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HU's New President

Now that the Regents have decided who deserves the job of HU presient -- and before negotiations over salary and percs are complete -- we have a day or two to state who we think was the best candidate!

Alta Vista Charges

In the last three weeks, the Santa Fe New Mexican has run two major stories related to medical care and prices at Alta Vista Regional Hospital and in its parent company, Community Health Systems, Inc. 

The first story concerned fines of nearly $100 million assessed on the parent company to settle a variety of legal cases involving referrals for service and resulting unnecessary charges for services.  The second story involved high chargess by many hospitals in New Mexico to patients who do not have insurance.  Summaries of those stories are below.

Alta Vista Unionized

Yolanda Contreras of the Hospital Union reported on facebook this evening that the employees of Alta Vista Regional Hospital have now become unionized. The end of a long struggle!

Castaneda Buyer!

Las Vegas facebook pages are awash with the news that Allan Affeldt, the owner and restorer of Winslow Arizona's old Fred Harvey hotel, the La Posada, is in town to put down money toward buying La Castaneda here in Las Vegas.

This is seriously good news.  Nothing more available at this time.

Longmire Continues

Today's New Mexican reports that A&E's western drama "Longmire" will continue filming in New Mexico.  The series was renewed in November for a third season.  Production for the new episodes will begin in the spring.

Zero Diversion

The latest "Your Water Report" in Friday's Optic shows an average river diversion for the week as x.xx MGD. A sentence at the bottom of the week's stats says "New diversion meter is down and in for warranty repair. City did not divert." Kind of an amazing situation. So, what about the week before? Same thing.

I guess maybe it against somebody or another's regulation to divert without a meter. Or maybe the city just didn't think there was any point in bypassing the meter unless rain was expected. The footnote doesn't tell.

Flood Updates

As of noon Saturday, Sept. 14, waterflow in the Gallinas at Montezuma had dropped by 3/4 from the peak level on Friday.

Bridge Street's namesake bridge is open.

The Post office is not taking credit cards because the rain got their wireless wet.

CNN reports that 50 people took advantage of the shelter facilities provided at the Roberstson gym.


Today's Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Highlands University Athletic Director Ed Manzanares will be leaving Highlands on September 13 to become the new assistant athletic director for major gifts at the University of New Mexico.

Finals for Pecos League

Sunday, July 28 -- The Las Vegas Train Robbers lost the first game of the 2013 Pecos League finals to the Roswell Invaders tonight in Roswell 7-6.  Game 2 will be in Roswell Monday night at 7. 

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