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Commissioners hear reports on Gila Regional Medical Center

By Mary Alice Murphy

After the usual opening actions at the Grant County Commission regular meeting on Oct. 15, 2020, District 1 Commissioner and Chair Chris Ponce wished District 5 Commissioner Harry Browne Happy Birthday, but no one sang.

Gila Regional Medical Center Interim Chief Executive Officer Scott Landrum gave the monthly update. He began with what he said are probably the most important ongoing ones for the survival of the hospital.

Seven additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 797 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
197 new cases in Bernalillo County
28 new cases in Chaves County
6 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Colfax County
54 new cases in Curry County
130 new cases in Doña Ana County
37 new cases in Eddy County
6 new cases in Grant County
1 new case in Guadalupe County
40 new cases in Lea County
13 new cases in Lincoln County
32 new cases in Luna County
32 new cases in McKinley County
19 new cases in Otero County
3 new cases in Quay County
12 new cases in Rio Arriba County
15 new cases in Roosevelt County
37 new cases in Sandoval County
14 new cases in San Juan County
6 new cases in San Miguel County
56 new cases in Santa Fe County
6 new cases in Socorro County
10 new cases in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
26 new cases in Valencia County
3 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County
3 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility
8 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County

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

Location of Origin: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Alpine Ranger District

Start Date: August 18, 2020                                         Size: Approximately 35,371 Acres

Cause: Lightning                                                               Percent Contained: 22

Personnel: 122                                                                  Resources Assigned: 15

Alpine, AZ – October 23, 2020 – The Cow Canyon Fire is burning in a remote location within the Blue Range Primitive Area near the Arizona and New Mexico state border. 28,160 acres of the fire are located on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, and 7,211 acres are burning on the Gila National Forest.Operations: Firing operations were completed yesterday, and containment lines were put into place along the last portion of the 90 Trail where spot fires had occurred. Fire managers will assess the need to conduct additional firing operations along the northern boundary to mitigate the threat of the main fire pushing towards the Pueblo Park Road (Forest Road 232, New Mexico County Road #13) which is the main holding feature. Crews will monitor the fire today for movement towards any structures along the Blue River and will continue to provide structure protection. The weather system that is expected to move into the area in the coming days will provide higher humidity levels, cloud cover and precipitation which should reduce fire activity and overall progression.

Values at risk: Management objectives are to keep the fire east of the Blue River, and to provide protection for structures, cultural resources and historical sites. No values at risk have been impacted by the fire.

Closures: A temporary area closure is in effect to protect public health and safety due to wildland fire activities in the restricted area. The temporary area closure and maps can be found athttp://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ClosureOrders.

Weather: The persistent drying trend is expected to continue through Saturday but will transition as cooler temperatures and precipitation moves into the area early next week.

Restrictions: Stage 1 Fire restrictions are in effect across the forest. The forest order and map can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ClosureOrders.  

Smoke: The smoke is forecast to drift eastward today, and will settle overnight into Glenwood, NM. The community of Blue should experience good air quality. Air quality information can be found at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and at the New Mexico Environmental Health Department.

Information: Updates can be found on the official incident web page at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7158/.


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By Etta Pettijohn

The New Mexico Ethics Commission, established last year by lawmakers, has notified House seat Candidates Karen Whitlock and Rebecca Dow today it will likely dismiss accusations the latter violated the Governmental Conduct Act.

Whitlock filed the ethics complaint in September, claiming Dow violated state conflict-of-interest and financial disclosure laws when seeking state grants for the non-profit Appletree Educational Center.

The complaint was filed during the Commission's blackout period, a 60-day window established in the law to prevent political candidates from filing frivolous complaints to be used as political weapons.

Three additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 669 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
185 new cases in Bernalillo County
31 new cases in Chaves County
12 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Colfax County
30 new cases in Curry County
97 new cases in Doña Ana County
46 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
1 new case in Guadalupe County
36 new cases in Lea County
21 new cases in Lincoln County
24 new cases in Luna County
7 new cases in McKinley County
7 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
4 new cases in Rio Arriba County
16 new cases in Roosevelt County
53 new cases in Sandoval County
21 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
17 new cases in Santa Fe County
9 new cases in Sierra County
7 new cases in Socorro County
1 new case in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
31 new cases in Valencia County
2 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
3 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County
2 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 Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County

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

Location of Origin: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Alpine Ranger District
Start Date: August 18, 2020 Size:                   Approximately 35,371 Acres
Cause: Lightning                                             Percent Contained: 20
Personnel: 103                                                Resources Assigned: 14

Alpine, AZ – October 22, 2020 – The Cow Canyon Fire is burning in a remote location within the Blue Range Primitive Area near the Arizona and New Mexico state border. 28,160 acres of the fire are located on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, and 7,211 acres are burning on the Gila National Forest.

[Editor's Note: This is part 1 of a multiple part series of articles of the Grant County Commission work session on Oct. 13, 2020 and the regular meeting on October 15, 2020. APOLOGY: forgot to include chart. It's in now.]

After the traditional opening items of the Grant County work session on Oct. 13, 2020, commissioners heard a presentation from Becky O'Connor, chairman of the Grant County Lodger's Tax Committee, and Joanie Griffin of Sunny505 (Griffin & Associates), a marketing firm.

The issue at stake was the approval of a professional services agreement for marketing services in the amount of $24,730.

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