• An incredible summer

    With summer officially drawing to a close this week, it was fitting that the final weekend of the season would feature a classic car show at Fort Union Drive-In paired with showings of “Grease” and “Cantinflas.”

    Fitting because the summer of 2014 ended up being packed with fun things to do in Las Vegas and the surrounding area, events that gave locals an excuse to explore their own city, and tourists a reason to come to the Meadow City. The Fort Union event marked the 57th birthday of the classic 1957 vehicles.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 19, 2014

    Las Vegas police suspect three juveniles of breaking into the Las Vegas Senior Center,  two West Las Vegas schools and vehicles earlier this month. The buildings were then vandalized, resulting in more than $1,000 in damage. The cases are being handed over to the Juvenile Probation Office. Let’s hope that those responsible are held accountable and that they learn that it’s not OK to break into a building and vandalize it.

  • Learning from tragedy

    Seventeen months have past since two girls were killed in an alcohol-related rollover on Interstate 25 near Tecolote, but the devastation remains.

  • Poorly handled

    Conflicts in sports schedules are nothing new this time of year.

    They happen frequently, and, unfortunately, homecoming activities are no exception to that rule.

    That’s why the on-again, off-again shuffling of homecoming activities at West Las Vegas High School was so bizarre and had some in this community pointing fingers at West Board member Gary Gold.

    In case you missed the controversy, here’s the short version.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 12, 2014


  • A broken system

    Once again immigration reform has been pushed to the back burner, this time by President Barack Obama, who announced on Meet the Press over the weekend that he will wait until after the November midterm elections to take up the issue.

    Previously, Obama had threatened to issue an executive order by summer’s end if Congress failed to take up the matter.

    Now the Obama administration is pledging to act before the end of the year.

    We’re not holding our breath.

  • High court must step in

    Several religious organizations are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether it’s constitutional for states to outlaw gay marriage.

    The Mormon church joined The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Ethics & Religious Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in the friend-of-the-court brief asking the nation’s highest court to hear Utah’s marriage case, according to The Associated Press.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 5, 2014

    Luna Community College President Pete Campos and other college employees took part in an ice bucket challenge last month to raise money for the LCC Foundation and student scholarships. Contributors donated money to the Foundation in exchange for Campos and other staffers agreeing to have buckets of ice-cold water poured on them. We applaud Campos and all of the other participants for being good sports.


  • Organ worth preserving

    More than a century ago, the editor of this newspaper advocated for this community to raise money to acquire an organ for what at the time was the recently built Our Lady of Sorrows Church.

    The organ cost $4,000, which, at the time, was a huge sum of money. But area residents dug deep and raised the funds necessary to make that vision a reality.

  • Thank you for all you do

    “A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.”

    — Albert Einstein