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Thumbs April 10, 2016

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INCREDIBLE TALENT
The mariachi concert held at Mike Marr Gym on April 1 was a spectacular event. Mariachi groups from Las Vegas, Mora and Taos gave incredible performances. The concert was part of a local mariachi conference.

NOT SO NOVEL AN IDEA
Here’s an idea that’s not so novel, but we fear too few people take advantage of it. A local reader, Nelson GaulinWalker, a senior at West Las Vegas High School, recommends that people read to their children. Armed with statistics showing a correlation between reading at home and reaching developmental milestones, the local youth appears to be correct in light of the dismal results of nine area schools whose recent test results are grades of D and below.

SUCCESS IN CHEER COMPETITION
They were so-oo close to winning it, but the West Las Vegas cheer squad missed taking top honors by just a fraction of a point. Meanwhile, Pecos’ cheer team earned runner-up honors in last weekend’s spirit competition in Albuquerque. And even Robertson High School got a slice of the honors in placing seventh in 4A cheer competition.

IMPRESSIVE ENDOWMENT
Highlands University has shown the community a way to triple its funds. By virtue of a 2:?1 match, Highlands now has a $750,000 endowment. The university raised $250,000 in private money, and the New Mexico Higher Education Department will provide a half-million-dollar share. An elated HU President Sam Minner said, “Our successful ... initiative will further ... increase our students’ academic achievement.

BOARD MEMBER SHOULD RESIGN
The brouhaha over the status of Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez, a member of the West Las Vegas School Board, becomes more intriguing as the days go by. New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has given Benavidez, a convicted felon ineligible to serve on the board, until April 20 to resign his position. A community group is circulating a petition seeking a pardon from Gov. Susana Martinez. We’re sorry, but that’s not the ways things ought to be done. The honorable thing would have been for Benavidez to have sought the pardon before ever thinking of running for the school board. This is not a popularity contest, and law on convicted felons seeking elective office is clear. Benavidez should resign now.

AND WE QUOTE
“This is a godsend.”
Newly appointed East Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Kelt Cooper, whose hiring was unanimously approved by the board