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Editorials

  • Reforms on the line

    We admit to losing enthusiasm for President Obama’s signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act, even though it’s the first bit of substantive health care reform to be enacted in decades. The nation’s health care system needs an overhaul, but when the administration caved to pressure and dropped the public option in 2009, we felt a pang of discontent with everything that passed thereafter.

  • More bad judgment

    The saga of LeeEtte and Jay Quintana continues, only this time it’s taking place in Mora, where Mrs. Quintana now works as a principal. There, at Mora Elementary School, she brought her husband, an accused child  sex offender, on campus for an after-school activity. Not surprisingly, the backlash has been severe.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - March 23, 2012

    THUMBS UP! BACK TO MAKING FILMS. After a revamping of the city’s film ordinance, which regulates what filmmakers can and can’t do in Las Vegas, crews are back in town. Over the past few days crews have been busy transforming Bridge Street façades for a CBS pilot about Ralph Lamb, a larger-than-life Las Vegas, Nev., sheriff from the 1960s and ‘70s. Shooting is planned for April 3-4 and, meanwhile, some good old-fashion money is being spent here in the original Vegas.

  • Graduating high school

    Nationally, it’s a bit of good news. Not so much for New Mexico.  

  • Continue the moratorium

    We’re not sure the county had much of a choice but to suspend the Oil and Gas Task Force, since the group has hit an impasse in its efforts to produce an ordinance to regulate drilling. But we are certain that the future course of action will be critical to the health and well-being of San Miguel County’s citizenry.

    To that end, we urge county officials to commit to something they’ve already indicated they’ll do: Extend the moratorium on drilling until a regulating ordinance has been thoroughly and publicly scrutinized and passed into law.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - March 16, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! TERRIBLE COMMUNICATION. Vince Howell was sworn in Friday as Las Vegas’ new council member, but it took more than a few people by surprise — including, it turns out, the council member he replaced. Councilor Diane Moore said she wasn’t notified of the ceremony until about 45 minutes before it took place. She wasn’t able to attend.

  • Gas prices and recovery

    As of Monday afternoon, the cheapest gallon of gas in Las Vegas was $3.57 — and it’s probably higher by the time you read this. Some oil industry analysts are saying gas prices could hit as high as $5 per gallon by this summer.

  • Here’s to the also-rans

    If there were an award for Las Vegas Citizen of the Year, we’d nominate Bruce McAllister. Here’s a man who serves on the Las Vegas Community Water Board, the Somos Familia board and the Public Works Advisory Committee, and he regularly attends City Council and Utilities Advisory Committee meetings — all in a volunteer capacity. He loves his adopted hometown, and shows it with an unwavering dedication to its betterment.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - March 9, 2012

    THUMBS UP! DECISIONS MADE, RUNOFF BOUND. Some people seem frustrated with the fact that two of the three municipal races haven’t been decided yet, thanks to the new runoff system in place. But it’s the only way to select our next mayor and Ward 3 councilor by majority votes. We think it will be worth the wait.

  • Homegrown celebration

    This Friday, a unique celebration will take place, for the 18th time, inside the beautiful Ilfeld Auditorium on the Highlands University campus. It’s time once again for Fiestas de la Hispanidad.

    As usual, this annual event will feature a wide range of local talent. Singers, dancers, musicians and more showcase their talent to a familiar and friendly audience — and a good time will be had by all.