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Today's News

  • Teacher remains on paid leave

    An eastside teacher who allegedly sexually abused a student remains on paid leave, a top official said this week.

    Sup-erintendent Rick Romero said the Las Vegas City Schools district has been in contact with its attorneys about Jay Quintana, a teacher and coach at Robertson High School.

    “When we feel we have enough information based on the investigation, then we’ll make a determination,” Romero said. “Jay Quintana will remain on leave until we feel that we have have completed a thorough investigation.”

  • District: City not helping with parking

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero is unhappy with the city’s response in dealing with parking issues around Robertson High School.

    Ro-mero, along with a number of veteran school board members, said at last week’s board meeting that the city is trying to duck responsibility.

    “I received a call from Chief of Police Gary Gold. I appreciate Gary very much... I can tell in the conviction in his voice that he’s tired of being blamed for the parking issues around Robertson High School,” Romero said.

  • DAVE'S DRIVE-IN: ‘Hammer’ a soft-hitting boxing tale

    Stories of past-their-prime athletes returning for one last shot at glory are too numerous — on celluloid or otherwise — to mention. But “The Hammer,” a little-known 2008 independent film starring Adam Carolla as a 40-year-old construction worker and former boxing prospect, is a sweet surprise of a movie.

  • Editorial: Mentoring pays off

    Earlier this week, the Optic reported on a problem  facing Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico — a shortage of male “Bigs” in Las Vegas. Hopefully, some will step up to fill the void.

  • Letter: Commissioner loyalties

    At the recent meeting in Mora concerning potential oil and gas development in Mora County, there was no question: The attending citizens spoke overwhelmingly against bringing this “dirty” industry into our pristine agricultural county. Of the 48 speakers, all but six strongly asked our commissioners to protect our water, our air, and our way of life against the industrialization that always accompanies oil and gas development. Many asked the commission to consider developing green industries rather than the polluting, outdated petroleum industry.

  • Mil Gracias letters

    On behalf of the Las Vegas Children’s Dance Theater, a very humble mil gracias from the bottom of my heart to the following individuals and companies who underwrote our recent performance at Ilfeld Auditorium and thus made our trip to Jamaica a reality: Bank of Las Vegas, Community First Bank, Hayes Trucking, Semilla Natural Foods,  Southwest Traditions of Taos,  Sue Strebe Real Estate, Tome on the Range, Annette Garcia, Linda Halouska, Lawrence Johns CPA, Tekla Johnson, Lea and Dave Knutson, Carol and Peter Linder, Susan Livermore and Christopher Thomson, Diane Moore, and H

  • Letter: Days set aside for St. James, St. Ann

    The Mora Fiestas are just around the corner and they are always celebrated on St. James and St. Ann’s Days. My grandfather was named James, as are a couple of my grandkids. It was the custom in Northern New Mexico for all the men to ride horseback on the 25th of July, which was St. James Day, and on the 26th, St. Ann’s Day, all the women would ride horseback.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumb DOWN for ... A REAL JOURNALIST GONE. Walter Cronkite, longtime CBS News anchorman and managing editor, died this week at age 92. His passing is nostalgic for those of us who remember when journalism was a highly regarded profession, one in which even superhero characters found refuge in the calling to report truth and expose injustice.

  • Letter: Consolidation would hurt schools

    I found the Optic’s article on the Las Vegas school consolidations survey interesting. However, I thought I was somewhat biased, incomplete and misleading. My first impression was that most readers of the article would have a tendency to support the consolidation based on what was presented in the article. I arrived at the conclusion that various key factors were inadvertently omitted and it would be a travesty if people would support the consolidation without taking into account some of the concerns I’ve identified.

  • Abreu gets annual Marr scholarship

    Nathan Abreu, a 2009 Robertson High School graduate, has been selected as the recipient of the annual Michael William Marr Memorial Scholarship.

    The Marr Scholarship has been awarded annually since the 1981-82 school year to a Robertson student athlete who excelled academically and participated in the football program.