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Just days before the New Mexico Legislature begins its 2020 session, the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association (NMOGA) is reporting record oil and gas revenues that account for nearly 49 percent of the state’s general fund. The report “Fueling New Mexico,” shows that the state oil and gas industry contributed $3.1 billion to the FY2019 general fund. At the same time, schools in Las Cruces and Doña Ana County received nearly $200 million in education funding from the industry, including nearly $125 for K-12 and $70.5 million for higher education, NMOGA said. more
Pastor Michael Grady delivers the keynote address at the annual Doña Ana County NAACP Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Monday, Jan. 20, at the Las Cruces Convention Center. more
Rick Black of Las Cruces enjoys tooling around town in his 1931 Ford Model A De Luxe Tudor Sedan, which he’s owned for 51 years. more
“On Saturday, Feb. 10, 1990, two killers stormed the bowling alley in Las Cruces, shot [seven people] in the back of the head and started a fire on a desk,” said documentary film maker Charlie Minn. “It is still the largest unsolved mass shooting in the nation today.” more
“We’re counting on you to grow all the cannabis we need for northern New Mexico,” Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis told the Las Cruces City Council at its Jan. 13 work session. Las Cruces city councilors were discussing the impact on Las Cruces if the state Legislature legalizes the adult (21 and older) use of recreational cannabis in New Mexico during the 2020 legislative session that begins Jan. 21. more
The Doña Ana County Historical Society (DACHS) board of directors has announced DACHS’ 2020 award winners. Awards will be presented at DACHS’ annual meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. more
Tucked away in quiet cul-de-sac in Las Cruces is a house with a normal looking two-car garage, but when the doors open, the normalcy vanishes in an instant. Ron Saltzman’s garage is deep enough for three cars to park one behind the other on one side and two deep on the other side. As if that weren’t enough, he has a lift on one side that lets him pack one more car up top, near the ceiling. more
Artist Luis Navarro has been in Las Cruces for close to 20 years and has let his love of the area drive his design for the 2020 Las Cruces International Film Festival commemorative poster. more
Ever wonder where the City of Las Cruces will be in 25 years? If you don’t want to wait until 2045 to find out, take a look at the city’s comprehensive plan – called Elevate Las Cruces – which gives a pretty clear picture of where city leaders, planners and people who live here want Las Cruces to be in the next quarter century -- and the path necessary to get there. The plan, still in draft form, was presented to the city council at a special work session Wednesday, Jan. 8, at city hall. The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to vote on the plan at its Jan. 28 meeting, and the city council likewise on Feb. 18. more
Maryann Kratzke turned 101 years old Jan. 10. Born that day in 1919 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, she has lived in Las Cruces since 1983. more
When the 16th annual Women of Influence awards are handed out in Albuquerque next month, Dr. Kelley Coffeen, an award-winning cookbook author and faculty member within NMSU’s Department of Family & Consumer Sciences, will take center stage as one of 24 honorees whom Albuquerque Business First has identified as having made a positive and influential impact in the New Mexico business community. more
The 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast will be held Monday, Jan. 20, at 8 a.m. at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. more
With Las Cruces state Sen. Joseph Cervantes and Doña Ana County Sheriff Kim Stewart at her side, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham came to Las Cruces Jan. 8 to announce that her 2020 legislative call will include an “extreme-risk protection order” (ERPO) bill that “reduces the opportunity for violence and suicide,” the governor said. more
Mesilla Park Postmaster Robert Bejerano receives retirement paperwork and a gift from his wife, Minerva, during his retirement ceremony/party event at the Mesilla Park Post Office Friday, Jan. 3. more
I had been looking for volunteer opportunities in Africa for about 12 years. A place where I could make a difference and work hands-on with animals. I stumbled upon the Center for Animal Rehabilitation and Education (C.A.R.E.) site and really liked what I read, so I saved it on my computer. Over the years, I would visit the site and each time I felt more connected to their cause. more
Las Cruces resident Larry Kibiloski spoke during the public input segment of the Jan. 6 Las Cruces City Council meeting. more
The Las Cruces Pan American Round Table congratulated two of its fall 2019 NMSU scholarship recipients at a Dec. 14 luncheon at the Double Eagle Restaurant in Mesilla more
Crews have begun construction on the I-25 University Project. Work got underway on Jan. 2. more
State Rep. Angelica Rubio, D-Doña Ana, will travel to the 2020 session of the New Mexico Legislature on a bicycle, just as she did in 2019. Rubio will depart from Mainstreet Vintage Mercado, 300 N. Main St. downtown, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. more
State Rep. and New Mexico House of Representatives Majority Whip Doreen Y. Gallegos, D-Doña Ana, has introduced House Bill 83, which she said will establish an early childhood education trust fund in New Mexico. The bill will be considered during the 2020 session of the New Mexico Legislature that convenes Jan. 21 in Santa Fe. more
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