By Las Cruces Bulletin Ben Woods is about to retire. Don’t expect the departing special assistant to New Mexico State University President Garrey Carruthers, though, to just spend lazy days fishing or lounging on his couch watching TV. Woods, 62, may be ending his career in the academic setting, but he plans to stay busy. Sure, he’s going to use his new-found downtime to visit grand kids in California and his recently married daughter in Dallas. And while ...

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By Las Cruces Bulletin Ben Woods is about to retire. Don’t expect the departing special assistant to New Mexico State University President Garrey Carruthers, though, to just spend lazy days fishing or lounging on his couch watching TV. Woods, 62, may be ending his career in the academic setting, but he plans to stay busy. Sure, he’s going to use his Brook Stockberger

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Knights sophomore snares city’s first 3,200 state title By For the Las Cruces Bulletin After more than 50 years of New Mexico high school competition in the 3,200-meter race, Las Cruces finally has a champion in the event. Oñate High School sophomore Thomas Salas snared the individual 3,200-meter title at the 2015 NMAA State Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque earlier this month. “Thomas is very hard working,” Oñate track coach David Nuñez said. “He is totally committed to ...

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By Las Cruces Bulletin Two large Great Pyrenees dogs that once lived under crowded conditions in Doña Ana County now have a corner of Cynthia Dares’ living room in the Manzano Mountains southeast of Albuquerque. Sugar Bear, 10, has the classic white Great Pyrenees Todd G. Dickson

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By Las Cruces Bulletin Editor’s Note: This is the final profile telling the stories of stroke survivors in May, which is National Stroke Awareness Month. As a retired firefighter of 25 years, Larry Edgecomb had experience responding to strokes. His own, however, was “a total Marissa Bond

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Eve Ward, 6, holds an American flag as she listens to stories of lives lost in war to protect America during Memorial Day ceremonies at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Monday, May 25. For more photo coverage of Memorial Day events, see pages A1415. LAS CRUCES BULLETIN PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BELARDE

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By Las Cruces Bulletin In a split vote Tuesday, May 26, the Las Cruces school board passed a budget that includes furloughs, staff reductions and program cuts. School Board President Maria Flores, who broke the tie of yes and no votes on the board, said she only approved the budget to avoid the state coming in and taking over the district finances, which was a possibility if the board didn’t approve a budget. “I don’t want to lose any ...

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Professional baseball returns to Las Cruces Bulletin Staff Report The sound of bats smacking horsehide will once again resonate at Apodaca Park this summer as professional baseball returns after a two-year hiatus. The Las Cruces Vaqueros of the Pecos League welcome the White Sands Pupfish at 7 p.m., Friday, May 22 for their home opener. The team starts a six-game homestand Sunday, May 24 with four contests against the Alpine 06 Cowboys and two against the Roswell Invaders. The Pecos ...

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