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  • Liquor ban pushed for DWI offenders

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — Many convicted drunken drivers in New Mexico will be prohibited from buying alcohol under legislation approved by the House on Monday although supporters acknowledge there are loopholes that will allow offenders to continue getting liquor.
    If the measure becomes law, New Mexico would join at least Alaska in restricting alcohol sales to some convicted drunken drivers, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - March 6, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Scholarship bill OKd by House

    SANTA FE— More New Mexicans will qualify for lottery-financed college scholarships under a measure heading to the Senate for consideration.
    The House approved a proposal Monday on a 49-13 vote to extend the scholarships to students enrolling in a two-year college within two years of graduating from high school.

  • Looking Back - March 6, 2013

    In 1963
    Thursday, March 7 — Today at four in the afternoon in the big Johnson gym at Albuquerque, the Pecos Panthers get their chance. When the whistle blows and the first jump ball is tossed in the air, it will mark the moment towards which coach Ted Maestas has worked — to have his team playing in the state tournament. They will face the San Jon Coyotes, holders of a 31-1 record. (The Panthers lost, 75-39).

  • Looking Ahead - News - March. 6, 2013

    Story Time at Carnegie
    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesdays in the children’s area of the public library. It’s free and open to the public.

  • Weather - March 6, 2013

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15-25 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 36. Southwest wind 15-20 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph after midnight.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 62. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15-25 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 37. Breezy.

    Friday

  • Lunafest — a women’s film festival Thursday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents Lunafest – a traveling film festival featuring award-winning short films by, for and about women.

    Lunafest  will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 in the university’s Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    Now in its 13th year, Lunafest premiered in San Francisco in September 2012 and is touring 150 cities across the country this year. This is its first showing in Las Vegas.

  • Fall from Grace

    For 20 years, Eugenio S. Mathis was a pillar of the legal system in Las Vegas, serving as a referee to opposing attorneys, settling family disputes and meting out punishment to defendants.

    That all came to a crashing halt on Thursday afternoon with news that the state Judicial Standards Commission had targeted him for removal from the bench for misconduct.

  • Messages reveal tension at courthouse

    Judge Eugenio Mathis believed that Jay Quintana, the ex-teacher who admitted to having sex with a student, should be required to register as a sex offender.

    He said he felt that Frank Alvey, a convicted child rapist, had been railroaded by the prosecutor who handled the case and by the now-retired judge who presided over it.

  • Luna election set for Tuesday

    Voters head to the polls on Tuesday to elect four members to Luna Community College’s Board of Trustees, and the outcome could affect President Pete Campos’ longevity at the school.

    Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Up for grabs are the District 1, District 3, District 5 and District 7 seats. Three incumbents are hoping to retain their seats. In District 7, longtime board member Ambrose Castellano opted not to seek re-election.

  • Mathis saddened by disclosure of messages

    Editor’s note: The following statement was issued by Judge Eugenio Mathis Saturday night.