Grant County Commissioners hear proposal for a county health and human services department 032321

[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of the county work session on March 23, 2021]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Tuesday, March 23, 2021's work session, the second of the month for the Grant County Commission, featured presentations and discussions.

The first presentation can be read at: https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/63903-grant-county-commissioners-hear-presentations-at-second-work-session-of-month-032321-part-1 .

Renee Despres, PhD, MPH, NM-EMT/I, a local health consultant, presented a proposal for commissioners to consider planning and budgeting for a Grant County Health and Human Services Department.

She said such an agency, managed by the county, would provide necessary infrastructure to support residents' wellbeing, build local health care, social services, and public health capacity, as well as coordinating existing resources in the county, using a data-driven approach. It would also advise county leadership on evidence-based policy decisions.

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New Mexico COVID-19 update: 235 new cases, totaling 190,491 - 032521

Seven additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 235 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

94 new cases in Bernalillo County
5 new cases in Chaves County
7 new cases in Curry County
28 new cases in Doña Ana County
8 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
2 new cases in Guadalupe County
1 new case in Lea County
3 new cases in Lincoln County
6 new cases in Luna County
7 new cases in McKinley County
6 new cases in Otero County
4 new cases in Rio Arriba County
26 new cases in Sandoval County
7 new cases in San Juan County
10 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Socorro County
2 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 Lea County Correctional Facility

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

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Grant County commissioners hear presentations at second work session of month 032321, part 1

[Editor's Note: This is likely to be a several part series of articles.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The second work session of each month held by the Grant County Commission is not followed by a regular session. It usually allows for presentations.

The Commission work session on March 23, 2021 included two presentations—the first from the NMSU Arrowhead County Level Revenue and Expenditure Analysis of Eddy County, with Eddy County Commission Ernie Carlson giving most of the presentation, using the graphs and words of the author of the analysis, NMSU Arrowhead Center program director, using his own company, KW Consulting, Kramer Winingham.

Carlson said he kept getting questions from legislators asking how they could explain to their constituents why they had supported items that benefitted southeast New Mexico rather than their own districts. Carlson said it is because southeast New Mexico contributes much more to the state budget than any other area of the state.

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New Mexico COVID-19 update: 218 new cases, totaling 190,275 - 032421

Six additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 218 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

52 new cases in Bernalillo County
3 new cases in Chaves County
7 new cases in Curry County
59 new cases in Doña Ana County
6 new cases in Eddy County
4 new cases in Grant County
2 new cases in Guadalupe County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
4 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Lincoln County
8 new cases in Luna County
3 new cases in McKinley County
7 new cases in Otero County
3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
5 new cases in Roosevelt County
22 new cases in Sandoval County
6 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
9 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra County
3 new cases in Socorro County
2 new cases in Taos County
9 new cases in Valencia County

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

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County residents urged to register for vaccinations

By Roger Lanse

At its Tuesday, Mar. 23, 2021 Silver City town council meeting, the town's emergency management officer, Jeff Fell, urged residents to register for the COVID-19 vaccination even if they do not plan to get the shot. Fell said the reason for registering is to enable county health officials to plan ahead. Fell stressed that registering does not obligate a person to get the vaccination.

According to Fell, about 23,111 Grant County residents are eligible to register for the vaccine, and, so far, about half have. Approximately 9,302 residents have received at least one injection -- about half the initial shot and half the booster. At this rate of about 1,600 per week, Fell said, the county is on an easy track to reach CDC's goal of 70 percent vaccinated by the end of June 2021. Questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine program can be directed to 575/597-7029, M-F -- 8-12 a.m. and 1- 4 p.m., or emailed to grantcountynmcares@gmail.com.

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Freeport-McMoRan Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend on Common Stock

To download a PDF of the release, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend on Common Stock

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) announced today that its Board of Directors ("Board") declared a cash dividend of $0.075 per share on FCX's common stock payable on May 3, 2021, to stockholders of record as of April 15, 2021.

As previously reported on February 2, 2021, the Board adopted a financial policy for the allocation of cash flows aligned with FCX's strategic objectives of maintaining a strong balance sheet, increasing cash returns to shareholders and advancing opportunities for future growth.

The policy includes a base dividend of $0.30 per share per annum and a performance-based payout framework to be implemented following achievement of a net debt target in the range of $3-$4 billion, excluding project debt for additional smelting capacity in Indonesia. Under the performance-based payout framework, up to 50 percent of available cash flows generated after planned capital spending and distributions to noncontrolling interests would be allocated to shareholder returns and the balance to debt reduction and investments in value enhancing growth projects.

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Drs. Collins, Pajarón, and Scrase offer reminders to New Mexicans 031721

The COVID-19 update on March 17, 2021 was presented by Department of Health Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins, Deputy Secretary Dr. Laura Parajón, and Human Services Department Secretary Dr. David Scrase.

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New Mexico COVID-19 update: 167 new cases, totaling 189,893

Three additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 167 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 Chaves County
1 new case in Curry County
24 new cases in Doña Ana County
4 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
22 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Lincoln County
11 new cases in Luna County
2 new cases in McKinley County
4 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
12 new cases in Sandoval County
6 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
2 new cases in Santa Fe County
3 new cases in Sierra County
1 new case in Torrance County
3 new cases in Valencia County

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

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