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Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 8, 2013

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By Optic Editorial Board

THUMBS UP! WELCOME THE NEW CEO. Kathleen Cahill, a New Mexico native with more than three decades experience in the health care industry, is the new chief executive a Alta Vista, succeeding Maridel Acosta, who left for Roswell after two years here.
Cahill comes up to the northern part of the state after administrative positions in Las Cruces and Roswell. Here’s hoping for her success here in the Meadow City.

THUMBS UP! CURIOUS RESULTS. Congratulations to all the school board candidates who were elected to their respective boards of education. Particularly interesting is the potential power shift on the East Las Vegas board, with Ernesto Salazar and Luis Ortiz winning a say-so in a district being run by a strong-willed superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez.
Both  Salazar and Ortiz have business backgrounds, which could come in handy when dealing with the district’s dubious financial circumstances.

THUMBS DOWN! THEY JUST KEEP COMING. Two Las Vegas men with histories of drunken driving arrests were busted, yet again, last week. Each was charged with driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of an accident.
To make matters worse, Michael S. Lopez, 39, had his two young daughters in the truck with him as he was allegedly driving with a blood-alcohol level twice over the legal limit —so he was also charged with child abuse, among other charges.
The other suspect, Andrew J. Galvin, 42, was caught at his residence after allegedly hitting a vehicle near the post office on Douglas Street and driving away.

THUMBS DOWN! IS WINTER OVER ALREADY? It’s been a mild one, to say the least. So while we’re still hoping for the best (a whole lot more snowpack), the city had better be preparing for the worse — more spring and summer water shortages — anyway, because that’s the way it’s looking.

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AND WE QUOTE

“I am trying to get the ‘jury split,’ which will aid me in my decision on whether to retry or not.”
— District Attorney Richard Flores, regarding a deadlocked jury in the case against businessman Oren Mathews, accused of striking a business rival with a two-by-four at a work site in October 2011.