Local news and weather for Las Cruces, El Paso, Alamogordo, Silver City, Ruidoso, Anthony, Cloudcroft, Deming, Truth or Consequences, Elephant Butte, and all of Southern New Mexico and Far West Texas.

Las Cruces, NM – A new Cultural Affairs Secretary has already been chosen to replace Ruben Smith.

Las Cruces, NM – Interim President William Flores wants to make NMSU's campus more student friendly- he's also planning to apply for a permanent position as president.

Las Cruces, NM – Officials at White Sands Missile Range are confident the Army post will not be closed by the federal government.

Las Cruces, NM – With Labor Day weekend travel just around the corner, gas prices in southern New Mexico are soon to level off.

Las Cruces, NM – The city is redoubling efforts to control the mosquito population. Terrence Kelly with the city says the season should wind down in October, but people should still be taking precautions.

Las Cruces, NM – In a closed-door meeting, the Las Cruces City Council recommended keeping Jim Ericson as City Manager.

Las Cruces, NM – The debate continues over how to fund a convention center in Las Cruces.

Las Cruces, NM – Hotel and motel owners in Las Cruces have turned in petitions protesting the $2.50 per-night surcharge to build a convention center in Las Cruces.

Las Cruces, NM – Jim Ericson retains his post as Las Cruces City Manager, he does so with a boost in pay.

Las Cruces, NM – NMSU's interim president says he will continue to increase distance education opportunities.

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico's Secretary of State was recently on campus encouraging students to vote.

Las Cruces, NM – A challenge grant from a Southwestern philanthropy will complete the First Step Women's Health Clinic $6 million capital campaign if the Memorial Medical Foundation can raise one million dollars before the first of the year.

Las Cruces – A replica of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. is travelling the country. It was spreading its message in July here in Las Cruces.

Las Cruces, NM – West Nile virus continues to spread in southern New Mexico.

Las Cruces, NM – A Las Cruces School Spokeswoman feels that higher standards may be to blame for low ratings.

Las Cruces, NM – Deming's sheriff says a crackdown on graffiti is diminishing gang problems.

Las Cruces, NM – US and Mexican border states work to improve environmental conditions. The plan is called Border 2012.

Las Cruces, NM – In addition to syringe exchanges there are programs available to heroin users that promote a healthier lifestyle. But law enforcement officials say these programs may not be the best idea.

Las Cruces, NM – Syringe exchanges for heroin users have been taking place in the United States since the nineties, and Southern New Mexico is no exception.

Las Cruces, NM – A new charter school is taking the place of the current Court Youth Center in downtown Las Cruces. Irene Oliver-Lewis has big plans for the high school, which is set to open next year.