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Columns

  • Richie Cole helps launch Las Vegas ‘music ops’

    Get out your dancing shoes and your swing skirt. Richie Cole is heading back to Las Vegas. A year ago, he and his Alto Madness Band played to a sold-out crowd.

    As Bill Anderle testified, “There was a lilt in the audience. We were all transported into a joyful event which swept away the trials and tribulations of the last couple of months.”

    Local artist, photographer and sax player Bob Henssler was sure he’d heard Cole before. In the late 1960’s when Bob was in the Marines, he would head to the Boston USO when he was at liberty.

  • A snapshot of D.C. while touring with family

    I’m not sure how Tuesday’s primary elections turned out because I’m writing this the weekend before, so why don’t I tell you about my recent vacation to the nation’s capital?

    OK, now that I’ve lost half my audience, I’ll write for the families out there, including my own, who tend to tolerate self-indulgence more than your average newspaper reader is willing to put up with.

  • Ditching with impunity

    Maybe it’s my longing for moisture amid dire drought conditions for the long term. Maybe it’s simply that the smattering of tiny raindrops a few days ago made me yearn for the rainier seasons.

    But here it is: June, and that makes me wonder why Mother Nature failed to bring February bowers, April showers or May flowers.
    Even the March winds, virtually guaranteed each year,  let us down.

    We can store much of the recent moisture in a thimble. I admit, however, that Sunday’s rainfall was welcome.

  • What is it that breaks your heart?

    By Rick Kraft

    What gets your emotions going? What is it that you can not look the other way from? What causes you to stop your world and feel passionate about?

    Humans are emotional animals. That is the way God made us. We ride up and down on a roller coaster of emotions in our daily lives.
    We may wake up in the morning happy that it is a weekend, stressed because of something at work, concerned about a family issue, angry because of a tragedy in national news, or disappointed over something bad that happened yesterday.

  • Helping the oil and gas industry frack Mora County

    By John Olivas

    In her latest missive about the state of affairs in Mora County (“Protecting Mora County from Fracking,” May 17, 2018), Commissioner Paula Garcia again attempts to rewrite history around efforts by residents to stop oil and gas drilling in Mora County.

    As the Chairman of the Mora County Commissioners during the time period about which she writes, however, my vantage point is much different.

  • Three primary races set the stage

    Here we are, on the eve of New Mexico’s primary elections, which will set the stage for November’s general election.

    There are races galore around our state, from local county races to the titanic contests for the top, and soon we’ll be able to analyze the partisan moods of the electorate by the collective decisions made.

  • Ice cream overdoses remembered

    Walking around my childhood neighborhood haunts, as I did this week, stirred up many memories, not all of the pleasant. Or not all ending pleasantly.

    I realize some readers may wish I’d get off the kick about my childhood, but just recently something has happened to help me focus even more on the days of yore.

    Let me explain:

  • The ultimate sacrifice for our country

    By Rick Kraft

    What more valuable do you have to give than your life? What would you allow your child to risk his or her life for? There are some things in this world that really cause me to struggle emotionally. One will be recognized tomorrow.

    Memorial Day is a Federal holiday to remember the people who died while serving in our country’s armed forces. It came into existence by Federal law in 1967 and was set to occur on the last Monday in May by Congress in 1968. Over one million men and women have given their lives for our country.

  • Yes, absolutely, Girls Can! in Las Vegas

    By Beth Urech

    When you were 10, did you know what you wanted to be when you grew up? Now, 117 fifth graders have a clearer idea of the possibilities awaiting them, thanks to Girls Can! sponsored by American Association of University Women.

    On May 17, school buses poured out both smiling and shy looking girls from Sapello, Union, Sierra Vista, Don Cecilio, Mike Mateo Sena, Tony Serna and Valley schools.

  • Do Palestinian lives matter?

    By Bob Pearson

    As of May 17, the Israeli Defense Forces, operating at the 1949 armistice line between Israel and Gaza, have killed over 100 Palestinians and injured many thousands.

    This was the Israeli response to largely nonviolent protests marking the 50th anniversary of the Nakba, the “catastrophe,” when Palestinians were driven from their homes and land.  

    The demonstrations also protested the intolerable living conditions imposed by Israel’s blockade for the last 11 years.