0710Homes01 By Marissa Bond The Las Cruces Bulletin The percussive fireworks ringing in the summer have exhaled into smoke, and the bright, dogstar days have settled in. Despite the heat, the season brings a gravel- hunger for traveling and being outside. In southern New Mexico, residents and visitors don’t have to travel far to be able to appreciate sleeping in the great outdoors. Even with only a weekend or a single night, the Mesilla ...

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Miller-Byrnes-Melissa By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin City of Las Cruces Presiding Municipal Judge Melissa Miller-Byrnes said she will not seek re-election in the November election after 16 years of service. After serving 10 years as assistant city attorney, Miller-Byrnes was first elected presiding municipal judge in November 1999 in a four-candidate race in which she was the only female. Miller-Byrnes was re-elected in 2003, defeating former Assistant City Attorney Richard Jacquez, who is now a Dona ...

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Refuse Truck Death pic LCPD Photo Las Cruces Police are investigating the death of a 61-year-old man whose body was found in a city refuse truck the morning of Thursday, July 9. Police were called to an area behind the Lowe’s supermarket, at 1404 Missouri Ave., shortly after 10:30 a.m. There, officers located the man’s body in the garbage truck hopper where solid waste is held for transport to a transfer station. The man appeared ...

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Garcia-Post By Brook Stockberger Las Cruces Bulletin About 200 students from Kindergarten to eighth grade will start their school year Wednesday, July 15 at the J. Paul Taylor Academy at 3900 Del Rey Blvd. Students and family members are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch – along with an ice cream social – to celebrate the beginning of another academic year and to meet the school’s new administrator/principal: Aine Garcia-Post. She officially started her job July 1 ...

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Service Dog (cover) photo By Marissa Bond The Las Cruces Bulletin It is her grin that leaps out from the fliers – broad, infectious, a 10-year-old’s embrace of the world. Mia Binns’ smile is part of her request, searching out from frill-edged pages tacked to bulletin boards, for help from the community, from those who know her and those who do not. Mia has autism spectrum disorder, and is raising funds for a service dog specially ...

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Attracting migratory orioles, hummingbirds to your yard By Marissa Bond The Las Cruces Bulletin The warming season finds plenty of color in the desert — the burning tips of the ocotillo, the iridescent carapaces of beetles, and the rainbow flashes of orioles and hummingbirds migrating northward to nest. Two types of orioles that commonly migrate into Las Cruces for the summer are Bullock’s orioles and Scott’s orioles. The Bullock’s orioles have ...

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Reimagining Amador holds big reveal By Alta LeCompte Las Cruces Bulletin Abandoned cotton trailers from the Harvey Gin near the railroad tracks may have a future as the West Amador Avenue area reinvents itself. The tracks, in fact, become the gateway to the historic agricultural, industrial and residential neighborhood. Susan Henderson, principal of the planning and design consulting firm PlaceMakers, introduced the idea for the gateway, which she called Gin Plaza, to ...

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Are water restrictions New Mexico’s future? By Angela Simental For the Bulletin On May 5, California approved a 25-percent cut on water use in urban areas in an effort to conserve water after four years of intense drought. With these historic water restrictions, could New Mexico face the same future? “Probably. I don’t see this in the next five to 10 years, but it is definitely a look into the future for us,” ...

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