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Las Cruces Bulletin newspaper


Top Stories for Friday, October 31st, 2014:


Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4, and heading up the ballot in New Mexico is the governor’s race in which Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is seeking a second term and is being challenged Democrat Attorney General Gary King.

LAS CRUCES BULLETIN PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY RAFAEL TORRES


By Todd G. Dickson

Las Cruces Bulletin

In a work session, Monday, Oct. 27, a majority of the Las Cruces City Council favored going ahead with the most recent minimum wage proposal it passed and repealing its earlier more moderate increase.

But that doesn’t mean the minimum wage will inevitably reach $10.10 by 2017, as proposed by what wasoriginally a ballot initiative championed by Comunidades en Acción y de Fé (CAFé). The wage will first increase from $7.50 an hour to $8.40...

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By Todd G. Dickson

Las Cruces Bulletin

At sunrise Thursday, Oct. 23, UP Aerospace successfully launched from Spaceport America, carrying experiments for NASA, as well as a payload of ash remains.

The launch was postponed from Monday, Oct. 20, because of weather, which worked in favor of the flight. With clear, nearly windless condition, Aerospace’s SpaceLoft rocket SL-9 reached its highest elevation to date – an estimated 407,862 feet, or about 77 miles above the Earth’s...


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Bulletin Staff Report

A famous saying imparts the wisdom, “There is nothing like home cooking.”

The Aggies (2-6 overall, 1-3 Sun Belt) have not won a game since Sept. 6. They’ll try to right their ship at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, when they play host to the Texas State Bobcats (4-3 overall, 2-1 Sun Belt).

Six-straight losses quickly put a damper on a 2-0 start to the season. In particular, back-to-back road defeats at the hands of previously winless Troy and Idaho,...

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By Alta LeCompte

Las Cruces Bulletin

Southwest Technology Development Institute (SWTDI), founded at New Mexico State University in 1977, led the way in photo-voltaic research. But that’s so 20th century.

The solar industry has matured and the work done at the little cluster of buildings at the end of Research Road is slipping into history. The legacy, however, remains.

Steve Bukowski, SWTDI’s new director and the man with a vision for the institute’s future, points out three...

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By Zak Hansen

Las Cruces Bulletin

The town of Mesilla’s annual Dia de los Muertos celebration returns to the plaza Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2.

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican traditional holiday honoring and celebrating the souls of the deceased, who are believed to return to Earth once a year to visit loved ones. Each year, altars are constructed and adorned with colorful displays, and the favored food and drinks of loved ones are served in...

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By Bill Allen

Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce President

The Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce was honored to have Gov.

Susana Martinez as guest speaker at the annual Membership Update Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 24. Martinez’s passion for children is what has led her to succeed as a prosecutor and now as governor through the impacts she has made in New Mexico schools.

“Our children are the future leaders of New Mexico,” Martinez said. She also reviewed a variety...

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