El Paso - All American City 2010
Vol. 5, Issue 11
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Children and Driveway Safety Tips
Watch the children.
Always know where the child is.  Know each child`s location, especially when around vehicles of any kind, as well as lawn equipment (like mowers), tractors, and agricultural equipment (like threshers).
It`s not a playground.
Avoid letting the driveway be a "playground".
Get out and look.
Before backing out of the driveway, physically look around and under the car. Be sure to know the location of each child before starting the vehicle.
Look, listen and stop if needed.
Look behind the vehicle as you back slowly out of the driveway. Put the window down so that you can listen for children. Be prepared to stop immediately.
Teach your children the basic rules of never playing around or near a parked or moving vehicle.


Stay Safe & Informed
El Paso Emergency Alert System FAQ’s
Q:      Who is responsible for the El Paso Emergency Alert System?
A:      The City/County of El Paso Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is the facilitator of the El Paso Emergency Alert System.
Q:      What is the El Paso Emergency Alert System?
A:      The El Paso Emergency Alert System is a reverse, emergency notification process/system.
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• Valentine`s Day Dinner
• Junior Golf Winter Camps

Valentine`s Day Dinner
What: Valentine’s Day Dinner
Who: Butterfield Trail Golf Club
Where: 1858 Cottonwoods, El Paso (Montana & Global Reach/Yarborough)
When: Monday, February 14th
Contact Information:   915-772-1031 ext. 18

What: Junior Golf Winter Camps
Who: First Tee of Greater El Paso & Butterfield Trail Golf Club
Where: 1858 Cottonwoods (Montana & Global Reach/Yarbrough)
When: Saturday, January 29th
and the next three consecutive Saturdays
Contact Information:     915-252-6511


Sun Metro, in collaboration with The University of Texas at El Paso, along with the City of El Paso, UTEP, and other community leaders commemorated the opening of the new Glory Road Transfer Center, on January 13.
Mayor John Cook, City Manager Joyce Wilson, UTEP President Diana Natalicio, and Mary Haskins, widow of the Hall of Fame coach, were just a few of the dignitaries who attended Thursday`s ceremony.
The celebration included a performance by the UTEP cheerleaders and an introduction of one of Sun Metro`s newest buses which features a new paint scheme that highlights Sun Metro`s new sharp, clean and modern look.  The new bus, driven by Coach Operator Karen Mahich, performed a different kind of ribbon cutting, by breaking a large commemorative banner at the end of the ceremony.
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The City of El Paso was recognized this week with the Gold Leadership Circle Award by the Texas Comptroller’s Leadership Circle program.
The City has earned this prestigious state designation by scoring 17 of 20 possible points on ratings criteria for illustrating a clear look at where tax funds are allocated.
This award designation for the City of El Paso is valid for one year.
The Comptroller of Public Accounts launched the Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle program in December 2009 to recognize local governments across Texas that are striving to meet a high standard for financial transparency online and are spotlighting those local governments that are:
  • opening their books to the public
  • providing clear, consistent pictures of spending
  • sharing information in a user-friendly format that lets taxpayers easily obtain more
  • information.


The El Paso Zoo would like to announce the arrival of their new liter of baby capybaras. The baby capybaras were born on November 6, 2010. There have been a total of four liters born at the El Paso Zoo from 2000-2010 for a total of thirteen babies.
Capybaras are the largest rodents in the world. Typically, four or five capybaras are born per liter with each weighing three to four pounds. They live in semi-aquatic habitats in South America and are born on land. They will join the group as soon as they can walk and follow their mother, typically three to four days after birth. The father of the new liter of capybaras was born at the Buffalo Zoo and the mother was born at the Turtle Back Zoo.
Capybaras have heavy, barrel-shaped bodies with short heads. A capybara can grow as long as 4 feet and can weigh over 100 pounds. Their fur is light brown on the upper parts and yellowish brown underneath. They can live up to ten years and are highly social, living in groups controlled by a dominant male. Capybaras dive and may remain underwater for up to five minutes. They are a grazing herbivore, eating mainly grasses and aquatic plants and habitat on the banks of rivers and lakes.
The capybaras are now available for the public to view. The El Paso Zoo opens daily at 9:30 am and the ticket booth closes at 4:00pm. For more information about the zoo call 915-521-1850 or visit www.elpasozoo.org.

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