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Today's Opinions

  • Preparing for wildfire season

    As we enter the 2012 New Mexico wildfire season — one that could be as devastating as last year’s, the most severe on record — it’s important for landowners in the Gallinas and neighboring watersheds to understand that, while the state has jurisdiction over fire suppression on private lands, no public agency has jurisdiction over or responsibility for post-wildfire rehabilitation work on private lands.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - March 23, 2012

    THUMBS UP! BACK TO MAKING FILMS. After a revamping of the city’s film ordinance, which regulates what filmmakers can and can’t do in Las Vegas, crews are back in town. Over the past few days crews have been busy transforming Bridge Street façades for a CBS pilot about Ralph Lamb, a larger-than-life Las Vegas, Nev., sheriff from the 1960s and ‘70s. Shooting is planned for April 3-4 and, meanwhile, some good old-fashion money is being spent here in the original Vegas.

  • Nuestra Historia - Founders met to draft state’s constitution

    It had been 60 long years since New Mexico became an American territory, following four years of U.S. military occupation after Kearny’s invasion in 1846. On June 20, 1910, at 1:40 p.m., with the stroke of his pen, President Taft enabled New Mexico to become the 47th American state.

  • Nuestra Historia - Founders met to draft state’s constitution

    It had been 60 long years since New Mexico became an American territory, following four years of U.S. military occupation after Kearny’s invasion in 1846. On June 20, 1910, at 1:40 p.m., with the stroke of his pen, President Taft enabled New Mexico to become the 47th American state.

  • Tethering law unfair, unnecessary

    OK, we own three large dogs. They indeed are “tethered” in our yard. One is near our fence, one near the front door, which reaches to the door to prevent intruders; the other in the back next to the back door, which also reaches the door. They are all very friendly dogs but will bite, and not just bark, when needed.

  • Excellent care at Alta Vista

    First I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to Percyne Gardner and family on their terrible loss. In response to her letter of Feb. 27, I would like to express my satisfaction with some excellent care I received at Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

    In the early morning hours of Jan. 28 my husband took me to the ER. I was experiencing severe abdominal pain, and ER Dr. Luchini quickly recognized that what was going on was not normal. She immediately ordered an X-ray, CT Scan and blood work. She then notified the surgeon, Dr. Mario Leyba.

  • Local elections too complicated

    I just got home from voting in the local election and I cannot believe how elections are run in the state of New Mexico. This is only my third election here. In the first election four years ago, I cast an early ballot. Two years ago I voted at the Union Street School and I made the assumption that was my voting location and the ward I was assigned to.     

  • Fracking ban only option

    The oil and natural gas lobby has succeeded in its goal to prevent an oil and gas drilling ordinance for San Miguel County that likely would not have been in their favor.