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Update 1-31-23


Thank you to everyone who participated in the Carlsbad Museum’s Hall of Fame induction for Gary Niblett and Dwight Pitcaithley over the weekend. Attendance was great, and there was a lot of great things to say about these two outstanding Carlsbad natives. If you weren’t able to make the ceremony, a video has been posted to the City’s Facebook page. Special thanks to our master of ceremonies, Ken Britt, as well as Voncile King and the Carlsbad Veterans Honor Guard. Please visit the museum to check out these two new exhibits.

Another very special Carlsbad resident was recognized last week at a private family ceremony. Bob Scholl, a WWII era veteran and beloved educator in Carlsbad, became the first person to be buried in the new Carlsbad Veterans Cemetery off of Boyd Drive. Scholl passed away in 2020, and there’s also a meeting room at the Carlsbad Public Library that has been named after him.  We understand that there will be another public memorial planned for Scholl in the future. We were very honored that Scholl was the first person to be buried at this beautiful cemetery.


Congratulations to the Carlsbad Police Department’s Dispatch Commander, Katey Prell. Last week, Prell attended the NM Association of Counties 911 Directors Meeting in Santa Fe to discuss legislative items regarding state 911 services. Prell is the Treasurer of this board and is also on the executive board of two other large telecommunicator boards (National Emergency Number Association and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials). Prell was also personally invited by Senator Ron Griggs to be his guest on the Senate floor on Jan 19, where she was introduced to the Senate. She will be representing the 911 community at the NENA 911 legislative conference in Washington D.C. in February. Here, she’ll have the opportunities to meet with federal legislators to discuss upcoming laws and changes to 911 services. There are a number of very important discussions going on related to 911 services, so we’re glad to have local representation.


Carlsbad’s boys and girls basketball teams have been off to a great start in district play. The boys have won their past five games and now have a 13-7 record. They beat Chaparral, 85-36, last week and then stopped Roswell, 56-40. The boys travel to Alamogordo on Tuesday and Hobbs on Friday.

Carlsbad’s Cavegirls have a very impressive 19-2 record and are coming off of a 43-27 win over Roswell last week. According to their schedule, the Cavegirls have a home game against Hobbs on Friday. It has been an exciting winter season for Carlsbad’s sports programs.


Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway


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