Thumbs up, down from the Yuma Sun

A look at lo­cal hap­pen­ings offers a chance to share opin­ions

Yuma Sun - - OPINION -

• 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.

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