POSTED: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 5:32pm
UPDATED: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 11:33pm
One year ago today the Sun News building in Las Cruces caught fire.
No one was hurt but the building has been abandoned and useless ever since. It drove the entire Las Cruces Sun News staff to temporary offices. Today newspaper employees remember the fire in an unusual way; by displaying marshmallows at their own desks.
Frank Leto is publisher of the Las Cruces Sun News and he remembers that day vividly. "At the top of US-70 you could sorta see downtown Las Cruces and you could see the smoke and the flames."
Today is also special because it marks the beginning of the demolition of the old building that is still standing vacant and the building of brand new modern offices. "I think everyone is excited you know the building we were in was an old grocery store and it had been converted into a newspaper so it had a lot of issues as many old buildings do. You're not gonna have the feel that you're walking into your grandfather's newspaper building...a lot of glass, a lot of light and ugh it's pretty exciting," said Leto.
The new building will be a good thing for downtown Las Cruces economic development. " We're ecstatic about the new building. It's exciting to see the fruits of our labor in such a beautiful new building...that's state of the art..that's in downtown Las Cruces,” said Sun News employee Shari Hill.
Construction will take about nine months for them to build a new state of the art Sun News Las Cruces headquarters. The new building is expected to cost about $1.2 million, partially paid by insurance.