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By Mary Alice Murphy

The New Mexico Central Arizona Entity met in a virtual, mostly telephonic, meeting on Aug. 4, 2020. Once a quorum was established the members proceeded with the agenda.

After confusion on whether the minutes listed on the agenda had been approved, and with some corrections to past approved minutes, the agenda for the day's meeting and the minutes for the June 30, 2020 special meeting and the July 7, 2020 regular meeting were approved with corrections.

Update includes nine additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 229 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
45 new cases in Bernalillo County
12 new cases in Chaves County
3 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Colfax County
13 new cases in Curry County
44 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
2 new cases in Grant County
27 new cases in Lea County
3 new cases in Lincoln County
2 new cases in Luna County
16 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Otero County
8 new cases in Rio Arriba County
8 new cases in Roosevelt County
7 new cases in Sandoval County
10 new cases in San Juan County
9 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra County
3 new cases in Taos County
8 new cases in Valencia County
2 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Cibola County Correctional Center
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility

The Department of Health on Wednesday reported nine additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. They are:

By Alexis Rico

On July 23, 2020, the Village of Santa Clara held their regular meeting through Zoom at 6:00 p.m. Mayor Richard Bauch, Trustees Olga Amador, Patricia Montgomery and Arnold Lopez were present for the meeting. Mayor Pro-Tem Albert Esparza was absent.

The following will be a summary of the meeting.

The beginning of the meeting was used to approve the agenda for the meeting, the minutes for the previous meeting held on July 9, 2020, and the committee reports.

Location: Northwest of McMillan Campground, Silver City Ranger District, Gila National Forest
Start Date: August 4, 2020 Cause: Lightning Size: ~1 acre
Vegetation: Mixed conifer Resources: Silver City RD engines have responded

Summary: The McMillan Fire is burning northwest of McMillan Campground, approximately one mile below Signal Peak between the campground and the Signal Peak Lookout Tower. This fire is in steep and hard to access terrain, the area has had over five inches of rain at the tower, so fire behavior is expected to be low. The strategy for this fire is full suppression and the perimeter is expected to be contained today.

Update includes three additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 214 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
67 new cases in Bernalillo County
17 new cases in Chaves County
6 new cases in Cibola County
10 new cases in Curry County
34 new cases in Doña Ana County
9 new cases in Eddy County
23 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Lincoln County
4 new cases in Luna County
6 new cases in McKinley County
5 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
8 new cases in Sandoval County
5 new cases in San Juan County
5 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Union County
8 new cases in Valencia County

The Department of Health on Tuesday reported three additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. They are:

On June 24, 2020 at approximately 1:01pm, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Tadpole Fire Incident Command Team notified the Grant County Sheriff's Office of the presence of suspected skeletal human remains within the fire zone near Ben Lilly Pond. Upon contacting USFS Fire Staff at the Base Camp, Deputies were informed a saw crew had encountered the remains. Due to the remote nature of the location and active fire/smoke conditions, the site could not be safely accessed until daybreak the following morning. A USFS Saw Crew accompanied Deputies to the site, cutting through thick vegetation and steep terrain for a distance of approximately 3/4 mile.

The scene yielded two partial sets of human skeletal remains and multiple objects of personal possessions. The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI) was present while the scene was processed. The remains are believed to

By Mary Alice Murphy

On July 30, 2020, the Gila Regional Medical Center Governing Board, composed of Grant County Commissioners, held the monthly meeting to hear from administrators about the current state of the hospital. Some changes in the administration were presented at the meeting.

At the beginning of the meeting, Board Chair Alicia Edwards explained that County Manager Charlene Webb was on a call with the state on how the CARES Act can help local entities. "It's an important call and she will join us when she can."

PLEASE NOTE: Due to a technical disruption of the electronic laboratory reporting system, the following data reflects only a partial total for today's case update. The delayed results will be included in the state's reporting as soon as they are received and confirmed. NMDOH continues to actively investigate all cases that are reported to the state throughout the day.

Update includes one additional COVID-19 death

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 117 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
18 new cases in Bernalillo County
5 new cases in Chaves County
4 new cases in Cibola County
4 new cases in Curry County
27 new cases in Doña Ana County
5 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
14 new cases in Lea County
4 new cases in Lincoln County
9 new cases in Luna County
2 new cases in McKinley County
5 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
1 new case in Sandoval County
1 new case in San Juan County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra County
2 new cases in Taos County
4 new cases in Valencia County
3 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Cibola County Correctional Center

The Department of Health on Monday reported one additional death in New Mexico related to COVID-19. It is:

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