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Keyword: Richard Coltharp
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Tuesday, April 6, while driving the long way to work, I found myself going through four different elementary school zones, flashing yellow lights, crossing guards, kids in backpacks, parent drop-offs, the whole deal. more
As you drive around Las Cruces today and see financial institutions on every corner, it’s difficult to imagine our city had only two banks in 1969. A few visionaries wanted to change that, and in April 1970, Citizens Bank opened its doors. more
Last month I complained about state and federal legislators spending a lot of time on things not relevant to governing. My conclusion? They’ve spent a lot of time working on solutions to problems that don’t exist, as we face the biggest health, economic and social crisis of our generation. more
One year ago today, March 12, 2020, our world began changing. For me, it was a slow-motion change. The edges of the world were melting, as if we were trapped in a Salvador Dali painting. more
Last week, waves of shock rippled through Las Cruces as the community got word of the sudden death of Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Karen Trujillo. more
About a year ago, on a nice February Saturday, as I was driving near the New Mexico State University campus, I said, “I should go to Presley Askew Field and check out the Aggies’ baseball team and their star, Nick Gonzales.” more
We will be dealing with the fallout of COVID-19 for years. The fallout will include nearly immeasurable long-term issues with health (both physical and behavioral), many social issues and far-reaching negative economic impacts, some of which we may not even realize right now. more
The morning of Friday, Feb. 5, I drove U.S. 70 from Las Cruces to Tularosa. The whole way, across the desert, two counties, three cities and two military installations, flags were at half-staff. At homes, businesses, government agencies, churches. more
It was late on a Tuesday night in early December, so late it turned into Wednesday morning. A person or persons decided, for whatever reason, the way to get in the holiday spirit in southern Doña Ana County would be to derail a train. more
I don’t believe any of these five businesses closed in 2020 due solely to the Coronavirus, but it certainly had an impact. more
On the third Monday of January, the night before Opening Tuesday of the New Mexico Legislature, the Santa Fe Plaza is bustling. Music and people are spilling out of the many restaurants and bars, vehicles are all over the place. You can hear the laughter and feel the eager anticipation. more
Rioting Americans overtook the U.S. Capitol building and tried to interfere with the Presidential election certification. more
Halls of Fame are terribly subjective entities. The criteria are vague and the elections mysterious. more
Almost no one was happy with 2020. There are presumable exceptions. Many people chose to get married during the year. Many babies were born. And, I’m pretty sure, it was a banner year for Sonic Drive-In, the restaurant built for a pandemic. more
Tom Reeves was a big, blustery man. Six-foot-seven, bald, with some remaining wisps of graying red hair on the sides of his head, he wore cowboy boots and kept two silver dollars in his pocket. more
My favorite interview of 2020 was a conversation with New Mexico State University Aggie basketball legend Jimmy Collins. Aggie Nation was saddened to learn Collins passed away Dec. 12. more
Leonard Jimenez was six the first time he went “up the mountain.” There’s a good chance he was carted up there a few other times before he could even remember. Just as his grandfather, his dad, his uncle, his cousins, his nieces, nephews. Just as hundreds of other families. more
A big reason Life is Good in Las Cruces is the great local color and flavor throughout the Mesilla Valley. We frequently hear the importance and value of buying local, and the refrain is even more true during the pandemic. more
Since the second COVID-19 lockdown started Nov. 16, traffic on the street has been noticeably lighter in certain areas of Las Cruces, particularly at certain times of the day. more
There won’t be many familiar things about the 2021 New Mexico Legislature. Senators and state representatives will likely meet virtually rather than in their chambers in the Roundhouse. No one will look familiar, as they’ll probably be wearing masks. more
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