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                Most Dona Ana County offices will be closed Monday, October 13, 2014, to allow employees to observe the Columbus Day holiday. Emergency services and law enforcement in the field will not be affected, but the administrative offices of the Doña Ana County Sheriff¹s Department will be closed.

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    October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and the Doña County Community Coalition Against Bullying is sponsoring a pledge-signing event on Saturday, Oct. 25, during the Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  •     Several departments within Doña Ana County will join together Thursday, Oct. 9, to canvas a rural community south of Las Cruces to educate residents on how to clean up their neighborhoods and properly care for their animals.

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                Working in conjunction with the Doña Ana County Information Technology Department, the Doña Ana County Finance Department has posted the county’s Fiscal Year 2014/2015 budget online for review by the public.

                The final budget has been approved by both the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners and the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration.

  • A tip to police on the whereabouts of a man wanted for threatening his girlfriend has led to his arrest. Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies located Isidro Garcia, 45, in the 2200 block of Doña Ana Road just after 9 p.m. Thursday. According to a criminal complaint, Garcia allegedly threatened his 35-year-old girlfriend with a machete on Oct. 11, 2014. The victim told investigators she heard Garcia outside of her home around 4:30 a.m.

  • More than 100 pieces of new, original student artwork from the Las Cruces and Gadsden Public Schools have been installed in the first-floor corridors of the Doña Ana County Government Center at 845 N. Motel Blvd. in Las Cruces. The exhibit includes paintings, etchings, photographs and drawings. The artists range in age from elementary students to high schoolers. The official opening of the newest student show will be held Friday, Oct. 24, from 3-4:30 p.m.

  • The application deadline for four open positions on the Extra Territorial Zoning Commission has been extended to 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, by the Doña Ana County Planning and Development Department. The term of appointment will be two years. The Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners will make three appointments at an upcoming regular meeting.

  • The remains of 12 people whose bodies were not claimed will be buried at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Las Cruces, with Rev. Jess Williams officiating the non-denominational service. Each of the bodies has been cremated, and the remains and personal effects have been in the custody of the Doña Ana County Health and Human Services Department for two years, as required by state law. No family or friends came forward during that period to claim the bodies.

  • The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a recent telephone scam that attempts to collect money for bogus warrants. About a dozen victims have reported the scam to the sheriff’s office in the last week. The victims all report the same nature of the call: a person falsely identifies themselves as a member of the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office, telling the victim that there is an outstanding warrant for their arrest.

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