• Vote on Tuesday

    Voter turnout for school board elections tends to be low, which is sad, considering that the decisions school boards make directly affect the children in our community.

    We urge registered voters to take the time to consider the candidates in their districts and other ballot measures carefully and that they show up and vote on Tuesday.

    Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Registered voters who reside within the West Las Vegas School District will elect three board members.

  • Court funding

    It’s no secret that New Mexico’s court system is struggling. Just a few weeks ago, Chief Justice Charles Daniels told lawmakers that the courts are on life support and that the state’s budget crisis threatens to undercut constitutional guarantees to a speedy trial, funding for juries, access to court records and other basic services.

    Given those realities, we are baffled by Gov. Susana Martinez’ decision to veto $800,000 in emergency funding for the courts.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 3, 2017


  • Alternative facts

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the Portland Press Herald (Maine) and was originally published on Jan. 24.

    We have learned a lot from the first days of the Trump administration. There are facts — things that are indisputably the case. And there are “alternative facts” — things that someone in the White House wants to be true.

    That’s why the newly sworn-in president decided to spend much of the weekend attacking the media for honest reporting on the size of the crowds that came to Washington last weekend.

  • Trump’s tax returns

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The New York Times and was originally published on Jan. 24.

    One of the features on the White House website that didn’t vanish when President Trump took the oath of office on Friday is the “We the People” page, which allows ordinary Americans to petition their government to address an issue of importance to them. The Obama White House, which created the feature, responded to petitions that received at least 100,000 signatures within 30 days.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 27, 2017


  • Planned Parenthood

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the Foster’s Daily Democrat of New Hampshire and was originally published on Jan. 15.

    Defunding Planned Parenthood endangers the health of millions of low-income women and children in this country and if Congressional Republicans go through with it, they should be held accountable for every person hurt by their action.

    Specifically, every U.S. Representative and Senator who votes for this outrage should be thrown out of office by voters in 2018.

  • Obama’s legacy

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Dallas Morning News and was originally published on Jan. 18.

    President Barack Obama left office Friday after eight years as the most consequential Democrat to occupy the White House since Lyndon Johnson. And unlike that Texan, whose presidency was born in tragedy and ended in failure, Obama will not have the ghost of the Vietnam War haunting his days and eating his conscience as LBJ did all the remaining days of his life.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 20, 2017


  • Government secrecy

    State lawmakers will have their hands full this legislative session, figuring out how to plug a projected $69 million budget deficit for the current fiscal year while simultaneously coming up with a budget for next fiscal year.

    With all that needs to be accomplished over the next 60 days, we’re disappointed that a key Senate leader has chosen this time to launch an  attack against the state law that currently makes it clear that the people are entitled to the greatest amount of information possible about their government.