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Columns

  • Another Perspective - Oil and gas cost and enforcement issues

    Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of columns addressing issues associated with oil and gas development in San Miguel County. The articles were written by participants in PROTECT San Miguel county, a local all-volunteer grass-roots organization. The group has been working with the county’s oil and gas task force for three years, has toured several existing oil and gas producing facilities, and has been collecting extensive research on the issues. More information is at http://PROTECTsmc.org.

  • Editor's Note - Optic printing moves north

    Saying goodbye to friends is never easy. Over the last two weeks the Optic has had to say goodbye to seven part-time employees.

    They are people you likely don’t know — people who, up until last month, worked behind the scenes making sure that all of your inserts, Homes & Property, American Profile and circulars, made it into your newspaper.

  • Work of Art - The process or the product

    The Internet has made it easy to get information. I was using Google, the main search engine, on many  computers, long before it became a verb in its own right, as in “I’ll Google that information.”

    A man who influenced me during my many years on the Highlands University faculty was also my major professor as an undergraduate, John Adams, who I wish I could have influenced as much as he did me.

    Let me explain:

  • Another Perspective - Time to tackle state’s challenges

    The social, economic and environmental challenges facing New Mexico are daunting, and while we made progress during the recently concluded legislative session to overcome them, it is imperative that all of us — policymakers and “ordinary” New Mexicans alike — redouble our efforts this summer and fall to turn New Mexico around.

  • Nuestra Historia: Tiny Martinez’s Revista Norteña

    Most of the three dozen or more newspapers published here since 1869 were short-lived and circulated during the time Las Vegas was New Mexico’s premier city, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and even the few that ran more than a decade did not survive beyond 1930. Since that time the Optic alone has endured, and though periodicals of one sort or another have emerged from time to time, they have been both momentary and inconsequential — with two notable exceptions.

  • Our Watershed: Alliance turns vision into action

    Editor’s note: This is the eighth and final column in a series that has been running over several consecutive Fridays. It is written by members of the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance, which seeks to foster land stewardship in the Gallinas, Sapello and Tecolote watersheds.

  • Work of Art - Toemaine poisoning?

    There’s no accounting for some people’s tastes — literally. Take the case of the Santa Fe man who for the third time has been charged with attempted atrocities on the foot of an ex-girlfriend.

    The last time, earlier this month, Daniel Anaya was arrested after the woman reported that he attacked her after tracking her down in her new home in Albuquerque. Police say Anaya allegedly tried to cut off her big toe with a cigar cutter.

  • Dulcey Amargo - Winds of change

    Well, I’d prefer not to date myself, but for the sake of a more progressive society, I will! That’s just my wry way of saying that in the past half century — good grief, am I that old? — society has made great strides in its attitude toward its female members. Yes, we have to give due credit to the suffragettes of earlier times, but let’s take a brief look at some of the breakthrough elements.

  • Nuestra Historia: La Revista Católica; El Independiente

    Since the first newspaper was published here in 1869,  dozens of newspapers have emanated from Las Vegas, as we noted at the beginning of this series. 

    We began with the Optic, our town’s most enduring newspaper, and recounted how it was started by Russell Kistler in 1879, and how the irascible founder helped forge the separation of East and West Las Vegas.

  • Our Watershed: Our livelihood depends on a common vision

    Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series running over several consecutive Fridays. It is written by members of the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance, which seeks to foster land stewardship in the Gallinas, Sapello and Tecolote watersheds.

    A common vision for our Gallinas Watershed can allow us to balance potentially competing uses like the city of Las Vegas water supply, agricultural uses, timber, grazing, vacation homes, recreational use and the natural ecosystem.