El Paso

A Q&A With David Dorado Romo

Jan 20, 2013 By cathysze

Not everyone can claim to be related to a certified saint, but David Dorado Romo can. The author and El Paso native traveled to a tiny town in the Mexican state of Jalisco to learn more about his father’s second cousin, Santo Toribio Romo, and discovered some interesting things about his family—and himself—along the way.

The Old Man and the Secret

Jan 20, 2013 By Tom Curtis

Thirty years ago, people couldnt believe it: The old man’s elixir boosted crops, ate up sewage, and made the desert bloom. Today half a dozen Texas companies claim the elixir does all that and a whole lot more.

The author with his tía Adela in 1964, above his father’s butcher shop in Juárez.
A River Runs Through It

Jan 20, 2013 By David Dorado Romo

At the port of entry in El Paso, I always tell the agents, “American,” but what I really want to say is “fronterizo”—I’m from both sides.

Downtown El Paso

Jan 20, 2013 By Kristie Ramirez

1. Crave Kitchen and Bar Smack in the middle of El Paso’s Cincinnati Entertainment District is this industrial-cool restaurant that attracts everyone from college kids to suits. Inexpensive yet chic design solutions generate a big impact: Outside, a marquee-style arrow glows with yellow bulbs to amp up the drab facade,…

And Justice for Some

Jan 20, 2013 By Michael Hall

How the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals mistakes toughness for fairness—and gives the state a black eye.

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That’s the Spirit

Jan 20, 2013 By Jordan Breal

Not that you’re looking for an excuse, but these five original cocktails concocted by Texas bartenders using local liquors are a thoroughly acceptable reason to pour yourself a drink. Or three.

Cool Cocktails

Jan 20, 2013 By Jordan Breal

A few of the state’s best mixologists share their secrets to making delicious drinks.

Badges of Dishonor

Jan 20, 2013 By Pamela Colloff

Two Border Patrol agents are sent to prison while the dope smuggler they pursued and wounded is granted immunity by federal prosecutors and goes free. A miscarriage of justice? Not so fast.

Toilet Paper Fire Burns 53,000 Acres

Apr 27, 2012 By Jason Cohen

Thirty-year-old Rodrigo Ulloa-Esquivel of El Paso attempted to "leave no trace" by burning his used toilet paper, but ended up starting a devastating wildfire in New Mexico's Lincoln National Forest. 

The Mars Volta

Mar 31, 2012 By Jeff Salamon

Omar Rodríguez-López on the meaning of Noctourniquet, doing a reunion with At the Drive-In, and getting bored.

The Weekend’s Best Investigative Reporting

Dec 5, 2011 By Sonia Smith

From squatters in Tarrant County to the far-reaching influence of the American Legislative Exchange Council, we’ve rounded up (and broken down) some of the best enterprise stories from around the state.

Spill Way

Sep 30, 2010 By Michael Lauderdale

When people ask me if cartel violence will find its way into Texas, I tell them it already has—and it’s going to get worse.

Liliana Quevedo, Realtor

Apr 30, 2010 By Texas Monthly

Quevedo grew up in Juárez and has been a realtor in El Paso for six years. She is an agent for One Realty El Paso.</em As a bilingual realtor in El Paso, with roots in Juárez, I have a lot of connections in Mexico. I got my license in 2004,…

One race, one ranger

Sep 14, 2009 By Paul Burka

Is nothing sacred? Playing politics with the Texas Rangers ought to be off limits. And if the governor is going to play politics with them, shouldn’t the governor have to say how many Rangers he is deploying? Is it two, or twenty? The El Paso Times published a…

Crossing the Line

Jan 1, 2009 By Pamela Colloff

The facts of this case are quite simple. Two Border Patrol agents shot at an unarmed man as he was running away from them. And then, they covered it up.

Fed Up

Mar 31, 2008 By Paul Burka

An FBI investigation is only the latest of El Paso’s problems.

New and Noteworthy

Feb 1, 2008 By Patricia Sharpe

Café Central El Paso What’s new at venerable Café Central? The decor, for one thing. The border stalwart has shed its animal-print upholstery and New York–bistro look in favor of a classic redo, with sleek chocolate-brown chairs, chrome sculptures, unusual art, and floor-to-ceiling beveled mirrors along the back wall.

Around the State

Jan 1, 2007 By Texas Monthly

Jordan’s Pick NHL All-Star Celebration Dallas HOCKEY WILL NEVER BE FOOTBALL. In Texas, at least, this truth is self-evident: No matter how many hockey fans rise up in defense of their sport (or write letters to a certain magazine’s editor decrying yet another football cover, as the case may be),…

Pasó por Aquí

Dec 1, 2006 By Gary Cartwright

José Cisneros, the legendary illustrator of the Spanish Southwest, is 96, almost blind, and nearly deaf. And, of course, he has no plans to put down his pen.

The Blood of the Tigua

Jul 31, 1999 By Pamela Colloff

Officially, the issue tearing apart the West Texas' largest native American tribe is one of lineage. Who is and is not a member. But the real dispute is over money—earned in unimaginable amounts at the casino on their reservation and coveted by rival factions willing to risk everything.

Blues Brothers

Jun 30, 1999 By John Morthland

Long John Hunter and his guitar-slinging friends sharpened their axes in and around Port Arthur, so their recent return was truly a homecoming.


Mar 1, 1999 By Joe Nick Patoski

One of college basketball’s great coaches finally gets his due.

Elisa Jimenez

Mar 1, 1999 By Katy Vine

Elisa Jimenez didn’t start out as a fashion designer. The 34-year-old El Paso native, who is the daughter of sculptor Luis Jimenez, set out for New York City in the early nineties to pursue her interest in sculpture and performance art. In 1995, she says, “I wore a dress I…

The Ex Files

Feb 1, 1999 By Patricia McConnico

David Halberstam My father was stationed in El Paso at Biggs Field, which would later become a huge air base. You could see all these planes that were lined up, the bombers that were going to be used. I loved El Paso; it was so different from growing up in…

Lee Trevino

Aug 31, 1998 By Anne Dingus

Which soft drink’s quart-size bottle did Lee trevino use as a golf club?

We Are the World

Apr 30, 1998 By Paul Burka

Want to see Kuwait, Iowa, and Washington, D.C.? Go to El Paso, Austin, and Houston.

F. Murray Abraham

Jun 30, 1997 By Renee Boensch

I arrived in El Paso as a small child and grew up within sight of the Rio Grande. Ju�rez was part of our lives, and it was comfortable and easy to cross the border. My friends and I were part of rat packs: We had jackets, and zip guns were…

CD and Book Reviews

May 31, 1997 By Texas Monthly

Hot CDs The Horsies are an extremely unusual outfit, so it figures that the perverse, polymorphously percussive Austin combo’s second record, Touch Me Columbus, is only available on the relatively obscure Japanese label Benten (though some Texas record stores will be carrying it). A giddy three-man, three-woman band with five…