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Today's News

  • Teens arrested in Mora burglary

    A state police officer stopped at a house where three teens were committing burglary, a police report says.

    The youths left, but were caught shortly after, officials said.

    The three teens, with addresses on Spurry Drive, Alamo Street and Don Gallegos in Las Vegas, were charged with burglary, larceny and minors being in possession of alcohol.

    One of them also faces charges of theft of a credit cars and aggravated battery.

  • LV runners qualify for state meet

    Six Las Vegas cross country runners are headed to the New Mexico state championship meet this coming weekend after qualifying individually in the District 2-3A run this past Saturday in Jacona.

    The state meet is slated for 8 a.m. Saturday on the campus of Rio Rancho High School.

    West Las Vegas’ Amanda Ortzow, who placed sixth in the district girls’ race, will be joined by Robertson’s Kaitlin Hutchinson (10th) and Karlene Montaño (15th) in the Class 3A girls’ competition.

  • Las Vegas man charged in fight outside bar

    A man was charged with striking two others with a baton outside a bar over the weekend, police said.

    Steve Lovato, 21, 3504 Ning Road, was charged with two counts of aggravated battery, a third-degree felony.

    Both victims were taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital for minor injuries, police said.

    Las Vegas police officers were called to Leger’s Package Liquors around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Police Chief Gary Gold said. They showed up while a fight was still in progress.

  • Civil War vet stayed in Vegas

    Civil War Pvt. Chauncey Flower was remembered for his service to his country in a tribute that included the always stirring playing of taps.

    Las Vegas veterans representing Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1547, along with Flower’s great grandchildren and a few guests, honored the fallen soldier who is buried in the state hospital’s cemetery.

    Enlisting as a private in Company G, 56th Infantry Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia of 1863, Flower came forward during a moment of pressing need. But his life was also colorful and at times tragic.

  • Details emerge in rape case

    A former Robertson High School teacher and coach had sex with a student throughout her school years, according to court documents.

    Clayton "Jay" Quintana was arrested and charged Tuesday with a felony count of criminal sexual contact with a minor and 14 felony counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor.

    Allegations of sexual misconduct against Quintana first emerged in January, when notice of a possible lawsuit in the matter  was filed by Santa Fe attorney Merit Bennett.

  • Coach credits total team effort

    Beating a perennial state championship contender like St. Michael’s — especially in a 26-0 shutout at Brother Abdon Field, as Robertson did on Saturday — doesn’t just happen.

    One might say that it takes a village...

    “This win was a total team effort,” RHS head coach Richard Martinez told the Optic. “Both the offensive and defensive lines controlled the lines of scrimmage.”

  • Ex-RHS teacher arrested

    Former Robertson High School teacher Jay Quintana was arrested shortly before noon Tuesday.

    Quintana is accused of having sex with a student, Police Chief Gary Gold said. He is charged with 14 counts of criminal sexual penetration and one count of criminal sexual contact, Gold said.

    Quintana is being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond, the chief said.

    The allegations against Quintana emerged in January. The district referred the matter to the Las Vegas Police Department.

    Quintana had been a teacher at Robertson since the 1990s. He was also a golf coach.

  • Work of Art: King Thong or Nightie Joe Young

    As one with entirely too much time on my hands, I concocted a series of unusual movie, book and TV titles, usually with a letter or two altered to create an entirely different scenario.

    I received three e-mails from readers, Steve and Yolanda Jensen from Springer, Richard Lindeborg from Las Vegas, and Ben Trujillo, who lives in Albuquerque.

  • Editorial: Shelter is our latest blessing

    For many, the approach of winter means weatherizing the home or stocking up on heating fuel to burn in the cold nights ahead. For others, it means finding a way to survive — and that’s where the generosity of our community comes into play.

  • Mora School District audit available for viewing

    Click here to view the Mora Independent School special audit.