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  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 7, 2012

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Western State, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Gunnison, Colo.
    • Mora girls (A,B), Pecos at Lady Lion Classic, TBA, Santa Rosa
    • Robertson girls (A,B) at Clayton tournament, TBA, Clayton
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B) vs. Mora, 5:30 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    Boxing
    • New Mexico State Silver Gloves tournament, 6 p.m., Crespin’s Gym
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at Air Force Holiday Open, 8 a.m., Colorado Springs, Colo.
    Wrestling
    • Pecos tournament (includes Pecos, Mora Middle School), TBA, Pecos
    • Robertson at Rio Rancho tournament, TBA, Rio Rancho

  • No. 18 Lobos roll past USC

    Optic staff and wire reports
    ALBUQUERQUE — Hugh Greenwood hit five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points to help the No. 18 University of New Mexico men’s basketball team recover from an early double-digit deficit to beat Southern Cal 75-67 on Wednesday night.
    Alex Kirk added a double-double for the Lobos (9-0) with 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Kendall Williams had 13 points and a season-high nine assists.
    Five Trojans scored in double figures, led by 14 from Eric Wise, but USC (3-5) still lost its fourth straight.

  • Lopez honored by RMAC

    New Mexico Highlands University’s Alyssa Lopez has been named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference-Baden Player of the Week after a strong performance over the past weekend’s games, both wins.
    Lopez led her team to a weekend sweep in the Cowgirls’ first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games of the season. NMHU beat the Cougars of Colorado Christian University 87-83 and the Orediggers of the Colorado School of Mines 84-82.
    The Cowgirls are currently riding a two-game win streak under head coach Tiffany Darling.

  • Kobe Bryant joins 30K Club

    The Associated Press
    NEW ORLEANS — Before Kobe Bryant had even turned in his latest dominant performance, NBA Commissioner David Stern sought him out to offer a congratulatory hand shake for the extraordinary scoring milestone the Lakers star was about to surpass.
    Stern assumed Bryant would score the 13 points he needed to become only the fifth player in NBA history to reach 30,000, and who wouldn’t?
    Bryant had 17 points by halftime, finished with 29, and Los Angeles snapped a two-game skid with a 103-87 victory over New Orleans on Wednesday night.

  • City struggles to repair leak

    A large leak in a water line at the city’s water treatment plant has left water department staff, its engineer and a contractor scrambling to try to figure out how to repair it.

    The leak at the plant, which is about a quarter mile from the Montezuma post office, was initially discovered last Tuesday. The city’s latest estimates are that the line had been losing about 110 gallons of water a minute — 30 gallons more a minute than the leak on the old Medite line that was finally repaired in September.

  • Serving up redemption - Center offers men second chance

    The turning point in Johnny’s life came one day when he woke up with a beer is his hand. He’d go to bed after drinking all day and reach for a beer first thing in the morning.  

    One day he told himself he had had enough, and he made the decision to change his life. He’s doing it with the help of a men’s home that opened its doors in June.

  • State expects $238M in new revenue

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Legislature and Gov. Susana Martinez will have slightly more than $280 million to cover budget increases and tax cuts next year under a new revenue forecast outlined Monday to lawmakers.

    The revenue estimates will serve as the backdrop for financial decision-making for lawmakers when they convene next month for a 60-day legislative session.

  • $500M available for projects

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — State economists estimate nearly $500 million is available to finance capital improvement projects across New Mexico.

    The Legislative Finance Committee was told Monday the state can issue bonds backed by severance taxes to provide about $222 million for new capital projects, which will be determined by the Legislature and Gov. Susana Martinez next year when lawmakers meet in a 60-day legislative session.

  • Gazebo’s X-mas lights vandalized

    It’s the case of the grinch who attacked the gazebo.

    A vandal or vandals struck Plaza Park Monday night or early Tuesday morning, ripping down Christmas lights that had been hung around the bottom part of the gazebo and slicing through the wiring of the color light sets.

    City workers discovered the vandalism Tuesday morning.

    “We’re just really disappointed because we heard so many comments from people who were happy that we did that this year,” said Lindsey Hill, the city’s film liaison and event planner.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 5, 2012

    In 1962
    Thursday, Dec. 6 — Five inmates of the New Mexico Boys School at Springer who were captured by State Police near El Pueblo yesterday morning are being held in San Miguel County jail pending a decision on their fate. The five were captured about 11 a.m. yesterday by State Patrolman Carlos Jaramillo after a high-speed chase south from Romeroville. Jaramillo said that at times they were traveling close to 120 miles per hour.