• Editorial Cartoon - March 23, 2011
  • The city and the acequias

    Remember when the Las Vegas Community Water Board was formed a few years ago? One of the reasons given for its need was that the varying interests needed to resolve their differences without lawyers, and a non-governmental entity would be more likely to accomplish that.

    To that end, give the water board credit for its role in resolving the differences between the city and the Storrie Lake Water Users Association. A mutually beneficial agreement was reached in 2009.

  • Process to a decision

    Last week, after about two years of haggling over the issue, the San Miguel County Commission voted to approve a wind energy ordinance that includes the highly controversial decision to establish a half-mile setback for wind turbines. That means that these massive turbines can be constructed within a half mile, but no closer, to residential and other properties.

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    THUMBS DOWN! RISING CRISES. If you think Japan is far, far away, ask around — the connections between the Land of the Rising Sun and our own shores is stronger than its ever been. That’s why the triple threat of earthquake, tsunami and radiation exposure hits so close to home for so many Americans.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to this nation. Hopefully the radiation will be contained and the aftershocks will soon subside.

  • Hitting the nail on the head

    Katie Houdek, a sophomore at Robertson High School, had a great idea for her confirmation class service project. Last week she hosted a “Heroes Welcome Lunch” for Las Vegas police officers, firefighters and support personnel as a way to express appreciation for their hard work and dedication to our community.

    “Police and firemen do a lot for us,” she said, “and they don’t get paid very much.”

  • Learning lessons

    We appreciated what Gary Gold had to say after accepting the position of president of the West Las Vegas Schools board. He and fellow board member Christine Ludi seemed to be excited over the prospect of having a united front when it comes to tackling the district’s problems — and for good reason, given the politics that swirled around the board in recent years.

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    THUMBS DOWNS! UNACCEPTABLE. It’s probably no surprise to anyone who has repeatedly been to the Las Vegas transfer station that the city would be cited for deficiencies there. More often than not it’s been a mess — unnecessarily so, even for a transfer station.  

  • Great Vegas events

    Last year, the bottom almost fell out of a big mariachi conference for youth when, just three weeks before it was scheduled to begin, organizers discovered that Santa Fe would not be able to host the event. So Memorial Middle School band director Martin Sena, a skilled mariachi performer in his own right, volunteered to bring it all to Las Vegas. The result was a rousing success.

  • Let the DA prosecute

    As much as such delays are frustrating — it seems such a long, long time ago that the Jay Quintana case became a court case and even bigger news — it’s probably best to get all questionable or potentially questionable circumstances out of the way before the trial. It should help ensure that the proceedings are fair and just, and will withstand attempts to appeal a jury’s decision.

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    THUMBS UP! HAPPY BIRTHDAY. It’s good to see the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps come around with the program still in place and running strong. Some 200,000 Americans, including more than 2,000 New Mexicans, have served in this matter in 139 countries over the years.