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Editorials

  • What’s next for East?

    We applaud Las Vegas City Schools officials for persuading the state to kick in $750,000 in emergency supplemental funding to help the district get through this fiscal year.

    We also give the district, and Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez in particular, credit for finally revealing that the true magnitude of the district’s shortfall for the current fiscal year is about $1.075 million.

    Under state law, public entities cannot end a fiscal year in the red.

  • Let’s tidy up Las Vegas

    A touch of irony surfaced during a recent meeting of the Las Vegas City Council, when City Attorney Dave Romero presented a report on run-down properties and other eyesores in the community. The city has ordinances to ensure that people enjoy health, safety and well-being. That includes being free from visual pollution.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 12, 2013

    THUMBS UP! $11.5 MILLION HEADED OUR WAY
    Gov. Susana Martinez signed a capital outlay bill that sets aside $11.5 million for projects in San Miguel and Mora counties. The money will help pay for things like the planning and design of the city of Las Vegas Bradner Dam and finishing phase one of the Mora County complex. A major side benefit is the construction jobs that will be created by these projects.

    THUMBS DOWN! SO LONG, ESTELLA’S

  • Veto was shortsighted

    In an executive message attached to the state budget bill signed into law last week, Gov. Susana Martinez states that she is committed to ensuring that state government never grows beyond its means.

    Martinez’s stance on fiscal matters is refreshing, particularly given the excesses and binge spending of her predecessor. The $5.9 billion budget that Martinez signed maintains reserves at a projected 11 percent. Maintaining a healthy reserve is critical, given economic uncertainties and looming federal spending cuts.

  • Another DWI tragedy

    Two young girls, a 14-year-old and a 12-year-old, are dead in what state police are calling an alcohol-related crash.

    Police say that 17-year-old Wayne Lovato, of Las Vegas, was driving the vehicle while under the influence of liquor. Lovato, who is being charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and a host of other crimes, deserves to have his day in court.

    But if the preliminary investigation conducted by state police holds up, and if Lovato was indeed driving while drunk, then this community needs to start asking itself some hard questions.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news

    A UNANIMOUS DECISION
    It took more than four hours, but when the mayor and Council emerged from their executive session last Wednesday, they appeared to be on the same page on Dodge’s contract, agreeing unanimously that he will continue as city manager for at least the next 14 months. Let’s hope they worked through the issues they have with one another and that the contract represents a fresh start for all of them.

    A BIG PAY HIKE

  • Resignation appropriate

    The sudden and immediate resignation of Mack Crow, president of the local Court Appointed Special Advocates affiliate, calls attention to the function of the organization and, more specifically, to the public stance of individual members.

    To review:
    Members of the children’s advocacy group called a meeting — without Crow — and agreed to demand that the then-president of the organization resign.

    The issue was Crow’s advocacy for a man he described as a personal friend.

  • East finances worrisome

    With three months left in the fiscal year, time is running out for Las Vegas City Schools officials to figure out exactly where the district stands financially, and how it’s going to dig itself out of its financial hole.

    Plugging a large deficit is difficult under the best of circumstances. But when the exact magnitude of the shortfall remains unclear nine months into the fiscal year and when the plan for dealing with that shortfall is mired in vagueness, then the potential for catastrophe looms large.

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

    THUMBS UP - OFFERS OF HELP
    A fire destroyed the home of David Martinez, in Sheridan, south of Las Vegas. Immediately, Russell Pacheco, the fire chief, stepped in by agreeing to funnel offers of help to the family. He asks that anyone wishing to help the victims contact him at his office at 518 Valencia or call him at 425-2855. He will put callers in touch with the Martinezes.

    THUMBS DOWN - ON BENDED KNEE

  • Dodge’s contract

    Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron used words like “unacceptable” and “shameful” to describe the automatic two-year contract renewal for the city manager. We agree, although for different reasons.

    We take no issue with City Manager Timothy Dodge’s getting a two-year contract extension.