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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 11, 2013

    THUMBS UP! TRYING AGAIN. There comes a point when you just can’t abandon a project, and we suppose that’s been the case with the Mora County Courthouse, which seems to be taking forever to complete, and at an enormous price tag. Commissioners are once again asking the Legislature for additional funds, but this time they’re also interested in securing a loan from the state Finance Authority to help with its completion. The borrowed money would be paid back with revenue from leasing part of the building to the Administrative Office of the Courts.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 11, 2013
  • Nuestra Historia - This column’s highlights of 2012

    Just before ending its first year in 2011, Nuestra Historia embarked on a titillating series called “Myth, Legend or Fact.”

    Among the fascinating topics covered in that series were “Lynch the Wind Mill,” “Will the Real Hermit Please Stand?” “La Gavilla de Silva,” “Starvation Peak,” and “Highlands’ Eyring Left in His Chair.”

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 11, 2013

    The Northwest Herald, Crystal Lake, Ill., on a healthy 2013 (Jan. 5) — Have you resolved this year to cut down on calories? Eat more vegetables?
    Maybe you plan to start an exercise regimen, join a health club or move the laundry off that treadmill and climb back on it.
    You might have resolved to butt out your last smoke, or do your last dip.
    Making resolutions is the easy part.
    Keeping them can be another matter altogether.
    But if you’ve made one that will make you a healthier person this year, do all you can to keep it.

  • Robertson hoops teams go 0-for-2 at St. Mike’s

    Banged up or not, slow start or not, the St. Michael’s basketball teams successfully defended their home court this week against visiting Robertson.

    On Tuesday night, the Lady Horsemen (7-9) held on for a 57-48 win against the Lady Cardinals (6-5).

    The key may have been the opening quarter, controlled by St. Mike’s to the tune of a 19-3 score.

    Erica Herrera, a Robertson point guard, starred with 11 points.

    Christiana Gabaldon led St. Mike’s with a game-high 14.

  • Lobos nip Rebels to open MWC

    Optic staff and wire reports

    Los Alamos native Alex Kirk scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 25 New Mexico to a 65-60 win over No. 24 UNLV on Wednesday night in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams.

    Justin Hawkins hit a three-pointer with 3:25 left to cap a 7-0 UNLV run that gave it a 58-56 lead. Then New Mexico (14-2, 1-0) took over, closing the game on a 9-2 run.

  • Two NMHU players in NFLPA bowl

    Two New Mexico Highlands University senior football players will have a chance to showcase their skills on a major stage as they pursue dreams of playing in the NFL.

    Jordan Campbell, a 6-0, 230-pound middle linebacker from Corona, Calif., has agreed to play in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 19, the NFLPA announced.

    Campbell will join Highlands teammate Abdul Kanneh, a 6-0, 170-pound cornerback from London who had already accepted an offer to play in the game.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 11, 2013

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Fort Lewis, 6 and 8 p.m., Durango, Colo.
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. Pecos, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys at Portales Shootout, TBA, Portales
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B) at Lovington, 5 p.m., Lovington
    Wrestling
    • NMHU vs. Adams State, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex

    Saturday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Adams State, 6 and 8 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.

  • Hall doors stay closed this time

    The Associated Press