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Editorials

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 28, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! SIGNIFICANT SETBACKS. Just as we were thinking the city was making some progress toward a long-term fix for its ongoing water problems, here comes word that (1) it’s going to take a lot more than the millions of dollars already expected to go into the city’s aging reservoirs and that (2) more than a quarter million dollars had to be dumped into repairing a single — but massive — water leak by the treatment plant north of town.

  • Leadership at Alta Vista

    We are sorry to see that Maridel Acosta is leaving her post as chief executive officer at Alta Vista Regional Hospital. She brought to the job a genuine interest in the hospital as well as the community, and we appreciated her dedication to Job One — quality care for the hospital’s patients.

  • One Solitary Life

    Years ago, someone wrote an essay that carried a Christian message, but much more. It’s a testament to the life of a single man, Jesus of Nazareth, who’s message grew to have a deep and lasting impact upon the entire world. We have reprinted it below. Regardless of your beliefs, we hope you will agree that it speaks to the spirit of Christmas day, when love and life are celebrated.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 21, 2012

    THUMBS UP! OFFER AND ACCEPTANCE. The Castañeda Hotel in the historic Railroad District of East Las Vegas, may finally have a buyer. An  offer was made by Sloane McFarland of Arizona and accepted by owner Marie Eldh, although it won’t be a done deal until details such as financing are completed. Hopefully, there will be no roadblocks along the way to closing.

  • Horrific impetus

    In the wake of the terrifying massacre in Newtown, Conn., where 20 little children and six educators were killed by a lone gunman, the nation has started up yet another debate over guns. Only this time, President Obama is weighing in.

  • Out to the ballgame

    Count us in as enthusiastic supporters of the plan to locate a semi-pro baseball team here in Las Vegas. Who isn’t in favor of it, given the multiple benefits it promises to bring to the city?

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 14, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! A VERY BAD DOZEN. Jose R. Griego, 65, who lives along Anton Chico Route, is facing his 12th DWI after being arrested nearly two weeks ago. Police reported that he was driving on a revoked license and without insurance, and that he failed to stay in his lane on NM 283, where he was pulled over and arrested.
    Fortunately, he didn’t hurt or kill anyone, this time around. And thankfully, he’s off the road, at least for a while.

  • Campos in the running

    Sen. Pete Campos of Las Vegas had his first real election challenge in some time when, earlier this year, Rep. Thomas Garcia ran against him in the Democratic primary. Campos captured re-election unopposed in November.

  • Hanukkah and heritage

    Hanukkah, which began Saturday night and lasts through Sunday, may not be the dominant December holiday in New Mexico; it is still celebrated by many and serves as a reminder that Jews have played an important role in New Mexico, and especially here in Las Vegas.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 7, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! ANOTHER LEAK. Once again the city of Las Vegas has been battling a big leak in its water line, this one to the tune of an estimated 110 gallons a minute, or 158,000 gallons a day, when it was at its worst. That’s considerably worse than the last big leak, on the old Medite water line, last September.
    The same contractor that fixed the Medite line leak was brought in to fix the water treatment plant line. Here’s hoping for a long-term fix.