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USGA Filming Crew Visits Rockwind

On April 6th and 7th, a filming crew from the United States Golf Association (USGA) traveled to Hobbs, New Mexico to catch the beauty and success thus far of Rockwind Community Links. Since inception, the staffs of the facility, as well as the City of Hobbs, have worked diligently to accomplish the concept of "community links," and the USGA has embraced this concept and believes it may be the catalyst for growing the game of golf.

Rockwind has received numerous awards and accolades in the months leading up to the USGA visit, with one magazine calling Rockwind "the future of golf." With golf’s popularity rapidly decreasing in the past few decades, the USGA seems to agree with that statement. The project of filming a piece on Rockwind came about after a presentation about Rockwind Community Links given by Hobbs City Manager, J.J. Murphy, and course architect, Andy Staples, at a USGA Symposium in January. The idea of still keeping golf as the center of such a facility but bringing in activities that either haven’t been incorporated at a course before or not in the same way contributes to the concept. That has made such a positive impact on our community, as well as to the success of Rockwind. This was the theme of J.J.’s presentation which caught USGA leaders’ attention.

The Community Links concept is helping to shine a light on the value that a well-conceived, well-run golf facility can provide to the community," said Hunki Yun, the USGA’s director of partnerships, outreach and education. "Thanks to the vision of the city of Hobbs, Rockwind can serve as a model for other municipalities that are looking to use golf to offer numerous benefits to their residents."

Rockwind has an open atmosphere and numerous activities made available for golfers and non-golfers of all ages, making it a gathering place for groups and individuals of all types and interests to come to. Now, others around the nation will learn about the 9-Hole Par 3 Course and 18-hole Championship Course, the jogging trail, the numerous types of golf classes and clinics for golfers at all stages, the reservation types made available for weddings and other special events, and the relaxing patio as well as indoor dining experiences at Rockwind Grill.

The filming crew’s visit, made by Rob Cowen and Rob Rabena, consisted of numerous on-camera interviews given by various supporters of Rockwind. The Mayor, City Manager, participants in the Couples Program on Wednesday nights, children and their parents of the First Tee Program of Southeastern New Mexico at Rockwind, and of course Rockwind Golf Pros Linda Howell and Camren Bergman all delivered positive comments. With beautiful weather and an active schedule, Rockwind shone in all its glory both days, giving the crew the perfect opportunity to catch the well-known sunsets and sunrises that Southeastern New Mexico manifests. The crew also took many shots of both courses, but also of some of the local surrounding attractions, such as Harry McAdams Park, the 9/11 Memorial, and the jogging trail along Lovington Highway.

After seeing how this concept has not only sustained itself but thrived, the USGA is now presenting Rockwind Community Links to golf courses and industry insiders across the nation as a model for how golf courses should now be developed and managed. The success and honor that Rockwind has attained is something unforeseeable but well-received, with J.J. Murphy stating, "It is a major privilege for the USGA to acknowledge and highlight Rockwind Community Links in such a way. To be showcased as a model for how golf possibly could be developed and managed is sure to bring many more accolades for Rockwind, and we were happy to accommodate the filming crew and thank them for all of their hard work in getting our message out."

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Hobbs Water Production Division Receives Top State Honor

Pictured: Tim Woomer, Frank Crane, Orlando Medina, Chris Maynard

On January 27th, 2016, The City of Hobbs Water Production Division received the 2016 Max Summerlot Award at the New Mexico Water & Wastewater Association's (NMWWA) 61st Annual Meeting that was held in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

The Max Summerlot Award, the State of New Mexico's highest and most respected industry award, is presented annually to the New Mexico water or wastewater facility that demonstrates the highest level of professionalism and excellence in the operation, maintenance, management, and safety of the system and facilities. The award is in honor of Mr. Max Summerlot, who was responsible for developing the State of New Mexico's formal operator training program at New Mexico State University in 1974.

"This award recognizes the dedicated and hard-working men and women who are responsible for the daily operation of our water production system and facilities," explained Tim Woomer, Director of Public Utilities for the City of Hobbs. "This prestigious award was presented to the City of Hobbs because our team members demonstrate and practice the highest level of professionalism, knowledge, and expertise that is required to operate these critically important facilities safely and at their optimum level. It is particularly important to recall that the City of Hobbs Wastewater Reclamation Facility was the 2015 recipient of the Max Summerlot Award. Therefore, this award represents consecutive years that the City of Hobbs Utilities Department has been recognized and honored for excellence in facility operations. These combined achievements illustrate the high level of excellence in performance that exists within the City of Hobbs and that our outstanding employees within the Utilities Department have earned this award through their hard work and determination."

"Once again, I am proud of the employees, as well as the leadership, of the Hobbs Water Production Division Team. Being recognized as the leading potable water system and facility in the state of New Mexico this year is incredible," said J.J. Murphy, City Manager. "This is another example of what great people we have in our organization and how fortunate we are to have these outstanding services in Hobbs."

Hobbs Express Offering New Service

Transportation Service for Hotel Guests to the Hobbs Airport
Great news!! Hobbs Express will be at the airport for all inbound United Airlines flights beginning February 1, 2016. If you need a ride from your hotel to the airport for any outbound flight, please call 575-397-9290 anytime during regular business hours Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, to schedule your ride in advance. Cost is $5.00 per person. It's easy! For more information, please call 575-397-9290

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NOTICE - Compactor Temporarily Out of Service

Due to the mechanical breakdown of the compacting equipment utilized at the City of Hobbs Convenience and Recycling Center, located at 3000 E. Marland, the City is temporarily suspending the acceptance of any material at this facility that would normally be compacted and transported to the regional landfill. The City of Hobbs is asking all individuals to temporarily withhold bringing any material to this location to be compacted until further notice, as the material will not be accepted at this time.

The recycling operations, also located at the Convenience and Recycling Center, will continue to be operated as normally scheduled during this period.

The transfer station located on Business Blvd. is operating normally and will accept trash at no cost.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the City of Hobbs Utilities Department at (575) 397-9315.

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Construction Updates

Ramirez & Sons, of Hobbs NM, will be performing work on Stevens and Pecos April 25th, 2016. The work is scheduled to last for about 4 days. Motorists are asked to observe all traffic control.

We thank you for your patience and should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact: Ramirez & Sons, Inc. 575-492-0480

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