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Twenty-nine additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 1,434 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
344 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Catron County
73 new cases in Chaves County
9 new cases in Cibola County
3 new cases in Colfax County
38 new cases in Curry County
1 new case in De Baca County
166 new cases in Doña Ana County
64 new cases in Eddy County
19 new cases in Grant County
2 new cases in Guadalupe County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
49 new cases in Lea County
8 new cases in Lincoln County
9 new cases in Los Alamos County
28 new cases in Luna County
63 new cases in McKinley County
5 new cases in Mora County
55 new cases in Otero County
63 new cases in Rio Arriba County
16 new cases in Roosevelt County
88 new cases in Sandoval County
155 new cases in San Juan County
8 new cases in San Miguel County
77 new cases in Santa Fe County
8 new cases in Sierra County
11 new cases in Socorro County
24 new cases in Taos County
8 new cases in Torrance County
31 new cases in Valencia County
7 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County

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

[Editor's Note: Due to the length of this work session, it will be broken up into several articles and some will be combined with the regular meeting. The first article will cover the presentation by the task force working on infectious diseases.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County commissioners heard two presentations at their work session on Jan. 12, 2021. This article will cover the Grant County Community Health Council Emergency Infectious Diseases Task Force Activities Report.

The two presenters were Renée Despres, Ph.D., MPH, and Jeff Fell, Silver City Emergency Manager.

By Etta Pettijohn

Rep. Rebecca Dow (R-38) and two other state representatives have prefiled legislation for the 2021 session to exempt social security income from taxation.

Representatives Cathrynn Brown and Gail Armstrong are co-sponsors. Dow and Armstrong sponsored HB 130 in 2020, but it died in committee.

Thirteen additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 1,151 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
352 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Catron County
17 new cases in Chaves County
8 new cases in Cibola County
7 new cases in Colfax County
8 new cases in Curry County
1 new case in De Baca County
127 new cases in Doña Ana County
45 new cases in Eddy County
11 new cases in Grant County
6 new cases in Guadalupe County
15 new cases in Lea County
4 new cases in Lincoln County
2 new cases in Los Alamos County
28 new cases in Luna County
69 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Mora County
20 new cases in Otero County
5 new cases in Quay County
44 new cases in Rio Arriba County
3 new cases in Roosevelt County
79 new cases in Sandoval County
102 new cases in San Juan County
21 new cases in San Miguel County
74 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra County
6 new cases in Socorro County
5 new cases in Torrance County
1 new case in Union County
32 new cases in Valencia County
2 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Cibola County Correctional Center
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center
48 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 Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County

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

By Hallie Richwine

The special meeting of the Silver Consolidated School board took place December 28, 2020. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the Superintendent Search Plan, specifically the course of action that will be followed with the guidance of Prather Consulting.

Joel Shirley, the consultant leading the search process, presented to the board along with Dr. Hugh Prather. "The search process is composed of six parts," Shirley said. "The duration of the plan will last until you have signed the contract with your new superintendent."

lori and richie moonGrant County 4-H would like to congratulate Lori and Richie Moon on receiving the 2020 Friend of 4-H award. Both Richie and Lori have been long time supporters of Grant County 4-H. Lori has been for many years, and remains to be, the leader of The White Signal 4-H club. Lori and Richie have contributed many years of service to 4-H youth members and fellow leaders, helping at the county fair. To honor them, their names will be added to the plaque on display at the Grant County Extension Office. Thank you Lori and Richie for your commitment and excellence!

By Etta Pettijohn

The New Mexico Office of the Attorney General (AG) has notified Rep. Rebecca Dow (R-38) it is taking no further action at this time on an ethics complaint filed by her opponent just prior to the Nov. 4 election.

Karen Whitlock, a candidate for Dow's seat, filed complaints with both the AG and State Ethics Commission (SEC) last September, claiming Dow violated state conflict-of-interest and financial disclosure laws when seeking state grants for the non-profit Appletree Educational Center in Truth or Consequences, a faith-based early childhood education provider Dow founded more than 20 years ago.

At the Bayard town council meeting this week, Bayard Police Chief Lee Alirez issued commendation letters to Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority employees who, while at the same time assigning resources, kept a caller calm and on the phone until aid arrived. In the second incident, two connected crimes were committed in short order and resources were allocated to both.

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