The community has a lot to be proud of in terms of coming together for the effort for independence for Carlsbad’s community college. On Monday, the Senate education committee voted, 7-1, for a “Do Pass” recommendation for Senator Gay Kernan’s Bill, SB 236. The senate bill will now go to the Senate Finance Committee.
Last week, Rep. Brown’s HB 212, which is a mirror bill, made it through its first committee and will now go to the House Education Committee. We had a large number of Carlsbad residents who spoke in favor of the bill on Monday, including current and former students, current and former faculty and staff and other members of the community. It was also wonderful to hear legislators from the northwestern part of New Mexico talk about how many additional opportunities college independence created for their community when San Juan College went in a similar direction. Thanks again to Sen. Kernan and Rep. Brown for their hard work on this bill, as well as to our committee chair Craig Stephens, vice-chair John Heaton and all of the members of the community who have been so supportive and worked so hard.
Weather update: While the blizzard portion of this weekend’s weather seems to be over, flurries or light snow may continue for some time. The main concerns on Monday remain brutal wind chills, below zero temperatures and icy roads. Thank you to the City of Carlsbad and Eddy County crews who worked hard throughout the weekend to keep our roads safe. Thanks again to the Carlsbad Transitional & Homeless Shelter and the Community of Hope for all of their hard work to protect some of our neediest citizens.
COVID-19 update: Eddy County has ten positive COVID-19 tests reported on Sunday and 16 on Saturday, showing a continual decline from January. It is important to note that all of the counties in New Mexico who are currently in the “yellow” category are there because of their test positivity rate, not because of their case count. Our positivity rate is also continuing to decline. Carlsbad Municipal Schools is entering its second week of being in the “hybrid” mode, and there have been as many challenges as expected, with a number of students from several schools currently in quarantine due to positive COVID-19 tests. It isn’t an easy process, but we do believe our school district is doing an excellent job handling these challenges.
Finally: Congratulations to everyone involved in the opening of the new Taco Bell in Carlsbad, located at 713 S. Canal St. We have been informed that the Taco Bell opened over the weekend for drive-thru service.