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Editorials

  • Hedging their bets

    Let’s be clear on this: The proposed water rate increases are high because a large influx of revenue is needed. Las Vegas needs millions of additional dollars to address some pressing water system needs. If not, the “what-ifs” could determine the city’s future.

    Here are a couple of those what-ifs — worst-case scenarios that might still be preventable, if only the city had the money:

  • Drilling and fracking

    It’s significant when a top official in state government comes to town to sing the praises of the oil and gas industry. Jon Barela, state Economic Development secretary in Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration, was unequivocal in his support for the industry and his belief that it would help San Miguel County and its economy.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - August 24, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! AT IT AGAIN. Once again, Mora Independent School District Superintendent Thomas Garcia has stirred up a hornets nest, this time by taking action against the district’s music teacher Joaquin Maestas-Manuel, by suspending him for six weeks for vague reasons. The action has outraged parents, who consider this a personal vindetta rather than a legitimate problem.
    The real victims here, of course, are the students who are starting out the school year with a substitute teacher overseeing the watching of DVDs and other mindless classroom activities.

  • A wedge issue?

    It’s been mentioned though not emphasized, but a recent West Las Vegas School Board meeting suggests that it’s already creating some friction between the Meadow City’s two school districts. We’re talking about the east side’s new four-day school week, and how it’s going to go over on the west side.

  • Back to school

    Today’s the day — the first day of school for thousands of students in Las Vegas. East, West, Highlands and Luna all have classes starting today for the 2012-13 school year.

    Welcome back, everyone. We hope it’s a great year for all of you.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - August 17, 2012

    THUMBS UP! CAUGHT. Two suspects who evaded law enforcement authorities in last week’s big drug bust have been captured. Ernestina Gallegos was caught Monday afternoon by U.S. Marshals, and Jose A. Herrera surrendered to the U.S. Marshal’s Office in Albuquerque on Tuesday morning, according to authorities.
    They were among 25 people indicted on federal drug charges last week, following a 10-month investigation.

  • Stick with higher rates

    We understand the frustration that some are feeling with the water rate increases currently proposed. Nevertheless, we urge the Las Vegas City Council to stick with the increases generally as proposed. It’s critical for the future of Las Vegas, given the dire circumstances the city is facing with its water supply.

  • Big-time smackdown

    Maybe you cringed at our lead headline on Friday, “‘Smack City’ smackdown.” Or, perhaps you didn’t appreciate the name given to the  multi-agency investigation into drug trafficking in Las Vegas — “Operation Smack City.” Such references stem from a disparaging nickname given in the 1970s, when the national magazine Harper’s dubbed Las Vegas “Smack City USA” because of its heroin problem back in those days.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - August 10, 2012

    THUMBS UP! TOO MUCH TO DO. The People’s Faire, the county fair, the theatrical productions “Over the Edge V” and Missoula’s “Beauty Lou and The Country Beast,” Heritage Week events, the Kiwanis Yard Sale to support literacy, a fund-raiser for the Robertson girls’ soccer team — and the list goes on regarding all the activities and events taking place this weekend.
    Nothing to do in Las Vegas? Get real. This weekend at least, there’s actually too much to do.

  • Droughts and denials

    It may not be in dictionaries yet, but there’s a word combination being used these days to explain an increasingly common weather condition — “flash drought.” It’s being used by the media and climatologists alike to describe the current drought hitting the Midwest in particular, because this dry spell arrived in a matter of weeks and quickly destroyed an otherwise promising growing season.