In honor of National Police Week, we’d like to take a moment to sincerely thank the local members of our police force. National Police Week, observed May 9 through May 15 this year, is a time to honor law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation.
Our community is extremely fortunate to have an outstanding group of professionals with the Carlsbad Police Department, serving under Chief Shane Skinner, and the Eddy County Sheriff’s Department, serving under Sheriff Cage. We also have excellent New Mexico State Police officers who are assigned to the area. Our officers also work closely with other agencies such as the District Attorney’s Office, the Eddy County Detention Center, the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force, Loving and Artesia.
In the line of duty, our police officers have accepted an unparalleled responsibility that puts them at risk every day. They have accepted a job with difficult hours and, at times, almost impossible expectations, but they do so because they are driven to protect all of us. Earlier this year, Officer Darian Jarrott, who was well known and respected across our community, tragically lost his life during the course of his duties.
We can never say or do enough to thank our officers, but we will continue to support efforts to make certain our officers have all of the resources and training they need to help ensure their safety while they are in the line of duty. We are also working with the Sheriff’s Department, Carlsbad Police Department and the New Mexico State Police on a memorial tribute for the officers we have lost in the line of duty. Thank you again to all of the members of our law enforcement community.
Our students at New Mexico State University-Carlsbad, including those with the Early College High School, celebrated their graduation Friday. Congratulations to everyone, especially to City Hall Intern Valeria Quezada. Special thanks to the graduates from this year’s top-ranked nursing program, who dropped off cookies at city hall on Thursday. The college also is holding a graduation parade at 6 p.m. Friday night beginning at the Carlsbad Municipal Beach Parking Lot. Dr. Karla Volpi will serve as parade marshal. One of the benefits to this past year’s effort to make our college go independent has been that we’ve gotten to work closely with the faculty and staff at our college. During that time, we’ve developed a high level of appreciation for what a good group of people we have here.
Just a few weeks ago, the Miami Marlins were debating whether to put Trevor Rogers in their starting lineup. They clearly made the right choice. The former Carlsbad High School standout pitched six innings Thursday and struck out seven to lead the Marlins to a 5-1 win over the Diamondbanks. He earned his fifth win of the season and has the second most wins in baseball. Cousin Cody Ross and a large group of family and friends were reportedly in attendance. What a great accomplishment.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway