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  • 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.

  • In response to numerous complaints and queries, Dona Ana County Clerk Rita Torres has begun sending letters explaining county and municipal sign ordinances to all candidates for elected office whose names will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot in Dona Ana County.

  • Four inmates of the Dona Ana County Detention Center were thwarted in an alleged escape plan Saturday morning, Aug. 15, 1998.
    The inmates initially approached a detention center guard on Friday, Aug. 14, 1998 and offered him $10,000 and a pick-up truck if he would assist in their escape attempt. The officer reported the incident to his supervisors. The U.S. Marshal’s Office also was notified, since two of the prisoners in question are federal detainees.

  • Dona Ana County Treasurer David Gutierrez has improved security measures at the Treasurer’s Office in the wake of a May, 1998 incident in which $7,000 turned up missing from the office.
    Although both internal and external investigations into the incident continue, Gutierrez said new security cameras have been installed in addition to already-established and stringent internal controls to deter future incidents from occurring.

  • Citing concerns for the regions electric ratepayers, the Dona Ana County Commission today issued a statement opposing the efforts of the City of Las Cruces to condemn El Paso Electric Company's distribution system within the Las Cruces city limits for purpose of establishing a municipal utility.

  • Doña Ana County Manager Fernando R. Macias has announced the hiring of Las Cruces native Jess C. Williams as the county’s new public information officer.

    Williams, 39, holds a master’s degree in communication studies and a bachelor’s degree in journalism, both from New Mexico State University. He has 12 years’ experience in the newspaper industry, with 10 of those as editor in chief.