• 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

    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.


  • 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

    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.


  • Lab a big step forward

    Students enrolled in Luna Community College’s nursing program in the fall will get to practice what they learn in the classroom on advanced simulator mannequins, and that’s a giant step forward for the program.
    Luna unveiled its state-of-the-art simulation lab last week, with President Pete Campos calling it a “monumental occasion.” Gov. Susana Martinez was at the college to mark the occasion.

  • Summer reading

    The grand prizes include a trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Fla., the opportunity to be a Junior Zookeeper for a day, a hot-air balloon ride with the governor, the chance to throw the first ceremonial pitch at an Isotopes game and even an opportunity to go out on a fossil dig.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 24, 2013

    Whether it was a senior prank that got out of hand or simply some other disgruntled individuals blowing off steam, the vandalism at Robertson High School over the weekend crossed the line. Trashing the school was disrespectful and unlawful, and it was a slap in the face to every person at the school who devotes his or her life to educating students. Those responsible must be caught and punished. And part of that punishment should include being forced to pay for the damage and the cleanup.

  • Tough stance justified

    The Administrative Office of the Courts has drawn a line in the sand on the Mora County courthouse complex project, and we are glad to see the agency taking such a tough stance.

  • Big threat to press freedom

    Republicans, Democrats and defenders of the First Amendment are decrying the decision by the Justice Department to secretly subpoena two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press.