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    UNNECESSARILY BUREAUCRATIC. During a hearing on an annexation proposal last week, Alex Aragon, the chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, said he would like concerned residents in attendance to get minutes of the meeting.

  • Challenges for new CEO

    Congratulations to Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s new chief executive officer, Maridel Acosta, who, after about three months as interim CEO, now takes the reins on a more permanent basis. We wish her well.

    We anticipate she will be welcomed as an important leader in our city, since the local hospital is such a critical element to the area’s quality of life. And she’s off to a good start, having been introduced to the community through her interim position. So far she’s left a good impression.

  • We’re in this together

    We fully realize that the city of Las Vegas and the East and West school districts are separate entities.

    But we need to forget about that when the issue is water.

    In  recent weeks, city officials have made presentations to both school boards, requesting they give up their water rights to the city.
    For free.

    The city made the same request a few years ago, but didn’t get any response.

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    EXCLUSIVE AND SECRET. The Las Vegas Fiesta Council recently sent out a letter stating, among other things, that it hasn’t kept its finances a secret from either its members or the city of Las Vegas. But it added that no one has requested the documents.
    Despite its claim to openness, no one outside that exclusive group has apparently seen its detailed finances. There may be no problems at all with the council’s books, but the group’s secrecy has bred suspicion. The council has only itself to blame for that.

  • Sick of bad behavior

    What we’re about to write may rub some people the wrong way. They may say we’re being judgmental. But we believe it’s time someone said it.


    As the Las Vegas City Schools board grapples with the question of whom to hire as its next district superintendent, now that Richard Romero has stepped aside amid cloudy conditions, we hope morality will be considered. Yes, morality.

  • Joining groups may be right

    An organization is likely not in a good position when it has to put out a press release disputing rumors that it is defunct.


    But that is exactly what the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation had to do last week. The group insisted it is alive and well.

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  • Public servant

    It would be a disservice to define Tony Marquez, who died Friday at age 43, simply according to his two years as mayor of Las Vegas. His life and his work were so much more.

  • A continuing distraction

    Mora County Sheriff Roy Cordova has a month left of his term in his post. We sure wish he would step down now.


    We protested loudly when he took another job in September as a deputy sheriff in Valencia County while still collecting his paycheck of more than $40,000 a year as Mora County sheriff. With the other job, Cordova only worked about half of his 40-hour shift as sheriff.

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    HOLIDAY THANKS. We hope you didn’t forget to slow down yesterday and think about all the blessings in your life. And since today is Black Friday, when shoppers turn out in droves to spend, spend, spend, we hope our local merchants will have plenty to be thankful for, too. Bring on the holidays!