Tourism key to bringing in money

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher Lately, in an attempt to clear the mind for the night, I have been playing different games on my iPad. Getting involved in enough things and having enough debates, believe it or not, can be tiring. I know I can be strong willed, and I know I can be vocal in […]

Even regents’ seats are now contentious

Even learning is political these days. Remember when members of a university’s board of regents were supposed to approve budgets, hire (and fire) university presidents and lobby lawmakers and private donors for money? Remember when the people appointed to those jobs were supposed to maybe know a little something about education, or know about managing […]

Youths key to rural town survival

By Tom McDonald State columnist There’s a man running around, talking about small towns and whether or not they have a future. Earlier this month, he visited Raton. Given the topic, I’ll bet he gets a lot of speaking engagements. Raton is just one of thousands of small towns that are struggling, as urbanization builds […]

Family of child deserves peace after 10 years

The most heinous crime in Clovis’ history is debatable. But a schoolboy spat that ended with an innocent, sleeping child shot in the head will always be in that conversation. Almost 10 years after 10-year-old Carlos Perez was killed in his home near Dennis Chavez Park, the last of his four accused killers was convicted […]

Negative feedback most entertaining

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Last week, I was in Dallas for a routine medical appointment, so for my fifth anniversary of pecking out this column (with three or four fingers) I’m letting readers do the heavy lifting by sharing a sampling of feedback. Positive comments far outweigh the negative, but the hostile ones are […]

Many little things become big deal

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher In Portales Leadership class, we had a number put to us that opened some eyes. Randy Knudson, from the economic development organization, stated that the aquifer beneath Portales has about 13 years of life left in it based on current demands. Thirteen years. During our class discussion, questions and ideas came […]

Time government left us, time alone

We may never get back that hour of sleep we lost over the weekend to usher in daylight saving time if a bill making its way through the New Mexico legislative process is approved. It will be a small sacrifice, however, if it means we don’t have to flip-flop our clocks twice a year for […]

Papers public interest watchdogs

By Tom McDonald State columnist One of my old journalism school textbooks lays out seven “elements of news” that are worth reviewing from time to time. They are: timeliness, conflict, human interest, impact, prominence, proximity and unusualness — news elements that help newspaper editors decide what’s news and what’s not, and what should go on […]

ISC transparency bill deserves serious thought

Several lawmakers want to rein in the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, which has been a lightning rod over a controversial multimillion dollar plan it approved to divert water from the Gila River. The project has spawned a tug of war between environmentalists and others who fear the river and its wildlife will be harmed, […]

‘Twitter muscles’ flexed over PARCC

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher And so the hot topic last week was the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing that was going on in school districts. Hundreds of protests, many kids being opted out by their parents, etc., etc. Several times I heard that if you don’t pass the test […]

Legislature no place for peeves, personal issues

In every legislative session you can count on two kinds of time-wasting bills — those that make things illegal that are already crimes and those that address legislators’ personal pet peeves. There are at least two examples of the first kind of bill before the New Mexico Legislature. One would make child prostitution a felony, […]

SB 323 not in public’s best interest

By Tom McDonald State columnist Seems a good time to revisit Think New Mexico’s legislative push to bring some transparency into our state when it comes to health care costs and treatments. You may recall this nonpartisan think tank’s latest report, released last fall, about the need to give health care consumers access to the […]

Moonlighting may pay off

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist I’ve been brainstorming ways to earn supplemental income to fund the lifestyle to which I’d like to become accustomed. I’ve never been wealthy, so I’m not talking lifestyles of the rich and spoiled. For me, being extravagant is: • Marie Callender instead of Banquet; using the automatic carwash; buying a […]

Work like a knotted ball of string

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher Growing up, and even today, I have always liked to sort through knots. It requires patience, and sense of order, consistency, and a motivation to get all the way through. Every project, career opportunity, or objective I have ever taken on I have approached like a knotted ball of string, yarn, […]

Moving election date to March good for state

From the standpoint of raising New Mexico’s profile in the selection of presidential candidates, tabling a bill to move up the state’s primary elections from June to March was the wrong move. If the goal is to hold down voter turnout for state and local candidates in the Democratic and Republican primaries, keeping the status […]

Better LPC solutions found closer to home

Federal overreach hurts everyone. The Edward Snowden affair showed us how far government has gone in gathering information on all of us, endangering privacy. Because of misguided federal “No Child Left Behind” policies, teachers teach tests, and children are learning only how to pick from five options to black out a choice. Nowhere is federal […]

Drilling issues not going anywhere

By Tom McDonald State columnist Regulating oil and gas drilling in the state has taken some of interesting turns of late, and very different directions. Over the past few months, two developments in northern New Mexico occurred that could actually shift the approach local governments take in regulating the industry. The infamous Mora County ban […]

Few realize how we affect others

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist My book-of-the-month summary for February is “A Book of Reasons” by John Vernon (non-fiction, copyright 1999). After his older brother, Paul, passes away in destitute squalor, each item in his meager estate elicits historical ruminations, memories and questions by Vernon. Paul’s notebooks and diaries showed dreams, introspection and even inventions. […]

We found you, and we’re coming

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher And so step No. 1 is under way. We have found someone who is stealing our newspapers out of the rack, and then delivering them to people. I do not know for sure at this point, but I guess that those receiving newspapers from this guy are probably paying him. But […]

Local newspaper should reflect all in our community

Our newspaper upset a few people on Valentine’s Day with a story about area relationships that included a gay couple. As of Friday, seven readers had canceled their subscriptions and others had threatened to do the same because of the report. Most quoted Scripture, a few spewed vile epithets, all stated or suggested that gay […]