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The $7.4 billion budget built by the New Mexico House of Representatives Appropriations and Finance Committee (HAFC) “has us poised to build our way out, to grow our way out, to seek and learn our way out of the worst pandemic and public health crisis any of us have ever seen,” said committee Vice Chair Rep. Nathan Small, a Las Cruces Democrat. more
Mesilla Valley Community of Hope (MVCH) and its Camp Hope tent city have continued to serve people struggling with homelessness throughout the pandemic, and MVCH Executive Director Nicole Martinez has responded to multiple requests in the past year for information about how to set up similar camps across the country. more
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas will be the keynote speaker for the 16th Annual J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium, which will be held March 28-April 2, during Farmworker Awareness Week. more
Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest (GSDS) has extended the 2021 cookie season. “With the recent storms and frigid temperatures, the Girl Scouts were unable to host their traditional booths or make cookie deliveries,” GSDS STEM Director Rink Somerday said in a news release. more
New Mexico State University is welcoming former U.S. Ambassador Delano E. Lewis as visiting senior fellow for Global Affairs, NMSU Provost Carol Parker announced in a news release. more
Construction is underway on a renewable energy project at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Park that is projected to generate enough solar electricity to power about one-third of the university’s 900-acre Las Cruces campus by fall. more
The seven-member City Art Board (CAB) was created by Las Cruces City Council in 2013. CAB members are appointed by the mayor with council consent. The board advises the council and assists city staff in the development of guidelines, programming and policy for art-related projects and programs. more
Eric Montgomery, Vice President of Business Development at the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance (MVEDA) has been announced as a recipient of the 2021 Economic Development 40 Under 40 … more
New Cases: One-day counts Current: Doña Ana County 77, NM 255; El Paso County 125, Texas 4,034; U.S. 58,856 March 15; Doña Ana County 30, NM 185; El Paso County 135, … more
The New Mexico Senate voted along party lines Wednesday, March 17, to bring finality to a debate over the Gila River that has been raging since passage of the Arizona Water Settlement Act of 2004. more
Legislation to legalize marijuana sales in New Mexico cleared the New Mexico Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, March 17, despite the objections of Chairman Joseph Cervantes, D-Las Cruces, who voted with Republicans on the committee in opposing the bill. more
The seventh time proved to be the charm Tuesday, March 16, as legislation to increase funding for early childhood education by taking more each year from the Land Grant Permanent Fund passed the New Mexico Senate Finance Committee for the first time. more
The New Mexico Senate passed the New Mexico Civil Rights Act on a 26-15 vote taken after midnight, in the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 17. more
New Mexico State University’s Creative Media Institute (CMI) animation program is again ranked among the top programs in public colleges in the country. NMSU has placed among the top schools in Animation Career Review’s (ACR) rankings over the past 10 years. more
March means clocks, the spring equinox and (the following month) a full moon named for phlox. Daylight saving time returned March 14 (it’s now MDT instead of MST) and the 2021 spring equinox will take place at 3:37 a.m. Saturday, March 20. more
The Las Cruces City Council has unanimously approved a resolution calling on Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Department of Health to provide equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to Las Cruces and Doña Ana County. more
With two bills to legalize marijuana sales stalled in the Senate Judiciary Committee, the New Mexico Senate turned its attention to the state’s medical marijuana program Monday, March 15. more
Legislation that would allow health professionals to assist terminally ill patients in taking their own lives passed the Senate on a 24-17 vote after a lengthy debate Monday, March 15, and now goes back to the House for concurrence before it can be signed by the governor. more
With Doña Ana County now in the Yellow Level of the New Mexico Department of Health’s (NMDOH) Red to Green framework, the City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department will reopen some of the allowed facilities and/or programs. more
Fernando R. Macias, Doña Ana County Manager, was selected as New Mexico IDEA, NMIDEA 2020 Ben Lujan Public Servant of the Year Award recipient. Davin Lopez, President and CEO, Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance, MVEDA nominated Macias for the distinction. more
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