Apr 15th, 2013

‘Cheers’ meets contemporary wine bar

402 S. MELENDRES ST. • 527-5310 By Rachel Christiansen • WWW.AMAROWINERYNM.COM Trendy, colorful, chic – not the typical words used to describe a centuries-old in­dustry of the Mesilla Valley. Yet that’s the atmosphere that greets you when walking into Amaro Winery, an invit­ing place for the modern-day wine drinker. But according to co-owner Kelly Allen, it doesn’t matter if you’ve never had a sip of wine in your life, or are a connoisseur – you can be comfortable in your own skin at the tasting room. “We are not wine snobs,” Allen said. “It’s very comfortable, and that’s what ... Continue Reading

Mar 20th, 2013

By Stacie Allen

It is time to spring into action. But first, I am pleased to congratulate two amazing Conquistadores who are always springing into action. During the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet held Feb. 1, Leslie Martinez and Bruce Drum were recognized for going above and beyond. Martinez was awarded the 2012 Conquistador of the Year award. She is very involved with the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Las Cruces Day in Santa Fe and Retention committees and a leader on the Conquistadore Executive Council. Martinez is always smiling and willing to ... Continue Reading

Mar 19th, 2013

138 S. WATER STREET • 525-1955 • DOWNTOWNLASCRUCES.ORG Mission: The mission of the Downtown Las Cruces Partnership is to serve as the public and private voice for Downtown revitalization by working with our community to create a business and visitors destination that celebrates our region’s rich cultural heritage and contributes to a thriving, diverse and economically vibrant downtown. Purpose: We promote downtown revitalization through our economic development efforts. We serve as the liaison between downtown stakeholders and the City of

Las Cruces, Doña Ana County and the State of New Mexico, to coordinate downtown revitalization efforts. Key goals: • Businessrecruitment • Businessretention • ... Continue Reading

Mar 18th, 2013

A place to live and heal 575-522-7000


WWW.SAGECRESTREHABILITATION.COM By Rachel Christiansen Singing or laughter may be heard drift­ing from a quiet corner of the High Range neighborhood at any given time throughout the day. From being able to choose the food in front of them to the daily activities and bimonthly outings, nearly 100 people call Sagecrest Nursing & Rehabilitation Center their full-time home. And the staff is determined to put a smile on their faces. “We have the ability to have a positive impact on someone’s life and I take that very seriously,” said Administrator TJ Johnston-Hicks. The ... Continue Reading

Mar 15th, 2013

Finding the “aha” moment 575-312-1147


• 2902 N. VALLEY DRIVE By Rachel Christiansen Many residents in the Mesilla Valley are learning to do more with less – especially water – and landscaping is no different. David Kraenzel, owner of Kraenzels Landscaping and Doña Ana Bend Farms Inc., said he has seen the trend emerge for low-maintenance and low water usage plants. Using landscape that is resistant to the climate of the area, Kraenzel said, is one way to continue to enjoy the surroundings while not using too much of the precious resources. Kraenzel has been a horticulturist and landscaper in the ... Continue Reading