Weekend events in Carlsbad are a hit for local organizations


The Carlsbad Fire Department did a great job with the Friday and Saturday controlled burn that took place along Dark Canyon Draw. Controlled burns are a very important tool to protect homes, apartments and businesses along overgrown brush areas. Controlled burns have a number of benefits, including preventing any fires in the area from getting out of control. Considerable effort was made to ensure that no people or pets were in the burned areas.

The fire department will be patrolling the area for several days to check areas.


The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Age Friendly Committee had a great weekend. We were told that the organization’s first Valentine’s Day dance for seniors was a huge success. Special thanks to DJ Jose Ornelas for bringing music and a light show to the event. Thanks to Jeannie Watson for all her efforts in organizing this event.

Cal’s Shade Western also had a big weekend – the local facility held a fundraiser – including a car show – to purchase an electric wheelchair for a local resident. Thank you for all your support.

Finally, the Rotary Club of Carlsbad hosted another pancake breakfast on Saturday at the Carlsbad High School Cafeteria. Over 1,000 pancakes were served at the drive-thru and in the restaurant. XTO Energy helped sponsor the event, which included a live performance by the Carlsbad High School Jazz Band.


Mark your calendars – the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, and Carlsbad Development Department will be hosting a job fair from 2-7 p.m. on March 2 at the Conference Center from Pecos River Village. The day before, the three organizations organize an “employer roundtable” on the challenges to be met in terms of the workforce. Cabinet Secretary Ricky Serna will lead the discussion, which will include information on tax incentives available to employers. This event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on March 1 at the Pecos River Village Conference Center. You can RSVP by calling (57) 887-6562.


Several additional COVID-19 vaccination clinics are taking place this week, including one from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 17 in room 101 at NMSU-Carlsbad. This clinic will offer the Pfizer vaccine provided by Nor-Lea Hospital. Pre-register online by visiting vaccinenm.org.

There will also be a COVID-19 vaccination clinic offered by VaxMobile at the North Mesa Senior Rec. Center (1112 N. Mesa) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Feb. 15-16. Walk-ins are welcome and no insurance is required. For more information, please visit goodtimes.vaccinenm.org.


Dale Janway, Mayor of Carlsbad

Adrian Hedden can be reached at 575-618-7631, [email protected] or @AdrianHedden on Twitter.


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