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Christmas Holiday Closures from Around the Area

Even with Christmas falling on a Sunday, most local and state offices will be closed an extra day (or two.)  Check the schedules below to see which offices are open, and which are closed.

CITY OF EL PASO

In observance of the December holiday season, the following operational schedule changes will be made to allow city employees to celebrate the holidays.

City Hall and all administrative offices will be closed from Monday, December 26, through Monday January 2, 2017. City Hall and all administrative offices will reopen and resume regular business hours on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

All other City operations will remain on a normal operating schedule during this time frame.

The holiday schedule is posted on the “City Holiday Schedule” banner at www.elpasotexas.gov

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EL PASO COUNTY

The County Courthouse will be CLOSED from Friday, December 23, 2016 thru Tuesday, December 27, 2016 in observance of the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day holidays. Normal business hours will resume on Wednesday, December 28, 2016.

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UTEP 

The University will begin its winter holiday schedule on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016. The following offices will remain open and functional with reduced staffing on Dec. 23 and Dec. 27-30:

  • President’s Office
  • University Police
  • University Relations
  • Human Resources
  • Mail Services
  • Information Technology Services
  • Dean of Students
  • University Development
  • Accounting and Business Services
  • Provost Office
  • University Communications
  • Advancement Services
  • Enrollment Services
  • Student Business Services
  • Vice President for Business Affairs
  • Library
  • Graduate Student Services
  • Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Academic Advising
  • Facilities Services

The campus will be closed Monday, Dec. 26.

For inquiries, please call 915-747-7526. Media requests should be emailed to news@utep.edu.

Regular hours and staffing will resume Monday, Jan. 2, 2017.

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TTUHSC El Paso Winter Closures

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) will be closed Friday, Dec. 23, through Monday, Dec. 26, and Friday, Dec. 30.

This closure includes the TTUHSC El Paso libraries and all of the Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso clinics.

Regular hours of operation will resume Monday, Jan. 2, 2017.

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DONA ANA COUNTY

Doña Ana County offices will be closed Friday, Dec. 30, through Monday, Jan. 2, to allow employees time with their families during the New Year’s holiday.

The administrative offices of the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department will be closed, but law enforcement and emergency services in the field will be continuous, with saturation patrols and DWI checkpoints planned throughout the holiday period.

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CITY RECYCLING

The City of El Paso Environmental Services Department (ESD) encourages everyone to reduce waste during the holidayseason by recycling wrapping paper, living holiday trees and used cooking oil at any of the City’s Citizen Collection Stations (CCS) startingTuesday, December 27.

Holiday cards, wrapping paper, cardboard gift boxes and gift bags (not adorned with foil and glitter), can be put in the blue recycling bin or dropped off at one of the CCSs.

Residents may take living holiday trees to any of the CCSs to be recycled into mulch FOR FREE. All trees must be free of ornaments, tinsel, lights, and other decorations. Artificial trees are not recyclable but they can be disposed of at a CCS location.

The ESD asks residents to take cooking oil and grease to a CCS location and reminds everyone NOT to put used cooking oil or grease in a container and throw it in the garbage. While it may seem harmless to pour used cooking oil down the drain or in the garbage, dumping any amount of cooking oil can harm wildlife and damage sewage systems.

There is no charge to dispose of wrapping paper, holiday trees and cooking oil. Residents do not need to provide a water bill to use the service.

Citizen Collection Stations are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday:

o    1034 Pendale (East)

o    121 Atlantic (West)

o    4501 Hondo Pass (Northeast)

o    2492 Harrison (Central)

The CCS do not accept cooking oil from businesses or commercial customers.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, household waste increases by more than 25 percent from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Added food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons – it all adds up.

More information and a complete list of recyclable items is available on the Recycle Right El Paso website www.recyclerightEP.com

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