We had another sad death in Eddy County on Thursday. Gene Dow, owner of Pecos Valley Broadcasting, called us to let us know that popular DJ Pete Subia has passed away. Subia played classic hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s on his “Cruzin the Oldies with Pete” program. Pete was always willing to help the community and often volunteered at concerts and community events. He hosted dances at Carlsbad’s San Jose Senior Center and played at the Artesia Senior Meal Site. However, he was best known for his show on KPZE Fierro 106.1 FM on Sundays from 1-5 p.m. A special “cruise” to honor Pete is being planned.
The state’s newest public health order goes into effect on Friday, Oct. 16. New Mexico reported 672 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the second-straight highest total. Eddy County reported 26 new cases on Thursday. While our daily totals remain high, the largest surge going on right now is in the Albuquerque area, where 303 cases were reported for Bernalillo County.
The changes announced to this latest health order during Thursday’s press conference were reported previously this week: restaurants where alcohol is served now have to close at 10 p.m., hotel occupancy rates have been reduced, tougher quarantine rules are in effect and “mass gatherings” have again been defined as anything with more than 5 people. We will review the complete health order itself when it becomes available and let you know if there is any additional information.
Oct. 16 was also “Brittany’s Day” which was a fundraiser honoring the Brittany’s Hope effort through the Faith, Hope, Love Foundation. Drinks, cupcakes, cookies, t-shirts and other items sold at Java Nick’s all supported the charity. Money donated to Brittany’s Hope, created in memory of Brittany Martin, goes to support indigent cancer patients in the Carlsbad area who are in need of money to pay for cancer medications, services and other expenses. Contributions to Brittany’s Hope may also be made at any time by visiting https://www.fhlcarlsbad.org/brittanys-hope
Finally, there is a new hotline in place for parents with questions about eligibility or would like additional information about P-EBT Benefits. The new 1-833-415-0569 hotline will be manned from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday to assist families who have questions about this program. New Mexico households with children who receive free or reduced-price meals will receive benefits for the dates their individual school was 100 percent virtual up until the day their school instituted a hybrid model or Sept. 30, whichever was earlier.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway