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Posted on: November 23, 2020

Community Invited to Provide Input for Soccer Field Improvements

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The City of Las Cruces is hosting a virtual input meeting to discuss options for improvements to city soccer fields using recently appropriated state legislative funds of $856,000. The facilitated meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 1.&am...

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Posted on: November 23, 2020

Suspect from Saturday Incident Released from Hospital, Charged with Felonies

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The suspect in Saturday’s officer-involved shooting on Cinnabar Lane has been released from the hospital and now faces three felony charges.

 

Daniel Villa, 27, of the 3800 block of Watson Place, is charged with aggravated assault with a ...

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Posted on: November 23, 2020

Small Business Saturday Op-Ed from City Manager Ifo Pili

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It has been a tough year for Las Crucens as we have learned how to adjust, adapt, and deal with the many challenges associated with this pandemic.

On this Thanksgiving weekend, we genuinely do have something to be thankful for. The resiliency of Las Cruces...

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Posted on: November 23, 2020

Governor Announces Special Session for State Relief for N.M. Businesses, the Unemployed and More

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday announced she will call the New Mexico Legislature into special session on Tuesday, Nov. 24, to take up a relief package for New Mexicans who have been affected by the economic devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Posted on: November 23, 2020

Financial Services Department Receives Achievement for Excellence Award

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The City of Las Cruces has met the requirements to be awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition ...

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Posted on: November 23, 2020

Las Cruces Glows Together Despite COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic will prevent us from gathering for the annual Las Cruces Tree Lighting Ceremony this year. But it will not darken the tradition of City residents celebrating the holiday season by illuminating Las Cruces with thousands and thousands ...

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Posted on: November 23, 2020

Las Crucens Are Still Urged to Take the Las Cruces Safe Promise

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Las Cruces residents are still encouraged to take the Las Cruces Safe Promise and commit to keeping our community as safe as possible from COVID-19. Their promise can support the success of&am...

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Posted on: November 23, 2020

Man Suspected of Using Hammer to Beat Stepfather

Alejandro Nevarez Arrest mug

A Las Cruces man suspected of using a hammer to critically injure his stepfather on Friday has been charged with attempted murder.

 

Alejandro Nevarez, 28, of the 1100 block of Lees Drive, is charged with a second-degree felony count of attempted m...

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News Releases
Posted on: November 20, 2020

Department of Health Expands COVID 19 Testing Surge

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Following a successful administration of 10,000 COVID-19 tests throughout southern New Mexico, the state of New Mexico and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services continue their COVID-19 testing partnership efforts to include five locations.

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Posted on: November 20, 2020

5 Juveniles, Ages 12-15, Charged in Armed Robbery

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Las Cruces police, with assistance from a Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office deputy, arrested five juveniles suspected in a Thursday evening joyride that resulted in shots fired during an incident of road rage and the armed robbery of a woman.

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Posted on: November 20, 2020

Lane Closure Notice for Mesa Grande Drive

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There will be northbound and southbound inside lane closures on Mesa Grande Drive at the intersection of Bataan Memorial east starting November 23 for the installation of&...

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Posted on: November 20, 2020

City Council Work Session on November 23

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The Las Cruces City Council will meet via video conference at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, for a work session.

At Monday’s work session City Council will be updated on the City’s Mobile Integrated Healthcare program, conducted through ...

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News Releases
Posted on: November 19, 2020

Skating Through Options - Community Participation Welcome

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As plans for the rehabilitation of the Las Cruces Skate Park, 151 N. Walnut St., move forward, the community is reminded it can continue to provide input relating to the recommended options outlined in the final assessment report at www.las-cruces.org/LCS...

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Posted on: November 19, 2020

Mask Up to Clean Up City Council District 1 Event Postponed

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The “Mask Up to Clean Up” City Council District 1 cleanup event has been postponed to a later date, due to the Office of the Governor’s shelter in place public health emergency order which went into effect November 16 - Novem...

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Posted on: November 19, 2020

La Colonia Avenue Shoulder Work

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As part of facility upgrades, La Colonia Avenue (between S. Melendres Street and S. Alameda Boulevard) will have shoulder work while a new conduit is installed. The shoulder work will begin on Monday, November 23, and will last approximately 8 working day...

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Posted on: November 19, 2020

Branigan Library to Host Author Joshua Wheeler

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Thomas Branigan Memorial Library invites you to a talk by award-winning author Joshua Wheeler from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, via Zoom.

The Alamogordo native teaches creative writin...

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Posted on: November 18, 2020

Governor, State Officials to Give New Mexico COVID-19 Update Thurs., Nov 19

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials will host a fully remote news conference Thursday afternoon to provide a COVID-19 update for New Mexico.

WHAT: Remote news conference with state officials

WHEN: Thursday, November 19, 3:00 P.M.

The news confere...

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Posted on: November 18, 2020

South Telshor Boulevard Lane Closure

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As part of a new fiber optics project along the south Telshor Boulevard corridor, the contractor will be conducting repair work to the sidewalk and pavement. South Telshor Boulevard will have a temporary southbound lane closure from Mall Drive to 880 sou...

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News Releases
Posted on: November 18, 2020

Mother Suspected of Exposing Children to Meth, Failing to Report Abuse

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Police arrested a Las Cruces woman suspected of exposing her young daughters to methamphetamine and interfering with the investigation of sexual assault allegations made against her uncle, who was arrested in October.

 

Kaylee Robyn Scoughton, 25, ...

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News Releases
Posted on: November 18, 2020

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

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The City of Las Cruces RoadRUNNER Transit is a recipient of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds and is required to establish contracting goals every three years under its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program. The City’s propose...

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Posted on: November 18, 2020

Construction Suspended on I-25 Project

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Due to increasing cases of COVID-19, the New Mexico Department of Transportation has suspended work for two weeks on the I-25 University Avenue Project, effective Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. This decision has been made to protect the health and safety of t...

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Posted on: November 18, 2020

Community Forester Gives New Meaning to Tree of Knowledge

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Student Government students from Mayfield High School recently received hands-on learning from the City Community Forester when they participated in tree planting as part of a non-traditional education activity. (COVID safe practices were strictly adhered...

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Posted on: November 18, 2020

Man Suspected of Sexually Assaulting Young Girl

Carlos Rodriguez Arrest Mug

Police arrested a Las Vegas man suspected of sexually assaulting a young girl Monday evening.

 

Carlos Rodriguez, 29, from Las Vegas, Nev., is charged with two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor. Both counts are third-degree felonies.

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News Releases
Posted on: November 17, 2020

Restriping of Parking Lots at City Hall

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As part of the City’s commitment to address traffic and pedestrian safety at City Hall, Facilities Management is working with a local contractor to restripe the east/west parking lots, north/south fire lanes, parking area east of the Lions, and ...

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Posted on: November 17, 2020

New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department Presents Budget

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Faced with a high and still increasing demand for services, the Department has requested $52.5 million to provide services to the state’s growing aging population.

 

“Our care of those who are...

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Posted on: November 17, 2020

David Sedillo Selected as Director of Public Works

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The City of Las Cruces is formally announcing David Sedillo has been selected for promotion into the position of Public Works Director. Sedillo has been with the organization for more than 15 years and has most recently served as Deputy Director of Publ...

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News Releases
Posted on: November 16, 2020

City Council Approves 2019 Action Plan Amendments, Additional Police Body Cameras

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At its Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 meeting the Las Cruces City Council approved a Resolution amending the City of Las Cruces’ 2019 Action Plan. Included in that action the Council executed an agreement and amended the City's Fiscal Year 2021 ...

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Posted on: November 16, 2020

City of Las Cruces Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

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City Hall and most City of Las Cruces offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Emergency services such as fire and police will not be affected. 

The following is a list of closures/modification...

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News Releases
Posted on: November 16, 2020

Apartment Fire Quickly Extinguished

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Las Cruces firefighters extinguished a second-floor apartment fire near the corner of Third Street and McFie Avenue Sunday evening.

 

Shortly before 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, firefighters were dispatched to the report of a fire in a second-floor a...

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Posted on: November 16, 2020

Woman Suspected of Using Vehicle as Weapon in Sunday Incident

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Las Cruces police arrested a woman suspected of intentionally ramming her vehicle into a home Sunday while trying to run over two women who know her ex-boyfriend.

 

Amanda Gonzales, 25, of the 2200 block of Holiday Avenue, is charged with two fourt...

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Posted on: November 16, 2020

Voluntary Remediation Agreement for West Griggs Avenue Property

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A Public Notice has been issued by the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) that pursuant to 20.6.3.300.B NMAC a Voluntary Remediation Agreement has been proposed between the City of Las Cruces and NMED for a proper...

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Posted on: November 16, 2020

Missing Las Cruces Man Located

Leif Everett Hayman

Updated 11/16/20 2:16 pm

Leif Everett Hayman, the 30-year-old Las Cruces man who was reported missing Monday morning, has been located and is safe.

 

The Las Cruces Police Department thanks those who helped disseminate information on this missing pe...

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News Releases
Posted on: November 13, 2020

City of Las Cruces Makes Changes in Response to Governor's Revised Public Health Order

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The City of Las Cruces will be making some changes in services in response to the Governor’s revised Public Health Order that goes into effect on Monday, November 16.  

Beginning Monday, November 16, employees and visitors entering City...

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Posted on: November 13, 2020

Thomas Branigan Library to Temporarily Limit Services to Grab-and-Go and Computer Lab Use

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In accordance with the Governor’s Amended Public Health Orders, Branigan Library will be temporarily rolling back some of its services to the public.  

Beginning on Monday, November 16, limited lobby service in the afternoons will be sus...

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Posted on: November 13, 2020

Keep Las Cruces Beautiful Celebrates America Recycles Day

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To celebrate America Recycles Day, a Keep America Beautiful (KAB) initiative, on November 15, Keep Las Cruces Beautiful (KLCB) wants the community to take the #BeRecycled pledge to show its commitment to increasing and improving recycling efforts...

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Posted on: November 13, 2020

Las Cruces Senior Meals Sites Remain on Limited Services Until Further Notice

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As the City of Las Cruces Senior Programs continues to address a positive COVID-19 test at Munson Center earlier this week, Senior Programs has entered into a contract with a food vendor to provide frozen meals for the week of November 16, for participant...

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Posted on: November 13, 2020

Lane Closure on S. Telshor Boulevard Extended

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As part of a new fiber optics project along the S. Telshor Blvd. corridor, S. Telshor Blvd. will have a temporary southbound lane closure from 840 S. Telshor Blvd. to 880 S. Telshor Blvd. beginning Monday, November 16 and ending on November 17, weather pe...

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Posted on: November 13, 2020

NM Re-enacts Most Heightened Level of Public Health Restrictions

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CORRECTION: Essential businesses identified as “retail spaces” may not exceed either 25 percent of the maximum occupancy as determined by the relevant fire marshal or more than 75 customers in the business space at an...
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Posted on: November 13, 2020

Thursday: Governor, State Officials to Give Press Update on COVID-19 Efforts Friday

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials will host a fully remote news conference Friday afternoon to provide a COVID-19 update for New Mexico.

WHAT: Remote news conference with state officials

WHEN: Friday, November 13, 1:00 P.M.

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Posted on: November 13, 2020

Take-Out STEM Activities From the Museum of Nature & Science in December

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The Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science continues to offer to take out activity kits in December. Kits are free but require reservations. To reserve kits please contact Stephanie at shawkins@las-cruces.org or call 575-522-3120. Kits are available wh...

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News Releases
Posted on: November 12, 2020

North Telshor Boulevard Median Improvement

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As part of a median improvement project along the north Telshor Boulevard corridor, at the intersection of Del Rey Boulevard and north Telshor Boulevard, the right lane for southbound traffic will be temporarily closed. A detour will be in place at the i...

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Posted on: November 12, 2020

City Council to Meet November 16

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The Las Cruces City Council will meet via video conference at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, for a regularly scheduled meeting.

City Council will discuss and consider the approval of a Resolution amending the City of Las Cruces’ 2019 Action Plan, ...

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Posted on: November 12, 2020

Shoulder Work on Mall Drive

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As part of a new fiber optics project along the Mall Drive corridor, 1121 Mall Drive will have temporary shoulder work for one workday beginning Friday, November 13, weather permitting. For the public’s convenience, crews will work only from 7 a...

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Posted on: November 12, 2020

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library Presents Healing Library Boxes Available for Checkout

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The Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is pleased to offer Healing Library Boxes for families available for check out on Monday, November 16. 

The Branigan Library is partnering with The Healing Library to bring materials designed to make a family&a...

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News Releases
Posted on: November 10, 2020

City Hall to be Lit in Blue for Diabetes Awareness Month

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The west side of Las Cruces City Hall, 700 N. Main St., will be lit in blue every night from November 12 to November 30 in observance of Diabetes Awareness Month. Blue LED floodlights have been temporarily installed at the base of each of 10 columns on t...

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Posted on: November 10, 2020

Lane Closure Notice for University Avenue Beginning November 18

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There will be an eastbound inside lane closure on University Avenue just east of the Valley Dr./University Ave. intersection starting November 18, for the&a...

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Posted on: November 10, 2020

Lane Closure Notice for Valley Drive Beginning November 16

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There will be a westbound inside lane closure on Valley Drive on the north side of the Valley Dr./University Ave. intersection starting November 16, for the installa...

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Posted on: November 10, 2020

Lane Closure Notice for Lohman Avenue Beginning November 16

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There will be eastbound and westbound intermittent lane closures on Lohman Avenue (at 4460 E. Lohman, across from Rio Grande Medical Center) starting November 16, for the installation of new water and fire mains as part of private development. This work i...

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Posted on: November 10, 2020

Munson Senior Center Closure

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After a positive COVID-19 test in the City of Las Cruces Senior Programs, Munson Center will shut down for a short period of time.  Staff there are working on a plan to get the appropriate testing completed for all staff to ensure everyone&rs...

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Posted on: November 10, 2020

Suspect in Saturday Fire Charged with Arson

Jaime Garcia Arrest Mug

A man suspected of setting a fire inside an abandoned home on Saturday has been charged with arson.

 

Jaime R. Garcia, 32, is charged with a third-degree felony count of arson and a misdemeanor count of criminal damage to property.

 

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Posted on: November 10, 2020

Water Outage Planned on Armijo Street and Van Patten Avenue

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Residents along the locations listed below will experience a water outage on Thursday, November 12 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for the installation of a new water main at the intersection of Van Patten Ave. and Armijo St. The affected locations...

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Posted on: November 10, 2020

City Council Updated on East Lohman Avenue Development Plan

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The Las Cruces City Council was updated on the East Lohman Avenue Development Plan during its Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, Work Session. The City has contracted with Sites Southwest to prepare a development plan for City-owned property generally located south of...

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Posted on: November 9, 2020

LCPD Lieutenant Stabbed during Apprehension of Rape Suspect

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A Las Cruces police lieutenant was stabbed Monday morning while assisting in the apprehension of a rape suspect who fled on foot from a home on north Alameda Boulevard.

 

The lieutenant was transported to Mountainview Regional Medical Center. The s...

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Posted on: November 9, 2020

Public Opportunity to Provide Input on Proposed Updates to the City's Animal Control Ordinance

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Las Cruces community members have more opportunity to provide public input on proposed, draft changes to the City’s Animal Control Ordinance (Chapter 7: Animals, to the Las Cruces Municipal Code, 1997, as amended). The Animal control ordinance w...

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Posted on: November 6, 2020

Notice of Intent to Approve Transfer of Ownership of Dispenser Liquor License to Ten Pin Bowling

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Notice is hereby given that the Las Cruces City Council will hold a Public Hearing to discuss approval or disapproval for a Transfer of Ownership of Dispenser Liquor License No. 2577 to Ten Pin Bowling, located at 1201 E. Amador, Ave., Las Cruces, New Mex...

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News Releases
Posted on: November 6, 2020

Branigan Library Transitions to Grab and Go Service

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Beginning Monday, November 9, 2020, Branigan Library’s curbside pick-up will be transitioning to grab and go service for the winter.

Patrons who have been using curbside will now pick up their...

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Posted on: November 6, 2020

Skate Park Rehabilitation Update Slated for Council Work Session

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Interested community members can access the final assessment report for the Las Cruces Skate Park, 151 N. Walnut St., at www.las-cruces.org/LCSkatePark prior to the project update being presented at the next scheduled City Council work session. Comments a...

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Posted on: November 6, 2020

GO Bond Recreational Trail Improvements on Track

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Progress of planned improvements to city recreational trails as outlined in the voter-approved General Obligation (GO) Bond project is moving forward as the City of Las Cruces works with partnering agencies to finalize trail connections. Current informati...

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Posted on: November 6, 2020

Man Suspected of Running Over Ex’s New Boyfriend

Mariano Ponce Arrest Mug

A man suspected of running over his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend has been arrested.

 

Mariano Ponce, 49, of the 100 block of Pecan Lane, is charged with a third-degree felony count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and misdemean...

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News Releases
Posted on: November 6, 2020

Father, Son Suspected of Assaulting Same Relative

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A Las Cruces father and son are suspected of assaulting the same relative in separate incidents in back-to-back days.

 

Alejandro Manuel Garcia, 18, of the 2500 block of El Camino Real, is charged with fourth-degree felony counts of aggravated assa...

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Posted on: November 6, 2020

Lane Closure for S. Main Street

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North and southbound lanes on South Main Street (at Avenida de Mesilla intersection) will be closed for approximately 30 minutes for the installation of aerial cables across S. Main Street. The lane closures will take place on Monday, November 9, between ...

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Posted on: November 6, 2020

Meerscheidt Recreation Center - Cardio/Weight Room Open

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Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley Ave., will begin taking reservations for cardio and weight room sessions beginning November 7 by calling 575/541-2563 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday – Friday and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p....

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Posted on: November 5, 2020

Lane Closure on S. Telshor Boulevard

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As part of a new fiber optics project along the S. Telshor Blvd. corridor, S. Telshor Blvd. will have a temporary southbound lane closure from Mall Drive to 880 S. Telshor Blvd. beginning Monday, November 9, and ending on Novemb...

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News Releases
Posted on: November 5, 2020

14-year-old Boy Faces Multiple Felonies in Tuesday Incidents

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Las Cruces police have arrested a 14-year-old boy suspected of burglarizing multiple vehicles, operating a stolen car, and driving the stolen vehicle directly toward a pedestrian.

 

The 14-year-old suspect, who police will not identify because of h...

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Posted on: November 5, 2020

Las Cruces Utilities Customer May See Trash Collection Day Change

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Due to city growth and analysis, Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) will be changing the regular solid waste and recycling pick up day for nearly a quarter of Las Cruces residents starting on January 2021. For those affected by the change in their trash day, a no...

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Posted on: November 5, 2020

COVID-19 Testing Surge Across Southern New Mexico Beginning November 5

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The City of Las Cruces is proud to be a partner of the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) in sharing information about COVID-19 testing in our area. This testing is separate from that provided by the local Public Health Office which continue...

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Posted on: November 3, 2020

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

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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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Posted on: November 3, 2020

City Hall Parking Deck Stalls Blocked Off for Cable Installation

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As part of the City’s commitment to improving safety, security, and data/voice communications at City-owned properties, Public Works is working with a local contractor to install communications cable from N. Campo Street to the east and to the T...

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Posted on: November 3, 2020

Portion of Hoagland Road Temporarily Closed

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 Las Cruces police investigating a possible aggravated assault and stolen vehicle report have a portion of Hoagland Road, between Alameda Boulevard and Valley Drive, temporarily closed to thru traffic.

 

One possible suspect has been detai...

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Posted on: November 3, 2020

Lane Closure Notice for Roadrunner Parkway

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There will be northbound and southbound inside lane closures on Roadrunner Parkway between Mission Road and San Felipe starting November 5 for the installation of median&...

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Posted on: November 3, 2020

Man Suspected of Beating Girlfriend While Driving in North Las Cruces

Arturo Barraza Arrest Mug Shot

A Las Cruces man suspected of beating his girlfriend, threatening to kill her, and trying to keep her from escaping his vehicle was arrested late Friday evening.

 

Arturo Barraza, 33, of the 2301 El Camino Real, is charged with fourth-degree felony...

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Posted on: November 3, 2020

Road Closure Notice for Espanola Street

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Espanola Street between Lohman Avenue and Amador Avenue will be closed to traffic starting November 6, for the installation of utility services to 1323 Lohman Ave.  This&...

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Posted on: November 3, 2020

"A Laser to the Moon: Science that Began with 'One Small Step'"

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The Museum of Nature & Science, 411 N. Main St., hosts Apache Point Observatory astronomer Dr. Russet McMillan and the APOLLO (Apache Point Observatory Lunar Laser-ranging Operation) for a virtual presentation including a live firing of the laser from...

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Posted on: November 2, 2020

City Council Adopts Ordinance for LEDA project for LaSen, Inc.

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The Las Cruces City Council unanimously adopted an Ordinance during its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, that approved a Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) project for LaSen, Inc., of Las Cruces. The action from the seven-member Cou...

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Posted on: November 2, 2020

Bridge Deck Repairs at I-10 and South Valley Drive

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The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One will conduct bridge deck repairs from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, on the southbound ramp to Interstate 10 from south Valley Drive. Hasse Contracting Co., the contractor for the ...

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News Releases
Posted on: October 30, 2020

City, LCPD Request Continued Mask Use, Social Distancing

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The City of Las Cruces is responding with great concern to the growing number of positive COVID-19 cases in the past few weeks in Dona Ana County. City Council is asking residents to remain vigilant and protective of themselves by continuing to wear a mas...

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Posted on: October 30, 2020

City Council Extends Mayor’s Emergency Proclamation

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The Las Cruces City Council unanimously approved an extension to Mayor Ken Miyagishima’s Emergency Proclamation 2020-06 at a Special Meeting conducted via video conference on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.

The Mayor signed the Proclamat...

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News Releases
Posted on: October 29, 2020

Las Cruces Utilities Warns of Possible Scam Regarding Water Sample Collection

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Las Cruces Utilities (LCU), which provides gas, water, wastewater, and solid waste service to the Las Cruces area, is advising that an unknown person may be approaching citizens stating they need to collect a water sample to test for contaminatio...

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Posted on: October 26, 2020

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library to Receive a $1,000 Grant to Raise Awareness of Climate Change

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Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is one of 25 public and academic libraries from across the country chosen by the American Library Association to receive a $1,000 Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change Grant. 

“We wan...

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Posted on: October 26, 2020

Utilities Online Bill Pay Unavailable December 11 - 14 Due to Scheduled System Upgrades

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Beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, December 11, 2020, City utility customers will be unable to access the online payment function due to system upgrades. During the upgrade, customers may make their payments by telephone at 1-866-426-9757 and follow the payment ...

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Posted on: October 26, 2020

Suspect in Oct. 15 Stabbing is Arrested

Valentin Nunez Arrest Mug

The suspect in the October 15 stabbing of a man at a homeless camp off Valley Drive has been arrested and charged with attempted murder.

 

Valentin Nunez, 38, whose address is listed as 999 W. Amador Ave., is charged with a second-degree felony cou...

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News Releases
Posted on: October 23, 2020

City Residents Should Not Try to Trap Skunks

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City Las Cruces Animal Control officers are encouraging City residents not to attempt to trap skunks or interact with any wildlife that could be roaming through&...

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Posted on: October 22, 2020

Farmworkers' Rights: Learning Opportunities from the Branigan Cultural Center

Lady holding up a Huelga Sign

Branigan Cultural Center programming continues with activity take-out kits and online events. Enjoy these virtual events related to the new exhibit Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields/Revolución en los Campos on display at the Branigan Cul...

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News Releases
Posted on: October 22, 2020

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month with the Branigan Cultural Center

Lyla June

The Branigan Cultural Center celebrates November as Native American Heritage Month with the Indigenous Speaker Series from November 9-14. Tune in for these online events! 

November 9, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.- The Eagle and the Condor Meet: A Youth Discus...

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News Releases
Posted on: October 21, 2020

Tutoring Services Postponed at East Mesa Recreation Center

tutoring children using a laptop

Tutoring Services offered at the East Mesa Recreation Center, 5589 Porter Drive, are postponed until further notice.

A future news release will be issued when programming will resume.

For information, call the Parks and Recreation Departme...

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News Releases
Posted on: October 20, 2020

Meerscheidt Recreation Center Fitness Area and Weight Room Closed

Meerscheidt Center

The Fitness Area and Weight Room at Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley Ave., is closed until further notice.

However, the center will remain open for Teen Study Services, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. The morning sess...

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News Releases
Posted on: October 20, 2020

Walsh Named as Las Cruces Utilities Director

Delilah A. Walsh Interim Utilities Director

Las Cruces Utilities has named Delilah A. Walsh Utilities Director effective October 25, 2020.  Walsh had been serving as Interim Director following the retirement of Dr. Jorge A. Garcia, P.E., on August 28, 2020. “Dr. Garcia built a s...

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News Releases
Posted on: October 16, 2020

Tashiro Drive Road Closure Notice

Tashiro Drive

Tashiro Drive, from north Valley Drive to 3,100 feet west, is scheduled to undergo utilities and roadway reconstruction by Morrow Enterprises, Inc., as part of the City of Las Cruces Tashiro Drive Widening Project.Work will begin Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, an...

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News Releases
Posted on: October 14, 2020

Avoid Being Victim of Vehicle Warm-up Theft

Vehicle Warm Up theft

Las Cruces Police remind drivers who warm up their vehicles to refrain from leaving them unattended as they can be stolen within seconds.

 

Surveillance video from an Oct. 6 incident on Sombrero Court shows that it took less than 15 seconds for the...

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News Releases
Posted on: October 13, 2020

"Through a Different Lens: One Woman's Experience in Vietnam, 1967-1968"

Frances Williams photo in front of 14th Inventory Board

Join us at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St., from Oct. 23, 2020 through Feb. 6, 2021 for Through a Different Lens: One Woman’s Experience in Vietnam, 1967-1968, an exhibit that examines the life of Las Cruces resident Frances Willia...

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News Releases
Posted on: October 7, 2020

Utilities Drop Box Repaired and is Now Operational

An undated photo of one of the lion statues in front of Las Cruces City Hall

The Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) dropbox for payments, in the parking lot between Las Cruces City Hall and Thomas Branigan Memorial Library has been repaired and City utilities ...

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Posted on: October 7, 2020

Studio Art Classes at the Las Cruces Museum of Art

Art Classes

The Las Cruces Museum of Art is excited to announce that registration for Fall 2020 Virtual Studio Art Programs classes is open. Classes will be held weekly from November 4 to December 19 over Zoom with live instruction for only $15. 

The Studio A...

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News Releases
Posted on: October 7, 2020

Fall / Winter Water Restrictions

person watering plants

Citywide spring/summer daytime outdoor watering (from April 1 to September 30) restricted customers from watering during the daytime hours of 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. October 1 to March 31 allows customers to water during these hours on their designated...

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News Releases
Posted on: October 7, 2020

Telshor Boulevard ADA Improvement Project Postponed

Orange barrels on street

The American With Disabilities Act (ADA) improvement project along the south Telshor Boulevard corridor that was scheduled to start on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 has been postponed. The project was postponed due to unforeseen circumstances, and a new notice wi...

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News Releases
Posted on: October 6, 2020

Parks & Recreation Youth Services Offers Tutoring and More

tutoring children using a laptop

The Parks and Recreation Department Youth Services section provides programs and opportunities for youth, families, and other community members including mentorship, educational programs, civic engagement, beautification projects, tutoring and learning se...

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News Releases
Posted on: October 6, 2020

Music and Movement Bags Available for Checkout

music bags

The Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is pleased to offer Music and Movement Bags for families available for check out on Tuesday, October 13.   

In the Movement & Music Bag, you will find a variety of rhythm instruments & props to...

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News Releases
Posted on: October 6, 2020

Arte Cubano at the Las Cruces Museum of Art

Cubano Art

Arte Cubano opens Oct. 13, 2020, at Las Cruces Museum of Art, 491 N. Main St.

Arte Cubano highlights a universally agreed-upon characteristic of the island’s art: an incredible diversity. Cuban art is so rich in large part because of its diverse ...

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News Releases
Posted on: October 6, 2020

Beware of Fake Census Workers

Census impersonators

Police are warning residents of impersonators portraying themselves as Census takers who may be trying to obtain personal or financial information.

 

Two incidents were reported last week to Las Cruces police. Neither of the residents fell victim t...

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News Releases
Posted on: October 5, 2020

Visit Las Cruces Launches "Hiking and Hospitality" Challenge

Hiking and Hospitality Logo

Visit Las Cruces, 336 S. Main St., has launched a new initiative that will encourage everyone to enjoy area hikes and support local businesses, now through Monday, Nov. 30, in order to earn chances to win prize packs of Las Cruces-themed promotional items...

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News Releases
Posted on: September 30, 2020

Recreational Programming Returns to Community Centers

Meerscheidt Center

Meerscheidt Recreation Center and Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center will reopen on October 5 for specific recreational programming in keeping with the most recent lowering of restrictions mandated by the Governor’s Office and New Mexico Department of H...

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News Releases
Posted on: September 29, 2020

Take-Out STEM Activities from the Museum of Nature and Science

Museum feat dinosaurs

The Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science continues to offer to take out activity kits in October. Kits are free but require reservations. To reserve kits please contact Stephanie at shawkins@las-cruces.org or call (575)-522-3120. Kits are available w...

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News Releases
Posted on: September 28, 2020

Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields at the Branigan Cultural Center

Dolores Huerta making a speech

Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields / Revolución en los Campos will be on display at the Branigan Cultural Center from October 17, 2020 through January 9, 2021. The exhibition shares the compelling story of legendary activist and leader Do...

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News Releases
Posted on: September 8, 2020

Teen Study Services

Teen Reading a book

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Youth Services Section will offer teen study services beginning Monday, September 14 through the Teen Connection Program. The study center will provide students in grades 6 – 12 (ages 12 and...

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News Releases
Posted on: September 4, 2020

Take the Las Cruces Safe Promise and Support Our Community

Las Cruces Safe Promise

Get ready to take the Las Cruces Safe Promise and commit to keeping the community as safe as possible from the COVID-19 virus, because your promise can support the success of our local businesses. 

 The Las Cruces Safe Promise is a good-f...

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News Releases
Posted on: September 4, 2020

Out-of-School Time Tutoring Services

child coloring with crayons

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Youth Services Section will offer tutoring services beginning Monday, September 14 through the Out-of-School Time Program. The sessions will provide students in Kinder – 5 (5 to 11 years of age) a sa...

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News Releases
Posted on: August 24, 2020

Parks & Recreation Aquatic Facility - Fall/Winter Hours

Aquatic Center

The Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E. Hadley Ave. and Frenger Pool, 800 Parkview Dr. will implement fall/winter hours of operation beginning Tuesday, September 8, in accordance with the Governor’s Emergency Public Health Order still in...

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