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Editorials

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 3, 2014

    THUMBS UP! LOTS TO DO THIS WEEKEND
    Whether its the city’s electric light parade, Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation’s Holiday Homes Tour, the Nat Gold Players play or a host of other events, there is no shortage of things to do in Las Vegas this weekend. So take a break and enjoy the many events taking place.

    THUMBS UP! EAST DISTRICT UP TO DATE ON AUDITS

  • Shopping locally

    Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are all behind us, but if you’re like most of us, chances are you still have several names you haven’t crossed off your shopping list. As you set out to find those perfect gifts, we encourage you to give local merchants a shot at your business.

    It’s no secret that it’s been a tough year for many merchants in Las Vegas, and that’s unfortunate, given how much they contribute to the local economy.

  • Rebuilding trust

    Violent protests and looting erupted in Ferguson, Mo., last week when officials announced that a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man on Aug. 9.

    At least a dozen commercial buildings there were destroyed on Monday night. The decision sparked protests throughout the country, including in Albuquerque, where more than 40 police shootings have occurred since 2010.

    The looting and burning of buildings that occurred was inexcusable; the only ones hurt by those actions were merchants trying to make a living.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 28, 2014

    THUMBS UP! IMPRESSIVE CREDENTIALS
    The Las Vegas San Miguel Economic Development Corporation has hired William Hendrickson as its new executive director. Hendrickson earned his MBA from the University of South Florida and has 20 years of business experience. We congratulate Hendrickson on his new position and wish him luck in bolstering economic development in our community.

    THUMBS UP! AN OPEN DOOR

  • Obama was right to act

    Most Americans agree that the United States is in need of comprehensive immigration reform, and while the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan bill last year, the legislation stalled in the Republican controlled House of Representatives.

    By some estimates, 12 million immigrants are in the U.S. illegally.

  • Angels among us

    If you’re like most American families, chances are you’ve already bought your turkey, and your pantry is overflowing with everything you need to prepare an amazing Thanksgiving meal.

    Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the many blessings in our lives. But it should also be a time to think of those less fortunate and to do what we can to make their lives a little brighter.

  • Sticker shock

    The Abe Montoya Recreation Center pool area has been offline since early May, when fierce winds ripped off a portion of the roof.

    Six months later, consultants hired by the city to look at the building are estimating that it will cost about $3.3 million to repair the roof and to take care of the other deficiencies discovered in the building.

    We’ll be the first to admit that the $3.3 million figure was shockingly high, and we wonder how the city is going to come up with that funding.

  • A job well done

    San Miguel County reached a milestone last week with the adoption of one of the strictest oil and gas drilling regulatory ordinances in the nation.

    It goes without saying that the ordinance isn’t making everyone happy. Those who are pro-drilling argue that it creates so many barriers to oil and gas exploration that it’s going to keep the industry out of San Miguel County. Many local environmental activists have argued that approving anything short of a ban puts the county at risk.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 14, 2014

    A GREAT SEASON
    The Robertson girls’ soccer team, best known as the “Beastie Girls,” had a phenomenal season that ended last week with a 3-0 loss to St. Michael’s. We would have loved to see the team play in the state championship, but what they accomplished this season was incredible, and we are already looking forward to next season.

    GAS PRICES IN LAS VEGAS

  • Disappointing conduct

    The Robertson High School football team has a lot to be proud of, given its undefeated record so far this season and last year’s state championship.

    But the conduct of two of its key players this past weekend during the East-West game was disappointing and not befitting of the extraordinary team that the Cardinals have become.

    Dominic Lucero and J.R. Gonzalez were ejected from Saturday’s game after incurring unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.

    And they will have to sit out the Cardinals’ first playoff game.