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August 27th 2020

Update: 8-27-20

There’s an incredible amount of interest in cleaning up Carlsbad right now, and several upcoming events will allow everyone a chance to assist.

In recognition of National Public Lands Day there will be a clean-up at Six Mile Dam on Saturday September 26, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the end of Forni Road.  All the supplies necessary will be provided, such as gloves, bags, grabbers, buckets, hand sanitizer, snacks, and water. A lot of helping hands are needed to keep the community’s latest recreation area clean! If you would like more information, please contact Mary Garwood at 575-302-7665 or by email at

On October 3, there will be a community clean-up at Sitting Bull Falls and the Queen areas. Clean up areas include Sitting Bull Falls, Queen Highway, CR 409, and CR 67.This will be an all-day event that will include breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for all participants from local restaurants and vendors. Volunteers will meet at Guadalupe Ranger District Admin Site, located at 3366 Queens Highway, at 8am the day of the event. All the supplies will be included, gloves, bags, safety vests, grabbers, and hand sanitizer. If you’d like more information please Contact Kelsey Smith at 575-885-4181 or by email at

Join us for Riverblitz 2020: round 2 on Saturday October 10. Supplies will be provided starting at 7 a.m. at the Riverwalk Recreation Center, located at 400 Riverwalk Dr. Supplies include bags, gloves, snacks, and water. If you’d like to clean outer river areas, you must provide your own transportation. High clearance vehicles are recommended for outer river areas. At all time, any children in attendance must also be accompanied by an adult. For more information please call Mary Garwood at 575-302-7665 or meet at the rec center that morning.

If you can’t make any of these, don’t forget that our Beautification program has funding allowing organizations to clean up an area as a fundraiser. Please contact Mary for more information.

We are in the final phases of our Census outreach efforts, and both Census Bureau employees and volunteers will be ramping things up over the next few weeks.  Special thanks to John Whittington and La Tienda for supporting local Census efforts by allowing community members to set up a booth. Thanks again to Eddie Rodriguez, our Census Chair, and Deanna Taylor, our Census Coordinator, as well as to our partners with Eddy County.




The State Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the state Health Department Secretary has legal authority to impose restrictions on indoor dining. The courts also ruled that the restrictions were not “arbitrary and capricious” as the New Mexico Restaurant Association has argued. While this ruling was not what we’d hoped for our local restaurants, there is some positive in that restaurants will be allowed 25% indoor capacity beginning on Saturday. Mostly, we want to thank our local restaurants for their leadership and professionalism throughout this ordeal, despite enduring terrific hardships.

COVID-19 update: The Department of Health reported 24 new positive COVID-19 cases for Eddy County on Wednesday, which is our highest total for a single day. Artesia General Hospital also reported on Wednesday evening that there are 5 Eddy County residents currently hospitalized for COVID-19. Keep these individuals, their family members and our health-care providers in your prayers. Please continue to be safe as we work together to get through this.




Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway

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