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  • Unknowingly controlled by strangers

    Just a Thought ... By Rick Kraft

    We are controlled by strangers whom we will never meet and we don’t even recognize it.

    I am on vacation and I get up in complete darkness in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. As I walk across the room trying to remember where the door is, my left wrist lights up and my watch tells me it is 2:51 am and states “You did it! You have earned an hour towards your standing goal.”

  • Bradner Reservoir work is moving forward

    From the City

    Work on Bradner Reservoir is proceeding from design to the construction phase.

    There are two parts to the construction project at Bradner Reservoir. First is the rehabilitation of the auxiliary embankment, main embankment and the spillway and second is the installation of the outlet tower.

  • Failing schools: the elephant in the room

     Another Perspective

    I want to talk about the “elephant” in the room; and that is the quality of our schools. WalletHub is the most credible national norm referenced statistic center for education (New Mexico is ranked 50th of 51 states).

    The New Mexico State Department of Education has begun grading school districts and East and West Las Vegas both earned a D-plus. The top five public school districts in New Mexico are Los Alamos, Rio Rancho, Grady, Fort Sumner, and Cimarron.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 6, 2017

    EUROPEAN DAY IS A HIT

    THUMBS UP: There was hilarity; there were moments of solemnity and of patriotism. But most of all, “European National Day” at the United World College was an evening well spent, last Saturday evening.

    The program, offered free to the public featured some 60 UWC students singing, acting, dancing, lip-syncing and clowning. Close to 30 fast-moving skits entertained the packed audience. In keeping with the “European” theme, students featured skits based on a number of countries across the Atlantic.

  • A crisis, a showdown and taking a knee

    Last week, there were three big news stories capturing people’s attention — two of which we need to pay attention to, the other worth following only if you’re entertained by all those trumpteets.

    When President Trump tweeted his vitriol about NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem, he agitated an issue that’s not nearly as important as the escalation of tensions with North Korea and the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico.

  • What’s the right protocol for foreigners and our flag?

    Work of Art

    Oh, my, how times have changed. But whether they’ve changed for the better is questionable.

    There isn’t much else in the news if you exclude the horrendous massacre of 59 people, as of press time, in a Las Vegas, Nev., outdoor concert venue and casino.

  • Profit is not a dirty word

    This editorial, by Vic Topmiller Jr., recently appeared in the Silver City Daily Press.

    Profit is not a dirty word. It just becomes dirty when abused, and the very association it has with certain people and groups of people is where the dirt comes from.

    Get it? If you get too close to dirty people some of the dirt rubs off. That should be a good lesson for some of us — “If you play with dirt you will soon have dirty hands.”

  • State legislators, keep AmeriCorps alive in N.M.

    Another Perspective — By Jacob Erickson

    Friday Sept. 8, I attended my (and the) last AmeriCorps Cultural Technology Program graduation ceremony at New Mexico Highlands University.

    It was a bittersweet occasion — seeing all the contributions my fellow AmeriCorps members put forth for their respective institutions, while knowing the state will no longer support the program.

  • Recognizing the real enemy

    Just a Thought — By Rick Kraft

    “I am not the enemy.”

    Typically, when a person says this, he or she is correct. In a nutshell, the person is saying they are being treated as if they are the enemy when they are really on the same team.

    I heard this phrase at a family reunion recently and it got my mind thinking. There is a certain amount of conflict in any relationship or in any association.

  • Vigil and Maltais hold audience in their spell

    Beth Speaks For Herself — By Beth Urech

    In the corner of a large room with warm red walls stands an impressive grand piano. Large windows overlook the Plaza Park whose multi-colored string of lights adds a festive note.

    An ornate candelabra holds three real candles which flicker in anticipation. That is the setting for the Sept. 20 concert at our Plaza Hotel. When you turn your gaze, you’ll see men and women seated and quietly speaking.