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Splash landing! Joshua Garcia, who recently moved to Las Cruces from Brooklyn, New York, cools off in 90-degree weather at the East Mesa Bataan Memorial Pool Sunday afternoon, June 9. Daily highs are forecast to remain in the mid- to upper-90s as summer approaches (page 19). BULLETIN PHOTO BY STEVE MACINTYRE  

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Film Las Cruces Studios, 2100 S. Valley Drive. (filmlascruces.com)
By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin LAS CRUCES – Film Las Cruces has a new three-year contract with the City of Las Cruces to continue bringing film and television production to the city, and FLC has signed its first-ever contract with Doña Ana County to expand its work into other communities and locations throughout the county. “The ball is rolling,” FLC Film Liaison Jon Foley said. “It’s time to capitalize on the moment. I think we are well positioned to do that.” FLC has ...

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Johana Bencomo
By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin LAS CRUCES – Johana Bencomo is making her first bid for public office in her run for the District 4 seat on the Las Cruces City Council. Bencomo hopes to succeed incumbent Jack Eakman, who won the seat four years ago and will not be a candidate for re-election in the November election. District 4 encompasses west Las Cruces. Bencomo, 31, was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, where some of her relatives still live. She came to the United ...

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“Cruces” assistant camera operator Nicole Martinez and key grip Trevor Howe. (Photo by Bardo Sanchez/NMSU Creative Media Institute)
By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin LAS CRUCES – Two young filmmakers from Los Angeles were in southern New Mexico the week of May 20 shooting a short film called “Cruces” at several locations. “The film is a short film about a struggling standup comedian, Bo, who returns to his hometown from Los Angeles for a show,” said the film’s co-writer and executive producer, Nat Frum. “Upon returning home, we follow Bo as he navigates through his estranged relationship with his father and ...

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From left: architect Jonathon Craig, City of Las Cruces Economic Development Department Administrator Mandy Guss, Amador Foundation board Vice President Dr. Deb Dennis and President Heather Pollard, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Sec. Debra Garcia y Griego and Reginald Richie, acting chair of the Cultural Properties Review Committee for the state Historic Preservation Division of the Cultural Affairs Department. (Photo by Karla K. McWilliams/New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs)
By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin LAS CRUCES – The City of Las Cruces, the Amador Hotel Foundation, architect Jonathon Craig and Las Cruces developer Max Bower have received the New Mexico Heritage Award for organizations for their work on the restoration of the historic Amador Hotel in Las Cruces. The award, which was announced in April, was formally presented May 17 in Santa Fe by the New Mexico Cultural Affairs Department’s Historic Preservation Division. Attendees included Department of Cultural Affairs Sec. Debra Garcia ...

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Garrett Gillespie of the Dachshund Squad and Sharlae Garcia of Meow Wolf high-five during a cornhole tournament May 31 at Picacho Peak Brewery. The charity benefiting multiple sclerosis research drew up to 80 participants. Picacho Peak will host a cornhole tournament on Sundays beginning June 16. BULLETIN PHOTO BY STEVE MACINTYRE  

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Lorenzo Zepeda, “Jardin De La Foraleza,” mural with latex paint on cinderblock wall. (Photo courtesy of Lorenzo Zepeda/City of Las Cruces)
By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin LAS CRUCES – Lorenzo Zepeda is the City of Las Cruces’ first-ever art program coordinator. Zepeda began his new job April 1, moving over from the city Parks and Recreation Department. His principal task, Zepeda said, will be to work with the city Art Board, the Las Cruces Arts and Culture District Coordinating Council and local art groups to start a local public art program. That will mean more visible public art downtown and throughout Las Cruces. “Our reach ...

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Las Cruces Academy students performed well on the Iowa Assessments, used as a measurement of skills since 1935. (Courtesy photo)
Bulletin Report LAS CRUCES – The Las Cruces Academy (LCA) announces the excellent results from a recent administration of the Iowa Assessments, a widely used set of standardized tests for measuring academic achievement. The LCA students had composite scores in the top 1 percent of schools across the nation which administered the test and in the top 13 percent of private schools across the nation. The scoring system used also yields a grade equivalent achieved by the students in each area and as ...

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A view of the Motel Boulevard highway sign on I-10. City Council will vote on whether the name of Motel Boulevard should be changed to either Pat Garrett Boulevard or Legends Boulevard in June or July. (Courtesy photo)
By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin LAS CRUCES – Talk about the letter of the law. A proposal to change the name of Motel Boulevard to Pat Garrett Boulevard could cost the city, county and New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) nearly $500,000 according to an update that city council members received May 28. The council has been considering the name change since receiving a request last year from the Doña County Historical Society. The city Planning and Zoning Commission and Doña Ana County ...

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