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Redrawing district lines is an art, a science, a history lesson

When they meet in special session later this year, New Mexico legislators will use cutting-edge computer programs -- along with basic math, history, geography and politics -- to redraw the state’s electoral districts based on the 2020 census.

Branigan Library introduces Healing Library Box

Arts & Entertainment
Elementary artists create with joy
Fairacres and Mesilla Park Elementary Schools' art teacher Mary Long has given students at both schools some creative art lessons to …
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Theatre company premieres Welles’ radio play ‘Dracula’
Blank Conversations Theatre Company of Las Cruces will premiere its production of “Dracula,” the radio play at 7 p.m. …
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Virtual tour features crèches from around the world
“The Art of the Crèche” is a virtual sharing of some of the crèches, or nacimientos, in the private …
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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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Local sports
Winter golfing requires some adjustments

Most of us who love to play golf in this temperate high desert climate love to play all year round. Heck, that’s exactly why some of us live here. And in the dead of summer, it’s tolerable, unlike Phoenix.

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.
People will power New Mexico’s economic recovery

The New Mexico Chamber of Commerce launched into 2021 with a business-led, strategic plan for New Mexico’s economic recovery.

Sipping tea at the Old Barrel You can travel the world for some exotic tastes, or you can visit the Old Barrel Tea & Spice Company in Mesilla. With teas and international spices carrying the flavors of South Africa, South America, Japan and Serbia to a little store in southern New Mexico, every visit becomes an adventure.
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.
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.

NMSU study: vaccine hesitancy has specific demographics As the United States rolls out an ambitious campaign to administer the COVID-19 vaccine, a new study co-authored by a New Mexico State University researcher examines American attitudes toward COVID-19 immunization.
State unemployment claims since COVID-19 began will top $3 billion by month’s end By the end of January, the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) will have paid out more than $3 billion in unemployment benefits since last March, when public health orders closed businesses around the state in response to COVID-19. New Mexico’s total annual budget is about $7.2 billion.
Community Foundation awards second round from wellness grant The Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico (CFSNM) Wellness Fund has awarded a second round of funding to assist southern New Mexico nonprofits deal with the pandemic, CFSNM said in a news release.
In the past
A long journey ahead “We’ve come a long, long way but we have a long, long way to go,” the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said during a March 12, 1961 speech at Temple Emmanuel in Worcester, …
Fraud Surrounding COVID-19 is Increasing As the number of people and communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic grows, so do the scams associated with it. Scammers use public health emergencies as opportunities for new fraud schemes, and …
COVID-19 Report: Thursday, Jan. 21 Update: 8:36 a.m. MST Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021   New cases (one day):    Jan 20-21: Doña Ana County 144, N.M. 884; El Paso County 531; U.S. …
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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