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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  • BERINO – Septic systems here will be a thing of the past soon, now that the Border Environment Cooperation Commission has certified a new wastewater system for the village, freeing up $233,000 for technical assistance that will complement the $1.9 million construction grant already approved by the New Mexico Environmental Division.

  • A story about the ongoing investigation into the theft of $7,000 from the Doña Ana County Treasurer’s office, published in the Dec. 2 edition of the Las Cruces Sun-News, quoted Las Cruces Police Department spokesman Sgt. Joel Cano as saying, “Everything that [Det. Raul Ortiz] learned has been turned over to county officials. We turned over the entire case.”

  • Every 10 years, the task of preparing for a United States Census falls to county and municipal governments, whose officers and agents must assess the growth of housing, population and income growth in order to draw boundaries for census tabulations.

  • Doña Ana County Sheriff James Robles will surrender himself and serve time behind bars Thursday, Nov. 19, in an attempt to raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The “jail” in which he will serve will be located at Baker-Peet Chrysler-Plymouth on North Main Street. Robles will attempt to raise a minimum of $500 toward “bail money” which will be donated in turn to St. Jude.

  • CHAPARRAL – Thanksgiving will come early this year to the Village of Chaparral, where Avancè, Inc., will host a community presentation and brunch Friday, Nov. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the village’s Community Center on County Line Road.
    Sylvia Sierra, executive director of Avancè, said the morning’s activities will be provided for 40 children and 40 single parents, all of whom regularly participate in Avancè’s parenting-education programs at the Chaparral Community Center.

  • Doña Ana County government offices will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans’ Day.
    The county’s solid waste transfer stations in Anthony, Hatch, La Mesa, Butterfield, Hill and Mesquite will be open Nov. 11, but they will close Monday, Nov. 16 in observance of the Veterans’ Day holiday.
    If you have any questions, please call the County Manager’s Complex at 647-7200.

  • Doña Ana County Clerk Rita Torres said Thursday that a data-entry error in the absentee-voter bureau artificially inflated the headcount of absentee voters on printouts distributed to the media and various candidates.
    Although none of the election results were affected, Torres said, residents who added up figures on the county’s website and initial precinct tally listings might have been led to believe that more absentee votes were cast than were actually tallied.

  • The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has bestowed its equivalent to an Academy Award for technical achievement to Doña Ana County’s South Central Solid Waste Transfer and Recycling Facility.
    The Doña Ana County facility received a Bronze Award for excellence based on its creative design, its comprehensive approach and its forward-looking capacity for growth.
    The judges’ remarks were as follows:

  • CHAPARRAL – About 35 residents gathered into the recently completed community center here Thursday to hear the official word that noon meals and daytime recreation and health programs will soon get underway.

  • DOÑA ANA – Residents here will take part in festivities Saturday, Oct. 31 to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the village’s wastewater hook-up lines, which means more than 350 septic systems will be retired over the next two years as the village begins pumping wastewater to the treatment plant in the City of Las Cruces.