THUMBS UP! IMPRESSIVE TURNOUT. It’s not often that one sees a runoff turn out more voters than the election that created the runoff, but that’s exactly what happened with the Las Vegas runoffs, which concluded earlier this week. The 2,604 votes cast were 65 voters more than turned out for the eight candidates on the March 6 ballot. Likewise, 25 more voters turned out for the runoff than before.
Congratulations to Mayor Alfonso Ortiz and Councilor-elect Joey Herrera for their victories. And congratulations to the voters, who turned out strong to make their selections.
THUMBS UP! EDC BACK IN THE SADDLE. The San Miguel County Commission voted last week to partner up with the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corp. to get a wood business park going at the old Medite site north of town. The approval came after commissioners raised questions about whether the EDC was up to the task, given its recent troubles. EDC Chairman Matt Martinez and Commissioner David Salazar, who also serves on the EDC board, gave assurances that the agency is again ready to take on such responsibilities.
Here’s hoping for EDC’s success — a test of sorts to see if the beleaguered agency is up and running as it should be.
THUMBS DOWN! GLOBAL WARMING. Here are some sobering facts, as reported by Time magazine. In March, about 15,000 local temperature record highs were tied or broken across the U.S., when average temperatures were 8.6 degrees above normal. And last weekend, the nation’s midsection saw about 100 tornadoes.
Now for some common-sense speculation: Since climate change not only raises temperatures but creates extreme conditions, it seems that those circumstances have now arrived. Remember last summer, when the South recorded heat waves that surpassed 110 degrees for days at a time? Well, get ready. It may be even hotter this year.
Here in northern New Mexico, we are blessed with milder temperatures, but the same dryness that keeps summertime temps tolerable is likely to spawn wildfires. And since last year saw an unprecedented increase in the size and severity of wildfires throughout the Southwest, we’d better get ready for another brutal round.
Al Gore — we can’t say you didn’t warn us.
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AND WE QUOTE
“I let people make the choice, and they made it. I’m going to devote all my time and energy to doing whatever I can for the city.” — Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz, after winning re-election.
“This gives me the open door to go in there and prove myself to the community that I can get the job done. ... When I run again in four years, I plan on winning because of my accomplishments and my accomplishments alone.” — Councilman-elect Joey Herrera