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Editorials

  • The system worked right

    State Land Commissioner Ray Powell did the right thing by reversing a land swap that his predecessor, Patrick Lyons, had arranged. Powell has effectively returned White Peak in Colfax and Mora counties to the people — where it rightly belongs.

    In 2009, Lyons negotiated an agreement to swap 7,205 acres of state trust land at White Peak for 3,330 acres of ranch land. The exchange was one of four proposed by the State Land Office under Lyons that would have traded 14,000 acres of public land for 9,600 acres owned by White Peak ranches.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! COMMUNITY TRAGEDIES. Two homicides in as many days can really shake up a small town. Joseph H. Hernandez, 45, and Sherry Anne Clancy, 61, were killed in separate incidents only a few days ago. Two men, Richard Vigil, 47, and John Brito, 44, also of Las Vegas, face charges related to Hernandez’s death, while Clancy’s housemate, 52-year-old Tamara Smith, is charged in her death.

    All of these people — the victims as well as the suspects — resided in Las Vegas.

  • PED’s big mistake

    Last year, New Mexico school districts were facing an across-the-board cut of more than 3 percent when then-Gov. Bill Richardson decided he didn’t want it to happen on his watch. So he used some stimulus money as a band-aid and passed the bleeding on to the new governor.

    Then came the Susana Martinez administration, ready to take on the state budget by cutting but not taxing. So when public education cuts came in at about 1.5 percent, everyone breathed a sigh of relief.

    It was too good to be true.

  • Opening the school coffers

    Among the education bills that Gov. Susana Martinez signed into law last week is one aimed at increasing transparency in the state’s public school districts, by requiring that certain financial information on districts and charter schools be posted on the relatively new Sunshine Portal (located at www.sunshineportalnm.com/).

    Moreover, she gave a great reason why it’s such an important move.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! FIRST THIS YEAR. A Las Vegas woman was charged with an open count of murder in last week’s stabbing death of her husband. Police say Suzanne Aguilar, 45, called 911 about a domestic violence incident in progress last Friday morning, and admitted stabbing Michael Martinez, 48, who died at the home on Salazar Street.

  • Paying for city water

    Harry S. Truman once said, “I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.” That might apply to Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz’s declaration that the city may have to jack up its water rates to pay for the necessities of its system.

    Here are some hard truths:

  • East’s fiscal mistakes

    We thought the first big test of the new Las Vegas City Schools board members would be the hiring of the next superintendent. We were wrong. The first big test is in how the school board is going to handle the latest news that the district is two years behind on its audits.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! FREE FLICKS. It’s not just a passing contribution to community life, Highlands University has been offering free movies at Ilfeld Auditorium for couple of years now. It’s just that the Optic has finally gotten around to featuring it on the front page of our paper. It’s about time we gave it a big thumbs up, too.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 23, 2011
  • The city and the acequias

    Remember when the Las Vegas Community Water Board was formed a few years ago? One of the reasons given for its need was that the varying interests needed to resolve their differences without lawyers, and a non-governmental entity would be more likely to accomplish that.

    To that end, give the water board credit for its role in resolving the differences between the city and the Storrie Lake Water Users Association. A mutually beneficial agreement was reached in 2009.