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Editorials

  • 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.

  • Focusing on the dam

    After another disappointing drill — the Taylor Well No. 2 replacement well is only producing a sixth of what was expected — the city of Las Vegas finds itself in the same place it has been for years. While drawing 90 percent of its water from the Gallinas River, the city desperately needs to diversify its water sources.

  • Time to sue Makwa?

    Highlands University is in a jam. After having terminated “for convenience” the contract with Makwa Builders LLC and hiring Franken Construction to step in and complete the new student center, Highlands may have bitten off more than it can chew. Makwa is demanding the university pay it $3.2 million for work it and its subcontractors did and for the profits it would have made if allowed to complete the job.

  • Capital for the dam

    Two things stand out from Gov. Susana Martinez’s visit to Las Vegas last week. One is that she got an up-close look at one of our potential disasters, Peterson Dam, and came away convinced that it needs to be a priority expense. The other is that, when it comes to her estranged relationship with the state Legislature, she’s maintaining an offensive stance.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - July 27, 2012

    THUMBS UP! UNDER BUDGET. Good news for Las Vegas and its City Council — Finance Director Pamela Marrujo told councilors last week that the city ended its fiscal year in the black. General fund expenses alone came in about $800,000 under budget, while general fund revenues were $351,000 over budget. That’s the kind of year-end report we like to see.

  • Raising the rates

    It may have been another one of those 3-2 votes, but the Las Vegas City Council did the right thing at its meeting last week. The council, with the mayor as tie-breaker, voted to publish two ordinances that will set the stage for water and sewer increases possibly as early as next month. As we’ve said previously in this editorial space, the increases may be painful but they’re necessary to move the city toward long-term solutions to its water needs.