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Gold from a Dragon Rider

Gold from a Dragon Rider

They’re a deceitful bunch of earthlings; tatted, tough and seemingly indifferent to others when poised at an intersection. Riders mounted on loud, gear driven, fire-spitting dragons. Often times roving in packs; tearing down main streets—leaving dusty clouds fraught with attitude... Read more

A Dawg's Life

A Dawg's Life

I was chained like a dog, staring out of a steel-meshed window at the exquisite New Mexico landscape. My heart lamented it’s beatings inside of my ribbed cage and I wondered, “How did I end up like this?”  I took a... Read more

Popular Children’s Water Festival teache…

Popular Children’s Water Festival teaches value of water

This year 850 students and teachers from 5 local schools converged on Young Park, to learn everything they could about water. It was all part of the Children’s Water Festival, an annual springtime event sponsored by Las Cruces Utilities (LCU).“I... Read more

Health Services for Those Who Need It Mo…

Health Services for Those Who Need It Most

Suzan Martinez de Gonzales and Lydia Macklin are both demonstrative types. Nothing shows this shared characteristic more effectively than when the two women start talking about the school services provided by La Clinica De Familia. They both were taking measures... Read more

New Mexico Pecan Festival: At Long Last!

New Mexico Pecan Festival: At Long Last!

Much of the appeal of the Mesilla Valley at the peak of summer is the breathtaking pecan orchards at almost every turn and in almost every direction. One of the most impressive is an area down south on Highway 28... Read more

FOCUS ON RECYCLING at Old Foothills Land…

FOCUS ON RECYCLING at Old Foothills Landfill

If your holiday plans include the presence and amazing scent of a live, cut pine tree…please plan to recycle that tree when the decorations have been put away and the needles start to fall. Christmas trees are part of the... Read more

Tutti Bambini: For all children, all yea…

Tutti Bambini: For all children, all year long

Four years ago, Tutti Bambini, a local children’s clothing store, opened its doors with one simple goal in mind: to help children in need. Through the profits made by selling used and new clothing, toys, books and children’s furniture, plus proceeds... Read more

Raise 'em up with Dignity

Raise 'em up with Dignity

By Raul Esparza  Photos by Tu Media Group and Juan AlbertIt’s easy to quit when, seemingly, there’s nothing left to fight for. That’s the scenario Sammy Burke found himself in at the age of 14. He was essentially on his... Read more

Little Lives Bring a Community Together

Little Lives Bring a Community Together

By Caroline Zamora  Photos by Polo Orta and courtesy of March of DimesAfter contracting the Polio virus and losing the use of his legs (Staff, 2009), President Franklin D. Roosevelt founded the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (NFIP) with the... Read more

A Club Out in the Country

A Club Out in the Country

By Gloria Vaquera, Photos by ACC & Damacio BernalIt would be unorthodox for a farmer –outfitted in dirty jeans, dusty boots and all– to wander in to an ordinary country club to play some golf. The Anthony Country Club, however,... Read more

You can have a stunning yard, using litt…

You can have a stunning yard, using little water

By Suzanne Michaels  Photography courtesy of Las Cruces UtilitiesEvery spring, Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) lines up regional experts for free Lush and Lean workshops - and you are invited! Lush and Lean aims to take the mystery out of creating... Read more

Roots in the Valley

Roots in the Valley

By Gloria Vaquera, Photography by Damacio Bernal, Bill Faulkner and D&D Sports Photography“Agriculture is the most healthful, most useful and most notable employment of man.” –George Washington.I read a message once that said that we may need a doctor, a lawyer,... Read more

Boys & Girls Club of Las Cruces - Enabli…

Boys & Girls Club of Las Cruces - Enabling Children to Reach Their Full Potential

Often, children are left alone at home without parental supervision while their parents are at work. This can cause many to turn to their own devices to pass the time on their own, without the direction that adult supervision can... Read more

The Product of “His” Work

The Product of “His” Work

13 – 20+ Wins in a Season15 District Championships10 State Tournament Final Four Appearances5 State Tournament Runner-up8 State Tournament Championship Game Appearances3 State Championships25 Lady Trojans Played College Ball2 NM Gatorade Players of the Year11 District 3AAAAA Coach of the... Read more

Strong Shoulders to Stand On

Strong Shoulders to Stand On

George Vescovo likes to say that he is standing on the shoulders of giants. And, despite his modesty, it is easy to see why he would feel that way. There are a number of ways that he has had a... Read more

A Dream Beyond Construction

A Dream Beyond Construction

Lawrence Fierro started working outdoors since the age of ten. Rain or shine, he was out getting dirty, cleaning sewer lines and digging trenches with his dad, Antonio Fierro, who was the owner of Fierro Plumbing in Mesilla. At the... Read more

To the NFL and Back

To the NFL and Back

According to some hurried research by my “team,” approximately 2,600 National Football League players have won Super Bowl championships and therefore have earned the right to wear a Super Bowl ring. To date, only one player – Charles Haley of... Read more

At the Forefront of Community Health

At the Forefront of Community Health

The word “groundbreaking” can be used in two ways. One refers to the ceremony that notes the beginning of a new construction project and the other refers to something that is new or innovative.La Clinica De Familia CEO Suzan Martinez... Read more

Punta de lanza en salud comunitaria

Punta de lanza en salud comunitaria

La palabra en inglés “groundbreaking” puede ser usada de dos maneras. Una se refiere a la ceremonia que indica el inicio de un nuevo proyecto de construcción y la otra se refiere a algo que es nuevo o innovador.La CEO... Read more

A Different Take on Birthing

A Different Take on Birthing

Nothing in the world compares to the bond a pregnancy creates between a mother and her child or what a woman feels as she welcomes her newborn baby into the world. That moment when she can finally hold her baby... Read more

From the Valley, to the Big Apple

From the Valley, to the Big Apple

I suppose there are countless, but I don’t personally know very many people that by the age of three years old already have an inclination as to what they want to be when they grow up, and then actually accomplish... Read more

Latino Doctors, Culturally and Intellect…

Latino Doctors, Culturally and Intellectually Akin

In the absence of family, friendships are often times formed. In so many ways, the paths of these Latino doctors have crossed and they have become an extended family. Some are hundreds, even thousands of miles away from home, but... Read more

Southern NM Promotoras

Southern NM Promotoras

Every day a Promotor or Promotora is responding to the needs of someone in their community. In Southern New Mexico these individuals, both male and female, are trusted members of the communities they serve. They are also known as Community... Read more

Everyone Knows Her, But Not Everyone Kno…

Everyone Knows Her, But Not Everyone Knows Her Well. First Person with Erlinda Portillo

Most of us know Erlinda Puentes-Portillo as a mover, a shaker and event planner extraordinaire. We know her as an energetic, workaholic that has retired more than once and is still going strong, making big things happen in our community.... Read more

Worth seeing: “Indian Canyon” Water Tank…

Worth seeing: “Indian Canyon” Water Tank Mural

On the east side of Las Cruces, a beautiful piece of art awaits you at the top of Sedona Hills Parkway. The Indian Canyon Mural by artist Anthony Pennock uses the 2 million gallon Jornada Water Tank as a canvas,... Read more

One Step at a time

One Step at a time

"95% is attitude." These are not only the words of Miguel Lucero, but it is very easy to see that this is precisely the way he lives his life. He rushes in with a big smile after just coming back... Read more

A Journey of Faith, Love and Hope in Pur…

A Journey of Faith, Love and Hope in Pursuit of the American Dream

Is it our faith or simply the dreams we create in our hearts and subconscious mind that help shape who we are and what will become of us? Or could it simply be a combination of both? Could these dreams... Read more

More than Gold: The Wright Story

More than Gold: The Wright Story

It’s probably safe to say that Nancy Wright had no idea when she walked into Jones and Company Jewelers in early 2007 that she would someday own the place.“It was just meant to be,” she said. “I had no experience... Read more

Alimentate sanamente. Mountain View Mark…

Alimentate sanamente. Mountain View Market Co-Op

Seguramente usted ya ha escuchado muchos mensajes acerca de la importancia que tiene el comer bien para poder vivir bien. Sin embargo, no nos resulta fácil seguir las reglas para mantener un cuerpo limpio y sano por medio de la... Read more

3 of a Kind -Faith, Focus and Follow Thr…

3 of a Kind -Faith, Focus and Follow Through

Let’s face it: Gyms can be intimidating. All those confusing machines lined-up neatly in isles ... all those huge weights one is supposed to know how to adjust ... the proper form we’re supposed to be mindful of when using... Read more

An Artist. A Vision

An Artist. A Vision

Joey’s love for art was etched in his heart. It would manifest itself in the artistic, fluid-like combinations he delivered when standing inside a boxing ring. While training under local legends Sammy Burke and Larry Reneo, Joey amassed a total... Read more

Life's a Journey

Life's a Journey

“In life, you are always going to have left turns and U-turns.”Local dentist Dr. David Samaniego heard that often from his father while growing up and fortunately the paternal wisdom didn’t end there. Dad Samaniego had more advice to offer... Read more

World-class Health Care in Our Hometown

World-class Health Care in Our Hometown

About eight years ago, my father was suffering with complications from diabetes. After already having lost several toes, he was told by his doctor there was an infection in his leg and that his leg would have to be amputated... Read more

M Five Martini Grill

M Five Martini Grill

"Bright light city gonna set my soul, gonna set my soul on fire… Viva Las… Cruces?”Well everyone knows Las Cruces isn’t Las Vegas, but did you know that we have a Las Vegas-inspired martini grill right here in town?“I’ve never... Read more

My Neighbor

My Neighbor

By Raul EsparzaAmidst the hissing drone of random bullets, a thick laughter bubbled up in Sergeant Paz's throat. It spilled out, only to drown in an acidic, cacophony of war. The world around U.S. Army Sergeant Alexander Paz was far... Read more

Las Cruces Orthopaedic Associates

Las Cruces Orthopaedic Associates

You may have wondered – and who among the non-ancient Greeks among us has not? – about that seemingly extra letter “a” in the orthopaedic part of Las Cruces Orthopaedic Associates. Isn’t it really “orthopedic?” Isn’t that just an archaic, old-fashioned way... Read more

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words, A F…

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words, A Frame Can Make It That Much Better

Ask any resident of Las Cruces –or visitor for that matter– about the one scene that defines our city, and most will probably reply,“The Organ Mountains.” It is also probable that the Organ Mountains are the single most photographed landscape... Read more

Francisco Romero: Una Historia Inspirado…

Francisco Romero: Una Historia Inspiradora

Dicen que el primer paso para llegar al éxito es descubrir lo que te apasiona y dedicarte a ello. Sin embargo, pocos son los valientes que se atreven a correr el riesgo de vivir sus sueños. Esta es la inspiradora... Read more

A Cottage Built for Kids

A Cottage Built for Kids

As a parent, you want what is best for your child. You want your child to grow up and be happy, tell you how they feel, run and play with their friends, learn how to sing the alphabet, and read... Read more

Deleita tus sentidos con Aroma

Deleita tus sentidos con Aroma

Hablar de buenos gustos es hablar del restaurante Aroma. Aquí la calidad no se limita a sus exquisitos platillos, sino que también incluye su excelente servicio y un ambiente perfecto. Aroma nos abrió sus puertas para mostrarnos qué es lo... Read more

Diseñadora por accidente

Diseñadora por accidente

Trabajar haciendo lo que amas es la mayoría de las veces un sueño inalcanzable para muchos de nosotros, sin embargo este no fue el caso de Sandra Arlette Morales. A pesar de tener una licenciatura en Relaciones Internacionales, Arlette decidió... Read more

The Knife Maker

The Knife Maker

Dean Aragon was no different from other boys growing up in the lower valley. He was just as mischievous, just as curious and just as inventive when it came to creating toys to pass the time during the long summer... Read more

The Value of a Life Mentor

The Value of a Life Mentor

Growing up in poverty, in and of itself, is not a unique situation. Uniqueness sets in when a nine year-old knows the bars in the low income projects where he lives because that’s where he goes to shine shoes and... Read more

Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center

Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center

When the warm weather rolls around, everyone is quick to grab their bathing suits and towels and head for the pool. That’s because, not only does the water cool down our bodies, it helps us stay in shape to look... Read more

Magnificent Sprawling Hacienda— La P…

Magnificent    Sprawling  Hacienda— La Posta de Mesilla

Befittingly, La Posta is well-known for their authentic Mexican food. But a visit to La Posta extends far beyond a splendid meal. It is a rich cultural encounter where history commingles with the present and where olden days are seamlessly... Read more

CAFé: NM Communidades en Acción y de Fé …

CAFé: NM Communidades en Acción y de Fé / Faith Based Community Organizing

“The rising tide of economic inequality in this nation cries out for people of faith to act. It is very much in the very nature of faithful living—in any religion—to be welcoming to those society rejects, to free those who... Read more

Seed of Hope

Seed of Hope

Overwhelming global evidence indicates that solid agricultural growth accompanies, if not precedes, the general economic growth of a nation. According to the USDA, 2007 Census of Agriculture, there has been a significant raise in the number of Hispanic farms and... Read more

Saludable desde el comienzo

Saludable desde el comienzo

Imagine una comunidad en la que cada bebé y cada niño tuviera una oportunidad justa para triunfar. Visualice una comunidad donde los niños llegaran a ser adultos felices, sanos, seguros y productivos que contribuyen a sus familias y a sus... Read more

Home-Based Healing

Home-Based Healing

Unless we are in need of the service, most of us don’t think about home health care. As a matter of fact, even when we are in need of it, many of us don’t realize that it is available. Abiding... Read more

Las Cruces Orthopaedic Associates, PC. C…

Las Cruces Orthopaedic Associates, PC. Comprehensive Orthopaedic Services

A few decades ago, Southern New Mexico was far behind the times in terms of quality specialized healthcare of any kind, let alone orthopaedic care. Patients had to travel to El Paso or Albuquerque to address their unmet medical needs.... Read more

Musical Identity

Musical Identity

In this day and age, there are so many cultures and traditions fused together. Through migration, people have contributed to the change and evolution of music as if worlds collide harmoniously in melody.It is without a doubt that music and... Read more

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Aspirations and determination are what drive us to achieve our dreams. The search for a way to accomplish those dreams or goals can take time, requires support from those around us, and a lot of planning. It’s typically not an... Read more

Building Structures, Lives and Faith

Building Structures, Lives and Faith

As a young man growing up in the small town of San Miguel, NM, Armando Figueroa remembers the hot summers he worked alongside his father, a migrant worker. While most kids his age were out riding their bikes and hanging... Read more

A Chance in a Million

A Chance in a Million

An incomparable love story, a profound affection for boxing and a desire to occupy the best seat in the house… put these elements together and you have the life of Levi Martinez. Las Cruces, indisputably, has many wonderful people and those... Read more

Straight from the Hive

Straight from the Hive

A love for bees and a love of family is the reason the Garcia’s have kept their 60-year-old beekeeping business up and running. All along, the Garcia family has worked in harmony with nature, the bees and each other to... Read more

Enjoying Every Stage of Life

Enjoying Every Stage of Life

During the most enjoyable times of our life–infancy and childhood–our parent trust our care to pediatricians, but what happens when we grow older? Who are we supposed to trust during our elderly life? Dr. J. Roberto Duran III, of Southwest... Read more

Humanitarian at Heart

Humanitarian at Heart

As a mechanical engineer working with Hewlett Packard, Dr. Robert Marquez had the opportunity to travel around the world. It was during this time that he became more aware of societal inequalities that afflict the world in general. This became... Read more

Coats For Kids

Coats For Kids

To any child, playing outside is much more pleasant when they have a jacket to keep them warm. However, there are thousands of children in our area who don’t have an adequate coat for the cold winter months.Coats for Kids... Read more

Living Their Dream

Living Their Dream

In small towns like ours, chefs usually go unnoticed. But look closely and you’ll find that some of the best chefs are cooking up a name for themselves right under our nose. Two local chefs, who never in their wildest... Read more

La historia viva de La Posta

La historia viva de La Posta

Sin duda, La Posta de Mesilla es reconocida por sus exquisitas recetas, que han trascendido de generación en generación. Hay algunos que aseguran que, aparte de la deliciosa comida, lo que sostiene la popularidad del restaurante es su historia. Una... Read more

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