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Garrett Gillespie of the Dachshund Squad and Sharlae Garcia of Meow Wolf high-five during a cornhole tournament May 31 at Picacho Peak Brewery. The charity benefiting multiple sclerosis research drew up to 80 participants. Picacho Peak will host a cornhole tournament on Sundays beginning June 16. BULLETIN PHOTO BY STEVE MACINTYRE  

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Lorenzo Zepeda, “Jardin De La Foraleza,” mural with latex paint on cinderblock wall. (Photo courtesy of Lorenzo Zepeda/City of Las Cruces)
By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin LAS CRUCES – Lorenzo Zepeda is the City of Las Cruces’ first-ever art program coordinator. Zepeda began his new job April 1, moving over from the city Parks and Recreation Department. His principal task, Zepeda said, will be to work with the city Art Board, the Las Cruces Arts and Culture District Coordinating Council and local art groups to start a local public art program. That will mean more visible public art downtown and throughout Las Cruces. “Our reach ...

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Las Cruces Academy students performed well on the Iowa Assessments, used as a measurement of skills since 1935. (Courtesy photo)
Bulletin Report LAS CRUCES – The Las Cruces Academy (LCA) announces the excellent results from a recent administration of the Iowa Assessments, a widely used set of standardized tests for measuring academic achievement. The LCA students had composite scores in the top 1 percent of schools across the nation which administered the test and in the top 13 percent of private schools across the nation. The scoring system used also yields a grade equivalent achieved by the students in each area and as ...

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A view of the Motel Boulevard highway sign on I-10. City Council will vote on whether the name of Motel Boulevard should be changed to either Pat Garrett Boulevard or Legends Boulevard in June or July. (Courtesy photo)
By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin LAS CRUCES – Talk about the letter of the law. A proposal to change the name of Motel Boulevard to Pat Garrett Boulevard could cost the city, county and New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) nearly $500,000 according to an update that city council members received May 28. The council has been considering the name change since receiving a request last year from the Doña County Historical Society. The city Planning and Zoning Commission and Doña Ana County ...

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With vehicles correctly parked in the City of Las Cruces’ new back-in angle parking spaces on Church and Water streets are, left to right, city Economic Development Administrator Mandy Guss, Public Works Department Director David Maestas and Economic Development Specialist Armando Morales. The sign above them, and similar signs all along Church and Water streets, explains the three-step, back-in parking process. (Bulletin photo by Mike Cook)
By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin LAS CRUCES – The City of Las Cruces’ new downtown back-in angle parking is a simple and easy three-step process. Plus, it saves space and it’s safer. “It’s just like parallel parking, but you don’t have to straighten it out,” said city Economic Development Administrator Mandy Guss. Back-in parking is now in effect on Church and Water streets from Griggs Avenue south to Las Cruces Avenue, said city Economic Development Specialist Armando Morales. It will be extended further ...

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Volunteers queue up Memorial Day for a procession to the Veterans Memorial Wall where they will light candles for each of 206 Doña Ana County servicemen and women killed in combat since World War I. For more photos of the annual vigil, see page 19. BULLETIN PHOTO BY ELVA K. ÖSTERREICH  

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Doña Ana Communities United (DACU) Executive Director Kari Bachman, left, speaks at DACU’s April’s potluck for timebank members. Standing at right is timebank coordinator Mairead McCarthy. (Photo by Robert Yee/DACU)
By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin LAS CRUCES – A Las Cruces timebank that began in April 2016 with about 60 members has grown to more than 250 members in Las Cruces and as far away as Cuidad Juárez, Mexico who have exchanged more than 3,000 hours of services including transportation, garden/yard services, auto repairs, conversation/counseling, sewing help, cooking lessons, computer help, moving/hauling services and secretarial work. “We all have something to offer and we all can benefit by learning from others,” said ...

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Valley Drive reconstruction work on Avenida de Mesilla just west of Valley. (Bulletin photo by Mike Cook)
Bulletin Report LAS CRUCES – The City of Las Cruces currently has 73 capital improvement projects (CIP) in various stages of completion across the city, with a total budget of about $100 million. The projects focus on streets, parks, city buildings or facilities, water quality, energy and other topics, according to the city’s website. Officials from the City Public Works Department gave the city council an update on some CIPs at its May 13 work session. Among those projects: • Downtown Two-Way Conversion Project Cost: ...

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