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Las Cruces, also known as “The City of the Crosses”, is the county seat of Dona Ana County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 101,047 in 2012 making it the second largest city in the state, after Albuquerque. Las Cruces is the largest city in both Dona Ana County, and southern New Mexico.
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Situated in southern New Mexico along the banks of the Rio Grande, Las Cruces boasts a landscape as wide and diverse as the people who inhabit it. The city is located in the foothills of the Organ Mountains along the northern edge of the Chihuahuan Desert. Positioned at the crossroads of Interstate 10 and Interstate 25, Las Cruces is the county seat of Doña Ana County and the economic, cultural, and geographic center of the Mesilla Valley. The city is home to a population of more than 97,000 residents and over 7,000 businesses based largely in agriculture, commerce, education, aerospace, and defense. The city’s strong progressive economy and lucrative tax incentives, together with low unemployment, affordable housing, and recent positive job growth, continues to attract new residents and businesses to the city each year.
More than 33% of Las Cruces residents hold a Bachelor’s Degree or higher, a number well above that of the national average. The city is home to New Mexico State University, a public land grant university that was ranked among “America’s Top Colleges & Universities” by Forbes for 2014. The university was also listed as one of “America’s 100 Best College Buys” by Institutional Research & Evaluation Inc., an independent research and consulting organization for higher education. A designated NASA Space Grant College, the university’s Space Grant Program was recently one of only twelve in the nation to receive an excellent rating during NASA’s annual review of Space Grant Programs across the nation.
Las Cruces is a veritable haven for outdoor sports and recreation enthusiasts. The city is home to more than 100 parks and a number of excellent recreational facilities that include the Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center, Frank O’Brien Papen Center, and Meerscheidt Recreation Center. The city is surrounded by fabulous opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, and golfing, all within a thirty-mile radius of the city.
Located just north of the city, the Organ Mountain National Recreation Area features an extensive network of trails perfect for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding, as well as dedicated camping and hunting areas, playgrounds, picnic areas, and opportunities for wildlife viewing. Anglers will find excellent trout fishing at area mountain lakes such as Snow Lake and Bonito Lake, while Elephant Butte Lake and Caballo Lake are excellent sources for catfish, walleye, bass, crappie, and northern pike.
Golfers can hit the links at any of several area golf courses that include Sonoma Ranch Golf Course and Picacho Hills Golf Course, both 18-hole regulation courses located within the city. Public courses include the Red Hawk Golf Course, rated “Best in State” by Golf Digest for 2013-2015, and NMSU Golf Course, located on the campus of New Mexico State University.
The city’s historic downtown is home to the Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces, where residents and visitors alike can enjoy browsing the wares of over 300 vendors and merchants selling a variety of goods that include fresh foods and produce, arts and crafts, live plants, soaps, cosmetics, jewelry, leatherworks, woodworking, and more. The market was named the “Number One Large Farmers Market in the Nation” in the 2011 nationwide poll by America’s Farmland Trust.
Las Cruces is home to several excellent museums that include the Las Cruces Museum of Art, Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science, Las Cruces Railroad Museum, and Branigan Cultural Center. The city is located 27 miles southwest of White Sands Missile Range, the nation’s largest military installation that is also one of the largest employers in the region. The missile range is home to the White Sands Missile Range Museum & Missile Park that features a variety of displays and exhibits relative to the history of missiles and rockets that have undergone testing at the range.
Popular Las Cruces attractions include the Rio Grande Theatre, a 422-seat state-of-the-art performing arts facility located in downtown Las Cruces that doubles as home of the Dona Ana Arts Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to the cultural and artist needs of the Southern New Mexico community. The arts council hosts a number of local events, including the Renaissance ArtsFaire, an annual two-day event held at Young Park each November, and the Downtown Art Ramble, held the first Friday of each month within the city’s downtown Cultural Arts Corridor.
Las Cruces is known for its excellent, state-of-the-art healthcare. The city is home to MountainView Regional Medical Center and Memorial Medical Center, both general medical and surgical hospitals offering comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care for residents of Las Cruces, Dona Ana County, and the surrounding southern New Mexico region.
Medical waste disposal is an important aspect of the healthcare community that is often overlooked. Proper handling, collection, transportation, and disposal of medical and biohazard waste is essential to the health and safety of healthcare professionals, patients, hospital workers, waste workers, and the community at large.
New Mexico’s medical and biohazardous waste is regulated by the Hazardous Waste Bureau (HWB) of the New Mexico Environmental Department. The HWB provides regulatory oversight and guidance to New Mexico hazardous waste generators and to hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities as provided by the New Mexico Hazardous Waste Act of 1978.
Medical waste is defined by the New Mexico Healthcare Environmental Resource Center as infectious waste with unique handling, collection, transportation, and disposal requirements due to associated possible risks to public health, welfare, and safety. Items included in this category include microbiological laboratory wastes, pathological wastes, human blood and blood products, used and disposable instruments and equipment, and contaminated animal carcasses.
Choosing a medical waste disposal company can be a daunting task, especially for those not familiar with the ins and outs of the industry. MedPro is a national medical waste disposal company that offers dependable, professional, and courteous service at the local level, providing clients with both the security of a national brand and the convenience of doing business with a hometown company. MedPro’s comprehensive, detailed quotes alleviate pricing surprises often experienced through our competitors and provide for customized plans tailored to meet the individual needs and budgets of our clients.
MedPro industry experts bring more than 75 years of combined experience to the table, ensuring top quality service unequaled by other medical waste disposal companies in the area. For reliable, friendly, cost-effective service, consider MedPro for your medical and biohazard waste disposal needs.
Las Cruces landscape is as diverse as our people. To the east the majestic spires of the Organ Mountains rise from the floor of the Chihuahuan desert with its rolling hills and spindly plants. To the west, the Rio Grande cuts a wide green path of tall trees and fertile fields. Overhead is an endless expanse of stunning blue sky where the sun shines almost every day.