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Editorials

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 7, 2014

    A WELL-RUN ELECTION
    Melanie Rivera and her staff at the San Miguel County Clerk’s Office did another great job on Tuesday’s general election. Voters throughout the county were able to get in and cast their ballots without significant waits, and no major problems were reported. It was the last election that Rivera will run because she’s leaving her county clerk post to become a magistrate judge. We hope the person who the Commission appoints to replace Rivera will carry on Rivera’s tradition of being responsive to constituents.

  • Significant progress

    There’s still a tremendous amount of work to be done, but the $44.2 million the city has secured to help pay for critical Phase 1 water infrastructure projects is a huge accomplishment.

    Best of all, the city has the funding in place to move forward with its top priority, the Bradner Reservoir expansion project, which will triple the city’s current water storage capacity.

  • Don’t forget to vote

    If you’re a registered voter and you haven’t already cast your ballot for the General Election, we urge you to vote on Tuesday.

    Most local races in San Miguel and Mora Counties were decided during the June primary, but there are still key positions up for grabs, including a San Miguel County magistrate judgeship, a Mora County Commission seat and the Mora County sheriff’s post.

  • Montaño for magistrate

    San Miguel County residents are fortunate to have two solid candidates for the contested magistrate judge post.

    Republican Eddy Gallegos, who was appointed to the position by Gov. Susana Martinez 14 months ago, is a licensed attorney who has served as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney.

  • Balderas for AG

    For the last 10 years, we’ve watched Wagon Mound native Hector Balderas’ political career flourish.

  • Martinez for governor

    Roughly 70 percent of registered voters in San Miguel County are Democrats. Add to that statistic the fact that San Miguel County doesn’t even come close to having the population of counties like Bernalillo, Sandoval, Doña Ana or Santa Fe, and you might expect that a Republican governor wouldn’t give a second thought to the issues we’re dealing with.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 24, 2014

    THUMBS UP! A HEARTFELT THANK YOU

  • Our take on amendments

    New Mexico voters are being asked to decide five constitutional amendments during the general election. We urge a “yes” vote on Amendments 1, 3 and 5 while offering no recommendation on Amendments 2 and 4 because they aren’t really relevant to voters in San Miguel and Mora counties.

    Amendment 1 — which, if approved, could change the manner in which school board elections are held — requires a three-fourths’ majority in order to pass. The four other proposed amendments require a simple majority vote in order to be enacted.

  • Vote ‘yes’ on GO bonds

    New Mexico voters will decide three general obligation bond questions this November, and the Optic urges a “yes” vote on all of them.

    Combined, the GO bonds would raise $169 million for brick and mortar projects at colleges and universities, for materials for libraries and for infrastructure improvements and large purchases for our senior citizen centers.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 17, 2014

    THUMBS DOWN! TWO U.S. NURSES INFECTED WITH EBOLA
    Two Texas health care workers tested positive for Ebola, and now public health officials are trying to figure out how they got it, given that they wore full protective gear while caring for an Ebola patient who later died. This is a frightening development, one that has the head of the Centers for Disease Control saying we need to rethink how we provide care. The World Health Organization is calling the outbreak “the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times.”

    THUMBS UP! BLUE RIBBON