Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 15, 2013

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By Optic Editorial Board

THUMBS UP! STATEWIDE ATTENTION. It’s easy in these parts to become self-absorbed in Las Vegas’ water problems, but we need to remember we’re not the only ones suffering from such circumstances. The entire state is facing a bleak long-range outlook, stemming from a prolonged drought as well as a legal battle with Texas over New Mexico’s dwindling water supply.
In response, a bipartisan group of New Mexico lawmakers is proposing a series of bills to revamp the state water plan, boost the number of judges who handle water rights issues and rebuild water infrastructures around the state.
“What’s important is that everything related to water needs to be on the table moving forward,” Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, told The Associated Press. “We’re at the beginning of an incredibly important discussion.”
To no one’s surprise, legislators are more inclined to focus on their own districts’ needs than the state as a whole. It’s good to see them thinking collectively for a change.

THUMBS UP! PLANNING AHEAD. Of course, the legislature’s not the only governmental entity that’s thinking ahead. The city of Las Vegas recently began considering what it would do if there were a disruption in natural gas service, by looking into the possibility of resurrecting a secondary system to create a synthetic gas and injecting it into the city’s natural gas supply line.
We’re not sure why an engineering firm’s study would cost $45,000, but anytime the city pays someone else to figure something out, it’s expensive. Aside from that, we’re glad to see the mayor and council planning ahead.

THUMBS UP! TWO MORE. Congratulations, Michael Mora, 54, of Rainsville, and Michael Baca, 43, of Las Vegas, you’ve each solidified your place on the multiple DWI offenders list. Hope you enjoyed the jail time.

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“The liability issue is huge.” — Council member Tonita Gurule-Giron, on the prospect of selling beer at minor league baseball games in Las Vegas this summer.
“The supervision will be there.” — Mayor Alfonso Ortiz, in response.