We’re very excited about a packed house at Carlsbad’s Parker McCollum concert, which is taking place Thursday (March 24) at the Walter Gerrells Performing Arts and Exhibition Center. This will be the first major concert in the civic center auditorium since before COVID-19, and we look forward to seeing everyone’s pictures of the event. Parker recently was picked as the “Male Artist of the Year” during the Academy of Country Music Awards. Wyoming musician and former saddle bronc rider Chancey Williams will be opening at the concert. Tickets appear to officially be sold out, but are still available on some alternate ticket sites.
If you weren’t able to make Thursday’s concert, we’re also pleased so say that another country great, Travis Tritt, will be performing at the civic center on May 18. Tickets for the Travis Tritt concert will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday and can be reserved here: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/3615994/travis-tritt-scottsdale-walter-gerrells-performing-arts-and-exhibition-center.
Thanks again to Lupe Ornelas for all of his hard work out at the civic center. Tritt is a CMA and Grammy award-winning country artist best known for “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” and “It’s a Great Day to be Alive.”
We’ve had several residents ask us about the New Mexico Department of Transportation work going on at the Bataan Bridge at Greene Street. According to the NMDOT, this project consists of concrete repair and epoxy overlay. The project is expected to last two more weeks, weather dependent.
Over the next few days, you may notice some changes online and around town concerning our local college. As part of the transition to an independent college, online pages for the college are now being changed to the new name – Southeast New Mexico College (SENMC).
Additionally, if you know someone looking for a job, SENMC is currently advertising several positions. We’re very excited about this new phase in our college’s history.
When we talked about Monday’s Shorthorn ceremonies, we mistakenly left out one of Carlsbad’s true baseball heroes – Coach Tom Forni, who threw out the first pitch. Forni is a coaching legend across New Mexico, and he’s one of the MVP’s in terms of Carlsbad having such a competitive baseball program. When Carlsbad standout Cody Ross led the Giants to a World Series win in 2010, Coach Forni did an excellent job representing our community as media outlets from around the country came visiting. They all came to appreciate his hard work and dedication. You won’t meet a better person than Coach Forni, and we appreciate all that he’s done for youth and athletics in our community.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway