• Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - August 28, 2015

    Kudos to Wid Slick, Ray Valdez and to everyone else who worked hard to put on this past weekend’s Meadow City Music Festival. The performers selected to be a part of the three-day event drew big crowds to both the Plaza Park area and to the Serf Theatre. Kudos also to all of the performers who showed up and provided their audiences with great shows. Turn to Page B7 for photos from the music festival.


  • APS should fire Valentino

    Just when you thought the scandal at Albuquerque Public Schools couldn’t get any worse, more dirty laundry emerges.

    It turns out that the man hired by new APS Superintendent Luis Valentino to be the district’s deputy superintendent faces four felony counts of sexual assault on a child in Colorado involving two victims.

  • APS chief out of line

    It’s another only-in-New-Mexico story.

    On one level, the turmoil playing out at Albuquerque Public Schools is a sad example of the bickering that so often overshadows the critically important work of educating students so that they’re prepared for college and careers when they graduate from high school.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - August 21, 2015

    Congratulations to Highlands University professor Bob Bell who was recently inducted into the United States Martial Arts Association’s 2015 Hall of Fame. Bell, an exercise and sports sciences professor at Highlands, is a retired chiropractor. He has a 7th degree black belt and has trained in judo for 30 years.


  • A worthwhile investment

    The statistics are startling. According to Pat Leahan of the Las Vegas Peace and Justice Center, 80 percent of the people booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center end up back in the county jail within four weeks of being released.

    That’s an incredibly high recidivism rate, particularly considering that the national rate is 43.4 percent within one year, Leahan notes.

  • Unfortunate ruling

    Terminally ill patients in New Mexico struggling with end-of-life decisions suffered a sad setback last week.

    The New Mexico Court of Appeals determined that doctors should not be allowed to help competent, terminally ill patients who want to end their lives, reversing a lower court’s ruling.

  • A lapse in judgment

    It’s disappointing that the Environmental Protection Agency — the federal agency created to protect human health and the environment — would wait 24 hours before notifying New Mexico officials that a toxic surge of wastewater was heading our way.

    The 3 million gallons of waste from an abandoned Gold King Mine north of Silverton, Colo., contains high concentrations of arsenic, lead and other heavy metals, according to The Associated Press.

  • EPA unveils new rules

    The Environmental Protection Agency released new rules this week to reduce power plant emissions that contribute to climate change. The usual suspects reacted with what Sen. Robert C. Byrd might have called shaking their fist at the future.
    But it’s not even the future anymore. It’s the present, in more ways than one.
    First, climate change is here.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - August 7, 2015

    At the risk of being redundant, we once again tip our hats to Ron and Elaine Querry for the work they put into making the Cowboys Reunion Centennial Celebration a wonderful event. Throngs of people lined the streets for the parade, and the rodeo drew a capacity crowd. We hope the reunion parade and rodeo are held again next year. Cowboys Reunion and Heritage Week events continue through this weekend.


  • Cause for concern

    New Mexico Highlands University has lost an important U.S. Department of Education grant that pumped $572,000 a year into the school’s budget to cover the cost of support services to low-income and first-generation students.

    Exactly what went wrong is unclear.

    Fidel Trujillo, the university’s dean of students, told regents last month that the school had yet to receive official notification or comments from reviewers as to why Highlands’ proposal wasn’t accepted.