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 sponsorships to help. You can sponsor an officer for one leg of the relay for $50 or sponsor an officer for all 12 legs for $600. Members of the Eddy County Regional SWAT Team will be the participants, and the event will begin at noon on April 9.
If you are interested in sponsoring, please call Cpl. Orlando Moreno at the Carlsbad Police Department’s main number, 885-2111. He’s hoping to put together banners for all of the major sponsors. The members of our local law enforcement community have been strong supporters of the Special Olympics, and we hope you’ll help with this great cause. Our local Special Olympians held virtual events to help them get through the COVID-19 outbreak, but they are certainly eager to return to regular events.
The City of Carlsbad now has open public WIFI at the beach area for members of the public. This free wifi (named “Water Park”) extends from the Carlsbad Water Park up to just past the beach band shell area, and from Park Drive to the Pecos River. Thank you to Joy Springer for the idea and to Ken Dail, Mark Trujillo and Mike Najero for handling the installation. Things are continuing to look positive in terms of Carlsbad opening up the water park over the summer and we hope you will continue to find us additional qualified lifeguards.
The New Mexico Department of Health has announced that, beginning April 5, all New Mexicans ages 16 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, states can expect a large increase in vaccine supply over the coming weeks, including significant increases in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Southwest Pharmacy is currently providing Johnson & Johnson vaccines in Carlsbad – You can register at Advanced Medication Management Systems (575) 885-2979. Those interested in any vaccine should still also follow the process of registering at vaccinenm.org. If you have any vaccine questions, please visit vaccineNM.org/facts.
According to the New Mexico vaccine dashboard, 28.3% of Eddy County residents have received at least one vaccine so far. We hope to see that number continue to increase over the next few weeks, as doses remain available.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway