The year was 1949. Dan Ponder was wrapping up his two-year term as mayor of El Paso. A 19-year-old Don Haskins was a sophomore basketball player for Henry Iba at Oklahoma A&M. The El Paso Texans were a Minor League Class C baseball team led by 43-year-old former Major League pitcher Syd …
The only way out of this political mess of an era we’re living through is to debate it, according to a self-proclaimed debate nerd.
It never gets easier to respond to disaster; you just get more prepared.
If you’ve ever enjoyed a bag of Circle K brand gummy worms while driving aimlessly around the neighborhood to avoid facing the crushing obligations patiently waiting for you back at home or the office, there’s a good chance that candy was manufactured here in the borderland.
A lot’s being written in these times of climate change about the Rio Grande being an unreliable source of water for the city, farmers in El Paso and Doña Ana County and others who depend on the river in New Mexico.
It’s hard to imagine where El Paso would be today if Les Parker hadn’t taken off after high school to join the American kids wandering Europe in the ’60s and landed a teller job at a German bank when he ran out of money.
El Paso Community College President William Serrata has spent the last seven years overseeing the college during a time of growth for both the borderland and the institution, including doubling the number of early college high schools in the county.
Brig. Gen. Laura Yeager has seen a lot in her 30-plus years in the military, including a couple of stops at Fort Bliss. Yeager, 54, took command of Joint Task Force North at Fort Bliss in October 2017. Her two-year assignment is coming to a close when the command changes hands on June 10.
Who likes asking people for money? Not everybody, but Dennece Knight does. She’s very good at it, and she’s been at it in one way or another for about 30 years.
Xavier De La Torre is outpacing the average four-year tenure for a Texas superintendent. He’s been at the helm of the Ysleta Independent School District for five years now, overseeing both the rollout of $430.5 million in bond projects and a five-year plan.
The El Paso Children’s Museum will be the first project of its kind for Elaine Molinar and the Snøhetta architectural firm she helped start in Oslo, Norway, 30 years ago.
Stephanie Woods remembers reading a children’s book called Nurse Nancy when she was a kid. It came with Band-Aids, and she’d put them on her grandfather who’d play along.
Barry Rassin heads an organization with 1.2 million members and 35,000 clubs in more than 200 countries.
More than 850 people – everyone from budding entrepreneurs to seasoned business owners – walk into the Small Business Development Center every year searching for help to start or grow their businesses.
Hector Villegas grew up looking at the stars from his home in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and imagined one day he’d be among them as an astronaut.
When Roberto Coronado was a kid he knew what he wanted to be when he grew up: an economist.
The first time El Paso Inc. sat down with Nicholas Tejeda, his office was in a construction trailer, and the hospital he was CEO of was a $180-million construction project with a tight deadline.
When the Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine opens in South Central El Paso it will be the first dental school to open in Texas in nearly 50 years.
A week before the first day of school, the laughter of children at the Boys & Girls Clubs of El Paso echoed through the center’s halls. Over the summer, the kids had been treated to field trips, a visit from the El Paso Chihuahuas baseball team and activities at the center.
For the past nine years, Diane Flanagan has been CEO of Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest, an organization she helped grow by 40 percent to 11,500 girls.
Alan Russell grew up on a farm in Non, Oklahoma, where the major cash crop was peanuts and his family raised cattle, horses, pigs and chickens.
El Paso native Cindy Ramos Davidson was 25 years old when she took her first job at a chamber of commerce. She had just moved to Albuquerque and was searching for a marketing position at one of the city’s top 100 businesses. She approached the city’s chamber for help and was promptly offered…
Cynthia Ontiveros remembers attending computer science classes at the University of Texas at El Paso and being the only woman in the room.
After Cindi and Gary Aboud’s 14-year-old son died in 2007, they formed the Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation in his memory.
Native El Pasoan Ann Quiroz Gates has decades of experience in computer programming and software development.
When Bob Nachtmann took over as dean of UTEP’s College of Business Administration, it was a relatively unknown school with big aspirations.
There are more than 1,400 physicians practicing medicine in El Paso, but not all of them are MDs, or medical doctors.
Trains have been a part of Carl Jackson’s life since he was a kid growing up in the suburbs of Brooklyn.
Jonathan “J.J.” Childress, 28, has been Microsoft’s community engagement manager in El Paso for a little more than three weeks. He’s already met Brad Smith, the company’s president, and sat in on meetings with him.
For 13 weeks, David Grabitske has been the director of the El Paso Museum of History.
Garrey Carruthers has had so many high-level jobs and hefty titles it’s hard to know whether to address him as governor, chancellor, president or doctor.
Marybeth Stevens graduated from law school 25 years ago in Washington, D.C., and the route that brought her and the family to El Paso in 2009 included long stays in El Salvador and Mexico City.
The upheaval surrounding the Republican Party’s health care legislation has made its way to El Paso. And as chair of the El Paso County Republican Party, Adolfo Telles finds himself in the middle of it.
After nearly two years without a director at the El Paso Museum of Art, local arts enthusiasts were glad to welcome Victoria Ramirez in January – and the staff was happy, too.
The last time Dan Olivas was president of the Greater El Paso Association of Realtors, the nation was deep into the subprime-mortgage crisis.
Rick Baugh, who was named general manager of Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino in 2013, came to the Upper Valley track with a wealth of experience. He had served in the same capacity at Ruidoso Downs for 16 years and had a shorter stint of five years at Zia Park in Hobbs, New Mexico.
Of all the people that the Borderplex Alliance might have hired after the departure of its first CEO, Rolando Pablos, New Mexico’s secretary of economic development would seem unlikely.
El Paso native Maria Castañón Moats is a first generation American and was the first in her family to earn a college degree, her younger siblings following in her footsteps.
No Republican has won a countywide race in El Paso County since 1984, but Sheriff Richard Wiles’ opponent in the Nov. 8 election, Tom Buchino, is working hard to change that.
Two months from now, when El Pasoans vote in the Nov. 8 election, the top item on the ballot won’t be the presidential race. It will be a $668-million bond proposition for the El Paso Independent School District.
Nicholas Tejeda is overseeing the development of Tenet Healthcare Corp.’s first-ever teaching hospital in one of the for-profit hospital giant’s most important markets.
Hispanics are the youngest ethnic group in the United States. Nationally, more than 800,000 Latinos turn 18 each year – becoming eligible to vote and heading off to college or into the workforce.
Dori Fenenbock, president of the El Paso Independent School District’s board of trustees, hasn’t been in El Paso that long, only 13 years, but she has become an important community leader – on the volunteer side.
In the process of sending man into space, NASA has developed thousands of technologies – everything from asteroid mining robots to software – that have potential uses here on Earth.
While traveling overseas, Roger Gonzalez kept seeing people he couldn’t put out of his head: amputees with little hope, often begging on street corners.
For its 40th birthday, The Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus is getting a makeover.
Tracey Jerome was in London, England when she was contacted by a national recruiting firm about a job opportunity on the U.S.-Mexico border in a city called El Paso.
Janie Sinclair, executive director of El Pasoans Fighting Hunger, has a hard time holding back tears as she describes the circumstances of the people the food bank serves.
As a source of business growth, foreign markets are hard to resist; but the world of international trade can be daunting.
Nolan Richardson, one of El Paso’s brightest athletic stars and one of the most sought after motivational speakers in the country, was in El Paso recently to serve as guest speaker at a gala for the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank.
As the upstart Borderplex Alliance fills its executive ranks, a pattern is emerging.
Michael Medina knew he would be taking heat when he became executive director of the El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization last year, but he never expected the kind of attention the agency has been getting lately.
When Texas Tech’s Health Sciences Center in El Paso was established as an independent university a little over two years ago, one hope was that it would produce doctors who would stay in El Paso.
When El Paso Symphony Orchestra insiders talk about the success of the orchestra – the longest continuously performing symphony in Texas – invariably they talk about its executive director for the last 16 seasons, Ruth Ellen Jacobson.
When Bob Hoy stopped practicing law and started selling cars 42 years ago, the world was a different place. U.S. automobile manufacturers ruled the road, cashing in on the American love affair with the car. Fins and trims changed, but automotive engineering was stuck squarely in the 1950s.
More people die from cancer in El Paso County than any other cause but heart disease, mirroring rates for Texas and the United States.
William H. McRaven, the Navy SEAL who oversaw the secret military raid that killed Osama bin Laden, retired as a four-star admiral and became chancellor of the University of Texas System, was in El Paso last week.
When Lorena Castañeda became general manager of KTDO Channel 48, the Telemundo affiliate in El Paso, nine years ago, Spanish-speaking viewers had one option for news: Channel 26 KINT-TV, an affiliate of the media giant Univision.
The Texas Department of Transportation has rolled out more than $60 billion worth of transportation projects across the state over the past decade. That’s $190 spent every second of every day for 10 years.
After a tough year, things seem to be looking up for El Paso Children’s Hospital, despite the departure of two CEOs and a soaring debt to University Medical Center of more than $90 million.
The times were very different in 1977 when five women decided El Paso desperately needed a shelter for battered women and that they were going to start one.
Ben Gonzalez was born in El Paso, graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1984 – “a very interesting year to graduate” – and helped build one of the first denim stonewashing facilities in the country.
Gary Borsch has been chair of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, one of the largest non-profit business advocacy organizations in El Paso, for three months.
When Michael Tomor walks out of the El Paso Museum of Art for the last time as its director March 20, many in El Paso will bemoan his departure to take on the directorship of the large, privately run Tampa Museum of Art. In truth, we should just be glad that he’s been here as long as he has.…
FEMAP’s programs in Juárez are bursting at the seams.
The maquiladora industry in Juárez is growing at a pace not seen in years.
The Child Guidance Center’s new executive director, Cathy Gaytan, says this year is a critical one for the local non-profit, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary.
The director of the El Paso City Health Department, Robert Resendes, has been on the job since May 2013, and says he’s happy to be here because El Paso has a lot to offer someone like him.
Radio stations aren’t shiny like they used to be; they tend to look more like a 70-something Mick Jagger, say, than a young Frank Sinatra.
El Paso realtor and businessman Scott Kesner was installed as chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors two weeks ago.
Texas Tech’s Health Sciences Center in El Paso became an independent, full-fledged university in May, the system’s fourth, and cardiologist Richard Lange became its founding president in July.
The fight against Alzheimer’s disease in West Texas has a new leader.
The new executive director of El Paso’s Downtown Management District, Joe Gudenrath, brings experience, enthusiasm and “fresh air” to the job of cleaning up and promoting Downtown.
As the head of a new El Paso-based think tank, Patrick Schaefer hopes to answer some of the region’s most intractable social and economic questions.
Bishop Mark Seitz will celebrate his first Easter mass in El Paso this Sunday not at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Downtown, but at Our Lady of the Assumption in the modest neighborhood between Beaumont Army Medical Center and the Angel’s Triangle in North Central.
New Mexico’s Republican governor, Susana Martinez, who was born and raised in El Paso, makes frequent trips to Southern New Mexico, usually to announce a new business or expansion at Santa Teresa.
Bryan Crowe is a name that El Pasoans may not know, but it’s a name they’ll be hearing a lot more about.
In the center of campus last Friday, the big Bhutanese-style digital marquee counting the days until the start of the University of Texas at El Paso’s Centennial Celebration displayed a big “4” on a bright orange background.
Rick Glancey is headed to Dallas where he will lead government relations efforts statewide for one of the largest operators of hospitals in the country.
El Pasoan Dennis Vásquez’s job extends from the highest peak in Texas to the depths of Carlsbad Caverns.
A group of prominent El Pasoans has formed a new public charity to raise money and grow the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, the largest private foundation in El Paso and one of the largest foundations on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Bill Blaziek brags a lot about El Paso.
When families need a place to stay while their children undergo treatment at El Paso hospitals for cancer and other serious illnesses, they’ve found a home away from home at the Ronald McDonald House for nearly 30 years.
Shortly after West Germany joined NATO in 1955, 11 years after the end of World War II, the first German soldiers came to the United States and Fort Bliss to train, building a unique partnership and friendship between Americans and Germans that has endured nearly 60 years.
Juan Eduardo Cabrera, the new superintendent of the El Paso Independent School District, isn’t like any superintendent the district ever had before.
U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, faced 175 unhappy El Pasoans at one of his town hall meetings last week, but they weren’t angry at him.
In 1969, the year of Woodstock and President Richard Nixon’s inauguration, C.F. “Paco” Jordan founded a construction company in El Paso.
With things moving faster than ever in Downtown El Paso, the longtime president of the Central Business Association, Mike Dipp Jr., decided it was time for a change. In June, he stepped down from the position he’d held for 20 years.
The dusty, weed-covered lot in South Central El Paso doesn’t look like much; it is home to a warehouse vacated by Quality Foods and a graffiti-covered, concrete block building.
Justice Ann Crawford McClure of the Texas 8th Court of Appeals is the first female chief justice in the court’s more than 100-year history.
For the past eight years, a cohesive, though not unanimous City Council has led El Paso up a winding road, too fast and loose for some but knocking off an ambitious list of objectives along the way.
He was the highest-ranking officer at one of the Army’s most significant posts, commanding more than 30,000 soldiers during wartime and overseeing the equivalent of a small city.
Two years and nine guest conductors later, El Paso Symphony Orchestra has a new music director.
When it comes to immigration law, Kathleen Campbell Walker is considered by many to be the go-to lawyer in Texas, and it’s clear that she loves her job.
When Gerald Cichon became CEO of the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso, one of the nation’s largest authorities, he waded into a morass.
El Paso County’s new state representative from District 75, Mary Gonzalez, has made a much bigger splash than most freshmen in the Texas Legislature.
Gonzalez, 29, is the oldest of 11 children in her family but the youngest member of the Legislature and the first to come out as openly gay.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and Mexican-American studies from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s in social justice from St. Edward’s University and she is working on a Ph.D. in education at UT-Austin.
Jeanne Novotny’s vision is ambitious. She aims to build Texas Tech’s fledgling nursing school in El Paso into a nationally known institution by recruiting top faculty and researchers, dramatically expanding enrollment and launching new degree programs.
Exactly 25 years ago this Monday, Feb. 11, Dr. Diana Natalicio became president of the University of Texas at El Paso.
U.S. Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke, El Paso’s fourth Democratic congressman in a row in the last 48 years, promises to be more accessible to constituents and more willing to compromise than some of his predecessors.
Richard “Dick” Behrenhausen chose to retire in El Paso six years ago, having been a commanding general at Fort Bliss and, later, CEO of the massive McCormick Tribune Foundation in Chicago.
Alan Ledford left the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats baseball team in 2009 to start a business that would help put baseball deals together.
As it happened, one of the first opportunities that came along involved El Paso's MountainStar Sports Group.
MountainStar's Paul Foster, Woody Hunt and company brought on Ledford's Perfect Game Ventures to help with the $20-million acquisition of the Tucson Padres last year.
Along the way - but before Nov. 6 when El Paso voters approved funding the baseball stadium - he was named president of MountainStar Sports.
SANTA TERESA, N.M. - Right now it looks like a lot of dirt and trenches, but Union Pacific's $400-million rail facility near here will soon begin to rise out of the desert.
Bob Turner, Union Pacific's senior vice president of corporate relations, was in Santa Teresa recently to announce the launch of the project's final phase.
In 2013, he said, Union Pacific will have no larger project anywhere.
Turner also discussed the economic outlook for 2013, which is a mix of good and bad. He said business has been boosted by the United States' oil and gas boom but dragged down by drought and coal.
More than 15 years ago, Maj. Michael Morton got a word from the Lord that some would fear.
Sally Hurt was born 44 years ago at Providence Memorial Hospital, part of the Sierra Providence Health Network in El Paso, and today she is CEO of the network’s newest hospital.
To Ed Archuleta, the president and CEO of El Paso Water Utilities, it's all about water. And, if you think about it, he's probably right.
Of the four members of MountainStar Sports Group, Alejandra de la Vega Foster may be the least known, but she has the most experience when it comes to sports teams.
For the past year, Rick Horrow has been the guy behind the campaign to sell El Paso on its biggest-ever package of bond projects, plus a plan for a new Downtown baseball stadium.
The University of Texas at El Paso turns 100 years old in 2014 and will mark the occasion with an epic celebration.
J. Eric Evans has taken over as top executive of El Paso’s largest hospital network during a turbulent time for health care in the United States and a time of great change for health care in El Paso.
When militaries and private companies worldwide want to try a new weapon, blow something up, film a movie, heat something to 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit, test a novel space vehicle, search for UFOs, or hack and take control of a drone, they come to White Sands Missile Range.
Roy Williams is president and CEO of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, and it is clearly a job he likes.
Beneath Downtown El Paso, in the basement of the local Federal Reserve branch, there’s one of the most sophisticated security systems in the city, and a shooting range meant to keep the federal officers here on target.
Times have been tough for non-profits since the country’s economic slowdown, as many have had to meet more needs with fewer resources.
Tearing down City Hall and putting up a ballpark in its place “could either turn things around and be the biggest thing that has happened in the last 50 years in El Paso, or be the greatest boondoggle,” city Rep. Michiel Noe summed up Tuesday.
In these scorching days of early summer, the elected official enduring the hottest spot of all has got to be Isela Castañon-Williams, president of the El Paso Independent School District’s board of trustees.
Born to a blue-collar family in an isolated town of 7,000 people in southern Illinois, Cathy Swain is a self-described Midwestern farm girl.
For two years he has been “mayor” of Fort Bliss, responsible for more than 160,000 people and a $350 million budget.
Salvador “Chava” Balcorta, who runs Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, isn’t your typical non-profit executive.
Patricia Teller talks about supercomputers with the same delight an adrenaline-addicted car aficionado might talk about the new 1,000-horsepower Mustang GT.
Wells Fargo’s Rick Robinson was in El Paso recently to talk to the bank’s high net-worth clients about the economic and investment outlook for the year ahead.
So far, the Army has spent close to $200 million overhauling health care at Fort Bliss. But more than $1 billion is still to come.
Maybe it's a pediatrician thing, but Dr. Bradley Fuhrman puts people at ease and exudes the feeling that everything's OK.
As a top executive for a major defense contractor in El Paso, Chuck Harre has had a front row seat to the transformation of Fort Bliss. Serving as chair of the Armed Forces Division of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce didn't hurt either.
There's little about UTEP's College of Business Administration that's the same as it was when Bob Nachtmann became dean in 2005.
There have probably never been more transportation projects started in El Paso than since Ted Houghton became the first El Pasoan to serve on the Texas Transportation Commission in 2003.
The University of Texas at El Paso has radically grown its master's of business administration offerings since moving classes Downtown in 2009, meeting its goals for growth a year earlier than planned.