Grant County Commission concludes its regular meeting with decision on support of HB 200 on 031121

[Editor's Note: This is the final in a seemingly never-ending series of articles on the LONG County Commission meetings more than a week ago.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

To read the previous discussion on this resolution, visit https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/63825-grant-county-commission-discussed-house-bill-200-resolution-at-work-session-030921

[Author's Note: This article and the previous one above are likely moot at this point, as the Legislature did pass HB 200 and it is headed to the governor's desk. So, if you don't care about this issue, don't bother reading either article, unless you want to know the truth about what happened and what was said on the AWSA water issue.]

District 5 Commissioner Harry Browne proposed the resolution supporting HB 200. On the agenda, it was titled: A Resolution Supporting NM House Bill 200, Which Would Speed Funding of Water Projects in Southwest New Mexico and Urging the Interstate Stream Commission to Fund Technical and Planning Support for Local Entities to Apply for NM Unit Fund Monies.

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New Mexico COVID-19 update: 191 new cases, totaling 189,560 - 032021

Seven additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 191 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

71 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Colfax County
4 new cases in Curry County
35 new cases in Doña Ana County
3 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
1 new case in Guadalupe County
1 new case in Lea County
1 new case in Lincoln County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
5 new cases in Luna County
6 new cases in McKinley County
11 new cases in Otero County
3 new cases in Roosevelt County
14 new cases in Sandoval County
7 new cases in San Juan County
6 new cases in San Miguel County
10 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
2 new cases in Taos County
5 new cases in Valencia County

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

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Grant County Commission discussed House Bill 200 resolution at work session 030921

Editor's Note: This is part 5 of a multi-part series of articles on the Commission's work session on March 9, 2021 and the regular meeting on March 21, 2021. This article is reporting on what was said by commissioners with multiple Editor's Notes to present the true facts.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

After the review of most items on the Grant County Commission work session on March 9, 2021, one last resolution elicited a great deal of discussion. The review of and decisions made at the rest of the meeting can be read at https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/63767-grant-county-commission-reviews-regular-meeting-at-work-session-030921

The resolution was presented by District 5 Commissioner Harry Browne to support House Bill 200, which would take away statutory authority to advise the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission on water utilization projects as stated in the Arizona Water Settlements Act from the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity and give it to the Water Trust Board.

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New Mexico COVID-19 update: 226 new cases, totaling 189,374 - 031921

Five additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 226 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

84 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
41 new cases in Doña Ana County
4 new cases in Eddy County
5 new cases in Grant County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
5 new cases in Lea County
6 new cases in Luna County
2 new cases in McKinley County
8 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
29 new cases in Sandoval County
8 new cases in San Juan County
4 new cases in San Miguel County
17 new cases in Santa Fe County
4 new cases in Torrance County
4 new cases in Valencia County

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

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NM-152 Bridge replacement roadway closure

HILLSBORO – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One has begun a large, dual bridge replacement project on NM-152.

On Tuesday, March 23, intermittent lane closures will be in place for roadwork from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Traffic can expect a flagging operation during construction. Slow down and use caution in the area. Watch for shoulder work and large trucks turning on the roadway. The bridges are located five and seven miles west of Hillsboro within Sierra County.

Contractors' hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., although crews may work longer hours or on Saturdays as needed.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation is committed to the safety of the traveling public and appreciates your cooperation during this work. For updated information visit: New Mexico Department of Transportation at www.nmroads.com or call 511.

The Grant County Commission held a special meeting 031720

By Mary Alice Murphy

The one item on the Grant County Commission special meeting on March 17, 2021 open meeting agenda was the approval of a contract not to exceed $10,000 for legal services with Rody, Dickason, Sloan, akin and Robb. According to two commissioners it was for the firm to develop some personnel policies for Grant County.

The commissioners then went into an executive session concerning limited personnel matters regarding the County Manager's Office.

After they came out of executive session, District 1 Commissioner and Chair Chris Ponce made a motion to direct the county contracted law firm to retain an independent law firm to investigate personnel matters regarding the county manager's office. District 5 Commissioner Harry Browne seconded it. With no discussion the motion was approved.

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New Mexico COVID-19 update: 263 new cases, totaling 189,158 - 031821

Five additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 263 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

92 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
10 new cases in Cibola County
2 new cases in Curry County
40 new cases in Doña Ana County
10 new cases in Eddy County
5 new cases in Grant County
6 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
1 new case in Luna County
13 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
21 new cases in Sandoval County
4 new cases in San Juan County
7 new cases in San Miguel County
14 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
23 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility
7 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County

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

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GCCHC COVID-19 task force sets up hotline and email address

The Grant County Community Health Council Emerging Infectious Diseases COVID-19 Task Force has set up a local hotline and email address that, for the time being, is based out of the Silver City Fire Department.

People can call 575-597-7029 or email grantcountynmcares@gmail.com

The primary intention of the number and email is to help people register for the vaccine, identify people in the community who are home bound or have difficulty getting out to a vaccination site, etc. However, according to Jeff Fell, a member of the task force, "we can advertise these points of contacts as a place where anyone with any need related to Covid can reach out to and have a local person answer or return their phone call or email. We can direct requests to appropriate working groups of the Taskforce if needed, or to other organizations in the community who we might identify as the most appropriate route."

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