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Posted on: May 10, 2021

Economic Development Department to Observe Economic Development Week 2021

City Hall

The City of Las Cruces Economic Development Department will join with other economic development organizations across the U.S. to observe Economic Development Week 2021, which will be from May 9 through May 15.

Economic Development Week w...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 7, 2021

LCPD Recruiters in El Paso this Weekend

LCPD Recruiters in El Paso

Recruiters from the Las Cruces Police Department will be at the Bassett Crafts Market in El Paso this weekend. Recruiters will be at the Bassett Crafts Market, 6101 Gateway Boulevard West, in El Paso, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 8, and from no...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 7, 2021

Frenger Pool to Close for Repairs

Frenger Pool

Frenger Pool, 800 Parkview Drive, will be closed for repairs beginning Monday, May 10.

During the closure, lap swimming will be available at the Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E. Hadley Ave., from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 7, 2021

City Council to Meet for Work Session on May 10

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, May 10, 2021 for a Work Session.

OIR Group, the new, independent police auditor hired by the City of Las Cruces, will be introduced to the City Council at Monday’s Work Session. O...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 7, 2021

2021 Summer Program Lottery Registration

2021 Summer Program Lottery Registration

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department is accepting Summer Recreation Program lottery registration beginning Friday, May 7 through 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 19.

Lottery registration will be online at www.las-cruces.org/play, click on the onli...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 6, 2021

Follow-Up Virtual Meeting for Walnut-Madrid Bike/Pedestrian/Utility Improvements

Man walking a bike on a path from a ground up perspective

Community members have an opportunity to attend a second presentation for the Walnut-Madrid Bike/Pedestrian/Utility Improvements Project at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 18 during a virtual public meeting hosted by the design architect Molzen-Corbin and the City of...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 6, 2021

Short Range Transit Plan Survey is Underway

Roadrunner Transit

The City of Las Cruces’ RoadRUNNER Transit is updating its 2016 Short Range Transit Plan and seeks public input to help plan services for the next five years.

What Transit services are important to you now? What would you like RoadRUNNER Transit to provide...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 6, 2021

Federal Mask Mandate on RoadRUNNER Transit Buses and Hubs Extended

Bus Melendres

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced Wednesday May 5, an extension of the federal mask mandate to September 13, 2021.

The mandate first went into effect on Feb. 1, 2021 and requires public transit agencies to enforce the use of masks ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 6, 2021

Las Cruces Public Health Office to Host Evening and Weekend COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

New Mexico Department of Health Logo State outline with text

The New Mexico Department of Health’s Las Cruces Public Health Office, 1170 north Solano Drive, will be conducting evening and weekend drive-through COVID-19 vaccination events throughout May at the following times and days: 

  • 4 p.m. to 6...
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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 5, 2021

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

Science Night

The Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science continues to offer take out activity kits in May. 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 be ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 5, 2021

Teen Science Café - Read Earth History in the Rocks - A Virtual Geologic Field Trip

Rock Formations

The Museum of Nature & Science invites all middle and high school students to join us online for a virtual “Teen Science Café – Read Earth History in the Rocks: A Virtual Geologic Field Trip,” with guest presenter Brian Hampton, Ph.D.

The event will be...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 5, 2021

Joint Information Center Notes for May 5, 2021

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The objective of the Joint Information Center is to streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospi...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 5, 2021

Crawford Boulevard Bridge Lane Closure

NM DOT (1)

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One is completing bridge repairs on Crawford Boulevard, which provides access from Interstate 10 to the Las Cruces Innovation and Industrial Park and Las Cruces International Airport. Kimo Cons...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 5, 2021

New Mexico Department of Health COVID-19 County Map Update for May 5

The Logo form the Governor of NM Office

The New Mexico Department of Health on Wednesday, May 5 announced the updated statewide COVID-19 map for the two-week period beginning May 5, with 30 of New Mexico's 33  counties at the Turquoise Level.

Doña Ana County, and Las...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 30, 2021

Utility Customer Advisor Group (UCAG) to Seek Input on Gas Rate Review

The Utility Customer Advisory Group (UCAG) wants to hear from the public about the gas rate review.

UCAG has reviewed the presentation by consultant Stantec Consulting that evaluated current gas rates, examined revenue requirement, and the cost of providin...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 2, 2021

UtilityHawk Keeps an Eye Out for Waste

Luis Gonzales

By Kelly Koepke

Imagine what an undetected water leak at your home or rental property could cost you over time.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, household leaks can waste nearly 1 trillion gallons of water per year nationwide. That equ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 30, 2021

Public Encouraged to Participate in Natural Gas Rate Review

gas meter outside of someone's home

Residents have until May 26, 2021 to provide input on new Las Cruces Utilities Natural Gas Rate Review options.
Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) is a department of the City of Las Cruces but is not funded by tax dollars. It has been 10 years since LCU last revie...
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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 30, 2021

NMDOT to Resume In-Person Car Seat Inspections in Las Cruces

NM DOT (1)

The New Mexico Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Division (NMDOT TSD) and Safer New Mexico Now are resuming in-person car seat checks. Starting on Thursday, May 6, 2021 Car Seat Fitting Stations will be conducted from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. the...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 29, 2021

Saturation Patrols, Sobriety Checkpoint Planned for May

Sobriety Checkpoint and Saturation Patrols

The Las Cruces Police Department will conduct at least two saturation patrols and one sobriety checkpoint within city limits during May. Saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints conducted by LCPD are intended to reduce and eliminate the number of moto...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 29, 2021

"Science Cafe - Porous Polymers: Syntheses and Applications"

water

The Museum of Nature & Science and Sigma Xi present “Science Café – Porous Polymers: Synthesis and Applications” with guest speaker Reza Foudazi, Ph.D.

Dr. Foudazi joins us via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 18 ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 28, 2021

NMDOT Seeks Comments on Pedestrian Safety Plan

Traffic Signal Red Light

The New Mexico Department of Transportation has developed a statewide Pedestrian Safety Action Plan and welcomes public feedback.In 2019, 6,205 pedestrians in the U.S. were killed, including 83 in New Mexico. It was the most pedestrian deaths in 30 years,...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 26, 2021

2021 Parent & Me/Tumbling and Gymnastics Classes

Gymnastics Kids

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will offer a four-week gymnastics session focused on individual skill development.

This fun and instructional program has been developed with the wellness and safety of participants and staff in mind...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 26, 2021

Las Cruces Fire Department Issues Temporary Ban on Open Burning

No Burning

The Las Cruces Fire Department (LCFD) will not be issuing burn permits to Las Cruces residents for open burning of vegetation effective Monday, April 26, 2021. The temporary ban on open burning is necessary because of the severe drought conditions in Do&a...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 23, 2021

Are You with Me? At the Las Cruces Museum of Art

Are You With Me by Sonya Fe

Are You with Me? by contemporary Chicana artist Sonya Fe opens May 7 and continues through July 24.

Fe’s exhibit is a biographical depiction of her own life and of those who are often overlooked. Fe’s work reflects social and cultural i...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: April 21, 2021

May Activities through the Branigan Cultural Center

Lady in Purple

The Branigan Cultural Center is still closed to the public for scheduled maintenance, but residents can still enjoy the museum from home through these online programs. “Culture of Empowerment: LGBTQAI+ Experience in Las Cruces”&nb...

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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 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 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 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 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 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: 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 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 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: 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 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