October 26, 2018 – The oil boom in southern New Mexico means more jobs in Carlsbad, but longtime residents and new arrivals are all finding it tough to find a place to live. The cost of both homes and rentals has gone up in recent years. And many local leaders report that there just aren’t enough places to house the current population. In part two of our series on housing in Carlsbad, produced with the Carlsbad Current-Argus, Sarah Gustavus looks at how the housing shortage has impacted two young professionals.
June 1, 2018 – The regents of New Mexico State University have replaced outgoing chancellor/president Garry Carruthers with incoming chancellor Dan Arvizu and incoming president John Floros. At a base salary of $500k per year for Arvizu and $450k for Floros, critics are calling the compensation packages excessive. But Regents say they needed to attract the best talent by being competitive on a national level. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate whether this was a wise move, and if the new leadership team will be able to fulfill their mandates of increasing student enrollment, research revenue, and alumni giving.
For Further Reading:
Two new NMSU leaders to earn $950,000 yearly By Diana Alba Soular, Albuquerque Journal
Carolyn Carlson, The Weekly Alibi
Dede Feldman, Former NM State Senator
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Andy Lyman, NM Political Report