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Editorials

  • A good proposal

    It’s a simple proposal that makes a lot of sense.

    Officials at New Mexico Highlands University are asking regents to reduce the number of credit hours required for students to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

    Highlands currently requires 128 credit hours. But if regents sign off on the proposal, students will be able to graduate from Highlands after completing 120 credit hours.

  • A major milestone

    Gov. Susana Martinez and many others were in Las Vegas last week to celebrate the purchase of the Castañeda Hotel.

    The closing of the real estate deal marks a major milestone for Las Vegas. The building, after all, is one of the city’s architectural gems, and it has been deteriorating for decades.

    Arizona hotelier Alan Affeldt and his business partners plan to renovate the historic structure and return it to its former glory. They also hope to purchase the Plaza Hotel.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 18, 2014

    THUMBS UP! KEEPING LAS VEGAS BEAUTIFUL
    City of Las Vegas departments and 132 volunteers collected 260 bags of trash from April 7 to April 13. It was part of the latest Keep Las Vegas Beautiful event coordinated by city employee Diego Trujillo. In all, city employees and volunteers collected 34,575 pounds of trash during the week. That’s quite an accomplishment. But there’s more work to be done. So let’s each roll up our sleeves and get to work cleaning up our own yards and streets.

    THUMBS DOWN! LOSING THE T-4 RANCH

  • Shenanigans, indeed

    Disappointment doesn’t even begin to describe our feelings about the blatant political posturing that played out during last week’s City Council meeting.

    In case you missed it, here’s a synopsis.

    City Attorney Dave Romero proposed a resolution to the governing body declaring that the community rights ordinance that was approved by a 3-1 Council vote in April 2012 is not valid because it is unconstitutional.

  • Commission on right track

    We don’t envy members of the San Miguel County Commission who at this moment are grappling with the future of oil and gas drilling in this county. To say that the five men on the Commission are caught between a rock and a hard place is a gross understatement.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 11, 2014

    THUMBS UP! ANOTHER STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
    We were remiss last week in our failure to congratulate the Pecos High School cheer squad for capturing its third consecutive State Spirit Competition title on March 29 at the Pit. The squad and its coaches, Jessica and Michael Flores Jr., put in lots of hard work and time, and it’s great to see those investments paying off.

    THUMBS UP! BUSINESS SCHOOL REACCREDITED

  • Moving forward

    The Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education moved quickly to fill its superintendent position, and we think that was a smart move.

    Former Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez and the school board decided to part ways earlier this school year.

    McNellis-Martinez is currently on paid leave until her contract expires at the end of this fiscal year.

    The board advertised for a new superintendent for about a month, and then it wasted no time interviewing the two candidates who met the minimum qualifications and then selecting its top candidate.

  • Vigilance needed

    Anyone in New Mexico who has picked up a newspaper or watched television news in the last four months likely knows the tragic story of Omaree Varela.

    Omaree was a 9-year-old Albuquerque boy who was kicked to death, allegedly by his mother, in December. In the days and months following the boy’s death, the media have chronicled instance after instance where Albuquerque police or Children, Youth and Families Department caseworkers received reports that Omaree was being abused, yet they took no action to remove him from the home.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 4, 2014

    THUMBS UP! WELCOMING LOCAL KIDS

  • Fire season is here

    Dry, windy conditions have prompted the National Weather Service to issue warnings about the potential for wildfires in northern New Mexico and throughout the state in recent days, and we all need to heed the warning.

    Hundreds of thousands of acres have burned in New Mexico in recent years, and some of those fires were caused by careless acts. In other words, they were preventable.

    Fire danger is of particular concern in this area.