• Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, July 5, 2019

    THUMBS UP: ATTORNEY GENERAL TAKES A STEP TOWARD RESOLUTIONNo matter what the resolution ends up being with the Attorney General’s investigation into Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron, this community needs closure. For too long, the allegations and investigation has been a dark cloud over the community. Some sort of resolution one way or the other is needed. The AG took a big step toward that last week when three search warrants were issued in connection to the case, one for the mayor’s house, one for city hall and one for Marvin Salazar’s home.

  • Important part of Fiestas is missing

    As people don their favorite outfits in preparation of the 2019 Fourth of July Fiestas, an important element will be missing: The annual 10- and 5-K runs for people of all ages.

  • Open Meetings Act is more than a suggestion

    Officials with the City of Las Vegas need to understand that the Open Meetings Act is a requirement, and not merely a suggestion.

    Over the past several months, there have been several issues with various agencies in this area relating to not properly notifying the public about meetings or meeting agendas. One of the largest offenders has been the Las Vegas Planning & Zoning Board, which did not provide any specific agenda items for the executive session portion of its March 25 meeting.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, June 28, 2019


  • Medina, Romero, Chavez should resign

    There aren’t really any legitimate reasons for Luna Trustees Kenny Medina, Dan Romero and Ernie Chavez to hang around. The few solid ideas or positive products of their experiences would be missed, but LCC has a better chance of hanging on to its national accreditation without them.

    Chavez represents all that’s wrong with local politics. Even without his strange, time-wasting, frustrating interjections and obscure objections, Chavez managed to singlehandedly find ways to throw the board, and, in a few ways, the entire college’s future into jeopardy.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, June 21, 2019


    Recent employment issues by both West Las Vegas Superintendent Chris Gutierrez and Luna Community College President Rolando Rael have both illustrated a need for more transparency in personnel situations.

  • If there is wind, don’t break it

    As we approach the official June 20 last lay of spring, we’ve felt the rage of he winds that periodically torment the southwest this time of year, sometimes, to the extent of broken trees and other solid items.

    The term “breaking wind” doesn’t typically apply to stopping the wind; rather it’s a creation of the most unpleasant kind of breeze. This offensive action does not, in fact, halt or impede the wind at all — though it does tend to break up any good mood in a room or small, crowded elevator.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, June 14, 2019


    Samaritan House Executive Director George Lyon acknowledged there were some procedural errors and unusual circumstances, in terms of handling cash, that led to a recent theft of donation cash and checks. However, let’s be clear that anyone stealing from a homeless shelter is really missing several points.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, June 7, 2019


    After winning three national titles in a span of five seasons, it’s time for the only rugby club in northeastern New Mexico to get a more prominent seat at Highlands University’s table.

    Perhaps adding rugby as an official part of the athletic department budget isn’t practical yet, though that option should be part of the discussion going forward. At the very least, the club should receive more access to university resources.

  • NRA supporters, what’s your plan?

    NRA supporters, what’s your plan to help curtail violence in schools and churches?

    Our view is that it would help greatly if Congress would take action to more fully fund existing mandates for background checks and mental health care. Skyrocketing healthcare costs cannot be compounded by cutbacks to law enforcement and government agencies that are not staffed to enforce federal mandates.