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Posted on: September 23, 2020

New Mexico Updates Its High-risk States Under Quarantine Order

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The state of New Mexico, pursuant to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s executive order requiring quarantine for out-of-state visitors arriving from high-risk states, on Wednesday, Sept. 23, amended the list of states from which visitors and arriving...
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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 22, 2020

City Council Hears from Business Owners About Proposed Changes to the City’s Minimum Wage

A group photo of the Las Cruces City Council, who will serve from January 2020 through December 2023

The Las Cruces City Council met Tuesday, September 22, via video conference, for a Special Work Session regarding the City’s proposed minimum wage for 2021.

City Council especially sought input from employees, business owners or managers in Las C...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 22, 2020

Parks Upkeep on the Forefront of Parks and Recreation Priorities

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The City of Las Cruces – specifically the Parks and Recreation Department – is launching a new way community members can hear messages directly from the director. The Director’s Message is a new feature on the City’...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 22, 2020

City Council Adopts New Version of Utility Terrain Vehicle Ordinance

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The Las Cruces City Council has repealed and replaced the City’s Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) ordinance with a new version. The council’s action came during its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, September 22.The new version of th...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 21, 2020

13 Cadets Graduate from LCPD Academy

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The Las Cruces Police Department graduated 13 police cadets Friday, Sept. 18 from its state-certified law enforcement training academy.

Because of the public health emergency, the 49th Las Cruces Police Academy’s graduation was limited to a short...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 20, 2020

Las Cruces Utilities Uses High-End Tech to Keep Infrastructure Secure

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By Cassie McClure

A new pressure reducing valve was installed on Well 117 and it was time to connect it into the Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) monitoring system. That system, known as SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), not only oversees the sec...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 18, 2020

Skate Park Rehabilitation Moves to Next Phase

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The Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department announces 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.The study started in May and was completed in ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 18, 2020

Promotional Video Produced for Las Cruces Arts and Cultural District Creative Tourism Award

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A promotional video has been produced which highlights a Creative Tourism Award the Las Cruces Arts and Cultural District won earlier this year from the Creative Tourism Network.

The City’s Arts and Cultural District Coordinating Council was cont...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 17, 2020

State Has Amended Guidance for Small Groups in Exercise Settings, Outdoor Activities

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday, Sept. 18 announced the state will update its guidance within the emergency public health order to permit small groups in exercise settings and safe outdoor activities for New Mexicans.

An amended emergency public he...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 16, 2020

City Council Special Work Session September 22 for Employees Regarding Las Cruces’ Proposed 2021 Min

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The Las Cruces City Council will meet at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, September 22, via video conference, for a Special Work Session regarding the City’s proposed minimum wage for 2021.

Mayor Ken Miyagishima will allow the first 20 employees who sign up t...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 15, 2020

City Council Special Work Session Set for September 22 to Discuss Las Cruces’ Proposed 2021 Minimum

City Council

The Las Cruces City Council will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 22, via video conference, for a Special Work Session regarding the City’s proposed minimum wage for 2021.

Mayor Ken Miyagishima will allow the first 20 business ow...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 11, 2020

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library now New Mexico Safe Certified

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Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., is now a New Mexico Safe certified facility. A New Mexico Safe certification means the Library is committed to ensuring the health and safety of staff and patrons in the building using COVID-Safe prac...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 11, 2020

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library to Begin Offering Limited Lobby Service

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As part of its next phase of reopening, Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., will begin offering limited lobby service starting Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. This is in addition to curbside pick-up and the public computer lab services.

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 11, 2020

Tutoring and Learning Center at A. Fielder Memorial Safe Haven

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The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Youth Services section is currently offering Tutoring/Learning sessions for Kindergarten to fifth grade students at A. Fielder Memorial Safe Haven, 906 N. Tornillo St. The sessions will provide students a safe...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 10, 2020

City Council to Meet for a Work Session on September 14

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

The work session will be televised live at 1 p.m. Monday on CLC-TV, Comcast Cable channel 20. The work session will also be available online at clct...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 10, 2020

El Paseo Road Cleanup is Saturday, September 12

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Las Cruces police, Codes Enforcement, Parks and Recreation, Streets Management and Keep Las Cruces Beautiful personnel will work with business owners Saturday morning to help clear weeds, graffiti and unsightly rubbish from properties along El Paseo Road....

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 9, 2020

"Wood for Wood: The WPA and Spanish Colonial Style Furniture" at the Branigan Cultural Center

Spanish Colonial Style Furniture

Join us at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St., from Sept. 2 through Oct. 3, 2020, for Wood for Wood: The WPA and Spanish Colonial Style Furniture, an exhibit that examines the Work Progress Administration-era vocational training program in New ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 9, 2020

Thursday: Governor Testifies Before Congress on Need for Federal Aid for COVID-19 Recovery

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham testified Thursday, September 10, before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, appearing remotely to share her perspective as governor on the impact of COVID-19 on New Mexico’s budget and the critical need for ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 9, 2020

Swift Water Rescue Team Dispatched to Luna County

A photo taken February 4, 2020 of rain and wet roads in Las Cruces.

At the request of the Luna County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), the Las Cruces Fire Department is sending a Swift Water Rescue Team and Mesilla Valley Search and Rescue is sending a crew to an area near west Deming where severe flooding has strand...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 9, 2020

City of Las Cruces Names Mandy Leatherwood Guss as Director of Communications

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The City of Las Cruces announces that Mandy Leatherwood Guss has been named the City’s new Director of Communications.

Guss joined the City in March of 2016 as Marketing Coordinator for the then Community & Cultural Services Department. Later...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 9, 2020

City Council Approves Extraordinary Pay for City Employees

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At its Tuesday, September 8 regularly scheduled meeting the Las Cruces Council unanimously adopted a resolution to approve a budget adjustment of $500,000 to the City of Las Cruces’ adopted 2021 fiscal year budget for extraordinary pay for City ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 8, 2020

Teen Study Services Offered

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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 six through 12 - ages 12 and older - a...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 4, 2020

More City Parks to Open After Labor Day

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The Las Cruces community’s hard work to follow COVID guidelines is paying off and because conditions are improving citywide, the City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will reopen additional parks effective Tuesday September 8, as ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 4, 2020

Health Secretary Issues Social Distancing Restrictions for Polling Places

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New Mexico Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel this week issued a public health order establishing social distancing restrictions for polling places during the fall election season.

“Election facilities must remain accessible to the public under the st...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 4, 2020

State Departments Collaborate to Launch Virtual Job Readiness Training Series

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The New Mexico Human Services Department’s Behavioral Health Services Division is spearheading a collaborative effort to increase the number of Certified Peer Support Workers (CPSWs) working in substance abuse and addiction recovery programs acr...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 4, 2020

Branigan Library Introduces Climate Reads book Club

Parable of a sower

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library introduces the new Climate Reads Book Club. The book club is part of a national community of readers and writers participating in a year-long reading and discussion of books shedding light on the climate crisis and environ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 4, 2020

Out-of-School Time Tutoring Services will be Offered

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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 Kindergarten through fifth grade – 5 t...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 1, 2020

Keep Your Las Cruces Waste Bill the Same: Reduce Your Bin Size

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By Cassie McClure and Suzanne Michaels   The $2-dollar Solid Waste rate increase went into effect September 1 and Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) has an option to keep customers’ bill the same while supporting reduction of waste. Ev...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 3, 2020

N.M. Quarantine Requirements Eased for Certain States

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday issued a revised executive order amending the mandatory quarantine for individuals arriving into the state of New Mexico, exempting travelers and residents arriving from states with lower COVID-positivity rates whil...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 2, 2020

Hadley Tree Mite Infestation Scheduled for Second Treatment

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Mite infested trees along east Hadley Avenue will receive a second preventive treatment on Thursday, September 3, using a human and pet-friendly spray that does not require sidewalk closure, as part of the Parks and Recreation Department’s effor...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 2, 2020

Kiri Daines Appointed to Acting Deputy Police Chief

Kiri Danies

Kiri Daines, the lieutenant who oversees the Las Cruces Police Department’s Community Outreach unit, has been appointed acting Deputy Chief in charge of Investigations and Support Services.

Daines’ new assignment follows the promotion o...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 2, 2020

Arrowhead Center, City, Seeking Participants for Second BizSprint

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New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center and the City of Las Cruces (CLC) Economic Development Department are seeking participants for the second business accelerator designed to help Las Cruces businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 1, 2020

Be Counted Las Cruces - Last Call for the 2020 Census

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With September 30 as the deadline for completing the 2020 Census, critical door-knocking efforts are underway to homes of those who have not yet responded, to reach or surpass the 2010 response rate before the final hour.Census takers are visiting homes t...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 1, 2020

Beware of Check Overpayment Scam

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Police are warning residents of an overpayment scam that has victimized at least two Las Cruces residents.

Investigators learned that at least two Las Cruces residents received electronic correspondence that appeared to be from a firm that advertises for m...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: September 1, 2020

Governor Lujan Grisham, DFA Announces $150 Million in Grants to Support New Mexico Local Governments

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the Department of Finance and Administration on Tuesday announced $150 million in CARES Act grants to local governments across New Mexico to cover the cost of necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergen...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 21, 2020

Hands-On Training at Utilities Water Quality Laboratory with DACC

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By Cassie McClure 

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) monitors the water quality throughout the city in its own state-of-the-art laboratory off Motel Boulevard. It’s not just a place for testing, it’s also a place for learning. LCU par...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 28, 2020

25 Counties Can Expand Their Nursing Home Visitation Options

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Earlier this month, state officials, under the leadership of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, announced new guidelines for long-term care facilities to expand COVID-safe visitation options for residents and their loved ones. On Friday, the state announced fac...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 28, 2020

Department of Health Posts Updated Guidance to Control COVID-19

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The New Mexico Department of Health has published a 21-page overview document providing guidance on COVID-19, Policies for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 in New Mexico. It is intended as a resource for members of the public, health care providers ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 28, 2020

City Selects Christine Rivera as City Clerk

Christine Rivera

The City of Las Cruces announces that Christine Rivera has been selected to be City Clerk.

Christine was the Deputy City Clerk from 2016 until her appointment in October 2019 as the Acting City Clerk. During her time in the acting position, she implemented...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 27, 2020

City Council Approves $1.4 Million for Additional COVID-19 Relief

A group photo of the Las Cruces City Council, who will serve from January 2020 through December 2023

A resolution authorizing the City of Las Cruces to accept a $1,400,000 budget adjustment for emergency assistance for the impact from COVID-19 for various programs was adopted by the Las Cruces City Council during a Special Meeting on Thursday, August 27....

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 26, 2020

Iconic Native American Sculpture Undergoes Annual TLC

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“Dineh,” the iconic Native American sculpture created by artist Peter Wolf Toth and located in Apodaca Park, at the corner of Main Street and Madrid Avenue, had its annual preservation treatment Wednesday, August 26, reported the Parks...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 25, 2020

Recovery Council Urges Businesses to Apply for Loan Program

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Economic Recovery Council is urging small businesses that have been hard hit by the COVID-19 public health emergency to apply for an emergency loan program now available through the New Mexico Finance Authority.

The ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 23, 2020

Coming Soon, One Call: Answers for Trash and Recycling

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By Cassie McClure 

There may be several trash cans in the house. Some waste baskets are in different rooms; some are only filled with cardboard and milk jugs for recycling. But, all of the trash funnels into the same location outside, in either th...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 25, 2020

City Council Discusses Proposed Shade Structures for Plaza de Las Cruces

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There was consensus from the Las Cruces City Council at a Monday, August 24 work session to proceed with plans to add shade structures at Plaza de Las Cruces.

From a presentation by Vigil and Associates, an architectural firm with offices in Las Cruces, th...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 24, 2020

Parks & Recreation Aquatic Facility - Fall/Winter Hours

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

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 24, 2020

LCPD to Expand Station Office Hours

CLC Police Department

The Las Cruces Police Department’s Station Office, which has been on an abbreviated schedule since March due to the public health emergency, is set to expand its operational days to two days a week.

Beginning this week, LCPD’s Station O...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 21, 2020

Downtown Las Cruces Partnership Awarded 2020 AARP Community Challenge Grant

Las Cruces Downtown area

The Downtown Las Cruces Partnership (DLCP) has been selected to receive a $12,000 AARP Community Challenge grant. The DLCP is one of only 184 grant recipients selected from across all 50 states, Washington D.C, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

&...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 21, 2020

Police Watch for DUI Drivers

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Las Cruces police plan to conduct at least one saturation patrol within the city limits before the end of August.

Saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints conducted by LCPD are intended to reduce and eliminate the number of motorists who drive while int...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 19, 2020

Take-Out STEM Activity Kits Available from the Museum of Nature and Science

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While the Museum of Nature & Science, 411 N. Main St., remains closed due to public health mandates, museum programming will continue in September with activity kits. The Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM) kits are free to pick up, but req...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 19, 2020

Keep Las Cruces Beautiful is Awarded New Mexico Clean and Beautiful Grant

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The New Mexico Tourism Department (NMTD) has announced the City of Las Cruces Keep Las Cruces Beautiful (KLCB) program is one of only 37 recipients that have been awarded a New Mexico Clean and Beautiful Grant.

The grant is given to local governments to he...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 18, 2020

City Council Approves New City Manager Contract

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The Las Cruces City Council unanimously approved a contract for new City Manager Ifo Pili at its Monday, August 17 meeting. Pili, who has been city administrator of Eagle Mountain, Utah since 2012 and has 14 years of experience in municipal administration...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 16, 2020

Disinfecting Wipes Are Not Flushable and Hurt Pipes

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By Cassie McClure 

In an effort to disinfect as much as possible during COVID, a similar nemesis in flushable wipes are hitting Las Cruces drains. With an uptick of bleach-soaked or disinfectant wipes, in use since March, Las Cruces Utilities (LCU...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 14, 2020

Las Cruces Utilities Gas Technician Gives Back with Children’s Book

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By Cassie McClure 

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) associates are a dedicated part of the local community. Now, one of its gas technicians, Tony Quintero, has demonstrated that spirit of community even more by having just published a Christmas children...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 9, 2020

Learning Responsible Land and Water Stewardship with Las Cruces Utilities

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By Cassie McClure

Outside the Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Administration Building, 680 N. Motel Boulevard, is its Demonstration Garden, filled with native trees and plants. However, New Mexico State University (NMSU) professor Leslie Beck, who has a doctora...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 31, 2020

Dr. Harry Hardee Has Joined the Las Cruces Utilities Board of Commissioners

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By Cassie McCLure

The Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Board of Commissioners, established in December 2006, initiates each new member in the depth and breadth of its operations to be able to provide oversight of the operations for the general public. The Board ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 12, 2020

Door-to-Door Visits and Phone Calls Begin to Make Sure Las Crucens are Counted on the 2020 Census

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If someone is knocking at your door or calling your cellphone, it could be a Census taker.

Census takers are visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census and even following up with a phone call to ensure everyone in Las Cruces is coun...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 6, 2020

Elections Officials Needed for 2020 General Election

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Election officials are sought for the Nov. 3, 2020 general election. To be an election official interested individuals must:

  • Be registered to vote in Doña Ana County.
  • Take an oath of office.
  • Not be a candidate for any office on the general electio...
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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 27, 2020

Producing less trash? Switch to a smaller container!

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Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) offers a smaller capacity, 64-gallon compact container for our residents who find they don’t regularly fill their full-size 96 gallon container.

Using the smaller, 64-gallon container will also save you $2 per month on ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 8, 2020

Is Summer Heat Affecting You?

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Running barefoot from scorching asphalt to cool grass in the summertime exemplifies how cityscapes tend to get much warmer than green spaces. But summer heat can be dangerous, too.

The City of Las Cruces Sustainability office wants to learn how higher temp...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: March 26, 2020

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 136

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New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 24 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

Seven new cases in Bernalillo County:

  • A female in her 20s
  • A female in her 30s
  • A male in his 40s
  • A m...
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City Manager Report
Posted on: March 24, 2020

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 100

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Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 100SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 17 additional positive tests for COVID-19.Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:Five new cases in Bern...
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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
Posted on: May 21, 2019

Noise Ordinance Input Meeting

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The City is asking for public input on changes proposed to the City of Las Cruces Ordinance 1988 that regulates noise throughout the City of Las Cruces. Ordinance 1988, “Noise,” is included in Chapter 19, Offenses and Miscellaneous Pro...

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City Manager Report