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Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 1, 2014

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By Optic Editorial Board

THUMBS UP! A SUCCESSFUL RALLY
The Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally has come and gone, but fortunately the economic benefits of the event will linger on. Motorcyclists spent lots of money this past weekend at local hotels and motels, restaurants, gas stations and assorted other benefits. That spending helps boost our economy. To those who spent countless hours organizing the rally, we thank you.

THUMBS UP! A WONDERFUL PERFORMANCE
We don’t quite know how they pull it off, but each year the Missoula Children’s Theatre comes into our community, and, within a week, it stages a performance using local kids. This year, the group put on a wonderful performance of “The Secret Garden.” Kudos to the group and to all the youths who brought the play to life.

THUMBS UP! TWENTY-FIVE YEARS
If you haven’t already done so, consider buying a ticket for this Saturday’s Places With a Past Tour. This is the 25th year that the Las Vegas Citizens for Historic Preservation puts on the tour, which gives people the opportunity to visit historic homes and buildings in and around our community. Among the structures on this year’s tour are the Castañeda Hotel, the Montezuma Castle and Our Lady of Sorrows Church. Tickets are available at the CCHP office on Bridge Street.

THUMBS DOWN! ANOTHER TRAGEDY
Two people died early Sunday morning in what appears to be an alcohol-related crash. Diego Martinez, 20, of Mora, and Devin Candelaria, 20, of Georgetown, Texas, died after being ejected from the vehicle they were in, in Mora County. Neither was wearing a seat belt. At the scene, state police found beer and a three-fourths empty bottle of vodka. We’ll need to wait for autopsy results to know definitively whether the driver was intoxicated. If he was, we’ll need to add these two names to the long list of people in New Mexico who have died as a result of drinking and driving.

AND WE QUOTE
“My advice for all potential applicants is to attend the board training offered, and most importantly have a serious talk with family to see if all are willing to take on this serious commitment. This is a working board, not one that one serves on to bolster your résumé.”
­— Ernesto Salazar, who resigned his seat on the East Las Vegas School Board, on his replacement