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Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - July 13, 2012

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By Optic Editorial Board

THUMBS DOWN! THIS IS JUSTICE? We understand the outrage being felt in Las Vegas over the fact that Jay Quintana, the former Robertson High School teacher and coach, has pleaded guilty to criminal sexual penetration of a minor and yet will face no jail time. Indeed, it’s difficult to see how justice is being imposed when Quintana is admitting to using his position as a role model and a teacher in the worst kind of way, then gets to walk away a free man.
The only consolation is that he has now admitted to his evil deed, and he’ll have to carry that disgraceful behavior with him for the rest of his days.

THUMBS DOWN! SALT IN THE WOUNDS. It’s bad enough being attacked by a pit bull that’s so aggressive you fear for your life, but it’s worse when you have the dog’s owner accuse you of being on his property while drunk. But that’s what happened to Charles Mitchell, 64, after a pit bull belonging to Jose A. Montoya, 26, of the 800 block of Union Street, ripped up both his arms.
Montoya was cited for the attack, and for not being able to show proof that the dog was current on its rabies vaccine. If authorities conclude that he was as negligent as it appears, he should also be forced to pay Mitchell’s medical expenses.

THUMBS DOWN! FURTHER EMBARRASSMENT. The Mora County Sheriff’s Department has been further embarrassed by an officer’s alleged behavior — Deputy Mathew Borrego has been accused of stealing a woman’s panties from her home.
This comes on the heels of a recorded altercation between the sheriff and a now-former deputy over how to handle a DWI arrest.
Entertaining as it may be to some, this department could use far less drama.

THUMBS UP! NEW FIRE STATION. San Ignacio residents are finally getting what they’ve needed for years — a new fire station. Late last month, ground was finally broken to construct the three-bay steel structure.
Years of work went into securing the funds for this new facility. Congratulations to all who finally made this worthwhile project a reality.

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AND WE QUOTE

“It is great to have three local musicians performing during the Olympics. It just shows how much talent we have coming from this area.”
— Rociada native Reynaldo Maestas, who, along with Dorothy Lanphere and James Leger, are going to London later this month after their mariachi group Buena Aventura was selected to perform with Baila Baila dance group of Albuquerque at the 2012 Olympics.