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Las Cruces, New Mexico

Area Code (575)

What town:Las Cruces
State: NM
Station:Las Cruces, but agents from Santa Teresa and Deming also live here
Population: 80,000 (city)   186,000 (county)

Telephone Co. Name: Qwest
800-244-1111

Electric Co. Name:
El Paso Electric 526-5555

Gas Co Name: Rio Grande Natural Gas Association 528-3505

Cable Co. Name:
Comcast                       523-2531
Rio Grande Satellite      526-3407
Sun Comm (Satellite)    526-4000

City Trash Name:
Las Cruces Utilities/Solid Waste   528-3700

City Water Name:
City of Las Cruces* 528-3511
*within city limits, several other water companies provide service to other areas of city

Hospital Name:
Memorial Medical     522-8641
Mountain View         556-7600

Parks and Rec.
53 city parks, 18 tennis courts, 4 golf courses, 5 city museums
Many youth, recreation, and senior programs and activities
City of Las Cruces        541-2550
Meerscheidt Recreation Center
Convention & Visitors Bureau
Golfing

Newspaper Name:
Las Cruces Sun News  523-4581          
Albuquerque Journal*   823-4400
El Paso Times* 522-4998
Local Publications:
Las Cruces Bulletin
Missile Ranger
Thrifty Nickel
Southwest Senior

Chamber of Commerce:
Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce     
524-1968

Convention & Visitors Bureau:Las Cruces Visitor Center
541-2444

Motor Vehicle Division
State Office
505 S. Main, Suite 357   524-6215

MVD Express
3961 E. Lohman Avenue 373-1367

EXTRA INFORMATION:

Station type of work -

Las Cruces is a checkpoint station currently operating 3 checkpoints.  They also have a Brush Unit, Bike Unit, ATV Unit, Prosecutions Unit, Borcap Unit and DEA Task Force.   They catch a good amount of narcotics and aliens.  As a new agent, you can expect to learn paperwork procedures well and use your Spanish skills often.  Trainees can expect to be challenged and experience a learning process that continues after leaving the academy.  
You will learn how to catch tons of dope and find false docs.
We have about 140-150 agents,

Shopping - Mesilla Valley Mall ,

Chain stores include: Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Target, Ross, Marshalls, Starbucks, Pier One Imports, Hobby Lobby, Staples, Office Max, Best Buy, Hastings, Bed Bath and Beyond, Old Navy, Sam’s Club, Home Depot, and Lowes Home Improvement.  Las Cruces is a growing area, and new restaurants and stores are popping up all over town.

Eateries - There are so many great places to eat in Las Cruces.  A local publication, ¡Sabroso!, has a good list of restaurants around town.  There are many local establishments with a variety of international cuisine, as well as many national chain restaurants.  Check out the link above for a full list of what is available in this area.
Here is a list.

Cellular Telephone -Verizon Wireless has very good service for Las Cruces and the surrounding areas. Other providers with service locations in Las Cruces are:
Alltel, Nextel, Sprint, T-Mobile

Local Internet Providers -Qwest and Comcast provide high-speed and cable internet services. Other independent internet service providers are also available

Other Services -New Mexico State University
Doña Ana Branch Community College
Pan American Center: event facility for concerts and sporting events
Thomas Branigan Memorial Library
Las Cruces Weather

Any other information that you would like to add:
Las Cruces Public School District
City Police Non-Emergency      528-4200
Sheriff’s Office            525-1911

Las Cruces has been recognized as one of the country’s best destinations, best places to live, and best places to retire.  The friendly atmosphere, economic growth, and bright sunshine virtually every day of the year make Las Cruces a beautiful place to live.

Subscribing to the Las Cruces Sun News is a great way to become familiarized with our town.  The El Paso Times is also a great resource for area and community events and news.  There are also several free publications available including a relocation guide, yearly events and recreation booklet, local restaurant magazine and senior resource/retirement magazine.

If you are new to desert region living, visit the Las Cruces Museum of Natural History.  Their Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center houses many live animals unique to desert regions. 

Monthly Events:  Take a look at this month’s events around Las Cruces

Annual Events:

Jan -     Mesilla Valley Hot Air Balloon Rally
Feb -    Chile Challenge
Apr -    La Viña Blues and Jazz Festival
May -   New Mexico Wine Festival, Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, La Feista de San Ysidro
Jul -      4th of July Electric Light Parade, Celebration and Fireworks
Sept -   The Whole Enchilada Fiesta – 3-day festival including food, dancing, parade, live bands and the making of the official world’s largest enchilada; Mesilla Valley Corn Maze; White Sands Hot Air Balloon Invitational; Hatch Chile Festival; Hillsboro Apple Festival;
Oct -    Southern New Mexico State Fair; Annual Mesilla Jazz Happening, X-Prize Cup
Nov -   Annual Renaissance Craft Fair; International Mariachi Conference & Concert
Dec -   Christmas Carols and Luminarias on the Plaza in Mesilla

Area Attractions:
National Border Patrol Museum – 40 minutes
Old Mesilla – a historical district full of shopping, music, history, culture and art
Wineries and Vineyards
Stahmann Farms - one of the largest pecans farms in the world
New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
Area museums 
National Parks and Monuments in New Mexico
Fort Selden State Monument
White Sands National Monument – 21 miles
Elephant Butte State Park and Lake – 81 miles
El Paso, TX – 45 miles
Gila National Forest – 170 miles
Ruidoso, NM – 115 miles
Carlsbad Caverns – 211 miles
Tucson, AZ – 275 miles

 

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