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  • ONLINE UPDATE: Student: Coach wanted secret sex

    By the account of a former Robertson High School student, ex-teacher Jay Quintana told her to keep their sexual relationship a secret, so she did.

    For years.

    The alleged victim testified in Magistrate Court on Wednesday, describing her four years of having sex with Quintana, who was her golf coach and chemistry teacher. The district fired him last year.

  • ONLINE UPDATE: Ex-RHS teacher headed to trial

    The former Robertson teacher accused of having sex repeatedly with a female student is headed for trial.

    At the end of a three-day preliminary hearing Thursday, a magistrate judge found probable cause to send the case to state District Court.

    The student, now 21 and attending college, testified that Quintana told her to keep the four-year sexual relationship a secret. She alleged the two had sex in a number of places, including several rooms at the high school, her house, his house and the Pendaries golf course.

  • City, others lose state money

    Local agencies are poised to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars for various projects as the state seeks to balance its budget.

    Both houses of the state Legislature, with the support of all area lawmakers, backed a bill to take away money for projects in which legislative funding hadn’t been spent.

    The governor has yet to sign the bill.

  • Voters to decide on city charter

    Local politicos have differences over whether the voters should pass a proposed new city charter, which is essentially the city’s constitution.

    To be sure, the races for mayor and City Council are getting their share of attention this year. But voters’ most consequential decision in next Tuesday’s election will likely be on the proposed new city charter.

    The 35-page document would replace the one that has been in existence for four decades.

  • Price of city land in dispute

    A local businessman has agreed to pay the city $22,800 for land in the industrial park. That’s the appraised value.

    But at least one city councilman doesn’t think Ray Herrera of Ray’s Auto Sales should pay that much for the property.

    Councilman Cruz Roybal said at last week’s council meeting that he had driven by the land in the Dee Bibb Industrial Park and that Herrera would have to do much work to make the property useful.

  • County tries to prove its ownership of transfer station land

    San Miguel County is trying to prove its ownership of the land where the Bernal solid waste transfer station lies.

    County officials said they need to get that information to connect the site to the area’s rural electric utility, which needs to know who owns the easement so it can extend power lines.  

    As a result, the employee who mans that site has had to spend much time in his truck to keep warm. An on-site building is wired for electricity; it just needs to be hooked up to the power system run by the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative.

  • City candidates debate the issues

    Candidates running for mayor and City Council met in a public forum last week. The election is March 2.

    The mayoral candidates are Daniel Holguin Sr., Alfonso Ortiz and Patrick Romero. The Ward 1 City Council candidates are Macario Gonzalez, Tonita Gurule-Giron, Bruce McAllister and Roland Medrano. In Ward 4, they are Joseph P. Baca Jr., David Romero and Michael Roybal.

    Monday’s Optic featured some of the topics addressed. Here are a few more:     

    QUESTION: How many hours per week will you put into the job if you are elected?

    Mayor

  • Lawyer: Victim out for money

    The lawyer for a former Robertson High School teacher and coach accused of having sex repeatedly with a student said Friday that the student made up the story because she is “dead-set on financial gain.”

    Tom Clark, the attorney for Jay Quintana, said during the first day of his client’s preliminary hearing that the student, who has since graduated and is now attending college, lacks specificity in her claims against Quintana, who was her golf coach.

  • City plans to take on loose dogs

    The city is continuing to negotiate with a local nonprofit group to take over the city’s animal shelter services, which officials say will free up animal control officers to take care of such problems as loose dogs.

    The city has been in talks with the Animal Welfare Coalition for a number of months. Meanwhile, officials say they have been making some progress in the animal control department.

  • Hopefuls divided on city charter

    Candidates running for mayor and City Council in the March 2 election agreed water should be the city’s top priority.

    They also said city streets were a problem and need work.

    Their solutions on how to get there were often different, but they were civil during a two-hour forum Thursday night, sponsored by the Las Vegas Optic and the Committee for the People. Nearly 100 people attended.