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Mert By Mike Cook Las Cruces Bulletin Mert Erim’s dream is to become an American citizen. The 21-year-old Turkish national is attending New Mexico State University on a student visa, which means he cannot receive financial aid or other benefits, and his work hours are limited. His family members back home has already helped him out financially as much as they can. Erim is trying to raise enough money to pay for another year and a-half at ...

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Las Cruces Comic Con strikes back By Zak Hansen Las Cruces Bulletin Last year, Troy Stegman, owner of Zia Comics, had a dream: To put on Las Cruces’ first ever full-fledged comic and pop culture convention. And he succeeded; nearly 7,000 superfans came from all over to stroll through the exhibition halls of the Las Cruces Convention Center, browsing the best in gaming, anime, fantasy, sci-fi, collectibles, pop culture, toys and, of ...

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Knights sophomore snares city’s first 3,200 state title By For the Las Cruces Bulletin After more than 50 years of New Mexico high school competition in the 3,200-meter race, Las Cruces finally has a champion in the event. Oñate High School sophomore Thomas Salas snared the individual 3,200-meter title at the 2015 NMAA State Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque earlier this month. “Thomas is very hard working,” Oñate track coach David Nuñez said. “He is totally committed to ...

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Bulletin Staff Report Organizers of The Whole Enchilada Fiesta (TWEF) are calling it quits because of a lack of sponsorship to cover costs of putting on the fiesta, which began 35 years ago as a “block party for the city” on the former Downtown Mall, and grew into the one of the most popular fiestas in the country. A good part of that appeal was provided by Roberto Estrada, who each year supervised the making of the world’s largest ...

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Bulletin Report The Miss Las Cruces Scholarship Organization has a new director, and is gearing up for its annual pageant to be held at 5 p.m., March 18, at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts. The new local director is Brandi Holcomb, who teaches family and consumer science at Camino Real Middle School. Holcomb was Miss Otero County 2014 and competed in the 2015 Miss New Mexico Pageant, where she was a top-five competitor, said Miss New Mexico Scholarship Organization Executive Director ...

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