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Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art - ‘Officer, it’s water, not beer’

    The commotion lasted half a Saturday morning, taking place almost directly in front of my house on Railroad Avenue, otherwise known as El Barrio.

    It was back in the ‘50s, on a summer morning when several of us spotted a shirtless neighbor, Tommy, driving while guzzling a can of Coors.

  • Drilling and fracking

    It’s significant when a top official in state government comes to town to sing the praises of the oil and gas industry. Jon Barela, state Economic Development secretary in Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration, was unequivocal in his support for the industry and his belief that it would help San Miguel County and its economy.

  • Editorial Cartoon - August 27, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Listing our water needs

    Two weeks ago in this space, I told you about a couple of watershed tours I took with several others. The New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute organized a tour of the Gallinas Canyon watershed, where Las Vegas gets nearly all its water, and a second-day excursion to Raton, where we toured that city’s watershed, which burned a year ago.

  • Mil Gracias - August 27, 2012

    I tried to write this letter several times, but struggled to find the right words to use to express our thanks to everyone involved in the Samaritan House Inc. Kiss A Pig fundraiser. To just say “thank you” did not seem to be enough to reflect the awe-inspiring feeling we had, seeing what so many community members from Las Vegas and surrounding areas were doing to help Samaritan House Inc.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - August 24, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! AT IT AGAIN. Once again, Mora Independent School District Superintendent Thomas Garcia has stirred up a hornets nest, this time by taking action against the district’s music teacher Joaquin Maestas-Manuel, by suspending him for six weeks for vague reasons. The action has outraged parents, who consider this a personal vindetta rather than a legitimate problem.
    The real victims here, of course, are the students who are starting out the school year with a substitute teacher overseeing the watching of DVDs and other mindless classroom activities.

  • Editorial Cartoon - August 24, 2012
  • Barela’s visit raises questions

    Economic Development Secretary John Barela’s statement “that drilling could create jobs” begs several questions.  

    First, there is not a single mention of the fracking problems experienced in San Juan county; the San Miguel County Oil and Gas Task Force should visit Farmington.

    Second, the employment figure of 80,000 in New Mexico is awesome on paper, but what skill levels and how many in San Miguel County would actually be hired?

    Third, how many people in San Miguel County have the experience to be hired at $30 an hour?