There’s an extensive update on former Carlsbad High School standout and current Miami Marlin star Trevor Rogers in the Miami Herald. Trevor, according to the article, has had a very challenging few weeks. His parents both got COVID and his mother became very sick and had to be hospitalized. He went on the family emergency list and then the bereavement list. He hasn’t pitched since July 31.
Trevor also said he lost both of his grandfathers within a week of each other. After a very difficult battle with COVID-19, Trevor reported that his mother is feeling better and has now returned home. He thanked God for answered prayer. According to the Miami Herald article, Trevor has been back with the team for a week now and is working out again. Please continue to keep Trevor and his family in your prayers.
There is a state legal battle going on right now that is also worth following. A lawsuit, filed in U.S. district court, argues that vaccine mandates for specific workers (specifically those in health care) violates constitutional rights. According to the most recent public health order, those who refuse the vaccine and do not qualify for an exemption based on religious or medical reasons run the risk of losing their jobs.
We have extreme concerns related to this new public health order, which could result in a large number of vacancies at Carlsbad Medical Center and at other hospitals across New Mexico. While we support vaccination efforts, this recent public health order creates the possibility of its own major health risk when emergency care nursing positions suddenly aren’t filled. Many members of the health care community who have been vaccinated still feel that this new public health order takes it too far. We urge the state to reconsider this order or make significant adjustments.
The lawsuit also argues against a vaccine mandate that potentially bars people from participating in the New Mexico State Fair. The lawsuit is seeking to halt the mandate through a temporary restraining order and injunction.
On a lighter note, the Guadalupe Mountains National Park has announced that the park’s newest artist-in-residence, Susan Lenz, has arrived. Lenz will be holding a workshop at Frijole Ranch on Sept. 4-6 and is also available to do presentations in Carlsbad.
According to a press release, her original concept was to use vintage textiles and to stress beautification and environmental cleanup issues. Please welcome Lenz to our community.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway