News Flash

Posted on: August 7, 2020

Royal Crossing TIDD Public Hearing is Tuesday. August 11

Royal Crossing Tax Increment Development DIstrict

The City of Las Cruces will conduct a public meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, August 11, via Zoom, concerning the adoption of an resolution relating to the formation of the Royal Crossing Tax Increment Development District.The formation of the District is propo...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 7, 2020

Improvements Scheduled for Thomas Branigan Library and Albert Johnson Park

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As part of the City’s commitment to improve customer service, safety, and keep its facilities in proper shape, Facilities Management is working with a local vendor to install a sidewalk, new ADA ramps, and other limited maintenance activities to...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 7, 2020

State and Major Health Systems Outline Options for COVID-19 Testing

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The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and its testing partners want to collaboratively assure the public that COVID-19 testing remains widely available to those who need it in New Mexico, and that people who need to get tested are still able to do s...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 7, 2020

New Supplemental SNAP Increases Also Being Issued in August

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New Mexico households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will again receive the maximum amount for their household size for the month of August, the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) announced today, Friday, Augus...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 7, 2020

City Council to Discuss Community Development Commercial Fee Schedule at Its August 10 Work Session

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The Las Cruces City Council will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, August 10, 2020 for a work session to be conducted by video conference.

The work session will be televised live at 1 p.m. Monday on CLC-TV, Comcast Cable channel 20. The work session will also be avai...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 6, 2020

State Quarantine Requirements Amended to Accommodate Medical, Family Needs

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday, August 6, issued a revised executive order requiring quarantine for individuals arriving into the state of New Mexico, incorporating adjustments for those leaving the state for urgent medical and family needs.

As ne...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 6, 2020

Elections Officials Needed for 2020 General Election

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Election officials are sought for the Nov. 3, 2020 general election. To be an election official interested individuals must:

  • Be registered to vote in Doña Ana County.
  • Take an oath of office.
  • Not be a candidate for any office on the general electio...
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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 6, 2020

City of Las Cruces and LiftFund Partner to Aid Small Businesses Navigate and Thrive

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The City of Las Cruces and LiftFund have partnered to develop a relief support program that includes business counseling and workshops available to small business owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.“City Council has been proactive in looki...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 6, 2020

City of Las Cruces Launches the Las Cruces Safe Promise to the Community

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Mayor Ken Miyagishima will announce the launch of the Las Cruces Safe Promise campaign during a virtual news conference that will start at 11 a.m., Friday, August 7.The public can view the news conference at YouTube.com/clctv20 or CLC-TV Comcast Cable cha...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 6, 2020

Governor, Health Officials to Give Press Update on COVID 19 Updates

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials will host a remote news conference this afternoon, August 6, to provide an update on New Mexico’s COVID-19 response.

WHAT: Remote news conference regarding New Mexico’s COVID-19 response

WH...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 5, 2020

Las Cruces Utilities Director Jorge Garcia to Retire

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An illustrious 31-year career with the City of Las Cruces will soon come to a close as Las Cruces Utilities Director Jorge A. Garcia will retire on September 1, 2020.“The City utility has been a great place to work, a great place to learn, a gre...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 5, 2020

New Mexico Launches Recovery Loan Fund

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The Small Business Recovery Loan Fund for New Mexico small businesses opened on August 5, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Wednesday.

The online application is available at http://www.nmfinance.com.

The Small Business Recovery Act of 2020 allocates $40...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 4, 2020

Parks & Recreation COVID-19 Status Update

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The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department continues to observe its Phase 2 status for parks and recreational programs that follows COVID-19 safe practices and the State Public Health Order (https://cv.nmhealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 3, 2020

City Offers Moment of Silence for Those Killed in El Paso Walmart Shooting One Year Ago

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The City of Las Cruces observed a moment of silence at the beginning of the Monday, August 3 regular City Council meeting to honor and remember those who needlessly lost their lives in an El Paso Walmart. The remembrance came on the one-year anniversary o...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 4, 2020

City Council Approves $17.6 Million Bond Sale for General Obligation Bond Projects

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The Las Cruces City Council has unanimously approved the sale of $17,600,000 in tax-exempt General Obligation (GO) Improvement Bonds, Series 2020 that City voters approved in 2018. The council’s approval came during the Monday, August 3, regular...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 3, 2020

Youth Conservation Corp Crew Earns National Certification

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The City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department proudly announced today, Aug. 3, 2020, that all Youth Conservation Corp (YCC) summer crew members have earned Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) Certified Professional titles by completing th...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 3, 2020

RoadRUNNER Transit Joins Efforts to "Be Counted" for the 2020 Census

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RoadRUNNER drivers will be wearing "Be Counted" T-shirts on August 4 to remind everyone of the importance of participating in and completing your census questionnaire. "Be Counted" is the slogan of the City’s campaign to prom...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: August 1, 2020

Public Opportunity to Learn More about Building Permit Fees

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Las Cruces community members have more opportunities to learn about building permit fees charged by the City’s Community Development Department, which has not increased fees for 14 years, since 2006. The public can go online to view a p...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 30, 2020

City Names Interim Police Chief

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The City of Las Cruces has named Miguel Dominguez as Interim Chief of Police following the retirement of Patrick Gallagher, whose final day on the job is Aug. 1. Dominguez will begin his new assignment on Aug. 2. Miguel Dominguez has res...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 30, 2020

National Night Out Postponed for 2020

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National Night Out, the annual event that promotes community partnerships and camaraderie between residents and police, has been postponed for 2020 because of the public health emergency.

The Las Cruces police and fire departments, in partnership with the ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 30, 2020

Governor, Health Officials to Give Press Update on COVID 19 Updates This Afternoon

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials will host a remote news conference this afternoon to provide an update on COVID-19 efforts in New Mexico and the public health order.

WHAT: Remote news conference regarding New Mexico’s COVID-19 eff...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 28, 2020

Take-Out Family STEM Night from the Museum of Nature and Science

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“Take out Family STEM Night” material kits are available for pick up Wednesday August 12, August 19, and August 26. “Take out Family STEM Night” kits are free, but require reservation. To reserve your kit please con...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 29, 2020

State Applies for Federal Restaurant Assistance Through EBT Program

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The New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) has applied for federal approval to implement the Restaurant Meals Plan (RMP) as a means of continuing state assistance to businesses that have been impacted by the economic crisis sparked by the COVID-19 pan...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 27, 2020

Producing less trash? Switch to a smaller container!

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Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) offers a smaller capacity, 64-gallon compact container for our residents who find they don’t regularly fill their full-size 96 gallon container.

Using the smaller, 64-gallon container will also save you $2 per month on ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 27, 2020

City Council to Explore Possible Partnership With New Mexico Family Services

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There was consensus from the Las Cruces City Council during its work session on Monday, July 27 to explore the possibilities of establishing a partnership with New Mexico Family Services (NMFS).

Mayor Ken Miyagishima has asked City staff members to provide...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 27, 2020

Peachtree Hills Road Emergency Closure

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Due to unforeseen site conditions, Peachtree Hills Road between Sonoma Ranch Boulevard and Metro Park Avenue will be closed for approximately two working days, beginning Monday, July 27. Traffic will be detoured through Metro Park Avenue and Sirocco Avenu...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 27, 2020

Las Cruces City Website Provides Quick Links to COVID-19 Related Information

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created a number of challenges for cities all across New Mexico, the U.S., and the world. But the City of Las Cruces is working hard to provide residents with information they can easily find and use to help them overcome the cha...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 24, 2020

City Council Adopts Las Cruces Safe Promise

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The Las Cruces City Council unanimously adopted a resolution to implement the Las Cruces Safe Promise, as proposed by the Las Cruces Economic Recovery Ad Hoc Board (LCERB), during a Special Meeting conducted by video conference on Friday, July 24.The Las ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 23, 2020

Rescue teams helped three stranded hikers in the Organ Mountains

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Rescue teams from the Las Cruces Fire Department (LCFD), Mesilla Valley Search and Rescue (MVSAR) and New Mexico State Police (NMSP) helped three hikers who became stranded during a hail and lightning storm Monday, July 20, in the Organ Mountains.New Mexi...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 23, 2020

Trash Buddies Pitch in to Clean Up

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Keep Las Cruces Beautiful now has help from the community despite COVID-19 and the public health restrictions associated with the pandemic as community groups and individuals have stepped up to fill the gap to help clean up Las Cruces.One such group is th...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 23, 2020

State Updates School Reopening Guidelines

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The following is a shared message from the Office of The Governor of New Mexico:

The New Mexico Public Education Department on Thursday announced updates to the state’s plan for the safe and methodical reentry into school for students and educato...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 23, 2020

Las Cruces City Council Determines Single Finalist in City Manager Search

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The Las Cruces City Council interview process as well as the employee and community panel reviews have been completed in the City’s search for a new City Manager. Ifo Pili, the city administrator of Eagle Mountain City, Utah has emerged as the f...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 22, 2020

Power Failure at Central Dispatch Disrupts Non-Emergency Phone Lines

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The Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority (MVRDA), the 911 call center for most of the Mesilla Valley, is experiencing an electrical power outage that has disrupted all non-emergency telephone operations today, July 22.

Emergency calls can still be ma...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 21, 2020

City of Las Cruces City Council Narrows City Manager Search to Two Finalists

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The City of Las Cruces is moving forward in its search for a new City Manager. Candidates have been narrowed to two finalists after virtual meetings concluded between the City Council, mayor and the candidates Tuesday afternoon, July 21. 

The two ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 21, 2020

Is Summer Heat Affecting You? Survey Deadline Approaching

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July summer heat continues but the summer heat survey is ending soon. The City of Las Cruces Sustainability Office wants to learn how higher temperatures are affecting the community’s comfort outside and in the home. The City’s Sustain...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 19, 2020

Las Cruces Utilities Honors Gas Workers

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By Cassie McClure and Suzanne Michaels

Usually, City gas workers are honored on March 18. It’s the date of a horrific school explosion in New London, Texas, in 1937. An estimated 300 people died. The New London school board had canceled their nat...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 20, 2020

Providers Offer Special Hours to Get Children Immunized

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The New Mexico Department of Health, the New Mexico Immunization Coalition (NMIC), the New Mexico Primary Care Association (NMPCA), and healthcare providers from across the state are helping parents prepare children for going back to school.

Special immuni...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 20, 2020

Las Cruces Utilities Conditional Hire Program

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For the last 20 months, Senior Water Maintenance Worker, John Philip Flores, has been learning new things daily at Las Cruces Utilities (LCU). For him, this job was the next step in a career with the City of Las Cruces, but now with a new focus: helping p...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 13, 2020

Las Cruces City Council Set to Move Forward on East Mesa Recreation Complex Master Plan

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In a Work Session this afternoon, Monday, July 13, City Council discussed the options for the East Mesa Recreation Complex Master Plan and agreed to move forward with the preferred plan.

The plan is a combination of the two options that garnered the highes...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 13, 2020

State Re-enacts Certain Public Health Restrictions

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, on Monday, July 13, announced a new public health emergency order re-enacting emergency public health restrictions on high-contact indoor environments where face-coverings are not worn in order to slow the rising spread of COV...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 13, 2020

Really, You Have a Water Leak!

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By Cassie McClure and Suzanne Michaels

Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) technology is now providing detailed data on thousands of water meters throughout the city; data that was not available with previous water metering. Previous meters did not regi...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 13, 2020

Council & Administration Support NMED's Response to Walmart After Positive COVID Tests

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The City of Las Cruces City Council and Administration endorses the actions of the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) in calling for the immediate closure of the Las Cruces Walmart Store on Rinconada Boulevaard, in order to keep Las Crucens safe as ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 9, 2020

State to Re-enact Certain Public Health Restrictions

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday, July 9 announced the state of New Mexico will re-enact emergency public health restrictions on high-contact indoor environments where face-coverings are not worn in order to slow the rising spread of COVID-19 acros...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 8, 2020

Is Summer Heat Affecting You?

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Running barefoot from scorching asphalt to cool grass in the summertime exemplifies how cityscapes tend to get much warmer than green spaces. But summer heat can be dangerous, too.

The City of Las Cruces Sustainability office wants to learn how higher temp...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 2, 2020

City of Las Cruces Seeks Members

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The City of Las Cruces is accepting applications for its Transportation-Sustainability-Infrastructure Policy Review Committee (TSI PRC). In particular, the PRC is looking for people who represent non-profit environmental corporations or local businesses t...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: July 7, 2020

New Mexico Travel Restrictions in Effect

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New Mexico is under a mandatory health advisory issued by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
to protect against the spread of COVID-19.
 

Anyone crossing a border into the state must adhere to the New Mexico public health travel restrictions as outlined ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 26, 2020

Big Tuna Counts On Natural Gas; LCU Delivers

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By Cassie McClure and Suzanne Michaels

When pipe manufacturer Big Tuna was looking for a new location to call home, three components were critical: a reliable supply of natural gas, the right weather, and a location near major customers in New Mexico, West...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 26, 2020

2020 Summer Recreation Program Registration

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The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Youth Services Section announces the 2020 Summer Recreation Program that will begin on Wednesday, July 15, and runs through Friday, August 7. The program will be free and includes complimentary breakfast and l...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 26, 2020

City Collaborates with NM Workfoce Connections to Create Virtual Job Fair Webinar for Caregivers

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Interested in becoming a caregiver in Las Cruces? The City of Las Cruces Economic Development Department is working in partnership with Workforce Connections and Haciendas at Grace Village to create “Meet the Employer,” a virtual job f...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 21, 2020

Good Time to Sign up for Natural Gas in Talavera Neighborhoods

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By Cassie McClure and Suzanne Michaels

The construction phase of a multi-phase project to bring natural gas to Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) customers in the Talavera Subdivision began in August 2019. Now the very first customer is connected and pleased that ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 24, 2020

Las Cruces Ranked 50th Best Small City of 100 in 2020 Report

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Just as the U.S. gets back on its feet and cities begin to reopen for business, a new report touts Las Cruces as a city full of sunny weather, great outdoor activities, and an airport undergoing renovations that will greatly improve interconnectivity for ...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 19, 2020

Is it smelly water…or dried drains?

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By Cassie McClure and Suzanne Michaels

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) delivers approximately seven (7) billion gallons of safe, fresh, and clean water to residential and business customers every year.

Occasionally a customer calls about a bad smell that seems t...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 12, 2020

First Customer Connects to LCU Natural Gas in Talavera Subdivision

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By Cassie McClure and Suzanne Michaels

The construction phase of a $6.2 million project to bring natural gas to Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) customers in the Talavera Subdivision began in August 2019. Now, the very first customer is connected and pleased tha...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: June 7, 2020

Extra cleaning at Las Cruces Utilities to Protect Against COVID-19

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By Cassie McClure and Suzanne Michaels

While the City of Las Cruces is starting to reopen its departments to the public and adjusting to the “new normal” of day-to-day life, Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) is more focused than ever on precau...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: March 26, 2020

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 136

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New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 24 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

Seven new cases in Bernalillo County:

  • A female in her 20s
  • A female in her 30s
  • A male in his 40s
  • A m...
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City Manager Report
Posted on: March 24, 2020

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 100

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Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 100SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 17 additional positive tests for COVID-19.Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:Five new cases in Bern...
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City Manager Report
Posted on: January 6, 2020

City Manager Search Begins

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The national search for a new city manager for the City of Las Cruces has officially begun. Well-qualified candidates may apply electronically to The Novak Consulting Group at thenovakconsultinggroup.com.

The application is accessed by selecting the blue &...

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City Manager Report
Posted on: May 21, 2019

Noise Ordinance Input Meeting

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The City is asking for public input on changes proposed to the City of Las Cruces Ordinance 1988 that regulates noise throughout the City of Las Cruces. Ordinance 1988, “Noise,” is included in Chapter 19, Offenses and Miscellaneous Pro...

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City Manager Report