Wanda Welch Death – Today, a lot of people in Carlsbad are mourning the passing of dedicated neighbor Wanda Welch, who passed away on Wednesday. For many years, Wanda had been a very involved Carlsbad resident. She co-chaired the Carlsbad beautification group for many years with her dear friend Deanna Taylor. Additionally, they played a key role in the fundraising drive to build the well-liked Friendship Park, a playground for kids with disabilities. Wanda was a highly effective realtor who was also heavily involved in the neighborhood election process.
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On Wanda’s social media page, many current and former Carlsbad residents commented about how welcome she made them feel when they first moved to town. Family members also shared stories of her deep faith and talked about how she was an inspiration to them throughout her struggle with illness. Wanda cherished Carlsbad, and we are grateful for her commitment to seeing this city flourish. We are aware that Carlsbad has various memorial initiatives planned for Wanda.
Devon Energy is looking for a new “Hometown Hero.” The program recognizes local emergency responders for their commitment to keeping our community safe. Nominations for the Devon Hometown Heroes can be made at www.devonenergy.com/hometownheroes. All nominees must work in Eddy, Lea, or Chavez County, New Mexico, in emergency response capacities. Devon claims to be aware of the many courageous deeds that take place in the neighborhood and wants to honor first responders who go above and beyond the call of duty.
Here’s another update on college athletes: Trystan Rogers, a former standout for Carlsbad, is a wrestling for the Jamestown Jimmies. Earlier this week, Jamestown suffered a 34-12 defeat against Dakota Wesleyan University after dropping six of its nine games. One of Rogers’ highlights for Jamestown was his 10-1 major victory. After capturing the district title and progressing all the way to the Class 5A 182-pound final, Rogers signed his letter of intent to wrestle for the North Dakota University in 2021. He is carrying on the long tradition of great wrestlers from Carlsbad.
Speaking of Carlsbad standouts, Terrance Orgain from Carlsbad has achieved a measure of online fame thanks to a half-court shot he made during a recent basketball match. Orgain is currently a sports coach at Carlsbad High School. After he made the successful backwards shot, the crowd cheered. Orgain is a member of the Carlsbad High School Athletics Hall of Fame and a Special Olympics World Champion, so this is not his first experience with fame.
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