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Columns

  • Nuestra Historia: Sen. Lopez began push for consolidation

    It was January 1967, and the 60-day session of the New Mexico Legislature was under way. Former West Las Vegas mayor Junio Lopez, a Republican, was the new senator from Las Vegas, having adroitly won election in heavily Democratic San Miguel County by taking advantage of the internecine warfare then dividing local Democrats. (How Lopez achieved his victory is recounted in “Junio Lopez and the Alpha News,” Nuestra Historia, April 26, 2013.)

  • Work of Art — It’s a shared experience

    Something clicks when people are faced with a kind of commonality that matters. The flooding in Las Vegas proves  that such is true.

    Let me explain:

    I first noticed this we-have-something-in-common phenomenon when I was a few years younger and a student at the University of Missouri. The Columbia campus is so spread out that a bicycle becomes the main means of transportation.

    Have a car? Forget it! Some dormitories are a mile from the classrooms.

  • Another Perspective — Opportunity for northeast New Mexico

    Northeastern New Mexico has an opportunity to define itself as a place where families thrive in safe, quiet communities, where children get personal attention in good, small schools and where everyone’s contributions make a difference every day.

  • Nuestra Historia: Old Town became children’s playground

    Not yet 10-years old, the writer and childhood friend David Escudero waited anxiously as the workmen called it a day, then set out to explore the immense playground which had appeared almost overnight on the streets and alleyways of Old Town. Mounds of earth, sand and gravel, bar ditches and trenches and manholes, excavations, large and small, and heavy equipment of every size and purpose, became our paradise — to explore until the sun set and we grudgingly heeded the beckoning calls from home.

  • Work of Art — A graveyard for baseballs

    It’s great to come across someone who remembers when we played baseball without needing an instruction manual, and when we played with baseballs without covers. My dad wondered where all his black friction tape had gone before he saw the criss-cross patterns of my baseball — one of the few in the neighborhood.

  • Just a Thought - Inspirational quotes

    We live in interesting times. Times that mankind has never experienced before. Do you ever wonder why you were born into this time?

    It seems like every day I receive numerous e-mails in my “Inbox” and I have no idea why I am receiving them. Although most of them are “nonsense,” sometime a few months ago I must have clicked a button somewhere that causes me to regularly receive “Inspirational Quotes.” One day they just started coming in and they have continued to be sent to me ever since.

  • Nuestra Historia: Mayor Junio Lopez and his ‘All American City’

    In 1958, 33-year-old Republican Junio Lopez was elected mayor of West Las Vegas, following 20 years of Democratic control in Old Town, in an era when municipal elections were vigorously partisan.

    Since it became a municipality in 1903, the Town of Las Vegas was governed by a mayor and four trustees, and elected along with Lopez were all Republican trustees, including Ernest (Ernie) Olivas, Johnny Korte and Cleofes (Coke) Romero, Jr. Led by Lopez, the group would undertake the most ambitious transformation of Old Town since it was founded in 1835.

  • Work of Art — It doesn’twerk

    If I have 11 pine nuts and I give you five, keeping six for myself, what do we have? We have a difference of a piñon.

    What if our differences concern not quantity but time? My wife, Bonnie, and I have radically divergent conception of time, which I will now explain.

    You see, I’m likely to say to Bonnie, “We haven’t seen Diana in two years,” to which my wife will reply, “It’s been more like 10 years.”

  • Another Perspective — Judicial review needed

    By Joe McCaffrey

    Like many of the readers of this page, I have wearied of the political theater that passes as public discourse relative to the conflict between our mayor, the supporters of the Community Water Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance (aka the anti-fracking ordinance) and those who simply wish to revisit the last election. I am deeply distressed by the lack of civility shown by the parties.

  • Nuestra Historia: Pablo Lopez and other early Old Town mayors

    When West Las Vegas became an incorporated municipality in 1903, Margarito Romero was elected the first mayor of the Town of Las Vegas, and a Romero would be the Republican mayor of Old Town for the next quarter century. Don Margarito, youngest of the five Romero brothers, had led the effort to incorporate the west side, with the purpose of having the Town administer the Las Vegas Land Grant, as explained in an earlier column. (See “Land Grant Prompted Town of Las Vegas in 1903,” Nuestra Historia, Sept. 28, 2012.)