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  • Capacity of the Expansion unit: 305 beds

    Total Capacity of the Expanded Detention Center: 867 beds (note: the Southern N.M. Correctional Facility has a capacity of 800, including the 300-bed Paul Oliver Unit.)

    Cost of the Expansion: $5.3 million

  • The U.S./Mexico Border Counties Coalition has scheduled a press conference for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 12, at the Las Cruces Hilton.

    The press conference will cap the 24-county coalition’s June 11-12 meeting that got underway today at the hotel, with introductory remarks by County Commissioner Carlos Garza and Las Cruces Mayor Ruben Smith. Items that will be highlighted during the press conference are scheduled to include:

  • It takes a bit of paperwork, but Lt. Vicki Garcia of the Doña Ana County Detention Center plugs away, month after month. And the results are tangible: Since 1996, she has landed $691,000 in federal funds to help reimburse the county for the costs of housing documented illegal aliens detained locally by the state.

  • Doña Ana County personnel officer Victoria Lusk, who works in the Human Resources Department, has been certified as a “Professional in Human Resources” by the Society for Human Resource Management.

    According to Cornelia Cont, director of the Human Resource Certification Institute, Lusk’s certification, dated May 13, 1999, signifies that she “completed an experience evaluation and a rigorous examination of comprehensive knowledge in the field of human resource management.”

  • Elected officials from 24 counties along the 1,300-mile United States/Mexico border will meet at the Hilton Hotel in Las Cruces in mid-June to discuss a coordinated Congressional lobbying agenda.

    Doña Ana County Commissioner Carlos Garza, who was instrumental in bringing the convention to Las Cruces, said the coalition’s goals represent an opportunity for border counties to align themselves in meaningful ways and address common concerns that non-border areas do not face.

  • What is the ETZ?

    The ETZ (Extra-Territorial Zone) is a five-mile buffer zone that extends outward from the Las Cruces city limits into Doña Ana County. It has a population of about 54,000 people and an area of approximately 344 square miles.

    Why do we need an ETZ?

  • Doña Ana County is seeking letters of interest from residents who would like to serve as at-large members on the county’s newly created Health Council. Four seats are available for appointment.

    The at-large members on the Doña Ana County Health Council will work alongside representatives from 20 area organizations and entities, each of which has direct interests in public health issues.

  • Herman Martinez has been hired as Doña Ana County’s new health programs director.

    A native of Las Vegas, N.M., Martinez comes to the county with a wealth of health-care and management experience in the United States Public Health Service. Martinez has expertise in social services, health outreach, health promotion and education, and health issues related to indigent populations. He also is familiar with budgeting, programming, planning and evaluation.

  • Doña Ana County is accepting applications for an open seat on the County Valuation Protest Board.

    The two-year appointment requires a commitment of several full workdays each year for protest hearings. The New Mexico State Department of Taxation and Revenue will reimburse each board member at the rate of $80 per day and 25-cents per mile for round-trip transportation on scheduled hearing dates to the Doña Ana County Courthouse.

  • Second-half tax collections are going “hunky-dory,” County Treasurer David Gutierrez said Tuesday. With the deadline of May 10 fast-approaching, Gutierrez said most residents are mailing in their payments or bringing them in to the Courthouse.

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