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Truckloads of food

Picacho Hills Property Owners Association members Janis Paul, Mary Dohm and Lis and Paul Migliore during the association’s partnership with Picacho Hills Country Club on a recent food drive that benefited Roadrunner Food Bank in Las Cruces.

Bulletin launches search for ‘Everyday Heroes’

Arts & Entertainment
Centennial High School has state’s honor choir
First in a two-part series. Next week, the Las Cruces High School Wind Symphony. The Centennial High School Bella Voce Choir, under …
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Elementary teacher takes gifted students on Zooms around the world
In her work with students at Doña Ana and Fairacres elementary schools, teacher of the gifted Barb Ericson, along with other …
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Arts Council to host new arts and culture series
The Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC) will host seven new art and culture online courses beginning Jan. 18 and focusing on world …
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Branigan hosts author Mary Morris in January Zoom
Thomas Branigan Memorial Library will host a Zoom discussion with author Mary Morris 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21. Morris, an …
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Desert Hills Elementary art: Mondrian, Warhol, cats & superheroes
From the works of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) to American pop art icon Andy Warhol (1928-87), from colorful superheroes to …
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Local sports
2020 took some of golf’s greats from us, Part 2

One of modern golf’s most prolific and admired golf course architects, Pete Dye, Jr., died early last January at age 94. Dye was born Dec. 29, 1925, in Urbana, Ohio, and in 1943 won the Ohio state high school golf championship.

2020 took some of golf’s greats from us, Part 1 On Feb. 17, 2020, the sports world lost a legend with the death of Mary Kathryn “Mickey” Wright at age 85, winner of 82 LPGA Tour events from 1956 through 1973 (and 8 other professional wins), and a 13-time major champion.
2021 golf resolutions are important, too
According to ancient historians, the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions goes all the way back to the time when Janus, a mythical king of early Rome in 153 B. C., was placed at the head of the calendar.
Oñate champ helps Iowa college to first-ever wrestling win 2020 Oñate High School graduate Angelita Altamirano became the first girls’ state wrestling champion in New Mexico history earlier this year, and now she has achieved the same record in college.
Business
Doña Ana County gross receipts revenue continues climb

The New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) has published the most recent series of county economic reports with detailed economic and employment data for all 33 counties, as well as a statewide snapshot for the first quarter of the 2021 fiscal year – July, August and September 2020 – during the COVID-19 public health emergency, NMEDD said in a news release.

Oil and gas contributed $2.8 billion to state’s economy in FY20 A new analysis from the nonpartisan New Mexico Tax Research Institute reports state revenue from oil and natural gas production in New Mexico totaled $2.8 billion in FY20, accounting for 33.5 percent of total state spending, the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association (NMOGA) said in a news release.
Label printer Cymmetrik settles in Santa Teresa A third Taiwanese company is locating a manufacturing operation near the Santa Teresa Port of Entry, New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) Sec. Alicia J. Keyes has announced. Cymmetrik signed a lease and is set to begin operations in New Mexico early this year.
Heath & Well Being
Step away from the computer and play

I live near an elementary school, and before the reign of COVID-19, I enjoyed the happy hum of children’s play emanating from the playground. Now, as I walk around my neighborhood, I rarely see or hear even one child outside at play.

State offers resource for those in crisis

The pandemic. Post-holiday blues. Isolation. Many people are experiencing a variety of mental-health concerns during January, including depression, anxiety, stress, substance use and loneliness, among others.

Inside
News
Partnership works to expand broadband access According to data collected by NMSU's Center for Community Analysis (CCA), 41 percent of households earning less than $20,000 a year are without Internet access in the Las Cruces Public School district.
Academy for Learning in Retirement focuses on Russia, Ukraine, Putin in January The Academy for Learning in Retirement will offer five monthly series during Spring 2021. Each series will have four presentations.
Legislature likely to increase education budget The New Mexico Legislature is likely to add about 4.4 percent to the state public education budget during the 2021 session, said State Sen. Bill Soules, D-Doña Ana, who chairs the Senate Education Committee.
In the past
Community Foundation launches Ronnie Wright Rotary Fund The Rio Grande Rotary Club of Las Cruces (RGRC) has been an integral part of the community since 1975, with a mission to serve others in the community in a way that encourages goodwill and peace.
Community foundation taking scholarship applications The Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico (CFSNM) manages hundreds of endowments that support grant programs and scholarships. In 2020, CFSNM awarded $215,000 in scholarships to 184 students in the region.
New Mexico agriculture valued at $3.44 billion in 2019 Have you ever wondered how many acres of chile are grown in New Mexico? Are you curious about where New Mexico pecan production ranks nationally? Do you want to become more educated about New Mexico agriculture in general?
Letters to the Editor
Engineer deans established student-centric culture at NMSU Feb. 16-21 was National Engineers Week, with the theme “Engineers: Pioneers of Progress.” Throughout its century-plus history, the New Mexico State University College of Engineering …
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