The Nevada Appeal’s Silver Dollars & Wooden Nickels feature recognizes achievements from the capital region and, when warranted, points out other acts that missed the mark.

SILVER DOLLAR: While we should always thank a cop, Gov. Brian Sandoval declared this past week as “Thank a Cop Week” and that was done in two fitting ways last week, making sure our heroes do indeed live forever.

SILVER DOLLAR: The Nevada Department of Transportation board voted to dedicate the Carson City bypass in memory of Carson City Sheriff’s deputy Carl Howell, 35, who was killed in a gun battle with Jonathon Pope Aug. 15. Carson City resident Steven David also receives a Silver Dollar for putting forth the idea to name the bypass after Howell. It’s just another way to make sure Howell’s spirit will live on forever.

SILVER DOLLAR: The Injured Police Officers Fund “Heroes Live Forever’ dinner was held last week to honor law enforcement officers. A special tribute was given to longtime Clark County Sheriff Ralph Lamb, who was portrayed by Dennis Quaid in the 2012 television show “Vegas.” Quaid was a special guest at the dinner. Lamb died this past summer at the age of 88.

All proceeds from the Heroes Live Forever annual dinner support families of our heroes who have been killed or injured in the line of duty.

WOODEN NICKEL: To Nevada football coach Brian Polian for his antics on the sideline during his team’s 44-20 loss to Arizona last Saturday at Mackay Stadium that led to him being fined $10,000. Yes, Polian has owned up to what he did, but regardless of the circumstances, he simply can’t act like that. As another Nevadan, Andre Agassi, once said, “Image is Everything” and this state doesn’t need the image of a Bo Schembechler-Woody Hayes type acting like a mad man on the sideline.


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