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Sept. 1, 2020 Update

September 1, 2020

Pastor Dan Boyd delivered an excellent graveside service for Don Kidd on Tuesday, with assistance from the Masonic Lodge. Senator Kidd devoted his time in Carlsbad toward making this a better community, and we’ve heard so many stories about people he helped.

We would also like to offer our condolences to Lori Aho and all friends and family of Dr. James Aho, who recently passed away. Dr. Aho was an extremely gifted individual with multiple artistic talents. He will be greatly missed.

Eddy County has also been sending out reminders for Election Day. Oct. 6 is the last day to register to vote or to make updates to voter registration. You can do so at  That is also the first day to vote absentee. Early voting begins on Oct. 17 at 325 S. Man Street in Carlsbad and 602 S. First Street in Artesia.  Oct. 20 is the last day absentee ballots will be mailed out and Oct. 31 is the last day for early voting. On Election Day (Nov. 3) polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For a complete list of polling locations, please visit the Eddy County Clerk’s website.

Just a reminder that Municipal Court and all city offices will be closed on Sept. 7 for Labor Day. Solid waste pickup and other essential services will not be interrupted. We hope you all have a great Labor Day celebration.

How will community Halloween and fall festival celebrations be held this year? We certainly hope that things will be back to normal by the end of October, but it is always a good idea to plan for every possibility. Local resident Stephanie Williams has put together a Facebook page called “Spooktacular Things to See in Carlsbad” where people are sharing different ideas to make Halloween fun this year, no matter what else is happening.  There are lots of crafting and costume ideas being shared as well, so please check it out.

Artesia General Hospital updated its report to say that there have now been 492 total positive COVID-19 cases in Eddy County. The hospital reports 296 active cases, 191 recoveries and 5 COVID-19 related deaths in Eddy County. There are currently five county residents hospitalized for COVID-19 related complications and 11,132 total tests that have been conducted in Eddy County.  As covered by the Current-Argus, Carlsbad Municipal Schools announced on Aug. 31 that a teacher has tested positive for COVID-19. The teacher has not worked with any students in a face-to-face setting, and the room the teacher had been using for online classes has been disinfected. Superintendent Gerry Washburn and our school district continue to a great job responding quickly to all concerns.

We receive many helpful suggestions about our efforts to clean up trash around Carlsbad. On Monday, we received an email from a resident who suggested taking an extra sack with any time you go to a park or outdoor area and doing a little cleaning. Everyone working together can make a difference.

Finally, Trevor Rogers earned his first win in the Big Leagues Monday with a five-inning performance that gave the Marlins a 5-3 win over the New York Mets. He has now pitched nine total innings with 11 strikeouts and 2 .0 earned run average. Congratulations again to Trevor and his family.



Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway

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