LAS PALMERAS RESIDENTS CELEBRATE IMPROVED COLONIA RATING

LAS PALMERAS RESIDENTS CELEBRATE IMPROVED COLONIA RATING

A celebration will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, May 31, in Las Palmeras to mark the community’s new designation as a Class A colonia on the Colonias Ranking Scale.

When the Doña Ana County Colonias Initiative got underway in 2003, Las Palmeras ranked a grade of “E,” which is the lowest possible ranking on the Colonias Scale.

“This community’s meteoric rise from Class E to Class A is testament to the results that the Colonias Initiative is yielding across Doña Ana County, and it shows why the Doña Ana County model is being emulated throughout the region,” said District 1 Doña Ana County Commissioner Oscar Vásquez-Butler. “From the poorest of the poor to a community with a viable future, Las Palmeras is a beacon of hope for colonias residents who are willing to team with local government for positive and measurable improvement related to the installation of infrastructure, the reduction in crime and a host of family-oriented programs that build community identity and pride.”

Butler will among the featured speakers at the May 31 event. He’ll be joined by Secretary Rick Martinez of the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration and Robert Apodaca, director of the New Mexico Local Government Division.

“This community’s celebration wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of the residents and the support of our legislators and Doña Ana County’s management and staff, particularly in the Health and Human Services Department,” Butler said.

The community celebration will feature a potluck dinner at the corner of Las Palmeras and Los Cocos roads.

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