Norine Dresser with some of the vampire memorabilia she has collected over the past 25 years, at her Las Cruces home. (Bulletin photo by Mike Cook)
BY MIKE COOK Las Cruces Bulletin LAS CRUCES – Even though she’s worn one of Bela Lugosi’s capes, visited the real Dracula’s castle and even written a book on the subject, folklorist and award-winning author and columnist Norine Dresser isn’t all that interested in vampires. But, after she was quoted in a Los Angeles Times story in the 1980s while teaching folklore at California State University (CSU), Dresser became revered as a vampire expert and began receiving vampire memorabilia – including a “Drac ...

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Las Cruces native David Spence's play, “W for the Gilbster,” was one of the plays selected for the prestigious 2019 New American Voices Play Reading Series. (Courtesy photo)
BY MIKE COOK Las Cruces Bulletin David Spence’s first play was directed at Las Cruces Community Theatre by Tony-winner Mark Medoff, and his latest work has been selected as part of the prestigious 2019 New American Voices Play Reading Series. Spence, a graduate of Mayfield High School and New Mexico State University, was in Houston March 15-17 for a staged reading of his new play “W for the Gilbster,” one of the plays selected for the eighth annual play reading series. He’s hopeful ...

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Graduates from Arrowhead Park Early College High School attend the school’s commencement ceremony on May 18, 2018. (Photo courtesy LCPS)
BULLETIN REPORT Despite having some of the most rigorous graduation requirements in the state, Las Cruces Public Schools had an 86.2 percent high school graduation rate for the graduating cohort of 2018, according to data released March 19 by the New Mexico Public Education Department. The figure, which represents the highest four-year, high school graduation rate among New Mexico’s largest districts, exceeded the state average of 73.9 percent, and bested the national average of 85 percent. “We are very proud to see ...

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New Mexico State University cheerleaders lend support to the Aggie women’s basketball team against Chicago State March 13 in the opening round of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada. The women and men played their hearts out this year. See page 6 and Sports. PHOTO COURTESY DAVID MCCOLLUM  

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An image of the woman suspected of of stealing nearly $3,000 in jewelry from Walmart. (Photo courtesy of Crime Stoppers)
BULLETIN REPORT LAS CRUCES – Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify a woman suspected of stealing a large amount of jewelry from Walmart. About 1 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, a woman stole approximately $2,900 worth of jewelry from the Walmart store at 1550 S. Valley Dr. A store surveillance camera captured an image of the woman. Las Cruces police hope someone sees the image and recognizes the woman. Anyone with information ...

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A slide from the City of Las Cruces' presentation on back-in parking. (Courtesy)
BULLETIN REPORT LAS CRUCES – As downtown streets open to two-way traffic, the back-in only parking spots will be available, city Business Development Administrator Mandy Guss said. This method of parking is likely to start on or about Wednesday, April 3. Back-in parking “seems a little different, but there is no need to panic,” Guss said. “It is easier than parallel parking. We have always had parallel parking on these streets. The only difference between back-in diagonal and parallel parking is ...

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The voice of the New Mexico State University Aggies, Jack Nixon, will give a detailed history of the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 26, along with Las Cruces promoter Stan Blitz, in La Posta de Mesilla’s Fiesta Room. (Courtesy photo)
BY MIKE COOK Las Cruces Bulletin LAS CRUCES – The voice of the New Mexico State University Aggies, Jack Nixon, and Las Cruces promoter Stan Blitz will give a detailed history of the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, in La Posta de Mesilla’s Fiesta Room. The cost is $13.50 per person plus tax and tip, Blitz said, including a buffet meal. Nixon, the Aggies’ play-by-play announcer for 38 of the past 42 years, will discuss ...

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Photos of victim Demon Williams. (Las Cruces Police Department)
LAS CRUCES – The investigation into the death of Demon Williams is continuing and Las Cruces police are asking for information on who the victim may have been with in the days leading up to his passing. Williams, 30, of Las Cruces, was discovered dead March 5, 2019, in the arroyo that runs underneath Lohman Avenue near Del Monte Street. Williams’ body had signs of trauma and his death has been ruled a homicide. It’s believed Williams was most likely killed ...

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