Thursday, September 6, 2012

Cat Trap Alert!

How can anyone do harm to a precious little creature and someone's beloved pet?

Sad to report that a man has made it known that he will once again be setting cat traps at his sister’s home in the 2700 block of Savannah. This mere visitor (not resident) plans to catch cats and take them to Animal Services where they will be euthanized in 3 days if feral and 6 days if “owned” (there is a collar and/or chip).  If you have an outdoors cat, know that cats have a wide-ranging territory that can cover many city blocks. If your cat fails to come home at her regular time, check Animal Services. This is also a good time to have your pet chipped if you haven’t already done so and to register that pet (and chip number) with Home Again online.

Do visit the City of El Paso’s Animal Services web site. It is new and vastly improved. It has great information. And, you will find contact information and directions. The site includes pictures of lost pets with chip id’s and information to recover your lost pet or adopt a pet. Know about the Find-a-Pet services. You can “like” Animal Services on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.  Animal Services is now a part of the City’s Environmental  Services led by our Newman Park friend, Ellen Smyth. Ellen does report that they “are working on a TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) program where we can neuter the feral and return them to the wild.  We just hired a new Vet for the shelter so things should be improving shortly.  Our shelter is so small we can't keep up with the demands.”

The El Paso Transportation Department has issued this important notification of road closures here in Central El Paso:

The public is advised that there will be three street closures in Central El Paso the week of September 10th to allow for railroad crossing improvements.

The City of El Paso Department of Transportation (EPDoT) and Union Pacific Railroad are collaborating on this project, which is necessary for railroad crossing upgrades, such as planking improvements, intended to enhance the ride quality of the crossing. The temporary street closures are as follows:

·         The railroad crossing at Piedras Street in the Five Points area just north of the Pershing intersection will be closed for 24 hours starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 10, 2012;

·         The railroad crossing at Montana Avenue just east of Cotton Street will be closed for 24 hours starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2012;

·         The railroad crossing at Yandell Drive just west of Cotton Street will be closed for 24 hours starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2012.

Proper traffic control measures will be in place to direct the traveling public through this area for this period. Traffic will be detoured through nearby streets. The project schedule is a plan that may be modified due to the weather or other unforeseen events.

The idea of bringing a Little Free Library  to Newman Park is catching fire. Read more here.

Remember that the El Paso Police Department’s Traffic Safety unit will offer its free motorcycle safety course on Saturday, September 15, 2012.  The class runs from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  The class will be held at Edge Kawasaki located at 10310 Montana.  Sign up is going on now.  To sign up for the class, call the El Paso Police Department’s Traffic Safety Coordinator, Margaret Petrozza at 915.564.7352 or Edge Kawasaki at 915.593.1024.

Celebration of Our Mountains is about to get underway again. This fall festival of events that provide numerous opportunities to take you outdoors and to teach you more about the natural wonders which surround us will kick off on September 15 with the 8th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta and three nights (September 13, 14, 15) of Bat Watch at a location just north of us on Alabama.

Learn more about local hiking, biking and other outdoor recreations at El Paso Ridgewalkers, elpasonaturally, the El Paso Hiking Group, Guadalupe Mountains National Park Meetup Group and the Las Cruces & El Paso Adventurists.  Sign up for Peak Fitness Challenge, the brainchild of Beth Nobles at Texas Heritage Trails and promoted by Don Baumgardt’s wonderful And a big thank heavens for the Borderland Mountain Bike Association. Those dudes literally paved the way for not only mountain bikers but hikers as well.

Finally, remember that Scenic Drive is closed every Sunday morning from 6 to 11 a.m.  It’s a 4.1 mile hike from one side to the other. This walk takes in a dazzling panorama of El Paso and Juarez and a display of 500 million year old fossils! It’s a good recreational walk and can be done in an hour and a half tops.

Fall weather is cool and not windy as it is in the spring.

Vaya con Dios!

¡Hola Vecinos!© is an emailed newsletter for the people and businesses in the Newman Park neighborhood of El Paso, their friends and other interested persons. It is written and published by Jim Tolbert who takes sole responsibility for the content of the letter. To subscribe or unsubscribe, just reply to this letter or email

The mission of the Newman Park Neighborhood Association is to improve the quality of life in the Newman Park neighborhood through care and attention to the park and surrounding areas, and to build a community network of care, watchfulness and concern for each other and our beautiful desert environment.

This is Volume 7 and Number 27 published on September 6 , 2012

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