Today's Opinions

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news`

    THUMBS DOWN! STILL BURNING ... Last week in this space we decried the wildfires burning in Arizona, Colorado and here in New Mexico, then, the next day, another one broke out even closer to home. The Pacheco Canyon fire just north of Santa Fe — and not too many miles west of Las Vegas — spread quickly, billowing smoke across the Santa Fe National Forest. By Monday morning, you could smell it in the Las Vegas air.

  • Nuestra Historia - Placitas grew with Las Vegas

    Soon after its founding in 1835, other settlements flourished around Las Vegas, the earliest of these along the Gallinas River south and east of our town.

    These placitas were self-sustaining villages and hamlets, whose early settlers farmed and ranched, many irrigating off the Gallinas River. Most had their own church and cemetery, many of which still exist, and several boasted a general store and, in later years, a post office.  

  • Orgullo del Norte - The Great Depression, traditions and culture

    “Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around.”
    — G. K. Chesterton

    The stock market crashed on Oct. 29, 1929. This day became known as Black Tuesday. Wall Street executives and bankers were jumping to their deaths as the masses were being stripped of their savings.

  • Editorial Roundup

    Loveland (Colo.) Reporter-Herald on that state’s water law (June 18) — Colorado water law is well known for being idiosyncratic. Who can use what water, and when, confounds even the most experienced attorneys, sometimes.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 24, 2011
  • Curmudgeon, yes, but not always

    Las Vegas did indeed lose a local legend with the death of Robert Jones on May 25.
    Mr. Jones often presented a very gruff exterior, but those who could get past that knew one of the most kind-hearted, loyal and generous friends anyone could ever ask for.

  • Prepare for, and prevent, fires

    The current fires burning across the country, and in particular those in our state and adjacent counties are bound to have everyone on edge. For this reason I found it important to share a scary situation we had in the neighborhood recently.

    At approximately 7 p.m., a police car sped by on East National Avenue, and soon after came a fire truck. From my front porch I saw black smoke rising which seemed to be coming from two blocks away under the University Avenue Bridge exit from I-25.

  • No fireworks for the holiday

    Let’s see if I understand this. Fireworks are banned in San Miguel County, but people can set them off in Las Vegas?

    Walk around town. Everyone has yards full of dead grass and weeds. The trees are half dead and dried out. The town is a tinderbox.  

    The people of Luna, Carlsbad, Raton, and now Santa Fe are, or have been, living with the fear of losing their homes to fire.

    But, no doubt because of the precious fiestas, we are going to let people in Las Vegas play with fireworks this July?