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Update 9-17-21


You have another good list of events if you are looking for something to do this weekend. Our summer concert series is back on – we have Charlie Ingraham playing from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the water park gazebo. Charlie was originally scheduled to play earlier this summer, but we had to reschedule due to the weather. Charlie has strong family ties to Carlsbad, and his performance is described as being an upbeat Texas Country vibe.

Additionally, HeritageFest is going to be taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will include a performance by the River Bed beginning just after 10 a.m. There will also be a cornhole tournament and a noon performance by Charlie Stout.

Finally, the Carlsbad Water Park will remain open on Saturdays and Sundays in September. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the cost for admission is $5.

There’s an important discussion going on related to the future of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). WIPP is currently seeking what’s called a Class 3 Permit Modification request to add two more panels to the facility – Units 11 and 12. This proposal doesn’t change the underground capacity at WIPP- it simply adds space to make up for lost real estate during earlier phases of the process. Some disposal capacity was lost in a few of the panels earlier due to ground conditions and because of 2014’s radiological event. Additionally, WIPP had originally planned to turn the drifts leading to the original eight panels into disposal space, but an engineering study showed that is no longer the preferred option.

I’ve submitted a letter in support of approval of these two new panels and I encourage others in Carlsbad to do the same. WIPP is a source of pride for many in our community, and it plays a vital role in our national security.

Update: Yesterday we mentioned COVID-19 testing at the civic center. We have also been informed that the Carlsbad Family Health Center on San Jose Boulevard is also still conducting testing from 3-4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Please call (575) 887-2455 for more information.

We’ve been asked to provide another reminder that we’ll have to use the 575 area code for dialing all local calls beginning Oct. 24. After that date, if you only dial a seven digit code you will get a recording. This new change to 10-digit dialing will prevent people from calling the new 9-8-8 emergency phone line by mistake



Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway


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