As promised, here’s a little more information on this year’s Veterans Day ceremony. We’re very honored to have Dennis Bankson as our special guest for this year’s ceremony. Who is Mr. Bankson? He is one of the pilots who flew the specific Huey helicopter that is on display at the Carlsbad Veteran’s Memorial Park. An amazing series of coincidences brought us in touch with Mr. Bankson and his family. Bankson and Tim Messett, who piloted another helicopter in the same area, both plan to bring family members to Carlsbad for our Nov. 11 ceremony this year. They also plan to tour Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Please help us make these Vietnam War veterans and their families feel very welcome.
Our Veteran’s Day parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. this year from the CMS administration building and head to South James Street and then our Veteran’s Park. Our ceremony will begin at the parade’s conclusion. Thank you to Alberto Villegas and the Eddy County Patriotic Association for all of their hard work putting this together, as well as Steve Angell and Dagmar Youngberg.
We have been asked to let you all know about the creation of the Judge David Redford Memorial Scholarship Fund in conjunction with the Carlsbad Community Foundation. This scholarship will be awarded to a student majoring in Criminal Justice or a related field at Southeast New Mexico College.
If you are interested in making an in memoriam donation, you may do so directly through the Carlsbad Community Foundation website (https://carlsbad.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?funit_id=1828) or via check. Checks can made to the Carlsbad Community Foundation (memo: Redford Scholarship) and mailed directly to: Carlsbad Community Foundation, 114 S. Canyon Street, Carlsbad, NM 88220. Thank you to Judge Redford’s wonderful friends and co-workers for putting this together.
Finally, we have some great news concerning the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. On Oct. 27, the New Mexico Environment Department signed a final order approving a permit allowing for the “Excavation of a New Shaft and Associated Connecting Drifts.” This was an important safety improvement at WIPP and a good decision for the project and its employees. The employees of the WIPP underground, who are the true experts in this situation, supported this project as a means for improving on their access to ventilation.
A great deal of hard work went into this permit modification, both at the local level and at the state level, and everyone deserves credit on a job well done.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway