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By Optic Editorial Board

THUMBS UP! CARS BACK ON THE LOT. It’s good to see the old Enchantment car lot at Seventh and Mountain View being used again.

Lithia has opened up a late-model used car sales operation at that location, as well as a full service department, with hopes it can establish a new-car dealership there within the year. Here’s hoping for great success.

Now, if we could just get the old Bull Rush across the street reopened as something ...

THUMBS UP! LEARNING POLICE WORK. We think state police officials are on to something with their new Citizens Police Academy, a seven-session course that started this week on the Highlands University campus. The free course will cover police work from several different angles and will serve as a reality check as to how real law enforcement operates. “This is a chance for the community to get to see what we can do versus what they see on TV, and to ask us first hand,” State Police Lt. Craig Martin said.

Now that’s good public relations. We hope it’s a big success.

THUMBS UP! SUCCESSFUL CAUSE. Organizers of the annual CROP Walk at the United World College, which raises money to fight hunger both locally and abroad, staged another successful event last October.

Karyl Lyne recently reported in an e-mail that 150 walkers helped raise $8,641 last year — a little down from the previous year but still a good amount — and plans are already being made for this year’s event.

THUMBS UP! INFORMING THE CANDIDATES. Las Vegas City Manager Timothy Dodge is on to something  by holding informational meetings for the 16 municipal candidates this year. Three meetings are intended to clue them in on the inner workings of City Hall before they get into office.

The Optic has scheduled two candidate forums — on Feb. 13 for council candidates and Feb. 20 for mayoral candidates, both beginning at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Middle School auditorium. Dodge’s informational meetings should help create more informed candidate responses to the questions posed.

THUMBS DOWN! WHERE’D THE WINTER GO? The groundhog said Thursday we’ll have six more weeks of winter, but we’ve barely had any such weather so far. Please, Mother Nature, give us some real winter weather. We need the snowpack.

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“I was getting teased a lot (in public school). I like this school a lot. I was freaked out when I found out the school was going to close. I don’t want it to close.”

— Vanessa Quintana, 14, a student at the Las Vegas Christian Academy, which may have to close at the end of this school if sufficient funds aren’t raised.