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Posted on: February 24, 2021

Hoagland Road Closure

Lane Closure

As part of the Active Transportation Plan Sidewalk Gap Project, the east bound lane on Hoagland Road between Highland Avenue and Alameda Avenue will be closed to traffic for an additional week for the placement of new sidewalk. The lane closure will last ...

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Posted on: February 24, 2021

Hospice vs. Palliative Care: What's Right for Me or My Loved One?

Palliative Care Services

Branigan Library is pleased to offer the second lecture in a Series on Death and Dying: Hospice vs. Palliative Care: What's Right for Me or My Loved One?

Hospice and palliative care share many similarities. It can be hard to determine what is rig...

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Posted on: February 24, 2021

Department of Health County Map Update Feb. 24

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The New Mexico Department of Health on Wednesday announced the updated statewide COVID-19 map for the two-week period beginning Feb. 24, with 19 New Mexico counties at the Yellow Level and six at the Green Level, at which there are fewer...

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Posted on: February 24, 2021

Water Outage Planned on Tashiro Drive

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Tashiro Drive will experience a water outage on Thursday, February 25, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for the installation of a water line lowering. The affected location will be Tashiro Drive from Motel Boulevard to 1200’ to the east...

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Posted on: February 24, 2021

Mayor Delivers 2021 State of the City Address

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Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima delivered today, Feb. 24, 2021, his 15TH annual State of the City Address via video conference.Because of the COVID-19 pandemic this was the first time in 18 years that the Mayor’s State of the City was provided ...

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Posted on: February 24, 2021

Branigan Cultural Center Closed for Facility Improvements

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The Branigan Cultural Center will be closed for facility improvements through June 30, 2021. Improvements including security, electrical, and ceiling upgrades will be completed in stages through the next four months. These updates will improve safety for ...

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Posted on: February 24, 2021

P-EBT food benefits for 246,000 New Mexico children to be extended for school year 2020-2021

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New Mexico’s Human Services Department and Public Education Department partner to issue another round of Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) to students who qualify for free or reduced meal program and who continue remote or hybrid lear...

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Posted on: February 24, 2021

JIC Notes February 24, 2021

Purple Covid Virion

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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Posted on: February 24, 2021

City to Host Virtual Meeting for the Las Cruces Innovation and Industrial Park Master Plan Update

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Las Cruces community members have a great opportunity to hear about updates to the Las Cruces Innovation and Industrial Park Master Plan (formerly the West Mesa Industrial Park) at 5:30 p.m. on March 4.

“This is an exciting time for the City,&am...

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Posted on: February 24, 2021

Public Opportunity to Provide Input on Las Cruces Museum System Master Plan

Las Cruces Museum System

Las Cruces communities will have opportunities to provide public input on a proposed Master Plan Study for the Las Cruces Museum System.The Las Cruces Museums engaged the team from AOS Architects, of Santa Fe, along with WOLF Consulting, of Las Vegas, Nev...

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Posted on: February 23, 2021

City Council Recap for February 22

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The Las Cruces City Council discussed priority projects and programs that could be included in Capital Improvement Plan and operating budget for City government’s 2022 fiscal year during its Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 Work Session.

No final decisions ...

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Posted on: February 23, 2021

Benavidez Center Basketball Court Improvements

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Benavidez Center Basketball Court reconstruction will begin on March 1 and continue through April 1. The Work will include demolition of the existing 4 inch concrete slab and installation of a new 6 inch concrete slab and goals. Parking spaces near the si...

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Posted on: February 23, 2021

Fire Flow Test at 500 S. Telshor Boulevard

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Las Cruces Utilities will conduct a fire flow test on a fire hydrant in the area of East Lohman Avenue and South Telshor Boulevard for two hours beginning at 10 p.m. Thursday, February 25.

The affected areas will include:

· Telshor Blvd. from Sp...

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Posted on: February 23, 2021

Take Out Stem Activities in March

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The Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science continues to offer take out activity kits in March. Kits are free but require reservation. To reserve kits please contact Stephanie at shawkins@las-cruces.org. Kits are available while supplies last and must b...

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Posted on: February 23, 2021

Water Line Cleaning for February 24-26

City of Las Cruces NO DES Truck

Las Cruces Utilities will be cleaning water lines using the Neutral Output Discharge Elimination System (NO-DES) in the San Elena Subdivision from February 24 - 26, to remove accumulated iron and manganese in the water lines. NO-DES cleans water lines wit...

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Posted on: February 22, 2021

East Hadley Avenue Road Closure

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East Hadley Avenue, between Sheryl Way and Cindy Place, will be closed about two weeks, from Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 through Monday, March 8, 2021, for the Griggs-Walnut Ground Water Plume Superfund Site FLUTe Well Replacement Project.The Contractor, Yello...

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Posted on: February 22, 2021

Mayor’s State of the City Address will be Wednesday, February 24

Mayor Ken Miyagishima

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima will deliver his annual State of the City Address via video conference at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021.The Mayor’s speech will highlight Las Cruces’ accomplishments during the past year and will ...

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Posted on: February 22, 2021

March Activities from the Branigan Cultural Center

Photo of Lucia Carmona of Raices del Saber Xinachtli Community School

Enjoy the museum from home through these online programs from the Branigan Cultural Center.

“Culture of Empowerment: Community Roundtable on Multicultural Programing in the Classroom”

Wednesday, March 3, 5:30 - 7 p.m. (MST)

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Posted on: February 22, 2021

Science Cafe - Sex in the Modern Era

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The Museum of Nature & Science and Sigma Xi present “Science Café – Sex in the Modern Era – The Psychological Science of Human Sexuality” with guest speakers Sarah Wheat and Angela-Faith Thomas. Join ...

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Posted on: February 19, 2021

City Council Work Session will be February 22

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Las Cruces City Council priorities for City government’s 2022 fiscal year will be discussed at a 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 Council Work Session to be conducted via video conference.

In November, the City’s Public Works Department and...

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Posted on: February 19, 2021

Community Garden Plots Available

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On Monday, February 22, 2021,  the City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department will open-up leases for available community garden plots to the public.

The City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department is offering gardening plots in Ton...

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Posted on: February 17, 2021

City Council Recap for February 16

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The Las Cruces City  Council has unanimously adopted a Resolution approving a contract for police auditor services to OIR Group, a limited liability company in Playa Del Rey, California.

The contract, approved during City Council’s Tuesd...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

Chitamacha Road Construction Notice

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Chitamacha Road, at the intersection of El Camino Real, will experience construction activities starting February 18 for the installation of new communication infrastructure across Chitamacha Road. It is estimated that this work will take one day to compl...

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Posted on: February 12, 2021

Geometric Aljamia "Spring Break Camp"

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Explore art, culture, and science during “Spring Break Camp” from the Las Cruces Museum System. Inspired by the exhibition Geometric Aljamia campers in grades 1-8 spend a week learning about the richness of Arabic culture, art, and geo...

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Posted on: February 12, 2021

Lane Closure for Old Farm Road

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A Water Rehab project for Las Cruces Utilities will start at Old Farm Road with the construction of a new water main that will head east along the Gillem Lateral to Stanford Street. The existing water system will be connected to the new ...

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Posted on: February 12, 2021

Visit Las Cruces Reopening Visitor Center Feb. 16

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Following months of being closed due to out-of-state travel restrictions related to the pandemic, Visit Las Cruces, 336 N. Main, will reopen its visitors center and offices, Tuesday, Feb. 16. Upon reopening, the visitors center will be open from 8 a.m. to...

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Posted on: February 12, 2021

City Council to Meet on February 16

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The Las Cruces City Council will meet via video conference at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021.

The Council will consider adoption of a Resolution supporting the deployment of zero emissions and low-emission City fleet vehicles as part of the City’s...

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Posted on: February 12, 2021

Big Read Las Cruces: When the Emperor was Divine

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In February and March of 2021, the Las Cruces community will come together to explore When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka for Big Read Las Cruces. This award-winning title shares the experiences of a Japanese American family incarcerated by the Un...

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Posted on: February 12, 2021

Federal Mask Mandate Requires a "No Smoking" Policy in Outdoor Areas

Two female drivers using in front of the bus wearing masks and gloves

On Monday, February 1, 2021, new Federal orders requiring masks on all public conveyances and at all transportation hubs and all transit vehicles went into effect.

The new rule requires appropriate masks must be always worn at all public transportation hu...

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Posted on: February 10, 2021

Voyager Street Shoulder Work

Lane Closure

As part of facility upgrades, Voyager street at Cabrillo Court intersection will have shoulder work for the installation of new conduit. The shoulder work will begin on Thursday, February 11, 2021 and will last approximately 1 working day.

The City has ve...

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Posted on: February 10, 2021

Governor, State Officials to Give COVID-19 Update

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials will host a fully remote news conference this afternoon to provide an update on COVID-19 in New Mexico, including the updated county map.

WHAT: Remote news conference with state officials

WHEN: Wednesday, Febr...

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Posted on: December 31, 2020

LCFD Responds to Simultaneous Fires and Hazardous Materials Aid Request

Las Cruces Fire Department

The Las Cruces Fire Department (LCFD) responded to simultaneous fires and a Hazardous Materials Mutual Aid request on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, 2020. Shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, City firefighters responded to a commercial fire ...

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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 hourly 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...

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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 over $1.8 million in mishandled or...

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Posted on: December 23, 2020

GO Bond Desert Trails Community Park Erosion Control Project to Begin

Desert Trails Community Park building

The General Obligation (GO) Bond rehabilitation of Desert Trails Community Park, 3492 Sonora Springs, is anticipated to start on December 28. Park visitors may see some pre-construction activity but will still have access to the park. Closures may occur ...

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Posted on: December 16, 2020

Larry Nichols Named to Region XI International Code Council

Larry Nichols

City of Las Cruces Community Development Director, Larry Nichols, was recently appointed to the Executive Board of Directors for the Region XI International Code Council (ICC). 

The Four Corners Chapter of Region XI includes the states Arizona, Ut...

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Posted on: December 11, 2020

City Business Registration Fees to be Reduced in 2021

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In a move to help Las Cruces businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Las Cruces City Council on Monday (Dec. 7) approved a 12-month moratorium on collecting the full amount of the city’s business registration fees. The Council adopted a Res...

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Posted on: November 30, 2020

Additional Funds Available for City of Las Cruces Small Business Continuity Grant Program

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The City of Las Cruces has launched a second round of the Las Cruces Small Business Continuity Grant Program to assist Las Cruces businesses and nonprofits who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The one-time grants of as much as $20,000 for quali...

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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 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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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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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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Posted on: October 7, 2020

Fall / Winter Water Restrictions

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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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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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