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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New Mexico COVID-19 update: 678 new cases, totaling 171,719 - 012821

Twenty-eight additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 678 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

187 new cases in Bernalillo County
24 new cases in Chaves County
3 new cases in Cibola County
13 new cases in Curry County
1 new case in De Baca County
66 new cases in Doña Ana County
22 new cases in Eddy County
7 new cases in Grant County
3 new cases in Guadalupe County
11 new cases in Lea County
11 new cases in Lincoln County
6 new cases in Los Alamos County
9 new cases in Luna County
57 new cases in McKinley County
30 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
26 new cases in Rio Arriba County
8 new cases in Roosevelt County
28 new cases in Sandoval County
59 new cases in San Juan County
4 new cases in San Miguel County
54 new cases in Santa Fe County
5 new cases in Socorro County
8 new cases in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
14 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County
18 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County

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

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New Mexico COVID-19 update: 755 new cases, totaling 171,047 - 012721

Twenty-seven additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 755 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

157 new cases in Bernalillo County
47 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
6 new cases in Colfax County
8 new cases in Curry County
123 new cases in Doña Ana County
50 new cases in Eddy County
5 new cases in Grant County
1 new case in Guadalupe County
2 new cases in Hidalgo County
31 new cases in Lea County
18 new cases in Lincoln County
8 new cases in Los Alamos County
30 new cases in Luna County
31 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Mora County
14 new cases in Otero County
27 new cases in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
36 new cases in Sandoval County
45 new cases in San Juan County
14 new cases in San Miguel County
60 new cases in Santa Fe County
5 new cases in Socorro County
2 new cases in Taos County
2 new cases in Torrance County
22 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility
6 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County

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

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Town council approves zoning changes

By Roger Lanse

Council approved an ordinance, requested by the Town of Silver City, for a zone change for five tracts of land along Pinos Altos Road amounting to 11.39 acres and one tract of .1148 acres at 2005 Trapper Road, together totaling some 11.51 acres. The ordinance changes the zoning from Residential B-2 to Highway Commercial. Town Manager Alex Brown told the Beat the lots along Pinos Altos Road are between Pine and 32nd streets.

Priscilla Shoup, Planning and Zoning planner, representing the Silver City Community Development Department, said all property owners of the affected tracts of land were contacted. Other town departments, and other property owners within 300 feet of the tracts affected, had no comments.

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Drs. Scrase and Collins still hopeful as we pass the one-year mark 012521

Secretary-designate of the New Mexico Department of Health Dr. Tracie Collins and Secretary of the New Mexico Human Services Department Dr. David Scrase gave the COVID-19 health update on January 25, 2021.

Collins said of the 221,375 vaccine doses received, 203,830 have been administered. That is over 92%, and in the past 7 days providers have doubled the pace of administration from January 11, 2021.

"New Mexico has the third highest vaccine administration rate among all of the states in the United States," Collins said. "New Mexicans have a lot to be proud of."

Collins reminds New Mexicans to register at the vaccine registration website. "Half a million New Mexicans are registered," she said. "We encourage all New Mexicans to register and we will reach out when a vaccine appointment is available."

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New Mexico COVID-19 update: 602 new cases, totaling 170,296 - 012621

Fourteen additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 602 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

155 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Catron County
29 new cases in Chaves County
3 new cases in Cibola County
2 new cases in Colfax County
11 new cases in Curry County
2 new cases in De Baca County
82 new cases in Doña Ana County
38 new cases in Eddy County
2 new cases in Grant County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
14 new cases in Lea County
10 new cases in Lincoln County
16 new cases in Luna County
36 new cases in McKinley County
20 new cases in Otero County
15 new cases in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
37 new cases in Sandoval County
52 new cases in San Juan County
8 new cases in San Miguel County
38 new cases in Santa Fe County
7 new cases in Sierra County
4 new cases in Socorro County
4 new cases in Taos County
2 new cases in Torrance County
12 new cases in Valencia County

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

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Freeport-McMoRan Reports Fourth-Quarter and Year Ended 2020 Results

Freeport-McMoRan reports fourth-quarter 2020 earnings results in the PDF below:

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