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Editorials

  • Voting at your convenience

    Now there’s one less excuse for not voting. On Tuesday, registered Democrats and Republicans in San Miguel County will have the added convenience of casting their ballots at any one of four “convenience centers” to be set up at West Las Vegas High School’s Gillie Lopez Gym, Robertson High School’s Mike Marr Gym, the Valley Junior High School gym and the Pecos High School gym.

  • Our choices for Senate

    We think their are four strong candidates running for the nominations to replace longtime Sen. Jeff Bingaman. Bingaman, of course, has opted to retire rather than seek a sixth term in office, which leaves a gapping hole in New Mexico’s delegation to the nation’s capitol.

  • Legislative selections

    Earlier this year, New Mexico’s legislative districts were redrawn, leaving two House and two Senate seats to include parts of San Miguel and Mora counties. And in all four districts there are Democratic Party contests, which will be decided next Tuesday. Following are our thoughts about each of these contests.

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  • Our choices: County races

    Next week, on June 5, San Miguel County voters will cast Democratic Party ballots for three county positions, with the primary election winners essentially being elected to their respective positions. Five candidates are vying for San Miguel County treasurer while two candidates each are competing for two seats on the County Commission.

    No Republicans filed for these positions, so the winners of these three races will almost certainly be the ones to take office on Jan. 1, 2013.

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  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - May 25, 2012

    THUMBS UP! GREAT ECLIPSE. At first it looked as if it might be a big letdown, with a Sunday night cloud cover blocking the first eclipse since 1994. But then the clouds moved out of the way and viewers got all they hoped for — a spectacular view of the moon passing in front of the sun.
    It was a great celestial show, well worth watching.  Can’t wait for the next one — in 2023.

  • Settled, as it was before

    A recent ruling by District Judge Abigail Aragon finally puts to rest lingering questions about a costly agreement between the city of Las Vegas and Luna Community College. From our vantage point, the judge made the right call, especially since it all began as a city mistake.

  • The right decision

    We feel for Ashley Salazar — $30,000 is a lot to pay for a mistake — but that doesn’t change the fact that her manufactured home needs to be moved. It’s only fair to the neighbors who object to the home’s placement on her property at 807 Erb Place, and it wouldn’t be right to punish the neighbors for someone else’s bad judgment.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - May 18, 2012

    THUMBS UP! ACCREDITED AGAIN. In the world of colleges and universities, accreditation is always a big deal. And in a town such as Las Vegas, where educational institutions are among the largest employers, an accreditation for the university that trains most local teachers is an even bigger deal. So, needless to say, the Highlands University School of Education’s re-accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education is a real cause for celebration.

  • A ‘smell’ that won’t go away

    State District Judge Eugenio Mathis made an outstanding call last week when he ruled in favor of Rock Ulibarri in a case involving a pending election of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative. The judge was bold and decisive in his use of the law to right a wrong that otherwise would have usurped a democratic process.

    Unfortunately, however, the process is still at risk of being usurped, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

  • Slow down on the 4 days

    Moving to a four-day classroom schedule in the Las Vegas City School District is an easy sale to most students — they’d love to enjoy a three-day weekend. Moreover, we suspect that most teachers also like the idea, since it would give them a day for training, planning and collaborating.