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Posted on: November 22, 2020

Utilities Assistance is Available for Residents and Businesses

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By Cassie McClure

Published in the Las Cruces Sun News 11/22/20.

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) realizes that there are hard choices being made for families and businesses throughout our area. City Council mandated suspension to utilities disconnections for non...

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Posted on: November 20, 2020

Las Cruces Utilities: Getting an Edge on Professional Development

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By Cassie McClure

Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin 11/20/20.

Career growth is important, and Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) values the professional development of its associates. For four LCU associates, they are growing their knowledge by taking the New Me...

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Posted on: November 15, 2020

Las Cruces Utilities Water Leak Detection Keeps Local Infrastructure Safe

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By Cassie McClure

Water leaks are devious when they’re underground.

The leak can be small and seep into the dry ground around the pipe. It can be particularly frustrating for a customer when the water bill seems to climb month-by-month for no reas...

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Posted on: November 13, 2020

Fall Planting Ideas at Las Cruces Utilities Demonstration Garden

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By Cassie McClure

Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin 11/13/20.

With a good five more weeks of fall, it might still be time to get some hands dirty to beautify gardens throughout Las Cruces this spring. Selecting the right type of plant that not only creat...

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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 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 8, 2020

Las Cruces Utilities Water Quality Laboratory: A Step Toward the Future

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By Cassie McClure

Published in the Las Cruces Sun News 11/08/20.

While a career in utilities may not be the go-to answer for kids when they’re dreaming about being a police officer or fire fighter, it can be a career discovered after being guided ...

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Posted on: November 6, 2020

Your Trash Day May Change in January 2021: Watch for New Grappler Schedule in the Mail

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By Cassie McClure

Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin 11/6/20.

Check your Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Grappler mailing to confirm your regular day for trash pickup. For those affected by the change in their trash day, a notice will accompany the 2021 Grappl...

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Posted on: November 1, 2020

Check Your Grappler Schedule: Trash Routes May Change in January 2021

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By Cassie McClure 

Published in the Las Cruces Sun-News 11/1/20.

The Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Grappler schedule will be especially important to double check for residents in Las Cruces this year as the regular day for trash pickup may change. The...

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Posted on: October 30, 2020

Tis the season: Las Cruces Utilities Relights Furnaces for Free

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By Cassie McClure

Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin 10/30/20.

Since we’re at the edges of the colder season, it might be time to dust off the neglected old furnace. If you’re feeling squeamish about lighting your furnace and want to m...

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Posted on: October 26, 2020

Utilities Online Bill Pay Will Be Unavailable Due to Scheduled System Upgrade

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Beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, December 11, 2020, City Utilities 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 paymen...

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Posted on: October 25, 2020

Las Cruces Utilities: Saving Bees from Water Meters

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By Cassie McClure

Published in the Las Cruces Sun-News 10/25/20.

A Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) water meter is sometimes the perfect home for a hive of bees – until an LCU field technician needs to access it. That’s when Anita Feil gets a ...

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Posted on: October 23, 2020

Here to Help: Las Cruces Utilities Pilot Project Hire Brings Decades of Customer Service Experience

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By Cassie McClure

Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin 10/23/20.

After his first retirement in 2012 lasted only 28 days, it wasn’t surprising that his second might get cut short too. Victor Ortiz found his next challenge at Las Cruces Utilities (L...

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

In-House Fabrication for Gas Lines: Las Cruces Utilities Behind the Scenes

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By Cassie McClure

Published in the Las Cruces Sun-News 10/16/20.

Natural gas is a clean, easy and cheap way to heat a home or run an appliance. However, working with its connections needs to be done by those certified in the process to make sure that no dan...

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Posted on: October 18, 2020

Advocates for the Public: Introduction to Las Cruces Utilities Board of Commissioners Part 2

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By Cassie McClure

Published in the Las Cruces Sun-News 10/18/20.

At Las Cruces Utilities (LCU), oversight to its projects and policies are guided by the Board of Commissioners for the City of Las Cruces Utilities (Board). The Board, established in December ...

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Posted on: October 11, 2020

Advocates for the Public: Introduction to Las Cruces Utilities Board of Commissioners

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By Cassie McClure

Published in the Las Cruces Sun-News 10/11/20.

At Las Cruces Utilities (LCU), oversight to its projects and policies are guided by the Board of Commissioners for the City of Las Cruces Utilities (Board). The Board, established in December ...

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Posted on: October 9, 2020

Las Cruces Utilities Hosts Tour for NMSU Compost Club for Upcoming Collaborations

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By Cassie McClure

Published in the Las Cruces Sun-News 10/09/20.

After Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Deputy Director Solid Waste Robin Lawrence scraped off the top layer of the compost mulch, she stuck her hand into the pungent pile. She was happy to feel warm...

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Posted on: October 4, 2020

Fusing Pipes on The Fly: Certification for Local Gas Workers

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By Cassie McClure 

Published in the Las Cruces Sun News 10/04/2020. 

When a gas pipe needs to be repaired in the field, it takes a steady hand and plenty of knowledge. It is also a process that needs yearly certification and Las Cruces Uti...

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Posted on: October 2, 2020

Las Cruces Utilities: Jobs for the Future

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By Cassie McClure 

Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin 10/02/2020.

It’s early in the morning and the contractor is thrilled to see the Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) truck pull up. LCU Intern Omar Muñoz is there to relocate a wate...

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Posted on: September 27, 2020

Changes in Utilities Development Impact Fees Benefit City Growth

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By Cassie McClure

At the Las Cruces City Council Work Session on Sept. 14, Council approved the reduction of the water development impact fees (DIF) and the increase of the wastewater DIF. While the allocation of who pays those fees will be further discuss...

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Posted on: September 25, 2020

Simple Techniques to Reduce COVID Exposure: Las Cruces Utilities Stays Safe

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By Cassie McClure

Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin 09/25/20.

Back in March, change happened quickly for everyone. At Las Cruces Utilities (LCU), the exception was that the services the staff provides to residents – gas, water, and trash dispos...

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