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Farmington Daily Times

Life Care Center of Farmington has new executive director

FARMINGTON – Dan Barber has joined Life Care Center of Farmington as executive director.

The skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility is located at 1101 W. Murray Drive.

“As a veteran in the senior services field, Dan brings years of experience and a very strong skillset to lead Farmington’s premier skilled nursing facility,” said Jay Beaudoin, vice president for parent company Life Care Centers of America’s Pikes Peak Region. “I am confident his talent and commitment to our residents and families will build on this community’s tradition of compassionate care to the people of the Farmington area.”

Barber most recently served as administrator for Poplar Living Center in Casper, Wyoming. Prior to that he was an administrator for Trinity Healthcare in Texas, the company said in a press release. He has approximately 20 years of experience in senior care.

“I like the variety and caring for the elderly,” said Barber. “There’s never two of the same day. Every day you learn something new about the residents.”

The Sparks, Nevada native earned a master’s degree in health care management from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Nevada in Reno. He currently lives in Farmington.

Local hospitality talent nominated

There are some familiar San Juan County names and faces among the New Mexico Restaurant Association’s 2018 Hospitality Industry Awards nominees.

“It’s going to be a fantastic evening at the NMRA Speakeasy,” spokesperson Amber Ballog said in a press release.  The awards event, on the evening of Sept. 10, will be prohibition-era themed night celebrating “New Mexico’s Most Wanted.”

Local nominees are: 

• Restaurateur of the Year: Monica Shultz of The Chile Pod

• Manager of the Year: Brandon Beard of Three Rivers Brewery

• Restaurant Neighbor of the Year: Terry Toby of CJ’s Si Senor

• Brewery of the Year: Three Rivers Brewery

• Winery of the Year: St. Clair Winery & Bistro Farmington

“Gubernatorial candidates Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grisham will be joining us and will say a few words of encouragement to all of our nominees,” the association stated. The group also will recognize its Educator of the Year and 2018’s New Mexico ProStart champions.

Go to for ticket information.  All ticket sales will end on Aug. 31 at noon.

Dunn offers tracts to benefit UNM athletics 

SANTA FE – State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn said Aug. 21 that the August oil and gas lease sale brought in just over $12 million – a large portion of which was earmarked specifically for the University of New Mexico. 

Dunn said the success from the office’s two most recent lease sales” and the staggering increase in oil production in southeast New Mexico” means his office expects to hit the $1 billion mark for revenues in FY19.

The move was aimed at getting the university to restore some key sports its regents recently cut. 

Dunn included additional tracts in the August sales that specifically benefitted the university “in order to show his support for the quartet of sports that were cut because of budgetary and Title IX compliance issues,” the office said in a press release.

“I wanted to show my support for the student-athletes who comprise the men’s soccer, men’s and women’s skiing and women’s beach volleyball teams,” Dunn said. “With the money we’re directing to the university I would hope they can find a way to fund these programs 

He said the soccer, ski, and beach volleyball teams “are examples of quality programs that have attracted the best and brightest student-athletes who excel both in competition as well as in the classroom. “It is a shame that these programs were terminated,” Commissioner Dunn said. 

UNM will receive $3,151,205 from the proceeds of today’s sale. 

Other beneficiaries of the August sale and their respective earnings are: 

• Common Schools: $8,214,800 

• New Mexico Miner’s Hospital: $156,160 

• Charitable, Penal and Reform: $467,382 

• New Mexico Military Institute: $98,843 

Each month, oil and gas lease sales are held online in sealed and open bidding formats. The August sale featured 25 tracts for a total of 6,082 acres in Eddy and Lea counties. 
Santa Fe’s Federal Abstract was the high bidder in the sealed bid and online portions of the sale, the release said, acquiring 2,922.17 acres for $10,082,409.53 for an average per-acre price of $3,450.32. Eight bidders generated nearly $12.1 million. Thirty-one bidders from six states participated.  

“We’ve had two very successful sales, royalties are continuing to increase, and with oil production on trust lands approaching seven million barrels per month we are on course to generate $1 billion in revenues this year,” Commissioner Dunn said. “It’s a testament to the tireless efforts of everyone at the agency who continue to work on behalf of New Mexico’s schoolchildren and all of our beneficiaries.”