Doña Ana County

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For live, brief weekly updates of county news, tune in Wednesdays to the Zia Country Morning Show at approximately 7:15 a.m. at 99.5 on your dial, and on Magic 105 at approximately 7:50 a.m., and on Your Morning Show at approximately 8:15 a.m. on KVLC, 101-Gold. On Thursday mornings, you can tune in to the KGRT Morning Country Show at approximately 7:15 a.m., then on KSNM 98.7 from about 8:25-8:33, and finally on HOT 103.1's Morning Show (approx. 8:10-8:15.

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  • The Third Annual Tri-State Circuit Bicycle Race will be held Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, along several of the major roads in the Santa Teresa area.

    In conjunction with the New Mexico State Highway Department and Doña Ana County, organizers of the race have arranged for large portions of Airport Road, McNutt Road and the International Beltway (Artcraft Road) to be closed to motor vehicle traffic during the race.

  • Doña Ana County has filled three upper-management positions, as listed below.


    Paul T. Dugie has been named director of the Doña Ana County Flood Commission. Dugie holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from New Mexico State University. He is a graduate of Silver City High School.

  • Each week, Doña Ana County residents call for information about some basic services. Here, then, is a recap of some of the most common questions and their answers.

    How can I reach the county offices without paying for the call?

    Doña Ana County residents who live outside the City of Las Cruces calling area may reach the main county switchboard in Las Cruces by dialing

    What happens when my pet is picked up by Animal Control in the county?

  • The second of four public meetings designed to gather input about the future of the five-mile perimeter around Las Cruces known as the Extra Territorial Zone (ETZ) will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at Clyde Tombaugh Elementary School.

  • Lt. Cheryl Roach has been named interim administrator of the Doña Ana County Detention Center. Roach will fill the position vacated by Jeffery Garbow’s resignation, which became effective Oct. 1.

    Doña Ana County Manager Fernando R. Macias said Roach brings to the interim position an impressive amount of energy, institutional knowledge and the respect of her fellow officers and supervisors.

  • Fresh tortillas from Rincon will be a reality soon, thanks to the hard work and vision of many people in the area who have worked to bring a cooperative grain mill to the community. At the Sept. 27 meeting of the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners, a $300,000 loan from the State of New Mexico will be accepted for the purpose of building a rail spur to serve the mill.

  • During the late hours of the night Tuesday, Sept. 14, big changes were afoot at the Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority in the county’s governmental complex east of the Courthouse.

  • Growth in Doña Ana County has broadened the tax base, according to County Assessor Emma Johnson Ortiz, who said that 1999 property tax rates have dropped to pre-1997 levels.

    “Whenever the tax base grows,” Ortiz said, “the mill rate tends to drop, because more people are shouldering the responsibility for maintaining government services.”

  • In the 1990 U.S. Census, Doña Ana County’s population was reported at 135,510, but Census officials believe the population was undercounted by approximately 4,500 people. Given that federal funds are administered to counties and municipalities according to actual Census figures, the estimated undercount has cost nearly $7.5 million in loss of federal revenue to Doña Ana County since 1990.

  • The New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled this week that a controversial annexation of land by the City of Sunland Park was illegal, reversing a decision of the state district court.

    The 1997 annexation attempt sought to bring about 37 acres near the Santa Teresa border crossing into the City of Sunland Park. The court, however, ruled that the city acted in violation of state statutes by failing to include all adjacent thoroughfares in its annexation attempt.