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Mert By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin Mert Erim’s dream is to become an American citizen. The 21-year-old Turkish national is attending New Mexico State University on a student visa, which means he cannot receive financial aid or other benefits, and his work hours are limited. His family members back home has already helped him out financially as much as they can. Erim is trying to raise enough money to pay for another year and a-half at ...

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By Las Cruces Bulletin Facing state deadlines, area government entities are pulling together their budgets, with some having to make cuts, especially Las Cruces Public Schools (LCPS) to avoid a possible deficit scenario. At a town hall meeting Tuesday, May 12, Superintendent Stan Rounds said he believed that he had found a budget plan with multiple cuts that puts the budget back into balance. “This budget is one that has a lot of challenge to it,” he said. ...

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Bulletin report The city council interviewed three candidates Friday, April 29 in a search to replace retiring City Manager Robert Garza, but has decided to keep the search open and seek more applications. The next cycle of applications and interviews will likely take about six weeks, Garza reports. “My last day at the city will be Friday May 27,” Garza said via email. “The city council will vote on a resolution at their May 16 regular meeting to place Daniel Avila, Assistant ...

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LUSH AND LEAN County Planner David Cristiani will speak at this season’s first Lush and Lean workshop, hosted by Las Cruces Utilities, Thursday, Feb. 23. See page 53 for Cristiani’s tips on working with the desert, in the first of a series of articles running in the Bulletin this spring. PHOTO COURTESY SUZANNE MICHAELS

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City council hires new city manager BULLETIN REPORT By a unanimous vote on Monday, Oct. 3, the Las Cruces City Council approved the hiring of Stuart Ed as the new Las Cruces city manager. Ed (rhymes with “deed”) was president/ CEO of Goodwill Industries of El Paso until July of this year, according to the City of Las Cruces. Since leaving that position, he has served as a consultant to the El Paso Independent School ...

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