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Following up the Permitting Freeze: Update 1-25-21

If you haven’t seen it already, there’s an excellent piece in Forbes that goes into depth on the economic risk New Mexico is at due to the proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing on federal lands. Last week, President Joe Biden issued a 60-day moratorium on all oil and...

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Double Eagle Water System

  One of the greatest accomplishments of the past years has to be the completion of the Double Eagle Water System. The completion of this multiple decades-long project gives the City of Carlsbad and its residents the ability to grow and thrive in a desert...

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Update 1-22-21

: Our sand volleyball courts are done! Please go check them out off of Park Drive near the Carlsbad Beach Area. Special thanks to Steven McCutcheon and MHAT for donating services, the Bureau of Land Management for their extensive assistance and our City of Carlsbad...

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Revisiting School Openings: Update 1-21-2021

New Mexico Senator David Gallegos, who represents Southeastern New Mexico, has announced that he is going to introduce a bill to put the decision-making power to re-open schools in the hands of local school boards. Representative Jim Townsend has said that the House...

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Update 1-20-21

Earlier this week, ConocoPhillips completed its acquisition of Concho Resources Inc. Holders of Concho Resources stock will receive 1.46 shares of ConocoPhillips stock. ConocoPhillips announced in October that it was buying Concho for $9.7 billion. Together, the two...

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Avalon Ranch Update: 1-19-21

Many of us could sure use some positive news, and we’ve received some over the weekend. Dr. Jenny Felmley with New Mexico’s Behavioral Health Services Division informed us that BHSD has given the Avalon Ranch project the nod to hire an executive director and begin the...

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Update 1-18-21

There are a lot of changes during this year’s legislative session in New Mexico – new elected officials and new policies in place for holding the session during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, some things haven’t changed, including the effort by some elected officials...

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Update 1-16-21

We have another local veteran who is celebrating a special birthday next week. Carlsbad resident Pat Mitchell will be turning 95 on Jan. 18. Pat is a World War II veteran who loves playing his fiddle and teaching others how to play, and his Sunday morning worship...

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Update 1-15-21

There’s been a lot of recent progress on the effort to create an independent college in Carlsbad, and we believed it was time for an update. A preliminary plan has been submitted to the New Mexico Department of Higher Education by Craig Stephens, John Heaton and...

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Update- 1-14-21

  On Jan. 20, 2021, World War II veteran and Carlsbad resident Bill Fuson will celebrate his 96th birthday. Making Bill’s birthday special during COVID-19 has been difficult, but his family is working to put together a book of memories. Please help us wish Bill a...

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Update 1-9-21

Some very creative individuals are coming up with a few unique ways to educate and inform others. The Carlsbad Public Library and our Public Works department are working on a “StoryWalk” trip along Lake Carlsbad. According to our head librarian, Sarah Jones, this will...

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EAS Process Explained: Update 1-8-21

We’ve recently made several improvements to the Cavern City Air Terminal and are very proud of our airport right now. An important decision-making process regarding Carlsbad’s airport is also in the process. Late in 2020, the United States Department of Transportation...

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Update: 1-7-21

The City of Carlsbad is served by numerous advisory boards. These hardworking men and women play an important role to our community and help us make sure everything is running smoothly across all city departments. The COVID-19 pandemic changed our routines.  Many of...

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Update 1-6-21

The new district judge in Carlsbad will be a familiar face to those of you who have worked with the City of Carlsbad. On Dec. 11, Eileen Riordan was selected as the new district judge by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to represent the Fifth Judicial District out of...

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Update: 1-5-21

  Jay Granger, who served the City of Carlsbad for more than 38 years, retired on Dec. 31. Jay first joined the City in 1982 as a laborer for the water department and worked his way up through a variety of positions. Most recently, he served as the Superintendent...

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Development Update

Here is our updated larger scale residential development and commercial development report for Carlsbad, which was compiled by our Planning, Engineering and Regulation Department. The report shows continued growth in Carlsbad through the end of December 2020....

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United Way Issues Update: 1-3-21

  The United Way of Eddy County sent out some positive news this weekend mentioning the impact of its Project Feeding Families Program. According to Executive Director Linda Dodd, since Nov. 1, the organization gave out more than 300 food vouchers for holiday...

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Update: 1-2-21

We want to offer our condolences to the family of Ofelia Bernal Estrada and Leopoldo Estrada Jr., who both passed away in December. Ofelia and Leo were wonderful residents and great-great grandparents who were also very caring and generous people. So many members of...

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Happy New Year!

This is often the time of year when many organizations will write summaries highlighting the previous year. The question is, does anyone really want to be reminded of everything that happened in 2020? Instead, let’s focus on some of our hopes for 2021. Does it really...

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Holiday Safety Reminder: December 29, 2020

While many of us are eager to see 2020 in the rearview mirror, Cindy Sharif and everyone with the Eddy County DWI program want to remind us to safely celebrate the arrival of 2021. Local law enforcement will certainly be out in force on New Year’s Eve making sure not...

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Update: 12-28-20

The mental health crisis so many people are facing right now has not abated, and it has been impacting people of all ages. January and February are normally difficult times for many, and the numerous variables associated with COVID shutdowns have only made things much...

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Update 12-26-20

We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that many of you are continuing to enjoy the holiday break. The Christmas season certainly isn’t over yet, and if you are looking for some more holiday cheer, don’t forget to check out the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce’s...

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Merry Christmas everyone!

While this year’s Christmas celebration may be different for many than it has been in the past, the true meaning of the holiday season has not diminished one bit. The Christmas season will always be a time of hope and thanks. Thank you most of all to our health care...

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Community Has History of Helping: 12-24-20

We’ve been publishing daily updates since March, and one of the common themes has been about how so many members of the community have come together to lift Carlsbad over the many challenges presented during this difficult year. Repeatedly, Carlsbad residents have...

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Carlsbad’s Ocotillo Hills Add to Community: 12-23-20

I remember former Mayor Bob Forrest telling how every morning he would leave his home and travel along the Pecos River and what an inspiration this was to him and what a great asset the river is to the City of Carlsbad. We are all also amazed by the beautiful Pecos...

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12-19-20

The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce is putting together a memorable Christmas production, which should be viewable early this week from the Chamber’s Facebook and web page. It will be a virtual Christmas on the Pecos tour and provide a fun, local viewing event for those...

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Update On At-Home Testing: 12-18-20

We learned a little more about the plans to provide at-home testing for COVID-19 in the upcoming weeks. During the governor’s press conference Thursday, we were informed that a company called Vault Health has developed a saliva test that can be done at home and return...

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