• Out to the ballgame

    Count us in as enthusiastic supporters of the plan to locate a semi-pro baseball team here in Las Vegas. Who isn’t in favor of it, given the multiple benefits it promises to bring to the city?

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 14, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! A VERY BAD DOZEN. Jose R. Griego, 65, who lives along Anton Chico Route, is facing his 12th DWI after being arrested nearly two weeks ago. Police reported that he was driving on a revoked license and without insurance, and that he failed to stay in his lane on NM 283, where he was pulled over and arrested.
    Fortunately, he didn’t hurt or kill anyone, this time around. And thankfully, he’s off the road, at least for a while.

  • Campos in the running

    Sen. Pete Campos of Las Vegas had his first real election challenge in some time when, earlier this year, Rep. Thomas Garcia ran against him in the Democratic primary. Campos captured re-election unopposed in November.

  • Hanukkah and heritage

    Hanukkah, which began Saturday night and lasts through Sunday, may not be the dominant December holiday in New Mexico; it is still celebrated by many and serves as a reminder that Jews have played an important role in New Mexico, and especially here in Las Vegas.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 7, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! ANOTHER LEAK. Once again the city of Las Vegas has been battling a big leak in its water line, this one to the tune of an estimated 110 gallons a minute, or 158,000 gallons a day, when it was at its worst. That’s considerably worse than the last big leak, on the old Medite water line, last September.
    The same contractor that fixed the Medite line leak was brought in to fix the water treatment plant line. Here’s hoping for a long-term fix.

  • Timely deposits

    The break-in and theft of an office in the Las Vegas City Schools District speaks to a matter the district needs to address — that of unnecessary delays in depositing money into school accounts.

    Last week, Juan Carlos Fulgenzi, co-curricular director at Robertson High School, reported that someone broke into his office and took $2,500 from a file cabinet.

  • Heat your home safely

    Tragedy often strikes unexpectedly, as was the case last week when 46-year-old Sonia Baca, a mother of three, got caught in a home fire at Enchanted Hills Mobile Home Park in northern Las Vegas.

    She died in the fire early Wednesday morning after helping her 14-year-old daughter get out. An account has been set up at the State Employees Credit Union, named “Memorial Fund for Sonia Baca and Kids,” to financially help the family through the loss.

    Our heart goes out to the family — especially to her children.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 30, 2012

    THUMBS UP! WEST’S AWARD. The West Las Vegas School Board is being given the New Mexico School Board Association’s Small District School Board of the Year award. The honor is based on the board’s participation in local, regional, state and national board activities; service to faculty, staff, parents and students; accomplishments with a significant positive impact on the district; and the board’s involvement in training.

  • Historic? We’ll see

    The Las Vegas City Council adopted an ordinance last week that sets the stage for borrowing up to $25 million for water system improvements — a big step toward costly improvements to an infrastructure in need. Officials hailed the ordinance as a historic moment and a milestone, but that much remains to be seen.

  • Cleaning up our emissions

    Global warming. Climate change. Extreme weather. Call it what you want, just recognize it as an environmental upheaval of epic proportions. Earth and Humanity are moving toward the edge, and it doesn’t appear reversible given today’s political and economic paradigm.

    Forget the argument that all this is a hoax — the science, coupled with empirical observation is there, that the earth is indeed warming.