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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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  • 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.

  • Most Dona Ana County offices will be closed all day Monday, Sept. 6, to commemorate Labor Day. Emergency services and law enforcement will not be affected.

    The South Central Solid Waste Transfer Center and the county’s solid-waste convenience stations in Anthony, La Mesa, Hill, Butterfield, Mesquite, La Union, Hatch and Garfield will be closed all day Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, and will resume normal operations Friday, Sept. 10, 1999 at 7:30 a.m.

  • The Doña Ana County Detention Center will receive $386,524 this week in federal funds to help reimburse the county for the costs of housing documented illegal aliens detained locally by the state.

  • RADIUM SPRINGS – On Sunday, August 22, Doña Ana County Commission Chairman Gilbert T. Apodaca will open the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Radium Springs Community Center. The ceremony will begin at 5 p.m.

    The Robledo Community Association – whose members will take over the administrative duties at the center upon its completion – will be on hand for the ceremony.

  • The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has issued a warning to residents of Doña Ana County regarding flood conditions along the Rio Grande.

    Heavy rains in areas north of Doña Ana County have filled the riverbed to capacity. Forecasts calling for more rain could mean more flooding to homes, farms, businesses and parks near the river.

  • The Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners has approved $110,000 in services and cash to support the construction of six new soccer fields in Las Cruces. The County will perform earth-moving services valued at $70,000 and will contribute $40,000 cash to the initiative spearheaded by the High Noon Soccer League.

  • Out of 2,641 property valuation protests received by the Doña Ana County Assessor’s Office in 1999, all but 609 have been resolved. The remaining protesters have been sent letters explaining the protest process and what action, if any, has been taken to amend the original property valuation.

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