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Today's News

  • Editorial: The lion's fate

    We’re glad to see MainStreet Las Vegas taking a proactive approach to a longtime New Town statue, the lion fountain at Grand and Lincoln Avenues. The fountain itself has long been out of order, and now the statue is deteriorating. Unless something is done, Las Vegas will lose yet another piece of its history.

    The lion fountain was built in the late 1890s as an alternative watering hole to the infamous saloons that filled New Town during those Wild West days. Preserving it is a matter of civic pride.

  • City police want to speak with victims

    The Las Vegas Police Department is asking that alleged victims of former Robertson High School teacher and coach Jay Quintana come forward.

    Quintana is accused of 14 counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and a count of criminal sexual contact of a minor.

    He was arrested last week.

    Alleged victims are asked to call police detective Roy Pacheco at 425-7504.

  • DOT looks into workers' prank

    The state Department of Transportation is investigating a workers’ prank that involved a small explosion, an official said this week.

    Paul Gray, the DOT’s local district engineer, said a couple of employees mixed toilet cleaner with aluminum in a plastic bottle at the Rowe maintenance building.

    One employee has reportedly suffered a ringing in his ears since then, so the department has sent that employee to a specialist, Gray said.

    “We haven’t received the physician’s statement yet,” he said.

  • Letter: The veteran, the father, the hero

    Recently my father asked me to help compose a letter to the Veterans Administration. He said that the VA did not have any record of him being in Japan when he was wounded in Korea. I asked him if he had any letters or orders and he presented me with his discharge and, to my surprise, three letters recommended him for the Purple Hearts. As I read through the letters I was amazed that he had been wounded three times in one month. I researched more and found the name of the ship that transported him to Japan and the hospital he was in.

  • Cowgirls upset Division I NAU

    Things are looking up for the New Mexico Highlands women’s basketball team, which is coming off a major preseason upset of NCAA Division I Northern Arizona.

    The Cowgirls surprised the Lumberjills with a 66-62 victory on Friday, Nov. 6, in Flagstaff, Ariz.

    Sheena Cole, new to the lineup, led the Cowgirls with 17 points and four rebounds. Robertson High alumnus Jessica Armijo scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers, and snagged four rebounds and two steals. And Briana Gholston chipped in 9 points, nine boards and six steals.

  • Work of Art: Just wachate, amigo

    My dad, who lived almost 95 years and who passed away in 1998, might have believed that he and his own father invented the Spanish language. The few times I watched him become passionate about an issue often dealt with the language he so loved, usually a lament about the deterioration and especially adulteration of Spanish.

    Let me explain:

  • Man killed on National

    A man was killed after he allegedly beat up another in a case of road rage in central Las Vegas, police said.

    Richard Baca, 21, of Los Lunas was charged with an open count of murder. The victim, Benito Lemos, 22, a local postal carrier, died almost instantly after the suspect shot him in the chest, police said.

    The killing happened about 5:30 p.m. Monday at National Avenue and 12th Street.

  • Agencies conduct warrant roundup

    Area authorities arrested 26 people as part of a warrant roundup Friday, state and city police said. Another five turned themselves in, and many others showed up at court to pay their fines.

    According to a press release, 54 officers from 15 different agencies were part of the effort to apprehend those with arrest warrants. The officers took them to Magistrate Court on Seventh Street, where magistrate and municipal judges were on hand to hold hearings.

  • As It Is: To the mayor's credit

    A few weeks ago, someone asked me if I could name anything good that Mayor Tony Marquez has done.

    Much criticism of the mayor has appeared on our Viewpoints page in recent months, including in this column. That’s because Marquez has been embroiled in a number of controversies.

    But I came up with three things immediately for which I believed the mayor could take credit:

  • Bowl Birds

    With a 43-0 beatdown of crosstown rival West Las Vegas on Saturday at Cardinal Stadium, Robertson’s football team (7-3) cleared its last hurdle before the state playoffs.

    The Dons defense held its own against the Cardinals early on, but the punishing ground game began to wear out the Westsiders. After a scoreless first quarter, RHS got its first points on a 6-yard Dalan Abreu run at the 9:58 mark of the second. That scoring opportunity was set up by a blocked punt and a Robertson recovery at the WLV 7.