• Mismanaging phone funds

    In the case of the Forgotten Phone System, that $1.2 million purchase in the West Las Vegas School District that must have sat hidden away in some bubble-wrap for about three years, there’s a lot to be concerned about, and plenty of questions that still need addressing. We hope school board members are digging away right now, trying to come up with answers soon.

  • Labor Day and politics

    Officially, today is Labor Day, but unofficially it’s the kickoff to the fall campaign, when candidates hit the home stretch. Let’s see if we can tie the two together.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - August 31, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! LOSING A BIG FOOTPRINT. Neil Armstrong was mission commander of Apollo 11 in July 1969 when he became the first person to walk on the moon. His death last weekend at age 82 reminds us of a time when the United States could dream big and act out those dreams.
    Armstrong was an example of the greatness that’s part of our national DNA. He made us proud, and he will be missed.

  • Hedging their bets

    Let’s be clear on this: The proposed water rate increases are high because a large influx of revenue is needed. Las Vegas needs millions of additional dollars to address some pressing water system needs. If not, the “what-ifs” could determine the city’s future.

    Here are a couple of those what-ifs — worst-case scenarios that might still be preventable, if only the city had the money:

  • Drilling and fracking

    It’s significant when a top official in state government comes to town to sing the praises of the oil and gas industry. Jon Barela, state Economic Development secretary in Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration, was unequivocal in his support for the industry and his belief that it would help San Miguel County and its economy.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - August 24, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! AT IT AGAIN. Once again, Mora Independent School District Superintendent Thomas Garcia has stirred up a hornets nest, this time by taking action against the district’s music teacher Joaquin Maestas-Manuel, by suspending him for six weeks for vague reasons. The action has outraged parents, who consider this a personal vindetta rather than a legitimate problem.
    The real victims here, of course, are the students who are starting out the school year with a substitute teacher overseeing the watching of DVDs and other mindless classroom activities.

  • A wedge issue?

    It’s been mentioned though not emphasized, but a recent West Las Vegas School Board meeting suggests that it’s already creating some friction between the Meadow City’s two school districts. We’re talking about the east side’s new four-day school week, and how it’s going to go over on the west side.

  • Back to school

    Today’s the day — the first day of school for thousands of students in Las Vegas. East, West, Highlands and Luna all have classes starting today for the 2012-13 school year.

    Welcome back, everyone. We hope it’s a great year for all of you.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - August 17, 2012

    THUMBS UP! CAUGHT. Two suspects who evaded law enforcement authorities in last week’s big drug bust have been captured. Ernestina Gallegos was caught Monday afternoon by U.S. Marshals, and Jose A. Herrera surrendered to the U.S. Marshal’s Office in Albuquerque on Tuesday morning, according to authorities.
    They were among 25 people indicted on federal drug charges last week, following a 10-month investigation.

  • Stick with higher rates

    We understand the frustration that some are feeling with the water rate increases currently proposed. Nevertheless, we urge the Las Vegas City Council to stick with the increases generally as proposed. It’s critical for the future of Las Vegas, given the dire circumstances the city is facing with its water supply.