- Associated Press - Sunday, March 13, 2016

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Carlsbad Caverns National Park officials will hold a forum to help inform the community about the ongoing lack of elevator service.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports (https://bit.ly/1TXNgbj) that Park Superintendent Doug Neighbor will speak about the current status of repairs at the Tuesday town hall.

The park’s second passenger elevator closed in November after it stalled. The other elevator was already out of service.

The National Park Service is expected to award a contract for the repair work Friday.

The pace of settling on a contractor has drawn criticism from some, including Rep. Steve Pearce.



The congressman says the forum is a first step in the right direction.

Caverns spokeswoman Valerie Gohlke disputes Pearce’s criticism, saying the park has been good about sharing new information with the community.

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Information from: Carlsbad Current-Argus, https://www.currentargus.com/

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