We wish to offer our condolences to the family of Eva Anaya, who passed away over the weekend. She and her husband, Ray, worked tirelessly for children and families in this community for 50 years in hopes of providing disadvantaged children with a Merry Christmas. Ray passed away in 2013, and he was later inducted into Carlsbad’s Hall of Fame. Eva and Ray’s philanthropic efforts are continuing through the efforts of their children – please continue to support their wonderful Christmas Anonymous program.
May is brain tumor awareness month and local residents are especially asking everyone to wear grey in memory of Zachary Ornelas, who tragically passed away last year. “Team Zach” conducted outreach efforts across the country. Last week, Ervie Ornelas did a walk for Zach and encouraged everyone passing to honk their horns in support of brain tumor awareness. Zach’s brave efforts made a difference in brain tumor awareness, and we are proud that our community continues to be a leader in this effort.
One of our nearby national parks was in the news this weekend. Apparently, cameras at Guadalupe Mountains National Park recorded a photo of a mountain lion-who was wearing a collar. The park has not collared its cats for several decades, so they aren’t sure where this mountain lion came from. They have reached out to local researchers to try to identify the cat and its collar, with no luck. If anyone recognizes the cat, please contact Dr. Mike Medrano at 915-828-3251 ext. 2400.
Trevor Rodgers struck out six batters but gave up three runs in the third inning in a loss to the Washington Nationals on Sunday. It was still a solid performance for the Carlsbad standout. Trevor still has a 1.91 Earned Run Average, putting him on the top ten list of starting pitchers, and a winning record.
The Carlsbad Cavemen varsity basketball team earned a playoff seed in the 5A tournament. The Cavemen will play Roswell High in Roswell on Tuesday. Carlsbad has the #7 seed and will play in the Semifinals on May 6 if the Cavemen beat Roswell High. The Cavegirls did not pick up a playoff seed.
However, the Cavegirl softball team slammed Las Cruces, 23-0, 23-0 on Saturday. The Cavemen also beat Las Cruces, 8-1 and 9-2, in a varsity baseball home doubleheader on Saturday. Congratulations to all of our local sports teams.
Finally, thank you to everyone who participated in Riverblitz this weekend. It was another successful event.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway