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  • Propane tank in Mora upsets some

    A panel has approved the placement of a large propane tank in a Mora neighborhood, but some residents are fighting the decision.

    Last week, the Mora County Planning and Zoning Committee voted 2-1 to allow Ferrellgas, a propane supplier, to place a 12,000-gallon tank in the area of Mora’s Allsup’s convenience store.

  • Contractor picks questioned

    Mayor Tony Marquez on Wednesday asked the City Council to appoint two street contractors to the public works committee.

    During a council meeting, Councilman Morris Madrid asked the mayor if the two nominees, Carlos Crespin and Miguel Melendez, were contractors. The mayor said he didn’t know, adding that his staff referred him the names.

  • College pursues speeders

    Motorists may think twice before speeding on the Highlands University campus.

    In the spring, the school’s police department started increasing its enforcement of traffic laws, Police Chief Scott Scarborough said. That was after a professor was struck by a motorcyclist during a rainstorm, he said.

    Over the last 13 months, the campus police have issued 954 citations for such infractions as speeding, illegal parking and being minors in possession of alcohol, Scarborough said.

  • Ex-RHS teacher makes bail

    A magistrate judge on Wednesday decided to keep a former Robertson High School teacher’s bail the same, despite a defense attorney’s request for a reduction.

    Shortly after a hearing, the teacher, Jay Quintana made bail and was released.

    Quintana, who is accused of sexually abusing a student for years, appeared on video during an arraignment in Magistrate Court. Attending the hearing were his family members, including his wife, LeeEtte Quintana, associate superintendent for the Las Vegas City Schools.

  • Teen charged with firing shots

    A 17-year-old is accused of firing shots in the 500 block of Mountain View.

    The youth, who lives at an apartment complex in that block, was charged with negligent use of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance. The incident allegedly happened shortly before midnight Tuesday. The youth allegedly had an SKS assault rifle, police said.

    Officers drew their firearms and were able to capture the suspect without any problems, according to a police report. The youth was taken to the juvenile jail in Santa Fe.

  • Officials: HU finances good

    A top Highlands University official expects the school will weather the state-wide budget crunch because its finances are on solid ground.

    “When we’re in positions like this, we’re not in a state of panic. Because our finances are in such good order we’re able to enjoy modest growth as we see reductions elsewhere, and we’re able to do so without going into a panic or tailspin,” said Jesus Lopez, who chairs the university’s finance committee.

  • Teens arrested in Mora burglary

    A state police officer stopped at a house where three teens were committing burglary, a police report says.

    The youths left, but were caught shortly after, officials said.

    The three teens, with addresses on Spurry Drive, Alamo Street and Don Gallegos in Las Vegas, were charged with burglary, larceny and minors being in possession of alcohol.

    One of them also faces charges of theft of a credit cars and aggravated battery.

  • Las Vegas man charged in fight outside bar

    A man was charged with striking two others with a baton outside a bar over the weekend, police said.

    Steve Lovato, 21, 3504 Ning Road, was charged with two counts of aggravated battery, a third-degree felony.

    Both victims were taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital for minor injuries, police said.

    Las Vegas police officers were called to Leger’s Package Liquors around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Police Chief Gary Gold said. They showed up while a fight was still in progress.

  • Details emerge in rape case

    A former Robertson High School teacher and coach had sex with a student throughout her school years, according to court documents.

    Clayton "Jay" Quintana was arrested and charged Tuesday with a felony count of criminal sexual contact with a minor and 14 felony counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor.

    Allegations of sexual misconduct against Quintana first emerged in January, when notice of a possible lawsuit in the matter  was filed by Santa Fe attorney Merit Bennett.

  • Ex-RHS teacher arrested

    Former Robertson High School teacher Jay Quintana was arrested shortly before noon Tuesday.

    Quintana is accused of having sex with a student, Police Chief Gary Gold said. He is charged with 14 counts of criminal sexual penetration and one count of criminal sexual contact, Gold said.

    Quintana is being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond, the chief said.

    The allegations against Quintana emerged in January. The district referred the matter to the Las Vegas Police Department.

    Quintana had been a teacher at Robertson since the 1990s. He was also a golf coach.