Local News

  • Quintana pleads guilty

    The former Robertson High School teacher accused of carrying on a years’ long sexual relationship with a student has pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor by school personnel.

    Under the terms of the plea agreement, Jay Quintana, 51, will walk away with no jail time and might even avoid a criminal record and having to register as a sex offender.

  • $4.8 million more needed for building

    Officials at New Mexico Highlands University have been scrambling to come up with the extra $4.86 million they’ll need to complete the problem-plagued student center building.

    And at least one regent is pushing for a grand jury investigation of the general contractor who he contends placed the university in its current predicament. An attorney representing Makwa denied any wrongdoing on the company’s part.

  • Senior Profile: Cipriano Aguilar Jr.

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    When Cipriano Aguilar Jr. came into the world, on July 10, 1935, it was four years before the Great Depression hit. As the saying goes, New Mexico never felt the effects of the Great Depression: It was already depressed.

  • Mora cop charged in panties theft

    A Mora County sheriff’s deputy has been charged with a petty misdemeanor for allegedly stealing a woman’s underwear while on duty.

    A summons will be issued to Deputy Mathew Borrego, 26, to appear in court to answer to the charge.

    Details in the case are scant. The citation, filed in Mora Magistrate Court on Monday by state police Sgt. Leonardo Ornelas contains just one sentence describing the incident.

  • Vegas man charged in Tuesday shooting

    A 35-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and other crimes for allegedly firing shots at another man on the 200 block of Commerce Street Tuesday night.

    Steven Quintana, of the 200 block of Commerce Street, was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center. His bond was set at $25,000 cash.

    A probable cause statement filed in the case on Wednesday states that the victim, Antonio Almanzar, and Stella Baca arrived at about 10 p.m. at a house on Commerce Street belonging to Baca’s aunt.

  • Looking Back - June 29, 2012

    In 1912

    Thursday, June 27 — The remission of fines will stop. The council instructs the judge to have no mercy on first offenders. There will be no more remitted fines in municipal police court. The police and fire committee was instructed to inform Judge D. R. Murray not to remit the find of any offender brought before him, except in the case of minors.

  • Looking Ahead - News - June 29, 2012

    Calling all veterans

    The city of Las Vegas has chosen veterans as the 2012 4th of July Parade grand marshals. The parade starts at 10 a.m. this Wednesday at Second Street and Mills Avenue and ends at Plaza Park. A special veterans program will follow at the park. For more information, call 505-718-9856 or email nnmveterans@gmail.com

  • Weather - June 29, 2012

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. North wind 5 mph, becoming east. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 56. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph.


  • Jail Log - June 29, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center June 19-25:
    Laura Archuleta, 23,  bench warrant: positive UA-drug court hold
    Dorothy Montaño, 52, driving under the influence, driving on a suspended/revoked driver’s license
    Gabriel Delgado, 34, bench warrant
    Larry Gonzales, 34, bench warrant: failure to appear
    Devin Aragon, 23, battery on a household member, interference with communication, false imprisonment
    Kimberly Cunningham, 25, bench warrant

  • High court upholds Obama health law

    By Mark Sherman
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld virtually all of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul, including the hotly debated core requirement that nearly every American have health insurance.

    The 5-4 decision meant the huge overhaul, still taking effect, could proceed and pick up momentum over the next several years, affecting the way that countless Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care.