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Update 8-23-21


August 24 is a very important day for the future of Carlsbad and Eddy County. That’s filing day for upcoming elections – and anyone wanting to run needs to do so at the Eddy County Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. You can file as a write-in on August 31.

Four of our Carlsbad City Council positions are up for election this year. City Councilor Jason Shirley (Ward 3) has announced that he does not plan to run for re-election. We sincerely appreciate everything that Jason has done for this community. The good news is that we know Jason is going to remain very involved through multiple organizations. The other positions up this year are Ward 1 (currently occupied by Edward Rodriguez), Ward 2 (currently occupied by Leo Estrada), and Ward 4 (currently occupied by Mark Walterscheid). We will know more tomorrow as to who all plans to run in the upcoming election.

Carlsbad’s City Council elections used to be in the spring, but we became a part of the Local Election Act in 2018, lining our elections up with all others. Election Day will be on Nov. 2, 2021.

There will also be elections for five new positions to serve on the board for Southeast New Mexico College (SENMC), which is in the process of going independent from New Mexico State University. This is, therefore, a very important election for Carlsbad’s college. Carlsbad Municipal Schools also has three board positions up this year.

If you decide you want to run for these or any other upcoming positions, visit the Eddy County Bureau of Elections at 325 S. Main Street on Aug. 24.  You can also get more information at

Sports Update: The Carlsbad Cavegirl varsity soccer team is now 4-0, following a 10-0 win over Bernalillo. The Cavegirls don’t play again until Aug. 31. The Cavegirl volleyball team begins its season this Tuesday with a game against Artesia.

Thank you to Cody Zane Wells for doing a great job at the water park gazebo Saturday night. The weather finally cooperated in the evening and everyone enjoyed the performance. We understand Cody performed later that night at the Class of 1991 Reunion at the Sheriff’s Posse Arena. This Saturday, Olga Dominguez and Cipriano Anaya will perform from 7-9 p.m.  They previously won an award through Univision in the Mariachi category.

Olga has been singing since she was four. She is a Jazz and R and B vocalist and plays keys. She studied Music and Music Theory.. Olga has also been a huge help with us bringing our concert series together this summer.

Cipriano has also been singing since he was four. Born and raised in Artesia, Cipriano has recorded several CDs with Norteno groups and has a group today.


Sincerely, Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway

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