Aug 13th, 2013

Adobe conditions assessment continues on the Armijo house

By Pat Taylor If you remember from my previous update, we had two exterior areas of the historic Armijo-Gallagher House, the future home of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, we had opened up to assess. The west wall area section was stabi­lized with adobe. Since then, with it dry­ing sufficiently, we applied a leveling coat of mud plaster to be followed by a lime plaster, which was the original exterior plaster material. I set stones into the adobe to better anchor the lime plaster in a time-hon­ored system called “rajuelar.” ... Continue Reading

Aug 14th, 2013
Knowing the ins, outs of cow work

By Stephen L. Wilmeth The morning started before sunup. I was feeding horses. Feeding hay from big bales is hard. I made sure Bailey got at least her share. She was going to work today. At 6:30 a.m. I walked to her with a halter. She left and started her predictable lunge circle. “OK, Bailey, I’ll be here when you decide you’ve had enough,” I told her. The routine concluded when she stopped and turned to me. That signaled she was ready for the day. I put the halter on her and we left the pens. As I ... Continue Reading

Sep 2nd, 2013
Proposed lines could impact military assets in region

A battle is brewing in Washington, D.C., between the Department of Defense and the Department of the Interior over the proposed SunZia transmission line project. One side, including some of our local and federal elected officials, sees no issue with the line bisecting a part of the north­ern extension area of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR); the other side sees that route as a possible game changer for the missions at WSMR. The Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, along with the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce and ... Continue Reading

Jan 10th, 2014

2013 started out with a bang, saw a few challenges

The change in direction of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce to be­come a more advocacy-centric organization has been chronicled many times during 2013. As the year has drawn to a close, it is important to take a look back and review the topics that were tackled. The year started with a bang as the Chamber saw its efforts come to frui­tion with the unanimous passage of the expanded informed consent legis­lation designed to allow Spaceport America to compete on an even play­ing field with other like entities around the ... Continue Reading

Jan 20th, 2014

Most of us in business spend many many hours just tending to the details of our business! We don’t have time to “fight every battle” when it comes to proposed regulations or issues that could affect our businesses.

I joined the chamber simply because a friend of mine asked me to. Hardly a noble reason, but what it did is open up a world where I got to meet not only the leaders of our community, but also other businessmen who have the same obstacles and who also don’t necessarily have the time to research and address issues that are brewing  ... Continue Reading