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Thumbs up, thumbs down
by Tribune Staff
Jun 19, 2010 | 911 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One Sunday a month, the Sparks Tribune will provide a roundup of miscellaneous community events, government action and everyday occurrences and give a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” in support or disapproval. 

Thumbs up to Fire Marshal Bob King and the Sparks Fire Department for using money they’ll raise during their golf tournament to provide smoke detectors and alarms to Sparks residents who can not afford them. The golf tournament is Saturday at D’Andrea Golf Course. For more information, go to 

Thumbs up to the report from the WC2010 Complete Count Committee, which says their outreach and awareness efforts have improved 2010 Census response rates in Washoe County since the 2000 count from 68 percent to 74 percent. 

Thumbs up to the Sparks Rotary Club for last week’s successful free fishing day. The ninth annual event is another reason why it is great to live in the Truckee Meadows. 

Thumbs up to Rocky and Cimbo, the two Sparks Police Department K-9 officers. Rocky, a Belgian Malinois, retired this week at the age of 9 after many years of loyal service. Cimbo, a German Shepherd, is recovering from surgery. Good luck to both. 

Thumbs up to Reed High School for having such a versatile coach. After leading Reed’s softball program for 12 years, Ray Charles will be transitioning to head baseball coach for the school.

Thumbs down to vehicles with excessively loud stereos. As the weather gets warmer, car windows go down and loud car stereos become an annoyance. You know who we are talking about — you’ve been in the lane next to them at a red light, feeling the vibration of too much bass, and you can’t hear the passenger in your car talk. The city of Reno recently passed a new ordinance that could slap a $130 fine on folks whose car stereos can be heard 25 feet away. Sparks lawmakers might want to look in to this. 

Thumbs down to the folks who let the meat rot at the old Butcher Boy location on Rock Boulevard. According to the latest reports, it is not yet clear who is responsible for the incident, but between the public health hazard and letting wild game go to waste — which is illegal under Nevada law — somebody really screwed up. 

Thumbs down to people who refused to sign the petition that would have allowed all Nevada voters to choose whether to impose higher taxes on the mining industry. The ability to choose is vital to the democratic process, so residents should have given their fellow Nevadans the chance to vote on the issue, and would have tripled the taxes on the industry, which is the richest in the nation. 

The public is welcome to submit suggestions for Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down to the Tribune via e-mail at Be sure to put “Thumbs Up” or “Thumbs Down” in the subject line of the e-mail.
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