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Las Cruces native is master-at-arms at Rhode Island naval station

Petty Officer Third Class Angel Vargas, a native of Las Cruces, joined the United States Navy searching for ways to do something better in life.

Rotary Club of Las Cruces names Paul Harris Fellows

Arts & Entertainment
Two-week Opera Camp culminates with live performance on July 30
Doña Ana Arts Council’s (DAAC) 2021 Opera Camp production is “Girl Meets Whirlpool,” which will be presented …
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Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Galley features two artists in August
Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Galley (MVFAG), 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, will feature local artists Sue Ann Glenn and Jane Peacock in …
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Black Box Theatre presents ‘A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking’
"A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking" by John Ford Noonan opens Friday, Aug. 6 at Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main St. …
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Branigan Cultural Center August online: child detention, Latin American politics, Lebanan
Here are activities at Branigan Cultural Center (BCC) during the month of August. 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4: “Culture of …
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Book club hosts Billy the Kid Author
The Mesilla Valley, Southern New Mexico Book Club will host author Dennis McCarthy via Zoom at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5. Email …
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Local sports
Cool, calm, collected: Morikawa impresses with British Open win

Cool, calm and collected. That’s how Collin Morikawa appeared on Sunday, July 18, as he dissected the field at Royal St. George’s on his way to winning the 149th Open Championship.

Former Aggie, Oñate women’s basketball star Blunt dies Former New Mexico State women’s basketball star and Las Cruces native Paulina Blunt passed away Tuesday, July 20, her family announced.  
Metal spikes, arm-lock putting and greens books need to be banned on tour
When you watch PGA Tour golf on television you might hear the distinct sound of clicking on concrete paths as golfers walk between holes or near the clubhouse.
Aggie sports are back in business Welcome back, Aggie fans. It’s time to get out to some games and root for the home team. New Mexico State University Athletics Director Mario Moccia has announced that all Aggie athletics …
Border Industrial Association appoints new board member

Adrian Gonzalez, project controls manager for Jordan Foster Construction of El Paso, has joined the board of directors of the Border Industrial Association (BIA), BIA President Jerry Pacheco said.

MountainView Regional a steady presence during, after pandemic I write today with hope for the future and gratitude for the resilience of our provider team at MountainView Regional Medical Center and MountainView Medical Group.
New Mexico film production breaks record, ramping up in Las Cruces The New Mexico Film Office (NMFO) announced that in fiscal year 2021, despite the global shutdown of production due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has recorded an estimated $623 million in direct spend by film and television productions in New Mexico, breaking all previous state records.
Heath & Well Being
Farm Bureau donates to La Casa domestic violence program

Members of New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau’s Women’s Leadership Committee (WLC) assembled care kits in early June for residents of La Casa, Inc. domestic violence shelter in Las Cruces for women impacted by domestic violence.

An unlikely source of inspiration comes from a famous reader

Funny thing about writing a column: As you read this, you and I are having a conversation but when I write, I am alone, and my focus is extremely narrow.

DACC offers early childhood development certificate Doña Ana Community College’s (DACC) education program has added a new certificate for students. The DACC early childhood development certificate aligns coursework with the New Mexico child development certificate, DACC said in a news release.
P.E.O. of Las Cruces awards prestigious scholarship Shea Binkley has been selected to receive a $2,500 STAR Scholarship from the P.E.O. Sisterhood. Binkley was recommended by the P.E.O. chapter in Las Cruces.
New America School offers free meals during school year With funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service program, New America School Las Cruces (NASLC), 207 S. Main St., is offering free meals to all enrolled students/children ages 18 during the 2021-22 school year, the school said in a news release.
In the past
Sons of the American Revolution donates to school debate Club The Gadsden Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution presented a $500 check to the Speech and Debate Club of Arrowhead Park Early College High School (APECHS), the chapter said in a news release.
State tax collections fall short of amounts owed The “tax gap” between what taxpayers owe but fail to pay has grown by more than $100 million in the past five years, partly because agency efforts have resulted in greater identification of owed taxes but not an increase in collections, an LFC report finds.
The Bridge is spanning ‘awareness gaps’ to connect employers, job seekers Through New Mexico True Talent (NMTT), The Bridge of Southern New Mexico is “cultivating an ecosystem of opportunity,” The Bridge President and CEO Tracey Bryan said.
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