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Canelo Gonzalez, 3, dressed as famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin, took first place in the costume contest April 12 during the Space Walk along Main Street Downtown. See page 24. BULLETIN PHOTO BY STEVE MACINTYRE

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Amare Favela was reported missing Friday morning and may be in danger. (Las Cruces Police Department)
LAS CRUCES – Las Cruces police are asking for the public’s help locating an 11-year-old girl who was reported missing Friday morning and may be in danger. Amare Favela was last seen at her home, on the 100 block of Silver Road, sometime between midnight and 5 a.m. on Friday, April 19. Police believe she voluntarily left her residence but, because of her young age, may be in danger. Favela is 4-feet-5-inches tall and weighs approximately 80 pounds. She has long, dark ...

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Las Cruces City Counselor Gabe Vasquez (Courtesy)
By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin LAS CRUCES – The way of life on the U.S.-Mexican border is “as American as a cornfield in the Midwest,” Las Cruces City Councilor Gabe Vasquez told the Bulletin April 8. But the cross-border connection between families and communities is being attacked by the Trump administration, which is helping to create a border crisis and making conditions worse south of the border and in the United States, including Doña Ana County, he said. Construction of a portion ...

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Temple Beth-El Rabbi Larry Karol speaks in favor of a Las Cruces City Council resolution allowing the city to spend up to $75,000 for emergency refugee humanitarian assistance at the council’s April 15 meeting. (Bulletin photo by Mike Cook)
By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin LAS CRUCES – After more than two hours of discussion at its Monday, April 15 meeting, the Las Cruces City Council voted unanimously to spend $75,000 for emergency immigrant refugee humanitarian assistance. The input ensued after the measure was moved from the consent agenda to the discussion agenda. In a resolution passed at a special meeting that followed the council meeting, councilors voted to allow the funds to be spent in Doña Ana or El Paso counties, ...

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Heather Salopek, left, owner of Legacy Pecans and Company, and Tenniel Salopek, owner of Buffalo Swag, pose between their shops on the Mesilla Plaza. Until recently, the two businesses were one, operating under the Legacy Pecans name. (Bulletin photo by Michael Scanlon)
BY MICHAEL SCANLON For the Bulletin LAS CRUCES – A business on the Mesilla Plaza offering two disparate product lines has split in two as the sisters-in-law owners seek to tamp down customer confusion and improve marketing and internet sales. Heather Salopek, owner of Legacy Pecans, and Tenniel Salopek, owner of Buffalo Swag, a Southwest clothing and jewelry boutique, will continue to operate the separate businesses in the same building at 2355 Calle de Guadalupe, just south of the Double Eagle restaurant. “We were ...

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Lesser Long-nosed Bat feeding on an Agave Blossom. (Agave photo by Dan Taylor/Bat Conservation International)
By Elva K. Österreich Las Cruces Bulletin LAS CRUCES – Rather than swooping in the night, chowing down on mosquitoes and other little flying critters, some bats in New Mexico survive by sipping the nectar of native plants. “Not a lot of people in New Mexico realize there are three species of bats that drink nectar,” said Melia Bayless, ecologist and senior director at Bat Conservation International (BCI). “New Mexico, Arizona and Texas are the only states that have these nectarvious species.” Lesser Long-Nose, ...

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Asylum Seekers arriving at Meerscheidt Recreation Center.(Photo courtesy of City of Las Cruces)
LAS CRUCES – Over the weekend, U. S. Border Patrol agents transported more asylum seekers from South America to Las Cruces for the second consecutive day. A total of 83 arrived on Saturday, April 13. Sixty-one were taken to the Community of Hope campus; 33 children and 28 adults. An additional 22 arrived at the City’s Meerscheidt Recreation Center; 10 children and 12 adults with approximately 80 more expected later that day, according to a City of Las Cruces news release. ...

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Greg Smith
By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin To increase voter turnout in Las Cruces city elections and level the playing field for city council candidates in all districts, Councilor Greg Smith is proposing that the mayor’s term of office be increased from four to six years. That proposal was discussed at the council’s Monday, April 8 work session along with a discussion of hospital speed zones and decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. Mayor’s term Before 1991, when a new city charter took effect, councilors ...

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IMG_0749 The Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission, 1050 W. Amador Ave., seeks donations for the influx of migrants who arrived at the mission Friday, April 12. Particularly needed are personal hygiene products including sanitary napkins; shampoo; conditioner; lotion; Chapstick or similar types of lip balm; clothing; towels; blankets; and canned food and bottled water. Also sought is foam padding, to be used as bedding, and stuffed toys for children. Donations should be taken to ...

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