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a nonprofit organization that is taking it a step further by providing pet therapy for those in need. Paws for Love was founded a little more than 21 years ago when one of the
founders, Carmen, decided to go to an elderly nursing facility with her dog. Carmen quickly realized how pleased the residents became with her furry companion, especially those who never had visitors, and continued visiting the facility with her dog. Eventually, she got together with two other original founders, Marcia Wessberg and Carolyn Williams, to do some team research on pet therapy. Despite criticism from those who were suspicious about this unique treatment at the time, the three women eventually found the help they needed from Pet Partners, which supports organizations like Paws for Love, by registering pet therapy animals and providing insurance for the program. Together, Paws for Love and Pet Partners have succeeded in their mission to give the gift of love and healing. Today, Carol Douglass is the senior evaluator and coordinator at Paws for Love and echoes Carmen’s story of how the pets of Paws for Love have continuously been there for the elderly. She says they make visits to facilities, such as The Legacy at Cimarron, to visit those who either have no visitors or are in need of a little pick-me-up. Carol says that visiting the elderly sparks unforgettable joy and hope in them after feeling lonely or recovering from painful surgeries.
Photo by: Jenn Márquez Some other unique benefits of pet therapy have been seen in their visits to places like The El Paso Children’s Hospital and local schools where they provide their program, “Reading Education Assistance Dogs” (R.E.AD.). “Sometimes a child in a behavioral center won’t talk to a therapist but they will talk to the dog … or students will have difficulty reading and would rather read to a pet because they won’t judge them,” Carol explains. Carol also makes it clear www.thecitymagazineelp.com
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“the animals enjoy the interaction … they do absorb what’s going on with the patient.”
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H e a l i n g w i t h Paw s f o r L o v e
Photo by: Andy Martinez that as much as she strongly believes in the
emotional relief. And just in case you were
results pet therapy can offer, it isn’t the only
wondering, no one’s been bitten by any of
treatment that people need.
these loving animals thanks to Carol’s hard
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work. By performing strict evaluations, she It’s obvious that pet therapy is helpful in
makes sure that both the volunteer and their
more ways than one, but what other duties
pet are qualified and have the required traits
do the pets have? Special Agent Jeanette
that it takes to help others. She adds that this
Harper is the public affairs officer for the FBI
is very much a job for the animals as well, and
in El Paso and provides information about the
explains that although “the animals enjoy the
agency working with Paws for Love. “When
interaction … they do absorb what’s going
we have an investigation that is very critical
on with the patient and get tired. That’s why
we try to bring them in to reduce stress,” she
there’s a limit of two hours.” Because of these
explains. The pets don’t just reduce stress
time limits and the high demand for visits,
for victims though. Jeanette says that with
they need volunteers now more than ever.
so much happening in an investigation they need the therapy pets for multiple personnel,
Paws for Love visits numerous facilities, which
such as: agents, investigators, professional
include: all Providence Hospital campuses,
support and intelligence programs. Paws for
nursing homes, assisted living facilities,
Love has also created a positive environment
rehabilitation and behavioral centers, schools,
for the FBI, Jeanette says, because, “it helps
airports and they even make house calls. The
them be able to come back the next day
organization is currently in desperate need
and perform at a high level—the level that
of volunteers in Clint, Texas and Anthony,
everyone expects from the FBI.”
New Mexico. There are several courses that are required to become a volunteer, as well
With Paws for Love comes a sense of relief
as a fee for courses and evaluations, which
and comfort from a pet. Highlighting their
can be reimbursed once one has passed the
partnership with the FBI brings awareness
requirements. If you think you and your pet
to the difficult situations both the agency
have what it takes to help, you can email
and pets have been trained for. With the two
Carol at pawsforlovetherapypets@hotmail.
forces combined, they have helped many
com to be evaluated.
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Feline Fridays! | Every Friday in March Humane Society of El Paso Each Friday the Humane Society lowers adoption costs for cats. Adoption costs are only $50 for kittens under 16 weeks, and there is a surcharge of $12.50 for ones older than 16 weeks. Adoption fees cover spay/neuter procedures, vaccinations, microchips and Leukemia testing. Come find the purr-fect cat for your home!
Power of the Purse | March 1, Railyard Event Center $50 Entrance Fee The Women’s Fund of El Paso invites you to our signature event Power of the Purse on Friday, March 1, 2019 at Epic Railyard Event Center! Please join us for a night of shopping at our Mercado and Silent Auction! All proceeds go to fund scholarships to women in our community. Bring all your friends! For more information on our organization, go to womensfundofep.org.
2019 El Paso IBD Educational Symposium March 9, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Individual registration $10 - family registration $25 (scholarships available) The El Paso Crohn’s & Autoimmune Disease support group, along with TTUHSC, present this symposium to educate patients, family members, health care providers and the general public about Irritable Bowel Disease such as Crohn’s, as well as other autoimmune diseases. This event will bring together experts in the filed from Houston, Dallas and abroad to share their knowledge. Register online at http://online.ccfa.org/Elpaso2019 or the day of event.
TACP 24-Hour Challenge Run | March 28-29, all day The Tactical Air Control Party Association, a legion of the Air Force, hosts its fourth annual 24 hour run to raise money for fallen and injured airmen and airwomen. In 2017, 5,153 runners participated across the globe, raising $131,390. The El Paso squad, team Holbrook, will run in honor of a civilian contractor killed in 2017 on the New Mexico centennial range during a training event. For more information, or to make a donation, visit https://tacpassociation.org/blog/
El Paso Diabetes Association Golf Tournament March 29, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Painted Dunes Desert Gold Course The first annual 18-hole tournament raising money for El Paso children suffering from both Type 1 and 2 diabetes. Specifically, the proceeds will be used to send kids to the Lydia Mann Camp for free, or at a reduced cost. To register or for more information call the El Paso Diabetes Association Office: 915-532-6280.
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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Serving Those Dedicated to
Serve and Protect”
ince 1957, that’s been the mission of
represents nearly 1,100 members—100
several others, works to ensure the officers
the El Paso Municipal Police Officers’
percent of EPPD officers are union members—
under his watch receive the pay, benefits,
Association. They strive to enforce,
in matters of collective bargaining, discipline,
insurance, incentive pay and more they
protect and enhance the rights and
grievances and community relations. As one
need to stay competitive and retain quality
benefits of its members, and to assure a
of the largest public safety unions in the Lone
officers. When dealing with multi-year, multi-
better quality of life for the citizens of El Paso
Star State, Ron said, “We cover the day-one
million-dollar contracts, this is no small task.
through proactive community involvement.
officer, from the day of graduation from the academy, up to the assistant chief.”
The EPMPOA also provides activities and services to members and their families, and
Under President Ron Martin, an active-duty officer and 29-year veteran of the El Paso
Ron, who has overseen two contract
serves as a valuable fundraising entity for
Police Department, the EPMPOA currently
negotiations with the city, and advised in
various local charities. In discussing the work
“ S e r v i n g T h o s e D e d i c at e d t o S e r v e a n d P r o t e c t ”
the association does with its community
that funds and organizes just about all police
get a heater,” said Ron. “Angel asked him,
partners, Ron rattles off an impressive list—
community outreach in the city.
‘what are you doing?” and the kid said, ‘well, my family needs a heater so I’m going to put
Battle of the Badges boxing tournaments to
by toys back.”
raise funds for Special Olympics; the Bigs
Through the union, the EPMPOA has two
in Blue partnership with Big Brothers Big
501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. One such
Sisters of America, “basically, if you can
org is Cops Helping Kids, which helps to foster
Angel, moved, paid for the heater out of
name it, we’ve probably done something
positive ties and relationships between local
pocket. The next day, he was killed on I-10
with them,” he added.
youth and El Paso police officers. Through
near Cielo Vista Mall while trying to remove
Cops Helping Kids, the association and its
a ladder from the roadway, hit by a chain
Through it’s a 501(c)(4), the EPMPOA also
members are able to give back to and get
maintains an active profile within the local
involved with the community. This includes
political arena to ensure that matters of
outreach programs like “Coffee with a Cop,”
It’s here, in times of tragedy and loss, the
law enforcement and employee rights are
which lets community members chat with
EPMPOA does what is perhaps its proudest
protected for all persons. According to Ron,
officers in a no-pressure setting, over a cup
work—taking care of the families and loved
the association helps elect law enforcement-
of joe. It also includes the “Shop with a Cop”
ones of fallen officers. As Ron puts it: “We take
friendly representatives, from the smallest
program, which pairs local law enforcement
care of our own and take care of their families.”
local races to the largest national ones,
with underprivileged children for a back-to-
through various means of support, be it
school or holiday shopping outing, on the
Through the Police Memorial Foundation,
fundraising, holding rallies or giving its
association’s dime. In 2018, Shop with a Cop
the association is currently raising money
endorsement through the Coalition of Public
spent $40,000 to treat 200 El Paso youth to
to rebuild the police memorial at Charles
Safety, or COPS.
a shopping spree they otherwise could not
“Chuck” Heinrich Park in the northeast.
Through benefit runs, cookouts and other community events, the foundation has
Much of the association’s work comes in the form of community outreach, connecting
Ron related the story of Angel Garcia, who,
raised nearly $50,000. With those funds, the
members of the community with the officers
as a 27-year-old, nine-month rookie with the
EPMPOA, along with the city, will rebuild the
who serve there to foster a greater sense
department, joined one of these “Shop with
monument that is filled with the names of
of trust, understanding and cooperation
a Cop” outings in January 2014.“The kid
between the police and the public. Ron said
had already hit his limit on toys and clothes,
it’s his organization that works “behind the
things like that, but he started to put things
For more on the El Paso Municipal Police
scenes,” so to speak, but it’s the EPMPOA
back, and went over to the housing area to
Officers’ Association, visit epmpoa.org.
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Ruben took on the role of Director of the Annunciation House,
ome people show their world through
photographs, others with their paintings,
priority: “the start of the
a musician with their music, an entrepreneur
Annunciation House took all of my focus. My
with their idea, but Ruben Garcia shows you
life became the Annunciation House and still
into his world by opening the door of a tattered
is.” He pointed out that his organization had
brick building in downtown El Paso.
always had plenty of guests, but nothing has compared to the swells they receive now.
That building, of course, is the Annunciation House. Since it was founded in 1978, the
Adult Ministry for the Catholic Diocese of El
He stressed that “it is very hard and
non-profit has given shelter and food to our
Paso. He took on a key role of directing the
challenging and time consuming, there is
region’s most vulnerable populations. Tens
ministry and spent a handful of years in that
great pain and suffering on the daily.” Since
of thousands of visitors have passed through
leadership position. He then left to Seattle,
day one, Ruben has been getting up every
over the years, Ruben, however, has never
Washington pursuing his graduate degree
morning, devoting his life to this service,
left. He’s not hesitant to welcoming visitors to
in pastoral ministry. When he returned once
and has never felt any hesitation in taking
El Paso—one could say he holds the keys and
again, he found himself hungry to do more.
leaves the door unlocked for them everyday, sometimes opening doors to the hundreds.
The idea for the Annunciation House was the brainchild of Ruben and his close knit
Ruben grew up in our border city, but left to
group of friends. It came to them after a
study at a Jesuit college in Kansas City after
long period of reflection, he remembered:
high school. His four years in Missouri were
“We spent a year and a half long process
formative and productive, but he graduated
of discernment and happened to share a
without a clear sense of life direction.
desire to find a way to spend our lives with more depth and meaning.” The goal was to
He ended up returning home and got
provide relief to those who needed it most,
involved with the Office of Youth and Young
he explained, saying: “the most vulnerable and poorest of the poor, the refugees who were undocumented.”
March, 2019 on this opportunity. “Because there may not be doubt, it does not make it less difficult or challenging, but I would never turn away from this life,” he says. Due to the amount of time Ruben put into the Annunciation House, he never had his own children. However his role at the Annunciation House filled his life with uncommon opportunities. During his 30s he came across a 16-year-old immigrant whose parents were killed in a war in El Salvador, “I had the opportunity to bring him and his siblings together and finish raising them, they became my children,” he says. Although he has touched countless lives, many immigrants who left the shelter still try to keep in contact with him to this very day, “Even though I may not keep in touch with every single one of them, there are thousands that I have met, these people are a gift,” he says.
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Spring Cleaning Your Soul | By: GRACE THE PSYCHIC LADY |
he days are getting longer, its
taking a walk—being connected to nature
Use your creativity often and let your inner
warming up outside, and the flowers
can help you tune in to the subtle energies of
child play. How do you like to express
your spirit and energy guides.
your creativity? Painting, writing, dancing,
and trees are getting ready to bloom
crafting? Being creative aids the spiritual
as a sign that Spring is just around
the corner. Springtime is that sweet
Take your shoes off and walk on the ground
process and it helps the soul to shine.
barefoot, this is called earthing and helps us connect with nature and ourselves. Another great benefit of spring is that our gardens thrive. Gardening and working your hands into the soil is a direct way to connect with mother nature and tune in. Reduce the social media, internet, and news as they are mostly negative distractions. It is difficult to focus on your internal spirituality when you are completely tuned in to external
spot of the year where we can enjoy the
stimuli. By limiting your time on these
outdoors without sweltering heat or frigid
outlets, you will find you have a stronger
temperatures. It is largely regarded as a time
sense of peace and tranquility.
Beautify your surroundings. Yes, keeping your home clean and orderly can significantly
to regenerate, renew and awaken the soul within us—most of us know it as “spring
For the moments when connecting with the
impact your soul for the better. Keep all your
cleaning” season. Besides pulling out the
outdoors is not possible, it’s important to create
spaces clean and organized as this helps create
mop, broom, and furniture polish, here are
a positive internal space for yourself where
a calmness for your soul. Finally, use caution
some tips on how to clean your soul.
you can connect with your soul by practicing
with whom you let in to your sacred space.
meditation, mindfulness or deep breathing. Focus on the positives in your life to help
Being confined indoors during the cold winters can bring bad habits come spring.
Detoxify negative relationships that no longer
attract better things. Focusing on the good
Because of the colder weather many of
serve you and eliminate people who do not
leads to a continually healthy and happy soul.
us find excuses to not care of our physical
support or lift your soul. Having relationships
needs. It is key we get outdoors and find an
that are toxic and draining only holds your
activity we enjoy. This can be as simple as
soul back from growth and a sense of peace.
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A Border Hero
| Written and photographed by: HENRY CRAVER |
ristina was Arturo Garcia’s beloved nana. Growing up in Juárez under Cristina’s care, Arturo and his siblings came to see her as a second mother. Years later, Arturo and Cristina both immigrated to the United States independently of each other. Cristina landed in Los Angeles and Arturo crossed over to El Paso. In a tragic turn of events, Arturo, by this point married and expecting
his second child, would discover that Cristina had died, slain by an abusive husband. Arturo and his wife decided to honor Cristina’s legacy by giving her name to their first born daughter—although they added an H out of reverence for their new country’s Anglo tradition. For much of her younger years, that story wouldn’t hold much significance for Christina Garcia. Kids are kids after all, and they rarely spend much time thinking of people they’ve never met. What’s more, the environment she grew up in didn’t lend itself to reflection—it was a struggle just to get by. Still about a decade off from being named the nation’s safest city, El Paso in the 1990s had its fair share of
Leaving school would prove to be a watershed moment in her story.
problems. Nowhere were those problems more apparent than in the
Initially, she was excited to be done with classes, finally free to do what
Lower Valley, a region plagued by poverty and violence in that time.
she pleased and make some money. She moved to Albuquerque, and
Christina still clearly remembers reading a report about her troubled
then the Texas panhandle to work in a slaughterhouse alongside her
school district: “Ysleta was one of the worst in the nation, more kids
aunt. But reality failed to match the teen’s lofty expectations. The job
went to prison than college and teen pregnancy was a big thing too.”
was hard, the pay was low, and her bosses were cruel. She didn’t last long in the end, deciding to move home and give school one last shot.
In the middle of it all, the Garcia home stood as a kind of neighborhood refuge. Her parents would open their doors to the homeless, troubled
Intent on avoiding a future of manual labor, Christina attacked her
youths, and whichever transient family member happened to be passing
studies with a new drive the second time around. Her hard work earned
through. Despite the warm—albeit hectic—home atmosphere, Christina
her a high school diploma and admission into UTEP. While in college,
wasn’t immune to the problems that affected so many of her peers. She
she started getting involved in community activism, eventually landing
struggled in her classes, eventually dropping out in the 11th grade.
Christina Garcia: A Border Hero
an internship at the Las Americas Immigration Advocacy Center. The work enthralled her, and she was good at it. As luck would have it, just as Christina was getting ready to graduate, a position opened up at Las Americas. As the Crime Victim Program director, Christina would be tasked with helping some of the center’s most vulnerable clients: undocumented victims of crimes, many of them women who’d suffered domestic abuse. Specifically, she would obtain them residency through the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a federal law that offers protection to such women, no matter their immigration status. At first, Christina poured all of her energy into learning the ins and outs of our legal system, figuring that residency would solve her clients’ problems. Along the way, however, she realized that permission to stay in the country was only the beginning. Having suffered unimaginable trauma and usually still living in precarious circumstances, these women, and often their children, need help healing and finding safe new homes. To that end, Christina’s learned to play social worker, supporting her clients in almost every facet of their lives. “These days I don’t want to be a legal hero, I want to be the person you remember for holding your hand during a difficult time,” she told me while reflecting on her evolution in community service. “Yeah, estoy bien encariñada with my clients,” she added. Still just in her mid-30s, Christina plans on going back to school to get a masters in social work but isn’t exactly sure where her career will go from there. “There are so many people who need help, so I know I need to stay here and work in the community ... but I’m not sure if that will be in immigration or elsewhere,” she told me. Christina is certain about one plan, however. She wants to go to California to meet Cristina’s children. She wants them to know that she’s working hard to save women just like their mother.
a c i n o r e V scobar E U.S. Congresswoman,
| By: ELAINE GORDON |
Congresswoman Escobar’s Vegetarian Ravioli and Vegetable Soup Serves 4
Before being inducted into Congress in November,
Veronica Escobar served as county judge and had a great
impact on the lives of the people living in El Paso. Being
4 red bell peppers
a third-generation El Pasoan, Representative Escobar, has
4 green bell peppers
worked hard to better our community.
6 garlic cloves 1 small yellow onion, chopped
Representative Escobar was instrumental in expanding
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
access to affordable healthcare through her support of
28 ounces crushed tomatoes
the El Paso County Hospital District, which provided the
30 ounces vegetable broth
community with vital health services and also built two
12 ounces frozen cheese ravioli
new modern clinics that provide primary care to some of
1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
the poorest El Pasoans. She also played an important role
1/4 cup olive oil
in the foundation of El Paso Children’s Hospital, which is
Salt and pepper to taste
the only stand-alone children’s hospital on the border.
1/2 cup water
The first-term Congresswoman has been a strong voice for
the values of Border communities, dealing with issues on
Chop the vegetables and garlic into bite-sized pieces and place on a foil-
immigration and cross-border trade. The New York Times
covered cookie sheet. Drizzle olive oil on top and add salt and pepper to
recognized Escobar as an authority on the US-Mexico
taste. Roast veggies for 30 minutes at 375 degrees.
Border by writing four op-eds on her. In a medium to large pot, sauté the chopped onion in 2 tablespoons of Representative
olive oil, until the chopped onion is translucent. Add red pepper flakes and
reforms and modernized county government by fighting
crushed tomatoes. Stir for a minute, then add the vegetable broth and
a system plagued by corruption and self-dealing. She
water. Bring to a boil and add roasted veggies and the ravioli. Boil until
initiated and supported legislation that developed the only
raviolis are cooked. Add chopped basil, stir and cover.
County Ethics Commission in the State of Texas. She also served two terms as El Paso County Judge, and previously
served one term as County Commissioner for Precinct 2. 40
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The Lovett Law Firm Robert L. Lovett grew up in a family of little means, his mother working
Robert saw his dream through, becoming the first of his family to
long hours at minimum wage jobs to feed the family and make rent on
attend college, obtaining a law degree from Texas Tech, and finally
their trailer home. At one of those jobs she suffered a serious back injury
opening his own personal injury firm in 1999. In addition to Robert
while working in the kitchen. She ended up settling with the restaurant
himself, the office is now home to an especially savvy and motivated
chain for about $30,000, just enough to buy a much-needed car and pay
group of lawyers: Russell A. Murray, Ramona Frazier and Chelsea
some bills. The cash ran out quick, but the back pain never went away.
Underwood. “They are all here for the same reason. It’s their calling
Robert, only in 4th grade at the time, decided he would become an
to help people. This is much more than just a job,” said Robert,
attorney so he could protect people like his mom.
explaining the gratitude he feels to have such great colleagues.
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It’s not hard to understand why the Lovett Law Firm has such a good
an attorney.” He then went on, explaining: “It doesn’t matter to me if
reputation around here. Unlike so many other practices, Robert and
your case is worth $7,000, $70,000, or $700,000—I treat it exactly the
his team take each case personally. The goal is to see clients get what
same. I don’t know how to do it any other way. Each person is owed
they deserve, not to maximize profits. To that end, Lovett attorneys
the same duty. I want to get you the result you deserve, and it makes
work tirelessly, clocking late nights and meticulously reviewing each
me mad if I don’t. It doesn’t matter if it’s cost effective or not, we’re
other’s work to ensure all bases are covered. All of this is done with
going to keep fighting until we get you a victory.”
complete transparency. The client knows their options and, when settling, exactly how much each party will be paid beforehand.
Robert L. Lovett can’t undo the injustice his mother suffered, but he’ll make sure the same doesn’t happen to you.
Asked why he decided against prioritizing case volume at his firm, Robert was clear and to the point, saying: “I’m not a businessman, I’m
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Chuck Ruhmann Chuck Ruhmann opened his practice for one reason: To help people. Specifically, help the injured victims that have suffered losses due to another’s negligence or gross negligence by making sure the at-fault party pays for the harms they cause. People need lawyers like the Ruhmann Law Firm to fight their cases. Unfortunately for individuals that do not seek and attain representation for their claims, the Insurance companies can and do take advantage of them. Due to almost bottomless pockets of money and teams of agents and lawyers defending the company’s own interests, the injured find themselves caught in the insurance company’s web of downplaying the severity of their injuries or attempting to put responsibility on the victim by spinning the facts. Even with a seemingly rock-solid case, few individuals are capable of navigating the nebulous adversarial system of civil litigation on their own. The injured victim needs an experienced and knowledgeable trial lawyer if they are going to stand a chance in their claim or in court. Luckily, Chuck and his team are here to help. Chuck and his team are dedicated to their clients. With the exception of the time he spends with his family, Chuck is always working to achieve the best result for his clients. It makes perfect sense when you think about it. The plaintiffs’ lives are often thrown into complete disarray by car wrecks. In addition to their losing their physical well-being, they face at times a seemingly insurmountable amount of debt brought on by endless medical bills or expenses. Unable to bear the thought of such outcomes, Chuck and his team are constantly working to make sure that does not happen. He and his team work directly with each client throughout the case. They go above and beyond to ensure full transparency, making themselves available for questions, client needs or reaching out with regular updates. After all, the case is about the client, not the lawyer. “If you or a loved one have been injured, call Chuck.”
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John Lomax Anderson In 2015 alone, there were more than 3,800 deaths reported nationwide in truck accidents. The vast majority of the deceased were occupants of personal vehicles, not the trucks. Tragically, the victims, or the victims’ loved ones, are too often unable to obtain the compensation they deserve. The trucking companies are prepared for such accidents with advanced legal teams that specialize in minimizing losses.
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Luckily, however, John Lomax Anderson of the Ruhmann Law Firm
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knows the trucking companies’ tricks. After all, he used to work for
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them. That’s right, for a number years, John defended the interests
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of big trucking business before he became disillusioned with the
industry’s unscrupulous tactics and decided to start working for the
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little guy. That experience gives him an advantage few other plaintiff’s lawyers can claim. What’s more, John also previously worked for the
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Eighth Court of Appeals in El Paso, and knows how the law turns
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in cases like these. “I’m proud that I’ve been able to help injured
victims of trucking companies in both Texas and New Mexico,” says John. Let John and the Ruhmann Law Firm help you now!
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Paul G. Téllez Born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, Paul Téllez always seemed destined to help people. Even as a young boy, he had strong opinions on what was right and what was wrong. He knew that everybody, no matter where they came from or how much money they had, deserved to be treated decently. It tormented him to know that often wasn’t the case and that he was powerless to change it. Paul decided that once grown up he’d do everything in his power to make the world more just.
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That drive eventually led Paul to the career he has today. As a personal
(Licensed in TX, NM)
injury attorney, Paul works hard to win compensation for the victims
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of accidents resulting from the negligence of others. A graduate of the
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University of Wisconsin Law School, he has over 11 years of experience
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in the field, principally working with clients who’ve suffered car crashes, slip and fall accidents and Social Security complications.
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When asked if he had any advice regarding workplace injuries, Paul
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emphasized the importance of seeking out professional help, saying:
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“Realize that the worker’s comp adjuster is not your friend. If you’re
injured on the job, don’t wait to seek the advice of someone who can
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help protect your rights, and who can help maximize the remedies and
benefits available to you.”
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Rosales Law Firm “We knew that El Paso was where we were going to be making a difference, we left so we could come back and serve our community.” Joe and Marc Rosales, sons of El Paso, attended law school with the intention to one day open their own practice at home. With a combined 44 years of experience, the Rosales brothers also bring a completely bilingual staff to the table. “That is very important to us, especially in the region. Language shouldn’t be a hurdle for people
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to receive the legal counsel they deserve.” Serving the people on
the border comes with its own challenges and rewards—the scope
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of legal issues transcends borders and the Rosales Law Firm has
proven to be a champion for the people of El Paso.
The practice has an emphasis in the criminal law and family law sectors which has allowed Marc and Joe to “find solutions to our client’s problems.” Law, and its surrounding contingents, are a method for the firm to better the city of El Paso, which is a priority for Joe and Marc. “We know the people. We know the community. We never had the intention of practicing anywhere else. Our roots are here.” 50 | SPECIAL ADVERTISING
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Ruben Ortiz Ruben Ortiz still remembers his first case. It was 1998 and the young attorney had just returned home after graduating from the Washburn University of Law in Topeka, Kansas. The county court appointed him to represent a mother who was accused of a probation violation. Ruben was unfamiliar with how cases in the criminal arena were handled then, but the court’s coordinator made it clear what was expected in such cases: The client would plead true, no questions asked. Ruben didn’t like the idea of four children losing their mother into the system, so despite only being paid $75, he continued to fight for his client for over a year, and eventually got it dismissed. 20 years later and now an expert in criminal law, personal injury law and family law, Ruben still approaches every case with the same tenacity and expectation. He does whatever it takes to give his client a win, without compromise. It’s a lot of work but Ruben relishes the opportunity he’s had to serve the community that
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clients. I’m so thankful that they trust me to help them. I want
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to keep doing it for another 20 years, at the same pace and with
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the same intensity ... always fighting to win for my clients, no matter what.”
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The Law Offices of Michael J. Zimprich, PLLC You name it, when it comes to real estate, Michael Zimprich has done
Over the past decade, Michael and his team, including associate
just about everything. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Michael had already
attorney Nassim Salloum, have garnered a reputation as problem
been extensively involved in various sections of the industry. He
solvers and deal makers. Few other law practices, if any, boast such
currently has over 20 years of experience actively working in the real
a breadth of real estate knowledge. Whatever the issue, clients can
estate field. He has previously worked as a property tax consultant,
rest assured Michael understands and can help. He’s dealt with
commercial real estate appraiser, mortgage loan officer, and a real
unruly tenants, witnessed the turmoil caused by predatory lending
estate sales agent. While obtaining a master’s degree in accounting
arrangements, experienced the frustration of being handed an unfair
at UTEP, he flipped and rented houses around El Paso as well as Fort
appraisal, and the list goes on. Beyond real estate documents and
Worth, where he attended law school at Texas Wesleyan University.
services, The Law Offices of Michael J. Zimprich, PLLC also specialize
This successful and far-reaching real estate career paved the way to
in business and consumer law (including deceptive trade practices),
Michael becoming one of the field’s foremost legal experts.
commercial collections, consumer collections, construction disputes, mechanics and materialmen’s liens, and breach of contract claims.
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Cesar Ornelas Law The Cesar Ornelas law firm not only fights for the rights of their clients,
Cesar now dedicates himself to seeing the victims of preventable
but proudly gives back to the community every year. Each Christmas,
accidents compensated. He has made it his duty to ensure that
the firm provides thousands of smiles in the form of presents to the
big corporations don’t take advantage of ordinary individuals. Since
children of El Paso. They also provide Thanksgiving meals to hundreds
graduating from St. Mary’s Law School in 2016, the young attorney
of families, new shoes for children in need and each year sponsor
has quickly established one of the field’s most illustrious firms,
“Walk Like MADD” for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. This kind
boasting six locations, and numerous multi-million dollar settlements.
of generosity and concern for the community has defined Cesar’s
The El Paso office is qualified to handle a vast range of cases, from
career. After all, having been raised in a working-class community,
catastrophic injuries to wrongful deaths. The Cesar Ornelas law firm
he too understands what it’s like to struggle. He remembers seeing
makes their self readily available to their clients 24/7. Their clients are
his hardworking neighbors taken advantage of, unable to defend
more than clients—they are their family.
themselves because of their societal rank. Cesar decided early on that he’d grow up to help those members of our communities, to be a voice for the voiceless.
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El Paso has a magnetic energy to it. Nora Artalejo felt that pull and used it to fuel a career in law. Her time in the Big Apple inserted lessons into her life that carried over into how she approaches her practice. “I take a no nonsense approach with my clients. I don’t like to be an attorney who sugar coats anything, especially in the type of law I practice.” To Nora, family law is no stroll in the park. She takes the defense of her clients very seriously. Married to attorney Robert Lovett, law pervades both her public and private life. In order to provide the highest level of legal counsel, Nora ensures that every detail, even down to the way her office is laid out, facilitates the client’s needs for top notch service and comfort. “People are usually very nervous and anxious when they have to meet with an attorney for the first time. I created this space to allow clients to feel very comfortable and at ease because they are coming in here to deal with very difficult issues.” With a hands-on and personalized approach to every person that walks in, Nora has solidified herself as proficient in family law and personal injury, instilling a piece of mind in every individual who calls upon her service.
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Partnering from the | By: BRENDA L. CASTANEDA |
Pa r t n e r i n g f r o m t h e H e a r t
y definition, a partnership is an arrangement where parties agree to cooperate to advance their mutual interests. A successful
partnership could be one that fills the hearts of both parties and
provides a deep feeling of gratitude and mutual appreciation. Luis Zuniga, founder and president of FYZICAL Therapy Balance & Hand Center, and Stephen Mills, founder and executive director of Veterans Non Profit (VNP), are doing just that.
FYZICAL Therapy Balance & Hand Center is a health and wellness
company that provides physical therapy and training to patients
throughout West Texas and Southern New Mexico. It has been in
operation since 2004, employs 35 individuals and has four offices in each corner of El Paso.
Luis is credited with the sense of community that he has instilled in his
employees. It was his staff who came to him with the idea of doing something for the community, something that would make a difference in their lives and the lives of others in El Paso. Foregoing the expense of activities such as their annual Christmas party, the team suggested putting those funds into something more rewarding. After researching various nonprofit organizations in El Paso, they identified the one that they felt was most deserving of their support. They had
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three major criteria in selecting their partner: the organization had to be local, it had to be a cause that they wanted to create awareness for and it had to be one that impacted the community. VNP was the beneficiary of that decision and one that has proved to be most deserving. Founded in 2015, VNPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s purpose is to meet the most basic needs of local www.thecitymagazineelp.com
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veterans, like providing meals through their food kitchen. They also have a pet food pantry for those veterans who have service dogs, as well as a clothing and personal hygiene closet which includes items that we so often take for granted. While initially the commitment from Luis and his group was a monetary contribution, they have since expanded their partnership. According to Luis, “the cool part is that we’re committed to helping them fulfill their mission.” And now, the employees provide priceless hours of manpower as they help with the stocking of the food pantry and the distribution of items on the last Saturday of each month. While Stephen is excited about the financial contributions, he adds that the volunteer hours they get from the FYZICAL staff helps with the 6080 veteran households that benefit from VNP. He emphasized his appreciation saying, “It’s been a godsend, to have people help do what we do … lots of hands make for easy work!”
March, 2019 The VNP is open daily, Monday through Saturday. Although Mondays and Saturdays are for distribution only, from 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m., the rest of the week they are open 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The center is closed on Sundays. The commitment and the dedication of Luis and his staff is unwavering and their vision for this partnership is expanding. Not only are they volunteering on weekends, but there are events in the works to increase awareness of the VNP, as well as fundraisers to support the services that Stephen and his staff provide. Look for an exciting, first-of-its-kind event coming this October. For now, they can only reveal that there will be a treadmill, a rooftop and high profile El Pasoans creating awareness and raising money to help the veterans of this region. The partnership between the two groups has evolved into a very special relationship. As Luis states, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Veterans and wellness go hand in hand.â&#x20AC;? Find both Veterans Non Profit and FYZICAL Therapy Balance & Hand Centers on Facebook.
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here’s nothing quite like seeing a child’s smile after they’ve had to face hardships that are unimaginable for someone so young. Oftentimes, adults even become stressed trying to bring joy to a child when they can’t afford much. Movies4Kids is trying to ease those worries by giving children a one-of-akind experience by taking them to exclusive redcarpet premieres to catch a film before anyone else has gotten the chance to. Rene Herrera, cofounder of Movies4Kids, talks about how the program began in 2016 when he and his partner, Ricardo Anzures, bought out a movie theater and decided to let less fortunate children get first dibs on seats. After seeing the children’s faces light up with joy, the two partners became inspired to continue giving back to children in the El Paso community. When asked why they only took the kids to movies, Rene explained that although there are other outlets such as music, the children gain a new perception with the visuals and storylines that some of the movies have. They also get to be in a new environment and interact with other children, and more importantly, they get a chance to be normal kids having fun. But recently the dream of continuing to make children happy has become a bit more difficult for the organizers. Movies4Kids is supported by a couple of private donors and otherwise gets most of their donations from monthly contributors. “You multiply the average costs [and it] is about 15 to 17 dollars per child and we try to take about 300 children to a movie every month, but there’s some months where we have two movies,” says Rene. Because of the way movies make a profit, theaters aren’t allowed to give any type of donations to Movies4Kids. For these reasons the price can interfere with whether or not the kids will be able to go to a screening. Rene states that the best way for people to support Movies4Kids is by becoming a monthly donor for just 50 cents a day, which will sponsor one child each month.
To help support Movies4Kids go to movies4kids.org or find them on Facebook.
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The Paso Del NortE Borderplex Veterans Coalition | By: HENRY CRAVER |
l Paso and Fort Bliss have long been
Carolina, Whitmire brought his 28-year military
processes. Although it sounds simple enough,
intertwined, each community defining
career to a close in 2013 while stationed at Fort
such a system simply hasn’t existed in El Paso
the other. What’s more, smitten with
Bliss. Despite his desire to settle down here,
or many other cities to this point.
the sun, border culture and cost of
he struggled to find work, eventually leaving
living, hordes of service men and women
for a job with the Department of Defense in
The Paso Del Norte Borderplex Veteran
retire from the military each year and decide
D.C. Not so long ago, work brought him into
Coalition is still in development, but things are
to make El Paso their permanent home.
contact with Combined Arms, a Houston
picking up quick. With the board of directors
Today, more than 49,000 veterans live in El
organization that uses an advanced database
already assembled, they’re now waiting on
Paso county, with another 8,200 in Dona Ana.
and grassroots network to connect local vets
their 501(c)(3) status to come through and
They’re an integral part of our society, but
to the services they need. Impressed with
are close to securing the necessary funding
sometimes things aren’t so easy for them.
their results, Whitmire decided to bring a
for a database. They’ve also established
Transitioning from the military to civilian life is
similar service to the Sun City.
partnerships with a litany of relevant NGOs and agencies, from the Association of United
full of twists and turns. The strenuous period is often compounded by injuries sustained in
The Veterans Coalition seeks to streamline all
States Army to the Child Crisis Center of El
the field, both physical and psychological.
the services available to vets, making them
Paso. The organization, however, does still
easier to find and access. Their website will
need to raise $250,000 to open a central office.
Luckily, George W. Whitmire has founded the
feature a comprehensive survey that matches
Paso Del Norte Borderplex Veteran Coalition to
clients with the appropriate organizations while
If you’re interested in making a donation,
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he idea of trash to treasure is not a new one, but what started as a proposal for a competition has turned into
something that is so much more. The It’s Your
World Project is a student club under the supervision of art teacher, Candie Printz. The club was born from
the passion and promotion of the arts along with raising awareness about the pollution issues in our city. The students participate in highway cleanups and host free workshops for the community. These workshops cover recycling and ways to convert trash into unique art pieces. “It’s amazing that this is run by high school students,” says Candie.
The It’s Your World Project is hosting its third “Metamorphosis:
Trash to Treasure” recycled art contest and exhibition this
coming April. The call to artists is currently underway and the submission window is now open to El Paso, Juárez and Las Cruces. The contest is all inclusive and artists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate.
There is no size or weight limit to the work you can submit. The only requirements are to fill out an online form and submit a photo of the work which must incorporate recycled items. The hope is that while in the process of creating, people become aware of the overproduction of things like plastic and become more active in recycling. The exhibition and reception to celebrate the artist and their entries will be held at the International Museum of Art, Saturday, April 27 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. In years past, “The Metamorphosis: Trash to Treasure” contest has received over 1500 submissions, given out $4,000 in awards, donated to other non-profits who offer their assistance, and even had Chelsea Clinton in attendance. The It’s Your World Project has also grown and recently established a nonprofit organization, The Green Hope Project; founded by graduate students, community members, and formerly a part of the It’s Your World Project. While both the school club and non-profit share similar goals, The Green Hope has a higher aim that is more in line with what can be accomplished outside of the education system. “I want El Paso to be a home base and set an example for the rest of the state … the next step is to get engineers and scientists involved to expand on the possibilities,” Candie says. Be a part of conveying a meaningful message and help make a positive change in our city! For more information on the club and the contest visit: http://itsyourworldproject.wixsite.com/edhs-itsyourworld 65
you go? There’s a litany of great spots, but a few stand out as especially rad. The region’s best known off-roading destination is known as Red Sands and lies just beyond Hueco Tanks. As its name suggests, the 21-square mile plot is full of sweeping red-sand dunes, the leftovers of a foregone sea that dried up some 31
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million years ago. Beyond their sheer beauty, the ancient slopes make an ideal playground for all-terrain enthusiasts. The deep, powdery earth eats up even the biggest tires, and the steep hills promise daredevils plenty of opportunities to catch serious air. Despite offering many challenges, the site also has its fair share of easy riding, perfect for novices who just want to enjoy the scenery without worrying about trashing their rides. What’s more, even if you don’t own an off-road vehicle, Rent An ATV is right at the dunes’ entrance and stays open until sundown.
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he streets of El Paso are flush with soupedup trucks. They come in all makes and
colors, most complete with aftermarket suspension kits, monster tires and even roaring mufflers. The abundance of such vehicles would seem to evidence a lively off-roading community, however a number of industry experts assure me that this simply is not the case. Alejandra Maldonado, who runs Dirt Logics with her three brothers, claims that few of the shop’s clients have any intention of ever heading off pavement. Most do it just for show. It’s a shame that so many all-terrain hot rods go essentially unused. After all, 4x4s give us the ability to explore parts of the desert we otherwise couldn’t, and, not unimportantly, it’s really fun to kick up dust
and roll over rocks. Anthony Vella, an El Paso transplant who off-roads and 66 paramotors regularly, stresses that most of the region’s backroads don’t require especially fancy vehicles, any old SUV or pickup will do. But where exactly should
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Just a few miles southwest of the dunes, sits a sprawling web of trails known as the SAC (named after the neighboring Socorro Student Activity Center). Here the terrain is flat and the soil hard packed, offering a distinctly different experience to Red Sands. The relatively straightforward paths mean drivers can be more liberal with the accelerator, sliding through turns and zipping over moguls. Of course, if you’re not in a high velocity mood, there’s no rule against slow cruising through the Chihuahuan desert. The Wall, located in Santa Teresa, NM, is a favorite among El Paso offroaders. The name is a bit misleading—it’s really more like a big, half-open dirt bowl. Starting at the bottom, visitors attempt to make it to the very top of the long, bending ridge. The climb’s difficulty depends entirely on the path you choose, ranging from novice to nearly impossible. Due to the steep ascents and many boulders, it’s highly suggested that you go with more than one
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At the El Paso Zoo
estless nights, warming bottles up at
Deja was born on August 5, 2018 at the
different hours of the day and having
Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium where her
to pick up a dozen toys from the playroom.
mother rejected her. A group of scientists
Sounds like your typical baby adventure,
and geneticists felt that it would be best for
right? Well, the El Paso Zoo’s latest baby
Deja to be raised by another female siamang.
is anything but typical. The El Paso Zoo
Luckily, the El Paso Zoo has two adult female
welcomed a new member to its family on
siamangs, Suni and Adinda, who are a great
January 30, 2019, a female baby siamang
fit for Deja. “It was very important for us
to get Deja at a very young age so that we can start transitioning her to her siamang
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March, 2019 family,” stated Griselda Martinez, collection supervisor at the El Paso Zoo. Suni has quite the track record as a siamang mommy, having already successfully raised two of her own, including one who still lives with her, Adinda. Since Deja is so young, the El Paso Zoo zookeepers are showing her the ropes on what it takes to be a siamang. They are teaching her how to swing, how to climb and everything else siamangs do. Hopefully, this experience will ease Deja’s transition into life in her new surroundings with her new foster mother. Deja is set to make her debut on exhibit during spring break. Speaking of spring break ... what better way to spend that time off than at the El Paso Zoo! There will be plenty of animal enrichment activities—the splash pad will be open, and for that short amount of time, The Birdman will return to El Paso with his world-famous condors. The Birdman will
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Come hit a home run at this fun indoor batting
from downtown El Paso, and is an actual
hen you talk to people who grow up
park! The Base has nine batting cages in total,
working ranch! Spend the day with miles of
in El Paso, the first thing they say is
and with the full range of speeds so all can
desert around you soaking up that western
that El Paso is a great place to raise
enjoy! They have everything—from the balls
atmosphere! Did you know that Indian Cliffs
a family. There is something about the pace
to bats and helmets—just bring yourselves!
Ranch actually has a children’s zoo? That’s
of life here that allows you to spend extra time focusing on the moments that are ever so fleeting with your children. El Paso is rich
Indian Cliffs Ranch is only 35 minutes
right—a zoo! Kids will love exploring and
getting up close to all the sweet animals that
Settled on the edge of El Paso and New
in culture, high in diversity, and the education
Mexico, this local staple is a great place to
system ranks above the national average. A
take the kids for a day of fun. The amusement
number of El Paso schools even made the
park is spread out nicely and full of fun,
Come take a SWING at one of El Paso’s
2018 U.S. News & World Report’s Best High
games and rides. The kiddie section caters
newest additions! This driving range is unlike
Schools in the Nation list. How could you not
to younger kids, which is great because the
any other. Enjoy amazing food, games, a
love a safe melting pot full of diversity and
park can accommodate all ages!
swanky lounge, drinks and fun as you and
great schools? With the city’s growth being at an alltime high, there are more activities readily
your family play games to see who can hit
Rockin Jump Trampoline Park
the golf ball farther!
Rockin Jump Trampoline Park has wall to wall
available for kids than ever before! If you’re
trampolines where active kids can spend the
Tiny Xplorers is a toddlers dream. Come
looking for some fun things to do with the
day bouncing their hearts out! The Rockin’
play in a tiny city designed for kids! Toddlers
kids this weekend, check out the list below!
Arena is the main jumping area where
and kids young and old can come dress up
families and friends can all jump together and
like their favorite people, play and learn!
try out their latest tricks and flips! There is
Tiny Xplorers provides a hands on learning
also a foam pit, dodge ball area and games!
experience and even has an area where kids
El Paso Zoo The El Paso Zoo is fun for all ages and sits on 35 acres of adventure. Bigger and better than ever, the El Paso Zoo is an expansive green space that is home to exotic animals
can bring and eat their own lunch!
Jungle Jaks If you have kids that just LOVE using up all of
With Spring break just around the corner,
from around the world and features family
that energy, then head to Jungle Jacks. From
sometimes a little staycation is all you need
attractions such as: the African Star Train,
Go karts to bumper boats and the Foam
to feel refreshed and rejuvenated! Why head
Hunt Family Desert Spring Splash Pad and
Factory, there is something for kids of all
out of town when you can make this little
the Foster Tree House Playground.
ages! Don’t let us forget to tell you about the
slice of the southwest your own playground?
3,000 square feet of foam playground—with
El Paso is a place that is truly wonderful to
balls, tunnels, foam balls and giant slides.
raise a family.
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GLUTE BUILDING MYTHS DEBUNKED
| By: LIZZIE MARTINEZ |
any people who go into weight-lifting start training their gluteus muscles in order to firm and tighten that backside. You may see many people on social media or Pinterest doing “squat challenges” or really heavy squats, but is that really the best way to get a nice butt? Let’s go over a few “myths” to glute training and how to really work smarter not harder…
Myth #1 - Squats are the Myth #4 - Variety isn’t best exercise for a nice butt. necessary, just stick to the basics. A study done by The American Council on Exercise showed that the squat does not
There are three parts to your glutes: your
activate your glutes to the highest degree.
gluteus maximus, your gluteus medius, and
Although squats are great, you will be
your gluteus minimus. All three need to be
more efficient to include exercises such as
engaged and worked in different ways in
deadlifts, hip thrusts, kickbacks, and back
order to round and build your glutes as a
whole. Incorporate different variations of
Myth #2 - You need to be really sore to build your glutes. Many people who go workout mistakenly
each exercise. For example, if you’re doing cable kickbacks, switch between straight leg, bent leg, side lifts, etc. to target each individual muscle.
after a training session then the workout was
Myth #5- Eat a lot of food to build a bigger butt.
unproductive. In reality, soreness is not the
You don’t necessarily have to have a surplus
best indicator of a good workout in regards
of food to build the glutes. You do need
to building muscle. You should be getting
carbohydrates though, but you can stick to a
stronger month after month and when you
fairly strict diet and still build muscle. As long
are stronger, you are less likely to get sore. If
as your protein intake is high to recover your
you really want to feel that soreness though,
muscles and you’re eating good carbs like
do a lot of stretching the glutes under a heavy
brown rice, sweet potato, oatmeal, quinoa
load with exercises such as lunges.
etc. You can stay lean in your mid-section
think that if they fail to get sore in their glutes
Myth #3 - You need to do a tight booty squeeze at the top of your squat.
while building a butt at the same time as long as you stick to good carbs. Hopefully this article shed some light on
The squeeze and stretch should really be
optimal glute training. Just continue to build
at the bottom of your squat where you’re
up your strength while focusing on good
holding all the weight. When you’re standing
form and variety in your exercises.
the booty squeeze doesn’t matter at the top because you’re carrying the weight more in your whole body at the time.
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Each season the top fashion designers at New York Fashion will feature their collections. The Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report aids the designers in choosing their color stories across all areas of design: fashion, jewelry and makeup. The current Pantone Color of the Year 2019 is Living Coral 16-1546. Pantone calls it “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.” This hue is perfect for makeup because it is universally flattering on lips, nails, eyes and cheeks. It’s the perfect color between orange and pink, looks great on most skin tones, and is easy to wear. You can choose to highlight one of your features in this beautiful coral color or do a monochromatic look by using the same or similar shades on your eyes, cheeks, lips and nails.
Here are some of my favorite makeup products in this year’s color trend. Blush Glossier Cloud Paint in shade Dawn. “If you can finger paint, you can Cloud Paint—simply dab it onto cheeks. It’s seamless, sheer, and buildable.” www.glossier.com
Lip Color Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Shade Sexy Sienna. “Gives you a moisturized, yet matte finish for a modern twist to your lip makeup.” www.charlottetilbury.com
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s with any other successful business, that of men’s
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1 Mario Badescu | Control Moisturizer for Oily Skin The plight of the oily-skinned continues, how do we find a moisturizer that doesn’t make us look like we waded through an oil slick? In all honesty, stop whining. As annoying as oily skin might seem, it’s keeping your skin from Sahara-deserting on you, and keeping early signs of aging at bay. What you want to look for is a moisturizer that doesn’t work against your natural oil production and won’t clog your pores to create a breeding ground for bacteria under your skin. Mario Badescu’s fast-absorbing formula with Glycerin and vitamin B-5 sends hydration deep into your skin without disrupting it or throwing it off balance.
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confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety
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with hope. Families are unified and entire
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By participating in Walk For Wishes, you’ll be
March 30, 2019. Walk with wish families and
helping local El Paso children battling critical
local supporters, all while helping share the
illnesses receive the one true wish they need
power of a wish. Every eligible child needs a
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Coventry Cathedral | By: MARIE MOORE |
here are some scars too deep and vivid to hide. Sometimes the best you can do is honor them by paying homage to how and why they happened and what you learned from the blow.
In August 2001, I stood before the Monument to Peace in Coventry Cathedral and read the words “Lord, Let us Forgive” hung above a roughly hewn cross created from the metal shards of shells that bombed that church during World War II. Around me lay the ruins of the original church built by historic nobility … its scorched walls and eerily empty window frames, broken bricks and blasted towers … remnants of terrifying times. But I also witnessed something else that day. Something which I have never forgotten. Because standing next to the old cathedral is the new one and it is filled with a spirit of
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forgiveness and hope for humankind that is so powerful—it’s worth getting on a plane and flying all the way to England to experience. The new Coventry Cathedral opened in 1962. Since then, it has welcomed thousands of visitors who come to feel the sense of peace and reconciliation embodied by the startling study in contrast that exists there. Angela Barden remembers the day she attended the opening ceremony: ”As a schoolchild I went, along with many other children, to the consecration of Coventry Cathedral. I still remember it so well, so I must have felt that it was a very important occasion. I still have the bookmark we were all given that day. On the reverse of the bookmark it says ‘Given to the children as a memento of the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral, 25 May, 1962.’ I did not want to lose it, it was precious to me so I scrawled ‘DO NOT TOUCH, THIS IS MINE’
Inside, the “West Screen” features patriarchs, angels and saints
on the back. A typical thing for a child to write when she is trying to
etched on a glass wall, linking the old cathedral to the new. In addition,
stop her big brother from pinching it!”
The Tapestry of Christ, Nave Windows, Cross of Nails (medieval nails collected from the ruins) and Chapel of the Stalingrad Madonna are
The Church of St. Michael, commonly known as Coventry Cathedral,
just a few of the riveting pieces that adorn this site.
is the seat of the Bishop of Coventry in the West Midlands of England. It has stood since the 14th Century.
It should be added that a duplicate Monument to Peace is located in Hiroshima. Forgiveness ceremonies were held simultaneously in both
The new building, initiated in 1951 and completed in 1962, was designed
cities when they were unveiled.
by Basil Spence. It currently offers educational and liturgical programs, serves as a center for the arts and a focal point of the city’s cultural mission.
Coventry Cathedral … a memorial, a monument and a testament to forgiveness.
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Did you know that March 25th is National Cocktail Day? Celebrate with a citrus Ancho Gimlet. Featuring the fresh, bright and herbal Ancho Reyes Verde, made using poblano chile, and the distinctive flavor of cucumber and rose petals of Hendrick’s Gin, this drink complements the new found spring weather with the refreshing taste of cucumber paired with the citrus blast of lime.
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1 part Ancho Reyes Verde 1 part Hendrick’s Gin 2 parts lime ½ part rich simple syrup (2:1 sugar:water) Slice of cucumber Add all ingredients to shaker, add ice and shake hard to chill and dilute. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a cocktail coupe, garnish with a cucumber wheel.
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guas (or “waters”) are a special thing in Mexican culture. They come in a ton of different flavors
and everyone has their favorite spot to get them. I’m here to provide a solid recipe
that you can use time and time again. You can change the fruit and make this into any combination of good flavors, but let’s start with the basics. Today we’re using cantaloupe. It’s a classic flavor that’s neutral, subtly sweet, but refreshing and filling. We can bounce around on the amount of sugar you put in this depending on the taste, so start small and add more as you develop your personal preference. Cantaloupe is one of my favorite fruits and it’s easy to pick a good one. If it smells sweet, full and fresh… then it usually is. You can thump it and
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press it, but go by the smell, it’s tried and true. Some blended sweet cantaloupe, a hint of lime, and a shot of milk (at least that’s how I grew up with it) will change up the game when aiming for a cold drink on a warm day.
Like it with pulp? Blend the seeds and membrane for extra body in your agua.
1 cantaloupe 1/4-1/2 cup sugar 1 medium lime 1 cup water Ice, for serving
Whole milk, 1 ounce per serving
Begin by peeling the cantaloupe. Cut off the melon’s top and bottom ends so it stands upright and flat. Cut the skin off in strips, making sure to keep the knife snug against the fruit. Take off the green area and leave all of the orange meat as possible.
Once peeled, cut into two-inch chunks, removing any seeds or core. Add to blender.
Add one cup water, sugar depending on taste, lime juice and blend until smooth.
Strain cantaloupe mixture into a pitcher. Using a spatula, push through any remaining mixture. Do this in batches so it’s manageable, let chill.
Stir agua before serving, pour over ice. Top with a shot of milk (optional).
We unveiled our February “medical” issue on February 7th at the beautiful Sky Lounge in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. We celebrated the doctors, nurses and hospitals making this city a medical destination. | Photos by: JENN MÁRQUEZ |
On January 30th, KTSM Channel 9 celebrated the start of a new era with the grand opening of their new station. After serving El Paso for decades downtown, their new state-ofthe-art station is located on Constitution Drive. | Photos by: JOHN HORTA |
The City Calendar
BILL MAHER STAND-UP ::: March 2 8:00 PM
The Plaza Theatre Maher takes a break from the talk show grind and returns to his first love, stand up comedy. This late night bad boy is sure to have El Paso in stitches.
MARISELA AND AMANDA MIGUEL ::: March 15
8:00 p.m. The Plaza Theatre Possibly the greatest Latin music duo ever, and they’re coming to the Sun City. You simply can’t afford to miss this. Admission: $48+
MONSTER JAM ::: March 2-3
UTEP Sun Bowl An annual live motorsport event tour with monster truck shows and competitions. Admission: $15+
7:30 PM This musical follows the life of Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. A controversial figure, the first lady won an almost cult-like following during her lifetime in addition to many detractors. This play, and the hollywood rendition that starred Madonna, have only added to the mystic. Admission: $30+
BILLY THE KID BREAKOUT SHOW ::: March 17
1:00 PM Old El Paso County Jail Museum Part of the monthly Mission Trail Art Market, this wild west reenactment promises to keep the whole family entertained. When the performance ends, make sure to check out the old county jail and surrounding missions! Admission: Free
BANDA MS ::: March 16
Don Haskins Center The popular Mexican group promises to light up the stage with corridos and romanticas. Fierro pariente! Admission: $48+
TEJANO LEGENDS FEATURING LITTLE JOE, RUBEN RAMOS AND ROBERTO PULIDO ::: March 23
8:00 p.m. The Plaza Theatre There’s no better way to experience the borderland than by losing yourself in the sultry tunes of these seasoned crooners. Admission: $30+
EVITA (BROADWAY IN EL PASO) ::: March 9
EARTH WIND AND FIRE ::: March 16
8:00 p.m. The Plaza Theatre One of our nation’s most iconic acts makes its long awaited return to the Sun City. It really is the perfect opportunity to get your boogie on. Admission: $70+
SAN ELIZARIO HISTORIC TOURS ::: March 24
Every month the San Elizario Historic District presents two free guided walking tours of the famous town square. Make sure to call in ahead of time to ensure it’s still on, and wear your walking shoes! Info: (915)851-0093
SUNLAND PARK DERBY ::: March 24
8:00 p.m. An American Thoroughbred horse race held annually at the Sunland Park Racetrack in Sunland Park, New Mexico. The Sunland Derby is listed as an official prep race for the Kentucky Derby.
BAD BUNNY: X100PRE TOUR ::: March 31
7:00 PM Don Haskins Center The Puerto Rican trap phenom comes to the Sun City. Make sure to get your tickets now, this one is sure to sell out fast. Admission: $61+
SHOWTIME EL PASO: SERGEI TELESHEV & VERONIKA SHABASHOVA ::: March 28 7:00 PM Abraham Chavez Theatre Esteemed Russian accordion player Sergei Teleshev, performs works by Bach, Piazzolla, Tchaikovsky and more. He will be joined by classically trained, worldrenowned violinist and singer Veronika Shabashova. Info: showtimeelpaso.com
SUN CITY CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL ::: March 30-31
7:30 p.m. The Plaza Theater As the biggest craft beer festival in El Paso, it showcases over 150 different craft beer brands from more than 60 breweries. Live musical performances, arts and crafts and popular food trucks are among the additional attractions.
Anson 11 $$-$$$
303 N. Oregon St. Ste. 110 | (915) 504-6400
204 E. Mills Ave. | (915) 228-9050
Anson 11 is two exceptional dining experiences dedicated to the
From the same people that brought you 150 Sunset, Park Tavern is a
military man, the gentleman and the food connoisseur that was
new lunch and dining experience in downtown. With many options
Anson Mills. For a downtown dining experience like no other, Anson
available, from creamy chicken pasta to buttery fried fish, this new
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addition to the block is a welcoming place to satisfy your cravings.
The Downtowner $$ 325 N. Kansas St. | (915) 532-5200 Eat like a downtowner. Found on the ground floor of the Hotel Indigo, The Downtowner offers breakfast, lunch and dinner - the only breakfast spot available in downtown El Paso. The restaurant delivers great American taste with a twist of our Southwest flair. Savor the amazing dishes offered on the menu and enjoy a cold and carefully crafted cocktail while enjoying the gorgeous views of downtown.
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8690 Edge of Texas St. | (915) 822-3343 Located in the far east, this is definitely worth the drive! Eat the best steak youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever had and enjoy the saloon.
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WESTSIDE August, 2018
5411 N. Mesa, Suite 1 | (915) 875-0034
6232 N. Mesa St. | (915) 584-3621
Join Mi Piaci Ristorante Italiano for lunch or dinner with Chef/Owner
Winning Best Taco for Best of The City 2015 and Best Chips
Cosimo Baltaglia, who hails from Calabria, Italy, for the freshest
and Salsa in 2014, Avila’s has a savory Mexican menu that will
seafood, gourmet hand-cut Angus reserve steaks aged 21 days,
satisfy your cravings. We’re open for weekend breakfast, have
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lunch specials available daily and a convenient pick-up window is accessible for family dinners on the go. PR
Jerusalem Grill $$
Westside’s 3rd Hole
5380 N. Mesa St. | (915) 500-4357
1035 Belvidere Suite 168 | (915) 584-5577
Jerusalem is a low-key eatery where you can find authentic gyros,
There’s no better place to relax and grab a bite to eat than W3H. Nominated
baba ghanoush, shish kababs and more. Their appetizer combo is
as El Paso’s best tacos, stop by today and see why we’re becoming El
complete with hummus, baba ghanoush, grape leaves, spanakopita
Paso’s go-to spot for catching a game and eating some good food. “We
and falafel. Your tastebuds will enjoy this retreat to an amazing
saved you a seat.” Now with NFL Sunday Ticket on all screens. O, H
array of dishes. Serving El Paso Authentic Italian Cuisine since 1948 • Private Party Room • Beer & Wine • Outside Dining • Live Music Thur. to Sat. • We cater large or small events
The State Line
1222 Sunland Park Dr. I (915) 581-3371 Enjoying delicious authentic BBQ from The State Line. Based on four principles: offer the highest quality smoked BBQ, provide generous portions at affordable prices, offer friendly table and bar services and www.thecitymagazineelp.com celebrate the heritage of Texas. Come on by to enjoy!
Italian Kitchen West
450 Thorn Ave. | (915) 842-0775 Enjoy boundless savory Italian classics either at their outdoor Italian.Kitchen. Westpatio
or intimate and comfortable atmosphere inside.www.theitaliankitchenelpaso.com Italian Kitchen West m is doling out classic pizzas, mouth-watering pastas with great wine pairs and Italian meat entrees. Stay local, but enjoy the cuisine from 109 an ocean away. O, PR
Mesa Street Grill $$$
150 Sunset | (915) 585-0801
3800 N Mesa St., Ste D1 | (915) 532-1881
Whether you’re looking for brunch, a quick lunch or a nice sit-down dinner
Mesa Street Grill introduces their newest dessert creation – the Pineapple
with views of El Paso’s sunsets, you will find all that you need at The
Crostata. This refreshing blend of pineapple, cinnamon and nutmeg is
Kitchen at 150 Sunset. Be sure to also check out our special wine dinners,
crowned with a cashew crumble and handmade sugar garnish. Taste this
with a specially curated menu and wine pairing. Come and treat yourself.
dessert once and it’s sure to become a summertime favorite. O, H, PR, H
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Angry Owl Southwest Grill & Cantina
675 Sunland Park Dr. | (915) 581-7042
4799 N. Mesa St. | (915) 532-2450
1201 Airway Blvd. | (915) 778-7771
1700 N. Zaragoza Rd., Ste. 128 | (915) 300-1004
From traditional Italian dishes like Chicken Parmesan, to the more
This colorful Southwestern eatery offers mesquite-spiced, Mexican-
creative “Spiced Italian” fare like the Spicy Shrimp and Chicken and
inspired chow and potent cocktails. From seafood and ribs to fajitas
Jalapeno Garlic Tilapia, Johnny Carino’s has food and drinks to satisfy
and wings, you’ll find plenty of southwestern flavors to tempt your
your hunger for great food in a family-friendly atmosphere. H
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King Crab $$$
3450 S. Fabens Carlsbad Rd. Fabens, TX 79838 | (915) 544-3200
1700 N. Zaragoza Suite 154 | (915) 849-8697
This is a family-style restaurant located on a 46 square mile working
You can’t get seafood like this anywhere else in El Paso. With Chef Pierre
ranch. Come savor our famous juicy steaks and mesquite-smoked BBQ while enjoying miles of desert scenery and spectacular sunsets! PR, O 110
bringing his Cajun home-style cooking from New Orleans, the seafood boils and dishes will leave your mouth watering for more. Fresh seafood www.thecitymagazineelp.com is brought in twice a week. Come in and try for yourself. PR, H
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Mesa Street Grill............................................................Pg. 23
Benjamin Law Firm........................................................Pg. 57
Mix/Milan Salon & Day Spa...........................................Pg. 87
Connor Family Dentistry................................................Pg. 90
Nicholas Reyes Hair Salon.............................................Pg. 27
Deutsch & Deutsch Jewelers..........................................Pg. 9
Oasis Hot Tubs..............................................................Pg. 61
El Paso Behavioral Health System.................................Pg. 88
Ortho El Paso.................................................................Pg. 22
El Paso’s Children’s Hospital.........................................Pg. 39
Pacifica Homes..............................................................Pg. 76
El Paso Rhinos...............................................................Pg. 35
El Paso Spine Center.....................................................Pg. 73
Southwest Plastic Surgery............................................Pg. 13
El Paso Water Softeners...............................................Pg. 79
Southwest University at El Paso............................... Pgs. 2, 3
Elyse Simons Beauty.....................................................Pg. 32
Spectrum Technologies...............................................Pg. 111
European Wax Center...................................................Pg. 70
Sugar Skull Fashion Boutique........................................Pg. 41
Farmers Insurance.........................................................Pg. 76
Sun City Orthopaedic & Hand Surgery Specialists........Pg. 80
FPI Management...........................................................Pg. 99
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino..................................Pg. 29
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The Angry Owl...............................................................Pg. 69
Grace the Psychic Lady.................................................Pg. 32
The Black Orchid Lounge..............................................Pg. 72
Indicium Display Network.................................... Pgs. 91, 107
The Hospitals of Providence...................................... Pgs. 6, 7
Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino...............Pg. 11
The Italian Kitchen West................................................Pg. 33
The State Line...............................................................Pg. 58
InVogue Rejuvenation....................................................Pg. 97
Vanities Jewelry & Gifts, Inc............................................Pg. 1
Johnny Carino’s Italian.....................................................Pg. 8
King Crab.......................................................................Pg. 93
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