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Patty Amador at House Financial Services Field Hearing

Patty Amador, President, Ambeck Mortgage Associates of Modesto, CA speaks about downpayment assistance and HR 6694 at the House Financial Services ...

Las Cruces commercial market poised to expand

LAS CRUCES - The face of retail in Las Cruces is changing – for the better. After years of waning commercial rental rates and increased vacancies, commercial investment is on the rise in the Mesilla Valley. Take the retail sector, for example. “Business is steady,” said Jake Redfearn, principal associate broker at NAI 1st Valley Realty in Las Cruces.

“We have some retailers who have been keeping their eyes on Las Cruces for the past five years”, Redfearn added. “Some, such as Starbucks, are now seeing economic indicators that match the criteria they require to open or expand their businesses in the area.” Starbucks announced last week that plans are in the works to open a new location at the intersection of Sonoma Ranch Boulevard and Bataan Memorial Highway.

Plans are also in the works to repurpose the former K-Mart location at 1900 Bataan Memorial Hwy., to attract retailers that typically cluster in centers like the Laguna Seca Shopping Center at 3050 E. Lohman Ave., according to Redfearn. National retailers, such as Marshall’s, Ross Dress for Less and TJ Maxx occupy similar high-visibility, high-traffic locations.

Man's Stolen Saxophone Recovered 23 Years Later

SACRAMENTO -- A man's daughter stumbled upon something the two of them thought had been gone for good -- a one-of-a-kind saxophone stolen more than two decades ago.

Amador Villar had his alto saxophone taken from his car on his daughter's wedding day in Sacramento 23 years ago.

The saxophone was very special to Villar because it was a gift given to him by his brother when he first moved to America in 1978.

Earlier this week, his daughter, Ana, was looking online for a saxophone for herself and stumbled upon one she thought looked just like her dad's, but she wasn't entirely sure.

Ana Villar bought the saxophone from a man in Sacramento and showed it to her dad who immediately noticed two unique marks.

One was a dent from when the saxophone had fallen off a car. The other was a piece he had made to repair part of the instrument.

When Amador Villar saw those distinctive features he knew the saxophone was his.

The instrument doesn't play and needs to be repaired, but Amador Villar says he never gave up hope he would find it. He credits his faith and prayers for bringing it back to him.