Spaceport, ARCA join forces Space launch vehicle and high altitude UAV testing planned By Elva K. Österreich Las Cruces Bulletin A space dreamer in Romania has found realization in Las Cruces and his company has formed a partnership with Spaceport America. “Only in New Mexico did we find the perfect combination of aerospace assets, airspace and affordability,” said Dumitru Popescu, Founder and CEO of ARCA Space Corporation. Popexcu started dreaming in ...

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Mayor will run 3rd time By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima has held either a city or county elected office for 22 of the past 23 years, and he hopes to continue that string for at least four more. Miyagishima, 52, announced he will run for his third term as mayor. “It doesn’t feel like work,” said Miyagishima. “I live the ...

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Colorful celebration Aida Medrano, 6, is all dressed up and ready for SalsaFest! on Main Street Downtown Sunday, Aug. 30. People danced, ate, had fun and, of course, tasted a variety of salsas during the annual Las Cruces event. Check out pages A12 and A13 for more SalsaFest! photos. PHOTO BY STEVE MACINTYRE

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Nice to meet ya Rep. Steve Pearce greets members of the Mesilla Volunteer Fire Department at 2670 Calle de Parian, Tuesday, Aug. 25. Pearce met with firefighters and town officials and handed out merit of service awards. BULLETIN PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BELARDE

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La Clinica de Familia begins work on new health care clinic By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin Primary healthcare in Las Cruces took a big step forward Wednesday, Aug. 19, as La Casa de Familia (LCDF) health center announced stage-one plans to convert the old Memorial General Hospital (and later city offices) at 575 S. Alameda Blvd. into Cervantes Medical Complex (CMC). When renovations are complete in the summer of 2016, the facility will include ...

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Should city spend millions on new pool? By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin The Las Cruces City Council held a marathon work session Monday, Aug. 24, as the members discussed construction of a new competitive- size community swimming pool, the city’s draft arroyo management plan and how to spend about $12 million in hold harmless gross receipts funds for economic development. Community pool There was a presentation by City Parks and Recreation ...

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SWEC Back by Noon Hikes are back for fall By Zak Hansen Las Cruces Bulletin Since 1992, Southwest Environmental Center (SWEC), along with its staff and the help of a time- and money-generous community, has dedicated itself to protecting and restoring native wildlife in their habitats in the Southwestern borderlands, focusing on advocacy, education and on-the-ground projects – to speaking for wild life and wild places throughout the region. To ...

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Tree stewards enhance urban forest By Marissa Bond The Las Cruces Bulletin The City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department is beginning a new cycle of its Tree Stewards Program beginning Tuesday, Sept. 15. The program, which is in its fourth cycle, was started in June of 2012. “Its purpose was to recruit and train volunteers from the community who really understand how critical trees are to the community, and ...

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