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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Nancy Edith Duarte-Lujan, 39, of Deming, New Mexico, appeared in federal court in Las Cruces, New Mexico today for an initial appearance on a criminal complaint charging her with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

According to the criminal complaint, Duarte-Lujan allegedly tried to enter the United States on March 23 at the port of entry in Columbus, New Mexico with a large quantity of marijuana concealed in the spare tire, fenders, back seat and tailgate of the truck she was driving. U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrested Duarte-Lujan following an inspection of her vehicle.

Preserving personal protection equipment
is goal of two new health orders

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday announced two public health orders that will protect New Mexico’s supply of the personal protective equipment health care workers need to stay safe during the COVID-19 crisis.

One order prohibits non-essential health services, defined as services that can be delayed for three months without undue risk to the patient’s health. Eliminating non-essential medical procedures will slow the use of personal protective gear. Read it here in English and Spanish.

COVID-19 update. NM instructed to stay home except for emergency essential outings.

Stay Home. Save Lives. All non-essential businesses must cease in-person operations.

List of essential businesses and more COVID-19 at https://www.newmexico.gov and https://cv.nmhealth.org/

[Editor's Note: In case you were as surprised as this editor was by the emergency alert, here's what this editor hadn't gotten to yet in her email inbox.]

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health on Wednesday announced the state’s first death related to COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, a male in his late 70s in Eddy County died Sunday, March 22, at Artesia General Hospital.

On March 22, he went to the hospital, where his condition deteriorated rapidly. He died the same day.

A COVID-19 test was performed locally and sent to the state laboratory, which received the test Tuesday, March 24. The lab confirmed the positive test late the same day.

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 17 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

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

Five new cases in Bernalillo County:

Albertsons:  7 am-10 pm daily...special shopping days and hours every Tuesday and Thursday 7-9 am for seniors 65+, pregnant women, and customers with disabilities or compromised immune systems.

Food Basket Silver City:  7 am -10 pm daily.  Everyday 7 am - 8 am for seniors.
Food Basket Bayard:  7 am - 9 pm daily.  Everyday 7 am - 8 am for seniors.

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC TOWN OF SILVER CITY TOWN MANAGER ALEX BROWN MARCH 24, 2020

Closing of all Public Parks and Park Facilities

As a result of the spread of the novel Coronavirus Disease 2019, Michelle Lujan Grisham, the Governor of the State of New Mexico, declared that a Public Health Emergency exists in New Mexico under the Public Health Emergency Response Act, and has invoked her authority under the All Hazards Emergency Management Act;COVID-19 continues to spread in New Mexico and nationally and whereas the further spread of COVID-19 poses a threat to the health, safety, wellbeing and property of the residents in the State due to, among other things, illness from COVID-19. Social distancing is the sole way we can minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Effective immediately, to protect the community, all Town Parks and park facilities will be closed to the public until further notice.

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 an email "Drop-Box" at gcso@grantcountynm.gov for NON-EMERGENCY/NON-TIME-SENSITIVE contact. This drop-box will be continuously monitored. The public is encouraged to use this email drop-box to:
• Make routine inquiries
• To request public records (police reports, etc.)
• To report non-emergency/non-time sensitive issues
• To contact individual Deputies or staff

When using this email drop-box, PLEASE include:

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New classified for Silver City church seeking office manager.

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