El Paso County

El Paso County Welcome to the El Paso County Government page. El Paso County was created from Bexar District in 1849, organized in 1850, and incorporated in 1871.

Parts of El Paso County were taken to form Culberson County in 1911 and Hudspeth County in 1915. El Paso County is one of the 254 counties in the state of Texas. The county was named in the early days for being a well-known Pass ("Paso") through the Rocky Mountains.It is the most western county in Texas, and is about equidistant from Houston, Texas, Los Angeles, California and Denver, Colorado. Al

so, bordered on the east side by Hudspeth County, El Paso County is just to the North of the International Boundary between the United States of America and the Republic of Mexico, and touches Dona Ana County in New Mexico. The county is a strategic crossroads for continental north-south and east-west traffic and spans a geographic area of about 1,013 square miles.

A library without books?  🤔.  The Ilumina Digital Library has e-books, movies, and podcasts you can access with your dig...
08/16/2023

A library without books? 🤔. The Ilumina Digital Library has e-books, movies, and podcasts you can access with your digital library card! Open to all County residents. See how the County's all digital library provides resources to our residents.

El Paso County’s All-Digital Library. The County’s first digital library went live for residents in late October of 2022. Ilumina Public Library offers Coun...

The El Paso County Parks & Recreation Department was pleased to host a ceremony for veterans who participated in the PGA...
08/16/2023

The El Paso County Parks & Recreation Department was pleased to host a ceremony for veterans who participated in the PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) program at the Ascarate Golf Course on Tuesday, August 15. The event included a celebratory lunch after participants completed their 6- week program.

PGA HOPE is the flagship military program of PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America. The program introduces golf to Veterans with disabilities to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. Programming is free to all Veterans and is funded by PGA REACH and supplemented by PGA Section Foundations.

Veterans who are interested in participating in the PGA HOPE program can visit www.gatewaypga.org/military.

On Mon., Aug. 14, EP County Commissioners Ct. approved and adopted a resolution recognizing Aug. 16, as "David L. Carras...
08/16/2023

On Mon., Aug. 14, EP County Commissioners Ct. approved and adopted a resolution recognizing Aug. 16, as "David L. Carrasco Job Corps Graduation Day".

EP County commends the 2023 graduating class of the David L. Carrasco Job Corps Center as they celebrate their accomplishments.

Here is a look at our Animal Welfare Department's initiatives to help out our furry friends!
08/15/2023

Here is a look at our Animal Welfare Department's initiatives to help out our furry friends!

The Animal Welfare Department is committed to protecting pets, wildlife and livestock in the County of El Paso. While providing a low-cost and no fee wellnes...

Take care on your morning commute and see road closures below. El Paso County Public Works estimates repairs to take at ...
08/13/2023

Take care on your morning commute and see road closures below. El Paso County Public Works estimates repairs to take at least three weeks or more. Mission Ridge southbound lanes have been temporarily turned into two way traffic lanes.

Catch this weeks segment of County Connection where we invite the public to participate in the upcoming Commissioners Co...
08/09/2023

Catch this weeks segment of County Connection where we invite the public to participate in the upcoming Commissioners Court Budget Meetings:

Video courtesy of KTSM-TV.

08/04/2023

Reading of the names and unveiling of the light beams for the 23 victims of August 3, 2019.

In memory of the 23 loved ones lost on August 3, 2019, El Paso County and our community partners will host a series of r...
08/02/2023

In memory of the 23 loved ones lost on August 3, 2019, El Paso County and our community partners will host a series of remembrance tributes and ceremonies.
El Paso County will host a reading of the names and an unveiling of 23 lighted beams at the El Paso County Healing Garden located inside Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. The ceremony will begin at 8:00 pm.

We invite the community to attend the many programs in honor of the victims taking place tomorrow, August 3rd.

Join us for the Day of Resilience Ceremony.
07/28/2023

Join us for the Day of Resilience Ceremony.

Join us for a day of healing.
07/28/2023

Join us for a day of healing.

Good luck this year kiddos! Make us proud!
07/28/2023

Good luck this year kiddos! Make us proud!

Stay cool, hydrated and informed!Know the difference between Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stoke, don't wait and act fast!Sta...
07/20/2023

Stay cool, hydrated and informed!Know the difference between Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stoke, don't wait and act fast!

Stay safe everyone!

During heat waves, check on your friends, family, and neighbors daily.

Extreme heat can be hazardous for everyone, especially for older adults, children, and people with access and functional needs.

Act fast if you notice someone with symptoms of heat illness.

El Paso County is seeking a Marketing Coordinator to join our rapidly growing Communications team. Do you have the skill...
07/19/2023

El Paso County is seeking a Marketing Coordinator to join our rapidly growing Communications team. Do you have the skills? Are you the right fit for our closely-knit team?

Typical Duties include:
- Creates press releases for print, radio, television and social media;
- Attends events to capture photos and video to ensure timely and relevant posts for the public and news media;

For the full job description and to apply, please visit:
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/elpasocounty/jobs/4119634/county-administration-operations-marketing-coordinator?page=2&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Catch this week's segment of County Connection via the link below, we discuss how you can keep track of the American Res...
07/19/2023

Catch this week's segment of County Connection via the link below, we discuss how you can keep track of the American Rescue Plan Act Projects via the new Public Dashboard.

Courtesy of KTSM-TV

07/15/2023

El Paso County Cooling Centers are public spaces that provide an air-conditioned environment to cool down during extremely hot weather.

Los centros de enfriamiento son espacios públicos que brindan un ambiente con aire acondicionado para refrescarse durante el elima extremadamente caluroso.

07/14/2023

We are proud to be part of the ICMA - International City/County Management Association! Recently, County staff presented their efforts to make strategic investments in childcare so that residents can be more equipped to enter the workforce.

El Paso County Cooling Centers are public spaces that provide an air-conditioned environment to cool down during extreme...
07/12/2023

El Paso County Cooling Centers are public spaces that provide an air-conditioned environment to cool down during extremely hot weather.

Los centros de enfriamiento son espacios públicos que brindan un ambiente con aire acondicionado para refrescarse durante el elima extremadamente caluroso.

We're halfway through summer, and it's never too late to learn to swim! We are excited to partner with the YMCA of El Pa...
07/11/2023

We're halfway through summer, and it's never too late to learn to swim! We are excited to partner with the YMCA of El Paso to bring our community Safe Secure Swimmers, swimming lessons for ages 6 months to 12 years.

Check out the flyer for times and a County Pool near you! For more information visit www.elpasoymca.org

El Paso County has opened THREE COOLING CENTERS! Hours of Operation are Monday-Sunday, 9am - 6pm.1. Agua Dulce Community...
07/10/2023

El Paso County has opened THREE COOLING CENTERS! Hours of Operation are Monday-Sunday, 9am - 6pm.

1. Agua Dulce Community Center - 15371 Kentwood Ave, 79928
2. Fabens Community Center - 201, NW Camp St, 79838
3. Canutillo Community Center - 7351 Bosque Rd, 79835

The City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government cooling center locations are also open and available. Locations and hours of operation can be found here: https://elpasoready.org/2023/06/16/city-of-el-paso-and-oem-activate-cooling-centers-ahead-of-extreme-heat/.

07/04/2023

The VIP Picnic Party is SOLD OUT!
Don’t worry you can still see the fireworks from inside Ascarate Park. Be sure to be there before 8pm, gates will close to incoming traffic for pedestrian safety during the show.

Fireworks are set to go off at about 9:20pm

07/04/2023

Good Evening Community,

Just a reminder that fireworks will not be allowed within Horizon City limits but they are allowed on the county side.

Since many animals fear fireworks, the El Paso County Animal Welfare Department has a few safety tips to help protect yo...
07/04/2023

Since many animals fear fireworks, the El Paso County Animal Welfare Department has a few safety tips to help protect your pets this 4th of July

- Make sure your pets are microchipped and have appropriate size collars with ID tags.
- Bring pets inside;
- Leave the TV or radio on to provide a distraction;
- Close the curtains or blinds
- Make sure they get plenty of exercise before dark;
- Check fencing to make sure pets cannot escape;

We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe 4th of July!

Let's not forget the heroes who gave their lives for our freedom! Have a wonderful and safe holiday!Happy Independence D...
07/04/2023

Let's not forget the heroes who gave their lives for our freedom! Have a wonderful and safe holiday!
Happy Independence Day!

A friendly reminder that the Enrique Moreno County Courthouse and all administrative offices will be closed today. Normal business hours will resume Wednesday, July 5 at 8am.

It's Independence Day tomorrow! Check out our County pool hours for this July 4th.A friendly reminder to arrive with ear...
07/03/2023

It's Independence Day tomorrow! Check out our County pool hours for this July 4th.
A friendly reminder to arrive with early with your group. County pools may reach max capacity early upon opening; entry will be on a first-come, first-served basis!

Entrance Fees (CASH ONLY, No Re-Entries):
Ascarate Pool- Parking $5, Adults: $3, Youth: $2
Faben & Canutillo Pools - Adults $2, Youth $1

We are excited to partner with the YMCA of El Paso to bring our community Safety Around the Water (SAW) classes. Beginni...
07/03/2023

We are excited to partner with the YMCA of El Paso to bring our community Safety Around the Water (SAW) classes.
Beginning TOMORROW, July 4 - 7, we will hold classes at Ascarate Park Aquatic Center with space for the first 16 people.
Class Times:
9:40am, 10:20am, and 11:00am
Class Cost:
YMCA members - $5
Non Members - $15

Parking for Tuesday, July 4th will be $5 cash per vehicel. No re-entry permitted

Headed to Ascarate Park for July 4th? Check out the event map! Be sure you know your location in the park and what gate ...
07/01/2023

Headed to Ascarate Park for July 4th? Check out the event map! Be sure you know your location in the park and what gate you will need to exit after the firework show.

Be a VIP this July 4th and join us at Ascarate Golf Course! The Ascarate Golf Course VIP Picnic Party promises a spectac...
06/30/2023

Be a VIP this July 4th and join us at Ascarate Golf Course! The Ascarate Golf Course VIP Picnic Party promises a spectacular view of the fireworks with the best seats in the park. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Pro Shop:
$35 adults (18+)
$10 youth (6-17)*

The ticket includes dinner from Clasico, a parking pass, door prizes, backyard picnic games and live music by“Excape Band” **Children under 5 years do not require a ticket; however, a dinner plate will not be included.

06/28/2023

Have you reserved your picnic shelter at Ascarate Park for July 4th?
This Friday, June 30th is the last day to reserve.

Save yourself time and stress by already reserving your favorite spot to cookout and watch the fireworks. Picnic shelters are still available to reserve for the day starting at $50.

To make an appointment call our admin office at 915.771.2380.

*Picnic shelters that are not reserved are available for free on a first, come first serve basis*

Today's EP County's Commissioners Court approved and adopted a resolution acknowledging the outstanding work of the Crim...
06/26/2023

Today's EP County's Commissioners Court approved and adopted a resolution acknowledging the outstanding work of the Criminal Justice Coordination Department and proudly acknowledging their recognition as the 2023 Texas Pretrial Services Agency of the Year.

Today's Commissioners Court approved and adopted a resolution honoring the life of Rocco, Canine Unit  #170098, in EP Co...
06/26/2023

Today's Commissioners Court approved and adopted a resolution honoring the life of Rocco, Canine Unit #170098, in EP County.
Rocco worked alongside Officer John Haynes, at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, where he was a narcotic and human detector canine.

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Today's Commissioner's Court approved and adopted a resolution recognizing the month of July 2023 as Parks and Recreatio...
06/26/2023

Today's Commissioner's Court approved and adopted a resolution recognizing the month of July 2023 as Parks and Recreation Month in El Paso County.

Follow El Paso County Parks & Recreation for more information on upcoming activities in celebration of National Parks & Recreation Month.

06/26/2023

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Hi,
my name is Caylynn Lee. I am a disabled civilian. I have a service dog.
A service dog is medical equipment that is task trained to mitigate a medical disability. A medical disability could be something as serious as fainting, seizures, PTSD, severeanxiety, severe depression, blindness, loss of limb(s), etc. Service dogs are trained to be in public places and are protected by the ADA. Service dogs in training, or SDITs, are protected by the state IF the SDIT is being trained and is accompanied by a trainer. ADA allows owner trainers.

However, if the dog is being disruptive or aggressive they can be removed. The only 2, TWO, questions any business is allowed to ask is, is the dog a service dog? And, what tasks is the dog trained to perform?
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION. Such things are not valuable under the federal or state law. No businesses or persons are allowed to ask for documentation of disability or proof that the animal is trained.

Sadly not a lot of business ask the questions and are not informed which presents a problem to the disabled.

Emotional support animals, ESAs, are not covered under the ADA. They can not go to public places and have little to no obedience training. Any animal can be an emotional support animal. THESE ARE NOT SERVICE DOGS. Their presence provides emotional support. These also do not have any proof besides a doctor letter which only allows them into housing and at airports.

There is a large difference between ESAs and Service Dogs. In the state of Texas, it is illegal to pose an animal as a service dog when it is not and is not trained as such. § 121.006. Penalties for Improper Use of Assistance Animals
It is also illegal to harass, harm, and distract a Service Dog. § 121.003. Discrimination Prohibited

There are multiple veterans and disabled people in El Paso, Tx. My question is why are the police, that are supposed to protect the disabled, uninformed of the laws that are meant to protect us?

I have been harassed, bullied, my service dog has been distracted, and people impersonating service dogs are everywhere. Most of the disabled do not go out because they are not safe. Some people can die if their service dog is not focused on them. So why are the disabled having so many issues in El Paso, Tx?
On Sep. 27, I was in the mall getting one item. There was an untrained dog with a service dog vest on. The mall had a no pet policy, the owners did not obedience train the dog and they showed me an ESA ID, which was from a scam website. I called the non emergency police line. I was informed that impersonating a medical equipment is a civil matter and officers would not come to my aid.
My disability is not as severe as fainting or seizures but if it was and my SD did not alert, I would feel frightening to leave my house. I was not given help, people don’t think about others unless they know they are the center of a very important problem.
Why was I not helped? Why does this happen everyday with no consequence? Please protect the disabled, because not all of us can protect ourselves.

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EL PASO, Texas -- As space at El Paso hospitals gets tighter, ABC-7 has learned patients infected with coronavirus are being sent to two local nursing homes: Mountain View Health and Rehabilitation and St. Giles Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Those facilities have set up special Covid units while at the same time, dealing with outbreaks of their own.

Sending infected patients to nursing homes for recovery is a practice once used in New York, but was reversed after critics say it contributed to a higher death toll within those facilities.

In an internal memo obtained by ABC-7, an administrator from St. Giles notified employees that the facility “will be accepting COVID patients from the hospital,” which an employee said went into effect on July 7.

Del Sol Medical Center is one of the local hospitals relying on these so-called “covid units” at nursing homes.

“We work with the health department, we have an infection preventionist, myself, I work with Dr. Ocaranza and his team at the health department specifically to ask them, is there an outbreak,” said Dr. Ogechika Alozie, the Chief Medical Officer at Las Palmas Del Sol hospital.

“If a facility has an outbreak, probably not the facility that we want to send people. You wouldn’t want your loved one there, I wouldn’t want my loved one there until that facility has its outbreak under control.”

In a statement provided to ABC-7 by a spokeswoman for the Hospitals of Providence, the network of campuses confirmed they also speak with the city before using any facility, adding, “Throughout each day, we coordinate our actions and plans with other hospital systems, the public health department and our elected leaders.”

However, the county judge brought up concerns about transparency within the city’s reporting of coronavirus cases. But Del Sol’s Dr. Alozie says they have to trust the data provided by the Department of Public Health.

“I make an assumption that our partners at the health department are transparent with us the same way we’ve been transparent with them,” he said.

ABC-7 obtained the information those facilities submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). As of July 12, it shows 25 cases and 17 deaths at Mountain View, and 70 cases and 12 deaths at St. Giles.

But a St. Giles employee who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation tells ABC-7 as of last week, there have been at least 16 deaths there.

A public relations firm hired to represent Creative Solutions in Healthcare would not provide ABC-7 with current numbers on those outbreaks, citing the federal privacy law HIPAA.

ABC-7 asked Dr. Hector Ocaranza, the city and county health authority, if the number of deaths or cases is being communicated to the hospitals.

“It’s up to that nursing home to communicate that kind of information,” Ocaranza said in an online video interview for this story.

When ABC-7 asked if families were being notified of these outbreaks before their loved one is transferred to a facility like Mountain View or St. Giles, Dr. Ocaranza said that communication is up to hospital employees.

“They have their case managers, social workers that are in communication with family members when a transfer is going to be done,” he said. “They always keep that communication so family members know what’s the plan for that particular patient.”

Dr. Ocaranza said the Department of Public Health has always been concerned with at-risk groups, like those living in nursing homes, but didn’t comment on the concern directly related to the use of “Covid units.”

“That is why we deplore our education taskforce to those places, that’s why we started planning ahead of time because we need to be preventive and we need to be proactive,” he added.

Both facilities, Mountain View and St. Giles, as well as three others in the El Paso area, are owned by Creative Solutions in Healthcare. The Fort Worth-based company confirmed the policy outlined in the internal memo and provided ABC-7 with the following statement:

“Of the Creative Solutions in Healthcare facilities in El Paso, Mountain View Health and Rehabilitation Center and St. Giles Nursing and Rehabilitation Center are designated as cohort facilities that serve the area by accepting and treating COVID-19 positive patients. As such, these facilities are the only options in the El Paso area for referring hospitals or any facility with a COVID-positive patient requiring a skilled-nursing level of care. As previously stated, due to privacy laws and our responsibility to meet the expectations of those we serve, we must defer to local, state and federal authorities for the distribution of specific information regarding the numbers of COVID-19 cases at these facilities.

"While the majority of our COVID-19 positive patients recover and are released from our care, due to the current community surge in COVID-19 cases, we continue to receive referrals from other nursing facilities and hospitals across El Paso County. All patients admitted to either Mountain View or St. Giles and their families receive full disclosure of the facilities' cohort status and its protocols for managing infection control. Please see the attached document for an overview of these protocols.

"We are grateful for the trust of our patients and their families and as always, it is their health and well being that is our utmost priority. We are also deeply grateful for the ongoing commitment of our dedicated staff which continues to serve the needs of our community around the clock while balancing the ever present needs of their own in these challenging and unprecedented times.”
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