• Emergency projects

    With all the rain we’ve received over the last two months, it would be natural for the city to shelve its emergency water projects. But that would be the wrong move, given the limited storage we have and our city’s vulnerability to drought.

    Just look at the town of Magdalena where thousands of gallons of water had to be trucked in last month because its only operating well failed.

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  • Evaluate teachers fairly

    There’s no question in our minds that the system used to evaluate teachers needs to change.

    Effective teachers have the power to change the course of a child’s life, and they deserve to be recognized for the great work they are doing. But there are also teachers who struggle in the classroom, and that, too, needs to be brought out in the evaluation process. A good evaluation system would flag those individuals who are struggling so that they can be given the opportunity to get additional training in hopes of turning them into effective teachers.

  • Evolving medical care

    Whether you’re a fan of ObamaCare or not, it’s hard to argue with its goal of providing affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reducing the growth in health care spending.

    Like it or not, we, as a nation, need to figure out ways to make our health care system more efficient.
    That’s why the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center’s recent announcement about a new telemedicine program is so encouraging. 

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  • Release the audit

    If you’ve watched television newscasts or picked up a newspaper over the last month, then chances are you know about the audit commissioned by the Human Services Department.

    Boston-based auditors looked into the billing practices of 15 New Mexico behavioral health programs, and they reportedly found an estimated $36 million in improper payments. Allegations of fake billing, potential shell companies and CEO’s improperly getting rich off Medicaid funds are flying.

  • Is higher ed in NM failing?

    New Mexico Higher Education Secretary Jose Garcia sounded the alarm last week, saying that the state’s higher education system is failing its citizens.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - July 26, 2013

    You know you’ve hit rock bottom when you’re breaking into a church rectory and stealing from a priest. Documents filed in Magistrate Court this week allege that a Las Vegas man broke into the Our Lady of Sorrows rectory twice last week and made off with a laptop computer, DVD player and a number of other household items that belong to the Rev. Douglas Mitchell. One family member of the suspect told police that the suspect has a drug problem and needs help.


  • Rally worth our support

    Las Vegas will once again play host to the Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally this weekend, and that’s great news for our city and for the local economy.

    If past years are any indication, our hotels and motels will be overflowing, our restaurants will be bustling and local gas stations will see a nice increase in business as well. The event draws thousands of visitors to Las Vegas, visitors who, besides spending money at hotels, restaurants and service stations, shop at many other local stores.

  • Wasteful spending

    A report issued last week by Legislative Finance Committee auditors raises troubling questions about the state’s capital outlay process.

    The bottom line: The state spent about $600,000 to renovate and preserve an abandoned school house in Ribera in San Miguel County and then turned around and sold the unfinished building for $39,000 to the non-profit group that donated it in the first place.