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Editorials

  • 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.

  • More finger pointing

    It’s ironic that a spokesman for the state Human Services Department is crying foul over an audit commissioned by the state auditor’s office that casts the department in a bad light. Ironic because just eight months ago it was the Human Services Department using an audit that it commissioned to drag 15 behavioral health providers through the mud, effectively accusing those New Mexico businesses of fraud and other misdeeds.

  • Thank you, governor

    We may not always agree with Gov. Susana Martinez, but when it comes to water issues and her staunch support for the city of Las Vegas’ water infrastructure needs, we have nothing but praise for her.

    Back in November, Martinez challenged state lawmakers to set aside $112 million of this year’s capital outlay funds for water and waste water projects across the state. Her reason was obvious.

  • Please vote

    Nearly two months ago, candidates for the municipal judge post and two City Council seats declared their candidacies. Since then, most of them have been going door to door making their cases for your vote.
    Now it’s up to you.
    Tuesday is Election Day. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Registered city voters can cast their ballots at either Robertson High School’s Michael Marr Gymnasium or the West Las Vegas High School gym. There is no wrong place to vote.