Today's News

  • 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.

  • Two school coaches placed on leave

    Two of Robertson High School’s assistant football coaches have been suspended pending a formal investigation into an incident at a local restaurant, an official said Tuesday.

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero confirmed that the district has put both Phillip Trujillo and Anthony Pacheco on leave.

    Romero said he has talked with a number of Las Vegas police officers and is trying to figure out what happened during the alleged incident. He said the officers said they would have a written report finished within five days.

  • City attorney takes his case to airwaves

    Las Vegas’ interim city attorney, Carlos Quiñones, who has avoided questions from the Optic for months, has apparently chosen a new medium to get his word out — radio.

    Quiñones stopped answering calls and e-mails from the Optic in the spring after the newspaper ran stories in which the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government criticized the City Council’s practice of discussing city business via e-mail, rather than during open meetings.

  • Witness says suspect bragged

    A witness in Monday’s preliminary hearing for two brothers accused of killing a couple described how one of them boasted about it.

    The witness spoke during the hearing for Michael and JoeBary Vigal, who face multiple charges of murder, armed robbery, aggravated burglary and conspiracy in  connection with the 2007 slayings of Stephanie Dimas and Damian Ortiz, who were gunned down in the living room of their Dora Celeste home.

  • Editorial: Compromise for runoffs

    The Las Vegas City Council has accepted a proposed new city charter from the Charter Commission, but the council may make some changes to the document before it’s submitted to voters, likely in the March 2 municipal election. The existing charter, which is essentially the city’s constitution, has been in force for nearly four decades and needs updating.

    The commission performed well in its duty in come up with a better charter. The members decided to keep what works and change what doesn’t.

    Among the high points of the new document: