• Dispatch New Mexico- Border concerns cause stir

    There aren’t a lot of people living in the southwestern corner of the state that borders Arizona and Mexico, known as New Mexico’s Bootheel. But that didn’t stop hundreds of area residents from finding their way to Animas earlier this month for a meeting about border security.

    Area newspapers reported that more than 600 people turned out for the meeting. And they sent this “resounding message,” according to the Hidalgo County Herald: “The border is not safe, despite what you may have heard otherwise.”

  • A work of Art: Reactions to panhandling item

    As I answered the phone three evenings ago, I detected a bit of hesitation on the caller’s part.

    She and I had worked in the same building at Highlands for years, until my retirement in 2000. The message came haltingly: “I hope you don’t resent me for this, but I disagree with you and need to get this off my mind.”

  • A work of Art: Overwhelmed by panhandlers

    Somebody needs to stop me. My modest generosity is going to get me into trouble.

    If “modest generosity” seems like a contradiction of terms, I apologize. What I’m trying to get across is that I’m an easy touch, but apparently my touching doesn’t do a whale of a lot of good.

    Let me explain:

  • Another Perspective: Hospital wants to restore OB services

    No hospital ever wants to close a service, temporarily or not.

     Alta Vista Regional Hospital is proud to care for our community. We are disappointed to suspend obstetric services. At this time it is not in our patients’ or community’s best interest to continue an OB program without consistent coverage.

  • Just a Thought - Stop telling me it is all about the nail

    Rats, garbage, nails, roots ... what do these all have in common? In our day-to-day lives, we encounter each of these routinely.

    I was at a conference recently in Baltimore and the speaker told us the story of a lady with a nail in her forehead. It is a popular video on You Tube. As the speaker explained the concept behind the nail in the forehead, it struck home with me and the world we live in.

  • Another Perspective: Acequias ask city to settle long-running water case

    Editor’s note: The following statement was presented to the City Council on Wednesday on behalf the Rio Gallinas acequia members. The city and acequias have been battling in court over water, and the acequias are urging the city to settle the cases.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: One family tradition is missing, but there are plenty of others

    My readers know I enjoy New Mexico history, and I must say I discover history treasures in unsuspecting places here, just when I’m looking for something else. Such was the case when my nephew, Shane asked me to locate an old photograph of his uncle Jim.

  • Dispatch New Mexico-Wrapping the legislative session in signings and vetoes

    March 9 was a deadline for Gov. Susana Martinez. That was her last day to either sign into law measures passed in the recently adjourned legislative session or kill them off with a veto.

    According to nmpoliticalreport.com, 101 bills were passed during the session that ended a month ago. Among the meatier measures to make it to the governor’s desk for her signature:

    • A $6.4 billion state budget, trimmed down because of a serious drop in oil and gas tax revenues.

  • A work of Art: Please give us more D.S.T.

    Let’s prepare for several months of lasting daylight, a time for enjoyment. Even at my age, I plan to find out how far I can knock a ball.

    I’ve been practicing with our foreign exchange students, Phaedra Wouters and Ana Granado, now members of the West Las Vegas softball team. And though it’s fun, chasing fly balls that sail over my head gets a bit exhausting.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Lighten up: It’s that time of year

    Remember to turn your clocks ahead this weekend. So you can spring forward.

    Walking up the sidewalk, I see little blue flowers winking at me, and forsythia branches peeking through the fence. Sure, we may have another snowfall, but hopefully these buds will survive. More sunshine streaming through our windows late in the day. The downside? Dust on the counters and fluff balls in the corners will be more obvious. Yup, it’s time for spring cleaning.