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                District 5 Doña Ana County Commissioner John L. Vasquez has scheduled a community meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, to discuss concerns about flooding in and around the Village of Hatch.

                The meeting will be staged at Village of Hatch Community Center at 837 Highway 187. ­­Translation services will be provided.

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                The voting systems to be used in upcoming New Mexico elections are one step closer to being finalized for the 2018 general election cycle.

                The Voting System Certification Committee (VSCC) has recommended certification for four systems to be used in New Mexico’s elections. Doña Ana County Clerk Scott Krahling attended the first meeting of the VSCC held in Santa Fe as one of five members appointed to the committee.


                Doña Ana County residents with an interest in mental health issues will have the opportunity on Aug. 30 to take part in a conference sponsored by the Doña Ana County Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, in conjunction with Doña Ana County’s Health and Human Services Department.


                A resident has alerted the Doña Ana County Manager’s Office that she received a call today from an automated service seeking personal information in relation to a resort vacation promotion. She reported that the caller ID indicated the call came from Doña Ana County.

                “We’re not in the resort vacation business, and we would never place such a call in person or through an automated system,” said Doña Ana County Interim Manager Chuck McMahon.

  •             Doña Ana County is seeking qualified applicants who are willing to serve on the county’s Internal Audit Advisory Committee, which will be comprised of five county residents who come from the following applicant pools: 1) Those with management experience, are certified public accountants, certified internal auditors or business educators; and 2) Current city, state or educational institution employees with backgrounds in accounting, finance and/or auditing.

  • The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department will participate in some friendly competition this weekend in the Las Cruces Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. This year’s event will be held Aug. 11-13 at Mesilla Valley Mall, hosted by United Blood Services.

    Sheriff’s department personnel, along with first-responders from the Las Cruces Police Department and Las Cruces Fire Department, will try to get family members, friends, office staff and members of the public to donate blood on behalf of their favorite badged heroes.

  •             Doña Ana County and the City of Las Cruces have filed a federal lawsuit against the United States, the United States Department of Defense and the National Guard Bureau seeking damages and declaratory relief relating to contaminated groundwater.

  • Law enforcement and civilian staff are mourning the loss of longtime Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Deputy Donald J. Lewis, known to most as “D.J.”, who was found dead inside his home off Motel Boulevard Monday morning. He was 70.  

    Lewis was hired at the sheriff’s department in September 1987 and earned his law enforcement certification on March 18, 1988. His tenure with the department began in 1974, when he volunteered with the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Auxiliary as a reserve deputy. 

  • The fall class of the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department Citizen’s Police Academy has been postponed a few weeks. The new deadline to apply is Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, and class size is limited to 25 people.

    The new start date will be Sept. 9, 2017. The academy will span eight consecutive Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon at DASO’s Las Cruces headquarters, 845 N. Motel Blvd.

    To date, more than 200 Doña Ana County residents have graduated from the program, which was re-launched in 2011 after a brief hiatus.


                The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department will close early Monday, Aug. 7 to allow staff to attend the funeral of a longtime deputy who passed away recently.

                Donald “D.J.” Lewis died at home Monday at the age of 70. He had been with the department since 1974. 

                The administrative offices in Las Cruces, Anthony, and Chaparral will close at noon Monday and will reopen Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 8 a.m. Patrol functions in the field will not be affected.