UP Ricketts Park, home to the Connie Mack World Series and many, many local games and events, is undergoing a renovation project. Along the way a misunderstanding regarding prevailing wages resulted in an overrun in costs. The City of Farmington has stepped up to the plate and will deliver more than $45,000 to help cover the costs.
DOWN It is getting dangerous to be a local law enforcement officer. For the second time in a month officers have been run over by suspects. Fortunately neither suffered serious injury and the suspects were apprehended.
UP In two years since the introduction of the Financial Aid and College Entrance (FACE) program to students in Farmington High School and Piedra Vista High School, scholarship awards have grown from about $1.5 million to more than $13 million. With these scholarships, students are well on their way to financing a college education, which leads to career opportunities. We hope they make the most of that aid.
DOWN The Navajo Nation has received a warning from the federal government for not spending hundreds of millions of dollars earmarked for improved housing. As reported previously in The Daily Times, a housing development in Shiprock had been partially built, abandoned and vandalized, and now will be razed and rebuilt. We encourage the Navajo Nation Housing Authority and the federal government to work out their differences and get to work on improving housing for residents.
UP State tourism secretary Monique Jacobson visited the Four Corners Area to help promote the New Mexico True promotional campaign. This effort is aimed at improving New Mexico's 38th place for most visited state. Even a slight increase in the percentage of persons visiting will add significantly to the multi-billion dollar industry.
UP Memorial Day weekend officially kicked-off summer fun in Farmington. Riverfest provided entertainment along the rushing waters of the Animas River. Most important, the real reason for the holiday, is remembering those who served or are serving to protect our country's interests. Celebrations at Riverfest and Memory Gardens Cemetery honored those service members. The San Juan Rotary Club presented The Healing Field, a display of 800 flags on the field at the Farmington Boys and Girls Club.
UP Unemployment in San Juan County fell to 6.7 percent in April as the county saw an increase of 800 jobs. This is good news for an economy that has been suffering.
UP Historic pool hall will reopen in downtown Farmington as Bandit Billiards. It is good to see life breathed into the old building. If all goes well, look for a Bistro to be added to the business.