.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - July 12, 2013

-A A +A
By Optic Editorial Board

THUMBS UP! FIESTAS A BIG SUCCESS
A lot of credit for the smooth operation of the just-concluded 4th of July Fiestas goes to the committee that organized them. Equipment worked well, events were punctual, cleanup crews kept the park spiffy, and people left with good feelings. Of course, anyone who knows of recent drought conditions in this area appreciated the rain that got mixed in with the festivities.

THUMBS UP! WHERE DID THAT CHORUS COME FROM?
It started with a grant from a fund called Mustard Seed, sponsored by the Presbyterian Church of Las Vegas. Richard Lindeborg saw to it that the idea bore fruit, and now there’s a group, Las Vegas Summer Chorus. Some stellar singers left the crowds wanting more, as the group sang patriotic songs. Earlier plans were to involve the youth — middle- and high-school aged students, and students from Highlands. That effort wasn’t entirely successful, but still, we’re sure interest will grow.   

THUMBS DOWN! PIT BULL ATTACK
It was bad enough that Tito’s Gallery owner Tito Chavez was attacked by a brown pit bull and bitten while walking on a sidewalk near his store Monday, but to then have the dog’s owner flee the scene with the dog is outrageous. Generally after someone his bitten by a dog, the animal is placed in quarantine to ensure that it doesn’t have rabies or other health risk. For the owner of the dog to flee is unconscionable. Chavez says the guy appeared to be in his late teens and was captured on video tape. Here’s hoping that authorities catch them.

THUMBS DOWN! LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIP
Officials at Highlands University, and likely at the state’s other colleges and universities, received bad news. The lottery scholarship, which covers tuition for qualifying New Mexico students, is projected to run short of money in Spring 2014, which could mean the state will be forced to reduce the amount of the scholarships. Lawmakers need to figure out a way to revamp the scholarship so that recipients aren’t left with uncertainty.

AND WE QUOTE
“With the help of God, in a year, I intend to spend more time with Lori and Peter (his wife and son), continue my ministry as deacon at I. C. Catholic Church, continue to address people’s needs as state senator, continue my responsibilities as a Board of Trustee of Alta Vista Hospital and continue my duties as a Board of Director of Community 1st Bank. I love people and will continue to do my best to serve their needs.”
— Pete Campos, announcing that he plans to retire as president of Luna Community College when his contract expires on June 30, 2014.