The Hanks Knights played host to the Canutillo Eagles Friday night for a crucial week four battle.
Our very own Kevin Venegas was there and brings you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’
In today’s Local Yelp, we’re taking you on a trip to the far Westside… Canutillo to be exact. Consider this your guide to some of our favorite eats in this sleepy town on the outskirts of the Sun City!
Tamales Lupita (Mexican)
6860 Doniphan Dr
Adrienne A. wrote: “Lupita, you never fail me… Lupita’s is always perfection. Their tamales are perfectly balanced; not too greasy, not too spicy, not too bland. The staff is always friendly and prompt too… They are just all-around wonderful!”
JD’s Burgers (Burgers, Fast Food)
6720 Doniphan Dr
Hanna W. wrote: “I ordered the cheeseburger combo. It came with seasoned fries and a can of soda… It’s delicious and the portions are large. By the way, the beef patty was so thick. It was like two patties in one.”
Flautas Tepalca (Mexican)
6994 Doniphan Dr
Abraham Q. wrote: “I ordered flautas and a large horchata drink. The flautas were amazing! With plenty of shredded cheese, plenty of salsa, and large flautas… The horchata drink was also delicious.”
Peppe’s Restaurant (Mexican)
6761 Doniphan Dr
Chuck H. wrote: “A really nice place for simple, down-to-earth Mexican style meal. Simple goodness at its finest. The menu is very diverse and the tempurature is very nice… This is the kind of local place that out of town visitors want to know about.”
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Again our very own Andres Acosta was moving through the Borderland, documenting the region’s interesting match ups for week 5 of the high school football season. Check out all the action from Canutillo at Del Valle, as well as Andress at El Paso.
Last week during the March 22 Regular Board Meeting, the CISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved an item to create a CISD Police Department as part of CISD’s commitment to providing the safest and most secure environments for its students, faculty, staff and visitors.
“There is a big difference between having a recognized police department versus having a fully staffed and equipped police force,” said Dr. Pedro Galaviz, Superintendent of CISD. “We currently employ a variety of security officers and uniformed police officers to patrol our campuses and administrative buildings each day. The decision to outsource our uniformed police officers is not going to change anytime soon as our district budget does not currently allow us to purchase and support everything that a fully staffed police department needs. I appreciate the efforts of the CISD Administration and the Board of Trustees for allowing Canutillo to have this opportunity,” said Dr. Galaviz.
This decision was a preliminary first step to submit an application to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) to obtain the state’s accreditation for the Canutillo Independent School District Police Department.
Once CISD receives this accreditation, the district can then apply for a variety of federal, state or foundation grants that will allow CISD to augment the current or future police services and equipment offered to the district. This could include surveillance cameras, educational initiatives, and law enforcement equipment.
This application process will take approximately three months at a minimal cost to the District.
During Tuesday night’s Canutillo Independent School District (CISD) Board of Trustees meeting, the Board unanimously approved the 2015-2016 Property Tax Rate.
The tax rate is set at $1.53 per $100 of valuation, which is the same rate used last year. This rate includes $1.17 for Maintenance and Operations (M&O) and $0.36 for Interest and Sinking (I&S), otherwise known as Debt Service.
Despite an increase in average appraised values, CISD also expects that the average homeowner within the district will pay less taxes, due to a pending increase in the Homestead Exemption that Texas voters will determine in November.
If the measure passes, the Homestead Exemption will increase from $15,000 to $25,000, resulting in an average annual decrease of $113 to CISD homeowners.
“Despite the fact that our district is growing and the opening of a new elementary campus, we are pleased that our diligent planning and cost saving measures will not translate into an increase of taxes for our local tax payers.” said Dr. Pedro Galavíz, Superintendent of CISD.
Dr. Galaviz added, “We are focused on becoming the region’s premier school district, and I invite everyone to consider becoming part of our family either as students, employees or partners in education.”
In related news, CISD is experiencing a slight increase in enrollment compared to last year’s enrollment of 5,977 students, which is triggering the need to hire additional teachers and support personnel including teachers, custodians and substitute teachers.
All current job openings and application requirements are available on the CISD website at www.canutillo-isd.org within the Human Resources Department page.