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Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 4, 2014

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By Optic Editorial Board

THUMBS UP! WELCOMING LOCAL KIDS
One of the great things about United World College-USA is that it encourages its students to become a part of the Las Vegas community through such activities as volunteering at soup kitchens and even tutoring local students. Now they’re taking things a step further, opening up their campus for the first session of Camp UWC. The free camp is being held during West Las Vegas School District’s spring break, from April 14 through April 18. The camp is open to kindergarten students through eighth graders, but there are only 38 spaces available. Those interested are encouraged to apply online at www.campuwc.org

THUMBS UP! ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR
Sara Harris and everyone else who had a hand in organizing this year’s Fiesta de la Hispanidad once again did a wonderful job. Local musicians and dancers performed last Friday before a sold-out crowd at Ilfeld Auditorium. It was a great night for the performers and for the audience, and we are already looking forward to next year’s event.

THUMBS DOWN! TURMOIL AT THE CO-OP
It seems like anytime a seat on the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative Board is up for re-election, turmoil strikes. On March 25, the co-op was hit with a negligence lawsuit from property owners who are alleging that its failure to maintain its right of way resulted in the 10,000-acre Tres Lagunas Fire last May. Two days later, a power struggle ensued, in which co-op CEO and Manager Alex Romero was fired and board member Diego Quintana was removed as chairman. Both are claiming that the actions taken by the board majority violate the co-op bylaws. We don’t know who is right and who is wrong in this latest chapter, but we do know that the constant power struggles playing out are not good for the co-op, for its employees or its members.

THUMBS UP! TRYING TO IMPROVE MEALS
We applaud the Las Vegas City Schools Board for soliciting proposals for the district’s food service program. Students have complained about the food served in its school cafeterias for years, and this seems to be a good step toward addressing that.

AND WE QUOTE
“After reviewing all the investigation materials, especially the video, it is the opinion of this office that officer (Jonathan) Wright conducted himself in a justified manner. His actions, as well as the actions of the New Mexico police officers that night saved the lives of many.” — District Attorney Richard Flores, announcing that the state police shooting of wrong-way driver Albert J. Urban on Jan. 4 was justified