Mar 30th, 2015

On the heels of Las Cruces Day in Santa Fe, during which almost 200 business people traveled north to advocate for probusiness issues important to southern New Mexico, the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce needs to keep the pressure on the state Legislature to make certain our voice is heard. All of our “asks” are designed to help the community move forward and to improve the quality of life in southern New Mexico. What is interesting, in light of the lower available money due to the downturn in oil prices, is that our capital requests are less than ... Continue Reading

Mar 9th, 2015

Old issues of Wind and Sand are still needed

By Adriana Salas

Missile Ranger Staff Writer

Nearly 40 years of White Sands Missile Range’s rich history is now encapsulated on a website for the public to view, free of charge.

The website,, holds newspaper issues of the Wind and Sand from 1950-90. The Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division’s Cultural Resource Program spearheaded the project.

“It’s complete. We invite you to take some time and enjoy the rich past of White Sands Missile Range, found in this tremendous resource,” said Bill Godby, WSMR Stewardship archeologist and project lead.

The project took more than two ... Continue Reading

Mar 9th, 2015

One possible area of agreement, no matter what side of the aisle or fence you might sit on, is that our local economy is not flourishing.

Although we have seen some positive signs, southern New Mexico was late coming out of the recession and some say we are still in it. Our dependence on the federal government for money and jobs makes us beholden to a group that we have little influence, and even less control, over.

We sit at a crossroads where we either accept what is given to us by Washington, D.C., or we look to ourselves, here locally, to ... Continue Reading

Mar 9th, 2015


Providing behavioral health care for community

Hospital specializes in quality service

Mesilla Valley Hospital has been in Las Cruces for more than 25 years. Its parent company, Universal Health Services, celebrated its 45th anniversary last year and is the largest behavioral health hospital company in the country.

The hospital was originally started by a physician group that saw the need to provide inpatient hospitalization for the members of the community. Over the years, services have evolved to incorporate specialized programming for specific populations. This includes evidence-based treatment models for its geriatric unit, its ... Continue Reading

Mar 16th, 2015

We are two months into 2015 and two months into the first phase of a new minimum wage in the city of Las Cruces. So, what is the impact so far? According to Mayor Ken Miyagishima at a recent City Council work session, all must be OK because he hasn’t heard from the business community. Really? I have been accumulating various bits of information to share with the council before it decides on the next phase of increases. I have examples of changes in store hours, price increases and changes in workforce hours – all attributable to the increase in ... Continue Reading