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  • 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.

  • Packing a dozen years of experience in fire prevention, protection and investigation, Adolfo Zubia has been hired as Doña Ana County’s new fire marshal. He replaces interim fire marshal Jerry Adams, whose last day will be Oct. 30.

  • Applying for an absentee ballot means the voter has made a choice not to visit the polls, and Doña Ana County Clerk Rita Torres said voters who change their minds will encounter problems if they try to enter a voting booth on Election Day.

  • Early voting in Doña Ana County is in full swing. Any registered voter can vote early during business hours at the following locations: Room 104 of the Doña Ana County Courthouse at 251 W. Amador Ave. in Las Cruces; the Hatch School Board Room at 403 Main St. in Hatch; the Anthony Community Center at 875 N. Main St. in Anthony; and the East Mesa Fire Station at the corner of Porter Road and Highway 70 just east of Las Cruces. Each site also will be open all day Saturday, Oct.

  • In response to a deluge of more than 6,600 Doña Ana County residents requesting absentee voting privileges through Oct. 22, the county’s Bureau of Elections has hired on additional temporary help to process the incoming applications and mail out absentee voting materials.

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