Congratulations to Carlsbad Fire Department Lt. Mark Moreno, who was one of two local first responders honored through Devon Energy’s Hometown Heroes Program. Moreno has been a part of the Carlsbad Fire Department for more than 15 years. He once initiated CPR and saved the life of a man who had collapsed on the sidewalk outside of the fire station.
Shannon Johnson, with Devon, noted that emergency responders such as Mark make critical lifesaving decisions and put community needs above their own. Patrolman Carlos Verdugo of the New Mexico State Police Department was also recognized with a Hometown Hero Award. Congratulations again to Verdugo and Moreno, and thank you to Devon Energy for creating this program.
We also have some great news concerning the Carlsbad Museum. The museum recently received a grant to support the purchase of five paintings by Will Shuster. Funding for this purchase was made possible by a grant from the Carlsbad Community Foundation as well as support from the Carlsbad Museum Amigos Fund, the Edna Parks Carter & Alice Carter Houston Arts & Humanities Memorial Fund, the Feezer Fine Arts Acquisition Fund, the Carlsbad Museum and John and Julia Heaton.
Shuster was a well respected Santa Fe artist famous for building and burning the first ever Zozobra, a giant puppet show now burned every year in effigy. He also created the symbol for the Santa Fe Rodeo. We look forward to seeing several of his paintings on display at our museum. Both our museum and the Halagueno Arts Park have continued to add to their impressive displays over the past few years.
Charlie Jurva, who manages our tennis complex, has asked to remind everyone that the 40th annual Cavern City Adult Tennis Tournament will be taking place July 2 through July 4. The deadline for entry is June 27. The tournament will take place at the Lake Carlsbad Tennis Complex at 700 Park Drive. For more information, please call 887-1980. Jurva is also running tennis camps throughout the summer. Our tennis complex is one of the unsung heroes of this community and always appeals to out of town visitors.
A new restaurant, La Regia, has opened at 1801 S. Canal St. The restaurant will be open from Tuesday through Sunday and feature an all you can eat Mexican buffet, as well as menudo, gorditas and corn tortillas. For more information, please call (575) 988-2224.
Sincerely, Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway