It’s always nice when the news is good

The Village of Angel Fire has been behind on its audits for years, a fact made all the more painful in 2013 when Gov. Susana Martinez issued an executive order requiring that state capital outlay funds be granted only to municipalities whose annual financial audits were up-to-date. Today we share in Mayor Barbara Cottam’s joy — and relief — when she announced Monday (June 8) the Angel Fire audits are up to date.

Joe and Loretta, thank you for all your years of giving!

We’re not sure we can add anything more to Michelle Duregger’s article about Joe and Loretta Giglia who are retiring at the end of this school year but we felt the duo warranted a “Thumbs Up” here. After 30 years on the job they are leaving big shoes to fill for sure, both as coaches and as teachers.

Editorial: Kudos to Red River for making recycling happen

Red River Town Councilor George Woerndle make a comment during last week’s March 24 regular meeting that warmed our hearts: “the plastic bottle container is full all the time.”

Raton’s airport makes strides for Colfax County’s future

Steve Boyce, president of the Express UU Bar Ranch, Express Staffing Services and the St. James Hotel in Cimarron  gave us an update on Express Aviation Service’s (EAS) plans for Raton’s Municipal Airport. According to Boyce, since taking over Fixed Base Operations (FBO) in October, EAS has spent over $500,000 on airport improvements that include a snazzy new lounge with vibrating, heated recliners, a fleet of six new rental Suburbans, LED lights on the runway, lighted wind socks, and more.

Village needs to meet its deadlines

The Village of Angel Fire is late in getting a copy of its preliminary annual budget to the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration.

Opinion: The Sacred Navajo Language One of Sacrifice, Strength

Editor's note: Pamalita Paloma Alioto wrote, "I had an incredible experience last week at the Code Talkers event and wrote a short blog on...

Thank you and until next time

Dear Families of the Moreno Valley,

Coming together trumps headlines

This week national headlines came home to our small, close-knit communities here in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Red River teen Caleb Williams’ death provokes many emotions, but perhaps the most poignant is collective grief.

Thumbs Up: Red River Community House promotes service and selflessness

Instead of walking their dogs on the trails, hiking or mountain biking, Red River Community House staff and volunteers, locals and guests were busy. They got out their work gloves and shovels and went to work restoring the Red River Nature Trail. Their project will ensure that future generations of residents and visitors can enjoy one of the town’s treasures.

Area fires remind us to be firewise

Fire season is here. Wildfires are breaking out all around the area — the most recent a massive blaze