Today's News

  • Excuses, excuses

    State education officials revoked the licenses of 22 teachers last year, 13 of whom were accused of sexual misconduct, according to an Albuquerque Journal report last week. But since Jay Quintana isn’t on that list, one must wonder if there should be more.

  • Publisher's Note: Development vs. preservation

    Last week’s meeting of the city Design Review Board was a classic example of the conflict between economic development and historic preservation.

    Well, maybe not a classic example. It was a Las Vegas example. In many parts of the country, economic development has the upper hand because people like to see money coming into town. In Las Vegas, however, some influential people prefer history because they figure that’s where our identity lies.

  • Martinez is five-time champ

    The short version of this past weekend’s state wrestling tournament in Rio Rancho: Daniel Martinez captured title No. 5; Robertson fell just a win short of a team championship; the Cardinals won two individual titles (Martinez’s 160-pound medal and eighth-grader Rico Montoya’s at 103); and West Las Vegas earned one (heavyweight Brandon Chavez’s in the very last match of the tourney).

  • HU men foil Metro State

    Momcilo Latinovic and Thomas Manzano scored 15 points apiece and Pojoaque’s Ryan Gonzales had 11 for New Mexico Highlands in a key 74-67 win at Metro State win Saturday night in Denver.

    Highlands is third among the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s men’s basketball teams going into the final weekend of the regular season.

  • RHS teams clinch top seeds

    The path to both District 2-3A basketball championships will go through Mike Marr Gymnasium.

    Robertson’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams ensured that this past week, clinching both regular-season district titles and No. 1 seeds in the 2-3A tournaments to be held this week.


    The first Cardinals-Dons game (played Tuesday at Gillie Lopez Gym) may have been spellbinding, but the sequel was considerably less so.

  • Quintana still has his licenses

    From AP and Staff Reports

    Jay Quintana, former Robertson High School teacher and coach, is facing a dozen felony charges of criminal sexual penetration. But he still has his teaching license and has been teaching while out of jail on bond.

    According to a report in the Albuquerque Journal this week, the New Mexico Public Education Department has pulled 22 teaching credentials last year — but Quintana still has his three, for coaching, administration and teaching.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 18, 2011

    • Harold Bailey presentation celebrating Black History Month, 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18 at Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave. on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University.

    • Royal Mastodon Society presents Alchemy: The Lost Treasure, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19 at 127 Bridge Street, For m ore information, call 454-9330.


  • Noticias - Feb. 18, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

  • Above and Beyond: Fidel Trujillo comes home to Highlands

    Fidel Trujillo’s life has been devoted to family, faith and education.

    A Mora native, he was recently named dean of students at Highlands University. His new position at NMHU seems to be a natural fit — as he was once a student and is now an administrator at the school.

    After graduating from Mora High School in 1994, Trujillo started his higher education at Highlands to stay close to home. When his mother was only 29, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis — a condition that continues to haunt her.

  • Deputy chief named for PD

    The new chief is assembling his team.

    Capt. Eugene Garcia was sworn in as deputy chief Wednesday at the Las Vegas City Council meeting. Christian Montaño, who was promoted to chief last month after a couple of months as interim chief and more than four years as deputy chief, said he was “very confident with Gene Garcia as my right-hand man.”

    The two officers know each other well. They both came to work for the city police department on the same day 18 years ago.