White Sands Missile Range community members can no longer renew their driver’s license, buy jewelry or freeze-dried “astronaut food” under one roof, now that the museum gift shop is closed and the WSMR Motor Vehicle Division has moved to the WSMR Community Center.
WSMR Director of Family Morale and Welfare Steve Zagar said the changes took place because FMWR was not able to keep both the museum gift shop and the Community Center open due to a reduction in staff.
The remaining jewelry will continue to be sold at the Community Center. WSMR IMCOM Chief of Recreation Sue Staub said some of the gift shop items will also be available at the Arts and Crafts Center. She said the changes are good for the convenience of the workforce.
“I think this will be a good thing because it’s closer for civilians to use during their lunchtime,” Staub said.
The location is also much more convenient because there is a waiting area and an option to buy food while you are there. She said the move would also be good for the museum because they can expand their displays to what was once the gift shop and MVD area.
The MVD is scheduled to reopen Nov. 23 in the Community Center. Meanwhile, new personnel are attending a four-week Las Cruces MVD training course.
“MVD will be operational as soon as employees are certified by the State,” Zagar said.
The remaining items from the gift shop will be used by FMWR as promotional items and giveaways at events.