Doña Ana County

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  • ANTHONY -- More than 40 concerned parents met with representatives from Doña Ana County and the Gadsden Independent School District Tuesday evening to discuss safety issues near the village’s two elementary schools.

  • Hundreds of voters in Doña Ana County have begun receiving campaign literature from various candidates in national, state and local races. In some of those literature packets, absentee voter applications have been inserted, advising the voter how to apply for absentee voting and giving the address of the Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office.

  • Of all the counties in the United States, only 24 share a border with Mexico. Representatives of those counties came together at a special summit Thursday and Friday, Sept. 24 and 25, in El Paso, to discuss their common needs and their common goals.

  • Legend has it that Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicked over a lantern on Oct. 9, 1871 and ignited the Great Chicago Fire, which claimed 250 lives, destroyed 17,430 buildings and caused $169 million in property damage.

    Doña Ana County’s interim fire marshal, Jerry Adams, said that the week including Oct. 9 is now designated nationwide as Fire Prevention Week, in memory of all the lives lost in Chicago and in hopes that losses attributed to fire can be abated in the future.

  • Doña Ana County will receive $2 million from the U.S. Marshal’s Service to partially fund a 290-bed expansion of the Doña Ana County Detention Facility, county commission chairman Gilbert T. Apodaca announced today.
    Apodaca said the county applied for the grant in early February and was notified Thursday, Sept. 17, that the money would be forthcoming. The Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners is slated to vote on acceptance of the money at its regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 22.

  • When Doña Ana County animal-control officer Ellie Choate says, “Hold your horses,” she knows what she’s talking about.
    Choate successfully completed the Equine Investigation Academy in Durango, Colo., this month. The academy is a six-day, intensive-learning seminar cosponsored by Code 3 Associates and the University of Missouri’s Law Enforcement Training Institute.

  • Nearly 200 civic and governmental leaders from the Rio Grande corridor through New Mexico, Texas and Mexico gathered at the Camino Real Hotel in El Paso Wednesday, Sept. 16, to hear Dona Ana County Commissioner Ken Miyagishima’s departing remarks as president of the Rio Grande Council of Governments.

  • With 26 departments spread out over nearly a dozen buildings, Dona Ana County government generates a veritable flood of paperwork each week through its financial system – for everything from purchase orders and requisitions to time sheets and payroll records.
    But the flood waters are receding.

  • It used to be that the owner of a plot of land in Dona Ana County might have to spend countless frustrating hours poring over a phalanx of different maps to discern a given parcel of land’s zoning status, assessment valuation, utility access, flood likelihood, etc.

  • Phase I of Dona Ana County’s wastewater hook-up project for the village of Dona Ana has received the approval of the Rural Utilities Service, which means all residents with homes located within 300 feet of newly installed wastewater hook-up stubs are now required to shut down their individual septic systems and connect to municipal wastewater services through the City of Las Cruces. Applications will be accepted beginning Wednesday, Sept. 23.