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By The Staff

UP thumb ... WINDS OF INVOLVEMENT. Dozens of Bernal- and Valley-area residents attended the San Miguel County Commission meeting this week to express their concern with plans to build a wind farm near their homes. They want a county regulatory ordinance strengthened to push the turbines back further from residential properties.

County Manager Lee Montoya recommended that county staff meet with residents and come up with a solution — a move we think is wise and we hope will benefit all involved.

(And after you help resolve this issue, Mr. Montoya, maybe you can go over to City Hall for a while to help address the staffing crisis over there.)

UP thumb ... STEPPING UP. Four school board positions — two in each district — are up for election in February, and Tuesday was the filing day for those seeking to run. And run they will — a grand total of 13 candidates, including three incumbents — threw their hats into the ring, assuring East and West school district patrons of a good mix of candidates from which to choose.

It’s good to see such interest in these important positions. May the best one’s win on Feb. 3.

DOWN thumb ... HEALTH ISSUE. Chris Ruge, a nurse practitioner with El Centro Family Clinic, came by the other day to inform the community that New Mexico has the highest per capita rate of Hepatitis C infections in the country, while the Meadow City has one of the state’s highest concentrations of victims. Las Vegas, Albuquerque and Española are the state hotspots for Hep C, he said.

The disease, which can be spread through blood transfusions or organ transplants, and through illegal IV drug use, causes liver problems — but it’s treatable. El Centro is working to address the problem here, by participating in a statewide effort to identify and treat Hep C patients.

AND WE QUOTE

There’s 1,000 things the mayor wants to get done. It’s very difficult to get him to focus. … I still believe in what he’s trying to do. He’s extremely honest. He micromanages a lot. There can’t be two city managers.”

— Sharon Caballero, in discussing her resignation as Las Vegas city manager.