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Columns

  • Work of Art: Things becoming surreal

    Without searching very hard, it’s possible to find many supposed awards bestowed on people and things.

    Sports Illustrated this week treated LeBron James, the superstar of the often-luckless Cleveland Cavaliers,  to virtually its entire issue. It is true: LeBron is great, his having led his team to a national basketball championship (but the honor should have gone instead to Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.)

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - O Little Town of Las Vegas

    By Beth Urech

    Last December we drove back to Chicago after the Electric Light Parade to celebrate the holidays with family and friends.  This year we are staying here to celebrate with family and friends. What a difference a year makes!

    Yes, some of you know I flew to Chicago for three days, but that was merely to bring back my crêche, my Swiss fondue pot, my mother’s silver candelabra, and Christmas stockings to hang by the chimney with glee or is it glühwein? In Chicago we don’t even have a fireplace.

  • Water projects still a priority

    I first began to learn about the value of water from my grandfather, who was a public works director in Santa Rosa.

    Later, as a Chamber of Commerce president, I learned more about and began to really push for the effective use of water.

    It is no secret that we live in the desert, and that water here is scarce. We need it: from our bathrooms and kitchens to our livestock, acequias, wildlife and recreation. Still, it is easy enough to turn on the faucet, see water come out and forget how precious it is.

  • Just a Thought: Painting beautifully on the canvas of life

    By Rick Kraft

    Each one of us is a work of art. And we are ever changing works of art. As we journey through this thing called life, our artwork constantly changes along with the artwork of others around us.

    I was at a conference in Atlanta earlier this year and in between speakers they showed a very powerful video which helped me focus on what my life is all about.

  • Straight from the City: Working together to heal the Gallinas River

    What if I told you that there was a water storage and treatment system up in the Gallinas canyon? What if I told you it uses green technology to purify our water with zero consumption of fossil fuels?

    Such a treatment plant does exist. It’s called a healthy, natural river and its floodplain.

    All you have to do to recognize the treatment plant is to change your mental focus a little.

    Riffles in the stream? They’re aerators.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Stories in small town newspapers say a lot

    Every weekend, I (or a proxy, if I want the weekend off) go through well over a dozen New Mexico newspapers and their websites in search of compelling stories to send out to subscribers of the Community News Exchange. This weekly column is part of this weekly news-sharing service.

    Sometimes I’m inspired to write this column about one of the stories I read; other times I’ve got something else on my mind. This week, I’ve been inspired by three local stories in particular:

  • Another Perspective: Solutions and interventions

    By Arthur Ray Gallegos

  • Just a Thought: Big lessons may be learned from little critters

    By Rick Kraft

    You are sitting outside relaxing and minding your own business when all of a sudden you feel something on your neck.

    You quickly slap at it thinking a fly landed on you and low and behold, when you pull your hand away, you find you have an ant crawling up the back of your neck.

    One thing about ants is that you don’t usually encounter just one. You look at the ground and find a stream of ants marching by you. You jump up and move away yielding your turf to the little critters.

  • Another Perspective: Political parties bash rather than help one another

    By Steve Fischmann

    The election is over, and odds are you’ve figured out that our political parties have been far more concerned with bashing one another than taking care of us.

    Big corporate and financial interests have been funding the battle, and lawmakers have returned the favor by enacting policies that make fat-cat donors fatter. Meanwhile, most of us watch our long-term economic prospects fade. New Mexico poverty is up; growth is down and we suffer the greatest income inequality in the country.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - A blue state in a sea of red

    The state of our state just shifted with the last election, more so than most of the other states that felt the punch of a Donald Trump insurgency. Here in New Mexico, we’ll be feeling it politically, economically — and culturally.

    Whether it’s for better or worse, we’ll soon see.