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Today's News

  • Quintana sex case delayed

    The trial for Jay Quintana, the former Robertson High School teacher accused of carrying on an affair with a student, has been delayed again.

    The trial had been scheduled to begin on May 14, but it has been pushed back to July because defense attorney Thomas Clark had a scheduling conflict. Clark is one of the attorneys representing Michael Astorga in the death penalty phase of his trial. Astorga was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2006 shooting death of Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputy James McGrane Jr.

  • Vegas man killed in rollover

    A 25-year-old Las Vegas man was killed Monday in a rollover on Interstate 25 near Rowe.

    State police say Nathan Martinez was speeding southbound on I-25 when he lost control of his 1994 Ford pickup. The vehicle rolled two to three times and came to rest in the median.

    Martinez was ejected from the vehicle and succumbed to his injuries at the scene, state police said.

    State police say contributing factors in the fatal crash were high speed and failure to use a seatbelt.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 18, 2012

    ‘Alice in Wonderland’ performance is Friday

    “Alice in Wonderland” by American Family Theatre (children’s broadway musical), will be performed at 7:30 p.m. this Friday at Ilfeld Auditorium on the New Mexico Highlands University campus. Tickets: General admission: $8, local students with valid I.D.’s: $6, NMHU students w/valid I.D.’s and children (10 years and under): $5. For advance tickets, call 454-3238 or visit KEDP radio station, studio 103.
     

  • Weather - April 18, 2012

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 74. Windy, with a west wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 44. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10 -15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. West wind around 15 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.

    Friday

  • Ortiz, Herrera win

    Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz won a second term Tuesday in the city's first-ever runoff election, defeating challenger and Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron with 53.3 percent of the vote.

    Ortiz beat Gurule-Giron 1,413 to 1,189 six weeks after the municipal election in which neither candidate secured a majority. In that election, Ortiz won 1,038 or 40.9 percent of the vote, while Gurule-Giron received 834 or 32.8 percent of the vote in an eight-candidate field.

  • Media arts students rework gym for gala

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Students from the New Mexico Highlands University Media Arts Department will present a high-tech multimedia extravaganza for the April 21 President’s Gala: Dollars for Scholars.

    The gala is a scholarship fundraiser that will also celebrate Highlands University President Jim Fries’ five-year anniversary.

    Students in Media Arts Professor Kerry Loewen’s Surround Sound and Installation class worked in teams to create the projects for the gala.

  • Luna inks contract with ex-presidents

    Luna Community college has signed a consulting contract with two of its former presidents.

    Leroy “Huero” Sanchez and Gilbert Sena will be paid a total of $35,000 — $17,500 per individual — for the first phase of the contract, which  runs from March 27 through Sept. 30. During that period, they are required to submit a total of $1.5 million in grant applications that are accepted for review by the granting agency.

  • White House officials hear from local leaders

    The White House, along with federal agency appointees, hosted a community leaders roundtable in Las Vegas last Thursday.

    The Las Vegas gathering followed similar regional meetings throughout the nation and in New Mexico.

    The meeting allowed local community leaders an opportunity to discuss issues facing rural New Mexicans with high-ranking Obama administration officials.

  • Highlands ensembles, choir set to perform

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Department of Music will present concerts April 20 and April 22.

    The university’s Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble perform in concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 20 in Sala de Madrid, 801 University Ave.

    Edward Harrington, Highlands University music professor and band director, directs and conducts both  ensembles.

  • Noticias - April 18, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • The Las Vegas Optic is updating its noticias. Organizations are asked to resubmit their submissions to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com For questions, call 425-6796 ext. 239.

    • The Las Vegas Police Department is requesting assistance from business owners to update the department’s emergency contacts. They are requesting all local businesses to fill out an afterhours contact form to better serve the community. Forms are available at the station and on the city’s website.