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Update from Mayor Dale Janway

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Congratulations to Intrepid Potash. Intrepid’s East Mine has been chosen as the recipient of the Rocky Mountain Mining Institute’s 2022 Safety Award for Large Underground Mines. This award is based around production and meeting MSHA safety standards and is based on performance during 2021.

Intrepid East was picked from among mines across an eight state region. The mine will be recognized at the annual RMMI meeting in Snowmass, Colorado in June. 

“Congratulations to all the employees at Intrepid Potash East Mine on winning this award,” wrote Intrepid’s Judy Colgan. “Your performance is truly commendable.” Congratulations to Intrepid from Carlsbad as well, and thank you for keeping our residents who work there so safe.

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The Early College High School has two valedictorians this year! Alexandra Jurado and Sierra Spencer each finished with a GPA of 4.080. 

Alex is the daughter of Yvette Jurado and Carlo Jurado. At CECHS, Alex was a member of the National Honor Society and President of Student Council. Alex works at Southwest Pharmacy, and after graduation, she plans to attend UNM’s BA/MD Program to study Biochemistry.

Also ranked number one is Sierra Spencer. Sierra is the daughter of Dan and Christina Spencer. At CECHS, Sierra served as the President of National Honor Society and was a member of Business Professionals of America. Sierra is also a member of the Happy Valley Baptist Church where she plays guitar in the Worship Band. 

Sierra has worked as a Sales Associate at Melrose and as an Intern in Ms. Donaghe’s classroom at CECHS. After graduation, Sierra plans to attend Texas Tech University to study Elementary Education with the goals of becoming an Elementary Teacher and entering the Mission Field.

Rounding out the top five at the Early College High School are Emily Hicks, Allison Cox and Nicole Sage. These students all receive an Associates Degree in addition to their high school diploma. Congratulations to these outstanding students. 

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Many of you are already following the tragic May 12 theft of Dr. Kim Lark’s three search and rescue dogs. Her vehicle and a number of other valuables were stolen at the same time, as Dr. Lark was checking on a hospice patient.  According to a police press release, Dr. Lark identified Jon Green, who also goes by Ted Maher, as the individual who took the dogs and vehicle. Green was last seen driving near Amarillo on May 13. He is wanted on ten felony charges and should be considered armed and dangerous. 

Many Carlsbad residents are assisting by helping spread word of this terrible crime over social media and to friends and family members across the nation. Of course, everyone is praying for the safety of the dogs. The missing vehicle was a maroon 2015 Ford Expedition, maroon in color with the license plate 868TCC.  Multiple leads are being followed. 

Please continue to help get word out. Anyone with information should immediately call the Carlsbad Police Department at (575)885-2111 ext. 0 or Detective Jim Devlin at (575)885-2111 ext. 2230.

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New Mexico’s wildfire situation has been extremely scary this year, and Carlsbad had a related scare of its own on Thursday evening.  A fire in the Dark Canyon Draw, southwest of Carlsbad near Standpipe Road, burned at least 75 acres. Several planes dumped slurry on the fire to keep it contained. By Friday morning, the fire was largely contained. There were no evacuations. Thank you to the Carlsbad Fire Department, Eddy County Sheriff’s Department and Bureau of Land Management for responding so quickly and for working through the night. 

Sincerely,

Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway

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