• The rising cost of tuition

    University students throughout New Mexico have been hit with substantial tuition increases over the last several years as the amount of money the state spends per university student has dropped.

    It’s a troubling trend highlighted by the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, according to a recent story in the Santa Fe New Mexican.

  • Give Grande, Las Vegas

    Nonprofit organizations play such a vital role in every community throughout this nation. In some instances they serve as a safety net, engaging in such activities as providing meals to the hungry and shelters for the homeless. In other instances, they serve as advocates for important causes like revitalizing a city’s downtown district and helping out troubled or abused kids.

    In almost every instance, they enrich our communities.

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    The Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance and close to 100 volunteers spent this past weekend picking up trash for the second annual Gallinas River Clean-up. Numerous organizations came together for the effort. The result: 6,890 pounds of trash and debris was collected from the Gallinas River. Thank you to everyone who took part.


  • Making a difference

    Within a span of about 12 hours this past Saturday, Lincoln Park — and by extension, the Meadow City — became enriched by the planting of 29 trees, thanks to the efforts of several individuals and organizations seeking to beautify this city.

    Financial assistance came from an Urban Forestry grant from the New Mexico State Forestry Department.    

  • A step backward

    Affirmative action suffered a major blow last week with a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that state voters are free to outlaw the use of race and ethnicity as a factor in college admissions.

    Michigan voters several years ago approved a state constitutional amendment that forbids the state’s public colleges and universities to take race into account when deciding who gets admitted. The amendment was challenged, and on Tuesday, the Supreme Court by a 6-2 decision, ruled that voters in each state have every right to ban affirmative action policies.

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    New Mexico Highlands University biology professor Carol Linder recently gave fourth- and fifth-grade students at Mike Mateo Sena Elementary a tour of her lab and provided them with a lesson on DNA. Getting young students excited about science and math is critical to our nation’s future, and we’re happy to see Highlands faculty doing their part.


  • A good proposal

    It’s a simple proposal that makes a lot of sense.

    Officials at New Mexico Highlands University are asking regents to reduce the number of credit hours required for students to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

    Highlands currently requires 128 credit hours. But if regents sign off on the proposal, students will be able to graduate from Highlands after completing 120 credit hours.

  • A major milestone

    Gov. Susana Martinez and many others were in Las Vegas last week to celebrate the purchase of the Castañeda Hotel.

    The closing of the real estate deal marks a major milestone for Las Vegas. The building, after all, is one of the city’s architectural gems, and it has been deteriorating for decades.

    Arizona hotelier Alan Affeldt and his business partners plan to renovate the historic structure and return it to its former glory. They also hope to purchase the Plaza Hotel.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 18, 2014

    City of Las Vegas departments and 132 volunteers collected 260 bags of trash from April 7 to April 13. It was part of the latest Keep Las Vegas Beautiful event coordinated by city employee Diego Trujillo. In all, city employees and volunteers collected 34,575 pounds of trash during the week. That’s quite an accomplishment. But there’s more work to be done. So let’s each roll up our sleeves and get to work cleaning up our own yards and streets.


  • Shenanigans, indeed

    Disappointment doesn’t even begin to describe our feelings about the blatant political posturing that played out during last week’s City Council meeting.

    In case you missed it, here’s a synopsis.

    City Attorney Dave Romero proposed a resolution to the governing body declaring that the community rights ordinance that was approved by a 3-1 Council vote in April 2012 is not valid because it is unconstitutional.