Today's Opinions

  • Nuestra Historia - Las Vegas before the A.T.&S.F.

    Las Vegas prospered for almost a half century before the railroad arrived in 1879.

    During that short span beginning in 1835, our town saw expansive growth and change.  Because of its prime location along the Santa Fe Trail, Las Vegas experienced more bustle and flurry than any other place in New Mexico.    

    In the 50 years before the railroad, our town witnessed first-hand the major transformative developments of the time, and more than any other place in New Mexico, Las Vegas was at the crossroads of history.

  • Guest Perspective: A memory of wind, smoke and fire

    By Frances Levine

    Four times in my New Mexico life I’ve smelled the acrid smoke, scanned the roiling skies, and waited anxiously for summer monsoons to quell fires on the Pajarito Plateau.

    The first time  — the summer of 1977 — seared my deepest memories of the damage wildfires can do and how dangerous and strategic the work of fire crews must be.

  • EDC must step up

    The Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation would be teetering on dissolution were it not for a handful of people determined to keep it afloat. They’ve got their work cut out for them.

    Last week, Matt Martinez, chairman of the EDC, and Lavinia Fenzi, interim executive director, attended a San Miguel County Commission meeting to ask for $10,000 for the agency. What they got was $5,000 and some pointed remarks about the effectiveness of its work.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 6, 2011
  • Work of Art: Same stuff, different day

    “You guys keep printing the same news, and you even copy from each other.” There isn’t a newsperson alive who hasn’t needed to refute these charges.

    Most of us have experienced that this-sounds-familiar phenomenon either when reading the paper or listening to the news:  the same word order, the same chronology.

  • The better side of the U.S.A.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 4, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Independent Las Vegas

    Forgive me if I’m being presumptuous, but I just can’t help feeling part of this town’s historical identity, and I’m here to say that Las Vegas is a great place to celebrate the Fourth of July.     

    You want patriotism? We’ve got it in droves. Las Vegas has always provided more than its fair share of fighters of our wars, believers in our causes, and doers for our ideals. We’ve got veterans and peaceniks, each of them standing for what they love about our country, sometimes standing as one and the same.