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Editorials

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 12, 2014

    THUMBS UP! TWO BEAUTIFUL TREES
    Like you, we’ve been enjoying the two beautiful city Christmas trees that were put up in recent weeks at Plaza Park and the old Safeway parking lot on Douglas and Seventh. While we have thanked the city crews who put up and decorated the trees, we were remiss in not also thanking the Bartley family of Gascón for donating the evergreens. The trees were hand-picked and cut down by John Bartley, and he did a great job.

    THUMBS UP! TARGETING DWI DRIVERS

  • Don’t miss ‘Nunsense’

    Who says there’s nothing to do in Las Vegas? A look at the listings in Friday’s newspaper provided a plethora of activities, two of which were the Electric Light Parade and “Nunsense,” a musical comedy presented by the Nat Gold Players.

    Those who attended the opening performances at the new event center attached to Charlie’s Restaurant left with a good feeling. One test of a successful music-comedy performance comes when those who attended leave the venue with memorable tunes or catchy lines still running through their heads.

  • PILT is vital to counties

    We have large swaths of federal land in San Miguel and Mora Counties and throughout New Mexico, and, for the most part, that’s a blessing. Most of us treasure having national forests, monuments and wildlife refuges in our back yards.

    The downside for counties that have federal lands within their boundaries is that it severely decreases their property tax base because they can’t tax federal lands.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 3, 2014

    THUMBS UP! LOTS TO DO THIS WEEKEND
    Whether its the city’s electric light parade, Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation’s Holiday Homes Tour, the Nat Gold Players play or a host of other events, there is no shortage of things to do in Las Vegas this weekend. So take a break and enjoy the many events taking place.

    THUMBS UP! EAST DISTRICT UP TO DATE ON AUDITS

  • Shopping locally

    Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are all behind us, but if you’re like most of us, chances are you still have several names you haven’t crossed off your shopping list. As you set out to find those perfect gifts, we encourage you to give local merchants a shot at your business.

    It’s no secret that it’s been a tough year for many merchants in Las Vegas, and that’s unfortunate, given how much they contribute to the local economy.

  • Rebuilding trust

    Violent protests and looting erupted in Ferguson, Mo., last week when officials announced that a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man on Aug. 9.

    At least a dozen commercial buildings there were destroyed on Monday night. The decision sparked protests throughout the country, including in Albuquerque, where more than 40 police shootings have occurred since 2010.

    The looting and burning of buildings that occurred was inexcusable; the only ones hurt by those actions were merchants trying to make a living.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 28, 2014

    THUMBS UP! IMPRESSIVE CREDENTIALS
    The Las Vegas San Miguel Economic Development Corporation has hired William Hendrickson as its new executive director. Hendrickson earned his MBA from the University of South Florida and has 20 years of business experience. We congratulate Hendrickson on his new position and wish him luck in bolstering economic development in our community.

    THUMBS UP! AN OPEN DOOR

  • Obama was right to act

    Most Americans agree that the United States is in need of comprehensive immigration reform, and while the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan bill last year, the legislation stalled in the Republican controlled House of Representatives.

    By some estimates, 12 million immigrants are in the U.S. illegally.

  • Angels among us

    If you’re like most American families, chances are you’ve already bought your turkey, and your pantry is overflowing with everything you need to prepare an amazing Thanksgiving meal.

    Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the many blessings in our lives. But it should also be a time to think of those less fortunate and to do what we can to make their lives a little brighter.

  • Sticker shock

    The Abe Montoya Recreation Center pool area has been offline since early May, when fierce winds ripped off a portion of the roof.

    Six months later, consultants hired by the city to look at the building are estimating that it will cost about $3.3 million to repair the roof and to take care of the other deficiencies discovered in the building.

    We’ll be the first to admit that the $3.3 million figure was shockingly high, and we wonder how the city is going to come up with that funding.