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Posted on: April 16, 2021

Road Closure Extended at Del Rey Boulevard and Telshor Boulevard

Roadwork

A temporary road closure at the intersection of Del Rey Boulevard and north Telshor Boulevard for the right-lane drop to southbound traffic onto Telshor Boulevard has been extended to Monday, April 19.

The extension of the project is to provide cable servi...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 16, 2021

City Council to Recognize Las Cruces Restaurant Appreciation Week

City Hall view of the flags

The Las Cruces City Council will present a Proclamation at the Monday, April 19, 2021 regularly scheduled meeting declaring Las Cruces Restaurant Appreciation Week, from April 19 to April 25.

The Proclamation will be presented during the ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 16, 2021

City Council to Meet April 19

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

The Las Cruces City Council will meet via video conference at 1 p.m. Monday, April 19, 2021 for a regularly scheduled meeting.

City Council will consider adoption of a Resolution approving a contract not to exceed $9,173,003, plus New Mexico Gross Receipts...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 16, 2021

Fire Station No. 3 Courtesy Noise Notice for April 20

Fire Station 3

A new fire station is currently being constructed in City Council District 4 as part of the City's General Obligation (GO) Bond to replace the aging Fire Station 3 building.

On Tuesday, April 20, contractors will begin pouring concrete at the site...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 15, 2021

Road Work on Solano Drive Between Lohman Avenue and Kansas Avenue

Orange Barrel in the middle of the roadway with vehicles in the background

City of Las Cruces Traffic Management will conduct road work on Solano Drive, between Lohman Avenue and Kansas Avenue, beginning Monday, April 19.

The City of Las Cruces continues implementation of safety measures throughout the City and delineato...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 15, 2021

PictoGraff at the Branigan Cultural Center

NI Uno Mas Picture

Be a part of the seventh annual street art festival at Branigan Cultural Center, which will be dedicated to Indigenous expression, and will feature Arrowsoul Art, dancers, textile artists, music, outdoor exhibitions. and more.

This year’s program honors th...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 15, 2021

Teen Connection Registration

Teen Connection Registration

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department still has open spots for the Teen Connection Program.

This program is designed to provide a place where teens can gather socially in a safe environment to engage in a variety of supervised educationa...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 15, 2021

Youth Leadership Summer Camp Registration Planned for May 1

Youth Leadership Summer Camp

Registration for the Las Cruces Police Department’s popular Youth Leadership Summer Camp will be conducted May 1. The free camp – hosted by LCPD’s School Resource Officers and sponsored by New Mexico State University&rsq...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 14, 2021

Joint Information Center Notes for April 1, 2021

COVID-19

The objective of the Joint Information Center is to streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include City of Las Cruces and Doña Ana County representatives, local hospitals, ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 11, 2021

Las Cruces Utilities Performs Inspection of Gas Transmission Lines

LCU Inspection of Gas Transmission

By Cassie McClure

It might be hard to understand why a Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Corrosion Technician has what looks like ski poles, a rolled wire backpack, and is staring down at a small screen hanging on his chest – especially if he’...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 14, 2021

City Council Special Work Session Recap for April 13, 2021

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

The Las Cruces City Council met jointly with members of the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission via video conference on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 for a Special Work Session to review and discuss the Draft East Lohman Avenue Development Plan.

The ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 14, 2021

Utilities Online Bill Pay Unavailable Wednesday Evening Due to Scheduled System Upgrade

Image of gentleman using the computer

Beginning at 8 p.m. today, Wednesday, April 14, City Utilities customers will be unable to access the online payment and telephone payment functions due to a system upgrade.
These electronic payment functions, on-line and telephone, are anticipated to be a...
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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 16, 2021

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library Introduces Let’s Explore Backpacks

A photo of the main entrance to Branigan Memorial Library

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is pleased to offer new kits available for checkout called Let’s Explore backpacks. Let’s Explore backpacks will be available starting Monday, April 19.  

The Let’s Explore backpacks e...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 13, 2021

May Programs with the Las Cruces Museum of Art

May Programs with the Las Cruces Museum of Art

Make your own scrapbook with the Las Cruces Museum of Art to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day!

This program will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 1 on Zoom, and is suitable for all ages. Registration is required to attend, and spaces are limited. ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 13, 2021

2021 Basketball Skills and Developmental Play Program

Basketball

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will be offering a four-week youth basketball program focused on individual skill development and the fundamentals of competitive play.

This fun and instructional program has been developed with the ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 13, 2021

2021 Spring 6 vs. 6 Adult Sand Volleyball League Registration

Adults playing volleyball

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will offer team registration for a COVID-19 Safe 2021 Spring Adult Sand Volleyball League beginning Monday, April 19 through April 24, or until full.

The league offers co-ed divisions in gold, silver...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 13, 2021

Police Cadet Applicants Can Measure Physical Fitness Status on Saturday

Police Cadets Applicants Can Measure Physical Fitness Status

The Las Cruces Police Department (LCPD) is accepting applications for its 51st training academy and will conduct a pair of Physical Training Practice Courses on Saturday for prospective applicants. LCPD recruiters are hosting the Physical Fitness Practic...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 13, 2021

State Pauses Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

New Mexico Department of Health Logo State outline with text

The New Mexico Department of Health on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 announced that Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine distribution will be paused following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration.

Th...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 12, 2021

LCU Reminds Customers Phone Service is Available Until 6 p.m. Weekdays

Orange Ribbon City Hall

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) reminds its customers that telephone service is available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Customers who have questions about their accounts, want to check on the status of their utility services, or to pay a bill can...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 12, 2021

Las Cruces City Council Applauds New Mexico Legislature for Approving Cannabis Legislation

City Hall view of the flags

A majority of the Las Cruces City Council who has publicly supported the creation of cannabis legislation to help boost the City’s economy is lauding the adoption of House Bill 2, the Cannabis Regulation Act, by the New Mexico Legislature. A co...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 12, 2021

2021 Virtual Music at the Rio Grande Theatre

Rio Grande Theatre

The City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department's popular Music in the Park Series continues with a special series of performances recorded at the beautiful Rio Grande Theatre.

The series will highlight the diversity and great musical talen...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 9, 2021

Water Conservation in Action with New Las Cruces Utilities NO-DES Truck

LCU No Des Filter

By Cassie McClure 

With the help of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America's Resources for Tomorrow) project, the City of Las Cruces (City) was awarded a grant fo...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 9, 2021

LCU Disputes Penalty and Natural Gas Price Hike from February Winter Storm

Gas Meter

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) announced Friday, April 9, 2021 it is challenging a penalty levied by its natural gas transportation provider and contesting the suppliers’ market price hike due to the mid-February winter storm that struck most of Nor...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 8, 2021

Upcoming Aviation Exhibition at Branigan Cultural Center Seeks Community Input

Airplanes

The Branigan Cultural Center is seeking community input for an upcoming exhibition about the history of aviation in Las Cruces and the surrounding area.

This exhibition will examine more than 100 years of aviation history, both military and civilian, start...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 8, 2021

"Transportation Day 2021" Online with the Las Cruces Railroad Museum

Las Cruces Railroad

The Las Cruces Railroad Museum invites all transportation enthusiasts to join us online for a virtual “Transportation Day 2021.”

The event will be on our social media channels throughout the day on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Please conta...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 8, 2021

Animal Control Restarts Live Trap Program

Animal Control Restarts Live Trap Program

Las Cruces Animal Control is restarting its Live Trap program that was temporarily paused in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Live Trap program allows Las Cruces residents to request use of a trap, free of charge, for the purpose of capturing nuisa...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 6, 2021

City Council Recap for April 5

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

The Las Cruces City Council unanimously adopted a Resolution at its April 5 regular meeting that supports the transition of City government’s fleet to zero-emission vehicles and will ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 4, 2021

Las Cruces Utilities Helps Disburse Various City and Community Aid and Utility Bill Balances

By Cassie McClure

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) works with many City of Las Cruces (City) departments that together are working to help residents and businesses come through to the other side of the pandemic, especially in making sure that COVID-19 relief fin...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 6, 2021

Increase to Natural Gas Bills to Begin in May

Stovetop burner

Beginning with the April billing cycle, Las Cruces Utilities’ (LCU) customers will notice a small increase in their monthly bills.

LCU will begin to recover the costs from the historic “arctic freeze,” a winter storm that affe...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 5, 2021

LCPD Accepting Applications for Police Cadets

LCPD Applications for Police Cadets

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

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 2, 2021

“Science Café – Water Resources Management” Online with the Museum of Nature & Science and Sigma Xi

Science Cafe Water Resources Management

The Museum of Nature & Science and Sigma Xi present “Science Café – Quantifying Uncertainty in Geohydrological Systems to Support Water Resources Management.” Guest speaker Ruba Mohamed, Ph.D, joins us via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20 from New...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 2, 2021

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

Take out STEM Activities

The Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science continues to offer take-out activity kits in April for Earth Month. Kits are free but require reservation. To reserve kits please contact Stephanie at shawkins@las-cruces.org. Kits are available while supplie...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 1, 2021

Teen Volunteer Opportunities at the Library

Teen Volunteer Opportunities at the Library

The Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is looking for teen volunteers interested in gaining valuable experience - useful for college and work applications - and spending part of summer helping their community! Register for the Library’s inaugural ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 1, 2021

Walking Program Begins April 12

Walking Program

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

The...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 1, 2021

Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

Desert Mountains

The New Mexico State Parks Division has launched the official website for the 2021 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), https://www.getoutsidenm.org/ State parks - in partnership with the National Park Service, Energy, Minerals, and Na...

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Additional Info... City Manager Report
Posted on: April 1, 2021

Mesilla Drain Trail Construction

Mesilla Drain Trail

The City of Las Cruces is moving forward on its Mesilla Drain Trail as part of the General Obligation (GO) Bonds Project approved by voters in 2018. Voters approved as much as $2,700,000 in funding to construct and improve recreational walking, jogging, a...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: March 31, 2021

Frenger Pool to Temporarily Change Operational Hours

Frenger Pool

Frenger Pool, 800 Parkview Drive, will be temporarily changing its operational hours from April 5 through May 9. 

During this time, lap swimming will be available to the public from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Reservations can still be made at the Las Cruce...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: March 31, 2021

Spring and Summer Water Restrictions

Brown Dog

Las Cruces' annual spring and summer water restrictions begin April 1. The yearly restrictions prohibit the watering of outside vegetation between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

A watering schedule allows residents with even-numbered addresses to...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: March 28, 2021

Closer to a Sustainable Future: Assistant City Manager Tours LCU Facilities

LCU ACM Tour (2)

By Cassie McClure

A blustery and chilly day made for dramatic skies across the Organ Mountains, especially with the view from Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) East Mesa Water Reclamation Facility.

There were more people, and more panels being pulled up to look at...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: March 30, 2021

Sobriety Checkpoint and Saturation Patrols Planned for April

Sobriety Checkpoint and Saturation Patrols

Las Cruces police will conduct at least two saturation patrols and one sobriety checkpoint within the city limits in April. Saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints by LCPD are intended to reduce and eliminate the number of motorists who drive while i...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: March 26, 2021

Las Cruces Utilities Deputy Director Selected for Duke University’s 2021 Water Innovation Leadership

LCU Carl Clark after pic

By Cassie McClure 

Carl Clark, Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Deputy Director Environmental & Technical Support, has been selected as one of the 17 fellows in the yearlong 2021 Water Innovation Leadership Development (WILD) Program developed by Du...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: March 15, 2021

Nominations Sought for Mayor's Top Teens

Logo for Mayors Top Teens - Text on Purple Background with Stars

Nominations are open for the 2021-2022 class of the Mayor's Top Teens.

The nomination period is March 1 to June 15, 2021. Only online submissions are accepted and are available on our website:  www.mayorstopteens.com.

Teens may be nominate...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: March 19, 2021

Bringing the Banquet Home: Las Cruces Utilities Annual Awards Celebration

LCU Dinners and Awards Delilah and Gilbert

By Cassie McClure 

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) typically has its annual awards ceremony during a banquet where associates receiving awards are recognized for their years of service. Those associates can invite one family member to help celebrate th...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: March 21, 2021

When Winds Blows, Make Sure Trash is Bagged

LCU Windy Trash Bin

By Cassie McClure

It’s that time of year that stirs up dust in the Rio Grande Valley, but the spring winds also capture stray trash, particularly if it’s not bagged.

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) reminds residents to please bag trash, not j...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: March 19, 2021

Large Mural Opportunity at the Las Cruces Museum of Art

Large Mural Opportunity at LCMOA

The City of Las Cruces Museum System invites artist and artist team proposals for design and creation of a mural to be placed at the entryway of the Museum of Art.

The work’s theme should be inspired by the welcoming nature of the Museum of Art, ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: March 12, 2021

From Temporary to Opportunity: Las Cruces Utilities Allows for Growth

LCU Alvarado

By Cassie McClure 

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Solid Waste Laborer Ariana Alvarado likes to work with her hands. She was happy to get a temporary 20-hours-per-week position at LCU in June 2020.

Previously, Alvarado worked at an oil change shop and h...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: February 28, 2021

Las Cruces Utilities Bill Assistance Helps Local Businesses

PastDueCP (002)

By Cassie McClure 

It’s hard to admit when a bill can’t be paid.

For businesses, it can seem like an extra blow during troubled times, when it’s up to owners to support not only their customers but also their employees...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: March 7, 2021

Free Mulch Ready for Pick Up at Las Cruces Utilities Foothills Landfill Composting Facility

LCU Compost Ready

By Cassie McClure 

Residents may be interested in getting back in their gardens, and composted mulch from Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) is again available, free for pick up, at the LCU Foothills Landfill Composting Facility 555 S. Sonoma Ranch Boulev...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: February 26, 2021

Las Cruces Utilities to Resume Compost Pickup

LCU Compost Pickup

By Cassie McClure 

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) has resumed its free residential and commercial distribution of its Class A+ compost, which had been paused due to COVID-19. Residents can receive five buckets per trip, and while they are encouraged t...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: February 25, 2021

Las Cruces Utilities Internship Program

LCU Interns Graduate

Looking for a way to afford your Associate’s degree without student loans, with a paid part-time job during school?

Then, have the ability for that turn into a guaranteed full-time job immediately after graduation with a great future? Las Cruces ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: February 21, 2021

Real-Life Experience at Las Cruces Utilities for NMSU Graduate Students

LCU Interns CP

By Cassie McClure 

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) collaborates with New Mexico State University (NMSU) to give their graduate students access to the full scope of what lies beyond the textbooks and laboratories.

For Himali Delanka-Pedige, LCU shows her...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: December 29, 2020

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

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

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

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

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City Manager Report
Posted on: December 29, 2020

City of Las Cruces Audit Report Released

City Hall view of the flags

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

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

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City Manager Report
Posted on: 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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City Manager Report
Posted on: December 11, 2020

City Business Registration Fees to be Reduced in 2021

Las Cruces Economic Development Logo

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

The Council adopted a Resolution...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: November 3, 2020

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

Las Cruces City Hall

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

New fees will apply to:

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

City Manager Search Begins

Aerial View of Downtown Las Cruces

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

Image of half of a face showing ear with sound waves going in ear

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