From all of the reports we received, Carlsbad residents largely celebrated Halloween very safely.
Special thanks to Stephanie Williams and everyone else who helped put together the “Spooktacular Things to See in Carlsbad” Facebook page, which included a map of COVID-safe trick-or-treating locations around town, as well as a list of homes who added special decorations and other activities. There were 50 winners and 25 sponsors announced through this group alone. People really went all out with some of this year’s decorations.
Several churches and businesses also stepped up to offer safe alternatives. Organizations including Carlsbad MainStreet and Rotary held costume contests and pumpkin carving events to help make the holiday memorable. Finally, thank you to the residents of Riverside Drive, who always put forth an extra special effort to make every Oct. 31 special or residents. Halloween was a team effort in Carlsbad, and everyone should be proud of how well it went.
Just a reminder that you can vote at any one of Eddy County’s convenience centers on Election Day this Tuesday. All of the centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Carlsbad Locations are: St. Peter Lutheran Church (1302 W. Piece St.), Lakeview Christian Home (1300 N. Canal Street), VFW Hall (1916 San Jose Boulevard), Hillcrest Baptist Church (605 N. 6th Street), JMA (500 W. Church Street), the County Clerk’s Office (325 S. Main Street), Eddy County Fire Service (1400 Commerce Street) and the Otis Community Center (2513 Bannister Road). In Loving, you can vote in the Loving School Administration Conference Room (603 W. Cottonwood). As reported earlier, Carlsbad and Eddy County residents had a massive turnout during the early voting process, and we expect record totals. If you want to see a sample ballot before going to the polls, please visit https://www.co.eddy.nm.us/219/Elections-Voter-Information.
COVID-19 update: There were 51 positives announced for Eddy County on Sunday by the New Mexico Department of Health, which was our highest single total, but 9 positives announced on Saturday. There was also reportedly a delay in lab totals on Saturday, so some of Sunday’s totals may be included there. Finally, there were 18 positive COVID-19 cases announced for Eddy County on Friday and one COVID-related death, according to the Department of Health. We continue to have a number of COVID-19 related hospitalizations in Eddy County and in the surrounding area. Please pray for our doctors, nurses and health care professionals and do what you can to assist them by working to reduce the spread of the virus across Eddy County.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway