Bayard City Council Discussed Assets Sold at Auction and Update on Police Consolidation Project at Regular Meeting of January 11, 2021

By Alexis Rico

The City of Bayard Council met for a regularly scheduled meeting on January 11, 2021, via Zoom at 2:00 p.m. Present for the meeting were Mayor Chon Fierro, Mayor Pro-Tem Raul Villanueva, Councilor Charles Kelly, and Councilor Eloy Medina. Councilor Adrian Ortiz was not present for the meeting due to technical difficulties.

The following is an overview of the meeting as this reporter was not able to attend the meeting and the meeting recording was not available to listen to.

The meeting began with the review and the approval of the meeting's agenda.

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New Mexico COVID-19 update: 530 new cases, totaling 174,064 - 013121

Eighteen additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 530 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

134 new cases in Bernalillo County
19 new cases in Chaves County
9 new cases in Cibola County
6 new cases in Curry County
61 new cases in Doña Ana County
13 new cases in Eddy County
9 new cases in Grant County
5 new cases in Guadalupe County
5 new cases in Hidalgo County
25 new cases in Lea County
9 new cases in Lincoln County
4 new cases in Los Alamos County
20 new cases in Luna County
29 new cases in McKinley County
9 new cases in Otero County
19 new cases in Rio Arriba County
4 new cases in Roosevelt County
33 new cases in Sandoval County
50 new cases in San Juan County
4 new cases in San Miguel County
37 new cases in Santa Fe County
6 new cases in Socorro County
3 new cases in Taos County
2 new cases in Torrance County
12 new cases in Valencia County
3 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County

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

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GRMC Governing Board recognizes employees for long service at monthly meeting 012821

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the beginning of the regular monthly meeting of the Gila Regional Medical Center Governing Board on Jan. 28, 2021, Chair Alicia Edwards introduced the new Interim Chief Financial Officer Greg Brickner and then recognized several GRMC employees for their service.

Eloy Medina, Emergency Medical Services director, was recognized for his 30 years of service in the department.

Shelly Burrola has served 30 years in the Emergency Department

William Hemmer, whom Edwards described as a very busy person right now as he serves as the hospital's infectious diseases specialist, has worked at Gila Regional for 15 years.

Elia Maez and Jarita Diaz have each served for 15 years in the Emergency Department.

The board then went into executive session for more than two hours.

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New Mexico COVID-19 update: 752 new cases, totaling 173,539 - 013021

Seventeen additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 752 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

255 new cases in Bernalillo County
27 new cases in Chaves County
5 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Colfax County
15 new cases in Curry County
70 new cases in Doña Ana County
32 new cases in Eddy County
8 new cases in Grant County
18 new cases in Lea County
9 new cases in Lincoln County
8 new cases in Luna County
54 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Mora County
23 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
17 new cases in Rio Arriba County
5 new cases in Roosevelt County
70 new cases in Sandoval County
41 new cases in San Juan County
3 new cases in San Miguel County
32 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Sierra County
9 new cases in Socorro County
10 new cases in Taos County
4 new cases in Torrance County
1 new case in Union County
23 new cases in Valencia County
2 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility
5 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County

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

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New Mexico COVID-19 update: 1,085 new cases, totaling 172,798 - 012921

Twenty-two COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 1,085 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

482 new cases in Bernalillo County
27 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
4 new cases in Colfax County
16 new cases in Curry County
1 new case in De Baca County
104 new cases in Doña Ana County
38 new cases in Eddy County
14 new cases in Grant County
1 new case in Guadalupe County
3 new cases in Hidalgo County
26 new cases in Lea County
7 new cases in Lincoln County
5 new cases in Los Alamos County
14 new cases in Luna County
42 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Mora County
16 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
12 new cases in Rio Arriba County
4 new cases in Roosevelt County
75 new cases in Sandoval County
60 new cases in San Juan County
12 new cases in San Miguel County
49 new cases in Santa Fe County
4 new cases in Socorro County
4 new cases in Taos County
10 new cases in Torrance County
29 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center
22 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility

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

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Public Health Department holds vaccination clinic

nurse giving shotSusan Garrison, NMPHD certified nurse practitioner administers the vaccination to one of the 300 recipients expected today.

vaccination line Residents line up to receive the vaccine.

By Roger Lanse

A COVID-19 vaccination clinic was held Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, at the New Mexico Public Health Department office on Silver Street. Public Health nurses and employees braved the cold, cloudy weather outside to administer the Pfizer vaccinations to those to residents who had pre-registered.

Jeff Fell, the town’s Emergency Management Officer, told the Beat that while both Fridays and Mondays were originally chosen for the vaccination clinics, only Fridays are being considered now, although if needed, Mondays could be utilized.

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Jury trials resuming in courts in Grant, Hidalgo and Luna counties

DEMING – Jury trials will resume starting Feb. 1 in courts in the Sixth Judicial District of Grant, Hidalgo and Luna counties.

"We appreciate the willingness of New Mexicans to serve as jurors and perform a critical role in our justice system," said Chief Judge Jennifer DeLaney. "Our courts are doing everything possible to safeguard the health and well-being of each person who enters a courthouse."

People summoned to jury duty should begin calling their respective court's jury division to determine if they need to report to a courthouse for jury selection. A jury summons will list a phone number for checking on scheduling. Court locations and contact information are available online at the Sixth Judicial District Court's website.

Courts have implemented public health precautionary measures to protect against the coronavirus. These COVID-safe practices include:

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Grant County Commission holds special meeting to address possible property tax rebate 012821

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Commission special meeting took place on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, to address a single issue on the agenda, which the state of New Mexico requires every commission to consider every two years in January of odd-numbered years. A decision must be made in January, which is why the special meeting was called. A considerable amount of discussion had already gone on during the regular meeting on Jan. 14, and can be read at https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/62360-grant-county-commissioners-january-2021-work-session-and-regular-meeting-part-5

The agenda item required a public hearing and discussion regarding Ordinance O-21-01 entitled "An Ordinance Authoring a Tax Rebate to Benefit Low-Income Property Taxpayers for Taxable Years 2021-2022."

One person had signed up to give testimony during the public hearing through Zoom. Frances Gonzales said: "Because of COVID a lot of people who own property are struggling." She noted that many had lost jobs and were having to decide whether to buy food or pay bills. She appreciated that the commissioners were considering the ordinance "A lot haven't been able to catch up. As a member of the Mining District, I want to thank you for considering this ordinance."

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