Thursday, January 21, 2010

EDITORIAL: A Pledge For More Coverage In The Catron County Area

By John Severance

RESERVE – I like to keep my eyes on the road but it’s almost impossible not to gaze at the magnificent scenery while driving through Catron County.
Wide-open spaces, spectacular views and magnificent landscape are constants.
It’s amazing I didn’t wreck the car.
It’s been said that longtime Catron County residents do not care much for outsiders.
I know I am one. But that is OK.
My job is to make sure the Mountain Mail remains the No. 1 news source for Catron County residents.
With our fine contributors, we do a good job of covering Catron County.
But I want to make it better.
I want to delve into the issues that Reserve, Glenwood, Pie Town, Datil and Quemado residents deal with everyday.
Our plan each month is to have a Catron County edition on the first week of each month.
On my recent trip to Reserve, I got an earful from residents, saying how much they missed us but they also said we are not doing enough in our coverage of the area.
I agree.
We need to find out what’s happening with the downtown improvements in Reserve.
We need to find out more about the garbage situation and how it’s going to get shipped off to Arizona after a nearby landfill closes down. We need to find out what’s going on in the areas of the county.
But that is where we need your help.
If you have any story or photo ideas, feel free to email me at or call 575 838-5555.
We also can not do all of this without the support of the businesses in Catron County as well. Call the newspaper and we will work with you.
Cheeseburgers and Basketball
A trip to Reserve, though, would not be complete without doing a couple of things.
I had one of those famous green chili cheeseburgers at Ella’s Café on Main Street. It was fabulous.
And on the day I went, it was the first day of the Mountaineer Invitational and it was nice to see both Reserve basketball teams score resounding victories.
The girls team ended up third in the tournament, which meant it picked up two wins on the weekend.
And the boys team improved to 13-1 as it cruised to the championship title.
The Mountain Mail offers its condolences to the families of Sam Way and Rigoberto Chavez.

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