One of Carlsbad’s most longstanding charities is preparing for Christmas this year. As it has been with so many other organizations, Ray Anaya’s Christmas Anonymous will be doing things a little bit differently.
For decades, Christmas Anonymous has provided toys and holiday cheer to families in need. Ray Anaya first started the program in 1965 with two other community members as a way to give something for the needy in Carlsbad. The tradition continued after Ray Anaya’s passing- the project is now being run by his daughter, Geraldine Anaya Armendarez and other members of the family.
This year, Ray Anaya’s Christmas Anonymous will be holding registrations by Appointment Only. Appointments began on Nov. 4 and will run through Dec. 10. Your application will still require a proof of income, Social Security cards for kids and parents, proof of residence and a valid phone number. Please text your name and a good contact number to (575) 725-1382 to get the process started.
Our COVID-19 numbers remained very high over the weekend. We had 79 new positive cases reported in Eddy County Sunday as well as two COVID-19 related deaths (a female in her 80s with underlying conditions and a male in his 90s with underlying conditions), according to the New Mexico Department of Health. On Saturday, there were 40 new cases reported and one death – a male in his 30s who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. Our prayers go out to all three of these Eddy County residents as well as to our friends and neighbors who are still battling coronavirus.
On Friday, we finally had the opportunity to speak with Eric Leonard, the new Superintendent of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Leonard previously served as the superintendent of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in South Dakota. He has been here since Aug. 30, 2020. It was a great visit, and we believe Leonard will do a great job at the national park. Thanks to Elizabeth Jackson for always doing such a great job at the Guadalupe Mountains.
As with many outdoor locations, the Guadalupe Mountains have had a high number of visitors throughout the COVID-19 shutdown. Especially during this time of year, hundreds of visitors each day are showing up for McKittrick Canyon and Guadalupe Peak in particular. Since there are a large number of new hikers to the park, rangers did ask to remind everyone to bring plenty of water and to always be respectful of the park by not littering.
Be sure to check out the Pecos River Village Conference Center and Carousel House after Christmas on the Pecos begins on Nov. 27. The decorations look fantastic.
Just a reminder that we’re having a virtual Veteran’s Day ceremony at 11 a.m. in which we will also formally introduce our new Huey Helicopter. You can watch the ceremony Live from the City of Carlsbad Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CityofCarlsbadGov. We’re really looking forward to this event.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway