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Today's News

  • Another Perspective: The mayor's term in office

    Recently I read in the Optic a couple of articles that question whether Las Vegas’ charter properly sets the mayor’s term at two years. I understand that the New Mexico Municipal League’s attorney, Randy Van Vleck, has taken the position that the mayor’s term must be four years under state law. If that is the position he has taken, I beg to differ. One must look deeper into the statutory history to avoid this incorrect conclusion. Let me explain.

  • Letter: Let's be part of the solution

    New Mexicans can no longer depend on only elected officials to fix our state budget issues. We, as the people who elect them, need to make ourselves heard. The bickering which often occurs in state government inhibits results and must stop.  Energies need to be focused on working on solutions without concern for who receives the credit (or blame) for decisions that must be made.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    thumb DOWN to ... A CORPORATE RESPONSE. Last week, advocates for the union representing employees at Alta Vista Regional Hospital went to the administration office and presented a proclamation asking that the hospital negotiate with the employees. They took their message right to the hospital’s administrator, Richard Grogan.

    They brought along a mop as a symbol of their desire to see a cleanup at the hospital’s parent company’s Tennessee headquarters and a chair to reflect the need for the hospital to sit down with the union.

  • Hometown Heroes: An art show every day at local gallery

    Tito and Mary Chavez are celebrating a quarter century at their business, Tito's Gallery, on Bridge Street, where they sell jewelry.

    “This week we had an order from the United Kingdom,” Mary said. “The best part about our gallery is the people we get to meet, and all the friends we make by being here — that’s the best part.”

    “And then we’re surrounded by all this beautiful art, and it doesn’t stay the same, it changes. So, our motto is, “An art show every day, and we really believe that,” Tito said.  

  • 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.

  • Raton ends run by West spikers

    Host Raton took a narrow win in a riveting game four on Wednesday night, beating West Las Vegas 3-1 in the District 2-3A volleyball tournament.

    The Tigers won 25-16, 25-19, 22-25, 28-26 to eliminate coach Brian Gurule’s club.

    A night earlier, the sixth-seeded Lady Dons had upended host Santa Fe Indian, 24-26 25-23, 26-24, 25-20.

    Robertson hosts a 7 p.m. Friday semifinal against the winner of Thursday’s Raton-St. Mike’s match. Friday’s winner moves on to play at No. 1 Pojoaque on Saturday.

  • 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.

  • Six run Saturday

    Cross country practice still started at the same time and same place this week at Robertson and West Las Vegas. Head coaches Fabian Trujillo and Leroy “Caro” Armijo were still on hand to issue instructions.

    But there were only three runners at each campus — junior Kaitlin Hutchinson, eighth-grader Karlene Montaño and freshman Brian Maestas at RHS and junior Amanda Ortzow and sophomores Jordan Lopez and Adrian Gallegos at WLV.