Today's News

  • Parent blasts Mora principal

    A parent is criticizing Mora Elementary School principal LeeEtte Quintana for taking her husband with her to a school activity while he awaits trial on charges that he had sex with a former student.

    Jay Quintana accompanied his wife to an after-school activity for Mora Elementary students held at the school’s library last week.

    LeeEtte Quintana is the principal of the elementary school. Jay Quintana is awaiting trial on multiple sex charges stemming from allegations that he carried on a sexual relationship with a student.

  • Candidates file for area positions

    San Miguel County Clerk Melanie Rivera, District 2 Commissioner Marcellino Ortiz and District Attorney Richard Flores are all but guaranteed four additional years in office.

    Tuesday was filing day for county and statewide races, and those three elected officials drew no opponents. That means the three Democrats will be elected to another term in office, unless an independent or third party candidate decides to jump into the race later this year and prevails in the November general election.

  • Gettysburg of the West

    In 1862, Confederate and Union soldiers battled in what scholars call the “Gettysburg of the West.”

    The 150th anniversary of the Battle of the Glorieta Pass, which represented a turning point in the war, will be commemorated this weekend at the Pecos National Historical Park, located off Interstate 25. Those attending should take the Rowe exit.

    The three-day battle was fought from March 26 to March 28.

  • Council OKs film ordinance changes

    The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve proposed changes to the city’s film ordinance to make it easier for the movie industry to shoot in Las Vegas.

    The changes, which were recommended by the Las Vegas Film Commission, shorten the timelines for film companies to give notice of their plans to film here from 45 days to two weeks. They also eliminate the requirement that film companies get signatures of support from 61 percent of impacted businesses and residents.

  • Looking Back - News - March 23, 2012

    In 1912

    Saturday, March 16 — New Mexico State Hospital has been proposed as the name for the New Mexico Insane Asylum. The desire to call special attention to the medical superintendent in this report that the name of the asylum be changed to the New Mexico State Hospital. The report was submitted by board members Messrs Jefferson Raynolds, David C. Winters, O.L. Gregory, Charles C. Robbins and William E. Gardner.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 23, 2012

    Ozomatli concert is this Saturday

    Grammy award-winning musical group Ozomatli performs at 8 p.m. this Saturday at Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium. The concert is open to all ages and ticket information is available by calling, Donna Martinez at 454-3238.

  • Weather - March 23, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 73. North wind between 5 and 10 mph. Clear at night, with a low around 37. West wind around 10 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 75. Northwest wind 10-20 mph, becoming southwest. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 42.

    Mostly sunny and breezy, with a high near 72. Partly cloudy and breezy at night, with a low around 42.

    Mostly sunny and windy, with a high near 72.

  • Jail Log - March 23, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between March. 13 and March. 20:

  • Five vying for teen title

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization is sponsoring the Miss Las Vegas’ Outstanding Teen Pageant at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, at the West Las Vegas High School cafeteria. The Miss Las Vegas’ Outstanding Teen Pageant is a preliminary of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant.

  • Police shooting sparks calls

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A second suspect has been fatally shot by Albuquerque police in three days, sparking renewed calls by activists for a federal probe.

    Authorities say an Albuquerque officer shot and killed a man Wednesday near Laguna Pueblo after a chase that began when the motorist shot at two women in Albuquerque.