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RettaWard-Large New Mexico Health Secretary Retta Ward died in Santa Fe Thursday, March 3 after what law enforcement reported was a single-car accident believed to have been caused by some sort of medical problem. She did not appear to have any trauma from the accident. Ward, 62, had headed the department, the largest state agency, since January 2013. She previously served as Cabinet secretary of the Aging and Long-Term Services Department, the Santa Fe ...

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ag helmet NM State Announces 2016 Football Schedule The NM State 2016 football schedule is set after the finalization of the Sun Belt Conference schedule, as announced by the league office Thursday. All game times are TBA. Five of the Aggies’ opponents played in bowl games following the 2015 season. NM State’s Rio Grande rival New Mexico played in the 2015 Gildan New Mexico Bowl. This season, the Aggies will host New Mexico on Sept. ...

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Hakes, Buckingham seek District 5 seat Bulletin reports Kim Hakes, former senior vice president of Citizens Bank of Las Cruces, and Craig Buckingham, a captain with the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s office, have announced they have thrown their hats into the ring to take the District 5 seat on the Doña Ana County Commission. The seat is currently filled by Leticia Duarte-Benavidez, who is ineligible to seek re-election. Hakes Hakes, 67, reports he has served in various leadership roles. He has served as a U.S. ...

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Bulletin report Lionel Frietze was re-elected on Tuesday as municipal judge in Mesilla, receiving 258 votes over Yolanda Lucero, who had 97. Trustee seats were filled by Jesus Caro (232 votes) and Carlos Arzabal (213 votes). Caro lost a close mayoral election in 2014 to Nora Barraza. He’s back in as a trustee, however, and is considering another run at the mayor’s position in two years. Anthony elects new mayor, fills two trustee seats The city of Anthony, on the Texas/New Mexico border, ...

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Cover photo (helicopter) A vintage Huey helicopter is put in place as the finishing touch for the Vietnam War memorial Tuesday, March 1 at Veterans Memorial Park on Roadrunner Parkway. An official public ceremony for the rededication of the Vietnam War Memorial Monument is scheduled for March 26. Photo by Cecelia Levatino

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