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Top Stories for Friday, August 1st, 2014:

My new backpack!

Rodarte a backpack emblazoned with butterflies during a back­to- school event Wednesday, July 30, at Doña Ana Elementary School. This is the second year Walmart, Frito-Lay, PepsiCo and associated vendors such as Bimbo Bakeries and Sara Lee provided the backpacks, supplies and treats for the school. A total of 450 backpacks were distributed.

Las Cruces Bulletin photo by Todd Dickson

By Todd G. DicksonLas Cruces Bulletin

A group seeking to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017 has enough signatures on its voter initiative petition to put it on the ballot Nov. 4, should the Las Cruces City Council not adopt the higher pay rate.

Comunidades en Acción y de Fé (CAFé) had collected more than 6,000 signatures on its petition, but the Las Cruces City Clerk’s Office needed only to validate2,257 of the signatures to allow it to become an ordinance for...

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By Todd G. DicksonLas Cruces Bulletin

The northern call-up area of White Sands Missile Range may come under the control of the Department of Defense, based on an amendment in a U.S. House of Representatives bill.

Within a 700-page military spending bill passed by the House May 22 is an amendment to transfer control of more than 300,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM)property north of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) to the Department of Defense.

The area has been...

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By Brook StockbergerLas Cruces Bulletin

Tyler Dunkel found a cardboard box on the first floor of the Roberts Building on the New Mexico State University campus, and then loped back up the stairs to his secondfloor office on Thursday, July 30.

The day marked one week exactly until Dunkel was scheduled to step down as assistant athletics director in charge of media relations with the school, and he needed to start packing.

Still, Dunkel, 37, took a moment to reflect.


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By Alta LeCompteLas Cruces Bulletin

When SCORE mentor Monroe Roberts got out of the military after Vietnam, he knew one thing he never wanted to do again: Take orders.

He found the answer in earning a college degree on the GI bill and starting his own business.

His mission now is to share the tools he acquired with other veterans so they, too, can become independent by running their own businesses.

“We have 50 percent of the mentors in Las Cruces who are combat vets...

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By Zak HansenLas Cruces Bulletin

For nearly a decade, the Mesilla Valley Jazz & Blues Society (MVJBS) has dedicated itself to promoting blues and jazz music in southern New Mexico.

As two of the most quintessentially U.S. art forms – both styles originated on our shores – what could be more American than an evening of great food, flowing wine and live music?

From 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, the lush foregarden of St. Clair Winery & Bistro, 1720 Avenida de Mesilla, will...

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