• A bold move for Highlands

    New Mexico Highlands University regents voted last month to adopt a new policy that requires full-time freshmen from outside the area to live in one of the university’s residence halls. The new requirement will go into effect this fall.

    University administrators, including Dean of Students Fidel Trujillo, are hoping that requiring freshmen without ties to this area to stay in residence halls during their first year at Highlands will boost student retention and graduation rates.

  • Editorial: Secrets to a long life

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Concord (N.H.) Monitor and was originally published in that newspaper on April 8.

    What does it mean to live long and prosper? It’s worth thinking about as the baby boom generation heads into retirement and as their parents head into the final stages of life. More and more, people are bombarded with advice on how to stay healthy and vital. Often, it involves eating some sort of food (such as kale or berries) and not eating another kind of food (such as cake or bacon).

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 10, 2015

    After months of having to share space — first with District Court and then with the San Miguel County Detention Center and Sheriff’s Office — San Miguel County Magistrate Court has a new home. The court opened the doors to its new location at 312 Bibb Industrial Drive on Monday. It moved out of its Seventh Street building because employees were getting sick there. We’re glad to see the move and hope it finally brings stability to the court, which has been in flux in recent months.

  • Rein in Northern

    For much of its existence, it was known as Northern New Mexico Community College. Then, with the backing of a powerful state lawmaker, it morphed into Northern New Mexico College. Now it’s calling itself Northern New Mexico University.

    The metamorphosis of the Española-based institution from a two-year community college to a “university” is the epitome of what’s wrong with New Mexico’s higher education system. And, frankly, it’s time for state officials to step in and put an end to the insanity.

  • Indiana law misguided

    “What’s happened to Hoosier hospitality?”

    So reads a sign hoisted by one of many residents of Indiana who demonstrated against a bill signed just recently by Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

    Clearly, Indian’s governor didn’t put much thought behind his pen in approving legislation whose repercussions have become a hot-button topic throughout the country. And, as of Friday, the ever-changing issue has Pence agreeing to sign a revised bill.
    Some background:

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 3, 2015

    Congratulations to Isabel Cavazos and her West Las Vegas cheer squad for bringing home a Class 4A state championship in the co-ed cheer category. Cavazos credited the championship to dedication and hard work of each team member and to outstanding teamwork in developing winning routines. It’s an amazing accomplishment, one that our entire community celebrates.


  • Raise GPA requirement

    Students attending a New Mexico college or university on the Legislative Lottery Scholarship should prepare themselves for yet another decrease in the funds awarded.

    The scholarship fund is in trouble because tuition has been increasing and because more students have been taking advantage of the program.

    The lottery scholarship has historically covered the full cost of tuition for qualifying students. Last year, the fund came up short, prompting the state to decrease the award given to students.

  • A worrisome trend

    The population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week are concerning for both San Miguel County and the state as a whole.

    Those figures reveal that from July 2013 to July 2014, San Miguel County lost an estimated 384 people. From April 2010 to July of 2014, our county lost an estimated 1,154 residents. The Census Bureau estimates that San Miguel County’s population dipped to 28,239 in July 2014.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - March 27, 2015


  • Tax hike a bad idea

    San Miguel County commissioners will decide on Monday whether to hike gross receipts taxes throughout the county by a quarter cent.

    The increase would generate about $880,000 in new revenue for the county and cost everyone buying goods and services here an extra 25 cents on a $100 purchase.

    We’re sympathetic to the economic realities that San Miguel County is facing. But trying to balance the county’s books on the backs of San Miguel County residents who can least afford it is not the answer.