Bulletin report What started with the arrest of the director of the Doña Ana County Detention Center for fraud transformed into a tug of war about who actually controls the jail. More clarification could come Friday, Dec. 18 in a 4 p.m. hearing before Third Judicial District Court Judge Manuel Arrieta. On Tuesday, Dec. 8, the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s office arrested Christopher Barela, the detention center’s director, and Sheriff Enrique Vigil took control of the center. Later in the day, though, after the ...

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A garrison American flag waves in the cool evening breeze Monday. May 11, as Las Cruces Fire Department Deputy Chief Justin Dunivan shares a moment of prayer during the Southern New Mexico Fallen Officer Memorial’s candlelight vigil at the Doña Ana County Government Center. LAS CRUCES BULLETIN PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BELARDE

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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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By Las Cruces Bulletin Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of profiles telling the stories of stroke survivors throughout May, which is National Stroke Awareness Month. “I just made a big mistake on January 28,” Betty Farmer said. “That was the day I also had my stroke.” The mistake, she said, wasn’t the stroke itself – which, hidden and unknowable, was never within her ability to control – but waiting to go to the doctor. Farmer ...

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Former New Mexico State University center Valerian Ume-Ezeoke did not hear his name called during the three days of the NFL draft, but he knew that the phone could still ring with an opportunity. The Atlanta Falcons reached out to Ume-Ezeoke and signed him to a freeagent contract. “God never makes mistakes. Glad to be an Atlanta Falcon,” Ume-Ezeoke posted on his Twitter account Saturday, May 2. The 6-3, 295-pound lineman was a four-year starter at center for ...

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Las Cruces Bulletin The Rx symbol that we associate with prescription drugs actually comes from a Latin word that means “recipe.” Until about 1900, prescriptions, or “medical recipes,” were written in Latin and often used Roman numerals to indicate the apothecaries’ system of weights for the combining of ingredients to create medications that were tailored to a patient’s specific complaints. At Las Cruces Apothecary, which he opened in February, pharmacist and compounding specialist Dr. Ken Cooper ...

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The Las Cruces Bulletin As the adage laments, old walls cannot tell their own stories. However, they can invite inquiry, stand as a reason to ask and look back, to think as well as listen — and Mesilla Valley Preservation’s Casas de Antaño (Houses of Yesteryear) Historic Home Tour on Sunday, May 10, opens the door to all of those responses. The Historic Home Tour is in its fifth year, and while it has typically focused on six ...

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Las Cruces Bulletin For seven years, the Artists of Picacho Hills — an artists’ association formed by a group of friends in 2008 which includes painters, sculptors, photographers, woodworkers, potters, jewelers, textile and multimedia artists and more — has been hosting its annual Art in the Garden tour, during which member artists display their finest wares in the beautiful gardens throughout the exclusive neighborhood located just west of Las Cruces. In its first ...

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