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Today's Opinions

  • Another Perspective - City, acequias still wrestling over water rights

    Historically, there has been a thriving agricultural community in and around Las Vegas, based on the acequias — which can be understood as both physical structures to deliver water and communities of people with a proud tradition.

    In the 1950s, the New Mexico Supreme Court gave the City of Las Vegas the right to take as much water as it needed from the Gallinas River under the so-called Pueblo Water Rights Doctrine. Using this decision, the city gradually increased the amount of water it diverted from the river until it was sometimes taking all the water available.

  • A wedge issue?

    It’s been mentioned though not emphasized, but a recent West Las Vegas School Board meeting suggests that it’s already creating some friction between the Meadow City’s two school districts. We’re talking about the east side’s new four-day school week, and how it’s going to go over on the west side.

  • Editorial Cartoon - August 22, 2012
  • Work of Art - A psshh-ing expedition

    “Let’s go over that again, Phillip, and this time, try to get rid of the excessive tire pressure.”

    That was part of a bit of coaching I once did as a teacher of beginning speech in high school and college. My 33 years of teaching that subject yielded some interesting trivia.

    First, I learned that students in this area have peculiar speech mannerisms. How many times have you heard it said that people in Las Vegas specifically, and northern New Mexico generally, have their own style of talking?

    Let me explain:

  • Back to school

    Today’s the day — the first day of school for thousands of students in Las Vegas. East, West, Highlands and Luna all have classes starting today for the 2012-13 school year.

    Welcome back, everyone. We hope it’s a great year for all of you.

  • Editorial Cartoon - August 20, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Good educators and ideas

    Call me the hard sell. I don’t think East’s four-day school week is going to improve teaching methods or better prepare students for the larger world, and it’s going to take more than a spin doctoring to change my mind.

    Nevertheless, the four-day schedule is now in place, and I wish students, teachers and administrators the best in the 2012-2013 school year.

  • Mil Gracias - August 20, 2012

    The San Miguel County/City of Las Vegas Office of Emergency Management would like to thank the planners and all the participants in the Transportation and Hazardous Material Response Exercise held Aug. 2.