We had several visits to City Hall on Tuesday that made us very optimistic for the future of Carlsbad. Dr. Timothy Benton, with Texas Tech University, brought members of his team by to discuss an initiative that will bring more highly qualified physicians to Carlsbad. This project is being sponsored through the Permian Strategic Partnership.
What it boils down to is that Carlsbad will have a couple more doctors who are completing their residency here at any given time, thanks to this partnership. These doctors will be here for three-year terms, with the first coming to Carlsbad in July. There will also be individuals here through a Physician’s Assistant Training Program. Residency means these physicians are completing the final phase of an apprenticeship, and Dr. Benton and the group from Texas Tech are working out the details with members of our local medical community. We strongly support efforts that bring doctors and additional medical service to Carlsbad.
Additionally, we had a great visit from D’Nae Johnson and Dusty McCoy, who are here through an effort called the Permian Counseling initiative, which is another PSP-backed effort to bring more behavioral health services to Carlsbad. Johnson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker living in Carlsbad and offering counseling and therapy services through Permian Basin Counseling and Guidance. She has temporary office space but is looking for a permanent location and also bringing in additional employees. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (432) 827-2380 or (575) 249-2561 (by next week).
Additional counseling services are greatly needed in Carlsbad, and we’re thrilled to have D’Nae in Carlsbad. She attended a city council meeting last night and has already made some great contacts. Please join us in welcoming her to Carlsbad.
The Permian Strategic Partnership is a consortium of oil and gas companies operating in the area with a mission of making improvements to education, roads, healthcare, workforce training and affordable housing. Thank you to Tracee Bentley, Heather Brewer and everyone with PSP for their hard work getting these two programs going in New Mexico.
We also had a great visit with Bianca Sotelo-Herrera and Trey Bryan, who is a Carlsbad native. They represent the U-Haul Company of Southern New Mexico. They are planning to open a large U-Haul service just south of Pizza Inn South off of National Parks Highway. This won’t just be a place for U-Haul trucks- they will also be offering other moving equipment for purchase. They will also soon be looking for additional employees, both part time and full time, and offering competitive wages.
Volunteers needed: The Boys and Girls Club of Carlsbad is looking for volunteers to help with club basketball signups between June 1 and June 10. To assist, please call the Club at 885-8449. Anything we can all do to get kids back involved in activities is very worthwhile.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway