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  •              During the closing session of the 2020 Legislative Conference in Santa Fe Thursday afternoon, New Mexico Counties (NMC) named Doña Ana County the winner of the FY 2018-2019 Continued Excellence Award for large counties, in recognition of the county’s eight consecutive clean audits.  

  •             For the third year, Valentine’s Day weddings will take center stage for “Romance in the Rotunda” at the Doña Ana County Government Center on Friday, Feb. 14.  
                Ceremonies will be conducted from  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the main lobby of the Doña Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Boulevard.
                Couples who wish to get married on Valentine’s Day will find the rotunda decorated for the occasion, with a dedicated photographer to share their special day’s photos on Doña Ana County’s social media channels. 

  •      Pet food donations to assist seniors in keeping their pets healthy and fed will be accepted at the Doña Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd., throughout the month of February.
    The effort is in support of Hearts 4 Paws, a pet food drive that collaborates with Meals on Wheels to deliver nutrition for both senior citizens and their pets.

  •              In the first month of 2020, two Lubbock first responders were struck and killed while working a crash scene. Another firefighter was critically injured.      
                The news has prompted reminders from fire chiefs and law enforcement nationwide for motorists to be cautious and move over when fire crews, EMTs and law enforcement are present at the scene of a crash or other incident.

  •             Firefighters from Doña Ana County’s South District, with assistance from the New Mexico State University Fire Department, responded to a burning mobile home in Mesquite Sunday night.

                The fire was first reported at 8:44 p.m. in the 400 block of N.M. Highway192. 

     According to Battalion Chief Kellen Tarkington, crews arrived to find the home approximately 25 percent involved in fire, with smoke and flames coming from the structure. Crews fought the fire from inside the home, which quickly contained the fire to the areas that were already affected. 

  •             Crews with Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services responded to a fire late Saturday that destroyed a residential and commercial building. 
                The incident was reported at approximately 7:10 p.m. in the 200 block of West Hall Street in Hatch. According to Doña Ana County Fire Chief Nick Hempel, the fire was contained to the structure where it first began. There were no injuries reported, but the building is reportedly a total loss. 
                The cause of the fire is under investigation. 
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  •             A new award program, called the Board of County Commissioners Overcomer Award for middle-school students will launch on Jan. 28, at the Doña Ana Board of County Commissioners regular meeting to recognize 6th- through 8th- grade children who overcome a challenge, show significant improvement or good citizenship. 

  •          Most Doña Ana County offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 20 to observe the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
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