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By Optic Editorial Board

THUMBS DOWN! TRAGEDIES ON OUR STREETS. On Friday, a Mora resident lost his life in a two-vehicle collision at Grand and Lincoln avenues. The driver of the vehicle he was in, who was injured in the crash, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Reportedly, he ran a stop sign directly into the path of a southbound pickup truck, injuring two others in the process.

That same day, a familiar pair on our city streets were struck by a car.

Adam and Christina Armijo could often be seen around Las Vegas, with son Adam pushing the wheelchair his mother Christina was in. But that came to an end when Adam was killed and Christina hospitalized after being hit on Williams Drive by a car driven by a young man who, police have indicated, did nothing wrong.

The alleged DWI-related crash makes us shake our heads in wonder — when will drunken drivers ever learn?

As for the Armijos, we are saddened deeply by the loss. The death of a dedicated son is tragic enough, but we must also mourn for the mother, who’s suffering has just begun.

THUMBS UP! HONORING AN HONORABLE MAN. Highlands University regents voted last week to name the gymnasium floor in the Wilson Center after the legendary coach and former Las Vegas mayor, Henry O. Sanchez. During his long and accomplished coaching career in New Mexico, Sanchez served as Highlands’ head basketball coach from 1983 to 1996.

Sanchez died last September of an apparent heart attack, at the too-young age of 74. The regents’ dedication is a fitting tribute to an honorable man.

THUMBS UP! BIG EVENT COMING. The Sanchez-named gym floor will be the stage for more than some great basketball games this year as the university is planning a President’s Gala to raise “Dollars for Scholars” on April 21. Dozens of Las Vegas and area residents, Highlands loyalists all, have been working for months to organize the “purple tie affair” in an effort to raise $250,000 for student scholarships.

Included in the event will be a roast and toast of Jim Fries, now in his fifth year as the university’s president. The gala promises to be fun for all who attend.

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AND WE QUOTE

“My No. 1 responsibility, above everything else, is to protect the assets of the city of Las Vegas. ... This is one of the issues where I’m going to have to make a decision and it may not be the politically popular decision to make.”
— Las Vegas City Manager Timothy Dodge, on his looming decision as to whether the city should move forward with a lawsuit to determine the validity of the new charter, which was approved by 56 percent of the voters in 2010.