thumb UP for ... AN EXTENSIVE RESUME. Roberto Rios starts Monday as the new executive director for the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corp. His resume in economic development and business goes back more than three decades, having held high-level positions in promoting development in both New Mexico and Arizona. He has quite an impressive resume, and we’re glad that he’s chosen Las Vegas as his next challenge.
thumb DOWN for ... ANOTHER BLOW. One of the first challenges for Roberto Rios, the new local economic development director, will be the shutdown of the Results-Las Vegas call center, which means the loss of dozens of jobs in our community. Results’ parent company hopes the closure is only temporary, and it promises to seek new clients. We hope the doors are reopened very soon.
thumb UP for ... ALL HAIL, THE POWER OF THE WEATHER. Was that a hailstorm, or what? Especially in the Old Town and New Town commercial districts, where the marble-sized pellets kept falling for a good hour, dumping up to five inches of hail in certain places.
It was quite a sight to see, and it’s always good to have additional moisture, but there was some damage. But fortunately, it appears that no one got hurt, so we all survived the power of Mother Nature.
thumb UP for ... BEING FIT FOR OFFICE. And the winner of the Mayor’s 90-Day Fitness Challenge is ... the mayor. Tony Marquez lost 17 pounds and 3 percent of his body fat to be the undisputed winner of his own challenge. “I didn’t want to be the mayor to issue a challenge and not lose any weight,” Marquez said.
To his credit, the mayor declined the prizes that come with first place, deferring them to second-place finisher Cristina Gonzales, who shed 11 pounds and 3.5 percent body fat. In all, 106 people joined the challenge in February, with about a quarter of them making it to the final weigh-in last week. Overall it was a great program and a good effort — and the mayor led by example.
thumb DOWN ... BEING UNDERSTAFFED. Last week, the Las Vegas Tree Board chair, John Spencer, told the City Council that the city’s parks department is seriously understaffed. Spencer said the city has two full-time parks employees to take care of 38 sites. Compare that to Alamogordo, which has 17 full-timers maintaining 26 locations, and Taos, with six full-time workers for eight parks.
Clearly, this is something that needs to be addressed. Our green space needs to be well-kept space, and we hope City Manager Timothy Dodge can make good on his comment that the parks department will getting a big increase in funds.
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AND WE QUOTE
“He’s an angel.” — Robertson High School graduate Nicole Gutierrez on the school’s assistant principal and acting principal, Eddie King, whom she credited with giving her the confidence to finish school.