On Tuesday, we had the chance to meet the new director of Carlsbad MainStreet, Ashly Key. Ashly has been in Carlsbad for three years now, having moved here because of her husband’s job in the oil and gas industry. They have a 13-year-old son. Ashly has posted a short video welcome on MainStreet’s Facebook page.
She has also been a big part of the successful effort to raise funds to provide additional Critical Incident Stress Management training for Carlsbad’s first responders. The Carlsbad Mental Health Awareness Group originally came up with this idea through its Leadership Carlsbad Program. CISM training is a method of helping first responders and others who have been involved in critical incidents that may leave them emotionally or physically impacted by those incidents.
MainStreet is an excellent program that does a lot for our downtown area and community. MainStreet is in charge of our downtown Farmers Market and has organized CavernFest. There’s a huge difference between communities who have a strong MainStreet presence and communities who do not, and Carlsbad has always benefitted from having a very engaged MainStreet. We look forward to working with Ashly on making improvements to Carlsbad. Ashly’s prededessor, Karla Niemeier, has announced her new position as marketing director for Carlsbad’s Center of Excellence. We know she’ll do a great job there.
Ted Cordova, formerly our Sports Complex Superintendent, is now our Director of Community Development with the City of Carlsbad. This is the position formerly held by Ken Britt, who recently retired. Ted will do a great job serving the city.
It was an unusual summer in so many ways, and we were very disappointed that we were not able to open the water park this summer. We felt like our local children would have benefitted from this additional chance to cool down outdoors. However, the City’s lifeguards kept busy protecting swimmers around the beach area and did a great job all summer. Our last day with posted lifeguards was Labor Day. They recorded a number of saves throughout June, July and August – especially on the Fourth of July, and we thank Brad Alpers and all of the City’s lifeguards for their service.
There were four positive COVID-19 tests announced for Eddy County on Tuesday, putting us at an overall total of 584, according to the Department of Health. This daily number is below the “Cases Per 100,000” statistic tabulated for Eddy County, though the data used is based on a two week average.
That includes 220 recoveries and 5 COVID-related deaths. The Department of Health now reports 12,349 tests conducted in Eddy County. Please keep working hard to keep our positive test numbers low.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway