A look back at 2016's most memorable Best in the Borderland segments

Built in the Borderland

From kitchens to recording studios - from artists to brew masters - we've met an impressive array of local talent during the inaugural year of "Built in the Borderland."

This series started back in April, with a profile on painter Hal Marcus, as his gallery celebrated 20 years in El Paso.

We also went on to meet acclaimed artist Gaspar Enriquez the week he was being honored by his old neighborhood, when he was named Segundo Barrio's Person of the Year.

And there was plenty to eat along the way, from the culinary creations at Ruli's International Kitchen to the ambitious offerings at Salt Box Pours and Provisions.

And let's not forget the beautiful burgers at The Hoppy Monk, as the brewpub celebrated six years in business.

Musically, our souls were soothed by the sounds of local band The Chamanas, who were nominated for a Latin Grammy.

In September, we took a trip to El Cosmico in Marfa, for a weekend music festival that draws thousands to West Texas.

And then we spent time with legendary producer Rob Fraboni at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, considered by many to be one of the best studios in the country.

In one of this year's most popular segments, we explored the mysteries of Sunset Heights and an alleged tunnel network that snakes underneath the historic neighborhood.

Finally, we laughed with Bart Reed at the Comic Strip as his club celebrated its 30th anniversary.

But with 2016 in fading into the rear view, we turn our focus to a new batch of talent and more unique stories that are being built in the Borderland.

So here's to 2017!

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