As reported in the Carlsbad Current Argus, New Mexico Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Services Sonya Smith visited Carlsbad last week to discuss plans for a state veterans’ cemetery. This proposed $6.4 million project would be located on ten acres of land adjacent to Sunset Gardens Cemetery in Carlsbad. As reported, the cemetery would be constructed in multiple phases, and it would take up to 18 months to complete. State veteran cemeteries currently exist in Fort Stanton, Gallup and Angel Fire. Veterans who are interested in burial may pre-apply through the website at www.nmdvs.org.
We’re very glad to see the state moving forward in providing this service to our veterans and their families. Many members of the Carlsbad community have been advocating for this project for a long time. We especially wish to thank Dagmar Youngberg, Adon Rodriguez and all current and former members of our cemetery board. A great deal of hard work has gone into this project and similar efforts on a local level.
The Carlsbad Water Park shut down over the weekend for cleaning and maintenance. We certainly apologize to any of our residents or visitors who planned to visit the water park over the weekend. The park now looks great, and we are very optimistic that we will be able to open again at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Even without the water park, Carlsbad had another busy weekend. Charlie Ingraham did a great job performing as a part of our summer concert series. Our beach area was filled with families swimming in the river, picnicking, and playing basketball, volleyball and pickle ball. The splash pad is also a very popular destination for families wanting to cool off over the weekend.
Robin Scott (Earwood) will be our entertainment at the Water Park Gazebo this upcoming Saturday, from 7-9 p.m. Please come out and enjoy the show at our beautiful beach area.
We also have a very busy week coming up at the Carlsbad Public Library, with activities throughout the week including teen art, Lego club, community story time, books and brushes and many more. Please visit our library or city page for times of each event.
Carlsbad Community Theater’s “The Story of Hansel and Gretel” is also in town this week. Remaining show times will be 7:30 p.m. July 30 and 31. This is a musical featuring local young performers. The theater did have to cancel next week’s matinee on July 31. The theater’s location is 4713 National Parks Highway. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway