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Screenshots of the virtual parade are in the image show below.

The Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce organized the first virtual Fourth of July parade, which was hosted by the Silver City Museum. A link can be found at silvercitymuseum.org and at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKBrsOSnh30&feature=emb_logo. Sponsored by PNM, what Chamber Director Steven Chavira said will be the first virtual parade. The video will be archived at the Silver City Museum for future generations to enjoy.

Update includes two additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 291 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
79 new cases in Bernalillo County
8 new cases in Chaves County
10 new cases in Cibola County
4 new cases in Curry County
56 new cases in Doña Ana County
10 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
4 new cases in Hidalgo County
25 new cases in Lea County
4 new cases in Luna County
34 new cases in McKinley County
7 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
8 new cases in Sandoval County
21 new cases in San Juan County
6 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra County
2 new cases in Taos County
3 new cases in Torrance County
4 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility

The Department of Health on Saturday reported two additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

Location: Approximately 1-mile northeast of Cub Mountain, near the West Fork of the Gila River, Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest.
Start Date: June 28, 2020 Cause: Lightning Size: ~2,232 acres
Vegetation: grass, brush, and multiple snags

Strategy/Summary:

Location: 1 1/2 miles Southwest of Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Start Date: June 28, 2020 Cause: Lightning Size: ~17,588 acres
Vegetation: Timber, Tall Grass, Brush Containment: 60%

Strategy/Summary: This lightning-caused fire is burning on National Forest System lands in the Gila Wilderness. Fire crews have successfully stopped the forward spread of the northeast section of the fire. The fire continues to back into the main Gila River on the south and southwest portions of the fire. The fire behavior there is observed as a low intensity surface fire.

Weather:

Location:  5 miles north of Pinos Altos, NM                                      Size:  ~ 11,159 acres

Start Date:  June 06, 2020                                                                     Cause:  Lightning           

Vegetation:  Trees and Brush                                                               Containment: 70%

Strategy/Summary:   The Tadpole Fire has not advanced in the last few days. Interior smokes are being monitored by fire crews. Crews continue to monitor fire lines and check for hotspots. Highway 15 has been reopened. When traveling for the holiday weekend use caution at all times. Fire crews and apparatus will be present throughout the holiday weekend.  For public safety the fire area closure remains in effect. 

july 4th

By Mary Alice Murphy

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham led off the weekly news conference addressing COVID-19 by saying July 1 was the first official day of the Early Childhood Education Department, which will meet the needs of 50,000 3- and 4-year-olds in the state.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Once a quorum of members was determined at the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity special meeting on June 30, 2020, one public comments, which was more of a question was asked by Ruby Davis.

"Has it been determined or can it be determined how much water it would take to replenish the water table of the Gila-San Francisco basins in the area if we get the AWSA (Arizona Water Settlements Act) water as promised?" Davis asked.

Vance Lee, representing Hidalgo County, said because the entity does not answer public comment questions, she should contact the Entity Executive Director Anthony Gutierrez.

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