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Editorials

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 26, 2012

    THUMPS DOWN! ALWAYS GOING UP. The Las Vegas recreation center is raising its rates. As of Nov. 1, swimming in the indoor pool, working out in the gym, getting extended and family passes, and renting equipment will cost more, though recreation director Loretta Martin says they’re still the lowest in the area.
    Even when finances appear to be solid, public facilities are still inclined to raise charges. The increases aren’t too high, but it’s still something we don’t like to see.

  • The debates

    Thankfully, this long and winding campaign to the presidency is about to wrap up, and at the tail end of it all was a little depth. Who won the debates is largely in the eyes of the beholder, but polls  and pundits suggest that former Gov. Mitt Romney took the one that may end up mattering most, the first one, while President Obama won the second and third debates, at least on substance. As for the vice-presidential debate, it appears that most people thought Vice President Joe Biden won on substance and Rep. Paul Ryan won on style.

  • Dumbed down ballots

    The removal of an option in New Mexico to cast a straight party ticket vote with one mark on your ballot has been called into question by a lawsuit brought by the state’s Democratic Party. As of last week, the lawsuit was put on hold by the state Supreme Court while a federal court considers the issue.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 19, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! TURNING TO CHAPTER 11. With Highlands University and other entities filing suit against Makwa Builders LLC, perhaps a bankruptcy was to be expected. The former-and-fired builder of the university’s student center has filed Chapter 11, putting Highlands and others on hold in efforts to collect on and/or settle disputes with Makwa.
    Did Highlands enter into a contract with a house of cards? If so, it’s worth assessing the situation that led to such a misjudgment.

  • A big leap forward

    It’s one of those events that captures the imagination. Felix Baumgartner took a helium-filled balloon 24 miles up, into the Earth’s stratosphere, and jumped. On the way down he started tumbling, but he corrected his position before it got out of control and ended up hitting Mach 1.24, or 833.9 mph (according to preliminary data). Such a speed made him the first human to break the sound barrier without a jet or rocket-propelled spacecraft.

  • Protecting our water

    We’re convinced that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, just isn’t feasible in San Miguel County. Water is a major component to this method of oil-and-gas drilling, and some undisclosed chemicals get mixed in to contaminate the water, so it ruins this most valuable of natural resources. For that reason alone, we can’t imagine the county commissioners passing a toothless ordinance to regulate this method of extraction, and we expect that they won’t.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 12, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! NECESSARY CONCLUSION. Mora County resident Rudolph “Rudy” Muniz, 53, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide and two counts of causing great bodily harm. The charges stem from a February accident at Lincoln and Grand avenues in Las Vegas.
    Muniz was reportedly driving drunk — his blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit — when he ran a stop sign and was hit by another vehicle, resulting in the death of Muniz’s friend, Manuel Olivas, and the injury of two others.

  • On politics and numbers

    In today’s politically charged climate, it’s easy to get suspicious. In fact, it’s a good idea to be skeptical of just about anything said by or on behalf of either candidate for president. However, in the case of the latest unemployment figures, it’s hard to see any plausible reason to believe a conspiracy took place to cook the numbers in Obama’s favor.

  • Troubled tenure

    Thomas Garcia’s resignation as superintendent of the Mora Independent School District is, to say the least, timely.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 5, 2012

    THUMBS UP! HONOR FOR AN HONORABLE MAN. We hope former coach and Las Vegas mayor Henry Sanchez, who died last November at age 72, is smiling down right down. Highlands University has named the basketball floor in the Wilson Complex in his honor. Sanchez had a storied career as a New Mexico high school and college basketball coach, including as coach of the Highlands men’s team en route to a 702-450 won-loss career record.
    The lives he touched were immeasurable. We’re glad to see Highlands bestowing this honor on him.