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Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 22, 2013

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By Optic Editorial Board

THUMBS UP! SHOEBOXES OF HOPE
As the season of giving gets under way, it’s important to think about those who could use a helping hand this holiday season. That’s what Operation Christmas Child is all about. Volunteers collect shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement to send to needy children throughout the United States and in more than 110 countries. Locally, Calvary Chapel is spearheading the effort. If you want to take part in this, you have until Monday. Boxes can be dropped off at the Calvary Chapel, located behind Lowe’s Super-Save grocery store near Blake’s Lotaburger on Seventh Street. Boxes are being accepted from 10 to 11 a.m. today (Friday); from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday.

THUMBS UP! A NEW EXHIBIT
The city of Las Vegas Museum is inviting the public to see a new exhibit that showcases the history of Las Vegas residents coming together to help one another. The exhibit has been in the works for more than a year. Kristin Hsueh, the city museum administrator and educator, says everything on display is part of the museum’s collection. A panel discussion on the exhibit is slated for 11 a.m. at the museum.

THUMBS DOWN! SHOTS FIRED
A Las Vegas man was charged with shooting at or from a motor vehicle and negligent use of a deadly weapon this week for allegedly shooting his 9mm Beretta into the air on Prince Street. According to a court document, Donald Tudahl, 22, of the 300 block of Eighth Street, told police he fired the shots after three people on the side of the road yelled profanities at him.
 
THUMBS UP! FEMA ARRIVES
Officials from FEMA and the state Department of Homeland Security were in Las Vegas last Friday briefing local officials on the process they need to follow to secure help paying for the heavy rainfall and flooding that occurred in August. Having state and federal money available for the recovery effort will be a huge help.

AND WE QUOTE
“Mary was a true lady in every sense of the word, as well as a class act coach, mother and teacher. She was a person who led by example. She was a true inspiration to her players, and she was a class act role model for not only her kids but for her students as well.”
— Richard Tripp, friend and former teacher and coach