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Update 4-20-21

Things have really been picking up at the Bob Forrest Youth Sports Complex, and we hope they will stay that way.  This past weekend, Jeff Munro helped organize the Angels 4 Autism fastpitch softball tournament. This national movement started with 12-year-old Alex...

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City Receives “Unmodified” Audit

The City of Carlsbad has received an “Unmodified Opinion” from the Albuquerque accounting firm of Hinkle and Landers on its annual audit. The results of the audit have now been released to the public by the State Auditor. An unmodified opinion means that the auditor...

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Update 4-19-21

There’s a lot going on related to members of our arts and culture community. Dr. John Andrews writes to tell us that he has a few big events coming up to tie in with Shakespeare’s birthday.  He’ll be interviewing playwright David Hare on April 20 and author F. Murray...

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Update 4-17-21

  There will be a very important hearing related to the future of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in May. This hearing, related to the excavation of a new shaft and associated connecting drifts, will offer several opportunities for residents to provide feedback....

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Update 4-16-21

  A main water line was hit in the Cherry Lane area Thursday evening. A subcontractor working for Constructors Inc. on the sewer project struck the line. This resulted in a significant number of residents not having water for several hours. We sincerely apologize...

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Update 4-15-21

  On Wednesday, we had the opportunity to visit the Carlsbad Police Department to issue a proclamation honoring National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, which is the week of April 12-17. Our police dispatchers are the first person residents speak to when...

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Update 4-14-21

On behalf of everyone with the City of Carlsbad, we wish to offer our condolences to the family, friends and students of Gavin Mack, who had been a teacher at the Early College High School since 2016. Mr. Mack passed away on Tuesday morning after a prolonged illness....

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Update 4-13-21

A large number of residents have stepped forward to provide assistance to those who were displaced by the apartment complex fire on Monday morning. The Eddy County Office of Emergency Management posted a heartfelt message on Facebook thanking everyone who assisted and...

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Update 4-12-21

Thank you to all of our first responders who did an excellent job containing the structure fire that took place at the Vista Del Rio Apartment Complex Monday morning. Spring winds made containing the fire very difficult, but members of the Carlsbad Fire Department and...

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Update 4-10-21

Friday was a very important anniversary in the history of Carlsbad. April 9, 2021, marked the 79th anniversary of the beginning of the Bataan Death March that took place during World War II. A significant number of Carlsbad residents, including several who had been...

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April 9, 2021

Congratulations to the Carlsbad Cavegirl Varsity soccer team! The Cavegirls beat Rio Rancho, 3-2, in the semifinals on Thursday to earn a trip to the state championship. They will play Albuquerque High, who beat Centennial, 5-2, to reach the finals. This year’s state...

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4-8-21

As many of you have already heard, Eddy County is now “Turquoise” in the state’s COVID-19 gating criteria, which is the highest any county can get within the existing gating criteria. Eddy County has moved up in each of the previous three two-week periods, first from...

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Update 4-7-21

We received word on Tuesday that the Governor has signed HB 212, which will remake New Mexico State University’s Carlsbad Branch Campus into an independent Community College. This bill was sponsored by Rep. Brown and Rep. Townsend, with Sen. Gay Kernan sponsoring a...

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Preparing for New Gating Numbers: Update 4-6-21

On Wednesday, Eddy County will find out if we move up to the “Turquoise” level or back down to the “Yellow” level, based on the state’s COVID-19 gating criteria. Turquoise would mean fewer restrictions and opening at a larger capacity, while Yellow would put us back...

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Update 4-5-21

Our high school is right in the middle of all three sports seasons right now. Here are a few updates: Fall Sports: The “regular season” for soccer, volleyball, cross-country and football has concluded. In soccer, the Carlsbad Cavegirls varsity team received the top...

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Update 4-2-21

  Just a few months ago, the situation potentially looked bleak for rehabilitation facilities in Carlsbad.  The Villa de Esperanza program was possibly shutting down, as was its parent company, Golden Services, who also operated many of the counselling services...

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Update 4-1-21

Members of the Carlsbad Police Department and Eddy County Sheriff’s Department are helping to host a special fundraiser for the Special Olympics on April 9-11. Officers will run four miles every four hours throughout the 48-hour period, and they are seeking...

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Update 3-31-21

The United Way of Eddy County played a very significant role in providing COVID-19 relief throughout 2020. The organization celebrated its campaign last year with a special video presentation. You can watch the presentation here:...

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Update 3-30-21

Carlsbad’s Riverblitz 2021 is on the agenda. The annual City & Eddy County-wide Pecos River cleanup event is scheduled for 7-11 a.m. on May 1. We will provide masks, hand sanitizer, t-shirts, bags, gloves, snacks and water. The event will begin at the Riverwalk...

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Update 3-29-21

Carlsbad’s students returned to regular school hours this week, though some students are still learning online through the CAVE program. While the return to regular hours is certainly good news, the morning drop off and afternoon pickup, in particular around Lea...

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Update 3-27-21

The Department of Interior held a virtual public forum on the federal oil and gas program Thursday. You can view this program at https://www.doi.gov/events. Several panelists delivered excellent presentations in support of the oil and gas industry.  Nicole Borromeo,...

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Update 3-27-21

The Department of Interior held a virtual public forum on the federal oil and gas program Thursday. You can view this program at https://www.doi.gov/events. Several panelists delivered excellent presentations in support of the oil and gas industry.  Nicole Borromeo,...

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Update 3-26-21

Now that the weather has gotten a little warmer, people are beginning to ask us questions about the water park. The Carlsbad Water Park is traditionally open between Memorial Day and Labor Day and has been a source of pride in the community for several years now....

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Update 3-25-21

Eddy County residents went “Green” on March 24, which happened due to us having COVID-19 case incident rate of no greater than 8 cases per 100,000 people and a positivity rate of below 5% over the previous two weeks. This was another excellent step forward, which...

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Update 3-19-21

  The U.S. Department of Transportation has again selected Boutique Air to provide Essential Air Service in Carlsbad. Carlsbad’s City Council voted to recommend Boutique earlier this year, which was part of the federal government’s consideration.  This contract...

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Update 3-18-21

On Wednesday afternoon, a small ceremony at the Carlsbad Fire Department honored a young lady who helped save lives in Carlsbad. Rainelle Ruiz woke up early in the morning of Nov. 29. She looked out of her bedroom window and saw a fire across the street. According to...

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Update 3-17-21

There’s a lot of talk around Carlsbad about Tuesday’s earthquakes. According to the Carlsbad Fire Department, there were three earthquakes in the area, all about 40-50 miles to the south near Mentone, Texas. There were 3.2 and 3.1 magnitude quakes at 10:34 a.m. and...

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Update 3-15-21

March 13 was “Claudia Phillips Day,” an annual date that has been set aside in memory of this outstanding individual. Claudia was a very active member of the community, and she supported the Carlsbad Police Department, the Battered Families Shelter and the Carlsbad...

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Update 3-13-21

We have received several updates related to concerns over President Biden’s Executive Orders enacting a temporary moratorium on oil and gas leasing on federal land. According to a March 10 Politico article, New Mexico Senators Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján both...

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Update 3-12-21

We’ve had many people ask us about what is going on off Skyline Drive at the northernmost part of town. Local developers are putting in what’s called the Skyline Drive Commercial Subdivision, with Phase 1 to include nine new commercial lots near the entrance to...

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