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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - August 15, 2012
  • Work of Art - Cute and cuddly porkers

    Lora M. Shields, a professor after whom a science building on the Highlands University campus is named, once told a class I was in about some amazing properties of pigs and piglets.

    She said a farmer could fill a pail of milk and let the pig drink it all, then lift that same pig into the same bucket and even have a little room to spare. It took some of us a while to catch on.

  • Big-time smackdown

    Maybe you cringed at our lead headline on Friday, “‘Smack City’ smackdown.” Or, perhaps you didn’t appreciate the name given to the  multi-agency investigation into drug trafficking in Las Vegas — “Operation Smack City.” Such references stem from a disparaging nickname given in the 1970s, when the national magazine Harper’s dubbed Las Vegas “Smack City USA” because of its heroin problem back in those days.

  • Editorial Cartoon - August 13, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Touring two watersheds

    For a couple of days last week, I was a watershed tourist.            

    But not just me, of course. On Monday, about 20 Las Vegas movers and shakers took a ride into the Gallinas Canyon, stopping at various points along the way to learn from experts about the condition of the river, the woodlands and how Las Vegas collects, stores and uses the watershed’s most valuable resource.

  • Photo work has been fun

    Photographing and designing a weekly photo page for the Las Vegas Optic for the summer has been a pleasure. I was able to meet many locals and event-goers from all over town, work under deadlines in a busy press environment and improve my own skills as a photographer.

  • Mil Gracias - August 13, 2012

    You have guardian angels living in your community, Las Vegas!

    Unfortunately, I encountered a deer with my truck, on Highway 104 one evening recently. Fortunately my passenger and I were not hurt. I want to personally thank Joseph and Sonia, the good Samaritans who stopped to help, and stayed with us for several hours and helped clean up the debris from the roadside; they were so kind!

    Also, my hat is off to deputies Bernal and Nelson, for their professionalism, support and assistance with the paperwork.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - August 10, 2012

    THUMBS UP! TOO MUCH TO DO. The People’s Faire, the county fair, the theatrical productions “Over the Edge V” and Missoula’s “Beauty Lou and The Country Beast,” Heritage Week events, the Kiwanis Yard Sale to support literacy, a fund-raiser for the Robertson girls’ soccer team — and the list goes on regarding all the activities and events taking place this weekend.
    Nothing to do in Las Vegas? Get real. This weekend at least, there’s actually too much to do.