We hope you have enjoyed seeing all of the American flags up around town, especially near the courthouse and downtown.
This idea was first proposed by B&B Welding owner Allan Burkeen, who said everyone seemed so down lately and felt the line of flags would help with community morale. Burkeen also paid for the flags. Lowe’s provided a discount and the Downtown Lions Club allowed use of their poles. MainStreet and Eddy County also helped make this project possible.
Not only is the row of American flags uplifting, they serve as a great daily reminder of the importance of participating in our political system by voting. As we mentioned last week, the City of Carlsbad has had city council votes decided by a single vote over the past few years. Early voting for this year’s election is already taking place in Eddy County. Thanks again to everyone involved, especially Mr. Burkeen. The plan right now is to have the flags out at least through the election as a reminder that we are all citizens of the same great country.
Our local college recently picked up a major recognition. According to RegisteredNursing.org, New Mexico State University-Carlsbad’s RN program was selected as the number one ranked nursing program in New Mexico. Nursing programs were assessed on several factors such as how well the program supports students toward licensure and even once they graduate.
Having a great nursing program is, of course, wonderful for a community. Our hospital and local nursing homes know they can acquire top-notch employees every year. Having a great nursing program is also vital for our status as an “Age Friendly” community. Please keep up the good work.
Trevor Rogers and the Miami Marlins are done for the year. The Marlins were eliminated by the Braves following a 7-0 loss in the division series. Trevor went 1.2 innings in the final game on Oct. 8. He struck out two batters and allowed two runs. It was a lot of fun following Trevor’s debut season in the major leagues. This year was a great start for our local hero, and we know he will have even bigger things ahead of him.
Yesterday, the Current-Argus printed a great opinion piece written by Cannon Hughes, who argued that students should get to return to school and sports. Hughes made some excellent points, including the fact that some people are moving out of state just so their kids can go back to school. There were also peaceful protests held in Carlsbad and Artesia this weekend by students and their family members. We’re very glad to hear so many of our local students speaking out.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway