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The Mesilla Valley Community of Hope (MVCH) has received a $2.5 million Bezos Day 1 Families Fund grant to help end family homelessness in Las Cruces and Doña Ana County, MVCH Executive Director Nicole Martinez said in a Nov. 17 news release. more
Here is information about seven local programs and nonprofits that could use your help and financial support so they can help others during the holidays and year-round. more
At its Nov. 15 regular meeting, the Las Cruces City Council unanimously adopted a Resolution establishing the city's top 10 capital outlay project priorities to be submitted to the 2022 New Mexico Legislature for its state funding considerations. more
Nathan Hidalgo of Las Cruces is running, jumping, climbing and flipping his way to becoming one of the nation’s top endurance athletes. more
The Las Cruces City Council was updated at its Nov. 8 work session about the Las Cruces Police Department (LCPD) and the city’s Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA). The council also received a report from city staff about the El Paseo-South Solano Corridor Ad-Hoc Committee. more
This Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 25, is the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving gathering, held in November 1621 in Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, when the newly arrived Pilgrims sat with the Wampanoag for a three-day feast that included wild deer, fowl and the Pilgrims’ first corn crop. more
On Saturday, Nov. 20, Ken Miyagishima becomes the longest serving mayor in Las Cruces history. Miyagishima, then a member of the Las Cruces City Council, won the 2007 mayor’s race, defeating … more
If you’re looking for that perfect furry friend to join your family, don’t miss out on ACTion Programs for Animals’ (APA) Home for the Holidays adoption special, which begins … more
An 18-foot menorah will highlight Chabad of Las Cruces’ 12th annual Light Up Las Cruces Mega Chanukah Concert and Outdoor Menorah Lighting. “We’re bringing light to the … more
The movies and the movie stars just keep coming. Netflix completed shooting the feature film “Chupa” in Mesilla Saturday, Nov. 13, using hundreds of Las Cruces extras and generating … more
There are so many ways to help people in need during this holiday season here in Las Cruces and throughout Doña Ana County and the border region. A financial donation in any amount is greatly appreciated, and so our donations of other items and volunteering. more
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday signed an executive order expanding eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots to all New Mexico adults as part of the state’s strategy to address rising case numbers and hospitalizations, a trend being seen nationwide. more
From a blessing and visits with vendors setting up Friday evening by Piro-Manso-Tiwa cacique and tribal members to historical notes shared on the main stage on Sunday, the “Bridging Cultures” theme was very much in evidence at the 50th Renaissance ArtsFaire. We thank everyone who contributed to the respect shown to all cultures. more
The Las Cruces Police Department (LCPD) is expected to hire a crossing-guard supervisor and additional crossing guards in the next few months. more
The City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department will host a free, three-day, “Thanksgiving Break Day Camp” that will fill the Thanksgiving holiday break with creative and innovative opportunities for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. more
The Doña Ana County Bar Association (DACBA) is making a comeback. After several years of inactivity, DACBA has begun regular monthly meetings for legal professionals throughout the county, said Robert Lara, an attorney associate with the Third Judicial District Court in Las Cruces who is also a member of the State Bar of New Mexico Board of Commissioners. DACBA had 35 people at its August meeting in Las Cruces, Lara said. It was the first organized meeting of the local bar in several years, he said, as members elected officers and began discussing the services the association wants to provide to its members and to the community, he said. more
The nonprofit Asombro Institute for Science Education (AISE) of Las Cruces was among 25 organizations around the state to receive a trail development grant from the Outdoor Recreation Division (ORD) of the New Mexico Economic Development Department. The $20,000 grant, announced Nov. 1, is for the institute’s “Gateway to the Desert” project, which “will increase and improve the public’s access to outdoor recreation and education opportunities at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park (CDNP),” ORD said in a news release. “The project will include an entry kiosk, new parking area, new trail, interpretive signs along the trail, a restoration project, interactive photo monitoring sites, benches and fencing.” more
After a two-year delay, Fabián García, a Mexican immigrant whose research at New Mexico State University helped influence agriculture nationwide, was inducted into the National Agricultural Center’s Hall of Fame in Kansas Oct. 23, becoming the first Hispanic and first New Mexican inductee. García (1871-1948), who was originally slated to be inducted into the hall of fame in fall 2019, joins the ranks of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Eli Whitney, among other notable contributors to agriculture. The first ceremony was postponed due to unforeseen circumstances, and the second ceremony was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. more
Prasanna Pai of Las Cruces bought one of the city’s oldest houses a few years ago, but discovered that the structure, which dates to the 1840s, could not be saved. The Mendoza House, located at the corner of Campo Street and Court Avenue in Downtown Las Cruces, was torn down as a result. Pai is constructing a new building on the site that will bring the small house back to life “exactly the way it was,” Pai said, “from the ground up.” The plan will “reuse character-defining elements” of the original home, City of Las Cruces Historic Preservation Specialist Troy Ainsworth, Ph.D., said. more
With 561 new cases over the weekend in Doña Ana County, Covid-19 is regaining a foothold. On Thursday, Nov. 2, there were 226 positive cases confirmed in the county, the highest single-day total since January 2021. Vaccinations in the county were at 76.9% through Monday, Nov. 8. more
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