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Editorials

  • Appeals court got it wrong

    The state Court of Appeals missed the boat on its recent ruling about who is required to report suspected child abuse and neglect in New Mexico.

    Their tortured interpretation of the state statute ignores the plain language of the law. Worse yet, it places New Mexico’s children at risk.

    It’s no wonder that both Gov. Susana Martinez and Democratic Attorney General Gary King are both blasting the ruling, telling The Associated Press that it is a foolish decision that puts children in danger.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 1, 2013

    THUMBS DOWN! TRAGEDY STRIKES

  • Grading teachers

    New Mexico consistently ranks at or near the bottom compared to other states when it comes to educating our children.

    So it’s clear that business as usual is no longer an option when it concerns our state’s public schools. To their credit, Gov. Susana Martinez and the state Public Education Department realize this, and they’re trying to implement reforms that will make a difference. But they need to rethink their unilateral, top-down approach, which is on the verge of sparking a legal battle with the state’s two teacher unions.

  • Lessons to be learned

    Two teachers were murdered by students within a day of one another last week, once again bringing the issue of school violence to the forefront of the national conversation.

    In Sparks, Nev., a 12-year-old boy took a handgun to his middle school last Monday morning, shot two boys and then fatally shot math teacher Michael Landsberry. The boy then turned the gun on himself, committing suicide.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 25, 2013

    THUMBS DOWN! TOXIC ALGAE
    It took about two months, but state Game and Fish biologists have pinpointed what they believe killed more than 100 elk north of Las Vegas in August. The culprit: water from a trough containing toxins created by blue-green algae or cyanobacteria. It’s unfortunate that these elk died, but it’s good to know they weren’t intentionally poisoned.

    THUMBS UP! A FITTING BIRTHDAY PARTY

  • Keep up the momentum

    We applaud the city of Las Vegas for its continued efforts to address the city’s long-standing water problems despite the recent rainstorms that have topped off city reservoirs.

    In past years, our collective concerns about water shortages would fade as soon as we’d get a little moisture. For all of its faults, the current city administration has done a good job of keeping the water problem front and center as it continues to chip away at the problem, bit by bit.

  • Subpoena goes too far

    An attorney representing the state Department of Health is attempting to get her hands on a Santa Fe Reporter staff writer’s notes.

    Attorney Jennifer Hall served a subpoena on staff writer Joey Peters earlier this month. The subpoena demands that Peters turn over all notes documenting communications between Peters and Bob Ortiz, a former Department of Health employee who is now suing the state for alleged violations of the Whistleblower Protection Act. It also seeks all communications between the two individuals.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 18, 2013

    THUMBS UP! DEDICATED COUNTY ROAD CREWS
    We’re grateful for the rains Las Vegas and San Miguel County got between July and September, but the heavy rains created headaches for county road crews who have been putting in long hours trying to fix the resulting damage to roads. To all those workers who have been having to put in lots of overtime, we thank you.

    THUMBS UP! A BARREL OF LAUGHS

  • Happy 120th, Highlands

    As New Mexico Highlands University celebrates its 120th birthday this week, it’s worth taking a look at the impact the institution has had on our community.

    It’s difficult to imagine the city of Las Vegas without Highlands.

    From the beginning, the university has served as a vital economic engine in Las Vegas, employing hundreds and drawing many students to this area.

  • A big honor for Vegas

    It’s not every day that our city gets recognized nationally for something positive, so the recent announcement that our very own Bridge Street has been named one of the top 10 Great Streets in the nation is a big deal.

    Bestowing that recognition is the American Planning Association, a group that puts out a list each year of the nation’s 10 Great Streets, 10 Great Neighborhoods and 10 Great Public Spaces.