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An inner-city refuge: Camp Hope is home for those without one

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Story by Stephanie J. Montoya

A tipi stands tall in front of some tents at Camp Hope at Sunset. Each tent, including the tipi, house 1-2 people. Photo by Stephanie J. Montoya.

A tipi stands tall in front of some tents at Camp Hope at Sunset. Each tent, including the tipi, house 1-2 people. (Photo by Stephanie J. Montoya)

Just a short drive down Amador, an eclectic mix of bright nylon tents flap and sway in the wind, a traditional pole tipi towering over them.

Despite the presence of lanterns, lawn chairs and barbeque grills, however, this inner-city campsite is no weekend getaway. For more than 50 Las Cruces residents, Camp Hope is home.

The only tent city in the state, Camp Hope was established in 2011 as a provisional winter shelter. It has since been approved as a year-round transitional facility.

“Camp Hope is a waiting room for housing,” Mesilla Valley Community Outreach Coordinator Matt Mercer said. “The Camp Hope program is statistically successful by giving people a place to transition.”

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The fall brings a mixture of genres to NMSU

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Story by Merge Staff

A guitarist is rocking the Steve Riley logo. (Photo illustration by Stephen Sealey Jr.)

Concerts galore! New Mexico State University brings musicians from all genres to the campus for the enjoyment of students and the rest of Las Cruces.

The fall semester will bring to you The Black Keys with Tegan and Sara, country singer Brantley Gilbert and musicians from all over the world to the Aggie doorstep.

The two-member rock/indie group, The Black Keys, have shot up in popularity since their start in humble Ohio in 2001. Their album, “El Camino” shot up to No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in 2011.

 

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