Las Cruces High School sophomores (from left) Osaze Williams, David Alcala, Andruw Fierro and Mahlon Everhart wait for their classes to begin Monday morning inside the LCHS walkway on the first day of school after the winter break. See Page 10 for another photo and story on the upcoming school bond election. BULLETIN PHOTO BY STEVE MACINTYRE CONTINUE
From left, friends Vivian He, Gary Kanner, Chelsea Shaw and Lisa Terrat embrace Sunday night during the fourth annual Chile Drop on Plaza de Las Cruces. The large, brightly lit chile in the background was dropped at the stroke of midnight to ring in the new year. See more photos from the celebration on page 16. CONTINUE
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THEIR RIGHTFUL PLACE The La Entrada city monument, which hadn’t been on public view for more than a decade, was restored to Albert Johnson Park in December. The statue of Albert Johnson, foreground, for whom the park is named, has also been returned to its rightful place after its removal in 2017 to prevent any damage during La Entrada’s reconstruction. Johnson was mayor of Las Cruces from 1986-90, and was the first black mayor in New Mexico, according ... CONTINUE
ABOVE: Members of Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine and Parish take part in the Tortugas Fiesta looking toward the sunset on top of Tortugas Mountain Monday night. RIGHT: Las Cruces resident Ray Briones lights a candle at the shrine on top of Tortugas Mountain. The lighting of the candle signifies sacrifice and also peace for the coming year. BULLETIN PHOTOS BY STEVE MACINTYRE CONTINUE