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Posted on: May 7, 2021

UPDATED 2021 Summer Program Lottery Registration

2021 Summer Program Lottery Registration

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department began accepting Summer Recreation Program lottery registration on Friday, May 7 and will continue thru Wednesday, May 19 at 7 p.m., online at www.las-cruces.org/play  (click on the online r...

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Posted on: May 10, 2021

Adaptive Art Classes and Craft Classes

Art Supplies

The City of Las Cruces will be offering Adaptive Art Classes and Craft Classes beginning the week of May 18. The Adaptive Art Classes will be offered on Tuesdays and Craft Classes will be offered on Thursdays, taking place from 10 - 11 a.m.  Clas...

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Posted on: May 10, 2021

Adaptive Recreation Walking Program

Black Walkiing Shoes

The City of Las Cruces will be offering an Adaptive Recreation Walking Program beginning the week of May 17. The Adaptive Walking Program will take place from 9-10 a.m. on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. Group will meet at the Frank O/Brien ...

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Posted on: May 10, 2021

2021 Coed Outdoor Youth Soccer and Lil Slugger Baseball Registration

2021 Coed Outdoor Youth Soccer

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will be offering individual and returning team registration for the upcoming 2021 Summer Outdoor Youth Soccer and Lil Sluggers Baseball League. This FUNdamental recreational league has been develope...

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Posted on: May 10, 2021

Fire Station #3 Courtesy Noise Notice for May 12, 2021

New Fire Station

A new Fire Station is currently being constructed in Las Cruces Council District #4 as part of the City's General Obligation (GO) Bond to replace the Fire Station 3 building. On Wednesday, May 12, contractors will begin pouring concrete at the si...

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Posted on: May 10, 2021

Water Outage for Stanford Street

image of faucet dripping water

Residents on Stanford Street from Dartmouth Avenue to the Gillem Lateral will experience a water outage from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday May 11, 2021 for the connection of a new water line to the existing water system. Adjacent areas also may be affecte...

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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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Posted on: May 10, 2021

Friday Night Fire Damages Abandoned Home

Fire Damages Abandoned Home

Las Cruces firefighters extinguished a residential structure fire that damaged an abandoned home late Friday evening. About 11:15 p.m. Friday, May 7, Las Cruces firefighters were dispatched to the report of fire at an abandoned home on the 900 block of e...

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Posted on: May 10, 2021

Man Suspected of Sexually Assaulting Teen Over Several Years

Johnny Pacheco Arrest

Las Cruces police have arrested a man suspected of sexually assaulting a teenage girl multiple times over the last several years. Johnny Pacheco, 48, of the 100 block of Shawnee, is charged with 62 felony counts. The charges include 42 counts of criminal...

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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. Las Cruces police are recruiting for the department’s next Academy that is set to begin in January 2022. Applications are being accep...

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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. As a timeline for completion becomes clear, an update on progress will be given. 

During the closure, lap swimming will be available at the Las Cruces Regional ...

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Posted on: May 7, 2021

Suspect in Auto Theft Arrested after High-speed Pursuit on I-10

Steven Arechiga

The man suspected of stealing a Nissan Altima early Friday morning was arrested a few hours later after using the vehicle to assault a Las Cruces police officer and leading units on a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 10. Steven Arechiga, 26, of the 16000...

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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 ...

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Posted on: May 7, 2021

2014 Arson Case Remains Unsolved

Arson 2014 at The Gen

In commemoration of National Arson Awareness Week, May 2-8, the Las Cruces Fire Department is shedding light on a 7-year-old case that has yet to be solved. On June 25, 2014, someone entered The Gen – at the time, a popular alternative fashion ...

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Posted on: May 7, 2021

Lane Closure for Stanford Street

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

A Water Rehab project for Las Cruces Utilities will continue at Stanford Street as construction continues for the Water Main Rehabilitation, Carreon Place, and the Alley North of Picacho Project. There will be a lane closure on ...

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Posted on: May 7, 2021

Lane Closure for Old Farm Road Extended

Lane Closure (1)

A Water Rehab project for Las Cruces Utilities will continue at Old Farm Road as construction continues on the Water Main Rehabilitation, Carreon Place and Alley North of Picacho Project. The current lane closure at the intersection of Old Farm R...

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Posted on: May 7, 2021

Water Line Cleaning for Various Locations to Begin May 10

Water Line Cleaning

Las Cruces Utilities will be cleaning water lines using the Neutral Output Discharge Elimination System (NO-DES) in the Avalon park, Camelot Gardens, Valley Gardens, Highland Manner, North Highland Addition, Highland Place Addition, Corazon Del Valle, Gol...

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Posted on: May 7, 2021

2020-2021 Crack Sealing Maintenance Project Road List 5

2020-2021 Crack Sealing Maintenance Project

As part of a Crack Sealing Maintenance Project throughout the City streets, temporary lane closures will begin on Monday May 10, 2021 for the following areas: Main Street from Alameda Boulevard/El Paseo Road to Avenida de Mesilla. This work is being comp...

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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. on Tuesday, May 18 during a virtual public meeting hosted by the design architect Molzen-Corbin and the City...

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Posted on: May 6, 2021

Short Range Transit Plan Survey

Roadrunner Transit

The City of Las Cruces’ RoadRUNNER Transit is updating its 2016 Short Range Transit Plan and is seeking the public’s input to help plan services for the next 5 years. What Transit services are important to you now? What would you like ...

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Posted on: May 6, 2021

Federal Mask Mandate on RoadRUNNER Transit Buses and Hubs Extended

Bus Melendres

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced, on Wednesday May 5, an extension of the federal mask mandate to September 13, 2021. The mandate first went into effect on February 1, 2021 and requires public transit agencies to enforce the use ...

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Posted on: May 6, 2021

Police ID, Arrest Suspect in Burglary at Catholic School

Hugo Castaneda Mugshot

The man suspected of burglarizing Las Cruces Catholic School in April has been identified, charged and arrested. Hugo Castaneda, 39, of the 2200 block of north Alameda Boulevard, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and is charged with one second-degree felo...

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Posted on: May 6, 2021

Armed Man Near Walmart Taken into Protective Custody

Unit Lights Daytime Overheads

A potentially violent incident near a Walmart Supercenter was de-escalated by Las Cruces police officers on Wednesday morning. Shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, Las Cruces police were dispatched to the report of a man with a long gun walking near a ...

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Posted on: May 6, 2021

Las Cruces Public Health Office Hosting 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 at 1170 North Solano Dr. will be hosting evening and weekend drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination events throughout the month of May at the following days and times: 

  • Thurs...
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Posted on: May 5, 2021

JIC Notes May 5, 2021

COVID-19

 

 

 

 

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail a...

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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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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 presen...

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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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Posted on: May 5, 2021

Police Seek Suspect in Two Vandalism Cases

Joel Arciniega Saenz Mug Shot

Las Cruces police are asking for the public’s help locating the man suspected of causing thousands of dollars in damage on April 24 at a pair of businesses in the Mesquite Historic District. Police have obtained a warrant for the arrest of Joel Arciniega...

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Posted on: May 5, 2021

Woman Arrested in Stabbing Incident

Brandee Martinez Mug Shot (2)

Police arrested a Las Cruces woman suspected in the Monday evening stabbing of another woman on the 2400 block of east Idaho Avenue. Brandee Martinez, 34, is charged with one third-degree felony count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and a misd...

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Posted on: May 5, 2021

Department of Health County Map Update May 5

The Logo form the Governor of NM Office

The New Mexico Department of Health on Wednesday announced the updated statewide COVID-19 map for the two-week period beginning May 5, with 30 New Mexico counties at the Turquoise Level, at which there are the fewest restrictions on commercial and day-to-...

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Posted on: May 4, 2021

New Mexico State Officials to Provide COVID-19 Update

New Mexico Department of Health Logo State outline with text

New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Tracie C. Collins, MD and Human Services Department Secretary David R. Scrase, MD will provide a COVID-19 webinar update. The secretaries will take questions from the media Wednesday, May 5, at 1 p.m.

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Posted on: May 3, 2021

Lane Closure for Old Farm Road

Orange barrels on street

There will be a lane closure north of the intersection of Old Farm Road and the Gillem Lateral beginning today, Monday, May 3. It is anticipated that this lane closure be in effect for one week, depending on weather conditions. The lane closure will suppo...

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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 revi...
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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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Posted on: April 30, 2021

New Traffic Calming on Fairway Driveway

Red Truck

Traffic calming devices will be placed on Fairway Drive to slow traffic in the area as part of the City’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program. Installation of one of the speed tables will ta...

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Posted on: April 30, 2021

Road Closure for Mesilla Street and Newcomb Avenue

Roadwork

There will be a road closure at the intersection of Mesilla Street and Newcomb Avenue starting on Monday, May 3 and is anticipated to be in effect for two weeks depending on weather conditions for a Water Rehabilitation project for Las Cruces Uti...

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Posted on: April 30, 2021

Updated Red-Yellow-Green-Turquoise Criteria Now in Effect

Map of New Mexico for April 30, 2021 showing Dona Ana Highlighted in Green in red to green framework

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health on Friday announced the updated statewide COVID-19 map, with updated key health metrics used to assign risk levels to counties under the Red-Yellow-Green COVID-19 framework now in effect. The update...

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Posted on: April 29, 2021

Saturation Patrols, Sobriety Checkpoint Planned for May

Sobriety Checkpoint and Saturation Patrols

Las Cruces police will conduct at least two saturation patrols and one sobriety checkpoint within city limits during the month of May. Saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints held by LCPD are intended to reduce and eliminate the number of motorists w...

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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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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 year...

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Posted on: April 26, 2021

2021 Parent & Me / Tumbling Gymnastics Classes

Gymnastics Kids

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will be offering 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 ...

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Posted on: April 26, 2021

Las Cruces Fire Issues Temporary Ban on Open Burning

No Burning

The Las Cruces Fire Department 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 Dona Ana C...

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Posted on: April 23, 2021

Peachtree Hills Road Closure

Orange barrels on street

Due to storm drain upgrades as part of new residential development, Peachtree Hills Road, between Sonoma Ranch Boulevard and Metro Park Street, will be closed beginning Monday, April 26, 2021 while Renegade Construction, a limited liability company, place...

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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 runs through July 24. Fe’s exhibit is both a biographical depiction of her own life and of those who are often overlooked. Fe’s work reflects social and cultural...

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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 you can still enjoy the museum from home through these online programs. “Culture of Empowerment: LGBTQAI+ Experience in Las Cruces” 

Wednesday, May 5, 5:30 ...

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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 take place from 2 - 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 1 on Zoom, and is suitable for all ages. Registration is required to attend, and spaces are lim...

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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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Posted on: April 1, 2021

Walking Program Begins April 12

Walking Program

With Dona 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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Posted on: March 18, 2021

Road Construction Notice for Camino Coyote Lane

Lane Closure (1)

Construction on Camino Coyote Lane east of the East Mesa Public Safety Complex will be starting Thursday March 18, for the extension of the street for the future site of the ...

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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 hourly 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 Mexic...

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