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  • Weather - Feb. 29, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 58. West wind around 15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28. West wind around 15 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Windy, with a west wind 20-30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy and breezy at night, with a low around 24.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 17.

    Sunny, with a high near 50.

  • FYI - News - Feb. 29, 2012

    If you’re hoping to cast your ballot early for the municipal election, you’d better hurry. Early voting, which is being held at City Hall, ends at 5 p.m. this Friday. Election day is March 6. On that day, polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

  • Leap day babies relish b’days

    By Beth J. Harpaz
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Peter Brouwer turns 56 on Wednesday. But if you count the times he’s celebrated his true birth date, he’s only turning 14.

    Brouwer is a Leap day baby. And like a lot of people born Feb. 29, he relishes the uniqueness of his birthday. He even thinks there's an advantage to marking your real birthday just once every four years.

  • In Brief - News - Feb. 29, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Board ousts superintendent
    SANTA FE — The Santa Fe school board has ousted Superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the board voted late Monday to end Gutierrez's contract before it was scheduled to expire June 2013.

    The move followed a closed-door session that lasted more than two hours.

  • Death toll rises in school shooting

    By Thomas J. Sherran
    The Associated Press

    CHARDON, Ohio — The death toll rose to three Tuesday in the shooting rampage in an Ohio high school cafeteria as schoolmates and townspeople grappled with the tragedy and wondered what could have set the teenage gunman off.

    The teenager under arrest in Monday's attack, T.J. Lane, faced an afternoon hearing in juvenile court.

  • ‘Breaking Bad’ actor to host gala

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico actor and comedian Steven Michael Quezada will be the master of ceremonies April 21 at the New Mexico Highlands University President’s Gala: Dollars for Scholars.

    The gala is a scholarship fundraiser that will also celebrate Highlands President James Fries’ five-year anniversary. It will begin at 6 p.m. at the university’s Wilson Complex, 1241 9th St.

  • Fair warning or smear?

    Mayoral hopeful Tonita Gurule-Giron was fired from a managerial position at the state Human Services Department following allegations that she made false accusations against one of her employees and that she tried to get others who worked for her to do the same.

    The employee she was accused of targeting was Edward Tsyitee, one of her opponents in the mayor’s race. She accused him of sexually harassing women in the office.

    The drama unfolded more than 12 years ago at the local Income Support Division, where Gurule-Giron served as county director.

  • Parent says son assaulted by coach

    The mother of a West Las Vegas Middle School Seventh grader says an assistant coach there placed her son in a headlock and later tried to stick his head into a toilet on Wednesday.

    Frances Gonzales said the school’s administration tried to talk her out of filing charges, and she contends that the assistant coach was at the school on Thursday.

  • Wind blown

    Stacey Jaramillo was getting ready for class at about 9 a.m. on Thursday when she felt her mobile home shake.

    “It felt like an earthquake,” the New Mexico Highlands University student said.

    She looked around the house and soon went outside to discover that the strong winds had toppled part of a tree onto their double-wide mobile home, located on McRae and Silva Streets.

    She called her husband, Felix Jaramillo, at Pizza Hut where he is employed as a floor manager.

  • A fifth of NM’s 3rd graders are obese

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A recent study by state health officials found that more than a fifth of third graders in New Mexico are obese.

    The report issued this month by the New Mexico Department of Health showed that 15 percent of kindergartners are obese, rising to 22 percent by third grade.

    The study was based on a survey of more than 3,600 New Mexico children at 28 schools statewide between August and November.