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  • Looking Ahead - News - March 16, 2012

    University Celebrity competition is Saturday

    The University Celebrity High School Competition will start at 7 p.m. this Saturday at Ilfeld Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for general admission and students pay $5. Call 454-3238 for ticket information.

  • Weather - March 16, 2012

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. West wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15- 20 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 38. Southwest wind 15-20 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Windy, with a southwest wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Partly cloudy and windy at night, with a low around 39.

    Sunday

  • FYI - News - March 16, 2012

    Alcohol-related deaths from traffic crashes in New Mexico rose slightly, according to The Associated Press. Preliminary Traffic Safety Bureau records indicate 146 people were killed in highway crashes involving alcohol in 2011. That’s up from 145 in 2010, but down from 152 in 2009. Police are stepping up enforcement against drunken driving through the weekend.

  • H.U. ‘Boots for Bucks’ drive this weekend

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University boosters with purple cowboy boots in hand will be out in force this Saturday and Sunday for Boots for Bucks, a drive to help raise scholarship money that is part of the April 21 President’s Gala: Dollars for Scholars.

    The President’s Gala is a scholarship fundraiser that will also celebrate Highlands University President Jim Fries’ five-year anniversary.

  • Changing of Colors
  • Ex-reporter sought in extortion case

    The Associated Press

    SUNLAND PARK — A former freelance journalist for a Spanish-language El Paso newspaper is wanted in a topless dancer extortion case surrounding a troubled New Mexico border city’s mayoral election.

  • Revving Raffle
  • Howell sworn in early

    Newly elected City Councilor Vince Howell was sworn in Friday to the surprise of many, including the councilor he replaced and some members of the governing body.

    City Attorney Dave Romero had previously said that the winner of the Ward 2 race wouldn’t take his position on the council until after the mayoral and Ward 3 races were decided in a runoff. No runoff was needed in the Ward 2 race because Howell received 67 percent of the vote, well above the 50 percent plus one vote margin required by the new city charter.  

  • East board calls for better food

    In late December, Las Vegas City Schools board member Gloria Lovato-Pacheco voted against awarding contracts for cafeteria food products to several vendors, saying she wants healthier foods served to students.  

    At that time she said she wanted the district to serve more fruits and vegetables to students and less pre-processed foods.

    In response to Lovato-Pacheco’s concerns, board members Ernesto Salazar and Elaine Luna wrote up a directive to interim Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez asking for healthier cafeteria food.

  • Comic Relief

    Las Vegas native Jose Maestas will hit the stage on Saturday as master of ceremonies for the East vs. West High School Competition by University Celebrity.

    Maestas, a stand-up comedian, said he is looking forward to being back in Las Vegas for this one-evening competition starting at 7 p.m. with the doors opening at 6 p.m. this Saturday at Ilfeld Auditorium.

    “I’m excited to be back in Las Vegas,” Maestas said. “I like to bring my hard-core “brownie” jokes.