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Editorials

  • Shame on the adults

    First, let’s acknowledge that what happened at Rodriguez Park a few days ago — when the president of La Plaza Little League pulled a rifle during an argument involving a couple of coaches — is an outlandish exception. Most adult La Plaza participants don’t behave that way.

    We hope this will be the one and only time that we’ll ever have to report that a firearm was pulled at a Little League game, but the fact that it happened gives us great pause. Something’s terribly wrong when adults behave in this manner and in such a place.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - June 15, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! BACKED INTO A CORNER? At first, the four-day-per-week proposal at Las Vegas City Schools had nothing to do with saving money;  we were told the budget would be prepared with no significant savings anticipated by the move. But now that the district is facing a $1.2 million shortfall in next year’s budget, we’re told a four-day schedule is the best way to save money.

  • Droughtful summer

    We’ve been lucky so far. A pair of lightning strikes near our primary water supply set off a couple of wildfires that were quickly and skillfully extinguished. Las Vegas avoided its worst-case scenario.

    So far. As some other raging New Mexico wildfires demonstrate, we’re a long way from being in the clear. It’s going to take great care and due diligence to successfully make it through the year.

    Troubles stemming from the drought are all around — in the wildfires, wildlife and in simple economic impact.

  • Blindsided by a shortfall

    Shortly after Las Vegas City Schools officials told the district’s employees last week that they are facing a $1.2 million shortfall in the 2012-13 budget, school board member Ernesto Salazar said he was blindsided by the news.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - June 8, 2012

    THUMBS UP! THE VOTERS SPEAK. The world didn’t come to a halt just for New Mexico’s primary election day. In fact, around here in San Miguel County one could say that it actually sped up a little, with all the other news that sprang to life — a fire in the watershed, a dramatic sentencing, word of a budgetary shortfall and much more. But people still turned out at the polls and cast their ballots, and the democratic process was advanced yet again. Thanks to all who did their duty.

  • A tough hit for the Plaza

    There’s no getting around the fact that the Plaza Hotel’s impending descent into receivership is tough news for Las Vegas and its economy, but it may not turn out as bad as it might seem at this moment. First off, there’s no indication that the hotel will cease to operate. Plus, there’s a realistic possibility that it will make a rebound in the months and years ahead.

  • Voting at your convenience

    Now there’s one less excuse for not voting. On Tuesday, registered Democrats and Republicans in San Miguel County will have the added convenience of casting their ballots at any one of four “convenience centers” to be set up at West Las Vegas High School’s Gillie Lopez Gym, Robertson High School’s Mike Marr Gym, the Valley Junior High School gym and the Pecos High School gym.

  • Our choices for Senate

    We think their are four strong candidates running for the nominations to replace longtime Sen. Jeff Bingaman. Bingaman, of course, has opted to retire rather than seek a sixth term in office, which leaves a gapping hole in New Mexico’s delegation to the nation’s capitol.

  • Legislative selections

    Earlier this year, New Mexico’s legislative districts were redrawn, leaving two House and two Senate seats to include parts of San Miguel and Mora counties. And in all four districts there are Democratic Party contests, which will be decided next Tuesday. Following are our thoughts about each of these contests.

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  • Our choices: County races

    Next week, on June 5, San Miguel County voters will cast Democratic Party ballots for three county positions, with the primary election winners essentially being elected to their respective positions. Five candidates are vying for San Miguel County treasurer while two candidates each are competing for two seats on the County Commission.

    No Republicans filed for these positions, so the winners of these three races will almost certainly be the ones to take office on Jan. 1, 2013.

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