THUMBS UP! TIRES FINALLY REMOVED
We commend State Land Commissioner Ray Powell and his staff for the job they did in ensuring that a massive tire dump 10 miles southeast of Wagon Mound was cleaned up. The tires were dumped into an arroyo on state trust lands, posing a major environmental hazard. The State Land Office and New Mexico Environment Department went after the entities responsible, forcing them to clean up the mess at their own expense. They also paid a $30,000 fine.
THUMBS DOWN! REPEAT DRUNK DRIVERS
From the number of people who get nabbed in San Miguel County on their second, third and subsequent DWIs, it appears that the “You drink, you drive, you lose” slogan isn’t getting across. Perhaps the prospect of prison time will. We applaud the local District Attorney’s Office for seeking the maximum penalty for 50-year-old Frank L. Sanchez of Santa Fe, who recently pleaded guilty to his sixth DWI. We also applaud District Judge Gerald Baca for imposing the maximum sentence of two-and-a-half years. Our streets are safer with people like Sanchez behind bars.
THUMBS UP! I-25 ROADWORK
Thumbs up to the crews working on I-25 to improve road conditions. Despite some impediments to access to our fair city at present, this work will make driving more pleasant in the onset of winter weather.
THUMBS UP! SAVING A LIFE
When 10-year-old Andres Quintana began choking last week after ingesting the plastic seal of a water bottle, he went to his teacher for help. Thankfully, fourth-grade teacher Jessica Gutierrez knew how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver and was able to save the student.
AND WE QUOTE
“I did what anybody else would have done. I’m just glad that God was on our side.”
— Legion Park Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Jessica Gutierrez, on saving a choking student with the Heimlich Maneuver.
“I’m grateful that she saved me.”
— Andres Quintana