YOUR DAILY UPDATE FOR FRIDAY MARCH 7, 2014
Mesilla and Hatch mayors re-elected
After numerous recounting for more than two hours after polls closed Tuesday, March 4, Mesilla Mayor Nora Barraza won re-election by only three votes.
Jésus Caro Jr., a Mesilla trustee who gave up his seat to challenge her, earned 305 votes to Barraza’s 308.
Caro’s pursuit of the mayor’s job left only one incumbent, Linda Flores, to run for the two positions elected at large. Flores prevailed with 315 votes, but the big winner of the night was Stephanie Johnson Burick who took in 381 votes.
In other municipal elections Tuesday, Mayor Andy Nuñez was elected to return with 90 votes. Nuñez had one challenger, Lloyd Burns, who only gathered 58 votes.
Winning two at-large trustee seats from a four-candidate field were incumbent Trustee Kathie Marie Franzoy and Corey Watkins.
There were four candidates in the at-large race, and the top two vote-getters were elected.
On the Sunland Park City Council, winners were Christian Lira for District 1, unopposed Francisco Jayme for District 2 and Daniel Los Santos for District 3. Incumbent Municipal Judge Lizette Salinas won re-election easily over three challengers
There were only two candidates on the ballot for two at-large trustee seats in the city of Anthony, N.M., but incumbent trustees Betty Gonzalez still received 22 votes and Diana Murillo 21 votes.
Aggie player suspended
New Mexico State University has suspended a mens basketball player following an on-court melee toward the end of the game against Utah Valley Thursday, Feb. 27.
“After reviewing the tape of the game and the events that immediately followed, a decision has been made to immediately suspend KC Russ-Miller," said head coach Marvin Menzies.
Fans stormed the floor and players had to be separated after Russ-Miller apparently threw the basketball at a Utah Valley player.
"No matter what provoked KC, what he did was inexcusable and hence the suspension," Menzies said.
There may be additional disciplinary actions as NMSU and Western Athletic Conference officials review the ball-throwing incident and fight that ensued, Menzies said.
NMSU names new advancement VP
New Mexico State University has selected Cheryl Harrelson as the next vice president for university advancement and president of the NMSU Foundation. Harrelson is a 20-year advancement professional having worked in multiple facets to include fundraising, advancement services, alumni relations, donor relations/stewardship and events. Her career has been in higher education serving James Madison University and two different land-grant institutions: North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and Washington State University.
Harrelson currently serves as the associate vice president for annual and special gifts, stewardship and special events at Washington State University. She is a member of the Foundation's senior leadership team and oversees an annual giving program that raised a record $16.5 million in fiscal year 2013. She also is involved in Washington State University's $1 billion dollar campaign.
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