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Posted on: July 9, 2020

Triple-Digit Heat in Las Cruces Expected Through Early Next Week

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Las Cruces residents should be aware of an extended period of triple-digit heat and hot, dry weather that is expected to continue through early next week.

According to the National Weather Service, in Santa Teresa, an unusually strong high-pressure system ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 10, 2020

City Council to Discuss Police Auditor Request for Proposals at its July 13 Work Session

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The Las Cruces City Council will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, July 13, 2020, for a work session that will immediately be followed by a Special City Council Meeting and an Agenda Setting Meeting.

The work session, special meeting and agenda-setting meeting will b...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 10, 2020

Mask Up Las Cruces Free Face Masks and Sanitation Kits Giveaway

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In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the City of Las Cruces will have a free face mask and sanitation kit giveaway event, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, at the parking lot of the Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave.

The ev...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 9, 2020

State to Re-enact Certain Public Health Restrictions

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday, July 9 announced the state of New Mexico will re-enact emergency public health restrictions on high-contact indoor environments where face-coverings are not worn in order to slow the rising spread of COVID-19 acros...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 8, 2020

2020 Summer Recreation Program Participants Selected

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The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department’s Summer Recreation Program lottery draw has selected the individuals who registered for the program and can be found online at, http://www.las-cruces.org/DocumentCenter/View/5341/Summer-2...

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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: July 2, 2020

Take-out Family STEM Night

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The Museum of Nature & Science, 411 N. Main St., will have “Take out Family STEM Night” material kits available for pick up Wednesday, July 8,and on July 15 and July 29. “Take out Family STEM Night” kits are fre...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 2, 2020

City of Las Cruces Seeks Members

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The City of Las Cruces is accepting applications for its Transportation-Sustainability-Infrastructure Policy Review Committee (TSI PRC). In particular, the PRC is looking for people who represent non-profit environmental corporations or local businesses t...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 6, 2020

Council Approves Resolution Declaring an Intent to Form Royal Crossing Tax Increment Development

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The Las Cruces City Council has approved a resolution declaring its intent to form the Royal Crossing Tax Increment Development District (TIDD) for the property at 2700 N. Main St. The council adopted the resolution at its regularly scheduled meeting on M...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 7, 2020

New Mexico Travel Restrictions in Effect

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New Mexico is under a mandatory health advisory issued by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
to protect against the spread of COVID-19.
 

Anyone crossing a border into the state must adhere to the New Mexico public health travel restrictions as outlined ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 6, 2020

City Council Extends Mayor's Emergency Proclamation on Face Coverings

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The Las Cruces City Council has adopted and extended the Mayor’s Emergency Proclamation 2020-05 which requires patrons and employees of all businesses within the Las Cruces city limits to wear face coverings when appropriate social distancing of...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 1, 2020

2020 Virtual Music in the Park Concert Schedule

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The City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department’s popular Music in the Park Series kicks off the 2020 virtual concert schedule on July Fourth weekend with stellar performances by Pat “Guitar Slim” Chase and Kenny Arroy...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 29, 2020

Las Cruces Again Named Best Run City in NM, Ranked #4 in U.S.

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Las Cruces is once again ranked as the best-run city in New Mexico according to WalletHub.com, a personal finance website. The new ranking also lists Las Cruces as the fourth best-run city in the U.S. with Albuquerque at 25 and El Paso at 40. This is the ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 26, 2020

Big Tuna Counts On Natural Gas; LCU Delivers

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By Cassie McClure and Suzanne Michaels

When pipe manufacturer Big Tuna was looking for a new location to call home, three components were critical: a reliable supply of natural gas, the right weather, and a location near major customers in New Mexico, West...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 26, 2020

Interactive Video Inspection a Win-Win for Las Cruces

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When the City of Las Cruces Community Development Department established its standard operating procedures for Interactive Video Inspection (IVI) in January 2020, the goal was to introduce an innovative alternative to on-site construction inspections. Wit...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 26, 2020

2020 Summer Recreation Program Registration

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The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Youth Services Section announces the 2020 Summer Recreation Program that will begin on Wednesday, July 15, and runs through Friday, August 7. The program will be free and includes complimentary breakfast and l...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 26, 2020

City Collaborates with NM Workfoce Connections to Create Virtual Job Fair Webinar for Caregivers

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Interested in becoming a caregiver in Las Cruces? The City of Las Cruces Economic Development Department is working in partnership with Workforce Connections and Haciendas at Grace Village to create “Meet the Employer,” a virtual job f...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 26, 2020

City of Las Cruces Seeks Oversight Committee Members

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The City of Las Cruces is accepting applications for its Oversight Committee. The Oversight Committee is a management committee and not a public board. City Council approved the creation of the Oversight Committee in November 2018 to continue the City&...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 21, 2020

Good Time to Sign up for Natural Gas in Talavera Neighborhoods

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By Cassie McClure and Suzanne Michaels

The construction phase of a multi-phase project to bring natural gas to Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) customers in the Talavera Subdivision began in August 2019. Now the very first customer is connected and pleased that ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 25, 2020

Five Finalists for City Manager Named

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The Las Cruces City Council has selected five finalists from a short list of nine to continue through the selection process for city manager.The five finalists are:Estrella Escobar, Former Senior Advisor to the President, University of Texas at El Paso, E...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 24, 2020

Map Showing Areas Where Stray Animals Have Been Reported Within the City is Now Available

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A map that shows the areas in the City where dogs, cats, and other animals are reported as strays is now available for public viewing on the City of Las Cruces website, at las-cruces.org. The map is read-only but shows the areas where dogs, cats, and othe...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 24, 2020

Youth Leadership Summer Camp Registration Begins Tomorrow, June 25

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A drive-through registration for the Las Cruces Police Department’s sixth annual Youth Leadership Summer Camp begins at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, June 25, at Lynn Middle School, 950 S. Walnut St.

The free camp – modified this year to help ens...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 24, 2020

Las Cruces Ranked 50th Best Small City of 100 in 2020 Report

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Just as the U.S. gets back on its feet and cities begin to reopen for business, a new report touts Las Cruces as a city full of sunny weather, great outdoor activities, and an airport undergoing renovations that will greatly improve interconnectivity for ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 24, 2020

City Government's Strategic Business Plans Reviewed by City Council

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Numerous accomplishments through the development and implementation of strategic business plans by City government departments were cited during a Monday, June 22 Las Cruces City Council work session.

In Spring 2017 the Mayor, City Council, and City leader...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 23, 2020

Community Inspired Design Unveiled for Unidad Park GO Bond Rehabilitation

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Las Cruces has a great virtual opportunity to weigh in for a second time on the rehabilitation of a beloved landmark, Unidad Community Park, 1500 E. Hadley Ave. The City of Las Cruces invites community members to watch an engaging presentation that outlin...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 19, 2020

Is it smelly water…or dried drains?

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By Cassie McClure and Suzanne Michaels

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) delivers approximately seven (7) billion gallons of safe, fresh, and clean water to residential and business customers every year.

Occasionally a customer calls about a bad smell that seems t...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 20, 2020

Selection Process Continues in Determining Next City Manager

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A Special Las Cruces City Council meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 23 and will be followed by a closed meeting as the council begins its determination of who will be the next City Manager. The special meeting will take place virtually via Zoo...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 21, 2020

City of Las Cruces Urges Safe Use of Fireworks

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Due to dry weather conditions in Las Cruces that are expected to continue through the Fourth of July holiday, and worsening drought conditions across much of New Mexico, City officials are urging Las Cruces residents to use fireworks safely. On T...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 17, 2020

Public Hearing to Discuss Transfer of Location of Dispenser Liquor License

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Notice is hereby given that the Las Cruces City Council will conduct a Public Hearing for an application for a Transfer of Location of Dispenser Liquor License No. 0072 with Package Sales Only for Pic Quik Stores Inc., doing business as Pic Quik Store No....

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 18, 2020

Smoke Advisory in Effect in New Mexico

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The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and the New Mexico Environment Department has issued a smoke advisory for the Rio Grande Valley, from Taos to Las Cruces and all surrounding communities, through at least noon today, June 19, due to smoke from m...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 16, 2020

2020 Virtual Music in the Park Series Announced

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The City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department’s popular Music in the Park Series is going virtual featuring an eclectic mix of performances from local, regional, and nationally recognized artists performing in the 2020 Virtual Music in ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 16, 2020

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library to Receive A National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Grant

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Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is the recipient of a $15,000 grant to host the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read in Las Cruces.

An Arts Endowment initiative in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens understanding o...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 12, 2020

First Customer Connects to LCU Natural Gas in Talavera Subdivision

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By Cassie McClure and Suzanne Michaels

The construction phase of a $6.2 million project to bring natural gas to Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) customers in the Talavera Subdivision began in August 2019. Now, the very first customer is connected and pleased tha...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 11, 2020

Breweries Permitted ‘Soft’ Reopening

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced June 11 the state’s emergency public health order was amended to permit a limited reopening for breweries this past weekend followed by a broader reopening beginning today, Monday, June 15.

Bars – d...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 12, 2020

Window Cleaning Scheduled for Branigan Library and Mesilla Valley Intermodal Transit Terminal

Thomas Branigan Library

As part of the City’s commitment to keeping its facilities in a clean, safe, and well-maintained condition, along with providing responsive customer service, Facilities Management has contracted with a local firm to clean the interior and exteri...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 11, 2020

Breweries Permitted ‘Soft’ Reopening This Weekend

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday, June 11, announced the state’s emergency public health order will be amended to permit a limited reopening for breweries this weekend followed by a broader reopening on Monday, June 15.

Under the amended o...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 7, 2020

Extra cleaning at Las Cruces Utilities to Protect Against COVID-19

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By Cassie McClure and Suzanne Michaels

While the City of Las Cruces is starting to reopen its departments to the public and adjusting to the “new normal” of day-to-day life, Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) is more focused than ever on precau...

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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