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Montwood, Pebble Hills Bands Advance to State Championships, Hanks Wins ToB

It was one of the busiest weekends yet for El Paso bands, with three separate contests taking place on Saturday. The end result was some great finishes for our local groups.

The first contest of the weekend was the 4-A Area contest in Lubbock. Mountain View and Clint represented El Paso, but neither band was able to advance past the preliminary round.

The largest contest of the season was simultaneously happening in Las Cruces. The 41st annual Tournament of Bands took place with some outstanding results for our local groups.28 bands took the field in 4 classes with the following results.

In preliminary Class B Awards, Irvin won Outstanding Music Execution, Burges won Outstanding Percussion, Alamogordo won Best colorguard, and Jeff/Silva won the Drum Major award. Riverside finished third, Irvin finished second, and Alamogordo finished in first place.

In preliminary Class A , Eastlake High School took Music Execution, Percussion, and Colorguard, while Parkland High School took home the Drum Major award. Top finishers were Las Cruces High School in third, Bel Air in second, and Eastlake in the top spot.

In preliminary Class AA, Hanks swept all captions. Cleveland High School from Rio Rancho, New Mexico, came in third, while Onate finished second and Hanks took the top spot.

The 10 bands advancing to finals were Albuquerque Eldorado, Las Cruces, Cleveland, Del Valle, Eastwood, Eastlake, Horizon, Onate, Bel Air, and Hanks High Schools.

Hanks High School ended the night as Grand Champions with their show ‘Pocket Full of Poseys.’ Other finalist finishes included Eastlake in second place, with Onate High School from Las Cruces in third and Bel Air High School finishing fourth. Cleveland was in 5th place, followed by Horizon High in 6th, Eastwood in 7th, and Del Valle in 8th. Las Cruces High finished 9th and Albuquerque Eldorao finished 10th.

Perhaps the biggest news of the days is El Paso has both the advancing bands from the Area A 6-A marching band contest. 14 bands competed in prelims, with seven bands advancing to finals. El Paso bands in finals included Americas, Coronado, Montwood, and Pebble Hills.

At the end of the second and final round of competition, Pebble Hills came in first, followed closely by Montwood. These two bands, both from the Socorro ISD, will now travel to San Antonio to represent West Texas at the State marching band contest.

Prelims for the 6-A contest will be held in the Alamodome on Monday, November 5, with the finals round taking place on Tuesday, November 6.

Directors of the Pebble Hills Spartan band are Maximo Sierra, Raul Chavira, Daniel Hunt, and Cecil Crabtree.

The Montwood “Mean Green” band is under the direction of Beto Pererz, Roman Lechuga, and Caitlyn Colette.


Graphic courtesy Musical Notes- The Blog


Author – Lorraine Kubala

The complete schedule can be viewed on the ‘Musical Notes- The Blog’ page on Facebook.

TNTM: Top Dog Wiener Takes All

Have you ever wondered which local Las Cruces eatery has the best hot dog? Well, wonder no longer. The Las Cruces Taste Buds gather scientific data to compare the hot dogs factually. Then they pair that with their blind taste test to come up with the Top Dog!

The Las Cruces Taste Buds is a group of friends that want to answer the important food questions, not just subjectively, but fact based as well.

They compare the size, weight, and other personal taste data points to come up with their pick for the overall best wiener in Las Cruces.

Do you agree/disagree with their findings? Let us know in the comments.

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Innoventure’s Student Entrepreneurs Focus on Helping Those with Disabilities

If you could create a new device or product that helps someone with a disability navigate their life with greater ease, what would it be? A group of middle and high school students from around New Mexico contemplated that question and came up with some unexpected solutions as they participated in the Innoventure competition through New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center.

Those teams – 45 of them from all over the state – will participate in the annual Innoventure competition at Corbett Center Student Union on the Las Cruces campus from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 5. The public is encouraged to attend a student invention showcase from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Friday on the first floor of Corbett Center.

“We have the most teams we’ve ever had this year, including new teams from schools in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho who are the first from their school to join this program,” said Marie Borchert, director of Innoventure.

The Innoventure program is designed to generate excitement and creativity in students and provide the experience of transforming an idea into a prototype of a product. Student teams worked throughout the academic year to create a product and prototype that assists someone with a physical disability to complete an everyday task, such as feeding themselves, getting dressed, taking out the trash, or going to the grocery store. Judges from NMSU, the community and industry will evaluate each team’s work.

As they prepared, students learned more about people with disabilities, who represent 19 percent of the population, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. They also participated in webcasts to learn about public speaking and how to tackle prototyping.

While on campus Friday, the students will learn how to use crowdfunding and attend workshops with Studio G, Arrowhead Center’s student business accelerator, as well as the Student Accessibility Services office at Dona Ana Community College.

Innoventure is now in its 14th year and has served more than 2,500 students, some of whom have gone on to attend NMSU and work with Studio G to further develop their business ideas. Many student teams return year after year to participate. Innoventure has been one of Arrowhead Center’s core programs since its founding, and expansion efforts this academic year for the program were sponsored in part by the Daniels Fund.

The competition is part of a suite of Innoventure programs, including Innoventure Jr., an online program for elementary-age students, and Camp Innoventure, a week-long entrepreneurship-themed summer day camp that continues to expand. This summer, Camp Innoventure will take place all over the state, with sessions in Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Clovis, Deming, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho and Roswell.

Registration for the camps is available up to a week before they begin, and the schedule and registration information can be found HERE.

“Our long-term, robust program for K-12 entrepreneurs is unique in New Mexico,” Borchert said. “It creates a pipeline and develops students over a long period of time to increase their college readiness, as well as their career readiness.”

Kate Sanchez, a math teacher at Anton Chico Middle School in rural northern New Mexico near Santa Rosa, said Innoventure has allowed her to expose her students to a world that they might have never had experienced otherwise.

“Innoventure has not only given these students the opportunity to feel accomplished, by inventing and presenting their own original ideas, but it has also helped them to begin thinking about their future,” said Sanchez, who serves as an Innoventure adviser for two Anton Chico teams, Wolf Pack and Helping Hands. “This program has brightened the future of many of the students who have gone through Anton Chico Middle School.”

Technology prizes for the competition’s winners include a laptop, Bluetooth headphones and wireless earbuds.

For more information, click > Innoventure program or contact Borchert at

Author: Amanda Bradford – NMSU

Historic Las Cruces Chapel Restoration Complete, Volunteers host Public Ceremony Saturday

Las Cruces volunteers spent the last seven years up to their elbows in mud, mortar and adobe bricks to restore the state’s oldest existing African American church. Now they plan to celebrate with a ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 9 at 638 North Tornillo to unveil a bronze plaque commemorating the Phillips Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Phillips Chapel houses a small congregation of elderly people and is located in the heart of the African American community in Las Cruces. The structure is over a century old. (Submitted photo courtesy of Beth OÕLeary) OCT09
Phillips Chapel houses a small congregation of elderly people and is located in the heart of the African American community in Las Cruces. The structure is over a century old. (Submitted photo courtesy of Beth OLeary) OCT09

Volunteers included students and faculty from New Mexico State University and Dona Ana Community College, who dedicated thousands of hours to restore the one-room church built in 1911. Both the exterior and interior of the building were restored, repairing windows, replacing doors and refinishing interior flooring and woodwork. The church houses a small congregation and is located in the heart of the African American community in Las Cruces.

“This was a community project from start to finish,” said Beth O’Leary, New Mexico State University anthropology professor emeritus, who is among those who lead the restoration the efforts. “The youngest volunteer was eight years old and the oldest was 85. Musicians, business owners, gardeners, people from various churches as well as historic preservation groups pitched in to help.”

The late NMSU history professor Clarence Fielder, whose grandparents started the church, initiated the effort to restore Phillips Chapel back in 2003.

Physical work to restore the structure in the Mesquite historic neighborhood began in 2009. Fielder passed away last year but he did see the restored chapel.

“Clarence loved Phillips Chapel,” said O’Leary. “He inspired us all with his vision to ensure Phillips Chapel would remain as a vital part of the community for the next 100 years.”

Pastor Rickey Taylor holds regular church services at the chapel each Sunday at 10 a.m.

Author:  Minerva Baumann – NMSU

The Weekly Yelp: A little trip to Las Cruces

El Paso’s a pretty big city with a lot of hustle and bustle. Sometimes it’s nice to take a trip to nearby Las Cruces, New Mexico for a little relaxation and farmland scenery. This week we’re giving you a guide to some of our LC favorites!

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920 N Alameda Blvd, Las Cruces, NM

“I like this little place… I love their kale lettuce mix. I adore getting roasted beets on my salad. The New Mexican salad is a tasty delight. Between The New Mexican and Kale Roasted Beet Delight salad, I am happy to be a regular.” – Katy J.

317 N Main St, Las Cruces, NM

“If you like books and want to spend an hour (or more) browsing through a great, gigantic, used book store, this is the place for you. The store has every category of books for all levels of readers and interests.” – R G.

1733 E University Ave, Las Cruces, NM

“The best coffee in the El Paso/Las Cruces area. I’ve been here tons of times and absolutely love their cappuccinos and lattes. The whole bean coffee is really fresh and has a date so you know when it’s roasted.” – Xavier E.

741 N Almeda St, Ste. 16, Las Cruces, NM

“I had the special omelet with waffles… We also ordered the Bavarian cream to taste. Well, Las Cruces has a new breakfast champ… The ambiance is wonderful, the service is great, the food is delicious.” – Jack E.

1201 W Hadley Ave, Las Cruces, NM

“Great beer… I was a big fan of the Bohemian Pilsner. The girls liked the peach-flavored beer… Very cool place. Brewery is basically a modified house.” – David T.

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