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  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 21, 2014

    Shakespeare’s “Tempest”
    United World College-USA’s production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the school auditorium. The 400-year-old play is about slavery, magic and love. The show is free and open to the public. Parking will be near the Welcome Center on the campus in Montezuma.

  • Weather - Feb. 21, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 56. West wind 15-20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 25. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 58. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 27.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 24.

    Sunny, with a high near 61. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:41 a.m. to 5:49 p.m.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Feb. 21, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Sergeant pleads guilty in death
    LAS CRUCES — An Air Force sergeant in New Mexico has pleaded guilty to negligent child abuse in the death of his infant daughter.
    Prosecutors say 29-year-old Peter John Zayas entered his plea Wednesday in a federal court in Las Cruces.
    He’s been in federal custody since his April 2012 arrest.
    Zayas’ sentencing hearing hasn’t been set yet, but prosecutors say he could be facing up to 18 years in prison.

  • Piano works by Russian Masters concert today

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Department of Music presents pianist Ronald Grinage performing piano works by Russian masters at 7 p.m. today (Friday) in Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall at 905 University Ave.

    The show will include pieces from legendary 19th and 20th century Russian composers such as Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov.

    Tickets are $5 and students with valid IDs are free.

  • Nuclear waste site to be tested

    The Associated Press

    CARLSBAD — The U.S. Department of Energy has appointed a team to investigate the detection of radiation in and near a southeastern New Mexico facility that’s the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository in operation.

    The assessment of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant will be conducted by an accident investigation board consisting of department officials and representatives of health and safety agencies, the department said in a statement released late Wednesday.

  • Judges stop officiating weddings

    The Associated Press

    CARLSBAD — Judges in two southeastern New Mexico counties recently announced they will no longer officiate weddings after the state’s high court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal.

    The announcement means judges in Eddy and Chaves counties won’t officiate any civil marriage ceremonies, from straight or same-sex couples, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reports.

    In December, the New Mexico Supreme Court decided it was unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

  • Castañeda buyer wants Plaza too

    The man responsible for bringing La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Ariz., back to life has reached a deal to buy Las Vegas’ historic Castañeda Hotel, and he is also hoping to purchase the Plaza Hotel as a package deal.

    But don’t break out the champagne just yet.

  • ‘The Tempest’ at UWC - Shakespeare meets Lady Gaga

    By Jennifer Rowland
    United World College-USA

    A king. A wizard. Some nobleman. A monster. And Lady Gaga. That’s what audiences will experience On Feb. 21 and 22 during UWC-USA’s staging of The Tempest; Shakespeare’s 400-year old play about slavery, magic, and ultimately, love.
    The performance begins at 7 p.m. on both nights and will be held in the UWC-USA auditorium. The show is free, and the community is invited to attend. Parking will be near the Welcome Center.

  • Man charged with seventh DWI

    A Las Vegas man was charged with his seventh DWI after getting his sports utility vehicle stuck on a boulder near the Montezuma Skating Pond earlier this month.

    Adan Vigil, 65, of the 700 block of Dalbey Drive, was arrested and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on Feb. 8. Because it was a seventh drunk driving offense, it is considered a third-degree felony. State police also charged Vigil with misdemeanor counts of driving on a suspended or revoked license, having no proof of insurance, not having his vehicle registered and careless driving.

  • Archbishop Sheehan to resign

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Archbishop of Santa Fe Michael Sheehan announced Sunday he will resign later this year, citing church rules that will require him to submit his resignation on his 75th birthday.

    In a recorded message played to parishioners, Sheehan said he will write the letter on his birthday in July.

    “At that time I must submit my resignation letter to the Holy See,” he said. “It may take a while for my successor to be appointed.”