• Editorial: A serious breach

    System failure. There is no other way to describe the massive breach at the state Public Education Department that allowed one of its employees to walk away with four educator licenses based on a faked transcript and embellished work experience.

    This newspaper broke the story about Charles Trujillo’s deceptions in last Sunday’s edition, and our findings have led to the launching of two separate investigations, one by PED and the other by New Mexico Highlands University. PED officials have also brought state police into the matter.

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  • Doing the right thing

    Saturday will mark the second anniversary of the deaths of Cochise Bayhan, 56, and Alex Montoya, 61, two boarding home patients who died from carbon monoxide poisoning in the backyard shed where they were being housed.

    Denise A. Encinias, 42, and Jose Encinias, 49, the operators of the “boarding home” had been scheduled to stand trial for those deaths this week. Just days before that trial was to have begun, the couple entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors. They each pleaded no contest to two counts of neglect of a resident resulting in death, second degree felonies.

  • Finally, a good debate

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The New York Times and was originally published on Oct. 14.

    It was impossible not to feel a sense of relief watching the Democratic debate after months dominated by the Republican circus of haters, ranters and that very special group of king killers in Congress. For those despairing about the future of American politics, here was proof that it doesn’t have to revolve around candidates who pride themselves on knowing nothing or believe that governing is all about destroying government.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 15, 2015

    A great way to tone up close to the holiday season is by enrolling in the Six-Week Fitness Challenge offered by the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. The challenge begins with a weigh-in today through Monday and ends Nov. 25. Winners will be determined by loss of inches, weight and body fat. This year, the center offers a new division in which business/department and other groups may challenge other groups. There are prizes and/or discounts for winners in the several age categories. Call 426-1739 and ask for Albert Tafoya, for more information.

  • Editorial: Time for Biden to decide

    So many candidates are running for the Republican nomination for president that debates have to be split in two in order to make them manageable.

    On the other side of the political spectrum, Democrats appear to be having the opposite problem.

    The first Democratic presidential debate was slated to take place Tuesday night in Las Vegas, Nev., and debate organizers were planning to roll out an extra lectern just in case Vice President Joe Biden finally makes up his mind and decides to toss his hat into the presidential ring.

  • Editorial: The student loan crisis

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The New York Times and was originally published Oct. 7.

    A vast majority of the more than 10 million Americans who have defaulted on or are behind on repaying their student loans could have benefited from income-driven repayment plans that are intended to ease pressure on distressed borrowers and keep them from defaulting on their federal loans.

  • Editorial Roundup - October 11th, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Portsmouth Herald (N.H.), on bullying (Sept. 16):

    Bullying among our youth has become a hot button topic the last few years as well-publicized incidents, especially of cyberbullying, resulting in trauma and even suicides by victims have made headlines.

    A new study by the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire provides interesting insight into this nasty phenomenon — and lots of hope.

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    Raton native Paul Modrich, 69, and fellow researchers Thomas Lindahl and Aziz Sancar have been awarded a Nobel Prize for chemistry. The trio’s research explains and maps how the cells repair DNA, a discovery tht helps physicians understand and combat diseases. Modrich said the biological diversity around Raton helped spark his curiosity.


  • Combatting addiction

    Last year was a record year in New Mexico for overdose deaths.

    According to the Albuquerque Journal, 536 New Mexicans died of overdoses in 2014. The figure represents a 19 percent increase over 2013 deaths.

    The paper reported that nearly half of those overdose deaths were the result of prescription opioids or narcotic painkillers like hydrocodone and oxycodone.

    We’ve known for years that prescription drug overdose deaths in our state are high and that something needs to be done to combat the problem.