We’re looking at one of the nicest weeks of the year in Carlsbad right now, and we hope you are enjoying the fall weather. This is the perfect season for golf, tennis, fishing, disc golf and all other outdoor activities. This time of the year serves as a great reminder as to why the Odessa American recently honored Carlsbad with a “Reader’s Choice – Best Day Trip” award for the third year in a row. (This makes a good pairing with our selection on top of Expedia’s list of scenic southwest cities).
The Lake Carlsbad Golf Course, located at 901 Muscatel Avenue, hosts a par 3 course as well as the full 18 holes. For more information, please call (575) 885-5444.
More and more residents are also enjoying our Disc Golf Course, which winds through the Bataan Recreation Area and MLK Jr. Park. The 18-hole course begins right off of East Lea Street, near Lower Tansil Dam. There’s a map of the course posted near MLK Jr. Park and on the City of Carlsbad’s web page.
Of course, many other residents will be taking advantage of the weather to rake leaves or complete other yard work. The City of Carlsbad has an excellent grappler service offering pickup. Bag your leaves, put them on your front curb and “Call the Claw” at 311 (landline) or (575) 887-1200 (cell phone) for pickup. You can also complete a quick form at www.egovlink.com/carlsbad/ to let us know to come pick it up. Finally, you can always take your bagged leaves or other waste to the City of Carlsbad Solid Waste Convenience Station at 301 E. Plaza St. for drop-off. We’re proud of our solid waste department and the great job they do.
Now, to the COVID side of this update: As many of you are well-aware, there is an uptick in positive COVID-19 cases across the country right now, and our state and region is no exception. According to the New Mexico Department of Health, the two-week “Cases per 100,000” rate for Eddy County is now 63.40, while the positivity rate for the past two weeks is 17%. Both of these statistics are significantly higher than where they need to be. We are not alone – in fact, most of the state is now “Red” in terms of gating criteria and the numbers in southwestern New Mexico (communities near El Paso) are particularly high. It would not be reasonable to try to assign blame to Southeastern New Mexico at this time.
There’s little to say at this point that hasn’t been declared numerous times – wear a mask when the situation calls for it, avoid large gatherings, wash your hands and follow social distancing guidelines when able. We are happy to hear about so many recent recoveries from members of our community and look forward to the day when we can finally see this thing in the past.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway