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Today's News

  • St. Vincent’s hit hard by LV jury

    From AP and Staff Reports

    A Las Vegas jury found that Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe failed to adequately treat a former Raton resident during his 2006 stay at the hospital, and awarded his estate more than $10.3 million in damages.

    Alfred Gonzales had suffered bedsores after hip surgery because of improper treatment. He later died of unrelated causes at age 57.

    The jury awarded $595,000 for compensatory damages and $9.75 million for punitive damages.

  • After 2 years, woman cleared of battery, child abuse charges

    A Las Vegas woman accused of hitting a child two years ago in a fight with the girl’s mother was found not guilty by a jury last month.

    Renee Maestas, 36, was acquitted of two counts of battery and one count of child abuse on Jan. 25. The charges stemmed from a 2009 fight at the Dollar General store, in which Maestas and the 9-year-old girl’s mother exchanged blows.

    David Silva, attorney for Maestas, said the acquittal effectively ends a two-year “house arrest” for Maestas.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 21. 2011

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES
    • Story Time, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23 in the children’s area of Carnegie Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public.

    THURSDAY JUEVES

  • Noticias - Feb. 21, 2011

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

  • Excuses, excuses

    State education officials revoked the licenses of 22 teachers last year, 13 of whom were accused of sexual misconduct, according to an Albuquerque Journal report last week. But since Jay Quintana isn’t on that list, one must wonder if there should be more.

  • Publisher's Note: Development vs. preservation

    Last week’s meeting of the city Design Review Board was a classic example of the conflict between economic development and historic preservation.

    Well, maybe not a classic example. It was a Las Vegas example. In many parts of the country, economic development has the upper hand because people like to see money coming into town. In Las Vegas, however, some influential people prefer history because they figure that’s where our identity lies.

  • Martinez is five-time champ

    The short version of this past weekend’s state wrestling tournament in Rio Rancho: Daniel Martinez captured title No. 5; Robertson fell just a win short of a team championship; the Cardinals won two individual titles (Martinez’s 160-pound medal and eighth-grader Rico Montoya’s at 103); and West Las Vegas earned one (heavyweight Brandon Chavez’s in the very last match of the tourney).

  • HU men foil Metro State

    Momcilo Latinovic and Thomas Manzano scored 15 points apiece and Pojoaque’s Ryan Gonzales had 11 for New Mexico Highlands in a key 74-67 win at Metro State win Saturday night in Denver.

    Highlands is third among the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s men’s basketball teams going into the final weekend of the regular season.

  • RHS teams clinch top seeds

    The path to both District 2-3A basketball championships will go through Mike Marr Gymnasium.

    Robertson’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams ensured that this past week, clinching both regular-season district titles and No. 1 seeds in the 2-3A tournaments to be held this week.

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    The first Cardinals-Dons game (played Tuesday at Gillie Lopez Gym) may have been spellbinding, but the sequel was considerably less so.

  • Quintana still has his licenses

    From AP and Staff Reports

    Jay Quintana, former Robertson High School teacher and coach, is facing a dozen felony charges of criminal sexual penetration. But he still has his teaching license and has been teaching while out of jail on bond.

    According to a report in the Albuquerque Journal this week, the New Mexico Public Education Department has pulled 22 teaching credentials last year — but Quintana still has his three, for coaching, administration and teaching.