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IN REVERENCE Shirley Daniels and past president of Doña Ana County NAACP Lola Lestrick walk into the ballrooms of Hotel Encanto Monday morning, Jan. 15, for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Breakfast Celebration. More MLK Day photos and stories begin on page 10. BULLETIN PHOTO BY STEVE MACINTYRE

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IN REVERENCE Shirley Daniels and past president of Doña Ana County NAACP Lola Lestrick walk into the ballrooms of Hotel Encanto Monday morning, Jan. 15, for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Breakfast Celebration. More MLK Day photos and stories begin on page 10. BULLETIN PHOTO BY STEVE MACINTYRE

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By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin Kelley Coffeen has literally created more than 1,000 recipes in her Las Cruces kitchen. She has published five cookbooks that reflect her love for the southern border and Mexican cultureKC 1. “I love gifting others with the joy of food,” Coffeen said. Coffeen has teamed up with the American Diabetic Association (ADA) to release her sixth collection of recipes that feature Tex Mex, Mexican and Southwestern recipes that are low ...

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lcb20180112_2   Las Cruces High School sophomores (from left) Osaze Williams, David Alcala, Andruw Fierro and Mahlon Everhart wait for their classes to begin Monday morning inside the LCHS walkway on the first day of school after the winter break.  See Page 10 for another photo and story on the upcoming school bond election. BULLETIN PHOTO BY STEVE MACINTYRE

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lcbDroppingInto2018 From left, friends Vivian He, Gary Kanner, Chelsea Shaw and Lisa Terrat embrace Sunday night during the fourth annual Chile Drop on Plaza de Las Cruces. The large, brightly lit chile in the background was dropped at the stroke of midnight to ring in the new year. See more photos from the celebration on page 16.

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THEIR RIGHTFUL PLACE The La Entrada city monument, which hadn’t been on public view for more than a decade, was restored to Albert Johnson Park in December. The statue of Albert Johnson, foreground, for whom the park is named, has also been returned to its rightful place after its removal in 2017 to prevent any damage during La Entrada’s reconstruction. Johnson was mayor of Las Cruces from 1986-90, and was the first black mayor in New Mexico, according ...

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Mariachi Christmas Felipe Salcido and Cathy Salcido dance during A Mariachi Merry Christmas at Palacio Bar in Mesilla, Sunday night, Dec. 17. For more festive photos, see page 20. 0e8afcb1a66201f8f02e4aeb706b37b1Image_4.jpg BULLETIN PHOTO BY STEVE MCINTYRE

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ABOVE: Members of Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine and Parish take part in the Tortugas Fiesta looking toward the sunset on top of Tortugas Mountain Monday night. RIGHT: Las Cruces resident Ray Briones lights a candle at the shrine on top of Tortugas Mountain. The lighting of the candle signifies sacrifice and also peace for the coming year. BULLETIN PHOTOS BY STEVE MACINTYRE  

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The 2018 Las Cruces International Film Festival (LCIFF) will screen outstanding films and welcome major celebrities, including television and movie actors Cybill Shepherd and Pam Grier, and actor, producer and model, RJ Mitte. Shepherd starred in the late-1980 television series “Moonlighting” opposite Bruce Willis and in her own situation comedy, “Cybill” in the late 1990s. Her film credits include “The Last Picture Show,” “The Heartbreak Kid” and “Taxi Driver.” Shepherd made her Broadway debut in 2012 in the revival of Gore Vidal’s ...

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