The U.S. Census numbers are in – some of them. In an update Monday afternoon, Census officials revealed a population count for the country of 331,449,281. New Mexico did not gain or lose any spots in the House, but seven states, including California, each lost a Representative. Texas gained two, and Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Oregon and Montana each gained one seat.
New Mexico’s population grew by 2.8 percent over the past decade, making it one of the slower-growing states in the West. More details numbers, such as the population change to Carlsbad and Eddy County, were not made available on Monday. You can watch the Census update yourself by visiting https://www.census.gov/newsroom/census-live.html.
Local Census numbers will help for a variety of reasons, including business recruitment, possibly obtaining additional representation and even with meeting some COVID-19 gating criteria.
Please keep our neighbors in Ruidoso in your prayers. A fire that began about half a mile from the Three Rivers Campground has spread to Ski Apache and the South Fork area. It was up to more than 6,000 acres by Tuesday morning and was reported as being 0% contained. High winds are making containing the fire difficult. There were no reported injuries and no burned structures as of Monday evening, according to media reports. The Carlsbad Fire Department has sent a Rapid Extraction Module (4 person team) to assist with the fire.
Trevor Rogers went six innings on Monday and struck out seven batters to lead the Miami Marlins to an 8-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Trevor now has a 3-1 record and a 1.29 earned run average. He’s thrown 38 strikeouts on 10 walks in 28 innings. Trevor also outdueled Corbin Burnes, one of the top pitchers in baseball, as he earned the win. He’s also thrown all three of Miami’s shutouts this year. He dedicated Monday’s win to childhood friend Carlos Ray Gonzales, who recently passed away.
As promised, here’s a little more information about the new bike shop downtown. It’s going to be a Zia Bike & Board. The store will celebrate its opening day on May 1 and is located at 115 S. Canyon St. For more information, please visit www.ziabikeandboardshop.com or check out their “Zia Bike & Board” Facebook page.
We’re very excited to have this new business in downtown Carlsbad. Please don’t forget that local resident Ted Whaley also has a small business where he repairs and sells bicycles out of his home. It’s great to see so much interest in cycling in a city with lots of places to explore.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway