Today's Opinions

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Years-long drought draining away

    It seems New Mexico’s drought is over. Let the flooding begin.

    The drought actually began to noticeably subside a couple of years ago, and has now disappeared altogether in nearly all of the eastern side of New Mexico. The U.S. Drought Monitor, which was covered in blood red (the color used for exceptional drought) just a couple of years ago, has been showing a steady retraction since.

  • Editorial cartoon - Aug. 12, 2015
  • A lapse in judgment

    It’s disappointing that the Environmental Protection Agency — the federal agency created to protect human health and the environment — would wait 24 hours before notifying New Mexico officials that a toxic surge of wastewater was heading our way.

    The 3 million gallons of waste from an abandoned Gold King Mine north of Silverton, Colo., contains high concentrations of arsenic, lead and other heavy metals, according to The Associated Press.

  • Work of Art: Those were the days

    Charles Arnold Goddard has lived to be 100. Several dozen relatives, friends, neighbors and even business associates gathered at his Myrtle Avenue home Saturday to share the occasion. A group of fellow veterans was there to present him with a certificate for his Army captaincy, and Mayor Alfonso Ortiz handed him a certificate from the city.

  • EPA unveils new rules

    The Environmental Protection Agency released new rules this week to reduce power plant emissions that contribute to climate change. The usual suspects reacted with what Sen. Robert C. Byrd might have called shaking their fist at the future.
    But it’s not even the future anymore. It’s the present, in more ways than one.
    First, climate change is here.

  • Doubling back on partisanship, homelessness

    Sometimes I edit myself too tightly.
    Like last week’s column, on how party politics plays itself out in some of the smaller cities around the state. I meant to expound on my point that partisan politics is often ineffective in local decision-making, but I pulled up short. As a result, I was criticized by more than one reader and would be hard-pressed to plug all the holes they punched in my arguments.

  • Parade was a great show of horsemanship

    It didn’t quite rain on the parade! Oh, no-how could it? And of course, it wouldn’t rain on more than 200 horses, quite a few carriages, wagons and buggies, plus honored guests and flag bearers.
    Our railroad roundhouse (where the Santa Fe railroad used to service its huge steam engines) yard was the perfect place to start off this parade. The horses just didn’t show up there. A few were actually ridden to that location, but at least 90 percent of them were trailered in, as were the wagons and buggies.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - August 7, 2015

    At the risk of being redundant, we once again tip our hats to Ron and Elaine Querry for the work they put into making the Cowboys Reunion Centennial Celebration a wonderful event. Throngs of people lined the streets for the parade, and the rodeo drew a capacity crowd. We hope the reunion parade and rodeo are held again next year. Cowboys Reunion and Heritage Week events continue through this weekend.