By Phil Wilke For the Bulletin I used to be big. Not Jupiter or Australia big, maybe just a Pontiac minivan. Now I’m a Chevy mid-sized sedan, hoping to work my way down to Alfa Romeo roadster. I’ve dropped a lot of weight by counting calories, exercising a lot more and complaining about having to count calories and exercise more, but it seems to be working. Or at least it worked up to a point. I have plateaued on weight loss for several ...

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SEMI-TOUGH Las Cruces High School quarterback Payton Ball (5) eludes Rio Rancho defensive back Jaylen McKinley in the state quarterfinal matchup Nov. 17 at Field of Dreams. The Bulldawgs’ 28-10 victory sends them to the Class 6A semifinals at Field of Dreams Friday, Nov. 24, against top-ranked Manzano, which took care of Clovis, 45-7. The winner will play for the state championship.

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Eagle Scout Trevor Taylor stands in front of the Sagecrest Park Trail sign he created and unveiled Friday, Nov. 10, on North Roadrunner Parkway. To his left is his brother, Evan Taylor. Las Cruces nature photographer Frank Parrish donated some of his photographs for the sign, which provides pertinent information for hikers. BULLETIN PHOTO BY STEVE MACINTYRE

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Wake of the torpedo Las Crucen survived largest naval battle ever By MIKE COOK Las Cruces Bulletin Dwight Weir was 17 years old when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943. During the next two years, he would serve on two battle cruises in the South Pacific, surviving enemy fire and three kamikaze attacks that killed many of his fellow sailors. And, Weir would participate in the largest naval battle in the history of the world. The story of Weir’s service in ...

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Natalia Grijalva represented her Girl Scout troupe Saturday morning, Oct. 28, with traditional sugar skull face paint for the annual NMSU Homecoming Parade. The procession down University Avenue was among numerous activities during Homecoming Week, which was capped that night by the NMSU-Arkansas State football game. For more parade photos, see page 29. For more on the game, see page 66, Sports. BULLETIN PHOTO BY STEVE MACINTYRE    

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Kendra Sandoval, 4, competed in the 3 to 4 age division dressed as a princess on a unicorn in the Mesilla Valley Mall Halloween costume contest Tuesday night inside the Mesilla Valley Mall.Kendra Sandoval, 4, competed in the 3 to 4 age division dressed as a princess on a unicorn in the Mesilla Valley Mall Halloween costume contest Tuesday night inside the Mesilla Valley Mall. Costume contest and trick-or-Treat took place during Little Monster ...

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lcbLas Cruces’ two oldest high schools resume their football rivalry Friday, Nov. 3. For more details and photos see Sports, page 62. BULLETIN PHOTOS BY STEVE MACINTYRE  

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Garrett_Lobby Billy G. Garrett, Doña Ana County Commissioner, is running for Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico in the 2018 Democratic Primary. Garrett will hold a press conference to talk about his campaign plans at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24 Mesilla Plaza. “I am proud to announce my candidacy in historic Mesilla, at the heart of Doña Ana County. New Mexicans are ready for a change that will lead our State into the future ...

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