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Update 11-24-22


Happy Thanksgiving Carlsbad!

We are thankful to live in such generous community. In recognition of the holiday, numerous local groups, including the Trinity Hotel, are giving away meals or holding free Thanksgiving celebrations. The Carlsbad Home Center also held a turkey giveaway last week. One of Carlsbad’s longstanding Christmas charities – Ray Anaya’s Christmas Anonymous, is also currently seeking registrations for its annual toy giveaway. An application form can be found at or by calling (575) 200-7400. The deadline is Dec. 1. Another great local organization, the Carlsbad Community of Hope, continues to offer shelter for the night when the temperature drops below 32 degrees.

We are also thankful to live in a beautiful community. The publication “Lonely Planet” recently listed New Mexico as one of its “must visit” destinations for 2023. The state certainly has many beautiful locations, but Carlsbad, with two nearby national parks, is always at the top of the list. In fact, Carlsbad Caverns National Park was recently listed as No. 4 in the “24 UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Visit in the U.S.” list.

On a local level, we’re proud of our beautiful river and of the many facilities that are being added along the river, including pickleball, volleyball and putt putt golf.

We are very thankful to live in a community that continues to grow and provide more opportunity. Last week, Carlsbad’s “Wingstop” opened its doors and set records on its first day. Riverside Country Club held a groundbreaking for a complete renovation on Saturday. Special thanks to Anthony Foreman, who is the president of the country club. Businesses are growing in Carlsbad because we have a such healthy and diverse economy, including tourism, agriculture, manufacturing, potash, oil and gas, and nuclear.

These many industries provide career opportunities for children growing up in Carlsbad and they also help us attract new residents.

We are thankful to live in a community with such an involved school district. Over the past few days alone, Carlsbad students have participated, and excelled in, MESA competitions, mock trials, honors choir, athletics and many other activities.

Finally, we are thankful to see such a wonderful agenda of events planned across Carlsbad over the next month, from community theater productions to wine festivals to, most importantly, numerous activities through our local churches.

Carlsbad is a wonderful community that always reminds us of so many reasons to be thankful. Happy Thanksgiving.


Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway

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