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By Mary Alice Murphy

All furloughed employees from Chino operations have been contacted by Freeport-McMoRan. The good news is that the total workforce will have about 600 employees to fit the mine's revised plans. Operations will resume at a reduced rate of about 50 percent capacity.

Of course, good news usually is balanced with bad news and as of today, Jan. 19, 2021, a reduction in force will hit about 240 employees.

Twenty additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 691 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

257 new cases in Bernalillo County
22 new cases in Chaves County
2 new cases in Cibola County
19 new cases in Curry County
1 new case in De Baca County
85 new cases in Doña Ana County
22 new cases in Eddy County
10 new cases in Grant County
1 new case in Guadalupe County
8 new cases in Lea County
5 new cases in Lincoln County
21 new cases in Luna County
32 new cases in McKinley County
18 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
8 new cases in Rio Arriba County
8 new cases in Roosevelt County
56 new cases in Sandoval County
33 new cases in San Juan County
3 new cases in San Miguel County
28 new cases in Santa Fe County
3 new cases in Sierra County
9 new cases in Socorro County
1 new case in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
1 new case in Union County
34 new cases in Valencia County
2 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County

The Department of Health on Tuesday reported twenty additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

By Roger Lanse

A Grant County Sheriff's Office deputy, responding to a domestic disturbance call at 14 Quartz Drive at approximately 6:44 p.m.,Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, made contact with a 73-year-old female who advised she and her husband of 40 years, Jerry Wignall, 75, had been arguing.

The victim told the deputy, according to an offense report narrative, that her husband had been drinking and calling her names, and when she threatened to squirt him with a water bottle he knocked the bottle out of her hand, cutting her finger, and slapped her across the left side of her face, causing a slight swelling. He then fell to the floor, the narrative said, and she called 911.

[Editor's Note: Due to the length of the work session and regular meeting, they will be broken up into several articles. This one will begin with resolutions on the regular meeting agenda for review at the work session and decision at the regular meeting.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

After two presentations at the Grant County Commission work session on Jan.12, 2021 and following several county reports, which can be read at https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/62272-grant-county-commission-hears-presentations-at-work-session-011221-part-1 , https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/62328-grant-county-commission-hears-a-second-presentation-at-work-session-011221and-grmc-update-at-regular-meeting-011421-part-2, https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/62340-grant-county-commissioners-january-2021-work-session-and-regular-meeting-part-3 , and https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/62343-grant-county-commissioners-january-2021-work-session-and-regular-meeting-part-4 , County Manager Charlene Webb began the review of the regular meeting agenda resolutions.

Twenty-six additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 628 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
161 new cases in Bernalillo County
17 new cases in Chaves County
4 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Colfax County
30 new cases in Curry County
48 new cases in Doña Ana County
23 new cases in Eddy County
6 new cases in Grant County
1 new case in Guadalupe County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
20 new cases in Lea County
28 new cases in Lincoln County
14 new cases in Luna County
45 new cases in McKinley County
17 new cases in Otero County
22 new cases in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
41 new cases in Sandoval County
62 new cases in San Juan County
4 new cases in San Miguel County
38 new cases in Santa Fe County
3 new cases in Sierra County
3 new cases in Socorro County
12 new cases in Taos County
3 new cases in Torrance County
21 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County

The Department of Health on Monday reported twenty-six additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

Screenshots by Mary Alice Murphy

A virtual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day took place at Western New Mexico University on Jan. 18, 2021.

WNMU Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Isaac Brundage introduced the virtual speaker James Meredith, who attended and graduated from New Mexico Western College in 1951-52 and became the first black to attend the University of Mississippi.

[Editor's Note: Due to the length of this work session and regular meeting, they will be broken up into several articles. This one will begin to cover the regular meeting agenda review and actions.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

After two presentations at the Grant County Commission work session on Jan.12, 2021 and following several county reports, which can be read at https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/62272-grant-county-commission-hears-presentations-at-work-session-011221-part-1 , https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/62328-grant-county-commission-hears-a-second-presentation-at-work-session-011221and-grmc-update-at-regular-meeting-011421-part-2 and https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/62340-grant-county-commissioners-january-2021-work-session-and-regular-meeting-part-3 , County Manager Charlene Webb began the review of the regular meeting agenda.

No public input was heard at the work session, but many items of public input were heard at the regular meeting, the topic of which will be discussed in a future article.

Grant County receives Audit and Accountability Award

[Editor's Note: Due to the length of this work session and regular meeting, they will be broken up into several articles. This one will cover the county directors' and elected officials' reports.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

1 14 2021 gc reg award photoFrom left are Commissioners Alicia Edwards, Chris Ponce, Harry Browne, Billy Billings, County Manager Charlene Webb, Commissioner Javier Salas and Financial Officer Linda Vasquez, who was brought out of her office to be in the photo for the audit and accountability award. (Photo Courtesy of Taysha Walter, executive assistant.)At the beginning of the regular meeting on Jan. 14, 2021, District 1 Commissioner and Commission Chairman Chris Ponce said he wanted to present a Fiscal Year 2019 Audit and Accountability Award that Grant County received from New Mexico Counties for continued improvement in audits and continued financial excellence. The commissioners presented it to County Manager Charlene Webb and County Financial Officer Linda Vasquez.

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