On behalf of the City of Carlsbad, we wish to offer our condolences to the family and friends of Roque Garcia, a former New Mexico State Police Officer who spent his entire career serving and protecting the citizens of Carlsbad and the surrounding area. Roque passed away over the past weekend and he will be greatly missed.
As an officer, Roque was always willing to go beyond the call of duty to help provide extra assistance and counseling to residents. We will be dedicating a special day in his memory.
We have received a new report on New Mexico’s Labor Market Review for March of 2021. New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 8.3 percent, which is the same as what is was the previous month. Unemployment in Eddy County, meanwhile, dropped from 7.7 percent last month to 7.3 percent this month. We are still not where we were at this time last year (3.6 percent), but numbers are moving in the right direction.
According to the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, we have a new business in town at 1709 W. Church St (Suite B) called Sunbird Home Resort Products. They sell everything for pool and spa maintenance and have recently branched out from Hobbs. They are looking to add additional pool service options in the future. For more information, please contact (575) 392-5882.
We have also seen a large number of bicycles going into a business downtown. Stay tuned for more information on this new bike shop in downtown Carlsbad.
Eddy County has appointed Cara Cooke to the position of Chief Deputy Clerk, according to a press release from the County. Cooke will work with County Clerk Darlene Rosprim and has served Eddy County Citizens through the Bureau of Elections for the past 14 years. Congratulations to Cooke, and we look forward to working with her.
COVID update: The last report we received on Friday was that there were 12 new positive COVID-19 cases reported that day, but we have had good news over the weekend. Carlsbad Medical Center reported only two cases over the previous three days off 78 tests. New Mexicans can register for vaccine and schedule their own appointments at vaccineNM.org. Vaccine is currently available to all New Mexicans 16 years and older, and it is free of charge. Thank you to the Faith, Hope & Love Foundation for helping provide information to the public about Monday’s weekly vaccination clinics at the civic center.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway