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Autumn adventure, activities await in Las Cruces


For many, this time of year is the best in Las Cruces.

The weather is crisp enough to let you know it’s autumn, but still warm enough to enjoy all manner of outdoor activities.

Forecasts are for warm and clear skies Saturday and Sunday for the 50th anniversary of the Doña Ana Arts Council’s Renaissance ArtsFaire.

It’s hard to believe that, for half a century, this marvelous event of arts, Renaissance fashion, unique events and delicious food has thrived in Las Cruces and attracted thousands of visitors from around the region.

Enjoy a joust, gnaw on a turkey leg and find a great piece of art or jewelry for someone special for Christmas. The event is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, plenty of opportunity to fit in a visit for everyone’s schedule. See more in the program guide in this edition of the Bulletin.


Fall and football go together, and if you’re a local football fan, there are three great games in town this weekend.

Friday night lights will be bright for the Mayfield High School Trojans as they host Los Alamos in the Class 5A state playoffs in a 7 p.m. game Friday, Nov. 5, at the Field of Dreams.

Saturday, folks who graduated from both Las Cruces High School and New Mexico State University will have a Sophie’s choice to make. Both teams are kicking off at 2 p.m.

The LCHS Bulldawgs host Clovis in the Class 6A playoffs’ first round at the Field of Dreams at 2 p.m. If they win, they’ll advance to face Centennial High in the quarterfinals next weekend. The fourth-seeded Hawks earned a bye this weekend.

At the same time, NMSU will face Utah State at Aggie Memorial Stadium. NMSU’s 1-7 record is deceptive, as they’ve been competitive in almost all their games this season. Throw in the fact Utah State is a rival (we all remember NMSU’s Arizona Bowl victory against USU in 2017), and it adds up to an intriguing matchup.


The local elections may have ended Nov. 2, but there is still some exciting voting left to do. The Bulletin’s Best contest has moved to the voting stage after a rigorous nomination phase that saw more than 93,000 nominations.

Pared down to the top 5, you’ve got about a month to vote for your favorites in many categories.

Go to www.lascrucesbulletin.com and click on the Bulletin’s Best logo. And I will NOT try to influence you in your voting for Favorite Newspaper Columnist under Community. But I do encourage you to vote in all your favorite categories. I will certainly make my votes heard for the Green Chile Party.


Last weekend, newspapers from around the state gathered in Santa Fe for the annual New Mexico Press Association convention. It’s always good meeting old friends and former colleagues from around the state, and learning new ideas to help serve readers and advertisers.

This year’s convention was special in terms of the Bulletin. Yes, we won a half dozen awards, but that was not the most special event.

Former Bulletin publisher David McCollum, who along with his wife, Jaki, owned the Bulletin from 2003-2012, was inducted into the NMPA Hall of Fame.

I had the distinct honor to present and introduce McCollum as the association’s newest Hall of Famer, and was proud to be one of several mentees of McCollum in the audience. The McCollums hired me as the Bulletin’s general manager in 2010, and serving this community in this capacity is a joy and a responsibility I take very seriously.

Our newspaper would not be what it is today without the foundation the McCollums set forth, and I greatly appreciate, both professionally and personally, the importance they placed on the Las Cruces community.


Last but not least, it’s time once again for NMSU Aggie basketball. Having seen no basketball since March 2020, the Pan American Center comes back to life Tuesday, Nov. 9.

The game, which tips off at 7 p.m., features the Aggies versus the Anteaters of University of California-Irvine, which I personally think is one of the greatest nicknames in college sports.

See more info in Dave Burge’s article in our sports section this week.

Richard Coltharp