Residents want to dissolve troubled New Mexico border city

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) – Residents in a troubled New Mexico border town want voters to disincorporate their scandal-plagued city and turn services over to the county.

KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas, reports petitioners say they have collected enough signatures this week to dissolve Sunland Park. Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins will have 10 working days to verify the petition once signatures are submitted and county commissioners could then order a special election.

Earlier this year, a former mayoral candidate in Sunland Park pleaded guilty to extortion for secretly recording an opponent receiving a lap dance from a topless woman.

The city drew national attention in 2012 after news of the recording became public.

Last week, a Sunland Park city councilor was indicted for giving alcoholic beverages to a minor. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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