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Las Cruces Bulletin newspaper


Top Stories for Friday, December 26th, 2014:

2014 turned out to be a year of upsets





By
Todd G. Dickson Las Cruces Bulletin

The debate over raising the minimum wage in Las Cruces and the ensuing City Council recall attempt, the Republican take-over of the state House of Representatives and Virgin Galactic’s test flight crash made the past year memorable, to say the least.

The dominant story of the year was the effort to raise the minimum wage in Las Cruces. That debate came to a conclusion Dec. 1 when the City Council passed
amendments to the new law that keeps the first increase in place for the start of 2015, but pushes back the second and third increases by two years.

The amendments offered by Councillor Nathan Small – once an ardent supporter of putting the question on the ballot for voters to decide – earned enough votes on the council to push back future bumps after the first increase from $7.50 an hour to $8.40 an hour Jan. 1, 2015. The next increase, to $9.20 an hour, will now be at the start of 2017, instead of 2016, and
$10.10 an hour will be reached Jan. 1, 2019, instead of 2017.

Other amendments passed included requiring City Council to review effects of minimum wage increases in July 2015, 2016 and 2018, as well as saying those who successfully sue to be paid the new minimum wage will get back pay with interest and legal costs reimbursed by the employer.

As in the original ordinance developed by Comunidades en Accin y de F(CAF), further wage increases will be
determined by the city’s cost of living indexing.

The action followed an emotional, lengthy debate about the efforts to raise the minimum wage – from both those favoring a substantial increase to those who believe it could hurt local small businesses – which revealed splits within those communities.

Mayor Ken Miyagishima, who originally opposed a minimum wage


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2014, PAGE A7


By Todd G. Dickson

Las Cruces Bulletin

The debate over raising the minimum wage in Las Cruces and the ensuing City Council recall attempt, the Republican take-over of the state House of Representatives and Virgin Galactic’s test flight crash made the past year memorable, to say the least.

The dominant story of the year was the effort to raise the minimum wage in Las Cruces. That debate came to a conclusion Dec. 1 when the City Council passedamendments to the new law that keeps...

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Bulletin Staff Report

The New Mexico State University men’s basketball team snared another championship in 2014.

Meanwhile, all four of the Las Cruces high school football teams qualified for the playoffs, yet for just the third time in 10 years a Cruces team did not win a state title.

Those are some of the top sports stories for 2014.

Champs again

NMSU’s men’s basketball team finished 26-10 last season with a thirdstraight victory in the WAC tournament. The Aggies...


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Bulletin Staff Report

Fiscal year 2013-14 was a banner one for recruiting 13 businesses to the state, Steve Vierck of the New Mexico Partnership (NMP) reported in September.

The big winner, he said, was Doña Ana County, where half the new companies are setting up shop.

Vierck said the majority of large businesses locating in New Mexico during the year came to Dona Ana County.

CertoPlast, a producer of technical adhesive tapes, is locating in Las Cruces at the West...


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By Zak Hansen

Las Cruces Bulletin

2014 was another banner year for the arts in Las Cruces. From live music to visual arts to celebrations of food and culture, the City of the Crossses truly came alive in 2014.

In Downtown, a number of new and returning festivals drew thousands of visitors throughout the year. In April, the Las Cruces County Music Festival, in its second iteration, brought Cassadee Pope, Casey James, Bri Bagwell, James Wesley and Chase Bryant to open for the...

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Bulletin Staff Report

An anniversary and a milestone were hot topics in 2014 for people who put their home-building skills to use to help others in Las Cruces.

Mesilla Valley Habitat for Humanity broke ground on its 100th home in November, while the Las Cruces Home Builders Association broke ground for its 55th Anniversary House in April.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit that builds homes with people in need.

LCHBA’s Anniversary House was built with the idea to...


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Bulletin Staff Report

The past year has seen technological advances in the health care community in Las Cruces.

MountainView Regional Medical Center introduced a new surgical system while Memorial Medical Center opened a new wound care facility.

Meanwhile, Las Cruces also became the only place in New Mexico to find bladeless cataract surgery.

Wound care

On Friday, Nov. 7, MMC held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Wound Care Center at 2735 Northrise Drive. The...


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