• Speak up for Land and Water Conservation Fund

    By Cassandra Miller

  • A special gift from Walt Disney

    The recent PBS program on the life of Walt Disney was a real and fun surprise that I watched. Sweet Brother Bill and I grew up with Mickey Mouse, way back in the late 1940s.

  • Energy issues in the Southwest

    When it comes to energy production in New Mexico, there’s no place like the southeastern corner of the state.
    It’s not just the oil patch. The Permian Basin, which stretches across southwestern Texas into southeastern New Mexico, certainly has vast amounts of oil and natural gas available for extraction, but that’s not the only energy-related industry in these parts. There’s also a corridor of activity that’s critical to the nation’s nuclear industry.

  • A bumper-to-bumper crop

    “Well, the traffic was bumper to bumper on the way to Santa Fe.” “There was practically a traffic jam with so many people parked by the side of the road, they almost needed a traffic cop.”

  • Living room featured in magazine

    Surprise of surprises! I have a real, live orchid, blooming in my living room. It has lived here for over a year, and I was about to give up on it when the beautiful white blooms opened up. There may be hope for my green (?) thumb yet....
    And what a treat it is to learn that my long-time friend, Elmo Baca, will open a movie theatre on Bridge Street here. He hopes to have the Indigo Theatre open by Thanksgiving, no less.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Americans and their vices

    Today’s topic is sin. I’ll try not to get preachy about it.

    There’s a long list of habit-forming vices that Americans have enjoyed, condemned, regulated and even outlawed over time, but today we’ll consider four in particular — tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and gambling. Our U.S. government has spent a lot of time and effort trying to control each, with some of the biggest changes having occurred over the last half-century.

  • Work of Art: Las Vegas and compass points

    Remember General Halftrack, the occasional character in the Beetle Bailey comic strip, who lamented being ignored, as he never seemed to get mail from the Pentagon? Remember Rodney Dangerfield, the comedian who “didn’t get any respect?”

    Las Vegas, one of 104 incorporated communities in New Mexico, seldom gets acknowledgement and could reasonably compare itself to the general or to Dangerfield.

    Let me explain:

  • Just a Thought - We are missing the entire racial issue

    By Rick Kraft

    There are some topics that are so controversial that whatever you say about them will offend someone. The easiest way to handle these is to not address them. Well, I think I will throw caution to the wind and do so anyway.

    We are living in a time of skin color related stresses. From Ferguson to Charleston to Baltimore, racial issues seem to be running rampant. Each of us is a package of biases and prejudices. There, I have said it. And your skin color doesn’t make you immune.

  • Another perspective - Collaboration equals success

    By Sharon Vander Meer

    Economic development is a team effort. All of us are working toward a common aim – an improved economy based on careful consideration of resources, environment, culture, history, and tradition. Each of us brings something unique to the table.

    The Las Vegas-San Miguel County Economic Development Corporation is proud to partner with MainStreet de Las Vegas, the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce, and Las Vegas First Independent Business Alliance to bring about planned progress.

  • Editorial Roundup - September 13, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle on common core in New York (Sept. 6).
    Parents and teachers, pay attention.
    New York state is temporarily turning back the clock on Common Core. We are traveling back to 2010, when the initial standards were adopted. Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to take another look at the “standards, curriculum, guidance and tests.” He says he wants to find out what went wrong and fix it.