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Columns

  • Editor's Note - Good educators and ideas

    Call me the hard sell. I don’t think East’s four-day school week is going to improve teaching methods or better prepare students for the larger world, and it’s going to take more than a spin doctoring to change my mind.

    Nevertheless, the four-day schedule is now in place, and I wish students, teachers and administrators the best in the 2012-2013 school year.

  • Nuestra Historia - The judgeship since 1965

    For more than a half century between statehood and Judge Luis Armijo’s passing in 1965, only three men occupied the district court bench in Las Vegas — Judge Armijo himself claiming 34 of those years. Ten judges have served in the half century since.

  • Work of Art - Cute and cuddly porkers

    Lora M. Shields, a professor after whom a science building on the Highlands University campus is named, once told a class I was in about some amazing properties of pigs and piglets.

    She said a farmer could fill a pail of milk and let the pig drink it all, then lift that same pig into the same bucket and even have a little room to spare. It took some of us a while to catch on.

  • Editor's Note - Touring two watersheds

    For a couple of days last week, I was a watershed tourist.            

    But not just me, of course. On Monday, about 20 Las Vegas movers and shakers took a ride into the Gallinas Canyon, stopping at various points along the way to learn from experts about the condition of the river, the woodlands and how Las Vegas collects, stores and uses the watershed’s most valuable resource.

  • Nuestra Historia - El Juez Luis Armijo

    A 1949 article in Time magazine featured Luis Armijo as one of the few Catholic judges in the United States willing to say publicly that he would not obey the edict issued that year by Pope Pius XII, prohibiting Catholic jurists from granting civil divorces in any marriage solemnized by the church. Judge Armijo told Time, “I may be Catholic, but I am a citizen of the United States first.”

  • Work of Art - Can you find another?

    Teaching an honors course in Cuba, N.M., I had the pleasure of being surrounded by some extraordinarily perceptive students. There’s no particular reason why Cuba, of all places, would have had such a bumper crop of bright students; it must have just happened.

  • Editor's Note - Good Samaritans and pigs

    The Samaritan House is one of our better community organizations. It reflects one of the best characteristics of Las Vegas — our willingness to share with and help those who are down on their luck.

    Board member Rosie Lopez recently filled me in on the four major programs that make up the Samaritan House’s mission. They are:

    • Food distribution, which takes place on the second Wednesday of each month at the main office at 220 Bernalillo St.

  • Nuestra Historia - The aftermath of the Magee saga

    The Magee affair made a shambles of a great political dynasty, ruined one jurist forever, propelled another to power, set the tone for hardball politics in San Miguel Count, and resulted in a political order that prevailed here for several decades.

    Through the storied characters of that saga — burdened as they were by the foibles of human frailty — we have tried to recount a fascinating era in Las Vegas history.

  • Work of Art - If this is Wednesday ...

    OSLO, NORWAY — A 1969 romantic comedy with almost the same title as this headline (should be Tuesday instead of Wednesday), humorously depicts the whirlwind nature of European travel itineraries.

    Never having been this far north, we opted to tack on an Atlantic coast week of travel to our customary two weeks in Denmark, where we visit our son Stanley Adam and his family, in July.

  • Editor's Note - Backstories

    When it comes to professional sports, high-profile seasons give way to higher-profile playoffs, which lead to championship matchups. And while the backstories — the personal stories that lead to the big showdown — add drama to the mix, in the pros it typically boils down to who wins and who loses.