Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - March 22, 2013

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By Optic Editorial Board

THUMBS UP! FIESTA DE LA HISPANIDAD. It’s the show that everyone seems to look forward to this time of year. Fiesta de la Hispanidad is this Saturday at Ilfeld Auditorium.
This is former Highlands professor Sara Harris’ 19th year organizing the spectacular event. Proceeds go into a scholarship fund for Highlands students.
The event will feature music and dance performances from a wide range of local talent. This fiesta has become an authentic celebration of our hometown and culture, and everyone involved in putting it together and sponsoring it deserves  our gratitude.
Doors open at 5:45 p.m. The pre-show performance runs from  6 to 6:30 p.m. and will feature Mariachi Cardenal Juvenil. Tickets are $5. Hope to see you there.

THUMBS UP! BETTER NOTICE FOR PUBLIC MEETINGS. We weren’t happy with the House concurrent resolution approved by state lawmakers that seeks to shield their emails from public scrutiny, but we do applaud the Legislature for approving House Bill 21, legislation that would require public bodies to post the agendas of their meetings 72 hours in advance. Gov. Susana Martinez has already indicated that she will sign the bill into law. Currently, government bodies like city councils, county commissions and school boards have to post final agendas only 24 hours in advance. Requiring agendas 72 hours before  a meeting is a big step toward even greater transparency.

THUMBS DOWN! NOT FUNNY. Shooting at a school bus filled with children is low, even if it’s plastic BBs that are being used to frighten the kids in the bus. Someone with a warped sense of humor apparently felt differently, and proceeded to shoot plastic BBs at a bus near Legion Park Elementary earlier this month. We wonder how funny that person or those people would think their stunt was if they were caught and ended up with a criminal record?

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“It was a key vote; it was a hard one to take, but it was important, and I feel that I took the right path.” — Pete Campos on being the only senator to vote against House Concurrent Resolution 1, which seeks to exempt legislators’ email and other documents from disclosure through the state’s open records law.