• 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.

  • Petty politics prevails

    The demise of a nearly $270 million capital outlay package in the state Legislature on Saturday is a shameful example of the Washington-style politics that has overtaken the Roundhouse.

    It is also an example of the failed leadership of Senate President Pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen and Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, both Democrats; House Speaker Don Tripp and House Majority Leader Nate Gentry, both Republicans, and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - March 20, 2015

    They may not have come home with a state title, but the West Las Vegas Dons have nothing to be embarrassed about. The Dons played well in the state championship game on Saturday, at one point coming within five points of Hope Christian, which won its third consecutive state title. The Dons had an incredible season under head basketball coach David Bustos, finishing their season with 24 wins and just six losses. This is the first time the Dons have made it to the state title game since 2008.

  • A frightening wake-up call

    Anyone who has doubts that the public education system in New Mexico is in desperate need of reform should read the column written by D’Val Westphal in last Friday’s Albuquerque Journal.

  • Senator’s deal egregious

    Whether you’re a fan of Sen. Phil Griego or not, chances are you were shocked on Saturday when you heard the news that he had abruptly resigned his Senate seat effective immediately.

    Griego, a Democrat who resides in San Miguel County, was elected to the Senate in 1996, and he has easily won re-election ever since.

    There’s no question that Griego has had his ups and downs during his 18 years in the Senate. Through it all, he had managed to maintain a strong grip on his Senate seat.

    That changed this week.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - March 13, 2015