Michael McDevitt, Las Cruces Sun-News

Michael McDevitt

Las Cruces Sun-News

Las Cruces, NM, United States

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Past articles by Michael:

Affordable housing GO bond would provide recurring money to trust fund for first time

Millions would become available for the city to provide matching funds to affordable housing and to acquire land for the development of housing. → Read More

Cannabis business will cease outdoor consumption after 'misunderstanding' with city government

The city disallows licensed cannabis consumption areas outdoors, but the city is gathering public feedback and could possibly allow for outdoor areas. → Read More

Preservationists seek to save historic Trost clubhouse as developers seek to tear it down

Opponents are seeking to sway the public to fight for the clubhouse's preservation. Owners say they're open to any ideas and resources to save it. → Read More

Municipal judge, mayor exchange words about repeat offenders, homeless defendants

Municipal Judge Joy Goldbaum on Monday pushed back at accusations from Mayor Ken Miyagishima that “she would never put a homeless person in jail.” → Read More

Las Cruces mayor declares Sept. 22 'Abe Romero Day' to remember Organ Mountain football player

The mayor remembered Organ Mountain football player Abe Romero Monday by declaring Sept. 22 in his honor. Romero wore the number 22. → Read More

Las Cruces City Council to choose between two proposed maps for redistricting

One of the two finalist maps will radically change two city council districts. → Read More

Interior Department renames southern New Mexico peak which previously bore Indigenous slur

A mountain peak in Doña Ana County which previously used a slur for Native American women is now called Bar Mountain. → Read More

City council approves $9.5 million in federal COVID funds for 10 community-based projects

The council vote came nearly a year after the body initiated a process to decide how to spend $10.37 million in American Rescue Plan Act money. → Read More

Las Cruces pharmacy wins appeal, allowed to sell cannabis despite school proximity

The council voted unanimously to approve the variance request, reversing an April decision of the city planning and zoning commission. → Read More

Las Cruces City Council to vote on new project recommendations for federal COVID funds

The city conducted a competitive selection process last fall but it was canceled after an audit found multiple defects and problems in the process. → Read More

Las Cruces, South Central Regional Transit District get federal funds for electric buses

RoadRUNNER Transit was awarded $7.8 million and SCRTD was awarded $5.58 million in federal dollars to help convert their fleets to electric buses. → Read More

Las Cruces closer to eliminating some distance buffers for cannabis shops

The city could allow cannabis shops to locate next to one another by right and locate within 300 feet of single-family homes without special approval. → Read More

Doña Ana County allows controversial cannabis business to open in Chaparral

The board of commissioners issued its decision on Tuesday following a closed session and back-and-forth discussion from both sides of the issue. → Read More

Las Cruces police auditor recommends improved disciplinary procedures

The council discussed amending the city's existing contract to mandate OIR audit every use-of-force incident within LCPD, as it does elsewhere. → Read More

Las Cruces City Council approves Community of Hope master plan

An assessment conducted by the planning team revealed the Community of Hope campus is badly in need of “major renovations” and capital improvements. → Read More

Heinrich and Luján talk infrastructure, border business in southern New Mexico

New Mexico's two U.S. senators were in southern Doña Ana County Tuesday for briefings on infrastructure projects. → Read More

Municipal judge's qualifications in question after appointment by city council

Judge Joy Goldbaum addressed the city council during its regular meeting Monday to say Kieran Ryan was no longer serving as a second municipal judge. → Read More

City council to vote on tenant discrimination, Community of Hope master plan

The council will consider measures to support renters against discrimination and to approve a master plan for a homelessness assistance organization. → Read More

Police name suspect in deadly Super 8 Motel shooting, search ongoing

Alfred Marquez is considered armed and dangerous and the public is asked to report any information. → Read More

One dead in shooting near Super 8 Motel

Police said Thursday morning that one of the gunshot victims, a 35-year-old man, has died after succumbing to his injuries. → Read More