• 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.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Space exploration by way of NM

    Did you know that New Mexico has a “space trail”?

    It includes more than 50 specific locations around the state and spans the ages — from a mountaintop called Wizard’s Roost in Lincoln County, where prehistoric New Mexicans aligned stones to the summer and winter solstices, to the Socorro County’s Magdalena Ridge Observatory, one of many modern-day astronomical observatories around the state.

  • Work of Art: People say it’s only natural

    Why am I pacing like an expectant father? Why do I wake up suddenly at night, look around to assure myself that our two “daughters” are safely ensconced in their beds?

    Let me explain, and there’s much to explain:

    By now, several of you may have read my Facebook post that explains my family’s hosting of two exchange students for the school year. They’re part of the AFS Intercultural Program that places students from other countries with American households.

  • Ranch stories from the past

    Summertime brings out the “do you remember when?” stories from long ago here at the ranch. Last week one of our many kids who worked here during one of our busy guest ranch times came back to check out her old haunts, her old summer away from high school, then college a long time ago. There are many stories still floating around about those times here, and here is yet another one.

  • New HU president reaches out to the Las Vegas community

    By Sam Minner

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Roswell and its crime wave

    ROSWELL — There’s a big story here, with tragic and unfortunate legs. It’s the rash of high-profile homicides that’s gripping this city of 50,000 people.

    The latest victims, as of this writing, are three people who may have been gunned down while sleeping. Since I came to the Daily Record last May, we’ve had a shootout in a Taco Bell parking lot (which left one man dead and an officer injured), among other shootings. The Wild West is running rampant in Roswell these days.