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  • Virgin Galactic to make payment

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES — Virgin Galactic will make the first-ever rent payment this month for use of Spaceport America in New Mexico, state officials said.

    The company will pay $85,833 monthly, according to a calculation based on information from the spaceport, The Las Cruces Sun-News reported Wednesday.

    The amount is one-twelfth of the $1 million a year charged to Virgin Galactic for use of the facilities. It will pay another $2,500 a month in rent for land.

  • Area man shot in face

    A 32-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested Monday on a charge of attempted murder after police say he fired a shotgun into a residence, striking a victim in the head and chest area.

    Paul Martinez, who lives on the 900 block of E. Prince Street, told police the shotgun went off accidentally, though the victim and another witness told authorities that he had been harassing them.

    Martinez was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center. Magistrate Chris Najar set his bond at $100,000 cash.

  • Mora manager put on leave

    The newly constituted Mora County Commission is wasting no time in making changes.

  • Weekend Blaze - Litherlands rescued from home

    Crystal Lujan was speaking to Evelyn Ortega, the co-owner of Legers Package Liquor Store, a little before midnight on Saturday when she saw flames shooting out of the Litherland home on Lee Drive.

    “I turned around, and I saw a big flame, and I was like, ‘Oh my God. We have a fire,’” Lujan said.

    Ortega turned around, and when she saw the flames coming out of the Litherlands’ garage, she quickly realized that the Litherlands would likely have trouble getting out of their burning home because of their age.

  • Temper lands man in legal trouble

    A Las Vegas man who was already in trouble for allegedly violating his probation got himself in even deeper trouble last week.

    The state Corrections Department says Bobby Lucero, 26, of the 100 block of Alamo Street, lost control and began kicking and overturning his probation officer’s desk when she told him he was being sent back to jail.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 9, 2013

    In 1963
    Wednesday, Jan. 9 — The Rev. Eugene Guerin was ordained at Cristo Rey Church in Rome, Italy, on Dec. 19, by Archbishop Martin O’Connor, Rector of the North American College. Father Guerin has been a student of the North American College in Vatican City for five years. Born in Las Vegas on Jan. 4, 1938, he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Guerin and a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Las Vegas.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 9, 2013

    County hearing on drilling is Thursday
    San Miguel County will hold a public hearing from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Thursday at the San Miguel County Commission Chambers, 500 W. National Ave., to solicit public input on the formulation of a proposed ordinance relating to oil and gas drilling and exploration in San Miguel County.

  • Weather - Jan. 9, 2013

    Wednesday
    A slight chance of rain after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A slight chance of rain and snow before 11pm, then a slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 23. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. West wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 29.

    Friday

  • $2.5M sought for Mora building

    With opening day of the Legislature about a week away, Mora County officials are once again gearing up to make their case for funding for the vacant and uncompleted courthouse complex.

    But this time, they’re hoping that the groundwork they’ve laid over the last several months will help convince lawmakers and the governor that they can finally turn things around and get the derailed Mora County Complex back on track.

    Paula Garcia, chairwoman of the Mora County Commission, said Thursday that the county is changing its approach somewhat.

  • Another leak