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Editorials

  • Flavored tobacco

    There has been a steady outcry against the sale of flavored tobacco products in recent months, and the backlash is well deserved.

    The 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act banned flavors in cigarettes because of the product’s appeal to youth.

    But the ban doesn’t currently apply to other flavored tobacco products, like cigars. The Food and Drug Administration, however, is proposing new rules that would give it authority over cigars, e-cigarettes and pipe tobacco.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - June 13, 2014

    THUMBS UP! LAS VEGAS NATIVE WINS EMMY
    A 20-second TV spot urging fans to “Use Your Seahawks Voice” at games of the world champion Seattle team, was designed by former Las Vegas resident Ileana Gonzales, a graduate of Robertson High School and Highlands. The commercial earned Gonzales and her crew, with a Seattle TV station, an Emmy. The feature can be viewed on YouTube.

    THUMBS UP! CONGRATULATIONS, VATOS

  • Fix the VA system

    The evidence is mounting that the Veterans Affairs Department’s health care system is broken and in immediate need of fixing.

    An audit released Monday determined that more than 1,000 veterans have been waiting three months or more for an initial appointment within the VA health care system in New Mexico. Last week, officials revealed that 3,000 patients in the medical center in Albuquerque were assigned to a doctor who didn’t actually see them.

    And the situation in other states is even worse.

  • Tuesday's election

    The outcome of the two Mora County Commission races in Tuesday’s primary should serve as a reality check to all elected officials grappling with the prospect of oil and gas drilling in their jurisdictions.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - June 6, 2014

    THUMBS UP! GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND

  • Open up primaries

    Republicans and Democrats throughout the state had the opportunity to go to the polls on Tuesday and vote for the candidates of their choice.

  • Vote on Tuesday

    Judge races. Two county commission seats. Sheriff and assessor posts. And of course two state representative positions.
    Those are the local elected positions that San Miguel County Democrats will decide or else play a key role in deciding during Tuesday’s Primary Election.

  • Optic picks for Primary

    Democratic Nomination for Governor

  • Our picks for primary

    4th Judicial District Judge

  • Honoring the fallen

    On days like today, our thoughts turn to those who gave their lives for our country in the wars fought on our behalf. But we should also remember those who lost loved ones.