THUMBS UP! $11.5 MILLION HEADED OUR WAY
Gov. Susana Martinez signed a capital outlay bill that sets aside $11.5 million for projects in San Miguel and Mora counties. The money will help pay for things like the planning and design of the city of Las Vegas Bradner Dam and finishing phase one of the Mora County complex. A major side benefit is the construction jobs that will be created by these projects.
THUMBS DOWN! SO LONG, ESTELLA’S
A beloved Las Vegas institution, Estella’s Café, closed its doors last Friday after a roughly 63-year run. The restaurant worked with area farmers and ranchers to purchase locally owned produce and meat. We hate to see Estella’s close, but understand that the family that has run the restaurant for four generations felt it was time.
THUMBS UP! WELCOME BIG R, TSC
Two new businesses recently celebrated their grand opening in Las Vegas. Big R drew a massive crowd on Saturday in the Mills Plaza Shopping
Center. The Tractor Supply Company opened a few weeks ago at 29 NM Highway 518.
THUMBS UP! PRAYERS ANSWERED
The unexpected blast of winter we got Tuesday was great to see, but we’re a long way from breaking out of the drought that is threatening our water supply. Here’s hoping for more moisture.
THUMBS DOWN! HYDRAULIC FLUID SPILL
Accidents happen, but the news that a drilling subcontractor working at Bradner Dam ruptured a hydraulic line and spilled five to 10 gallons of hydraulic fluid into the reservoir is troubling. We take the city at its word that the spill was cleaned up and that the water will be tested to ensure that it is safe. But it’s a startling reminder of the precarious situation the city is in when it comes to our drinking water system. Losing the water stored in any one of our reservoirs would be catastrophic.
AND WE QUOTE
“She was fun-loving. She wanted to live life to the fullest … It was like there was never enough time for her to do everything she wanted to do. . . People really need to understand that you cannot be drinking and driving,” Susan Jacquez, on the death of her 14-year-old granddaughter, Kayla Martinez. Martinez and 12-year-old Aleandra Sanchez were killed early Saturday morning in a suspected DWI-related rollover.