Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - April 27, 2012

-A A +A
By Optic Editorial Board

THUMBS DOWN! DRY AND DRIER. Once again, we’re off to a parched start. According to an Associated Press report this week, by mid-April all of New Mexico was categorized as abnormally to exceptionally dry, which means that farmers and ranchers are already scrambling to find ways to irrigate their land.

Wouldn’t it be nice to see fewer moths and more moisture?

THUMBS UP! NEEDED LOCAL BUSINESS. The weather may be bad news especially for farmers and ranchers but here’s a bit of good news for those raising cattle: Timoteo Martinez and his family recently broke ground on a slaughterhouse to be built just south of Las Vegas on the old sale barn property off the Interstate 25 frontage road. Plans are to have the business fully operational by August.

Currently, area ranchers have to slaughter and process their own meat themselves or haul the animals to slaughterhouses in Raton or Fort Sumner. Martinez & Sons Processing LLC will change that for the better.

THUMBS UP! SYNERGYFEST. Want to see how local energy alternatives come to fruition? Attend this Saturday’s SynergyFest, a free event that starts at 10 a.m. in Melody Park at Highlands University, and you can learn a lot. The annual event is fueled by music, kids events and some creative demonstrations about how to get off the grid and produce clean energy. It’s worth attending. Hope to see you there.

THUMBS UP! BUCKS BLOWING IN. MainStreet de Las Vegas has been awarded $90,000 from the state to renovate the Bridge Street Breezeway. Plans are to turn it into a multi-purpose area that can better serve the area’s businesses.

Sounds like a good use of economic development dollars.

Congratulations to MainStreet for jumping through the necessary hoops to obtain the money.

• • •


“I did contribute that money to her campaign, which, as the article says, is perfectly legal. As far as the article, of course it’s sensationalization of things ... That’s just part of selling newspapers.”
— Robert Vigil, former state treasurer who was convicted on an attempted extortion charge, regarding an Albuquerque Journal column that disclosed he had donated $45,000 from his leftover campaign funds to his wife Viola’s run for San Miguel County treasurer. The Optic subsequently reprinted the Journal article last week.