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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Las Cruces Bulletin While many in New Mexico consider chile its ultimate crop — and few with any sense would disagree — the Land of Enchantment has another agricultural history lesser known but just as much worth celebrating: wine. Since the first Spanish settlers arrived in the area in the 1500s, they planted along the fertile banks of the Rio Grande mission grapes, kicking- off a centuries-old tradition of winemaking making New Mexico — not California, as many believe — ...

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By Las Cruces Bulletin A state judge Wednesday, May 20, rejected a request for the Las Cruces city clerk’s office to reconsider counting recall petitions from which signers later asked to have their names removed. District Court Judge Mary Rosner issued an order to quash the legal filing, called a writ of mandamus, citing state law that allows the city clerk to “resolve issues of residency and major infractions.” Recall petition backers first filed the writ April 16, ...

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By Las Cruces Bulletin Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of profiles telling the stories of stroke survivors throughout May, which is National Stroke Awareness Month. “I was conducting a seminar at my Lodge and – the light just turned out,” Sidney Goddard said. “By that I don’t mean I fell down or anything, I just don’t remember what happened.” Goddard experienced a severe hemorrhagic stroke in December of 2013. He does not remember most ...

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The 355 graduates of Oñate High School celebrate after completing their graduation ceremony Monday, May 18, at the Pan American Center. For more pictures of local high shcool graduations held this week, see pages A12-13. LAS CRUCES BULLETIN PHOTO BY ORLANDO SANTANA

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The 355 graduates of Oñate High School celebrate after completing their graduation ceremony Monday, May 18, at the Pan American Center. For more pictures of local high shcool graduations held this week, see pages A12-13. LAS CRUCES BULLETIN PHOTO BY ORLANDO SANTANA

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Bulletin Staff Report Regular season Western Athletic Conference title? Check. WAC tournament championship? Check. Invitation to NCAA Softball Championship tourney? Check. The New Mexico State University softball team has checked off a variety of goals so far this season. Next on the list is success in the NCAA Tournament and even a shot at the national championship. The Aggies have already won a school-record 46 games this season and hopes add more, starting Friday, May 15 with a ...

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