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Columns

  • Work of Art: Their attempt to please

    A number of my columns have dealt with food. Growing up in this area, I’ve become accustomed to the real spicy stuff many moms serve several times a week.

    But first, let’s define some terms:

    • “Señor  Taco” is a term that should never be construed as an insult. It simply refers to a kind of amateurish way of cooking that adds tomato sauce and calls it chile.

    • Sopaipilla is spelled with two “i’s,” not one.

  • Straight from the City: City works on collaboration

    It does surprise me when some folks still ask, “What has the city done over the past year?”

    I can tell you first-hand that the city has been a whirlwind of activity, since I came on board seven months ago.

    What the City has been doing is too broad a topic to address in a single column, so I’ll just touch on a few of the high points.

    Let’s start with water.

    The city has been working diligently to resolve the half-century-long dispute with our acequias in a way that leaves all parties winners.

  • You can run from sopaipillas for only so long

    By Jason W. Brooks, Optic Editor

    When I left the Land of Enchantment on a cold, windy day in February 2013, Las Vegas was my last stop for food and snacks. Now, it’s my destination.

    After 12 years in New Mexico, I decided to leave behind the land of red chile chicken stuffed sopaipillas for a more diverse climate and other newspaper opportunities.

  • Another Perspective:

    It doesn’t take long in northern New Mexico to see the signs of a sluggish economy. Local businesses are closing, and empty storefronts dot our main streets all too often. I have always devoted my efforts to improving the economy of northeastern New Mexico.

    I’m always happy, then, to see new construction, and I’m very happy to report that Las Vegas and San Miguel County can look forward to over $45 million in new construction from capital outlay projects over the next couple of years.

    These projects include:

  • Just a Thought: There’s always someone who can do it better

    By Rick Kraft

    Many people live their lives looking to their left and right so much that it is amazing they don’t get a very sore neck.

    What we need to be doing is looking forward. That is why God put eyes on the front of our head. In other words, there is a reason God did not give us eyes on our left or right, nor did He put eyes on the back of our heads.

    People who are continually looking left and right will not accomplish what they need to be accomplishing in this world.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Small-town graduates will leave; a few will come back

    About this time every year, parents all over New Mexico swell with pride as their daughters and sons walk across the graduation stage — and wave goodbye.

    The walk is ceremonial; the wave, at least for small towns, is figurative. As the urbanization of America continues, fewer of these young men and women will be staying in or returning to their hometown, simply because the opportunities they seek aren’t there.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - My first college graduation

    By Beth Urech

    Don’t get me wrong. I graduated from college, but I didn’t attend the ceremony.

    That’s why my first graduation was at Highlands University on Saturday, May 13, 2017. As I entered the Wilson Complex, families were parading in. All dressed up. Little girls in party dresses with hair elegantly braided. Little boys in white shirts and new combat boots.

  • Work of Art: We’re going for Round 2

    We’ve done it again. Or, to be a bit more accurate, let me change that to “We’ve almost done it again.”

    I refer to our second round of hosting young people from far away as our foreign exchange students. The last round, we kept two girls from across the Atlantic, for almost 10 months. They spent the school year enrolled at West Las Vegas High School and stayed an extra month because their schools, in Spain and Belgium, respectively, run weeks later than most American schools.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - I’m scared to death

    By Beth Urech

    I’m scared to death! Well, not literally. But panic-mode for sure. Maybe an anxiety attack lurking at the lectern. Why do we get stricken with fear when we are in the spotlight?

    Germans say “Lampenfieber.” A fever of the lights.”Miedo escénico” en español.

  • Just a Thought: Things my mother always told me…

    By Rick Kraft

    My mother always told me, “When you wash your hands in the sink, the dirt is supposed to wash down the drain, not be wiped on the towel.” My mother generally told me this in an agitated voice, obviously upset because the hand towel by the sink was covered in dirt and had to be put in the wash again.