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Today's News

  • 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.”

  • DULCEY AMARGO: Discarding shoulda bags

    Like many women (and often, these days, men), I carry a shoulder bag almost everywhere I go. Back in the ‘60s it was a handbag, but through the years it has gained in volume and capacity. In an earlier column, I referred to the convenience or perhaps vanity of “being prepared” for any eventuality with the contents of my purse. There’s been a slight change of perspective recently.

  • LETTER: Looking for a lost brother

    I am the sister of Richard Osgood, who my husband wrote to you about earlier.  I am so upset over missing my brother that I don’t know what to do. I am grateful to my husband for contacting you because I never would have thought of that. We have had to come up with some creative ideas, since we have had little luck getting the police to react to our situation. Pray that a loved one of yours is never a “missing person.”

  • Utilities are top heavy, Moore says

    Councilwoman Diane Moore said the city’s utilities department is becoming top heavy, asking the city to do more for its lower-level employees.

    The city recently added the position of customer service manager for the utilities department, and Utilities Director Ken Garcia on Wednesday asked for another new position, water resources manager, who would seek new water sources.

    “It would be nice if some of the efforts would be for the field staff,” Moore said during a council meeting.

    Councilman Andrew Feldman agreed.

  • SENIOR PROFILE: Bee-man, biker and ‘professional Girl Scout’

    Perhaps you’ve sighted Bill Oshima on his 1973 Raleigh (once called the Cadillac of Bicycles) as he pedals toward the recreation center for a yoga workout; maybe you spotted him hiking the river trail to El Sombrero or to the bank at SECU. You might have done a double take as he pops out of his back yard wearing a bee mask or wields his push-mower and vanquishes the growth in his yard on Lincoln Avenue.

  • RMAC soccer: Metro team to beat

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.  —  Like their namesake from the old Saturday morning cartoons, the Metro State Roadrunners are used to outwitting even the wiliest of foes.

    A preseason coaches’ poll predicts Metro State as a league favorite in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s soccer. Should the Denver-based school live up to that billing, it would be an eighth straight RMAC women’s soccer championship.