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  • Correction - News

    A story in Wednesday’s Optic on the Jay Quintana case misidentified Quintana’s defense attorney. He is represented by Thomas M. Clark, and the motion’s filed on behalf of Quintana were filed by Clark. 

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  • Co-op receives grants

    The Associated Press

    MORA — La Jicarita Telephone Cooperative in northern New Mexico’s Mora County is receiving more than $11.8 million in grants and loans to upgrade its broadband delivery system.

    The funding through Rural Development’s broadband loan program will provide fiber optic service to people in very rural areas who have limited broadband service, or none at all.

    Rural development says the fiber optics will replace old and deteriorating copper telephone lines.

  • Measure gets hearing

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman says the National Park Service is the agency best suited to handle long-term management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico.

    The New Mexico Democrat made the comment Wednesday after a committee hearing on legislation that directs the agency to take over management of the preserve in a way that protects the area’s natural and cultural resources.

    Bingaman and fellow New Mexico Democrat Tom Udall introduced the legislation.

  • Defense claims accuser had porn

    A new twist has emerged in the high-profile Jay Quintana case — allegations that his alleged victim may have been accessing child pornography on her laptop computer.

    The allegation, made in court filings by defense attorney Thomas Clark, has caused quite a stir, prompting motions to seal the court documents containing the allegation.

    The defense is fighting to be allowed to introduce the evidence during Quintana’s trial, arguing that it raises questions about the alleged victim’s credibility and mental state.

  • Outdoor recreation show set for June

    The Sunrise Kiwanis Club of Las Vegas is launching an Outdoor Recreation Show this summer to showcase northern New Mexico, and it’s hoping to make it an annual event.

    The organization is currently recruiting exhibitors for the June 18 show, which will be held at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.

  • Four promoted to commander

    Four Las Vegas police veterans were promoted to the rank of commander on Monday, solidifying the city police department’s command structure.

    Mack Allingham, Robert Gutierrez, Kenneth Jenkins and Juan Montaño each will oversee a division within the city police department, though specific details are still being worked out, said Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño, who is not related to Juan Montaño.

  • Water sale approved by commission

    The state Game and Fish Commission has signed off on a deal to sell water to the city of Las Vegas to help get it through the current drought.

    The commission approved the sale last week, City Manager Timothy Dodge said, adding that the city would get about 125 acre feet of water and would pay no more that $25,000 for it.

    The money would come from the city’s water purchase fund, essentially money set aside from water customer revenues. Mayor Alfonso Ortiz stressed that the agreement only covers water for this year.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    May 15 —Giving as his reasons his age, which is 62 years, and his membersip in the E. Romero volunteer fire department, A.T. Rogers, sr., this morning asked judge Clarence J. Roberts to excuse him from service on the petit jury for the May term of the district court for San Miguel County. The request was granted. Mr. Rogers is the father of Will Rogers who likely will be tried at this term of the court for the kidnaping of his little nephew Waldo Rogers, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Rogers.

  • Looking Ahead

    Food drive is Saturday

    It’s time to dig into your pantry and donate some of those canned goods to charity. The Las Vegas letter carriers annual food drive is Saturday. Leave non-perishable food items by your mailbox on this day.