Monthly Archives: September 2011

Cowgirl Sass & Savvy: More from the boot box

Julie Carter is a New Mexico writer and author whose column appears weekly on Rio Grande Digital.

Julie Carter

As short, funny stories fly by within hearing distance or fun responses to other stories I’ve written hit the email inbox,  I latch on to them and save them in a folder that I have named “The Boot Box.”

It is very similar to my method of keeping my personal receipts for the year right up to and through tax time. Afterwards, it’s a good excuse for a new pair of boots so you can have a boot box for the next year.

All in a name

Some interesting offerings in the “fun, odd or unusual names for businesses” came after I poked a little fun at ones I’d found driving around the country.

Two suspected in Las Cruces burglaries

Las Cruces Police Department

Michael A. Hodgson

Harley Ray Peña

Las Cruces police have arrested two men they suspect are responsible for at least four residential burglaries committed on Thursday.

Harley Ray Peña, 27, and Michael A. Hodgson, 22, are charged with four counts each of residential burglary and four counts each of conspiracy to commit residential burglary. Peña also allegedly was found to be in violation of his probation.

Indigenous Mexican communities boycott elections

Frontera NorteSur

Two indigenous communities in the violence-torn Mexican state of Michoacan will not participate in the state elections set for Nov. 13. Representatives of the Nahua community of Osutla and the Purepecha community of Cheran reiterated this week their intentions of boycotting the vote.

Cruces cop shoots suspect after assault

Officer gets stitches, suspect’s wound minor, police say

Las Cruces Police Department

Las Cruces police are investigating an early-morning assault on an officer that resulted in a cut to the police officer’s forehead and a gunshot wound to the suspect’s abdomen.

Juárez kids learn the functions of the heart

Alondra Alvarado Ibáñez conducts a workshop Thursday at the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez for children from Vicente Guerrero Primary School. Alvarado Ibáñez is a doctoral student at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Workshop’s mission is to nurture interest in science

Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez

In order to encourage scientific study from an early age, a doctoral candidate from the Institute of Cellular Physiology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Alondra Alvarado Ibáñez, presented a workshop called “Heart Talk” to students from Vicente Guerrero Primary School in Juárez.

César Chávez speech part of UTEP exhibit

Laura L. Acosta


César Chávez once said his motivation for rallying against an unjust farm labor system grew from his own “experience with racism, with hope, with the desire to be treated fairly and to see my people treated as human beings” and not as property.

Chávez’s fiery speech delivered to the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco in 1984 gives voice to the traveling exhibit, In His Own Words: The Life and Work of César Chávez, on display at UTEP’s Centennial Museum through Dec. 3.

DASO deputies arrest suspect after chase

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department

Tomás Enriquez

After a 21-mile pursuit, Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies arrested an alleged drunk driver wanted on a prior charge of evading law enforcement.

Shortly after midnight on Thursday, Sept. 29, deputies spotted a man who matched the description of a subject who had fled on foot from a deputy after a short vehicle chase in the area earlier in the evening. The vehicle was parked at the gas pumps at the Circle K on the corner of Motel Boulevard and West Picacho Avenue.

New Mexico State University events Oct. 1-7

Kristina Medley


University Museum is host to Saturday workshop

Visitors to the New Mexico State University Museum from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 1 will learn how to make a clay pot.

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