Ameli Baryla 30, a senior nursing student at the University of Texas at El Paso campus takes in some sun and reads a book during a break in beween classes while enjoying Monday afternoon's warm weather. Ruben R Ramirez/El Paso Times
The famous Macy's Department Store Santa visited with children at Fort Bliss recently. Each child had his or her way of reacting to the jolly man. Julia Maple, 4, top photo, seemed mesmerized as she conversed with Santa. Chloie Williams, 2, second row left, wanted no part of the visit while Maria Collazo, 3, gave Santa a big hug. Final, Jordan Bailey, bottom right,hid her face from Santa as she, sister Payton, 1, and mom Terry Bailey had their picture taken with Santa. She just wanted the visit to be over.
Jacob Galindo and Amanda Gomez dressed as Beaker from the Muppets, stood in line to get tickets for the "Muppets the Movie" Monday afternoon at the Plaza Theatre, just to find out that it had been sold out. FERNIE CASTILLO /EL PASO TIMES
About 45 children took their first step in a week-long adventure when they boarded buses at Loretto Academy for a trip to Camp Courageous in Weed, N.M. Saturday. The camp is one of two camps Candlelighters hosts for children with cancer and cancer survivors. Children will learn arts and crafts, horseback riding, archery and will go rock-wall climbing. (Top photo) Jeanne Osborne, 5, and her doll, Purple, wait patiently for her bus to begin loading at Loretto Academy. (Middle photo) Erika Dominguez, left, kissed father Juan Dominguez before boarding a bus for camp Saturday at Loretto Academy. Brenda Dominguez is at right. (Bottom photo) Veronica Morales got in one last hug and kiss for daughter Krystal Nicole Morales before her bus departed Loretto Academy.
Jose Luis Escobar took down a name and phone number from a driver at Bartlett and Le Conte Wednesday morning. Escobar, 58, said he was arrested for jaywalking and taken to jail by a police oficer who was conducting speed enforcement on Bartlett at last Friday. He held a sign Wednesday asking people who saw him jogging last Friday to stop. The jogger believes the officer arrested him as retaliation for warning motorists about the officer's presence. So far Escobar has collected the names and numbers of 8 drivers. Rudy Gutierrez/El Paso Times
About a dozen employees at Ginot Salon & Spa, 1441 N. Zaragoza, gave up their days off on Sunday and offered discounted haircuts to help victims of the Ramos Court flood. Reporter Dave Burge wrote on June 4, a breach in the Franklin Canal flooded the 7000 block of Ramos Court. About 30 homes and 15 apartments were flooded, leaving about 115 people temporarily homeless.Two hair stylists from other salons also joined in to help. All proceeds benefited flood victims. Organizer Sandra Armendariz, who works at the spa, said they hoped to raise $2,000 to $3,000 during the seven-hour event. "That's just a drop in the bucket compared to what these people need," she said. "These people need everything." (Top photo) Dolores Valenzuela, a flood victim, received a haircut Sunday. (Photo at bottom left) Elizabeth Beanes, Maria Guevara and Elvia Gabaldon worked on shampoos for Belinda Ochoa, Maria Guerra and Yolanda Aerego, all residents of the flooded neighborhood. (Bottom right) Stylist Elvia Gabaldon dries customer Yesenia Gutierrez' hair during Sunday's cut-a-thon.
As a final preparation for the writing portion of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, MacArthur fourth and seventh-grade students attended a pep rally Monday Feb. 28 in the school's gymnasium. Students cheered, danced and listened to UTEP assistant basketball coach Greg Foster who gave them tips to be ready for the next day's TAKS. (Top photo) Six-foot 11-inch Foster addressed the children in the gym. (Bottom photo) Fourth grade students Danielle Dill, center, Kevin Elizondo, left, and Jaryse Flores screamed long and loud to show they are ready to tackle the TAKS.
Christian Cleary of James E. Taylor High School covers his eyes as he anticipates an answer to a question to be announced during Saturday's Texas Academic Decathlon Saturday Feb. 26, 2011 in El Paso, Texas. Unfortunately for Christian, the announced answer was not what he had written. Forty schools from throughout Texas fielded teams to compete in a number of academic areas. Winners were to be announced Sunday.
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