Thumbs up, down from the Yuma Sun
A look at local happenings offers a chance to share opinions
• Thumbs up to the agencies and organizations around Yuma County that held events commemorating Sept. 11, 2001.
• Thumbs up to both the city of Yuma and Yuma County for their continued efforts to improve safety lanes for bicyclists around Yuma County.
• Thumbs up to the artist “JR” who erected a giant toddler photograph over the U.S./Mexico border near Tecate. The goal is to prompt a discussion of immigration, the Associated Press reports — and this is certainly one way to draw attention to the issue.
• Thumbs up to Yuma County’s students, who saw improvements on their English Language Arts and math scores on the AZMerit test!
• A special thumbs up to Yuma County’s teachers, who helped their students achieve those improvements on the AZMerit test. It took a lot of hard work for both students and teachers, and these results show it’s paying off!
• Thumbs up to Prison Hill Brewery for accepting the Arizona Pure Water Brew Challenge, brewing a beer with recycled wastewater. Efforts such as this help show the potential for reclaiming water, and hopefully will spur others to be open to other uses as well.
• Thumbs up to our first responders for their efforts in keeping Yuma safe in the midst of the storm that blew through on Sept. 8, as well as the APS and Yuma County Water Users Association for their efforts in fixing downed power lines and restoring power throughout Yuma County and Winterhaven!
• A really big thumbs up to Mother Nature, for giving us a reprieve from the heat. The forecast for the weekend is the mid-90s … can’t argue with that!
• Thumbs down to the Yuma County Board of Supervisors for holding meetings at 9 a.m. on Mondays. It’s hard for working Yumans to attend a meeting in the middle of a traditional work day. However, moving the meeting to a later time may spark some civic involvement from members of the community.
• Thumbs down to the mosquitoes in the East Wetlands area that are carrying West Nile virus. If you are outside, be sure to wear some bug spray, Yuma.