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Active weekend signals Las Cruces comeback


If March 13-15, 2020, was the weekend Covid shut down Las Cruces, then the past weekend May 6-8, 2022, just might go down as the weekend our city fully re-opened.

In addition to nice, warm summer-like weather, multiple large-group activities and events descended upon the Mesilla Valley.

Things started Thursday, May 5, which brought, along with Cinco de Mayo, the first night of Amador Dayz concerts at the Amador, and Doña Ana County Community College’s graduation ceremonies.

Friday, May 6, saw a new event rising at New Mexico State University Golf Course. The first Antonio Rey Rodriguez golf tournament honors the life of a fallen soldier and Las Cruces native by raising funds for a foundation and scholarship in his name. A hundred golfers and 25 teams showed up in support, raising an estimated $40,000. Learn more about the U.S. Army Ranger known as “Rod” and about the foundation that will be his legacy (www.arrfoundation.org) on Page 14.

Friday, May 6, also brought more graduation activities and Amador Dayz concerts, as well as local state high school baseball and softball playoff games.

Saturday, May 7, brought New Mexico State University commencement exercises in the Pan American Center.

Then Sunday, May 8, brought Mother’s Day, as well as the Rick Trevino/Little Joe y La Familia concert on the Plaza de Las Cruces.

Both Saturday and Sunday saw Cinco de Mayo celebrations on the Mesilla Plaza.

All weekend, restaurants were packed with happy diners celebrating moms, graduates or just simply enjoying life in Las Cruces.

I participated in some of these events, and could almost feel the collective relief of the community. It had a similar sensation to someone who, after three months with a leg in a cast, finally gets it removed. Everyone seemed in a great, pleasant mood, appreciative of the opportunity to be out and about again.

Certainly, we hope it doesn’t happen, but if Covid numbers come back up in a couple of weeks, we may reconsider in hindsight this as the weekend of the multiple super-spreader events. Many of the events were outdoors, and I did see more people than I expected wearing masks.

My guess is that many of the people masking were also already vaccinated and boosted, people either health-compromised or the super-cautious, like people wearing both belt and suspenders on their pants. I bet, too, that many of the people unvaccinated were not wearing masks, reminiscent of people whose pants are falling off their hips.

It should be another great weekend in store, albeit a hot one.

After winning their games last weekend, the Centennial High School softball, Organ Mountain High School baseball and Mesilla Valley Christian School baseball and softball teams compete this weekend in Albuquerque in the state playoffs.

Locally, NMSU’s Aggie baseball closes out its home schedule with a weekend series against Grand Canyon. Games are Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Sunday at noon.

Weekend temperatures could reach triple digits for the first time in 2022. Enjoy it, but if you’re outside taking advantage of the clear, sunny weather, take precautions to avoid getting overheated, dehydrated or sunburned.

Lots of good indoor activities, too, including plays, museum and gallery exhibits, as well as more concerts.

There’s still reason for care and caution out there, but it’s really hopeful to see Las Cruces starting to look like Las Cruces again.

Richard Coltharp