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Editorials

  • The better side of the U.S.A.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! FIESTAS! It starts tonight, with the Mass and reinas coronation, then tomorrow begin  three full days of music, dance, fun and games. It’s time for Las Vegas’ 123rd fiestas!

    Here are some suggestions on what not to miss:

    • The music. All day, for three days, until Plaza Park closes Monday afternoon. Headliners this year include Gonzalo and Jerry Dean on Saturday, Al Hurricane and Sorela on Sunday; and El Gringo and Darren Cordova y Calor on Monday.

  • No fireworks. Period.

    Here’s the reality: Municipalities are limited by law in what they can do to stop fireworks from being sold or used within their city limits. State law inhibits municipalities’  abilities to impose all-out bans on their sale or use.

  • What means ‘interim’?

    The Las Vegas City Schools board probably made the right move when it gave Sheryl McNellis-Martinez a one-year contract as interim superintendent. The district needs the stability going into the 2011-12 school year, and we’re hopeful that McNellis-Martinez is up to the task.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news`

    THUMBS DOWN! STILL BURNING ... Last week in this space we decried the wildfires burning in Arizona, Colorado and here in New Mexico, then, the next day, another one broke out even closer to home. The Pacheco Canyon fire just north of Santa Fe — and not too many miles west of Las Vegas — spread quickly, billowing smoke across the Santa Fe National Forest. By Monday morning, you could smell it in the Las Vegas air.

  • Fire, water, fireworks

    The Pacheco Canyon wildfire was the latest blaze to set off alarms. A shift in the winds could have turned it toward the watershed that feeds Santa Fe but, instead, the fire blew through the Santa Fe National Forest and toward the Pecos Wilderness area — bringing it all the closer to San Miguel County.

    Of course, it’s unimaginable that that fire would get anywhere close to Las Vegas, even though on Saturday evening its plume of smoke could be clearly seen covering the sky to the north of town, and by Monday morning you could smell it in the air.

  • Follow an open process

    Last week’s Las Vegas City Council debate over a water line extension to the Solid Waste Transfer Station, the first phase toward getting it to Airport Road, was messy and just plain unnecessary, but the council made the right decision in denying the extension as proposed and allowing city staff to resubmit the project at a future meeting. But moving forward from here is going to take some work.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 17, 2011
  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! HOT SPOTS ALL OVER. The fire in Arizona that we’ve been breathing and the one near Raton that led to the Zia gas-line shutoff are the two most pressing examples, but they’re only part of a super-intense wildfire season. The acreage burned so far this season is more than twice the 20-year average for New Mexico, and it’s not showing signs of letting up.

  • Editorial: Poor planning

    We all knew it was coming. State agencies, forced to deal with some tough budget cuts, are starting to cut back on their workforces, with 44 layoffs approved last week in a half-dozen agencies.
    It’s a sign of a tough economy, but let’s not forget another reason why the state is in this predicament. Perhaps you remember how, instead of being frugal during surplus times, former Gov. Bill Richardson and his administration spent like there was no tomorrow.
    Well, guess what? Tomorrow’s here, and so are the consequences of poor financial planning.