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Las Cruces Bulletin newspaper


Top Stories for Friday, September 19th, 2014:

! Arri ba Diez y Seis!



! Arri ba Diez y Seis!
As part of the celebrations for Diez y Sies de Septiembre, Alfonso Montano dances with his group Ballet Folklorico de la Tierra del Encanto Saturday, Sept. 13, in Mesilla. For more photos from the event, see page A16.

LAS CRUCES BULLETIN PHOTO BY CHRIS BELARDE


Bulletin Staff Report

Mesilla Valley salsa is hot.

Recently, the traditional salsa from Andele Restaurante in Mesilla was named the best in the state while the Downtown Las Cruces SalsaFest! has gained international attention.

The eatery at 1950 Calle Del Norte had never entered the Battle of the Salsas at the New Mexico State Fair, but decided to do so this year andcame out on top. The accolades did not end there, though. In March, Andele bought Las Cruces-based Ol’ Gringo...


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By Todd G. Dickson

Las Cruces Bulletin

Political gridlock is the greatest threat to national security, former defense and intelligence secretary Leon Panetta said in his opening speech Wednesday, Sept. 17, of the two-day Domenici Public Policy Conference.

Panetta, a Democratic congressman who worked alongside retired U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici to forge balanced budgets, decriedwhat he sees as a lack of leadership willing to put aside partisan politics to forge solutions to the...

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By Brook Stockberger

The Las Cruces Bulletin

One loss does not a season make, but two in a row against hated rivals could throw a campaign off kilter.

New Mexico State University football coach Doug Martin understands and has instilled that knowledge into the minds of his players.

“Great teams don’t lose two games in a row,” Martin said. “It’s a character issue.”

The Aggies (2-1) try to rebound from a 42-24 loss to Texas-El Paso during a showdown with rival University...

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By Alta LeCompte

Las Cruces Bulletin

A new era of timely project permitting, more flexible policies and service-oriented relationships with the local construction industry has begun, City Manager Robert Garza told the Las Cruces Home Builders Association Thursday, Sept. 11.

Walls both literal and symbolic

will fall. After outlining changes in processes and policies, Garza turned to issues that have plagued relationships between builders and city staff in recent ...


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By Zak Hansen

Las Cruces Bulletin

The Whole Enchilada Fiesta returns Friday through Sunday, Sept. 26-28, to the Meerscheidt Recreation Center Complex, 1600 E. Hadley Ave., for three days of entertainment, fun and most importantly, food, all centered on the creation of the record-setting, three-layer flat enchilada by chef, restaurateur and festival founder Roberto Estrada.

Now in its 34th year, The Whole Enchilada Fiesta has been held the last weekend in September since it first...

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BYTODD G. DICKSON

In an odd split vote, the Las Cruces City Council on Monday, Sept. 8, approved a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017, avoiding a special election on the question.

The Comunidades en Acción y de Fé (CAFé) voter initiative proposal would first raise the minimum wage to $8.40 per hour in 2015, $9.20 in 2016 and $10.10 in 2017. The minimum wage then would be indexed to inflation in following years.

The City Council had previously approved...

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