Today's News

  • Fiestas time!

    The fact that, this year, New Mexico is celebrating its centennial while Las Vegas’ annual Fiestas have been around about a quarter of a century longer than that says a lot about how deeply rooted this festival is. In the air this year is an extra dose of pride, as veterans are being honored and statehood is being celebrated.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 2, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Festivals here and abroad

    In honor of the fiestas that grace our landscape, last year at about this time I wrote a column about some of the festivals I’ve experienced up close and personally.

    There’s Toad Suck Daze in my old hometown of Conway, Ark. It’s named after an area along the banks of the Arkansas River where, legend has it, people used to go to suck on bottles of booze “until they swelled up like toads,” giving Conway a novel name for its festival that, actually, has nothing to do with Toad Suck but has drawn national attention anyway.

  • Quintana pleads guilty

    The former Robertson High School teacher accused of carrying on a years’ long sexual relationship with a student has pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor by school personnel.

    Under the terms of the plea agreement, Jay Quintana, 51, will walk away with no jail time and might even avoid a criminal record and having to register as a sex offender.

  • $4.8 million more needed for building

    Officials at New Mexico Highlands University have been scrambling to come up with the extra $4.86 million they’ll need to complete the problem-plagued student center building.

    And at least one regent is pushing for a grand jury investigation of the general contractor who he contends placed the university in its current predicament. An attorney representing Makwa denied any wrongdoing on the company’s part.

  • Senior Profile: Cipriano Aguilar Jr.

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    When Cipriano Aguilar Jr. came into the world, on July 10, 1935, it was four years before the Great Depression hit. As the saying goes, New Mexico never felt the effects of the Great Depression: It was already depressed.

  • Mora cop charged in panties theft

    A Mora County sheriff’s deputy has been charged with a petty misdemeanor for allegedly stealing a woman’s underwear while on duty.

    A summons will be issued to Deputy Mathew Borrego, 26, to appear in court to answer to the charge.

    Details in the case are scant. The citation, filed in Mora Magistrate Court on Monday by state police Sgt. Leonardo Ornelas contains just one sentence describing the incident.

  • Vegas man charged in Tuesday shooting

    A 35-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and other crimes for allegedly firing shots at another man on the 200 block of Commerce Street Tuesday night.

    Steven Quintana, of the 200 block of Commerce Street, was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center. His bond was set at $25,000 cash.

    A probable cause statement filed in the case on Wednesday states that the victim, Antonio Almanzar, and Stella Baca arrived at about 10 p.m. at a house on Commerce Street belonging to Baca’s aunt.

  • Looking Back - June 29, 2012

    In 1912

    Thursday, June 27 — The remission of fines will stop. The council instructs the judge to have no mercy on first offenders. There will be no more remitted fines in municipal police court. The police and fire committee was instructed to inform Judge D. R. Murray not to remit the find of any offender brought before him, except in the case of minors.

  • Looking Ahead - News - June 29, 2012

    Calling all veterans

    The city of Las Vegas has chosen veterans as the 2012 4th of July Parade grand marshals. The parade starts at 10 a.m. this Wednesday at Second Street and Mills Avenue and ends at Plaza Park. A special veterans program will follow at the park. For more information, call 505-718-9856 or email nnmveterans@gmail.com