• Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 3, 2013


  • Beer sales a bad idea

    Attracting the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs to Las Vegas was a major feather in the cap of city officials, the Las Vegas/San Miguel Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Corporation.  

    If all goes as expected, the League’s decision to field a new team in Las Vegas will lead to an increase in the number of people visiting Las Vegas during their season, boosting revenues for hotels, gas stations and restaurants. And it will give the people of Las Vegas another option for entertainment.

  • Beware of scams

    We’ve all heard the adage, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

    Still, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment when the convincing man at the other end of the line is telling you that you’ve won $2.5 million and an assortment of other prizes.

    Pendaries resident Iona Gamertsfelder faced that situation last week. The catch: Gamertsfelder, 83, was told she’d need to hand over $500 in order to claim her prizes.
    Realizing that it was likely a scam, she refused, and the caller hung up.

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

    THUMBS UP! Quick thinking prevents train wreck, literally

  • Commission on right path

    Kudos to the San Miguel County Commission for standing up to the pressure from both anti-fracking activists and the oil and gas industry and its influential supporters.

    Undoubtedly, the easy route would have been to cave to one side or the other and to adopt the rhetoric that’s been spewed as its own.

  • Reason takes a back seat

    After the U.S. Senate defeated several measures to expand gun control on Wednesday, Lori Haas and Patricia Maisch, who were sitting in the Senate gallery, shouted “Shame on you.”

    We echo that sentiment.

    Haas’ daughter was shot at Virginia Tech and Patricia Maisch survived the mass shooting in Arizona, according to the New York Times.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 19, 2013


  • What’s next for East?

    We applaud Las Vegas City Schools officials for persuading the state to kick in $750,000 in emergency supplemental funding to help the district get through this fiscal year.

    We also give the district, and Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez in particular, credit for finally revealing that the true magnitude of the district’s shortfall for the current fiscal year is about $1.075 million.

    Under state law, public entities cannot end a fiscal year in the red.

  • Let’s tidy up Las Vegas

    A touch of irony surfaced during a recent meeting of the Las Vegas City Council, when City Attorney Dave Romero presented a report on run-down properties and other eyesores in the community. The city has ordinances to ensure that people enjoy health, safety and well-being. That includes being free from visual pollution.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 12, 2013

    Gov. Susana Martinez signed a capital outlay bill that sets aside $11.5 million for projects in San Miguel and Mora counties. The money will help pay for things like the planning and design of the city of Las Vegas Bradner Dam and finishing phase one of the Mora County complex. A major side benefit is the construction jobs that will be created by these projects.