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Following a public health order initiated by Governor Grisham, Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC) will be postponing all nonessential health care services, procedures, and surgeries for three months — so long as the delay does not cause undue harm to the individual seeking care.

“We at Gila Regional are complying with the Governor’s request and will only be performing essential services,” said Brian Robinson, GRMC Chief of Staff.

By Roger Lanse

A resolution, sponsored by Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner, to streamline future passage of funds from the State of New Mexico and the federal government to the town as a result of the town’s compliance with state and federal directives and recommendations, to stem the spread of coronavirus, was approved by the Town Council at an emergency meeting via computer on Friday, Mar. 27, 2020.

SANTA FE – New Mexico public education will shift to a learn-at-home model as schools remain closed for the rest of the academic year, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state education and child care officials announced Friday.​

The decision is part of a two-pronged plan to protect New Mexicans from COVID-19 and ensure that children are protected, fed and educated and that families are supported through this crisis.

To download a PDF of the release, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Provides Update on Cerro Verde Mine in Peru

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) announced today that the Peruvian Government has extended the declaration of a National Emergency to April 12, 2020, associated with the Peruvian government’s efforts to contain the outbreak of COVID-19.

Cerro Verde is engaged in discussions with Peruvian government authorities regarding health protocols which would enable Cerro Verde to conduct limited operations during the state of emergency and position Cerro Verde for a return to normal operations as restrictions are lifted.

Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 outbreak and Grant County's response to the declared public health emergency, the Grant County Sheriff's Office has established the following ways to contact us:

EMERGENCY ONLY: "911"
24-HOUR NON-EMERGENCY: (575) 388-8840 - Grant County Dispatch
• NO COVID-19 inquiries -- Contact NM Dept. of Health hotlines
• For law enforcement, fire EMS non-emergency issues

To contact the GRANT COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 24 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

Seven new cases in Bernalillo County:
A female in her 20s
A female in her 30s
A male in his 40s
A male in his 50s
Three males in their 60s

[Editor's Note: This is the first article, but more information will follow when information is released from the New Mexico State Police. Silver City Police Department has turned the investigation over to NMSP.]

3-26-20-121th-st.-snappy.jpgCar knocks over fuel pump at 12th Street Snappy Mart. Photo by Roger Lanse

Craziness in town Thursday evening

By Roger Lanse

Blotter reports indicate the Silver City Police Department had their hands full on Thursday, evening, Mar. 25, 2020

At approximately 8:30 p.m. officers responded to a shoplifting call at the Hudson Street Snappy, 206 N. Hudson Street, where the caller advised that a male had stolen two gallons of Fireball and left in a small blue 4-door car east up the hill on E. Broadway. The vehicle reportedly was driven by a female with fake nails and black hair, while the male passenger was wearing a black and white beanie, jeans, and a black jacket. The caller advised that she yelled at the male as he was leaving and “it seemed as if he would pull a gun out on her,” but she did not see a weapon.

About 40 minutes later, at approximately 9:10 p.m., officers responded to a shooting call at the same Hudson Street Snappy where they discovered a male who had been shot in the left leg. The person who called in the incident advised that he did not see a car, but then amended his account to state it was possibly a white Jeep-type of vehicle. At this point EMS2 called for Native Air to be on standby and Native Air 30 accepted the call advising ETA of 30 minutes.

This author is awaiting more complete reports regarding these two incidents and a shooting incident at the 12th Street Snappy.

[Editor's Note: We are trying to get as many restaurants as possible. If you want your information here, please send to editor@grantcountybeat.com. We will continue to update it until we get all of them.]

ADOBE SPRINGS ("American Restaurant with a Southwest Flair")

Address: 614 N Bullard Street, Silver City NM 88061

Hours: 8am-7pm MON-SAT || 8am-3pm SUN

Phone #: 575-538-3665

Menu available here.

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