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Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 23, 2013

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By Optic Editorial Board

THUMBS UP! MAINSTREET SECURES $75,000 FOR PROJECT
Congratulations to MainStreet de Las Vegas for securing a $75,000 capital outlay award from the state Economic Development Department. The money is earmarked for renovations of the first floor of the E. Romero Hose and Fire Building on Bridge Street. The goal is to turn the building into a museum to honor the history of the city’s firefighters.

THUMBS DOWN! EAST POSTPONES ACCREDITATION
Try to spin it any way you like, but the announcement from Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez that she has decided not to pursue accreditation for the district this year is an embarrassment. School board members should take note because it sends the message to the community that the district opted not to take this test because it feared there was a good chance it would flunk. Perhaps it’s time for McNellis-Martinez to spend less time blaming others for the predicament she is in and more time trying to figure out how to move the district forward. Then again, it’s easier to blame the Optic for your problems. How’s that working out for you, Madam Superintendent, and how are those audits coming? We won’t hold our breath for the superintendent‘s response given that she hasn’t been very responsive in the past.

THUMBS UP! BRINGING UP A THORNY ISSUE
Speaking of the local schools, we applaud Sen. John Arthur Smith for once again broaching the subject of consolidating the Las Vegas City Schools and West Las Vegas School District. We realize that this isn’t a popular position, but we completely agree with him when he says that it makes no sense to have two school districts in Las Vegas, particularly given their shrinking sizes. We can maintain East and West cluster schools and the healthy rivalry, but why do we need two separate administrations? And given Gov. Susana Martinez’s desire for efficiency in state government, why hasn’t she or her Public Education Department raised the issue?

AND WE QUOTE
“Mr. Gallegos has a diverse background as an attorney, and this experience will serve him well as a magistrate judge. I believe he will be a strong public servant on behalf of the citizens in San Miguel County and continue his commitment to upholding the law.”
— Gov. Susana Martinez on the appointment of Edward “Eddy” M. Gallegos to fill the judicial post that became vacant when Magistrate Philip Romero retired.