Many Carlsbad residents tuned in to “Dateline NBC” over the weekend to watch the special “The Woman Who Couldn’t Scream,” which focused on the murder of graduate student and Carlsbad native Katie Sepich in Las Cruces. The episode also covers the efforts of the Sepich family since to get laws on DNA collection changed. The episode originally aired on Feb. 21, 2020. You can login with your television provider and view it here: https://www.nbc.com/dateline/video/the-woman-who-couldnt-scream/9000204559.
In 2008, Jayann and Dave Sepich formed an organization called “DNA Saves,” which is committed to working with every state (and some other countries) to pass laws to expand the DNA database. If a DNA sample had been taken from Katie’s murderer upon his arrest for an unrelated crime, the Sepich’s would have discovered who killed their daughter only three months after her death. As it was, the murderer pleaded guilty in 2007 and received a 69-year prison sentence. A DNA database can also prevent future crimes from taking place. For more information on DNA Saves, please visit www.dnasaves.org/. Hopefully, the recent airing of the Dateline NBC episode will continue to call more attention to this effort.
COVID-19 numbers have remained high over the past week. Carlsbad Municipal Schools has made the decision to move Hillcrest Preschool into a remote model for the rest of this week due to staffing.
Free home COVID test kits are being made available to Carlsbad residents on Feb. 2. According to a press release, the Eddy County Office of Emergency Management will be distributing the tests from 3-5 p.m. Feb. 2 at the civic center on 4012 National Parks Highway. Tests are also being distributed from 3-4 p.m. in Loving on Feb. 1 and in Artesia from 1-3 on Feb. 9 at Jaycee Park. Home tests generally do not meet requirements that schools and places of employment have, unless a professional is on scene to administer them.
Additionally, individuals can order home COVID tests through the federal government at www.covidtest.gov. The website www.findatestnm.org is a good web site to go to if you are looking for local testing options. Finally, https://smarthealth.cards/en/ allows people who want to compile and access vaccine and clinical information.
The Carlsbad Cavemen varsity basketball team has a 2-0 record in district play now, following a 66-27 win over Roswell on Friday. The Cavemen play Hobbs this Friday. The Carlsbad Cavegirls beat Roswell, 36-23 on Friday and are also 2-0 in district play. The Cavegirls will play at Hobbs on Friday.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway