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Posted on: June 17, 2021

Las Cruces Utilities East Mesa Customer Central Closed Until June 21

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Las Cruces Utilities East Mesa Customer Central, 5195 Bataan Memorial West, Suite 2, is temporarily closed until Monday, June 21. 
The air conditioning system at that office has been repaired.
Anyone in need of assistance can visit: https://www.las...
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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 18, 2021

In-Person Car Seat Inspection in Las Cruces

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Note: As a partner with the New Mexico Department of Transportation, the City of Las Cruces is sharing this information with residents. The New Mexico Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Division (NMDOT TSD) and Safer New Mexico Now will conduct ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 18, 2021

Vax 2 the Max $1 million Drawing Produces First 4 Winners

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New Mexico’s Vax 2 the Max Sweepstakes, a $10 million total cash sweepstakes funded by federal stimulus and intended to incentivize COVID-19 vaccinations, produced its first four prize winners Friday, June 18.
With $1 million at stake, four vacci...
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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 18, 2021

City Council to Meet June 21, 2021

City Council

The Las Cruces City Council will meet via video conference at 1 p.m. Monday, June 21, 2021, for a regularly scheduled meeting.

City Council will consider adoption of a Resolution approving an affordable housing grant agreement between the...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 18, 2021

City Hosts Awareness Meeting About Park Trees

Health of Trees Assessment

High winds on June 12 that were responsible for a fallen tree at Apodaca Park and a broken branch in Pioneer Women’s Park have compelled the Parks & Recreation Department to conduct an additional assessment of tree health in parks where olde...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 18, 2021

City Clerk Participates in Government Transparency Webinar

Christine Rivera

City Clerk Christine Rivera recently was a presenter in a webinar called “A Clear View into Great Governance: Transparency and Efficiency in Public Meetings.”

Rivera’s presentation focused on how the development and preparatio...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 18, 2021

City Awarded $190,000 NMDOT Grant for Crosswalk Light on Picacho Avenue

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The City of Las Cruces has been notified by the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) that it has been awarded a $190,000 Municipal Arterial Program grant.

The funds will be used for the planning, design, construction and any needed reconstructio...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 18, 2021

Las Cruces Museum System Fully Opens to the Public

Museum of Nature and Science

The Las Cruces Museum System announces its plan to fully open to the public after being partially closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic response and public health orders.

Beginning Tuesday, June 29, City museums, with the exception of Branigan Cultural Cente...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 18, 2021

New Mexico Pandemic Restrictions to End July 1

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday, June 18 said New Mexico will retire its color-coded, county-by-county system and all COVID-19 health restrictions on commercial and day-to-day activities on July 1, allowing for thousands of vaccinations administered...
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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 18, 2021

Family Game Nights

Family Night Yellow and Blue Pails

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will host Family Game Nights at Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main St., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Thursday night beginning July 8.

Bring the family out for an evening of games, activities, and fun com...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 17, 2021

Officers Help Restore Basketball Court at Buena Vida Apartments

Buena Vista Apartments

Several officers with the Las Cruces Police Department Community Outreach Unit recently partnered with staff from Buena Vida Apartments to repair and replace basketball goals on that property. LCPD officers learned the basketball court at Buena Vida Apar...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 17, 2021

FEMA Grant will Add 12 Certified Paramedics to Fire Department

Firefighter Eric Palma

The Las Cruces Fire Department has received a grant of nearly $400,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to train 12 firefighters to become certified paramedics. The Assistance to Firefighter Grant, awarded by FEMA, is for $393,186. To accept ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 17, 2021

4th of July Celebration Schedule

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The City of Las Cruces and New Mexico State University (NMSU) will co-host the City’s free annual 4th of July Celebration.

This popular annual event will be at Pat and Lou Sisbarro Community Park, 3205 Arrowhead Drive, on the NMSU campus. Gin Blo...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 17, 2021

In-Person Programs Return to the Museum of Nature & Science

Shark

The Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science, 411 N. Main St., welcomes visitors back with in-person programs this July.

The programs are free but will require registration in advance. To register please email education@las-cruces.org or call 575/522-3120...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 16, 2021

Joint Information Center Notes for June 16, 2021

COVID-19

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 16, 2021

Free App Connects Visitors with the City Parks

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The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department has launched a mobile app to provide visitors and prospective visitors with information about City parks including parks finder and maps, park amenities, and services.  Some key highlights ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 15, 2021

Las Cruces Fire Department is Now Certified to Provide Ambulance Service

Fire Dept Squad Truck

The Las Cruces Fire Department (LCFD) has received a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission to provide ambulance service.

The Certificate was issued May 12, 2021. It will enable&am...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 15, 2021

Make Music Day in Las Cruces Includes Demonstrations and Live Music

Unleashed Group

In celebration of International Make Music Day, which takes place June 21 every year, a variety of local organizations will serve as hosts of free live concerts throughout the city that will feature local musicians, mus...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 15, 2021

City Extends Availability of Cooling Stations

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With the National Weather Service forecasting near triple-digit temperatures for Las Cruces through Tuesday, June 22, 2021, the City of Las Cruces has extended the availability of designated facilities as cooling stations until at least that date.

Temperat...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 14, 2021

Installation of Sports Netting at Lions Park Handball Courts Begins June 16

Handball Courts

As part of the City’s commitment to preserving infrastructure assets, construction will begin Wednesdy, June 16 to install protective sports netting at Lions Park Handball Court, 701 W. Picacho Ave.

The handball court will be closed Wednesday, June 16 thro...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 14, 2021

Las Cruces Hosts 25th Annual USSSA Slowpitch Softball Tournament on June 19 and June 20

Baseball

For the 25th consecutive year, Las Cruces will serve as the host of the Annual New Mexico United States Specialty Sports Association (NMUSSSA) Slowpitch Softball Father’s Day Invitational, June 19 and June 20 at Harty Ballfield Complex, 1840 E H...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 13, 2021

New Mexico Set to Open the Economy by July 1

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New Mexico health officials urge state residents to help reach a 60 percent vaccination rate by Thursday, June 17 so that New Mexico can open its economy fully without any limitations by  July 1.

New Mexico is 40,810 vaccines away...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 11, 2021

Physical Fitness Exams in Las Cruces; Recruiters in El Paso

Academy Recruting in Las Cruces and El Paso

The Las Cruces Police Department’s training academy staff will have a busy weekend with physical fitness exams Saturday morning in Las Cruces and a recruiting booth Saturday and Sunday in El Paso. The academy will conduct a physical fitness exa...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 11, 2021

LCPD Offers Incentives for New Recruits and Lateral Transfers

Academy Offers Recruiting Incentives

The Las Cruces Police Department is offering a slew of attractive financial incentives for new recruits to its 51st training academy and for current law enforcement officers who are considering a lateral transfer. The new incentives come as the departmen...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 11, 2021

Call for Volunteers for Team Up to Clean Up District 5 Event

Volunteers to Team Up to Clean

Volunteers are needed! Get rid of weeds, trash, junk, graffiti and other debris in your neighborhood the Team Up to Clean Up way! 

The Parks & Recreation Department Keep Las Cruces Beautiful (KLCB) will conduct its next Team Up to Clean Up eve...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 14, 2021

Klein Park Basketball Court Improvements and Additions

Klein Park Basketball Court

The Klein Park basketball court, 438 E. Organ Ave, will undergo improvements as part of GO Bond Question 1, Parks and Sports Improvements and Additions.

Reconstruction of the basketball court will begin Monday, June 14 and continue through Saturday, July 9...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 11, 2021

Branigan Library and Branigan Cultural Center Receive NEA Big Read Grant

Bid Red Las Cruces Grant

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library and the Branigan Cultural Center are two of 61 organizations across the U.S. that have been selected to receive a 2021-2022 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read grant.

A grant of $17,000 will support a community r...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Cardon Park Basketball Court Park and Sports Courts Improvements and Additions

Basketball Court

Improvements will be made to the basketball court at Cardon Park, 1505 N. Mesquite St., as part of GO Bond Question 1, Parks and Sports Improvements and Additions.

Reconstruction of the Cardon Park basketball court will begin Monday, June 14 and continue t...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center Summer Fitness Schedule

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The Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E. Hadley Ave., will begin to re-introduce instruction-based fitness classes beginning June 21, 2021.

Non-aquatic fitness sessions will be offered Monday through Saturday, beginning the week of June 21. ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Listen to Your Art with the Las Cruces Museum of Art

Danila Rumold

The next Listen to Your Art lecture with the Museum of Art will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 25.

Danila Rumold will discuss the life and work of German-born American artist Eva Hesse. The lecture will be hosted through Zoom and is accessible with the follo...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 9, 2021

“LCPD Cares” Mural Set in Stone

LCPD Cares

The Las Cruces Police Department’s “LCPD Cares” campaign is set in stone – quite literally – at the East Mesa Public Safety Complex, 550 N. Sonoma Ranch Boulevard. On Wednesday, June 9, individuals from v...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Branigan Memorial Library's Summer Reading Program a Success Because of 26 Teen Volunteers

Teen Library Volunteers

With the assistance of 26 teenage volunteers, Thomas Branigan Memorial Library’s Tails & Tales summer reading program has been successful.

This is the first year for the Teen Summer Volunteer Program at Branigan Memo...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Rio Grande Theatre to Reopen July 2 with Back-to-Back Productions

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Blank Conversation Theater Company to perform The Mad One and The Complete History of America (abridged) 

The historic Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St., will reopen July 2 with back-to-back performances from Blank Conversation Theatre Company (B...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Economic Development Department Partners with United Way to Create Financial Literacy Pilot Program

Economic Development United Way Class

The City of Las Cruces Economic Development Department has begun a partnership with the United Way of Southwest New Mexico to create a pilot program regarding financial literacy program for housing services clients and referrals from housing services clie...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 7, 2021

City Hall Outdoor Lights to Change in Observance of Pride Month

Colored Lights City Hall

The outdoor lights at Las Cruces City Hall, 700 N. Main St. have been changed to multi-colored lights in observance of Pride Month, during June.

Colored light-emitting diode (LED) flood lights were installed Friday, June...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 4, 2021

Papen Community Center Basketball Court Closure

Basketball Court

Improvements to the basketball court at Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell Ave., will begin Monday June 7, 2021 and will continue through the end of June. The project is part of the General Obligation (GO) Bond Question 1, Parks and Sports...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 4, 2021

2021 Movies in the Park

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The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department presents the 2021 Movies in the Park program.

Movies in the Park will begin at dusk on Saturday, July 17, with “Raya and the Last Dragon.” Movies will be shown on select Saturdays i...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 4, 2021

Parks & Recreation Aquatics Facilities Summer Schedule

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The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department Aquatics Section outdoor pools, splash pad, and Plaza de Las Cruces Interactive Fountain will open June 19.

Peak summer hours of operation will be from June 19 through Sept.&nbs...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 4, 2021

Make Music Day Returns to Las Cruces June 21

Make Music

In celebration of International Make Music Day, which takes place June 21 every year, a variety of local organizations are set to host free live concerts throughout Las Cruces that will feature local musicians, music demonstrations, and music-themed givea...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 3, 2021

Juneteenth Jazz Festival at the Branigan Cultural Center

Juneteenth Jazz Festival at the Branigan Cultural Center

Experience the power of jazz, history, and Black Movements with this year's celebration of Juneteenth and jazz!

Immerse yourself in a diversity of jazz ensembles, get active in workshops, and learn from speakers on jazz and Juneteenth through this...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 28, 2021

Sports Still Available for 2021 Summer Recreation Program

Summer Fun

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department still has spots available for the Summer Recreation Program for youth grades kindergarten to fifth grade. Come join us as we provide a safe, fun and exciting summer for all participants. The progra...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 28, 2021

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library Mystery Book Group

Mystery Book Club

Do you love a good murder mystery?  Come join us for Thomas Branigan Memorial Library’s Mystery Book Group, Murderous Reads.

Each month you can read any, or as many, books from our featured mystery ser...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 28, 2021

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library Tails & Tales: Summer Reading 2021 Library at FYI Meal Sites

Tails and Tales 2

Thomas Branigan Library announces a partnership with Families and Youth, Inc.

For the second year in a row, Branigan Library will be at three Summer Food Service meal sites signing up community members for the L...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 28, 2021

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library Tails & Tales: Summer Reading 2021

Tails and Tales

Thomas Branigan Library announces the start of our Tails and Tales Summer Reading program. Tails and Tales Summer Reading program begins June 1, 2021 and will end on July 24, 2021. Summer reading is for everyone!

Partici...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 27, 2021

June Activities at the Branigan Cultural Center

Dr. Walker

The Branigan Cultural Center is still closed to the public for scheduled maintenance, but you can enjoy the museum from home through these online programs. 

“Culture of Empowerment: Organizations Serving LGBTQAI+ Folks”

5:30 p.m...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 21, 2021

Cadets Undergo Domestic Violence Training

Domestic Violence Training

Cadets from the Las Cruces Police Department’s 50th Training Academy went through a series of realistic training scenarios, complete with paid actors in newly constructed site-built homes, as part of their domestic violence curriculum. LCPD&...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 21, 2021

Gin Blossoms to Headline the Las Cruces Fourth of July Celebration Concert

Gin Blossoms Rock Band

The City of Las Cruces and New Mexico State University (NMSU) are teaming up to host the City’s annual Fourth of July Celebration concert and fireworks display at the Pat and Lou Sisbarro Community Park, 3205 Arrowhead Drive, on the NMSU campus....

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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 7, 2021

New Infrastructure for Las Cruces Innovation and Industrial Park Treatment Facility

Joaquin Murillo Next to the Motor

By Cassie McClure  

The Las Cruces Innovation and Industrial Park Wastewater Treatment Facility (Facility), operated by Las Cruces Utilities (LCU), treats approximately 150,000 gallons of wastewater a day.

There is plenty of equipment that helps th...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 2, 2021

UtilityHawk Keeps an Eye Out for Waste

Luis Gonzales

By Kelly Koepke

Imagine what an undetected water leak at your home or rental property could cost you over time.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, household leaks can waste nearly 1 trillion gallons of water per year across the U.S. That...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 19, 2021

Applicants Sought for Wrecker Rotation Program

Towing Car

The City of Las Cruces is accepting applications for the Wrecker Rotation Program that allows for towing services to be on a rotational system for crashes, traffic obstructions and other circumstances when a wrecker, or tow truck, is needed. Before 2019,...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 18, 2021

Roof Repair Scheduled for Thomas Branigan Memorial Library

Thomas Branigan Library

As part of the City’s commitment to keep its facilities in a clean, safe, and well-maintained condition, along with providing responsive customer service, Facilities Management has contracted with a local firm to repair and recoat the roof of Th...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 11, 2021

2021 Electric Light Parade Call for Entries

2021 Electric Light Parade

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department is accepting entries for lighted floats to participate in the 2021 Electric Light Parade.

This year’s parade theme is “Stars and Stripes Forever!” 

The parade wi...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 7, 2021

LCPD Recruiters in El Paso this Weekend

LCPD Recruiters in El Paso

Recruiters from the Las Cruces Police Department will be at the Bassett Crafts Market in El Paso this weekend. Recruiters will be at the Bassett Crafts Market, 6101 Gateway Boulevard West, in El Paso, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 8, and from no...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 2, 2021

UtilityHawk Keeps an Eye Out for Waste

Luis Gonzales

By Kelly Koepke

Imagine what an undetected water leak at your home or rental property could cost you over time.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, household leaks can waste nearly 1 trillion gallons of water per year nationwide. That equ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 23, 2021

Are You with Me? At the Las Cruces Museum of Art

Are You With Me by Sonya Fe

Are You with Me? by contemporary Chicana artist Sonya Fe opens May 7 and continues through July 24.

Fe’s exhibit is a biographical depiction of her own life and of those who are often overlooked. Fe’s work reflects social and cultural i...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 5, 2021

LCPD Accepting Applications for Police Cadets

LCPD Applications for Police Cadets

The Las Cruces Police Department is now accepting applications for its 51st training academy that is tentatively set to begin in January 2022. Applications for Police Cadet must be received no later than July 4, 2021. The starting salary for police cade...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 1, 2021

Walking Program Begins April 12

Walking Program

With Doña Ana County now in the Yellow Level of the New Mexico Department of Health's (NMDOH) Red to Green Framework, the City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department will reopen some of the allowed facilities and/or programs.

The...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: December 29, 2020

Las Cruces Minimum Wage to Increase to $10.50 an Hour on January 1

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The City of Las Cruces Minimum Wage Ordinance will increase on Jan. 1, 2021, to $10.50 an hour. The wage for tipped employees will be $4.20 an hour, plus any reported tipped wages.

The City’s minimum wage will follow the state of New Mexico&r...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: December 29, 2020

City of Las Cruces Audit Report Released

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The Office of the New Mexico State Auditor (OSA) has released a report involving a fraud examination and investigation initiated by the City of Las Cruces.

The report identified serious conflicts of interest and revealed more than $1.8 million in mishandle...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: November 3, 2020

New Fees for City Building Permits Go into Effect on November 5

Las Cruces City Hall

A new fee schedule for all building and inspection permits issued by the City of Las Cruces Community Development Department will go into effect on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020.

New fees will apply to:

  1. Administrative fees, including the Technolo...
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City Manager Report
Posted on: January 6, 2020

City Manager Search Begins

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The national search for a new city manager for the City of Las Cruces has officially begun. Well-qualified candidates may apply electronically to The Novak Consulting Group at thenovakconsultinggroup.com.

The application is accessed by selecting the blue &...

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City Manager Report