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Spotlight EP News June 17, 2011 No. 383

Spotlight EP News June 17, 2011 No. 383

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Spotlight EP News weekly edition newspaper serving the El Paso, TX and surrounding areas. Articles Include; Calendar of events , automotive , lifestyles , kids and pet sections. As always Spotlight EP News is FREE!
Spotlight EP News weekly edition newspaper serving the El Paso, TX and surrounding areas. Articles Include; Calendar of events , automotive , lifestyles , kids and pet sections. As always Spotlight EP News is FREE!

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Photo: Night at the McDonald Observatory. Fort Davis, Tx (April 2011)
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
JUNE 17, 2011PAGE 3
2.5 mile Walk for HealthyBabies & Recovery HealthFair will be June 25
The first Annual Walk for Healthy Babies will be Saturday,June 25, at the El Paso Community College’s Valle VerdeCampus’s Soccer Field. Event coordinator, Julie Priego – Ali-viane’s Program Director of Prevention Services - said thatmore than 25 different organizations have signed up to offer such health-care tests as blood pressure blood sugar, and other services that will promote healthy pregnant and post-partuimwomen.“The event is primarily for pregnant and post-par-tum women who may need services that promote wellnessand recovery,” Priego said. “We hope to attract as many preg-nant and post-partum women as we can. We will have on-sitesuch features as dentists for the kids, immunization programs,information on fetal alcohol syndromes, al-anon, and recoveryservices. Alamo Auto Supply will also be on hand to check that car seats for children are correctly installed.”The 2.5 mile Walk for Healthy Babies is jointlysponsored by Aliviane, Inc. and the West Texas Recovery Col-laborative. Registration begins at 7 a.m., with the race startingat 8 a.m. Prizes and awards will be given throughout theevent. Registration includes a $10 fee – which features a t-shirt for each registrant. Pregnant or postpartum women will be allowed to participate at no cost. Nick Dominguez, a member of the Board of Trustees of the El Paso Community College will also be onhand to make sure events run smoothly. Part of the Walk for Healthy Babies mission is to provide a print and web basedcommunity resource directory for pregnant and post-partumwomen that will facilitate access to comprehensive pre and post natal services for both the mother and child.
By Joe Olvera ©, 2011
EL PASO – El Paso Water Utilities’ summer sand- bag distribution schedule begins Monday. FromJune 13 throughSept. 16, all distri- bution sites will beopen from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day.
The locations are:
(newlocation):4801Fred Wilson(EPWUStormwater Op-erations Center)
140 Kappa (adjacentto Keystone Heritage Park)
(new location):913 S. Boone (Haskell R.Street Wastewater TreatmentPlant)
2981 Wedgewood(Album Park)
Mission Valley:
9292 Es-cobar (Blackie Chesher Park)Each site has a morethan ample supplyof sandbags; how-ever, they are avail-able only to EPWUcustomers for flood-control purposes.Customers in flood- prone areas are en-couraged to be proactive by ob-taining sandbags before thesummer rains begin. There isa 25 bag per person limit.Sandbags Information:Stormwater OperationsCenter 
(915) 621-2086

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