Response to Closures of Solid Waste Transfer Stations, Green Waste and Recycling Centers
Upon the closure of essential businesses and the restrictions of mass gatherings, recycling, green waste, and transfer stations in Las Cruces and Dona Ana County experienced a significant increase in business which caused crowding and gathering at our facilities. To sustain long-term availability of our solid waste management services and protect our staff and the members of the public, the decision to close recycling and yard waste disposal to the general public ties directly to the Governor’s stay at home directive.
- March 23rd NM Department of Health issued a Public Health Emergency Order
- Part of that ordered advised: “New Mexico citizens should stay at home and undertake only those outings absolutely necessary for their health, safety, or welfare.”
- Further statements made by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham: “The only way for us to stop the spread of this virus is for New Mexicans to stop interacting with each other. New Mexicans must be crystal-clear on this point: Right now, every time you leave your house, you are putting yourself, your family and your community at risk. Only by distancing from one another, by remaining home except for essential or emergency travel, can we limit the spread of this virus to the point that it does not overwhelm New Mexico.”
- The decision to limit accessibility to the general public for recycling and yard waste disposal was in the best interest of the community as a whole. We do not feel that these services are necessary for the community’s health, safety, or welfare and individuals should stay at home, rather than trying to dispose of these items at this time.
- March 31st – Covid 19 cases: 18 in DAC; 315 in NM – that we know of
- The intent of the Governor’s order, people not working, businesses closed, is so people will stay at home. Limiting access to these services is an attempt to keep people at home and not out in the community where other members of the public and City staff are exposed to the threat of this virus.
Options that are available in lieu of these service centers are:
- If you are a city residential solid waste customer – leave your green waste items out for the Green Grappler on your scheduled pick-up day
- Schedule can be found here: https://externalforms.las-cruces.org/Grappler/Grappler
- Place your recyclables in your blue bin for your scheduled pick-up day
- Schedule can be found here: https://scswa.net/curbsiderecycling/
- Las Cruces Public Schools Recycling Bins are still currently serviced on a weekly basis (no glass)
- Locations can be found here: https://scswa.net/schoolrecycling/
- County Collection Centers are still accepting recycling materials (no glass) during these hours:
- Open Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Locations can be found here: https://scswa.net/countycollectioncenters/
- Hold on to your items for a little while until services return to normal schedules/accessibility
The South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) can be reached at (575) 528-3800 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The SCSWA manages solid waste and recyclables for residents and businesses throughout Doña Ana County.
Las Cruces Utilities can be reached at 575-528-3500 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Las Cruces Utilities provides services to approximately 100,000 Las Cruces residents and businesses.
SECOND HALF PROPERTY TAX NOTICES NOT AFFECTED BY COVID-19
Doña Ana County Treasurer Eric L. Rodriguez announced that second half property tax deadline of Monday, May 11 is not affected by COVID-19.
“We made every effort to get relief for taxpayers, but ultimately that was not within our legal authority,” Rodriguez said. The New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department decided against extending the payment deadline on a call with several counties Wednesday, April 1, citing that it would hurt cash flows for local taxing entities such as school districts and municipalities. “We want to avoid burdening taxpayers who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Rodriguez said. “That is why we will continue to work with the state and our legislators for subsequent relief options.”
To avoid penalty and interest accruals, property second half taxes are due on Monday, May 11. Since in-person payment services are closed, the Treasurer’s Office encourages taxpayers to use one of the following payment options:
• By phone: 575-647-7433, Toll Free 1-877-827-7200 ext. 7433
• Online at: www.donaanacounty.org/treasurer/payments
• By mail: P.O. Box 1179 Las Cruces, NM 88004
• 24 Hour drop box: in front of the County Government Center
• Bill pay: This is a service provided by most banks
For questions or service requests, please contact the Treasurer’s Office:
• Phone: 575-647-7433, Toll Free 1-877-827-7200 ext. 7433
• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Mail: 845 N Motel Blvd. Las Cruces, NM 88007
“During these challenging times, we will continue to remain focused on customer service and we will make every effort to respond, in a timely manner,” Rodriguez said.
For more information on the Treasurer’s COVID-19 response plan, please visit www.donaanacounty.org/treasurer.
State Launches “Buy for Tomorrow” Website
The New Mexico Economic Development Department has launched a website that pairs shoppers with products and services in a “Buy for Tomorrow Today” campaign to help sustain businesses through the COVID-19 health emergency.
The “Buy for Tomorrow Today” website (www.BuyNMLocal.com) is another way for people to support New Mexico businesses during the emergency closures.
The site offers direct access to individual websites where purchases can be finalized for products or services now, by delivery or take-out, or when the business reopens.
“We know New Mexicans have loyalty to local businesses and those businesses need our support now more than ever. We hope this website becomes one of many tools that can help businesses through this crisis,” Economic Development Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said.
The website includes a registration link for businesses who want to participate. Shoppers can sort retailers by region to find a store near them. The State of New Mexico is not a party to the transactions.
Some of the participating businesses include Iconik Coffee (Santa Fe); TJ’s Diner (Farmington); Gila Bike and Hike and Bluebird Running Co. (Las Cruces).
Many businesses on the site are also offering discounts or additional value-added services with a purchase on the Buy Tomorrow website. New businesses are being added to the site daily, so check back often to find your favorite local retailer.
Business can enroll by going to the site an clicking on the upper tab, “Register Your Business.”
New Mexico MainStreet is also offering a free webinar (registration required) at 1:3o- p.m. on Thursday April 2 for businesses to learn about PayPal setup and other e-commerce resources. This webinar aims to help businesses in NM by promoting e-commerce on the Buy for Tomorrow Today website. You can learn more and register to attend the webinar HERE.
Department of Health announces revised testing criteria for COVID-19
Guidelines relaxed to allow more New Mexicans to be tested.
- Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
- Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
- Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
- Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath.
Our offices will be CLOSED to the general public and to clients until April 1st, 2020, at the very earliest. We will still be doing business by phone at (575) 527-1111 and by email at email@example.com. Thank you so much for understanding, and stay safe!
Bravo Mic Communications LLC, the parent company of Las Cruces Today, has closed business to the public and has moved to service the community’s radio and digital marketing online and on the phone. On-air personalities have the option to stay home, but with a small staff of less than 5 people in the building at all times, talents will continue to do their shows live from their isolated studios, practice social distance of 6 feet or more, and will follow the isolation orders put forth. But live on-air staff will commit to maintaining regular communication and providing up-to-date information to the public as FCC-licensed radio stations servicing Southern New Mexico and West Texas.”
MEDIA RELEASE – 1/2/2020
LAS CRUCES NM- Bravo Mic Communications LLC would like to thank Las Cruces for giving back to our local shelters and becoming “Santa Paws” for the animals of Dona Ana County and Las Cruces, New Mexico. On January 2nd, 2020 the crew from Bravo Mic Communications Family of Radio Stations delivered over 1000 lbs. of dry dog and cat food, toys, supplies, collars and leashes, along with hundreds of blankets and towels to be used as comfort items through the winter months.
Local radio stations 92.7 FM News Talk/ 1450am KOBE, 96.7 La Equis, 99.5 Zia Country, 101 Gold, and Magic 104.9 invited listeners to become “Satna Paws for our local shelter furbabies” by donating items needed most during the winter months. This is an annual event of the Bravo Mic Communications “Community Giveback” initiatives throughout Las Cruces and Southern New Mexico. Listeners made donations in studio and at local “Community Giveback” sponsor locations throughout the Las Cruces area. Santa Paws Community Sponsors were invited to join the campaign by Bravo Mic’s Local Sales Manager, Tamera Blaeser, which included; Horse N’ Hound Feed and Supply, Viva Auto of Las Cruces, First Financial Credit Union, and Borman Autoplex.
Donations were delivered to Action Programs for Animals, a 501c3 non-profit rescue organization in Las Cruces, and to Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley, the local municipal shelter serving Southern New Mexico. Deliveries and manual lifting provided by Magic 104.9’s Morning Show host Ricky Tarin, 101 Gold’s Afternoon Host Jack Lutz, Marketing Executive Crystal Segovia, and Operations Manager Lyndsey Kalson- along with Lyndsey’s daughter, Sheylah Holder, who volunteered her time during her winter break from LCPS.
“Cruces Connected,” said Lyndsey Kalson, Bravo Mic’s Operations Manager “this is our biggest goal in 2020, and it is off to a wonderful start. We are so thankful to be a part of Las Cruces and the many rural communities of Southern New Mexico. More great music, and more community connection is coming.”
This Black Friday, you can get $40 worth of AMAZING food with locally owned and operated Zia Cafe, and only pay $20!
Grab your Blazing Deal Friday morning, 11/29/19 at 8:20am MST – https://bmlnm.incentrev.com/las-cruces/9000029-zia-cafe
He’s making a list, and WE’RE checking it twice! This year, SANTA PAWS is on the way with 101 Gold.
Its all part of our Community Giveback with Bravo Mic Communications Family of Radio Stations, and we need YOU to be Santa Paws for our fur-babies with Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley and Action Programs for Animals! We’re looking for clean but used blankets and towels to help make the shelters more comfortable this winter, along with food, leashes, collars, and anything else you can think that a pet might want this Holiday Season.
Donations can also be made at the following sponsor locations through Christmas Eve-
Bravo Mic Communications has some exciting news for FM News talk listeners. On or about September 2nd, we are welcoming back some of your old favorites to our lineup including Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Coast to Coast! We are also moving talk programming back to its original home in Las Cruces on KOBE AM 1450 AND FM 92.7. Our sister station La Equis will move to 96.7 at that time. When this change occurs, all talk programming will be located at 92.7 on the FM dial and at 1450 on AM, KOBE. Thank you for listening and for making the move to continue to enjoy news talk programming from Bravo Mic Communications.