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Editorials

  • 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.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - June 29, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! WASTED WATER. Leaks happen, and when Las Vegas city officials find them they’re usually pretty good at notifying the appropriate people to get them fixed (we know, the Optic had a leaking swamp air unit the other day). We’re glad they take such waste seriously, especially when it comes to the larger leaks — like the old Medite line, which was found to be leaking 80 gallons a minute. Let’s hope it’s fixed soon.

  • Cautionary, tragic tale

    Two weeks ago, a baby was killed after a collision involving a suspected drunken driver. Actually, the mother was pregnant at the time and emergency responders had to rush her to the hospital, where a cesarean section was performed in an attempt to save the baby, but the baby died about a minute after its birth.

    Now, Ramon Hernandez, 43, of Santa Fe, is facing multiple felonies in connection with the Interstate 25 wreck. State police said it’s the fifth time he’s been charged with driving drunk.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - June 22, 2012

    THUMBS UP! GOT IT DONE. Maybe it was George Sprenger’s letter to the editor that got the ball rolling, but the three box trailers that had been sitting for about three months at Eighth Street and Highland Drive have finally been removed. Sprenger tells us it’s the result of action taken by the city’s Code Enforcement Division, the state Department of Transportation, the City Council and citizens’ concerns. Plus, he thanks landowner Carlos Gallegos “for his sensitivity to that neighborhood’s concerns.”