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Bring the Hispanic culture of Del Rio to your next get together or cozy night in with this traditional holiday drink. Featuring accents of brown sugar, cinnamon and tangy fruit, this recipe is sure to become a staple in your home this season.

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An ancient tradition that combines customs of early tribes in central Mexico with Christian beliefs has found its way into our modern world, and is still widely celebrated with no regards to borders or time.

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Danny Chavira knows Del Rio and, more specifically, the history of the Barrio de San Felipe, the south Del Rio neighborhood where he was raised. Growing up during a time of segregation, Chavira played football for San Felipe High School alongside NFL running back Sidney Blanks and went on to earn his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education before returning to Del Rio for good.  Though retired after decades as a teacher and administrator, Chavira stills works as a counselor for the federal court system and spends his time educating anyone who is interested about the rich history of San Felipe.

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In one of his high school yearbooks, Sid Cauthorn is quoted as saying that playing football prepared him – “mentally and physically” – for life.

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Reagan Fagan says he still remembers the adrenaline, the feeling of walking out onto the field just before the start of the game.

Fagan played varsity for the Del Rio High School Rams in 1986-87 and in 1987-88.

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You may not know the name Rowland Garza, but if you’ve attended any Rams football games for the last decade then you definitely know his voice.

Garza, a three-year member of the Rams football team, is entering his 17th year as the public address announcer at Walter Levermann Ram Stadium, home to the Del Rio High School Rams.

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Eloy Gloria took the lessons he learned playing football and other sports and molded them into a life working to help Del Rio’s young people.

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“Big” Ben Hartman didn’t grow up in Del Rio, but he will forever call the Queen City home because of his love for the Del Rio High football program.

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Val Verde County Sheriff Jose Francisco “Joe Frank” Martinez has carried the lessons he learned on the gridiron into the harsh realities of law enforcement.

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Football has a rich tradition in Del Rio, and for the vast majority of young men, the goal is always to be a member of the Del Rio Rams football family.

The Rams legacy began in 1972. Consolidation of the Del Rio and San Felipe school districts led to the consolidation of the Wildcats and Mustangs football teams in 1971, but the familiar blue and white uniforms of the newly christened Rams made their debuts in the fall of 1972 under the direction of legendary Del Rio head coach Claude Fest.

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Just a block from the sparkling flow of the San Felipe Creek lies one of Del Rio’s newest parks – Sidney Blanks Park.

Named for native son and football great Sidney Blanks, the little park is sited off Gillis Avenue between Bridge and West De La Rosa streets and was created in the summer of 2015.

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The deep rocky canyons and dry, brush-covered flats of central Val Verde County are a landscape largely inimical to human beings.

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Taylor Goodwin felt like he won the lottery when he met a woman willing to take on his lifelong hunting hobby. Taylor, who was born and raised in northeast Arkansas, introduced Adriana to hunting within a month of their first date. And while Adriana exudes femininity, Taylor was instantly im…

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A game warden’s daily responsibilities are all-encompassing, especially in Val Verde County where wild game, an international border and the sixth largest lake in Texas all come together. 

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William “Bill” Haynes has lived his life adhering to a maxim he learned on the football field: “Always do your best.”

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It begins with a few individuals in September, the orange and black of their small wings a striking contrast against the deep blue autumn sky.

These few become dozens later in the month, and in early October, the dozens become hundreds. By mid-month, the trickle of Monarch butterflies passing through our area on their epic annual migration becomes a flood.

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Muralist and teacher Cris Escobar uses art to enrich and beautify the community by telling the stories of its history and culture.

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Like a sculptor who turns simple clay into a beautiful display piece, there are some Del Rioans who turn everyday objects into weapons of fantasy and go from being regular citizens to heroes of worlds we only read about.

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Sometimes just making a costume isn’t enough. For one Del Rio cosplayer, becoming the character truly completes the art.

David Coplan-Castillo, 27, is a real-life hero as a member of the Del Rio Fire Department, but in his free time he dons a variety of costumes and becomes a hero to young people in need.

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From Amistad to Africa, hunting has taken Del Rio’s Tino Pruneda all across the world.

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Makeup by Krystal Acevedo & Kim Dupill.

Photography by Adriana Ibarra.

Styling by Megan Tackett.

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Walk into the south Del Rio home of landscape painter David Forks, and your eyes are immediately drawn to the stunning canvases adorning the walls.

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Nuts: Almonds, pistachios, cashews, walnuts or peanuts are all great options. Nuts are loaded with healthy fats, protein, fiber and vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E and magnesium. Choose the unsalted version, raw or roasted to control the sodium content.

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Lilia “Lily” Ramon opens the door of the freezer in the kitchen at the Casa De La Cultura and gently picks up a palm-sized object wrapped in plastic.

She carries it to the kitchen counter and unwraps it. Under the layers of plastic is a human skull.

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So you harvested that hefty, beautiful white-tailed deer you longed for all year long, the adrenaline rush of the hunt is running off, and you start thinking “Well, that’s a whole lot of meat.”

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As you walk into the studio, flashes of the stories she has to tell start catching your eye. Oils and watercolors overflow the second story of the building located at 100 W. Greenwood St. in the heart of downtown Del Rio.

The work of Pam Bunch, who has made the Lee-Bunch Studio Gallery her second home since she first opened in 2002, reflects not only her love for the fine arts, but her passion for storytelling, for the cowboy tradition and for regional history.

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It’s been said that inspiration is the key building block to art. For Sara Castle, actual blocks of fabric are the key to her wondrous works.

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The trickiest part of making pies, in my opinion, is the crust. It defines the pie. Although, I wouldn’t mind just eating the filling with a scoop of ice cream on the side.

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Del Rio native Adrian Falcon always felt a pull toward  Hildago, Mexico. Both his parents were raised in the small city of Ixmiquilpan and the area’s Otomi culture surrounded much of his childhood.

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When the hunt is over and the meat is cooked and consumed, seasoned hunters want something to remember their expedition: a trophy.

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The Moscow Mule has made an overwhelming comeback across the country in recent years. This classic cocktail is so easy to make that bartenders are creating seasonal variations to give it a new spin. We added a splash of apple juice and seasonal autumn spices to our mule to enhance the ginger beer’s already zippy flavors.

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Avid bowhunter Derome West loves sharing his passion for the hunt with others.

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Growing up in my native Wisconsin, I took up bowhunting to extend my time in the woods chasing the elusive white-tailed deer. The gun deer season ran for just nine days, starting on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and ending the Sunday after. My love for hunting required spending more time …

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Football and beer go together like... football and beer. There’s no better comparison. These easy-drinking, Texas-made brews are the perfect beers to supplement your game day experience. Imbibe in the displayed succession for optimal taste progression. And of course, drink responsibly.

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In other parts of the country, fall means cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice everything. In Texas, it’s all about football. Whether you’re at the game or watching from the comfort of your couch, stock up for the gameday with this month’s selections.

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Editor’s note:

Freshman English teacher and department chair Deborah Salinas-Hernandez loves her Rams and Queens. But she takes her school pride to the next level when it comes to her alma mater, The University of Texas. Game day to her means head-to-toe Longhorn apparel, and every other day she keeps her style classic and comfortable.

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A crystal ribbon of water flows through the heart of old Del Rio, its surface sending bright beams of sunlight twinkling and refracting in a thousand directions.

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Open the heavy doors of Polo Arreola Jr.’s 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS, feast your eyes on the clean black vinyl seats and acres of factory chrome and let your mind drift back to an earlier, happier time.

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Her suits, which she designs from scratch and which are manufactured in the United States, are unlike anything most people have seen.

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Maria Onofre-Silva places packages of crisp greens, a basket of brilliantly red tomatoes and deep green bell and pale green banana peppers on top of a wooden table inside the Del Rio Community Garden.