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Workers comp ruling under fire By ALTA LECOMPTE Las Cruces Bulletin Advocates for the agriculture industry are urging state legislators to fight a recent New Mexico Supreme Court decision requiring farmers and ranchers to provide workers compensation insurance for their workers. Whether the lawmakers can or will do anything to mitigate the impact of the ruling on small farmers and ranchers remains to be seen. The legislature’s interim Economic and ...

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Chile farmers brace for rain By Brook Stockberger Las Cruces Bulletin The monsoon giveth and the monsoon taketh. Sure, rain can be good for growing crops, but about a month into the green chile harvesting season, the agriculture community is concerned the so-far-mild rainy season will soon make the lives of farmers more difficult. “Knock on wood, things are going good, but (there could be) a big storm coming in,” ...

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State of city mug (Miyagishima) By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin “I am pleased to report today that the state of our city is strong,” Mayor Ken Miyagishima said Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 24, as he delivered his annual state of the city address at city hall. “The past year has again brought exceptional progress,” said Miyagishima, who was elected to his third four-year term as mayor last November. He cited the downtown civic plaza and the ...

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Tree stewards enhance urban forest By Marissa Bond The Las Cruces Bulletin The City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department is beginning a new cycle of its Tree Stewards Program beginning Tuesday, Sept. 15. The program, which is in its fourth cycle, was started in June of 2012. “Its purpose was to recruit and train volunteers from the community who really understand how critical trees are to the community, and ...

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FAIR 2 Bulletin photo by Steve MacIntyre Las Cruces residents Jessica Quirico and her daughter Natalie Quirico, 8, enjoy the Sizzler ride Wednesday Wednesday, Sept. 30 during the first day of the Southern New Mexico State Fair. With more than 35,000 attendees expected, the fair continues until Sunday, Oct. 4 at the fairgrounds west of Las Cruces. The hours are 9 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2-3, and 9 a.m. to 6 ...

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