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Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - June 27, 2014

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By Optic Editorial Board

THUMBS UP! AREA SEARCH AND RESCUE VOLUNTEERS
A 68-year-old man became separated from his hiking partners in the Carson National Forest near Mora last week, and as soon as the call for help went out, New Mexico Search and Rescue volunteers from Philmont, Taos, Santa Fe and San Miguel were on the way there to lend a helping hand. Within hours, they made contact with the missing hiker and once morning came, they were able to reunite him with his group. The efforts of these volunteers often go unrecognized, and that’s unfortunate because they really do play an important role throughout the state. To all the search and rescue volunteers out there and to the San Miguel Amateur Radio Emergency Service, which also aided in the rescue mission, we say thank you.

THUMBS UP! ANOTHER $4 MILLION FOR BRADNER
The state Water Trust Board has approved $4 million for the city’s Bradner Reservoir project, and that’s great news for everyone in this area. With this money, the city is just $2 million shy of what it has previously said it needs for the project, which, once completed, will give the city the ability to store about a year’s worth of water.

THUMBS DOWN! EAST’S BASEBALL FIELD PROJECT STALLED
Procurement issues have created another delay for a desperately needed sodding project at Las Vegas City Schools. The district issued a request for proposals for the job and received a response from Parson’s Lawn and Landscaping. But the RFP documents apparently didn’t specify that the contractor would be required to pay the prevailing wage rate to employees working on the job, and that left the contractor saying he couldn’t do the job for the amount he submitted because he hadn’t anticipated the prevailing wage requirement. Let’s hope the district can get this project done before the new school year begins.

THUMBS UP! GOLF COURSE RESTAURANT REOPENS
It took a little longer than expected, but we’re happy to see that the restaurant at the Highlands golf course is operating again. The university has leased the space and liquor license to the owner of the El Fidel restaurant.

AND WE QUOTE
“When the students know you care about them as a person first and then as a student they respond to your teaching.” — Memorial Middle School math teacher Jeffery Houdek