Dr. Mark Buckholz, the Interim Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at our local college, has announced his retirement, effective July 1. Dr. Buckholz has served here for more than 25 years and was a very well liked and respected professor throughout his tenure. His strong support voiced during the legislative session was one of the deciding factors in our college successfully achieving independence and becoming Southeast New Mexico College. Dr. Buckholz has promised to continue to assist with a healthy transition process and we hope he will stay involved in Carlsbad. Dr. Monty Harris has now been approved as the Interim Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for Carlsbad’s college.
We’re very excited to be expanding on our services offered at the North Mesa and San Jose Senior Centers to close to where they were before the COVID-19 shutdown. At San Jose, staff will be coordinating a monthly dance again and running bingo on Tuesday afternoons. We have also been informed that Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation is working on a plan to return to using the center for meals by July. At North Mesa, line dancing, pool, quilting and lapidary training will be scheduled during staff hours. Garage and craft events will also be resuming, with the center employees still being mindful of COVID-19 safe practices and staffing limitations. We have two excellent senior centers, and we’re very excited to be returning to normal.
Our neighbors in Artesia have a special “9/11 Never Forget” mobile exhibit on display from Friday through June 14. The exhibit will now be set up in the Bulldog Bowl from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. each day. It’s certainly a great way to educate children about the loss and of the brave firefighters and police officers who lost their lives that tragic day in 2001. For more information, please visit http://artesia911memorial.org/. Thank you to Artesia Mayor Raye Miller and everyone who made this possible.
We have received some good news that the Dog Fire at Guadalupe Mountains National Park is now in monitor status. No smoke and fire activity are being observed. The fire likely began on May 11 and affected 1,959 acres. All park trails and background camping areas have re-opened.
Finally, W105 Radio is hosting a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 19 at the Walter Gerrells Civic Center. For more information, please contact Lori Estrada at (575) 390-3569 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway