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Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 6, 2013

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By Optic Editorial Board

THUMBS UP! CITY POLICE OFFICERS GET RAISES
It may have taken five months to get there, but the city administration and the city police union have finally reached agreement on a contract that gives officers hourly raises of 75 cents. Like firefighters, police put their lives on the line every day, and we’re glad that the city has found the money to increase their pay. A 75-cents-per-hour raise may not seem like a lot, but it amounts to $1,560 a year.

THUMBS UP! ADMITTING A MISTAKE
It takes a big person to admit they made a mistake, and we’re glad that West Las Vegas bus driver John Lujan has done just that. Lujan, who was cited for speeding and reckless driving while taking students home last month, admitted in an interview with the Optic that he made a mistake and that if he had it to do all over again, he wouldn’t have been driving so soon after his house burned down because he was distracted.

THUMBS UP! GOING THE EXTRA MILE
We applaud members of the Animal Welfare Coalition for their outreach. Last week, volunteers from the group braved cold temperatures and went to selected neighborhoods in west Las Vegas to provide shelters, leashes, collars, straw, vests and food. The items were given to dog owners free of charge. Most of the items were donated or purchased with donated money. It’s great to see local volunteers devoting time and energy toward making our community a better place for pets.

THUMBS DOWN! THAT INFORMATION IS STALE
A great recruiting tool is the College Night program Highlands University and Luna Community College co-sponsor. The message board at North Grand and Mills currently carries the announcement. Advertising our activities is a good idea, but what do outsiders — those people we desperately hope to draw to our town — think when they realize they’re reading a message six weeks old? College Night, ladies and gentlemen, was held on Oct. 22, 2013. Let’s update the sign — or leave it blank.

AND WE QUOTE
“Thanks to the town of Las Vegas for helping us out here.”
— United States Air Force Academy Capt. Sara Towler, referring to the help the community provided after being forced to make an emergency landing here because of ice build-up on the aircraft.