photo shoot, as this can “flash back”

in photos by giving a white halo under your eyes and on your cheeks.

3.

Foundation should always match your neck/chest area, don’t

forget about your ears. Apply your foundation in light even layers.

4.

Lips should be a natural color that enhances the color of your lips.

A bit of lip gloss applied to the center of the lip will make your lips

Eyebrows are important since they frame the eye. Lightly fill in

your eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil.

8. 9. 10.

Blush is a great tool to give your cheeks a rosy, slightly flushed look.

Contour your cheekbones lightly to give some definition to your face. Finish your makeup with a touch of translucent powder to

appear fuller.

reduce shine.

5.

Remember to be yourself during your photo session, relax and

Eye makeup should be a beautiful everyday look, using mostly

matte neutral or complimentary tones.

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Clarins Sunscreen Care Milk-Lotion Spray SPF 50+ It takes less than ten minutes for the sun’s UV rays to begin deteriorating your skin’s collagen and accelerate the aging process. Living in the Sun City, we need to take extra precautions, and no, it doesn’t matter if it’s a little overcast outside. In order to maintain firm and wrinkle-free skin without the heavy sunblock feeling, Clarins’ lightweight sunscreen offers a moisturizing formula that is water and perspiration-resistant. Vitamin-rich kiwi fruit extract nourishes; aloe vera softens, moisturizes and soothes; and senna extract helps defend skin from sun damage. Pick up a 3.5-ounce bottle at clarinsusa.com for $36.

Fatboy Boss Dog Styling Hair Cream During the summer, the last thing we need is a heavy hair styling product that retains the borderland’s heat. Fortunately, Fatboy offers a hair styling cream that maintains the integrity of your hair’s texture while letting any semblance of a breeze roll through your scalp. This versatile styling cream has just the right amount of slip and slide to give your hair the perfect hold. Find it at fatboyhair.com for $21.

Korres Mint Tea Shower Gel In order to maintain nice moisturized skin during our dry heat, it’s important to take as many steps possible to keep your skin from drying out. The creamy shower gel contains emollients and humectants that provide a lasting moisturizing effect and help to maintain the natural moisture level of the skin, as if you have used a leave-on product. The 14-ounce bottle is available at korresusa.com for $19.50.

Aesop Herbal Deodorant Nobody wants to feel the heavy gunk of bar deodorants under their arms as they go through their day. That’s why Aesop has developed a light evaporative mist formula to combat that unpleasant odor that might develop as your day goes by. The natural sage leaf aroma is also a nice change from the typical, sometimes overwhelmingly, synthetic smell of other deodorants. Pick up the 1.5-ounce mist bottle at Aesop.com for $35.

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Romping Around A new trend has emerged in full force and we are all about it. Join the rest of us in our wardrobe laziness and stop spending time matching your outfit. Whether you’re male or female, the romper is everywhere in cute colors, patterns and graphics. For men, the romper even has a flap to make bathroom breaks just as easy as wearing jeans (lucky you!).

#StayWoke It’s important to know what’s going on in the world—more so than ever. Download a reliable news app, stay current with the political changes and be sure to immerse yourself in important conversations and issues. It is no longer cool to be apathetic and clueless in the face of current affairs.

Do the Dew When we describe our face, we would prefer to use adjectives like, “luminous”, “radiant” and “dewy”. Save the matte for your lips and use foundation and serums that show off your skin in the best way. Just remember to stay in the spectrum of dewy and not shiny.

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OUT

In the Clurrrb Dress Images of women in this too-tight dress taking mirror selfies flood

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and assault my mind. This trend is never coming back so go ahead and throw these dresses away. You’re not in Vegas and you’re not a Kardashian/Jenner.

“Who’s Mick Jagger?” The band tee made a huge comeback recently. While we’re all for promoting our favorite music, if you can’t name a Rolling Stones or Metallica song, don’t wear the shirt. This trend has only been embarrassing for the “trendy” people pulling these shirts off the H&M and Forever 21 racks. Wear a solid tee instead.

Smoke Out We are not in an episode of “Mad Men”. It’s 2017 and the effects and harms of smoking are widely known, so why are people still flooding outside patios with second-hand smoke? You don’t look cool, you smell horrible and you’re aging faster by the minute. Save your money for an order of tacos instead.

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Pool Courtesy | By: JOANN WARDY | If you are fortunate to have a friend who owns a swimming pool, here are some things to remember: • Never invite yourself, wait for an invitation. • When you are invited, do not extend the invitation to others or ask to bring other friends. • Being invited to the pool does not mean you have free reign to the rest of the home. • Bring your own towel and other necessities. • Do not run around the pool area, it is very easy to fall and get seriously injured. • When in the pool, do not splash if there are other guests within distance. • If your children are with you, make sure they are in your view at all times to keep them safe and quiet. Joann Wardy owns and directs “The School of Etiquette and Enrichment” and was certified at “The Protocol School of Washington.” For children, adult and corporate programs call 584-3930.

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FITNESS July, 2017

Are you having trouble seeing results after following all the different fads to get fit? Could it be that you’ve become a victim to bad advice? While we do have a wealth of information available about health and fitness, it isn’t always accurate. Here are the top 7 busted fitness myths and why!

Doing a lot of crunches Lifting weights can will flatten your stomach: make women look bulky:

Kids can’t lift weight or they will not grow:

Performing a crunch is a small motion that

Studies have shown that while for men

This belief stems from the idea that weight

doesn’t burn a lot of calories. Calorie burn is

weights can build bulk, that is not the case for

training can cause damage to a child’s

the best thing to tone your mid-section. So

women. Women typically have less muscle

growth plates, causing them to stay short.

instead, perform movements that involve the

tissue, and with less testosterone it is far

While having your child on a strength training

whole trunk of your core working together to

less likely for women to bulk up. Instead do

program does come with a small risk of

burn more calories like planking.

the opposite and lean-out.

growth plate damage, there doesn’t seem to be any evidence that there is more risk involved as opposed to playing sports or any other cardiovascular activity.

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| By: LIZZIE MARTINEZ |

If you eat a good diet, you don’t need to take supplements.

While being on a good diet is a great start,

it doesn’t mean you’re meeting all your

The more you sweat, the more calories you burn:

Coming out of hot yoga drenched in sweat does not necessarily mean you burned more calories—sorry! Sweat is just the bodies natural response to cool your skin and control your body temperature. It’s not an indicator of how many calories you may or may not have burned.

Stretching helps your muscles recover faster.

body’s nutritional needs. Your nutrient needs can fluctuate due to age, stress, health and

physical activity level. Think of supplements as an insurance policy to fill in the gaps where you may not have fulfilled your nutritional needs from food.

Protein Supplements make you fat. The only way to get fat is from eating an excessive number of calories. When you consume more calories than you burn, you store fat. Protein is the building blocks of muscle, and high protein diets are the best

The University of Milan recently conducted

way to lose weight. So, don’t be afraid of this

a study on post-workout recovery methods

supplement, it can be a meal replacement or

and found no significant changes in blood

even a supplement for lean muscle.

lactate level between people who stretch after a workout and those who don’t. While

There you have it! Get those myths and

stretching may not benefit muscle recovery,

wrong mentalities out of your head and go hit

being limber does have its benefits when it

the gym or whatever activity you enjoy with

comes to training and everyday life. After a

less stress and more success!

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Only one heart. Only one you.

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INDIVIDUALIZED HEART CARE, DEVOTED TO YOU.

No two hearts are exactly the same. That’s why the cardiovascular specialists of The Hospitals of Providence pursue an individualized care plan for every single heart we encounter. From preventative care to treating heart conditions, every element is designed to take care of our first priority: YOU.

To find a physician please call (844) 367-5654 or visit ElPasoHearts.com/oneheart

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The Impact of | By: KAYLA VILLEGAS |

EL PASO

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y name is Kayla Villegas and this is my story. I was born in August of 1993 in El Paso, Texas and am the youngest of three kids. I was born with a rare genetic disorder called Mucopolysaccharidosis type IV A. (a.k.a. Morquio or MPS

IV A). Morquio is a lack of a specific enzyme in the lysosome cells that is supposed to break down or recycle cellular waste. In more common terms, our lysosome cells are purple. To make purple, you need the right amount of blue enzymes and the right amount of pink enzymes. My body doesn’t produce the blue enzyme that the cell needs which causes abnormalities to occur in the body. Between the ages of two and six, my body started developing lots of physical changes. My knees rotated and rubbed against each other, resulting in me needing to use leg braces and crutches. I developed barrel chest, which caused pulmonary complications, that developed into shallow breathing and sleep apnea. It prevented my ability to participate in regular musical activities such as running around with other kids. I remember walking into the doctor’s office one day, struggling to make my way with my leg braces and bright, neon pink crunches. My mom and I were waiting for the doctor to walk through the door. I noticed my mom was getting more nervous. She was always nervous every time we were waiting for test results. Finally, after what felt like hours of waiting, the doctor entered. He asked my mom for a moment to talk, so I left the room. I waited, looking at my mom from the hall. I saw her eyes water and I knew they weren’t happy tears. I was seven years-old when I was given the news that I was never going to have a “normal” life. I was strong; I didn’t cry. I looked at my mom and I saw she was beating herself up about it. She felt at fault of what was happening to me. We went home that day to deliver the news to my dad; I will never forget that day. Shortly after, my family and I were informed that my diagnosis was labeled “terminal.” We were told that there was no cure or a way to treat Morquio. Receiving such news was devastating. As I continued to follow up with my doctors, I was eventually asked if I was interested in placing a request to be granted a wish by Make-AWish and, of course, I said yes. I wasn’t aware of what it was at the

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time. I was excited to hear that

happy memories. My wish was a chance for

it grants wishes to children who

my family and me to experience “normalcy.”

have been dealing with similar challenges. Time passed and a

I came home one day and my mom and dad

wish granter was sent to speak

had me sit at the table where there was a big

with me and ask me questions

envelope waiting to be opened. My parents

about myself. I was asked if

told me I received mail and it was important

there were places I’d like to go

that I open it.

and see, someone I’d like to meet, something I’d like to do or

To celebrate my 13th birthday, I was going

if there was anything I wanted to have. I

to Disney World and Sea World. My wish

debated between Hawaii (I was obsessed

was granted! I felt like my prayers were

with Lilo and Stitch at the time) and Walt

answered and God sent me a blessing. Prior

Disney World Resort. I decided Disney World

to my wish, my family and I were given new

was the place to be where the whole family

shoes from Rack Room Shoes, who were

could be together and get in touch with their

also a sponsor for granting me my wish.

inner child. That year was my brother’s final

As we got closer and closer to the date of

year in high school, so it was the perfect

the trip, I grew more and more excited. I

opportunity for us to do something big and

got happier as I saw the excitement in my

exciting, together, as a family. I wanted a

brother and sister’s faces, the faces of my

vacation where my family could be worry

parents were as excited as we were.

free, with no doctors, having fun and making

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Make-A-Wish

Finally, the day arrived. We landed in Orlando, and waiting for us was a man holding up a big sign with my name written on it. I couldn’t believe it was really happening! As the shuttle took us to where we were staying, we saw an alligator walking along side of the road. It was thrilling to see one so close. We arrived to our destination; the place we were to call home for the next week, Give Kids the World Village. It was as magical as Magic Kingdom itself. They had little houses called huts in which each family stayed at, a cafeteria, movie theatre, game hall, miniature golf course, ice cream shop, pizza shop, swimming pool, carousel and much more. The best part was that it was all wheelchair accessible; I was able to do everything! After we checked in to Give Kids the World Village, we were heading to our hut when my dad asked me to remove my hearing aids and give them to my mom. I grew confused with my dad’s odd request. As soon as I did what he asked, my dad ran, pushing me into the splash pad, running in circles and laughing as hard as possible. We marked the beginning of an unforgettable experience. Our week was set for us; each day was a new resort. We started with Magic Kingdom, then two days at Universal Studios, Animal Kingdom, Sea World and Epcot. We got to taste different types of food from all over the world. We saw parades during the day and night. I even got to watch Tinker Bell fly down and around the castle! Make-A-Wish allowed me to have more than just a vacation granted. It made me feel different in a positive way, a way where I felt special. The experience changed life for both me and my family. We gained new ways to connect to each other and it gave us time together where we didn’t have to worry or be strong for one another. There was sheer happiness and carefree love. My wish gave me hope and the wanting to push myself to do great things in this world. I gained a passion to make a change in peoples’ lives in ways that Make-A-Wish had done

26 YEARS OF

for me. Although I face challenges on a daily basis, I want to show others that nothing can stand in their way to accomplish what they want in life. I see every day as an opportunity to make a difference. Now, I’m 23 years-old, working on my Bachelors in Social Work and being an advocate for children through CASA of El Paso.

professional makeup artistry bridal • print • video • runway • special events

Every time I hear or see the words Make-A-Wish, I smile because I remember the happiness they brought to my family and me, and

L e t Yo u r B e a u t y C o m e T h r o u g h

how they saved my life. I want to represent Make-A-Wish as much as possible and be a part of the history, transformation and hope that Make-A-Wish brings to families the way it did for mine. I want all children to know they’re great and worth so much despite of what cards they were dealt. To every individual who is considering helping out with Make-A-Wish: you’ll change the lives of children. See past the disabilities, the sickness and the medical equipment with an open mind and a big heart. Let it be known that you’re there for them and only them. Make-A-Wish will forever be in my heart, and you can have the same impact on future wish kids all over the world.

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| By: JESSE MAYNES |

A

southeast/central Asian oven-baked flat bread called

For round two, it’s summer— so of course we’re going to grill.

Naan (pronounced – Non), is the perfect canvas

Preparing a soy and garlic marinated flank steak, we’re going

for creative meals throughout the entire summer.

to slice it and use it for an unforgettable sandwich. Tying it all

I personally like to use it as a crust for baked eggs

together with an artichoke and pepperoncini aioli in between

or for pizzas. Naan has tons of uses and even comes in different

grilled ciabatta. As awesome as grilled steak already is, the tangy

flavors. Easy to find at your local grocery store, just heat it up in a

artichoke and pepperoncini aioli really compliments the heaviness

pan (like a tortilla) or warm it in an oven. Naan goes great with most

of grilled steak making a perfectly balanced combination you’ll use

things, especially hummus. So, don’t hesitate to try a new way to

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Naan Baked Eggs—Two Ways Vegetarian—Makes Two Ingredients

Directions

1 package Naan bread

1. Preheat oven to 400

4 eggs 1 orange bell pepper, thinly sliced 1/2 cup button mushroom, thinly sliced Red onion, thinly sliced, half reserved

2. On a baking sheet, sprinkle one cup of mozzarella on each bread. Using your fingers, make two small pockets in the cheese. Crack open two eggs into the pockets so they are secured on the Naan.

2 cups shredded mozzarella

3. Arrange your thinly sliced onion, bell pepper and mushrooms equally on the Naan bread,

Avocado, pitted and sliced

a sprinkle of salt and pepper for each and you’re ready to bake!

Pico De Gallo (for garnish)

4. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted and edges are browned.

Salt/Pepper to taste

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5. Remove from oven and top with sliced avocado and pico de gallo. Serve hot.

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Meat Lovers—Makes 2 Ingredients 4 eggs 1/2 pound bacon, cooked and drained 1/2 pound Canadian bacon, diced, cooked 2 cup shredded mozzarella Spring mix, for garnish (or desired greens)

J. Salvador Saldivar, MD, MPH, FACOG, FACS

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

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2. On a baking sheet, sprinkle one cup

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fingers, make two small pockets in the cheese. Crack open two eggs into the pockets so they are secured in the Naan. 3. Arrange your meats evenly on both cheese is melted and edges are browned. 4. Remove from oven and top with greens. Serve Hot.

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Artichoke & Pepperoncini Steak Sandwich Ingredients

Directions

1 package flank steak (roughly 1.5 lb)

1. Clean flank steak. Cut off any excessive fat buildup and remove silver skin. It’s extremely

1/3 cup Soy Sauce

important to remove the silver skin, no matter how much you cook it, it will only get tougher.

3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2. Once trimmed, place steak in a gallon size Ziploc bag with soy sauce, crushed garlic, red pepper and Worcestershire. Let sit for a minimum of 4 hours and maximum of overnight.

Salt/Pepper

3. While steak marinades, we can start on the aioli. In a blender, add the artichoke hearts,

1 cup artichoke hearts, canned

pepperoncini, lemon juice and heavy pinch of salt and pepper. Blend 3 minutes making sure

6 pepperoncini,

everything is evenly incorporated. Cover and refrigerate.

1 tablespoons lemon juice 1 cup mayonnaise 4 ciabatta rolls Arugula, sandwich topping

4. Remove steak 20-25 minutes before grilling, let sit on counter top or sink to shake some of the coldness off. Make sure your grill is hot so when the meat hits the grill it immediately starts to sizzle. I used an indoor grill, so I made sure my pan was smoking hot before placing steak on it. Grill 3-4 minutes a side for medium rare. For a more well done steak, finish the steak off in an oven at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes after grill marks are achieved. 5. Let steak sit for 10 minutes after cooking. While steak sits, slice ciabatta in half and grill. I like to get a heavy toast on the bread, it helps with juices and will prevent a soggy sandwich. 6. Slice steak against the grain to desired thickness. Place on toasted ciabatta and top with a generous amount of artichoke aioli. Finish off with a small handful of arugula and you’ll have a steak sandwich you won’t forget.

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TRAVEL LIKE AN EXPLORER STAY LIKE A LOCAL Rooftop pool view over the city skyscape Eat at The Downtowner Restaurant HOTEL INDIGO 325 N. Kansas St., El Paso, TX 79901 (915) 532-5200

PET OF THE

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

Mathilda

Owner: Megan Thompson

MONTH

This is Mathilda but everyone calls her Tilly, Tillsner, and Sweet Little Baby Sausage (actually I’m probably the only person who calls her the last one). She loves sleeping and

cuddling and sun-bathing. Her body is too long for her short little legs so when she sits she has to curl her butt to the side. She’s extremely sweet and, as you can probably tell, a model in the making.

Is your pet TCM’s next Pet of the Month? Send a photo and short story with why you think your pet belongs in this page to kim@thecitymagazineelp.com.

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Choosing a Retirement Plan that Fits Your Business | By: TRAVIS HUGHES, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER |

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HOW MUCH CAN MY BUSINESS AFFORD TO CONTRIBUTE? The cost of contributions may be managed by the plan type. A simplified employee pension plan (SEP) is funded by employer contributions only. SEP contributions are made to separate IRAs for eligible employees.² Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees of Small Employers (SIMPLE) IRAs blend employee and employer contributions.³ Employers either match employee contributions up to 100% of the first 3% of compensation, or contribute 2% of each eligible employee’s compensation. A 401(k) is primarily funded by the employee; the employer can choose to make additional contributions, including matching contributions. A defined benefit plan is entirely funded by employer contributions.

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WHAT PLAN ACCOMMODATES HIGH EMPLOYEE TURNOVER? The cost of covering short-tenured employees may be reduced by

The 401(k) and defined benefit plan must cover all employees who

eligibility requirements and vesting.

are at least 21 years of age and who worked at least 1,000 hours in a previous year.

With the SEP-IRA, only employees who are at least 21 years old and have been employed in three of the last five years must be covered.

Vesting is immediate on all contributions to the SEP-IRA, SIMPLE IRA and 401(k) employee deferrals, while a vesting schedule may apply to

The SIMPLE IRA must cover employees who have earned at least

401(k) employer contributions and defined benefits.

$5,000 in any prior two years and are reasonably expected to earn $5,000 in the current year.

DO I WANT TO MAXIMIZE CONTRIBUTIONS FOR MYSELF (AND MY SPOUSE)? The SEP-IRA and 401(k) offer higher contribution maximums than

The SEP-IRA and SIMPLE IRA are straightforward to establish and

the SIMPLE IRA. For those business owners who are starting

maintain. The 401(k) can be more onerous, but complicated testing

late, a defined benefit plan may offer even higher levels of

may be eliminated by using a Safe Harbor 401(k). Generally, the

allowable contributions.

defined benefit plan is the most complicated and expensive to establish and maintain of all plan choices.

MY PRIORITY IS TO KEEP ADMINISTRATION EASY AND INEXPENSIVE.

1. Gallup, March 16, 2017 2. Like a traditional IRA, withdrawals from a SEP-IRA are taxed as ordinary income and, if taken before age 59½, may be subject to a 10% federal income tax penalty. Generally, once you reach age 70½, you must begin taking required minimum distributions (RMDs). 3. Like a traditional IRA, withdrawals from SIMPLE IRAs are taxed as ordinary income and, if taken before age 59½, may be subject to a 10% federal income tax penalty. Generally, once you reach age 70½, you must begin taking required minimum distributions (RMDs). 4. Distributions from 401(k) plans are taxed as ordinary income and, if taken before age 59½, may be subject to a 10% federal income tax penalty. Generally, you must begin taking required minimum distributions no later than April 1 of the year after you reach age 70½. 5. Distributions from defined benefit plans are taxed as ordinary income and, if taken before age 59½, may be subject to a 10% federal income tax penalty. Generally, once you reach age 70½, you must begin taking required minimum distributions. The content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The information in this material is not intended as tax or legal advice. It may not be used for the purpose of avoiding any federal tax penalties. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. This material was developed and produced by FMG Suite to provide information on a topic that may be of interest. FMG Suite is not affiliated with the named broker-dealer, state- or SEC-registered investment advisory firm. The opinions expressed and material provided are for general information, and should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security. Copyright 2017 FMG Suite. Securities and advisory services are offered through Cetera Advisors LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Cetera is under separate ownership from any other named entity.

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THE CITY CALENDAR JULY 2017 2

Music Under the Stars ::: July 2-23

7:30 p.m. Cohen Stadium The Sunday summer concert series, sponsored by GECU and presented by the El Paso MCAD, is a great way to spend your night. Unwind and gather with your family for music under the beautiful El Paso sky. Admission: Free Info: elpasolive.com

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West Star Bank Presents: Cool Canyon Nights ::: July 6-27

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. McKelligon Canyon Every Thursday is set for a night of this free concert series. Hosted at the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre, you can enjoy craft beer, food trucks and live music. Admission: Free Info: coolcanyonnights.com

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El Paso Chihuahuas Baseball ::: July 7-28

AAA baseball team’s home games are all at Southwest University Park in beautiful downtown El Paso. Chihuahuas vs. Salt Lake July 7-8 @ 7:05 p.m. July 9 @ 10:05 a.m. Chihuahuas vs. Omaha July 21-22 @ 7:05 p.m. July 23 @ 6:05 p.m. July 24 @ 7:05 p.m. Chihuahuas vs. Iowa July 25-28 @ 7:05 p.m.

Annual Ysleta Mission Festival ::: July 7-9

Ysleta Mission On the grounds of the 334-year-old Ysleta Mission, this three-day festival is fun for the whole family. With live music, food and arts and crafts, you’ll get a taste of El Paso tradition and history. Admission: Free Info: guestlife.com

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Movies on the Lawn ::: July 7,21

8:30 p.m. UTEP Centennial Plaza Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets! The UTEP Office of Student Life presents Movies on the Lawn Summer 2017. Admission is open to the public. July 7- Sing July 21- Beauty and the Beast Admission: Free Info: utep.edu

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First Light Credit Union Presents: Alfresco! Fridays ::: July 7-28

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

Viva! El Paso ::: July 7-29

8:00 p.m. McKelligon Canyon Ampitheatre Celebrating 40 years, this outdoor music event celebrates the beauty of our city. Watch the history unfold! Admission: $10 Info: ticketmaster.com

Minus the Bear ::: July 8

8:00 p.m. Speaking Rock Casino Enjoy a free night of live music from indie rock band, Minus the Bear. This is an 18 and older event with free parking and food and drinks inside. Admission: Free Info: speakingrock.com

Ardovino’s Desert Crossing Farmer’s Market ::: July 8-24

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

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

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

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Tour The Vines ::: July 15

8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. St. Clair Winery and Bistro, Las Cruces Get the VIP tour of wineries and vineyards starting at St. Clair Winery and Bistro. Transportation is included. There’s only 10 spots open, so hurry to reserve your place. Admission: $69 Info: stclairwiner260.corecommerce.com

7:30 p.m. Tricky Falls Lead singing in bands Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin, Andrew McMahon is now touring his new solo album “Zombies on Broadway.” Admission: $28 Info: trickyfalls.com

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Andrew McMahon ::: July 22

Shamaley Ford Summer Music Series ::: July 12-26

8:00 p.m. The State Line Don’t miss Wednesdays as Shamaley Ford presents their annual summer concert series. Donations of nonperishable food and money will be donated to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger food bank. July 12- Max Stalling July 19- Valerie Ponzio July 26- Whitney Rose Admission: Free Info: countyline.com

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7:30 p.m. UTEP Don Haskins Center Get ready for some good ol’ rock n’ roll as Journey comes into El Paso. Admission: $32 Info: ticketmaster.com

7:30 p.m. UTEP Don Haskins Center If you’re feeling nostalgic, this old school music concert is what you need. With artists like: Morris Day and The Time, The Dazz Band and Shock G of Digital Underground, it’ll be an old school party. Admission: $47.95 Info: ticketmaster.com

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7:30 p.m. Tricky Falls Get ready for Taking Back Sunday as they come to El Paso for their new album, “Tidal Wave.” Admission: $40 Info: el-paso-theater.com

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Old School Throwback Jam ::: July 14

Taking Back Sunday ::: July 25

Journey

::: July 19

David Blaine ::: July 21

8:00 p.m. Plaza Theatre In his first-ever North American tour, David Blaine will mesmerize audiences with his magical performance. He has been called a revolutionary modern magician and this will be a show you don’t want to miss. Admission: $49-$287 Info: davidblaine.com

Last Thursday’s Art Walk ::: July 27

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Downtown El Paso Enjoy galleries and follow a map around downtown to enjoy the local art. Admission: Free Info: info@lastthursdaysep.com

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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.

$$

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

The Downtowner $$

• We cater large or

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

small events

Eat like a downtowner. Found on the ground floor of the Hotel Indigo, The Downtowner offers breakfast, lunch and dinner - the only breakfast spot available in downtown El Paso. The restaurant delivers great American taste with a twist of our Southwest flair. Savor the amazing dishes offered on the menu and enjoy a cold and carefully crafted cocktail while enjoying the gorgeous views of downtown.

Italian Kitchen West

$$

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

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

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

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

$$ - Medium Range Dog Friendly- DF

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

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WESTSIDE

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

The Green Ingredient

$$

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

Westside’s 3rd Hole

$$

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

Bogart’s Steakhouse $$$

The State Line

5825 N. Mesa St. | (915) 307-4159

1222 Sunland Park Dr. I (915) 581-3371

We have created a menu of dishes using the finest seasonal

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

produce. Taking inspiration from around the world, our dishes

principles: offer the highest quality smoked BBQ, provide generous

showcase an array of flavors with ingredients that are paired to

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

perfection. Simple, yet bold, our menu offers many options for

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

everyone to indulge in. PR, O, H

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EASTSIDE

WESTSIDE

The Kitchen

King Crab $$$

$$

150 Sunset | (915) 585-0801

1700 N. Zaragoza Suite 154 | (915) 849-8697

Whether you’re looking for brunch, a quick lunch or a nice sit-down dinner with

You can’t get seafood like this anywhere else in El Paso. With Chef Pierre

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

bringing his Cajun home-style cooking from New Orleans, the seafood boils

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

and dishes will leave your mouth watering for more. Fresh seafood is brought

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

in twice a week. Come in and try for yourself. PR, H

UNIVERSITY/KERN

Cattleman’s Steakhouse

$$$

3450 S. Fabens Carlsbad Rd. Fabens, TX 79838 | (915) 544-3200

Mesa Street Grill $$$

This is a family-style restaurant located on a 46 square mile working

3800 N Mesa St., Ste D1 | (915) 532-1881

ranch. Come savor our famous juicy steaks and mesquite-smoked BBQ Mesa Street Grill introduces their newest dessert creation – the Pineapple

while enjoying miles of desert scenery and spectacular sunsets! PR, O

Crostata. This refreshing blend of pineapple, cinnamon and nutmeg is crowned with a cashew crumble and handmade sugar garnish. Taste this dessert once and it’s sure to become a summertime favorite. O, H, PR, H

Rulis International Kitchen

$$

NORTHEAST

Edge of Texas

$$$

8690 Edge of Texas St. | (915) 822-3343

4176 N. Mesa St. | (915) 313-4806 Located in the far east, this is definitely worth the drive! Eat the best steak Take a bite out of any of the delicious plates being served at Rulis’ International Kitchen. As winners of Best Beer Selection for Best of The City 2015, there’s also a good reason to stay and drink. On Sundays try their savory Paella dish or stop in for Happy Hour Mon. - Fri. 4 – 7 p.m and Th-Sat 9 – 11 p.m. O, H, PR, DF

you’ve ever had and enjoy the saloon.


July, 2017

july Advertiser INDEX A + O Group..................................................................Pg. 74

Shannon Quartermane..................................................Pg. 34

Casa Buenavista...........................................................Pg. 4,5

Southwest Plastic Surgery...................................... Pgs. 9, 33

Edge of Texas................................................................Pg. 79

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

El Paso Live...................................................................Pg. 35

Southwest University Park............................................Pg. 45

Elyse Simons Beauty...................................................Pg. 115

Spectrum Technologies...............................................Pg. 121

Fox Auto Group.............................................................Pg. 71

Stewart Title................................................................Pg. 131

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

Stonewood Modern Grill................................... Pgs. 126, 127

Grace the Psychic Lady.................................................Pg. 79

Sugar Skull Fashion Boutique........................................Pg. 95

Hal Marcus Gallery........................................................Pg. 69

Table Occasions.............................................................Pg. 65

Hotel Indigo.................................................................Pg. 120

Telemundo.....................................................................Pg. 85

Hughes Financial Group.................................................Pg. 81

The Green Ingredient...................................................Pg. 108

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

The Hospitals of Providence..................................Pg. 13, 112

Intraceuticals...............................................................Pg. 109

The Outlet Shoppes at El Paso......................................Pg. 27

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

The Italian Kitchen West................................................Pg. 69

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

The State Line.............................................................Pg. 114

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

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

Mix/Milan Salon and Spa.............................................Pg. 135

Vistra Properties Trial Lawyers......................................Pg. 89

Nicholas Reyes Hair Salon.............................................Pg. 63

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

Pasotex Realty LLC.................................Pgs. 59, Back Cover

Wyatt Underwood Trial Lawyers...................................Pg. 75

RGU Cancer Center.....................................................Pg. 118

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