THUMBS DOWN! DOWNED POWER LINES
Fire officials say a downed power line sparked the large Tres Lagunas Fire, which is burning about 10 miles north of Pecos. Windy conditions, low humidity and high temperatures have made it difficult for firefighters to battle the blaze, which started May 30 and has already consumed more than 9,000 acres. Let’s hope that this fire isn’t a sign of things to come for this area.
THUMBS UP! CLOSING PART OF THE FOREST
We applaud the decision by officials at the Santa Fe National Forest to shut down the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District given the drought conditions and the high fire danger. The risk is just too great, and the decision to shut down this part of the forest was the right thing to do, particularly given the effects that a catastrophic fire in the Gallinas Watershed could have on the city of Las Vegas and the surrounding area. The forest has also assigned a task force to monitor the watershed for fires to ensure that if a fire starts in the area, crews can jump on it immediately.
THUMBS UP! TORCH RUN
Las Vegas police officers and staff took part in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics last week. They took turns running, walking and bicycling because they realize the importance of this nationwide event that raises money for Special Olympics. It’s great to see our local police force getting involved in the community and taking part in such a worthy cause. Thanks to Sgt. Michael Lopez, who coordinated the Las Vegas portion of the relay.
THUMBS DOWN! VANDALIZED GRAVE
Family members of Angel Arroyo are appalled that Arroyo’s grave was vandalized over the weekend, as we all should be. Someone ripped down a picture of Arroyo attached to a large white cross marking his grave at St. Anthony’s Cemetery and kicked and scattered flowers and other mementos placed there. Vandalizing a grave is cowardly and disrespectful. Worse yet, it hurts a family that is still trying to deal with their loved one having been shot and his body burned in what appears to be a senseless crime. Shame on the person or people who stooped so low.
AND WE QUOTE
“There’s no imminent threat to our watershed.”
— City Utilities Director Ken Garcia, speaking Sunday about the Tres Lagunas Fire.