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Columns

  • 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.

  • Work of Art - Let’s hear it for sobriety

    The plan was to make this my last column. Yes, the idea was to end on this topic, ideally with Column No. 1000, which would have been during the first few months of 2022. Figure, 52 columns a year (I’ve never missed a week!); today’s column is around No. 540, so we’re more than halfway there.

  • Another Perspective - Pruning at parks set to begin

    The Las Vegas Tree Board is a volunteer committee of the city of Las Vegas.

    Its members include forestry professionals and interested citizens whose mission is to help Las Vegas plan, plant and protect its community forest.

    We have three major goals: 1. To increase public safety by removing hazardous trees and limbs; 2. To preserve the legacy of trees planted by our ancestors by pruning to increase vigor and lengthen tree lives and 3. To make our city more beautiful for its citizens and visitors.

  • Nuestra Historia: Conclusion of La Voz; photo acknowledgements

    By Jesus Lopez