High drama Four days after man-made fireworks dotted the sky, nature provided a luminous grandeur over White Sands National Monument July 8 with a full moon and a cloud-to-cloud lightning strike. BULLETIN PHOTO BY ANTHONY ALBIDREZ

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The annual Electric Light Parade commemorating Independence Day was rerouted this year due to downtown street construction. Following the Electric 5K and Mile Run on July 3, participants gathered at Apodaca Park before heading down Madrid Avenue, then on to Solano and Hadley avenues.

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Full moon risin’ Las Cruces artist Bonnie Mandoe’s Full Moon Open Studio Sale will be held from 5 p.m. until moonrise (8 p.m.) on Saturday, July 8, at Quesenberry Farmhouse Gallery, 825 Quesenberry St. “This is Quesenberry’s first Full Moon Open Studio, inspired by the turnout at our Memorial Day event and the unprecedented number

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The annual Electric Light Parade commemorating Independence Day was rerouted this year due to downtown street construction. Following the Electric 5K and Mile Run on July 3, participants gathered at Apodaca Park before heading down Madrid Avenue, then on to Solano and Hadley avenues.

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Born to serve From left, Las Cruces Fire Academy graduates Tyler Aguirre, Matthew Castrejon and Gabriel Gil, along with their fellow graduates, prepare to enter the Oñate Auditorium for the Las Cruces Fire Department’s 31st Academy Commencement June 24. See page 25 for more photos and information. BULLETIN PHOTO BY STEVE MACINTYRE

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KRWG radio host Emily Guerra reads from “Daniel’s First Fireworks” to children attending KRWG’s community party June 17 at Milton Hall on the New Mexico State University campus. The party was held to promote the launch of PBS’ Kids channel, which airs 9-11 a.m. Saturdays. For more photos of the event, see page 13. BULLETIN

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Adjusting a rocket payload, students prepare for judges’ questions during the first stage of the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC), now part of the Spaceport America Cup. Visit www.spaceportamericacup.com for information about the event and how to be there ($10 for one day, $20 for two or more). Bulletin Photos by Elva K. Österreich One

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Bulletin photo by Steve MacIntyreThe LGBTQ Equality March for Unity and Pride leaves Plaza de Las Cruces June 11 following a rally. The event coincided with others nationwide, and is evolved from the gay liberation movement that took to the streets in June 1969 in New York City and a year later in Chicago and CONTINUE