Thumbs Mar. 25, 2016

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Our high country lowdown on the news

The Mora/San Miguel Farm and Livestock Bureau and an army of volunteers are putting on a massive Easter egg hunt for area children this weekend. The event will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the San Miguel County Fairgrounds north of Las Vegas. Volunteers will hide 7,000 eggs filled with prizes and candy. There will be 400 “golden” eggs with coupons for gift certificates, toys, bikes and cash. A total of $1,000 in cash will be hidden on Saturday ­— broken down into $2, $5, $10 and $20 prizes. Fifteen bikes will also be given out. And the Easter Bunny is scheduled to make an appearance. The hunt is free and open to the public. This is a great event, and we that the Mora/San Miguel Farm and Livestock Bureau and all the volunteers for putting it together.

Kudos to Christian Mayeur, a resident of France who has renovated the historic “Romero Mansion” on the Plaza. The landmark reopened this past weekend as an art gallery and will feature visiting artists in residence. Mayeur says he decided to visit Las Vegas because of a recommendation of French travel guidebooks and because he wanted to see where “No Country for Old Men” was filmed. He also wanted to see the Dwan Light Sanctuary. During that visit, he said, he fell in love with Las Vegas and decided to purchase the Romero mansion.

Several Highlands University computer science students are conducting research that computer science professor Gill Gallegos says has the potential to be a game-changer for solar cell efficiency and cancer treatments. The National Science Foundation is funding the students’ paid internships. As research  assistants, the students are engaging in cutting-edge research and gaining invaluable experience. It’s yet another example of why Highlands is a great option for students.

Congratulations to Paul D. Henry Elementary School fourth grader Sherlock Chen for spelling his way to the State Spelling Bee in Albuquerque. Chen won the countywide spelling bee earlier this month. The 10-year-old was among the youngest contestants to take part in last Saturday’s State Spelling Bee.  And while Chen didn’t quite make it to nationals, he represented San Miguel County well at the statewide competition. In the ninth round, Sherlock misspelled the word “exultant.”

“Ideally, the board will handle this internally before any members of the public or media become aware of the situation.”
— West Las Vegas attorney Laura M. Castille, referring to her finding that school board member Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez has been on the board for about a year despite having a felony conviction; he isn’t eligible to hold public office. She recommended that Benavidez resign quietly and that the public be kept in the dark about the situation.