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
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
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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
The 2018 Las Cruces International Film Festival (LCIFF) will screen outstanding films and welcome major celebrities, including television and movie actors Cybill Shepherd and Pam Grier, and actor, producer and model, RJ Mitte. Shepherd starred in the late-1980 television series “Moonlighting” opposite Bruce Willis and in her own situation comedy, “Cybill” in the late 1990s. Her film credits include “The Last Picture Show,” “The Heartbreak Kid” and “Taxi Driver.” Shepherd made her Broadway debut in 2012 in the revival of Gore Vidal’s ... CONTINUE