Las Cruces

Doña Ana County Government Facing Another Lawsuit

Dec 10, 2017

Commentary: Imagine you're a young cadet in the Doña Ana Sheriff's Office Academy.   

You're an Army reservist, having made it through basic training. You're being consistently called lazy. You're the only cadet being told to suck your thumb and asked to repeat various tasks after completing them. “Why me?” you wonder.

You are the only black cadet. 

Christmas Traditions in the Mesquite District

Dec 19, 2014

  December 20, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra continues with part two of an interview with retired Artistic Producer/Founder of the Court Youth Center and Alma D’Arte Charter High School, Irene Oliver-Lewis, and her sister, local Advocate in Community and Historic Preservation, Sylvia Camuñez. They grew up in the historic Mesquite District of Las Cruces and recall some of their family Christmas traditions. Last week we talked about the different foods their family prepared for Christmas.

Bikers Raise Abuse Awareness, Arrive in Las Cruces

Dec 8, 2012

Two bikers are peddling across the country – and it’s all for a cause. They want to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect. They stopped in Las Cruces at Families and Youth, Inc.

John Frugo and Lynette Garrett are about halfway on their bike ride Chicago to the West Coast.

The ride has inspired John.

Red Ribbon Bash Raises Money, Hope for HIV/AIDS

Sep 13, 2012


Las Cruces - March 31, 2012 - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Chair of the Hearts for Autism Board, Abel Covarrubias, and with Camp New Amigos Liaison, Amanda Morton to talk about this year’s benefit for area children with autism. 

 Las Cruces - March 20, 2012 - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Dona Ana County Commissioner, Billy Garrett. He is also the Co-Chair of the "8th Annual J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium." The first symposium began in 2005 at New Mexico State University in honor of J. Paul Taylor’s lifelong commitments to the community. Scholars, students, community stakeholders, and policy makers from across the state and region come together each spring to explore, learn and work in unity on strategies for justice and reform.

Arrest Made In 2010 Murder

Mar 13, 2012


Investigators with the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department have made an arrest in the 2010 murder of a homeless man.

Arnold Hofeldt, 52, was located Tuesday morning in El Paso County, Colorado. According to investigators, Hofeldt was a person of interest in the murder of Kermit E. Feazelle, whose body was found Nov. 16, 2010, in a desert area east of I-25 near the Doña Ana exit.

Hofeldt voluntarily agreed to speak with investigators regarding Feazelle’s disappearance on Jan. 4, 2011, but failed to show for a polygraph test the following day.

Six Charged In Las Cruces Phony Check Operation

Mar 1, 2012


Las Cruces Police have charged four women and two men for their involvement in creating and cashing counterfeit checks that appeared to be from several local businesses.

Aubrey Faith Savage, 32, Glenda Marie Young, 47, Theresa R. Yanez, 38, John Anthony Brinsfield, 37, and 25-year-olds Barbara J. Kyle and Matthew Enriquez have all been arrested in the past several weeks.

The man who helped to shape the digital world as we know it and is often referred to as the father of virtual reality once claimed New Mexico State University as his personal playground.

Jaron Lanier, a computer scientist, musician and author, is this year's featured speaker at the University Speaker Series, sponsored by the Honors College and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. The event takes place on Tuesday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Atkinson Recital Hall on the NMSU campus.

Las Cruces Nanny Charged With Child Abuse

Mar 1, 2012


A woman hired to care for a couple’s infant son has been charged with child abuse after investigators learned of a nanny camera that recorded her shoving a used baby wipe inside the toddler’s mouth.

Elvira Talavera Perez, 43, also known as Elvira Torres, is charged with three counts of negligent child abuse. All three counts are third-degree felonies.

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Las Cruces Police issued 75 citations on Wednesday during a second consecutive day of traffic enforcement operations. Officers handed out 64 citations and made one felony arrest during a two-hour traffic enforcement operation on Tuesday.

Today’s two-hour traffic enforcement operation began at 11 a.m. and was held onMissouri Avenue near Triviz Drive. The operation yielded 25 citations to drivers who were using a cell phone and another 16 to motorists who were not properly buckled-up. One person was arrested on a misdemeanor charge.


         Shelter staff, concerned about a sudden spike in the number of puppies brought to the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley this week, are hoping their efforts to find the puppies permanent homes are successful.

            There are currently more than 40 puppies at the shelter, ranging in age from day-old newborns to 12 weeks. Population Supervisor Curtis Herring says some were brought in with their mothers as strays, while others were motherless – surrendered by their owners who reportedly had no means to care for them.

County Moves Forward On Emergency Facility

Feb 17, 2012
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           As the southern population of Dona Ana County continues to grow alongside a multi-million dollar railroad hub in Santa Teresa, the county is putting in place a modern, state-of-the-art facility with the capabilities of handling a variety of hazardous-materials emergencies.