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By Mary Alice Murphy

The topic of interest for most attendees was the last item on the agenda, the choice of a new superintendent to go to work after Superintendent Audie Brown retires in June.

[Editor's Note: The Beat broke the news that evening, with a brief announcement which can be read at https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/64283-breaking-news-silver-schools-has-a-new-superintendent

After opening the meeting, the group went into executive session for more than an hour. When they reconvened, the members reviewed the minutes and approved them. Next came the agenda, which was also approved.

Louis Alvarez, La Plata Middle School principal, gave a COVID-19 update. He said there were no new guidelines as of March. "If we have a positive case, we go back to previous protocols. The state is looking at moving forward with surveillance testing, with additional training to come. We are no longer able to move forward although the PED (Public Education Department) did give us authorization to use DOH (Department of Health) testing."

Four additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 264 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

97 new cases in Bernalillo County
9 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
4 new cases in Curry County
29 new cases in Doña Ana County
13 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
1 new case in Harding County
4 new cases in Lea County
3 new cases in Luna County
8 new cases in McKinley County
11 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Quay County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
16 new cases in Sandoval County
22 new cases in San Juan County
4 new cases in San Miguel County
11 new cases in Santa Fe County
5 new cases in Socorro County
6 new cases in Taos County
15 new cases in Valencia County

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

SILVER CITY- For the first time Grant County 4-H youths have been selected to be ambassadors for the 4-H livestock program. Several youths applied for the limited positions of beef, sheep/goat, and swine ambassadors.

Applicants filled out an application and provided an industry issue that they would like to address as an ambassador. Applicants also provided a letter of recommendation from a person that was not related to them. Several worthy applications were submitted.

These are the selected ambassadors for this year.
The 2021 Grant County 4-H Livestock Ambassadors:
Beef-Kylee Jones
Sheep/Goat-Lizzy McDonald
Swine-Kayleigh Massengill

Photos below: 

One additional COVID-19 death

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 230 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

67 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Catron County
16 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
3 new cases in Colfax County
39 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
2 new cases in Hidalgo County
2 new cases in Lea County
2 new cases in Lincoln County
2 new cases in Luna County
5 new cases in McKinley County
10 new cases in Otero County
3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
19 new cases in Sandoval County
33 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
9 new cases in Santa Fe County
5 new cases in Socorro County
1 new case in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
5 new cases in Valencia County

The Department of Health on Thursday reported one additional death in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

By Roger Lanse

On Tuesday, Apr. 13, 2021, at about 10:06 a.m., Silver City Police Department officers were dispatched to La Plata Middle School in reference to a student making a threat to staff. A school official told the officer he had observed the student wearing a hat and having a bandana hanging out of his pocket. According to an SCPD report narrative, the official told the student it was school policy not to display bandanas and hats were not to be worn inside. The student, who the official stated had mental issues, according to the narrative, refused to comply and threatened "to shoot all the teachers."

The narrative stated the student had an appointment with his psychiatrist and remained there while the officer took statements. A relative headed to school to pick up the student. SCPD detectives were called and briefed on the incident and advised that the student had a history of behavioral health issues. The detectives advised they would conduct further investigation and complete a report on the incident.

[Editor's Note: This is part 3 of the Grant County Commission combined work session and regular meeting on April 8, 2021. This article will complete the agenda items, their discussions and outcomes.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

This portion of the agenda began, after the approval of various meeting minutes, with the financial report of March 5-April 1, 2021. Financial Officer Linda Vasquez presented the report. Total expenditures for the month were $2,049,851.09, including two payrolls of $427,339.01

Below is the PDF of expenses above $10,000.


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Eight additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 222 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

75 new cases in Bernalillo County
3 new cases in Chaves County
3 new cases in Cibola County
2 new cases in Colfax County
1 new case in Curry County
20 new cases in Doña Ana County
5 new cases in Eddy County
4 new cases in Grant County
1 new case in Lea County
3 new cases in Lincoln County
2 new cases in Los Alamos County
4 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Otero County
7 new cases in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
17 new cases in Sandoval County
25 new cases in San Juan County
14 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Sierra County
21 new cases in Socorro County
5 new cases in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
2 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 Wednesday reported eight additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

By Roger Lanse

At its April 13, 2021 meeting, the Silver City Town Council approved the 2020 town audit prepared by Stone McGee & Co. Mike Stone complemented those town finance department employees who suffered under the 'harassment' of the auditors and came up with a "really good audit." Stone said the audit prepared by the town earned the finest opinions an audit can receive. "Everything was just great," Stone said.

Mayor and councilors lauded Town Clerk Ann Mackie, who is retiring, for her years of service.

District 2 Councilor Lynda Aiman-Smith cautioned residents about the severe drought and fire danger which lie ahead. She said nmfireinfo.com can be accessed for fire information.

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