Week of Friday May 24, 2013

 

Up Local high school seniors graduate. The ceremony marks the end of one chapter in their lives, but the opening of new opportunities for those graduating seniors. Congratulations seniors and good luck in your future endeavors.


Down With funding cuts at the federal and state level, local social service agencies look to local governments for assistance. These agencies provide vital services to those in need in our communities. During tough economic times the needs increase, making budget cuts all the more devastating. If you are able, please give to those agencies that need financial support to continue their good works.


Up Local student-athletes shine in state competitions. Piedra Vista Softball wins 8th consecutive championship. Aztec girls track wins first team title in school history. PV boys crowned 4-A track champions, which was the first state championship for a Farmington school in that sport. In track alone San Juan County athletes win 23 individual titles in 4A and 3A meets. Congratulations to all student-athletes on a great season.


Down Former Governor Carruthers tells state legislators that New Mexico is the only Western state not showing signs of economic recovery. He projects that job recovery to pre-recession levels will not occur until 2019. We hope he is wrong and that leaders in San Juan County will find ways to reverse the trend here in 2013.


Up Project 550, an enforcement program aimed at reducing drunken driving accidents has had a favorable impact. This grant-funded effort increased the number and frequency of patrols on the much-traveled stretch of highway between Bloomfield and Cuba. The project started after six fatal crashes occurred from November 2011 to New Year's Day 2012. Unfortunately, the funding only is scheduled through September.

 

Down Former Aztec mayor Michael Arnold dies in plane crash. Arnold died when his single-engine craft crashed during takeoff. He was an avid supporter of Aztec and the Four Corners area.

 

Down Two days of tornadoes rip through Oklahoma. The most devastating tornado leveled neighborhoods and schools in Moore, Okla. Such storms are a common occurrence in that area of the county, which led to advance warning systems that likely saved many lives. Our thoughts and prayers go to those affected by the recent storms.

 

Up As we have come to expect, local groups and organizations reacted quickly with efforts to collect and send aid to Oklahoma. Generous donations from San Juan County will help in the transition for people left homeless by the storms.