We had 181 volunteers donate 1,029 hours of their time to work on the 6-Mile Dam cleanup this past weekend. It was a great step forward toward making this local treasure even better.
Much of the work took place on Saturday, but there were hundreds of hours devoted on Thursday and Friday as well.
EOG, NMSU-C and ConocoPhillips all supplied welders. NGL Energy Partners LP supplied welders, pipe fence and concrete workers. SouthEast Ready Mix supplied concrete pads for the picnic tables. RockStar Packing LLC supplied material for road construction.
Sendero, Creed and the Eddy County Road Department all assisted with road construction. Snacks and drinks were provided by the Carlsbad Soil and Water Conservation Service. We received assistance from NWP and La Tienda as well.
City of Carlsbad employees assisted with the installation of picnic tables and the removal of debris on the dam. The City of Carlsbad added picnic tables and trashcans. Roswell BLM Operations and the Carlsbad BLM Fire Crew installed fence posts and helped with road construction, and BLM and Forest Service people helped throughout the event. The Carlsbad Fire Department cleaned up branches along the dam. Scuba Connection took care of the removal of submerged trash, tires and other miscellaneous objects.
Many of the groups listed above also volunteered for the cleanup effort, and we received assistance by the Downtown Lion’s Club and numerous other volunteers of all ages. Congratulations to Mary Garwood and Deanna Taylor with Keep Carlsbad Beautiful, Tracy Hughes with the BLM, Trish Veit with ConocoPhillips and everyone else who helped organize this event. A very special thank you to JoAnn and Jesse Perry for their lifetime commitment to making this community beautiful. There are still plenty of chances to help – “Clean Up the Guads” is Oct. 3 and RiverBlitz Round 2 is scheduled for Oct. 10. For more information on either event, please call Mary Garwood at 302-7665.
Last week, we asked you to keep Lakeview Christian Home in your prayers. We’d like to renew that request. Lakeview is working extremely hard to protect its residents and employees and has also asked for assistance with PPE, including gowns, masks, goggles and face shields, snacks and drinks and even notes of encouragement. We had a great program over the summer in which Girl Scouts and other members of our community provided cards for many of our elderly residents. Lakeview’s employees and residents would enjoy similar messages right now. Lakeview is also a nonprofit organization and would appreciation any donations. You can assist by calling 887-3947 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just a reminder that federal grants are available to small businesses both within Carlsbad City limits and in Eddy County. Small businesses who incurred expenses related to the pandemic beginning March 1 may be eligible for grant money. Please call 887-6562 for more information or visit www.developcarlsbad.org/covid19.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway