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Editorials

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! ECONOMIC SHOT IN THE ARM. The pending sale of the old Maloof building on Bridge Street could turn out to be a real plus for the overall development of the area — especially if the buyer, the Historic Kiva Theater Group, is able to incorporate the building into a triplex movie theater.

  • ‘Gateway’ to better future

    It’s tough to be optimistic about Las Vegas’ economic future. A lack of water, and our everyday divisions, make growth difficult. We can’t attract industries that rely heavily on water, and our divisions tend to scare some people away. As a result of these and other problems, it’s difficult to see opportunity on the horizon.

  • Realistic precautions

    San Miguel County officials have imposed Level III fire restrictions, and for good reason. The area is dry as a bone and getting dryer with each gust of wind, and it’s difficult to imagine things getting better anytime soon (though we do hope for a super-moist monsoon season).

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 22, 2011
  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! DID THEIR JOB. Members of the search committee for the next Las Vegas City Schools superintendent have pared the list of candidates down to five finalists, none of whom are local applicants. That’s not an easy thing to do in a town that’s all too familiar with the who-you-know process of job hiring.

    To be fair, we know of no such effort on the part of any of the local applicants to get special consideration. Plus, in recognizing their apparent qualifications for the job, the fact that none of them made the cut points to a strong field of candidates.

  • Wishes for Washington

    To its credit, Congress was able to avert a crisis a couple weeks ago by not shutting down the government. But that’s about the only credit Congress  deserves, since just about everything else in Washington is currently dysfunctional.

  • DWI court a good move

    A new approach to drunken drivers is needed, since New Mexico — including Las Vegas — isn’t progressing nearly fast enough in getting them off our roadways. So we’re glad to see local judges taking a different tack, especially when it comes to the high-risk DWIs that threaten the public’s safety.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! FUN FOR A GOOD CAUSE. Saturday’s “Jamboree for Japan” was a rousing success — and a lot of fun to boot. Members of First United Methodist Church, students from United World College and other volunteers organized various “booths” in the basement of the church for such things as how to make origami and paper lanterns, write haiku poems, use chopsticks, and more.

    And the $10 admission also got you a full meal. It was all to benefit Japanese people suffering after the effects of last month’s earthquake and tsunami.

  • Time to step up, conserve

    We’ve been here before. Now it’s time to step up and show what we can do.        

  • The system worked right

    State Land Commissioner Ray Powell did the right thing by reversing a land swap that his predecessor, Patrick Lyons, had arranged. Powell has effectively returned White Peak in Colfax and Mora counties to the people — where it rightly belongs.

    In 2009, Lyons negotiated an agreement to swap 7,205 acres of state trust land at White Peak for 3,330 acres of ranch land. The exchange was one of four proposed by the State Land Office under Lyons that would have traded 14,000 acres of public land for 9,600 acres owned by White Peak ranches.