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Update 12-21-22


If you are looking for a couple last minute Christmas gift ideas, consider buying someone tickets for one or more of the upcoming concerts in Carlsbad.

The Country band Lonestar will be performing at the Walter Gerrells Performing Arts and Exhibition Center on Feb. 17. Special Guest Will Banister will also be featured. The concert will run from 8-11 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. You can purchase tickets here:

Lonestar, formerly known as Texassee, is a country music group from Nashville. The band has chartered more than 20 singles in the Hot Country Songs chart, including nine that reached No. 1. Current members are Michael Britt, Dean Sams, Keech Rainwater and Drew Womack.  Former top songs include “What About Now” and “I’m Already There.”

Christian Band Casting Crowns will be visiting Carlsbad as part of its Healer Tour on March 30. This concert, also at the civic center, will include We Are Messengers and Ben Fuller. You can purchase tickets at

Casting Crowns is a contemporary Christian rock band that first started in 1999. Youth pastor Mark Hall, who serves as the lead vocalist, first organized the band. Casting Crowns has won a Grammy and a Dove Award, and was extremely popular during a previous visit to Carlsbad. Hall now serves as youth minister at Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough, Georgia.

In addition to being a lot of fun, a high attendance at concerts such as these means more and more bands will look at visiting here. We’ll keep working to bring more acts to Carlsbad.


We have a brief update on the effort to expand a vocational training program at Southeast New Mexico College. Dr. Ned Elkins, who is the chairman of the college board, has appointed an ad hoc committee to work on this important process. An application for a grant was due to the Department of Energy by Dec. 21. Special thanks to The Grant Plant, for assisting with this application, and the Permian Strategic Partnership, for generously agreeing to support the grant application process.

WIPP, the oil and gas industry and potash are all being included in the discussion about this program, which will include the construction of a new building at the college. Additionally, the college is working closely with Carlsbad Municipal Schools, who is continuing to develop its academy program. There’s a lot of great effort being put forth to provide training opportunities for our local workforce.



Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway



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