In just a few days, Monica Vargas-Mahar will trade El Paso’s prickly pears for Tucson’s saguaros.
Juan Acosta has been running this area’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, office as acting field office director and will soon be named as the El Paso director of an agency that’s very busy these days.
Leila Melendez has spent her entire first year as CEO of Workforce Solutions Borderplex working under the cloud of the pandemic. She officially began on the evening of March 12, 2020, the same week that the pandemic arrived in El Paso.
A few times each day, you might hear him asking you to give him a chance.
U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar has had a blessed political career.
The El Paso Democrat served as county commissioner and county judge before joining a six-candidate field in the 2018 Democratic Primary, winning with 61% of the votes to succeed Beto O’Rourke.
As millions of households across the country prepare to file their 2020 taxes, El Paso accountants and tax professionals are keeping a sharp eye out for changes in tax laws and how the federal stimulus packages will impact returns.
In June, Sylvia Borunda Firth will be sworn in as the first El Paso attorney and the first Latina to be elected president of the 105,000-member State Bar of Texas.
For some, rows upon rows of bodiless mannequin heads with full mouths of realistic-looking teeth might prompt nightmares.
To lead a foundation is to wear many hats.
As the pandemic continues into a new year, hospitals and health care providers are continuing care for COVID-19 patients and strategizing how to administer as many vaccines as possible.
In a prickly, uncomfortable year, it can be difficult to really get introspective and dive into what makes you, you.
Technology seems to evolve at a mind-boggling pace, especially for anyone who can still remember how to dial on a rotary phone. It wasn’t even that long ago.
The 10-year census count that’s going on now in El Paso and across the USA for just another month couldn’t be more important or happening at a worse time.
Tomas Treviño has been the district engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation in El Paso for a little over a year and says it’s been about that long since he paid close attention to weather forecasts.
One of life’s most mind-warping puzzles is figuring out how to balance your present needs with future plans and desires.
As chief executive of El Paso’s largest health network, Nico Tejeda has had a unique perch from which to watch the pandemic unfold – and to respond.
El Paso hasn’t had an easy year, to put it lightly. But the city has remained resilient as El Pasoans reflect on what has happened and prepare for what’s to come.
Despite the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, life goes on. Babies are born, accidents happen, meals are shared and houses are bought and sold.
El Paso’s best-known political figure, Beto O’Rourke, and his family are weathering the COVID-19 pandemic like many others, staying home with his wife and three children, social distancing outside and being very careful.
To truly understand the borderland, you have to spend time learning, observing and listening here.
Dr. Hector Ocaranza, the city and county’s health authority during the COVID-19 pandemic, says while ordered closures and social distancing requirements have caused economic pain, they are vital to protect the health of El Pasoans.
With lives in El Paso, across this country and around the world up in the air because of the coronavirus pandemic and all the talk, finding a real expert seems like a good idea.
Kristi Marcum didn’t have a beeline path to banking.
Nearly six years ago, Dr. Richard Lange first came to El Paso. After years as a doctor practicing cardiology, he still hadn’t made it out to the borderland.
When Joyce Wilson applied for the job of El Paso’s first city manager after voters decided to give up the city’s strong mayor form of government in 2004, she immediately stood out from the long list of applicants.
Entrepreneurs sometimes like to say that the best education one can get is by attending the school of life. For UTEP’s new business school dean, it’s his job to let students know about the best of both real-world experience and classroom learning.
Sometimes Heather Wilson needs a view from above to get a clearer understanding of what she can see on a map. Fortunately for her, Wilson’s a pilot, and getting a view from above is like taking a Sunday cruise.
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.