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Editorials

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - June 21, 2013

    THUMBS DOWN! OVERREACTING

  • Luna and nepotism

    Less than three years ago, the Luna Community College Board of Trustees approved a strict nepotism policy that prohibits the college from hiring a person who is related to a current board member, administrator or employee of the college, except in limited circumstances.

  • Kudos to local schools

    In this day and age when 30 percent of New Mexico’s children are experiencing hunger, it’s reassuring to see that school districts in Las Vegas, Mora and Pecos are stepping up to the plate and offering free meals to kids during the summer months.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - June 14, 2013

    THUMBS UP! LONGMIRE NIGHT A HUGE SUCCESS

  • Making a difference

    It may have started off as a master’s thesis project, but the Parachute Factory makerspace that Las Vegas native Mariano Ulibarri launched in February is still going strong. And we, as a community, are better off because of it.

    A makerspace is a do-it-yourself environment that brings people together to create, tinker and repair items. The makerspace movement has its foundation in Hacker Scouts, a national nonprofit that formed in Oakland, Calif., in 2012, to help kids build skills and creativity in science, technology, engineering, art and math.

  • Domestic spying

    The revelation last week that the U.S. government is collecting the phone records of hundreds of millions of Americans and that it also secured a secret court order allowing the National Security Agency and FBI to tap directly into the servers of major U.S. internet companies, including Google and Facebook, is troubling.

    President Obama and others defend the programs, calling them a necessary defense against terrorism. Privacy advocates are up in arms, arguing that the government shouldn’t be spying on its citizens without probable cause.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - June 7, 2013

    THUMBS DOWN! DOWNED POWER LINES
    Fire officials say a downed power line sparked the large Tres Lagunas Fire, which is burning about 10 miles north of Pecos. Windy conditions, low humidity and high temperatures have made it difficult for firefighters to battle the blaze, which started May 30 and has already consumed more than 9,000 acres. Let’s hope that this fire isn’t a sign of things to come for this area.

    THUMBS UP! CLOSING PART OF THE FOREST

  • Troubling security lapse

    Two-and-a-half weeks have passed since Robertson High School was vandalized and still no arrests have been made or charges filed against the culprits.

    The case has been turned over to state police, and that agency has been tight-lipped about its investigation. We’re hopeful that state police investigators will find those responsible and bring them to justice.

  • Let’s root for the home team

    To many people, baseball at any level, all the way from the Peewee leagues to the Majors, brings a sense of enjoyment and relaxation.

    Unlike basketball, for example, or football played inside an arena, baseball at this level generally is played outside, where people can enjoy a cool breeze in the night air.

    Now that Las Vegas has its own professional baseball team, that’s all the more reason to get out at night and support the Las Vegas Train Robbers, who have already chalked up three victories.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 29, 2013

    THUMBS UP! A CULINARY TREASURE
    It’s official. The state Tourism Department has designated Charlie’s Bakery & Cafe as one of only 27 Culinary Treasures in New Mexico. The recognition likely doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone in Las Vegas who has eaten there. But the designation will likely lead to tourists discovering and falling in love with it. Congratulations to owners Charlie and Elizabeth Sandoval for the well-deserved recognition.

    THUMBS DOWN! EX-JUDGE SHOULD HAVE BEEN UP FRONT