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Posted on: November 4, 2022

[ARCHIVED] LCU’s 2nd Annual Skills Rodeo: Tacos, Trucks, and Talent

LCU SKills Rodeo 2022

Published in Las Cruces Bulletin 11.4.22

By Cassie McClure 

In the Second Annual Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Skills Rodeo on Friday, September 21, employees had a chance to mingle, eat tacos from the Luchador Food truck and drink lemonade from Francy Emilade, win door prizes, and get known as the best at what they do – if they could prove it.

Employees needed skills get in and out of personal protective equipment (PPE)  quickly, change out meters for time, back up a trailer for time, play a little basketball with a skid steer and know the ins-and-outs of a forklift.

Then, as teams for employees of the Water, Natural Gas and Energy, Wastewater, Solid Waste and Business Services lines of business within LCU, it was a game of brawn with a fast and furious matchup for Tug-of-War.

The winners were: 

PPE Challenge: Office Manager Sheridan Ross. 

Meter Change Out: Gas Meter: Gas Services Technician Jesse Vargas Non Gas Mater: Waster Distribution Crew Leader Dylan Simpson. 

Skid Steer: Heavy Equipment Operator Carlos Gonzales. 

Trucks & Trailers: Women: Senior Office Assistant Jamie Frietze Men (non-CDL): Temporary Employee Julian Gonzalez Men (CDL): Wastewater Maintenance Mechanic Eric Garza. 

Backhoe: Heavy Equipment Operator Carlos Gonzales. 

Tug-of-War: Water Line of Business. 

LCU – Your Utility Connection. Customer Central can be reached at 575-541-2111 from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. LCU provides clean, safe, and reliable services to Las Cruces residents and businesses. Learn more at: 

For emergencies, call Dispatch at 575-526-0500.


PHOTO 1: LCU Water Distribution Crew Leader Donnail Bailey showing off his backhoe skills.

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