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By Optic Editorial Board

THUMBS DOWNS! UNACCEPTABLE. It’s probably no surprise to anyone who has repeatedly been to the Las Vegas transfer station that the city would be cited for deficiencies there. More often than not it’s been a mess — unnecessarily so, even for a transfer station.  

Among the problems found recently by Environment Department officials were an unsanitary recycling area, loose litter on the property, failure to have a certified operator on site, and a number of records violations.

THUMBS UP! IMMEDIATE IMPROVEMENTS. About a week after the citations were issued for the transfer station, city officials responded, and by the looks of things these days, they put some real effort behind their words. It’s looking much better.
It’s good to see the city taking the violations seriously and acting decisively to correct them. Please, stick with it.

THUMBS DOWN! DANGEROUS BEHAVIOR. It’s bad enough to be drinking and driving, as police say Patricia Tafoya of Holman was doing last week. But to be doing it with two little children in the vehicle — that’s much, much worse.

The two children were released to the suspect’s father as Tafoya was being arrested and booked into the San Miguel County jail. It’s her third DWI charge. We hope it’s enough of a wake-up call that she’ll make it her last.

THUMBS UP! CRACKING DOWN. People who ply their wares door to door in Las Vegas need to go through the proper channels to demonstrate their legitimacy. Mayor Alfonso Ortiz recently signed an executive order directing police and other city employees to enforce the city’s law requiring that door-to-door salespeople be licensed, bonded and run through a background check. What’s more, people with criminal convictions cannot be granted the city license, according to the order.

We’re glad to see city officials cracking down on peddlers trying to sell products or services to local residents. If this type of activity is going to be permitted, it needs to be tightly controlled.

THUMBS UP! WORKED AS IT SHOULD HAVE. A fire broke out last week inside Conner Hall at Highlands University, and was contained to a single room thanks to the building’s sprinkler system. No one was injured in the blaze, though 11 students had to be moved to another dorm because of water damage.

It’s reassuring that the fire  suppression system worked as well as it did, thereby averting what could have been a much more serious situation.

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“It is my conclusion at this time that this explosion and subsequent fire was accidental in nature and resulted when the main gas line began leaking outside the residence.”
— Dan Wright, investigator for the State Fire Marshal, in his conclusion as to the cause of a house fire at 1925 Church St. on Feb. 9.