On Jan. 20, 2021, World War II veteran and Carlsbad resident Bill Fuson will celebrate his 96th birthday. Making Bill’s birthday special during COVID-19 has been difficult, but his family is working to put together a book of memories.
Please help us wish Bill a happy birthday by sending a card or dropping off a photo or written memory. You can mail cards directly to Bill Fuson, PO Box 1372, Carlsbad NM 88221. You can also drop off cards and memories with Shawna Calhoun at Cal’s Shade Western or leave them for us at City Hall and we’ll be happy to get them to her. Bill has supported this community in many ways through service to Heritage Park, the Carlsbad Community Foundation, the Eddy County Historical Society, the Carlsbad Museum Board and many other organizations. Most importantly, he has raised a great family in Carlsbad.
Happy birthday to Bill and thank you for your service, to your country and to this community.
The new two-week COVID-19 averages were not good for most of the state, including Eddy County. According to the New Mexico Department of Health, the positivity rate from Dec. 29 through Jan. 13 was 27.26 percent, while the average daily cases per 100,000 was listed at 102.40. These numbers were up from 21.45% and 86.5 from the two weeks before. Carlsbad Medical Center did tell us on Wednesday that positivity numbers seem to have been in decline significantly over the past week for their testing. We are past the expected holiday spike now and need to do what we can to help get these numbers back down through COVID-safe efforts.
Statewide – one county, Harding, is now “Green,” while one other county, Union, is now listed as “Yellow.” All other counties in New Mexico are still in the Red. We will have more information tomorrow following the Governor’s press conference on Thursday afternoon.
Thanks again to Devon Energy and Nuclear Waste Partnership, who sponsored Inspired by Science’s first winter STEM camp. More than 350 students ages 7 to 12 conducted at home experiments on a wide variety of scientific topics.
Campers received interactive kits with two challenges and four experiments. Projects included keeping sand dry underwater, making snow out of powder, growing colorful beads in water and creating a lava lamp effect with oil and water. They also designed and built a jingle bell run and a confetti launcher. We’re very fortunate to so many business partners willing to help with science education and appreciate their assistance. Deena Antiporda and her efforts in this community have certainly inspired many boys and girls into considering a career in science.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway