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1 Laura S. Szalay, GRI Dan Kubiak, GRI Prestige Realty group 3780 Foothills Rd., Ste. C Las Cruces, NM Laura Cell: Dan Cell: Office: Finding Your Hearts Home

2 A Good Cause…. A Contribution from Each of Closing Will be Donated to The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation in Thailand. Because Logging was Banned in Thailand, Mahouts took to the Commercial Streets of Bangkok to Beg with the Elephants. A Conservation that Began with Four Elephants is Now up to 31 and Relies Solely on Donor Contributions to Operate. To Feed and Care for 31 Elephants, the Monthly Cost is Just Under $14,000. Thank You for Working with Me to Help a Greater Cause. Visit for More Information. Because Logging was Banned in Thailand, Mahouts took to the Commercial Streets of Bangkok to Beg with the Elephants. A Conservation that Began with Four Elephants is Now up to 31 and Relies Solely on Donor Contributions to Operate. To Feed and Care for 31 Elephants, the Monthly Cost is Just Under $14,000. Thank You for Working with Me to Help a Greater Cause. Visit for More Information.

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4 About Prestige Realty Group Laura Szalay is our teams Listing Specialist and was licensed in real estate in Laura worked for more than 14 background years as a Legal Assistant in many facets of law. Her grandfather, Al Socolofsky, pioneered the first real estate company in Las Cruces, New Mexico in Laura was teamed for seven years with her mother in real estate where they were consistently the top producers for Dona Ana County and were voted 2005 Realtors of the Year by the Peoples Choice Awards. Our teams Buyer Specialist, Dan Kubiak, originally from Missouri has traveled through Las Cruces to Colorado and back again to Las Cruces. With a longstanding history in the restaurant industry, Dan owned Dannys Corner Bistro until his relocation to Las Cruces in Dan has been actively involved in the real industry in Las Cruces since that time and focuses his time, energy and efforts with purchasers. Dan spends extensive time researching the markets current housing inventory so that he easily can assist those in need of a home. The advantage of a team for you is you have the benefit of two people and an administrator working with you each step of the way through the entire process. Additionally if we sell your home, Dan will negotiate on behalf of the Purchaser(s) on the buy side while Laura will negotiate with you on the selling ensuring a comfort level for you through the transactional process. Reputation is the catalyst behind success and our goal is to provide our customers and clients with unparalleled service and efficiency while matching the personal needs of each individuals heart and desires. Laura and Dan work very much from the same platform. Lauras real estate heritage has instilled a work ethic in her from childhood which translates in her business today with uncompromising standards of dedication, hard work, customer service and community involvement. Our relationship is based on a team concept where active communication, listening and participation are involved between us in each component of your selling experience.

5 Achievements & Recognition June, 2010 – Awarded the Best of the Best award by Quality Service Certification. One of 250 with the QSC Designation out of 25,000+ agents holding the same designation in Northern America December, 2009 – Recipient of Shorts Sale and Foreclosure Resource Designation June 2009 – Present Member of Rotary, Paul Harris Fellow- Community Relations Committee January, 2009 – Present: Form Committee Member Las Cruces Association of Realtors (Chaired the Committee ) January, 2009 – Present: Member, Education Committee, Las Cruces Association of Realtors October, Present Member of the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce; Member of the Social & Events Committee, Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce January, 2008 – Received the Platinum Award Quality Service Certification for Receiving 100% Scoring on Customer Satisfaction Surveys April, 2007 – May, 2008 Member of the Community Relations Committee – Pikes Peak Association of Realtors 2006 – October, 2008 Member of the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce February, 2007 – Received the Quality Service Certification Designation February, 2007 – Obtained the RE/MAX Luxury Homes Professional Designation 2005 Voted Realtors of the Year – Team Szalay, Las Cruces, New Mexico with 99 Closed Transactions 2005 to Present – Member of the Certified Council of Residential Specialists 2004 Member of the Las Cruces Association of Realtors Community Relations Committee 2004 Featured as a Top Young Professional in Ventanas Magazine 2003 Photo Gallery of Images from Lauras Travels to Guatemala published in Hola Magazine Center Spread, Las Cruces, New Mexico 2003 Recipient of the Paul Harris Award – Rotary International Member Executive Forum Memorial Medical Center, Fundraising Benefit for Uninsured Pregnant Mothers to Foster Healthcare in their Prenatal Needs 1996 Graduate New Mexico State University – Degree in Broadcast Journalism, Minors in Spanish and Business 1994 Graduate Leadership Las Cruces – Chamber of Commerce 14 Years as a Legal Assistant in Many Facets of Law

6 Testimonials You represent the caliber of professionalism that RE/MAX wishes to portray and is know for in the marketplace. We are proud to have such a dedicated and accomplished professional within the RE/MAX family. Vinney Tracey, RE/MAX International, Inc. She is knowledgeable of the current market, has her clients best interest as a priority and is an excellent communicator. In a market that is supposedly slow, Laura had a contract on my property within 3 weeks. – Dean Skaret, Nov Neil and I prayed God would show us the right agent for the job and He chose you. What a blessing!...You are by far, the best Realtor weve had the opportunity to work with. Amy and Neil, July, 2007 Laura Szalay is more than a Realtor, she is a friend. She gets to know your likes and dislikes to help you see the properties that will fit your needs. She is very professional and knows real estate. The bottom line is that things just go right when Laura is your Realtor! – K. Conklin, June, 2007 As you well know, selling my home of 15 years, the one I shared with Frank (before he passed) was a very difficult thing for me to do. Your understanding and friendship saw me through one of the most traumatic times of my life. I could not have done this without YOU. You are, bar none, the best Realtor I have ever worked with. S. McAllister, May, 2007 The entire process couldnt have been made easier, for us at least, due to your conscientiousness and knowledge. In fact, you were more than Realtor to us, you became our relocation counselor…and of course, the welcoming twelve pack of Pepsi in the refrigerator – very thoughtful…We would never let anyone we know use another Realtor. Bob and Martha Again, it wasnt a move across town, it was a major trust issue when we were making plans on the other side of the Atlantic. Laura is a business woman with understanding of what people are looking for an need. She serves her clients with respect and honesty. Jean and Vladymar You made the process of selling the property, my home, easier than I ever imagined it could be. I put a lot of myself into my home, so it was important to me that the process of selling it was well done. Nancy You went beyond the call of duty to make things work in a difficult sometimes contentious negotiation. Joe and Sara They told us you were great and you lived up to their recommendations. We have bought and sold many properties in Hawaii and on the mainland so we are familiar with the real estate process. Your services went way beyond what we expected of you…And if that was not enough…you put kitty litter, dishes and something for Glenn to sleep on when he arrived with the cats at 6:00 a.m. – Glenn and Bonnie

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10 June 2010 The Best In Business award Laura Szalay received the Quality Service Certification, Inc., The Best In Business award, given to 250 out of more than 30,000 participants in North America. Laura was been Featured in the business section of the Las Cruces Sun News (see article on left). 2009, 2010, & 2011 Quality Service Certification Platinum Award: Laura has received the Quality Service Certification, platinum award three years in a row. The award is in recognition of earning 100% client service satisfaction as measured by Leading Research Corporation (LRC). Achievements & Recognition

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12 Las Cruces City Rankings 2010, Listed in the CNBC Report, America's Top Places For Boomers To Retire Las Cruces was shown on the #2 slide of this 18-page slide show. RelocateAmerica.com has named Las Cruces as the No. 3 city in the nation on its Top 10 Recovery Cities. According to a release, the list is "focused on areas poised for swift economic recovery. Many of these communities did not see the massive real estate bubble that formed in other areas and have a more diverse economy." Their video says, "This town is booming." & "Las Cruces has a very positive economic outlook." Las Cruces was also named in Relocation Americas top 100 cities marks our 13th year of releasing our annual list of America's "Top 100 Places to Live." RelocateAmerica focused this year on communities poised for recovery and future growth. Our editorial team discovered communities with strong local leadership, employment opportunities, thriving community commitment, improving real estate markets, growing green initiatives, plentiful recreational options and an overall high quality of life. These are all communities moving in the right direction. 20 Best Towns of the Future Sunset Magazine March 2010 Issue - Las Cruces was No. 19 in its list "20 Best Towns of the Future," 10 Cities for Real Estate Steals No. 6 on the "10 Cities for Real Estate Steals" list by U.S. News & World Report. One of Inc. Magazines 2007 Boomtowns Las Cruces was ranked 15 out of 400 US deemed boomtowns. The ranking is based on job growth and the strength of the local economy. One of AARPs 2006 Dream Towns to retire Las Cruces topped AARPs first list of great places to retire based on factors such as: the cheapest states to live in as a retiree (based on income, property, and sales taxes), weather, recreational opportunities and livability (access to health care and transportation). One of the Best College Towns to Retire - Money Magazine November 2005 For the second time in four years, Las Cruces made one of Moneys lists of best places to retire; this time as a college town. The article cited several factors, including Las Cruces great weather, amazing views, cultural scene and low cost of living. Click to read story Continued…

13 Las Cruces City Rankings Top 50 Motorcoach Destinations in the United States - National Bus Association, 2004 & 2005 Motorcoach charter and tour operators were given a list of cities and asked to rank them according to where they think they will be traveling to or through in Top 10 Cities for Hispanics to Live - Hispanic Magazine, 2002 & 2003 The Las Cruces/El Paso area was ranked the fifth best city for Hispanics to live. The ranking was based on the percentage of Hispanics in the city, political representation, whether you can speak Spanish without feeling like a foreigner, and the vibrancy andhipness of the Latin cultural scene. Best Small Metro Area for Business and Careers - Forbes/Milken Institute, 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2005 Las Cruces has ranked in the top 5 for the last several years on Forbes list of Best Small Metro Area for Business and Careers, including a #1 ranking in 2002 and #2 ranking in The rankings were based on job growth, earned income, and a measure of activity in critical technologies that foster future growth. Best Place to Live - Family Digest, Fall 2002 Las Cruces ranked the highest among 300 cities/destinations evaluated in a number of areas determined to be important to families, including: crime rate, housing costs, income, pre-college education productivity, family friendliness, weather and affordability. One of the Best Places to Retire - Money Magazine, June 2002 The article cited several factors, including Las Cruces great weather, amazing views, cultural scene, low cost of living and the countrys best Mexican food and, according to the article, possibly the hottest chile in the U.S.A. The article indicated Las Cruces warm climate and mild winters were perfect for year-round activities such as tennis, hiking, golf and visiting attractions like the dunes of nearby White Sands National Monument. Top Destination - Facilities & Destinations Magazine, 2001, 2002, 2004 & 2006 Las Cruces was among 75 cities in the United States selected by the magazines readers to receive the annual award recognizing cities for their ability to accommodate groups and conventions. One of Americas Top 100 Retirement Towns - Where to Retire Magazine, Fall 2001 Las Cruces received praise for its diverse culture, high desert climate, low cost of living, open spaces, and year-round outdoor activities.

14 City Overview Las Cruces is located in the verdant Mesilla Valley in south-central New Mexico, a growing community with a bright future. Las Cruces is the fastest growing city in New Mexico and the 11th fastest growing in the nation. Las Cruces history dates back to 1598, when Don Juan de Onate led the first colonists to the area. In 1848 the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed. In 1854, the Gadsden Purchase was ratified in the historic village of Old Mesilla. In 1881, the infamous William H. Bonney, better known as "Billy the Kid" was tried and sentenced for murder here, but later escaped. The Mesilla Valley has been "home" to people for at least 4,000 years, and that's no surprise to anyone who has seen Las Cruces. The Rio Grande flows through the middle of the valley with the majestic Organ Mountains rising to the east. The surrounding agricultural land yields pecans, onions, cotton and other produce, but it is renowned for growing the best-tasting green chile in the world. Today, Las Cruces offers a vast selection of annual events and attractions, great weather-an average of 350 days of sunshine a year- and without a doubt, the people of Las Cruces are the greatest asset. Las Cruces invites everyone to "Come for the History, Stay for the Fun! Location of Las Cruces Bordered by the rugged Organ Mountains on the east and the legendary river known as the Rio Grande on the west, Las Cruces lies in the heart of the fertile Mesilla Valley. A Southern New Mexico city on the rise, Las Cruces has retained the charm and flavor of the "Old West" community it once was.

15 The archeological history of Las Cruces dates from 200 B.C. Pueblo Indian villages were established by 300 A.D., but by 1450, the Puebloan people disappeared, perhaps due to drought, internal political strife or attacks by nomadic tribes. One of the first Europeans to traverse this area was Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, who survived a shipwreck in the Gulf of Mexico, then lived among the Gulf Coast Indian tribes. In 1535, he made his way to the Mesilla Valley in search of Spanish settlements. Five years later de Vaca was followed by the renowned Coronado who led the first organized Spanish expedition through the Mesilla Valley. With the ratification of the Gadsden Purchase, which was signed in 1854, the boundary between the U.S. and Mexico was established. Las Cruces became the major supply center for miners staking their claims in the Organ Mountains and for soldiers stationed at Fort Selden. The nearby town of Mesilla was a stopover for passengers on the Butterfield Overland Stage route, which extended from St. Louis to San Francisco. It was said that the only place that one could find a bed between San Antonio and Los Angeles was at the Mesilla Stage Stop! Today, fields of cotton and chile and groves of pecan trees stand on what was once dangerous and wild land. Las Cruces offers attraction and events for everyone. For the outdoors type person, the 350 days of sunshine a year allow for golfing, hiking or biking. Outdoor attractions include Aguirre Springs and San Augustin Pass, Dripping Springs Recreation Area and La Cueva, Ft. Selden State Monument, Leasburg Dam State Park and Stahmann Farms. Other local attractions include Old Mesilla area and the Bicentennial Log Cabin located in Las Cruces. City Overview

16 A Little History New Mexico's spectacular landscapes and stunning displays of sunlight have enchanted people for thousands of years. It is believed that pre-historic Paleo- Indians crossed this land as far back as 20,000 years ago. Anasazi tribes created cliff villages roughly 10,000 years ago. Although the ancient Anasazi communities disappeared by about 1300 A.D., leaving only traces of their civilization behind, they have sparked curiosity ever since. The earliest evidence of a civilization in the area has been dated to about 8,000 B.C. Archeological findings in the Mesilla Valley have been traced to about 200 B.C. Spanish explorers, including the famed Coronado, appeared on the scene by the early 1500s. At that time, the Spanish referred to the native inhabitants as Pueblos because of the villages or "pueblos" they built. In 1598, a trailblazer named Don Juan de Onate led Spanish colonists through Las Cruces on a route that became known as El Camino Real, or the Royal Highway. Onate and his group were the first to travel a desolate, 90-mile stretch of desert that became known as Jornado del Muerto, or Journey of Death. This route provided a shorter path than the one that curved along the Rio Grande, but the hot and arid conditions claimed the lives of many of its travelers. In addition, Apaches attacked the wagon trains and killed the settlers who dared to cross their territory. It was an Apache ambush on settlers that gave Las Cruces its name. When travelers from Taos were killed along the El Camino Real in 1830, the grieving survivors marked the graves with crosses. Thus, La Placita de Las Cruces, or the Place of the Crosses, became the frontier settlement of Las Cruces in 1849, when the first streets were marked with rawhide rope. However, during the two centuries preceding the 1850s, the Rio Grande Valley changed hands several times. Resisting the termination of their tribal customs, the Pueblos overthrew their Spanish oppressors in 1680, and maintained their autonomy until defeated in More than 100 years later, Mexican revolutionaries overthrew the Spanish rulers and established the Republic of Mexico in Within 25 years, America's resolute westward expansion prompted a war against Mexico. The 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the Gadsden Purchase of 1854 claimed much of Mexico's northern land as U.S. domain.

17 After the Civil War ended in 1865, the U.S. Army built Fort Selden to guard against the Apache. The Buffalo Soldiers of the 125th (African-American) Infantry were among the first troops to defend the fort. Later, a young captain named MacArthur commanded the post, while his son Douglas, played among the adobe, flat-roofed buildings. The expanding railroad and the increasing influx of new immigrants abated the Apache threat, and the fort was officially abandoned in In 1973, Fort Selden became a state monument, and it is now the summertime site of weekend portrayals of the life of a frontier soldier. An interpretive trail also winds through the historical ruins, which are located about 15 miles north of Las Cruces. During the late 1800s, Las Cruces began supplying goods to adventurous miners who came into the mountains seeking wealth. Fort Selden soldiers also came into town for supplies. Mesilla had become a major stop along the Butterfield Overland Stage route, which carried passengers through much of the western U.S. Also, innovative irrigation techniques spurred agricultural growth along the Rio Grande. A colorful local character of this Wild West timeframe was Henry McCarty, a.k.a. William Bonney, a.k.a. Billy the Kid. During the Lincoln County cattle range wars in 1878, Billy the Kid killed a county sheriff, for which he was captured and sentenced to hang. Remarkably, he escaped from the Mesilla courthouse. Within a couple of years, however, he was tracked and killed by the Dona Ana County Sheriff, Pat Garrett. Ironically, the well-known sheriff was later shot outside Las Cruces by an unknown gunslinger; Garrett's body was buried in the local cemetery. Today, Las Cruces proudly displays the national historic districts of the Alameda Depot and Mesquite Street, which marks the town's original 1849 settlement. Significant buildings include the former Amador Hotel, built in 1853, now a county office, and the Armijo House, built in 1877, most recently a law office. Both the charming adobe buildings of the frontier settlers and the elegant mansions of the railroad tycoons reflect two distinct, local lifestyles of the latter 19th century. On January 6, 1912, New Mexico became the nation's 47th state. The area became Confederate soil briefly in 1862, when 3,000 Texas troops marched into the Mesilla Valley en route to Sante Fe. Union soldiers later defeated the Confederates north of Sante Fe. A Little History

18 The area grew quietly and inconspicuously until July 16, 1945, when scientists involved in the war effort exploded the first atomic bomb north of Las Cruces near Alamogordo. The earth shattering, life-changing explosion occurred on Jornado del Muerto, long ago marked as a valley of death. Following World War II in 1946, Las Cruces was incorporated as a city. Since then, it has grown to be New Mexico's second largest city and the Dona Ana county seat. Its current population of 97,618 (2010 Census) has increased fivefold since The U.S. Census Bureau ranks Las Cruces among America's fastest growing urban areas. It has also been selected by Money Magazine as the 10th best small city in the West. In addition, Las Cruces and its unusual environs continue to be popular for shooting a variety of movies. One of the earliest films ever made near Las Cruces was the 1911 feature "The Dude." During the 1980s and 1990s, "Mad Love," "Homage, "Lolita, Twins,, and Raw Courage were filmed in and around Las Cruces. The music videos of Toby Keith, John Michael Montgomery and Boys II Men have also been produced in the area. Most recently scenes from "Traffic, The Burning Plain, and Due Date with Robert Downey Jr. were filmed in Las Cruces. In 1998, Las Cruces celebrated its 150th birthday. This festive community spirit as well as the city's sunny climate, spectacular views and tricultural heritage make Las Cruces an amiable and enviable place to live. Las Cruces Culture Its colorful past and tricultural heritage continue to enliven Las Cruces. The Pueblos, Apaches and Navajo, the Spanish explorers, farmers and ranchers, and the 19th century arrivals from the East Coast and Europe all contributed to the community's beliefs, strengths and lifestyles. Although the Pueblos were often dominated and overpowered by the Spanish explorers, some of their ways endured, including traditional methods of cooking corn, beans and chile, and ancient techniques for creating pottery and weaving. The Spanish introduced animals such as the horse, sheep and cattle, and new crops including onions, barley and wheat. They immersed the native society with their Catholic heritages, which provided an interesting mix of religious beliefs and customs. Another cultural blending interspersed the simple, flat-roofed structures of the pueblos with the elegant 19th century homes of the Europeans. Using modern materials brought by the railroad, the newer homes exhibited tin roofs, brick walls, pressed metal ceilings and cast- iron pillars. A Little History

19 Both Spanish and English are spoken freely and easily in the area, and bilingual publications are common. The six native tongues of the Pueblos, as well as the languages of the Apaches and Navajos, enhance the tricultural mix. The Mesilla Valley produces the best chile peppers in the state, which remains an esteemed distinction. The valley cultivates nearly half of New Mexico's 25,000 acres of chile pods that are harvested each year. At New Mexico State University, researchers grown, study and experiment with crops of chile peppers to develop new hybrids and flavors. Strings of chile peppers are often dried and then hung, creating a natural deep red adornment for a wall or a porch, especially at Christmas time. Another esteemed produce of the area is pecans. Twenty some thousand acres are dedicated to pecan in Dona Ana County, with a total of 733 orchards producing on average 36,000 pounds annually. Local shops and boutiques promote an intriguing range of authentic native goods. Hand-woven rugs and blankets, as well as baskets, jewelry, pottery, paintings and woodcarvings brighten the storefronts. But, perhaps the most remarkable shopping can be done at the open-air Farmers' and Craft Market on the Downtown Mall held each Wednesday and Saturday morning. Local produce, baked goods and a multitude of unusual crafts and knickknacks can be purchased throughout the year, especially during periodic, theme-oriented fairs. An "Easter Extravaganza" is hosted in the spring, a "Christmas in July" jump-starts the holidays, and a "Harvest of Fun" introduces the autumn season. Other community groups such as the Nostalgia Club and the Mesilla Valley Sierra Club host antique and collectible shows at both St. Genevieve's Church and Dickerson's Event Center, and the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce holds an annual Spring Business Expo. The Branigan Cultural Center Complex is the headquarters for many artistic and entertaining endeavors. Located in the revitalized Downtown Mall, the Branigan Center has developed into two distinct museums. Proudly, Las Cruces now supports a Museum of Fine Art and Culture, as well as a Historical Museum. The Branigan building also houses a Hispanic dance troupe, dedicated to promoting and preserving traditional dances of Mexico and New Mexico. Jose Tena is the director and founder of the Ballet Folklorico de la Tierra del Encanto, created in A Little History

20 Other youth and adult classes offered at the complex include oil painting, sculpture and pottery making. The Branigan Foundation provides scholarships to students who show artistic interest and financial need. Other museums in the community include New Mexico State University Williams Hall, the Corbett Center, and Kent Hall, which displays archaeological and historical exhibits. The Farm and Ranch Museum, an interactive museum that chronicles the 3,000-year history of New Mexico's agricultural and rural life. The museum boasts 90,000 square feet in size on 47 acres. An outdoor amphitheater seats 250 to 400 people for programs and an indoor theater allows for special presentations. Outdoors visitors can also view corrals of longhorn cattle, churro sheep and Jerusalem donkeys. Libraries include the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library and New Mexico State University's Branson Hall and New Library. In addition, the campus also hosts a variety of other enjoyable diversions, including a film series and live concerts at the Pan America Center. Several annual performances by the Las Cruces Symphony are also performed at the Pan American Center between October and May. Along with musical presentations, Las Cruces also offers a wide scope of theater performances. From September through May, the American Southwest Theater Company plays at the Hershel Zohn Theater on the NMSU campus. Downtown, the Las Cruces Community Theater performs year-round. The Black Box Theatre opened, also located on the Downtown Mall, offering performances throughout the year. A Little History

21 Area Attractions Avid golfers will enjoy the 350 annual days of sunshine at local courses. New Mexico State University offers a public course as does the Sonoma Ranch Golf Course. In addition, the Las Cruces Country Club is a semi-private course open to the public and members, and the Picacho Hills Country Club is available to members only. The city of Las Cruces also supports numerous parks and playgrounds, baseball and softball fields, soccer fields, basketball courts, tennis and handball courts, swimming pools, recreation centers, the Benavidez Community Center and the Munson Senior Center. This year, The Field of Dreams facility opened, providing space for sport and community events. Additional opportunities for fun are offered by the Sun Lanes Bowling Alley, Tommy's Las Cruces Roller Rink, Club Fusion and the city's Allen movie theaters. A shooting range, riding stables and an auto racing speedway are also available outside of town. Hiking and camping facilities are also accessible within a short drive. Roughly, 15 miles north of town, campers can enjoy swimming, kayaking and hiking at the Leasburg Dam State Park, open year-round. To the east of town, near San Augustin Pass, the Aguirre Springs campground offers beautiful views to those who enjoy hiking, mountain biking and outdoor cookouts. It is important to bring water, which is not available at the site. Closer to town, the Organ Mountain Preserve offers a challenging and historical hike that reaches the ruins of a once-famous resort and a large, mysterious cave with a history of its own. The Dripping Springs resort was a well-known nineteenth century hotel that attracted notorious characters such as Pancho Villa and Sheriff Pat Garrett. Likewise, La Cueva was the unlikely home of an eccentric Italian nobleman who lived as a hermit until he died of suspicious death, probably murdered. Forest sites accessible to persons with disabilities include the La Posada Interpretive Trail, the South Fork Campground and the Cedar Greek Group Campground. For those who prefer professional spectator sports, neighboring El Paso boasts a professional hockey team and minor league baseball.

22 Outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy relaxing on the water can visit Caballo Reservoir and Elephant Butte Lake, both on the Rio Grande near the neighboring town of Truth or Consequences. Boating, bird watching, fishing and swimming are popular, year-round activities. Elephant Butte State Park also hosts an annual balloon regatta over the lake. Abundant outdoor opportunities also abound in the sprawling Lincoln National Forest, about 100 miles northeast of Las Cruces. Hiking, camping, hunting, fishing caving, mountain biking, horseback riding, skiing and snowmobiling are just a few of the activities that draw visitors to the forest each year. Area animals include mule deer, turkey, elk and black bears. The forest's most famous black bear was the original Smokey Bear, a small, badly burned bear cub rescued after a forest fire in Smokey Bear soon became America's beloved symbol for fire prevention. Art Community - With over 40 galleries and over 200 artists, the Mesilla Valley is the perfect place for art lovers seeking high quality productions at a reasonable prices. Bataan Death March Memorial - Heroes of Bataan. The only federally funded memorial dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Bataan Death March during WWII. Located in Veterans Park. Fort Selden State Monument - Located 15 miles north of Las Cruces on either Interstate 25 (exit 19) or Highway 185. Fort hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. six days a week, May 1- September 1, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., closed Tuesdays. (575) Ghost Towns - There are several historic towns within an hour or so drive of Las Cruces. Historic Old Mesilla - One of the most popular trade centers between the mid west and the west coast 150 years ago, Mesilla is now a quaint town centered around a plaza filled with shops, boutiques and restaurants. Located south of Las Cruces on Avenida de Mesilla, and only minutes from anywhere in Las Cruces. Area Attractions

23 Las Cruces Farmers & Crafts Market - Locally grown produce, hand-crafted arts and crafts, jewelry and much more. Every Wednesday and Saturday morning from 8 a.m. - noon on the Downtown Mall. Museums - Check out any of Las Cruces several museums dedicated to preserving the history of the Mesilla Valley, surrounding areas and the state. Collections range from ancient historical artifacts to generations-old family heirlooms. New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum - A tour of the 3,000 year-old agricultural history of New Mexico with hands on displays and live demonstrations. Located 1.5 miles east of Telshor on University Avenue. Museum hours: Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sundays noon - 5 p.m. (575) Organ Mountains - Overlooking Las Cruces to the east, the Organs provide excellent hiking, mountain biking and camping opportunities. Stahmann Farms - One of the worlds largest producers of pecans offering weekly tours of their candy and pecan processing plants. The farm is located seven miles south of Las Cruces on Highway 28. (575) Veterans Park - is home to the newly erected Dona Ana County Veterans Wall and the Bataan Death March Monument. White Sands National Monument - Over 275 square-miles of naturally produced gypsum, creating one of the most unique sites in the world. Located 45 miles east of Las Cruces on Highway 70. (575) Wineries - New Mexico started producing wines in 1629, making the states wine industry the oldest in the country. Today, several New Mexico wineries produce a wide variety of fine wines, and each year Las Cruces hosts the Southern New Mexico Wine Festival, La Vina Jazz and Blues Thing and the New Mexico Wine Harvest. Area Attractions

24 How To Get a New Mexico Drivers License Please confirm updated information by visiting here: How to get a New Mexico Driver License All persons driving a motor vehicle on New Mexico highways and roadways are required to b are a new driver, under age 18 or aged 18-24, go to New Drivers. The New Mexico MVD issues a secure driver license to help protect New Mexicans from identity theft. Persons applying for a first-time driver license, a license renewal or a license replacement are issued a temporary license while their regular license is being processed and mailed. If you have an out-of-state license or a prior New Mexico ID card, it will be hole-punched and may be used in conjunction with the temporary license, for up to 45 days from the date of issue. The temporary license and the hole-punched license or ID card are only valid for identification purposes when presented together. You must go into a MVD Field Office to get your New Mexico driver license. Staff at any Field Office can issue your temporary driver license. An overview of all documents needed to obtain a license or identification can be found on this table Download Acceptable Documents. MVD agents may accept no more than one document from each bulleted category in column (4) of the Acceptable Documents chart. First-Time New Mexico Driver License Requirements Once you have established residency in New Mexico, you are required to surrender your license from any other state and apply for a New Mexico license. To get a non-commercial driver license, you will need to bring the following documents to any MVD Field Office: - One (1) proof of identification number, and - One (1) proof of identity, and - Two (2) proofs of New Mexico residency. Only one document from each category may be used- An example: One utility bill and one letter bank statement but not a gas bill and an electric bill. This would count as two of the same type of residency documents. If you are not eligible for a social security number, you will need to bring the following documents to any MVD Field Office: - One (1) proof of Identification number - No SSN, and - One (1) proof of identity - No SSN, and - Two (2) proofs of New Mexico residency Only one document from each category may be used- An example: One utility bill and one letter bank statement but not a gas bill and an electric bill. This would count as two of the same type of residency documents. At least one of the proof of identity or proof of identification number documents must also show your date of birth.

25 You will also be required to take the following tests: Eye Test – Persons with a current driver license from another state or country, or those applying for a first-time New Mexico driver license, are required to pass an eye exam. Written Test – Persons applying for a first-time New Mexico driver license, or those with licenses expired for one year or more, must pass the required written test(s). This test is not required if you have a current out-of-state driver license. Persons with a current out-of-country license are required to take the written test. Road Test – Persons applying for a first-time New Mexico driver license, or those with licenses expired over five years, must pass the required road test(s). This test is not required if you have a current out-of-state driver license. A license will not be issued if your driving privileges are suspended, revoked or denied by this state or any other state. You must first resolve the suspension or revocation of your license. Fees for a New Mexico Driver License The fee is $18.00 for a four-year license or $34.00 for an eight-year license. Drivers who are 75 years old or older must renew their licenses yearly, but they are not charged renewal fees. State law now requires a DWI records check on all drivers moving to New Mexico from out-of-state. To pay for the records check, those drivers are charged an additional one-time $15.00 fee, increasing their total to $33.00 for a four-year license or $49.00 for an eight-year license. DWI-related Requirements Any person, 25 years of age and over, who has ever been convicted of DWI and who is applying for his or her first New Mexico driver license, must also submit evidence of having successfully completed New Mexicos approved DWI prevention and education program, None for the Road, or another state's equivalent program. The None for the Road class is administered by UNM Continuing Education, not by the Motor Vehicle Division. Information about the class and a class application are available online or by calling (Albuquerque and surrounding areas) or call toll -free at Business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You may also obtain a None for the Road flyer and application directly from any local Motor Vehicle Field Office. How To Get a New Mexico Drivers License

26 City of Las Cruces - Weather Tables QUICK LINKS Table Display Graphic English Units Units Graphic Metric Units Temperatures in °F, rainfall in inches Mon th Avg Low Avg High Avg Rain Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Temperatures in °C, rainfall in mm Mon th Avg Low Avg High Avg Rain Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Las Cruces Weather

27 Las Cruces Weather Average Monthly Temperatures (min & max) 32.28°N °W 3878 ft above sea level Average Monthly Rainfall (inches) Source: National Weather Service from stations located at New Mexico State University

28 Source: National Weather Service from stations located at New Mexico State University Average Monthly Temperatures (min & max) 32.28°N °W 1182 m above sea level Las Cruces Weather Average Monthly Rainfall (mm)

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