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Editorials

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - July 20, 2012

    THUMBS UP - NEW FOR THE ELDERLY ... Meadows Home Skilled Nursing Facility, part of the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute, is opening its doors with the completion of its 36-bed first phase of construction. The nearly 50,000-square-foot facility includes semi-private rooms and a visitation area, dining rooms and courtyards, a salon, a library and a small store for its residents. And with two more construction phases planned, the Meadows will be growing. This modern facility replaces the state hospital’s two other nursing facilities, which were built in 1948 and 1955.

  • The schools’ report cards

    By Keith Tucker

    Regarding the school report cards for West Las Vegas and Las Vegas City schools, I am disappointed but not surprised.

  • Necessary increases

    Anyone who has been keeping up with Las Vegas city politics knew a proposal to increase water rates was coming. It has been widely discussed since last year, when a preliminary engineering report recommended spending $120 million over the next 40 years on the city’s water system.

  • School grades and GPAs

    New Mexico education officials have released their final scores for the 2011-2012 school year, gleaned from their new approach to evaluating school performance. For each school in the state, the Public Education Department has started tallying up points from five categories, then adding in bonus points where applicable to come up with a single A-through-F grade for each of the state’s school — thereby replacing Adequate Yearly Progress assessments that was previously being used as part of the federal No Child Left Behind initiative.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - July 13, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! THIS IS JUSTICE? We understand the outrage being felt in Las Vegas over the fact that Jay Quintana, the former Robertson High School teacher and coach, has pleaded guilty to criminal sexual penetration of a minor and yet will face no jail time. Indeed, it’s difficult to see how justice is being imposed when Quintana is admitting to using his position as a role model and a teacher in the worst kind of way, then gets to walk away a free man.

  • For now, he’s driving

    Joey Herrera is in a powerful position right now. The newest Las Vegas City Council member is sitting in the driver’s seat as a rift between Mayor Alfonso Ortiz and Councilor Tonita Gurule-Giron only gets wider.

    The second newest council member, Vince Howell, has been siding with Ortiz, while councilor David Romero mostly follows Gurule-Giron’s lead. So when Herrera votes with Howell, the council is split 2-2, which of course tips the advantage to Ortiz.

    It happened four times at the last City Council meeting.

  • Substance, please

    The New Mexico primaries may have decided a number of in-state races, but they didn’t really impact the presidential race. Barack Obama has been in re-election mode for months now, and Mitt Romney sewed up the Republican nomination weeks ago in Texas.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - July 6, 2012

    THUMBS UP! FUN ADDITION. Adding a comedic element to the Fiestas isn’t exactly new, but this year’s comedy performance by actor and comedian Steven Michael Quezada promises to add some spice to the weekend. He hits the Ilfeld Auditorium stage at 8 tonight; general-admission tickets are $20 each, while Highlands University students get in for $15.

  • The better side of the U.S.A.

  • Fiestas time!

    The fact that, this year, New Mexico is celebrating its centennial while Las Vegas’ annual Fiestas have been around about a quarter of a century longer than that says a lot about how deeply rooted this festival is. In the air this year is an extra dose of pride, as veterans are being honored and statehood is being celebrated.