Welcome to our new web site!

To give our readers a chance to experience all that our new website has to offer, we have made all content freely avaiable, through October 1, 2018.

During this time, print and digital subscribers will not need to log in to view our stories or e-editions.

City accepts nearly $9.5 million in state, federal grants, appropriations


At its Oct. 2 regular meeting, the Las Cruces City Council authorized the city to accept grant awards for various city departments and programs, including nearly $9 million for public transportation, along with park improvements, police equipment and feeding people struggling with homelessness.

The grant awards include:

  • A $5.72 million Federal Transportation Administration “Low-and-No Emission” grant to purchase battery-electric buses and electric chargers.
  • A more than $3 million New Mexico Department of Transportation grant to cover 100 percent of eligible RoadRUNNER Transit operating expenses for fiscal year 2024, or until fully spent.
  • A New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) appropriation of $175,00 for improvements at Veterans Memorial Park.
  • A DFA appropriation of $125,000 for a dental suite at Mesilla Valley Community of Hope.
  • A DFA appropriation of $100,000 for supportive housing for families with disabilities.
  • A DFA appropriation of $75,000 to the Las Cruces Police Department to purchase body cameras and related equipment.
  • A DFA appropriation of $75,000 for refrigerated vehicles or equipment to help feed the homeless.
  • A New Mexico Tourism Department grant of $37,621 “Clean and Beautiful” grant to address littering and waste
  • A grant for $4,200 to increase participation in the city’s Meals on Wheels Loves Pets program, from the Meals on Wheels America’s Storytelling Grant Program.