Bowling alley in Las Cruces shuts doors Saturday

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, 2018-06-30 22:47:59

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The bowling alley posted about the closure on Facebook on Friday morning. KFOX 14 confirmed with an employee the bowling alley will permanently close at midnight Saturday.

“I’ve been bowling here for 34 years,” bowler Bill Snyder said. “It’s a sad day for Las Cruces.”

KFOX 14 was not allowed to take video inside or interview any employees.

The Las Cruces Challengers, a bowling league for people with special needs, is moving its league to White Sands Missile Range.

“We always knew this might happen some day,” coordinator Darlene Kegel said. “For the last 19-20 years, I’ve been here every Saturday.”

Kegel said the league is moving to Roadrunner Lanes, which only has 10 lanes compared to 32 at 10 Pin Alley. Some people will no longer be able to bowl with the league because of the distance to get to White Sands Missile Range.

“This has been our sanctuary every Saturday,” Kegel said. “I have faith that the community is going to rally around and it’ll reopen.”

The building has a lot of history. It’s the site of the unsolved 1990 Las Cruces bowling massacre. Four people were fatally shot by two unidentified robbers. A fifth victim died from their injuries years later.

“There’s a lot of good memories … aside from the tragedy situation,” Snyder said.

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