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Update 4-28-21


Carlsbad is extremely honored to have talented local artist Wren Prather-Stroud serve as the Secretary of the New Mexico Arts Commission and as a member of our Fine Arts Acquisition and Vetting Committee (FAAV).

Earlier this week, Prather-Stroud discussed the Halagueno Arts Park in an interview with Albuquerque Journal Arts Editor Adrian Gomez. Carlsbad’s arts park then received a massive feature in the Journal.

Prather-Stroud discussed all of the hard work that the FAAV has done for the park, which includes more than 20 large and small scale pieces of art. Works of art featured in the article included “Ball in the Window” by William Weaver, the Glenna Goodacre sculpture “The Facts of Life”, “Habanero” by Jim Eppler, Cynthia Rowland’s “Cougar” and Prather-Stroud’s very own creation, “The Reader.”

We’re very fortunate to such a beautiful arts park and appreciate all that Prather-Stroud and the entire FAAV have done for this community. FAAV voting members are Julia Heaton, Linda Pruit, Carla Dungan, Cindy Elkins, Judy Murray, Truth LaClair and Prather-Stroud.

Welcome to Nick Arledge as the new Chief Executive Officer at Carlsbad Medical Center. Arledge assumed the role earlier this week. According to a press release, he has 22 years of experience in health care, including most recently being Interim CEO of TMC Bonham Hospital in Bonham, Texas.  He also served as the Director of Physician and Ambulatory Services for the same regional health system.

In addition to his management experience, Arledge also has experience on the clinical side of healthcare, trained by the U.S. Army as an EMT and Radiologic Technologist, according to the press release. We look forward to working with Mr. Arledge in moving past the COVID-19 pandemic as a community and increasing health care options for the residents of our growing city.

The United Way of Eddy County announced that it has awarded $30,000 to local nonprofits to help combat food needs. This allocation, from the organization’s Special COVID-19 grant, included $13,270 to the SENM Community Action Corporation. SENMCAC provides more than 5,000 meals monthly to homebound senior citizens in Eddy County. The organization also provided mini-grants to Calvary Assembly of God’s food distribution program, Loaves & Fishes and Oasis Church Food Bank.

Also receiving funding were Artesia Emergency Relief, Carlsbad Transitional Housing & Homeless Shelter, Carlsbad Community of Hope and Changing Lives Coalition.   Thank you again to Linda Dodd and everyone with the United Way program.

Applications are also being accepted for the NM Mortgage Finance Authority’s COVID-19 Homeowner Assistance Program, which can help pay past-due or current mortgage payments for those experiencing a hardship because of COVID-19.  You can submit your application electronically to  To request a paper application, call 505.308.4206 or 866.488.0498. Learn more about the qualifications at



Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway

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