SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS
JUNE 17, 2011PAGE 2
Fire danger in Arizona lessen,but El Paso is not immune
El Paso’s desert conditions plus the advent of the Fourthof July present excellent op- portunities for raging wild-fires, not unlike the fires thathave devastated almost 700-square-miles in Arizona, de-stroying 30 homes and presenting threats such as res-idents inhaling dangerous par-ticles created by the fires. To boot, the El Paso ElectricCompany is warning El Pa-soans to prepare to conserveenergy in the event that adeadly fire known as the Wal-low Fire strikes electricallines that carry electricity toEl Paso customers.Although that por-tion of the fire, which lies just15 miles from the electricallines that feed El Paso, seemsto be contained, the danger still exists which could provedevastating to this city if thefire were to advance any fur-ther. Already the fires in Ari-zona have crossed the border into New Mexico, forcing theclosure of NASA exit 161east and west bound. The cityof Alamogordo, New Mexico,only about 80 miles from ElPaso has been shut down andmotorists are being encour-aged to seek shelter in theCity of Las Cruces, NewMexico until conditionschange. The New MexicoDept. of Transportation iswarning motorists to steer clear of U.S. 70, where trafficcontrol is down to one laneeastbound from mile post 164to 165. Drivers are urged toslow down in the area and to proceed with caution.Fire officials arealso warning El Paso resi-dents about the dangers of using fireworks in that fire-works are illegal inside theCity of El Paso. Anyonecaught with contrabandwithin city limits, including5,000 feet beyond the citylimits, will be issued citationsthat can go as high as $2,000.A prolonged drought, coupled by extremely dry vegetation,creates the danger of starting brush fires. Even harmless-seeming children’s sparklers,which often reach tempera-tures of 1,000 degrees are po-tentially dangerous.Other safety pre-cautions that El Pasoans cantake to lessen the danger of wildfires include removingdry brush, trash and other ma-terials from yards. DuringArson Awareness Week whichstarted June 1 and ended June8, homeowners were warnedto take extra precautions toensure safe conditions. Minor fires have been created in ElPaso, fueled by strong winds, but, nothing major has oc-curred. Fire officials said thatother precautions which ElPasoans can take to removefire dangers include:
*Remove trash, flammableliquids, unused gas contain-ers, and dry vegetation fromyards;*Remove abandoned vehi-cles;*Secure vacant homes withadditional locks, board upthe windows, and otheropenings;*Vacant homes can be aproperty risk. Ownersshould have all utilities dis-connected;*At vacant properties, anyliquefied petroleum orpropane tanks should bedisconnected and removed;*Report any suspicious ac-tivities to the El Paso FireDepartment.
By Joe Olvera ©, 2011
Beat the Heat
with Sun Metro
El Paso, Texas—With temper-atures expected to reach intothe 100-plus degrees over thenext few days, Sun Metrowould like to encourage ElPaso’s residents to step on- board a bus and take a cooltrip to any popular, air-condi-tioned destination such as ashopping center, movie the-ater, recreational center, li- brary or museum.While people of all ages aresensitive to extreme tempera-tures, our elderly populationis more prone to heat-relatedillnesses. Air conditioning isthe best safeguard, but seniorslooking to save money ontheir utilities or living withoutair conditioning can ride SunMetro to refrigerated build-ings.
Seniors can ride any regular(fixed-route) bus for just 30cents per trip with a validID card
. Active seniors look-ing to travel daily can savemoney by purchasing aweekly pass for $2.50 or amonthly pass for $10. The passes are good for an unlim-ited number of bus trips for the life of the pass and can beused on any regular routes,except County Routes 83 and84.Weekly passes can be pur-chased on any regular bus andat a Sun Metro ticket vendingmachine located at the Down-town Transfer Center (601Santa Fe), Westside Transfer Center (7535 Remcon), Mis-sion Valley Transfer Center (9065 Alameda), and GloryRoad Transfer Center (100 E.Glory Road).Monthly passes can be pur-chased at any public library,Sun Metro ticket vending ma-chine, or at a Sun Metro ticketoffice located at the EastsideTransit Terminal (1165 Sun-mount) ...Continues on page 4