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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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  • Solid-waste convenience stations in Hill, Anthony and Mesquite are likely to suffer long waits while open, as well as early closings for a few weeks. The reason for the operational delays and potential closings is a major mechanical failure of one of the county’s hauling trucks, which is used to service the targeted convenience stations.

  • Doña Ana County Assessor Emma Johnson Ortiz has announced that her office is now accepting certificates from disabled veterans who qualify for 100 percent property tax relief under House Bill 90, which passed the 2000 New Mexico Legislature and was signed by the governor.

  • Binding arbitration hearings last Friday resulted in no damages being awarded to a Las Cruces man who had alleged negligence and excessive force by two Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies.
    Augustin Telles filed the lawsuit following his April 4, 1997, arrest for resisting arrest and refusing to acknowledge receipt of a traffic citation. He was seeking $150,000 for medical bills, attorneys fees, court costs and damages.

  • A Tuesday evening disturbance in the Medical Unit of the Doña Ana County Detention Center was quickly controlled by the staff, but not before convicted murderer Jesse Avalos caused about $5,000 in damage to reinforced glass windows in the restricted-access area.
    Avalos and another inmate, Barragas, gained access to a fire extinguisher while confined to the Medical Unit.

  • Doña Ana County will not schedule any building inspections on April 25 or April 26, 2000, to allow the staff of the building inspections division of the Community Development Department to attend a training seminar.
    The training centers on the 2000 International Building Code and will include units on classification of building construction, means of egress, fire-resistant construction and fire-protection systems. The 2000 International Building Code takes effect Jan. 1, 2001.

  • Frank Torres, Doña Ana County’s chief building official, has completed training and received his certification for plumbing inspections.
    Torres, who joined the county Dec. 14, 1999, after a long career as a building inspector for the City of Las Cruces, completed his plumbing certification training March 20, 2000, at the International Conference of Building Officials in Denver, Colo.
    Torres is a board member of the Southern New Mexico Association of Building Officials.

  • With about 75 regional, state and local dignitaries in attendance, Doña Ana County broke ground Wednesday, March 1, 2000, on the site of the new 50-bed Juvenile Detention Facility at 1850 Copper Loop in Las Cruces.
    At the ground-breaking, Commission Chairman Carlos Garza called the facility “a $4 million investment in our collective peace of mind, and an investment in second chances for juvenile offenders.”

  • Doña Ana County will host a ground-breaking ceremony Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at 10 a.m. on the site of the new 50-bed Juvenile Detention Facility at 1850 Copper Loop in Las Cruces.
    At the ground-breaking, Commission Chairman Carlos Garza will say a few words and then preside over the ground-breaking. Las Cruces Mayor Ruben Smith also is scheduled to make some remarks.

  • A new law passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Gary Johnson likely will result in unfair property valuations, according to Doña Ana County Assessor Emma Johnson Ortiz.

  • All Doña Ana County offices will maintain normal operating hours on Presidents’ Day, Feb. 21, 2000. Presidents’ Day will be celebrated by county employees on Nov. 24, 2000, to give county employees a four-day weekend corresponding with the Thanksgiving holiday.
    For more information, call Doña Ana County Public Information Officer Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229 or toll-free from outside the City of Las Cruces at 1-877-827-7200.

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