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Today's News

  • LETTER: Making Mineral Hill safe again

    The past several months have been difficult for those of us who live in the Mineral Hill area. We have endured multiple burglaries  that keep us on the edge of our seat.  I must say that the district attorney’s office and the state police have provided us with investigative resources that continue to help us pursue these individuals. I applaud their efforts and want to encourage them to continue to apply resources so we can resolve these crimes.  

  • State auditor ‘greatly concerned’

    State Auditor Hector Balderas said last week that he was “greatly concerned” that he had not received a final audit report on the city’s utility billing practices.

    Balderas also said he considered “unprofessional delay and premature disclosures” both violations of the state Audit Act.

    “It is my expectation that this report will be provided to my office without further delay,” Balderas said in a letter to the city and its auditing firm, Albuquerque-based Accounting and Consulting Group.

  • Fields of promise

    For years, Robertson High girls’ soccer coach Ray Parks and his assistants " notably Juan Carrillo " have invested time and energy in building the skills of younger players in addition to preparing the varsity for battle in rigorous Class 3A.

    Though such efforts haven’t been easy, the work is continuing to pay off " reaping class after class of capable players on a varsity squad that rarely needs outright rebuilding.

  • Boxing, football and more

    The wait is over.

    Most of the area's high school and college fall athletic programs kick off their schedules this week, and as if that weren't enough for sports fans, there's a major professional boxing card in town on Friday night.

  • THUMBS: Our high country lowdown on the news

    Thumbs up

    WISE DECISION. We want to give a BIG thumbs up to the East school district, for doing what had to be done. Superintendent Rick Romero announced this week that Robertson High School teacher Jay Quintana has been fired. Six months ago, the math teacher and golf coach was placed on paid leave stemming from allegations that he had sex on multiple occasions with a student.

  • City police crack down on parking in downtown areas

    Connie Kemm went to the Plaza Hotel to have lunch with a co-worker last week. When they left, she found an orange marking on her tire.

    That marking signaled the city’s new effort to check whether motorists are parking for more than 90 minutes in downtown areas.

    Kemm didn’t get a ticket because she stayed there for less than the time limit. But she wasn’t happy with the marking.

    “I was annoyed that anyone would mark my tire while it was parked in a legal parking area,” she said.

  • Agency targets Alta Vista

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital has yet to recognize a union that represents its employees, more than two years after it was voted in.

    This week, the two sides met in the county courthouse before a federal hearing officer to hash out differences surrounding the firing of an employee. The attorneys for Alta Vista’s parent company, Community Health Systems Inc., conceded to some of the union’s contentions.

  • East official fights for spouse

    Jay Quintana, who was fired as a Robertson High School teacher this week, has a prominent backer in the school district — his wife, Associate Superintendent LeeEtte Quintana, who is second in command.

    Recently, LeeEtte Quintana has reportedly been circulating a petition in support of her husband, who has also served as golf coach.

  • Attorney: Officials broke the rules

    The city attorney on Wednesday accused two City Council members of breaking the rules during recent meetings. And he urged passage of a resolution to firm up the regulations for the council.

    City Attorney Carlos Quiñones was referring to council members Andrew Feldman and Diane Moore, both of whom have been critical of Mayor Tony Marquez’s administration.

  • District fires RHS teacher

    The East school district fired Robertson High School teacher Jay Quintana this week, six months after he was placed on paid leave as the result of allegations of having sex with a student, the district’s leader confirmed.

    “The district has served Jay Quintana with a notice of discharge,” said Rick Romero, superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools district. “Obviously, there was considerable conversation with our attorneys and with the gentleman who performed the investigation for our district.”