• Keep politics out of it

    In the coming weeks and months the Highlands University presidential search committee and, ultimately, the university’s Board of Regents will be hard at work vetting applicants for the Highlands presidency.

    It’s impossible to overstate the importance of the work they will be doing. The person selected as the university’s next president will set the tone and course of the next several years at Highlands.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 9, 2015

    Congratulations to UWC-USA for raising more than $1 million as part of a fundraising challenge issued by college benefactor Shelby Davis. He pledged to donate $1 million for a scholarship fund for the school if UWC-USA could raise another $1 million. The college announced Tuesday that it had met the goal. The United World College-USA in Montezuma is a jewel, and we’re excited to see the success it is having raising money for its amazing programs.


  • Stay warm and safe

    If you saw the front page of today’s newspaper you likely read the tragic story about the man who appears to have died of hypothermia on New Year’s Day and the other story about yet another house fire, this one caused by a space heater in a bedroom.

    Those tragedies are a good reminder of the dangers that arise when temperatures plunge below freezing.

  • Don’t weaken records law

    When the Legislature convenes for a new session in a few short weeks, New Mexico Highlands University and the state’s other universities will likely be lobbying lawmakers to pass a new exemption to the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act.

    Under current state law, applications submitted for public jobs are public records, meaning that if you want to know who applied for the superintendent’s job in your school district, you need only submit a request in writing to the school district and the district is required to show you the applications.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 2, 2015

    After months of speculation about who would be selected as the new police chief, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz appointed Commander Juan Montaño to the post, and the City Council voted unanimously to sign off on the appointment and to approve a one-year contract with him. Montaño was set to be sworn in on New Year’s Day. We wish him the best of luck in his new job.


  • An example for us all

    Many people know Daniel Martinez as the stellar high school athlete who won 12 individual and team state championships while a student at Robertson High School.

    As impressive as those victories were, they pale in comparison to the victory the 22-year- old achieved after high school and the path he has chosen to follow because of that experience.

    His inspirational story should serve as a lesson to all of us to fight like hell when confronted by obstacles and to allow those experiences to shape us into better human beings.

  • The cost of DWI

    If ever there were a cautionary tale about drinking and driving, it would be the Wayne Lovato case.

    Lovato, 19, pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse resulting in death and to one count of child abuse not resulting in death or great bodily harm stemming from a 2013 alcohol-related crash that left two young girls dead and several others injured.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 26, 2014

    We applaud the Highlands University Board of Regents for the manner in which it is conducting the search for its next president. Regents decided last week to appoint a 13-member search committee to screen applicants and come up with a more manageable pool of applicants for the board. Regents will then conduct interviews and ultimately decide who will be the university’s next president. Regents appointed Doyle Daves to lead that search committee, and that was a wise choice. We wish the committee luck in its work.

  • Is there a Santa Claus?

    Editor’s note: The following editorial, written by Francis Pharcellus Church, was published by The New York Sun in 1897. While it was written more than 100 years ago, we believe its message about believing in things you cannot see is as poignant today as it was in 1897, so we are reprinting the holiday classic. Merry Christmas.

    Dear Editor: I am 8 years old.
    Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
    Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun it’s so.”
    Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

  • Make holidays less stressful

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is being reprinted from the Commercial-News of Danville, Ill.

    As Christmas and New Year’s Day move closer, it seems as those everyone’s stress levels spike higher and higher. Before you know it, a time that features joy and peace becomes a season of frustration and anger.

    The local American Red Cross chapter recently offered a few ways to make the holidays less stressful for everyone. The list includes: