Hakes, Buckingham seek District 5 seat Bulletin reports Kim Hakes, former senior vice president of Citizens Bank of Las Cruces, and Craig Buckingham, a captain with the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s office, have announced they have thrown their hats into the ring to take the District 5 seat on the Doña Ana County Commission. The seat is currently filled by Leticia Duarte-Benavidez, who is ineligible to seek re-election. Hakes Hakes, 67, reports he has served in various leadership roles. He has served as a U.S. ...

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Bulletin report Lionel Frietze was re-elected on Tuesday as municipal judge in Mesilla, receiving 258 votes over Yolanda Lucero, who had 97. Trustee seats were filled by Jesus Caro (232 votes) and Carlos Arzabal (213 votes). Caro lost a close mayoral election in 2014 to Nora Barraza. He’s back in as a trustee, however, and is considering another run at the mayor’s position in two years. Anthony elects new mayor, fills two trustee seats The city of Anthony, on the Texas/New Mexico border, ...

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Cover photo (helicopter) A vintage Huey helicopter is put in place as the finishing touch for the Vietnam War memorial Tuesday, March 1 at Veterans Memorial Park on Roadrunner Parkway. An official public ceremony for the rededication of the Vietnam War Memorial Monument is scheduled for March 26. Photo by Cecelia Levatino

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State of city mug (Miyagishima) By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin “I am pleased to report today that the state of our city is strong,” Mayor Ken Miyagishima said Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 24, as he delivered his annual state of the city address at city hall. “The past year has again brought exceptional progress,” said Miyagishima, who was elected to his third four-year term as mayor last November. He cited the downtown civic plaza and the ...

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New turf and a new start New Mexico State University baseball player Ruger Rodriguez stretches out during warm ups on the new artificial infield turf at Presley Askew baseball field. The junior pitcher and the Aggies started the 2016 season with a sweep of Towson Friday to Saturday, Feb. 19-21. The team plays host to Maine in a four-game stand Friday to Sunday, Feb. 26-28. The Aggies and Black Bears play a doubleheader on Saturday. To read more about ...

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Legislators wrap up ‘grueling’ session By Elva K. Österreich Las Cruces Bulletin The agreement is the money ran out and New Mexico needs to find sources of revenue not tied up in the oil and gas industry. But that is about all the parties could agree on during the 2016 legislative session this go around. Rep. Doreen Gallegos (D-Doña Ana-52) described the session as “grueling.” “When we got there, we thought we had ...

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City approves Amador Hotel renovations By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin The Las Cruces City Council, meeting as the Tax Increment Development District Board (TIDD), unanimously approved a preliminary plan to renovate the historic Amador Hotel and surrounding property at the council’s Monday, Feb. 22 work session. Las Cruces builder/developer Max Bower, vice president of GMB Investments, Inc. of El Paso, said “the re-development project encompasses the block in its ...

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NMSU installs synthetic turf at Presley Askew By Amanda Bradford For the Bulletin JOYNERKERSEE When members of the Aggie baseball team take the field at home this season, they’ll have a little extra spring in their step. Lush, green synthetic turf that was recently installed on the infield will provide a smooth, even playing surface and a beautiful backdrop for their games. New Mexico State University unveiled the new turf in a pregame ceremony ...

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