• Thumbs Nov. 20, 2015

    Kudos to Villanueva State Park employees Ramon Gallegos and Gilbert Baca for not hesitating to act when a woman fell into the Pecos River over the Easter weekend. That woman is likely alive today because the two men jumped into the chilly water themselves to pull her to safety. The New Mexico State Parks Division recently recognized Gallegos and Baca for their actions during a ceremony in Santa Fe.


  • Editorial Cartoon Nov. 18, 2015
  • Editorial: Combatting terrorism

    Editor’s note: This editorial is from the (Peoria) Journal Star and was initially published Nov. 14.

  • Ethics reform needed

    Given the scandals that have rocked New Mexico over the past year, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that our state scored a D- in the 2015 State Integrity Investigation.

    The investigation — conducted by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. — assessed how each state’s laws and practices deter corruption, promote transparency and enforce accountability.

  • Editorial Cartoon Nov. 13, 2015
  • Thumbs Nov. 13th, 2015

    Last Friday, just one day before the East-West game, students from Robertson High School and West Las Vegas High School met at the Bridge Street bridge and exchanged symbolic keys, a gesture aimed at showing unity. We applaud the students who took part and everyone who organized the event for showing the community that it’s possible to be rivals on the field and friends off it.


  • Editorial Cartoon Nov. 11, 2015
  • Thank you, veterans

    Editor’s note: A version of this editorial first appeared in the Optic last Veterans Day.

    “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.”
    — President Harry S. Truman

    Those words — chiseled into stone and on display at the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., — are just as true today as they were when President Truman said them nearly 70 years ago.

  • Editorial cartoon - Nov. 8, 2015
  • Editorial: Pet ordinance needs a tweak

    Much work has gone into the proposed pet ordinance that the San Miguel County Commission will take up on Tuesday.
    For too long, San Miguel County has been the Wild West on animal welfare issues, with irresponsible pet owners allowing their dogs to run amok without regard for the animal’s safety or the rights of their neighbors.

    While the county already has a pet ordinance in place, it lacks teeth. The proposed ordinance changes that, imposing progressive fines and even criminal sanctions to encourage compliance.