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Chris Speaker, dressed as Jack Sparrow, sets sail on “The Plumbus” during Raft the Rio Saturday morning, June 15, at La Llorona Park. The theme for this year’s event, which included a kayak race for the first time, was “Pirates of the Rio.” BULLETIN PHOTO BY STEVE MACINTYRE

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High-quality paper straws are in use at The Shed. It’s steps like these that businesses can take to attract environmentally-minded consumers and try to help our shared planet. (Courtesy)
By Cassie McClure and Suzanne Michaels For the Bulletin LAS CRUCES – Small changes can have a big impact. An easy, conscious choice is saying “no” to plastic straws when going out for a bite to eat. This small, slender tube is at the center of a growing environmental campaign aimed at convincing people to stop using plastic straws to help save the oceans and stop killing ocean wildlife. The Old Mesilla Pastry Café/The Shed on Valley Drive makes it easy – they’ve ...

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Worm-Hole album, “Breathe."
Bulletin Report LAS CRUCES – Longtime Las Cruces band Worm-Hole won Best Metal single, for “Mirror,” at the 2019 New Mexico Music Awards May 19 in a ceremony at Sandia Resort & Casino in Albuquerque. Awards were presented in 40 categories across a variety of genres. Worm-Hole was the only winner from southern New Mexico (unless you count Socorro) in the competition, which was dominated by the Albuquerque-Santa Fe axis. “Mirror” is from the band’s most recent album, “In Pieces.” A special award was ...

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LAS CRUCES – Thanks in large part to state Sen. Bill Soules, D-Dona Ana, New Mexico is about to become the first state in the nation with a child trauma institute. Undeterred when the bill he sponsored to create the institute languished in committee at the end of the 2019 session of the New Mexico Legislature, Soules took $1.1 million in supplemental funds allotted to legislators during the session to create the Anna Age Eight Institute. It will open July 1 ...

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Splash landing! Joshua Garcia, who recently moved to Las Cruces from Brooklyn, New York, cools off in 90-degree weather at the East Mesa Bataan Memorial Pool Sunday afternoon, June 9. Daily highs are forecast to remain in the mid- to upper-90s as summer approaches (page 19). BULLETIN PHOTO BY STEVE MACINTYRE  

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Film Las Cruces Studios, 2100 S. Valley Drive. (filmlascruces.com)
By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin LAS CRUCES – Film Las Cruces has a new three-year contract with the City of Las Cruces to continue bringing film and television production to the city, and FLC has signed its first-ever contract with Doña Ana County to expand its work into other communities and locations throughout the county. “The ball is rolling,” FLC Film Liaison Jon Foley said. “It’s time to capitalize on the moment. I think we are well positioned to do that.” FLC has ...

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Johana Bencomo
By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin LAS CRUCES – Johana Bencomo is making her first bid for public office in her run for the District 4 seat on the Las Cruces City Council. Bencomo hopes to succeed incumbent Jack Eakman, who won the seat four years ago and will not be a candidate for re-election in the November election. District 4 encompasses west Las Cruces. Bencomo, 31, was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, where some of her relatives still live. She came to the United ...

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“Cruces” assistant camera operator Nicole Martinez and key grip Trevor Howe. (Photo by Bardo Sanchez/NMSU Creative Media Institute)
By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin LAS CRUCES – Two young filmmakers from Los Angeles were in southern New Mexico the week of May 20 shooting a short film called “Cruces” at several locations. “The film is a short film about a struggling standup comedian, Bo, who returns to his hometown from Los Angeles for a show,” said the film’s co-writer and executive producer, Nat Frum. “Upon returning home, we follow Bo as he navigates through his estranged relationship with his father and ...

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From left: architect Jonathon Craig, City of Las Cruces Economic Development Department Administrator Mandy Guss, Amador Foundation board Vice President Dr. Deb Dennis and President Heather Pollard, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Sec. Debra Garcia y Griego and Reginald Richie, acting chair of the Cultural Properties Review Committee for the state Historic Preservation Division of the Cultural Affairs Department. (Photo by Karla K. McWilliams/New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs)
By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin LAS CRUCES – The City of Las Cruces, the Amador Hotel Foundation, architect Jonathon Craig and Las Cruces developer Max Bower have received the New Mexico Heritage Award for organizations for their work on the restoration of the historic Amador Hotel in Las Cruces. The award, which was announced in April, was formally presented May 17 in Santa Fe by the New Mexico Cultural Affairs Department’s Historic Preservation Division. Attendees included Department of Cultural Affairs Sec. Debra Garcia ...

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