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Editorials

  • Time to mend rift

    Mora County dodged a bullet last month with the settlement of two federal lawsuits filed over the county’s Community Water Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance, which attempted to ban all oil and gas drilling in the county.

    A federal judge struck down that ordinance in January after determining that it violated the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights and conflicted with state law. But one of the issues left unresolved was whether Mora County would be forced to pay thousands of dollars in legal fees incurred by the plaintiffs in bringing the lawsuit.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 1, 2015

    THUMBS UP! AN INNOVATIVE INCENTIVE
    Highlands University regents voted last Friday to offer incoming freshmen a $1,000 bonus if they graduate from the university within four years. Outgoing President Jim Fries proposed the bonus as a way to provide an incentive to incoming students to complete their undergraduate degrees as quickly as possible. It’s a great deal for students. We hope many of the university’s incoming freshmen earn that bonus and that Highlands’ dismal four-year graduate rate will surge as a result.

  • A bitter pill to swallow

    As lawmakers and the Governor’s Office work behind the scenes to come up with a compromise capital outlay bill, we urge them to consider restoring funding for the Mora County Complex.

    Lawmakers earmarked $1.8 million for the Mora building in the state budget bill, but Gov. Susana Martinez used her line-item veto power to eliminate it. Many of the concerns she expressed in her veto message were certainly valid.

  • Movie script offensive

    An Adam Sandler movie being shot in Las Vegas and other parts of New Mexico is stirring controversy over its portrayal of American Indians.

    Several American Indian actors walked off the set of “The Ridiculous Six” on Wednesday night, complaining about stereotypes, offensive names and scenes they say disrespect Native American religious practices.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 24, 2015

    THUMBS UP! $562,000 IN CITY DEBT FORGIVEN
    Kudos to the state Water Trust Board and the city of Las Vegas for changing the terms of the grant/loan agreements for two past water projects. The Water Trust Board had previously given the city a 60 percent grant/40 percent loan for those two projects. Recently, those terms were changed to make the funding 90 percent grant/10 percent loan. The net result is $562,000  in savings for the city utilities department, which can now be used for other water projects.

    THUMBS UP! AN ADVOCATE FOR THE HOMELESS

  • Regents must choose wisely

    Roughly four dozen candidates applied to be Highlands University’s next president, and the Presidential Search Committee has whittled that pool down to six finalists. Now comes the hard part: Figuring out which of those six is the best fit for Highlands.

    It will likely be the most important decision this Highlands Board of Regents will make.

    Selecting the wrong person could set the institution back years — think Manny Aragon and Selimo Rael. By contrast, we’re confident that the institution will thrive if regents select wisely.

  • Reform is needed

    The figure is staggering.

    A report released by State Auditor Tim Keller last month states that there is $4.5 billion in unspent money just sitting around in the accounts of various state agencies. That’s a lot of money, particularly given that the entire state budget is about $6.2 billion.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 17, 2015

    THUMBS UP! H.U. ATHLETE AMONG WORLD’S BEST
    We marvel at the athleticism displayed by Highlands track and field star Salcia Slack, whose performance in a recent heptathlon places her third in the world. She turned in a stellar performance in hurdles, long jump, high jump, javelin and shot put. As if that weren’t enough, she ran the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.92. We also salute her coach, Bob DeVries, who knows how to attract and cultivate talent.

    THUMBS UP! A SUCCESSFUL FOOD DRIVE

  • A bold move for Highlands

    New Mexico Highlands University regents voted last month to adopt a new policy that requires full-time freshmen from outside the area to live in one of the university’s residence halls. The new requirement will go into effect this fall.

    University administrators, including Dean of Students Fidel Trujillo, are hoping that requiring freshmen without ties to this area to stay in residence halls during their first year at Highlands will boost student retention and graduation rates.

  • Editorial: Secrets to a long life

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Concord (N.H.) Monitor and was originally published in that newspaper on April 8.

    What does it mean to live long and prosper? It’s worth thinking about as the baby boom generation heads into retirement and as their parents head into the final stages of life. More and more, people are bombarded with advice on how to stay healthy and vital. Often, it involves eating some sort of food (such as kale or berries) and not eating another kind of food (such as cake or bacon).