Thumbs April 29, 2016

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Our high country lowdown on the news

He had been a fixture at City Hall for nearly two decades, and during that time he earned the respect of his colleagues and members of the public who he served. We’re referring to Elmer Martinez, Las Vegas’ former city manager. It’s worth noting that Martinez had begun to scale down his responsibilities at the city in 2013 when he voluntarily stepped down from his position as the city community development director to become its transportation manager. But when Timothy Dodge left the manager’s post in 2014, Martinez was asked to step in as interim city manager, and he agreed. Martinez rolled up his sleeves and got to work, salvaging funding that was on the verge of being lost and helping to build unity among the mayor and City Council. A few months into his term as interim city manager, the governing body removed the “interim” from his title. While we don’t begrudge Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron’s desire to bring in her own city manager, we are sorry to see Martinez go. The city has lost a valuable employee.

Las Vegas police arrested Daniel Herrera, 40, of San Pablo Loop, on his seventh DUI this week after he refused to submit to chemical testing. As we’ve said many times before, an arrest doesn’t necessarily mean guilt. Still, a seventh arrest for driving under the influence is incredible, and not in a good way. Besides the felony aggravated DUI charge, Herrera has also been charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a revoked license, driving without a driver’s license and failing to use a turn signal. This arrest is just another example of the serious problem this community has with impaired drivers.

Kudos to Donnelly Library and the City of Las Vegas Museum for the series of workshops they have been hosting this week on preserving family documents. The workshops are part of the American Library Association’s national Preservation Week. We all need to take an active role in preserving our families’ documents and stories, and Donnelly Library and the City of Las Vegas Museum are giving us the tools to do just that.

“Services for expecting mothers must be reinstated immediately in order to ensure an adequate continuity of care.”
— Attorney General Hector Balderas, referring to the need for Alta Vista Regional Hospital to reinstate its obstetric services