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Hawks on a mission The Centennial High School Hawks will play for the state 5A football championship against perennial state powerhouse Artesia at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Field of Dreams. The Hawks are 12-0 and ranked No. 1 in 5A, but they’ll be playing for more than just a title trophy. The Centennial family is grieving the loss of assistant coach Roger Grays, who passed away Monday, Nov. 30, from injuries suffered in a Thanksgiving Day ...

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City redevelopment moves west By Mike Cook For the Bulletin Much of Las Cruces’ recent development has been on its eastern and western edges, forming a kind of doughnut that has left parts of its core suffering from urban flight and blight. The city began to reverse that trend more than a decade ago with a revitalization of downtown. Now, with a blueprint in hand and plans underway for a multi-million dollar ...

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Chief Brown 3 By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin There’s a family photo of Las Cruces Fire Chief Travis Brown, age three, sitting with his sister on an old fire truck in Las Cruces Fire Station 1. A couple of years later, when he was in kindergarten at East Picacho Elementary School, Brown told a teacher’s aide he wanted to become either a firefighter or a police officer when he grew up. And, when Brown ...

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Tourism dollars can boost state By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin The drop in gasoline prices isn’t all bad news for New Mexico’s economy. Sure, it hurts the oil and gas industry, but it’s good for tourism. Lower prices at the pump mean families may have up to $1,000 extra to spend, and “that’s great for tourism,” said New Mexico Department of Tourism Secretary Rebecca Latham during a visit to Las Cruces on Friday, Nov. ...

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Reduce risks of home fires While the number of home fires occurring in the U.S. each year has fallen by more than 50 percent since 1977, the ratio of people who die in home fires has remained virtually unchanged, based on data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In 1977, deaths occurred in .8 percent of home fires, and in 2013, that rate was .7 percent. One possible explanation for this discrepancy: home fires now burn hotter ...

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