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Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 11, 2017

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By Optic Editorial Board

THUMBS UP! HOMECOMING ARRIVES EARLY
There was a time when “homecoming” was celebrated very close to the end of the athletic season (usually football, although some schools without gridders sometimes make basketball their homecoming event).

In an unusual step, Highlands University will begin its celebrations from Sept. 8 through 17. The venue for the game, to be played against the first-year Texas Wesleyan University Rams program, is scheduled to be Perkins Stadium.

Crews are working on getting new turf and the supporting elements at Perkins now, working with the nearly daily monsoon rains.

Regardless of where (locally) the homecoming game is played, we urge fans to show up to support the Cowboys.

THUMBS DOWN! BUY YOUR OWN STUFF
We’re disappointed some apparently young men decided recently to rob a pair of Las Vegas stores. Working hard and buying your own stuff has always been a point of pride in this community.

Callers with information about these crimes can remain anonymous. Investigator Lt. Steve Pacheco is available at 505-426-3164; Crime Stoppers is 505-425-8884.

Any information leading to the apprehension of suspects can lead to a $5,000 reward.

THUMBS UP! SURROUNDED BY BRIGHT LIGHTS
Mark Esquibel, who takes classes both at Luna Community College and Highlands University, can taste a bit of fame.

That comes from his work in taking part as a stunt double in films such as “Sicario” and “Soldado.” These are films about a drug war along the U.S.-Mexican border. Esquibel served as a stsand-in for actor Benicio Del Toro. Esquibel has been a member of the Screen Actors Guild since 2000.

One of the beauties of the film and TV industry gaining more of a presence in this state is that it allows New Mexicans, who have other occupations and family ties here, to continue their lives without having to live in New York or Southern California.

AND WE QUOTE
“I lived in New Mexico years ago. I really enjoyed it. Las Vegas is the nicest place I might’ve lived since I left New York City. The town is welcoming, and there’s a lot of things to do around it ... I’m old and it’s a great place to settle.”
—  Highlands first-year football coach Marty Fine, speaking at last week’s Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Football Kickoff event in Colorado Springs.