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Editorials

  • Fire season is here

    Dry, windy conditions have prompted the National Weather Service to issue warnings about the potential for wildfires in northern New Mexico and throughout the state in recent days, and we all need to heed the warning.

    Hundreds of thousands of acres have burned in New Mexico in recent years, and some of those fires were caused by careless acts. In other words, they were preventable.

    Fire danger is of particular concern in this area.

  • Release the records

    “We must operate state government in an open and transparent manner. That is why I have opened up the books of state government by making it easier to access public information. My administration will not use executive privilege to unjustifiably block public access to the activities of state government, as has been done in the past. As public servants, we are accountable to New Mexicans and they should know exactly what their government is doing on their behalf.”
    —   Gov. Susana Martinez, in a message posted on her website.
     

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

    THUMBS DOWN! AN UNFORTUNATE SETBACK
    Roughly a dozen laptop computers and several digital cameras were stolen from Rio Gallinas School over the weekend. The burglar or burglars appear to have pried the front door open. The burglary has created a serious setback for the school and its students. Let’s hope the individual or individuals who did this are caught and brought to justice.
     
    THUMBS DOWN! A TRAGIC END

  • A great tradition

    It’s hard to believe, but it has been 20 years since Fiesta de la Hispanidad made its debut in Las Vegas, and we’re thankful that the event is still going strong.

    On Friday evening, area performers will once again take to the stage at Ilfeld Auditorium on the Highlands University campus showcasing their musical and dancing talents. Fiesta de la Hispanidad has always drawn large crowds, and this year should be no different.

  • A milestone at Alta Vista

    One of the most important institutions in any community is its hospital. Hospitals are vital to the economies of the communities they serve, providing much needed jobs.

    But even more important than that, hospitals — more specifically, the doctors, nurses and others employed there — nurture us back to health when we’re ill. Their employees comfort us when we’re at our most vulnerable.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - March 21, 2014

    THUMBS UP! TWO LIVES WELL LIVED
    Las Vegas is the poorer due to the passing of two people who made this their home. Carole Silon, who delighted local audiences in her portrayal of “Mayor Nanita” in “Over the Edge” productions, lost her battle with cancer. And Dr. Alan Thal, a world traveler, cattle-raiser and noted thoracic surgeon, died at age 88. He was a member of the original Open Heart Team at the University of Minnesota, for seven years. The community mourns their passing.

    THUMBS UP! PROGRESS ON DWI FATALITIES

  • Kudos to Highlands

    There’s no question that New Mexico Highlands University traveled a long and rocky road to get to where it’s currently at with its Student Union Building.

    The building was over budget and late, and coming up with the resources to complete it put the university in quite a bind.

    But now that it is complete, it’s a beautiful glass structure that beckons out to the community with its Einstein Bagels eatery and many other amenities.

  • We’re proud of the Dons

    “The Dons are giving up about four inches in height per man,” said the radio announcer broadcasting the semifinal matchup between the West Las Vegas Dons and the Hope Christian Huskies.

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

    THUMBS UP! NEW LEADERSHIP AT ALTA VISTA
    We’re glad to see that Alta Vista Regional Hospital moved quickly to fill its top position. The hospital announced last week that Chris Wolf is Alta Vista’ new chief executive officer. Wolf has impressive credentials. He previously served as CEO of Payson Regional Medical Center in Payson, Ariz, a position he held since 2002. We welcome Wolf to the community.

    THUMBS DOWN! CAMPOS ACCEPTS EXTENSION

  • Too much overtime

    The amounts are shocking. More than $9,600 of overtime for one Las Vegas City Schools employee. Another $7,300 in overtime for another district employee.

    Seven city schools employees have received a total of $30,858 in overtime between July 1 and Jan. 29. The district’s total overtime spending for the current fiscal year was just over $41,000.

    So what’s wrong with that? you may be asking. A lot.