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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:

SILVER CITY – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) has posted an alert for Wednesday March 25, 2020.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation will have maintainers and equipment on NM 90 from milepost 42 (Silver City) to milepost 22 (White Signal). This will be for fog sealing operations, to extend the life of the roadway. Traffic can expect a pilot car and flagging operation Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am until 4:30 pm daily.

The NMDOT thanks you for your patience. Please use caution in this area, obey the posted speed limit and drive safely. For up-to-date road closure information throughout the state, visit nmroads.com or call 511.

On March 23, 2020, New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel announced a new public health emergency order effective at 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, closing all businesses and nonprofit entities except for those deemed essential, and further restricting mass gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All New Mexicans must immediately heed the directive to stay home except to maintain continuity of functions critical to public health and safety.

Read the Executive Order here.

See the full list of what businesses and services are deemed essential here.

Find the below FAQs online here.


SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 18 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

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

Four new cases in Bernalillo County:
A female in her 30s.
A male in his 70s.
A male in his 30s.
A female in her 50s.
Four new cases in Chaves County:

Essential functions to continue

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday announced additional restrictions to disrupt the spread of the COVID-19 virus in New Mexico and instructed New Mexicans to remain in their homes or places of residence except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The order – to be issued by Secretary of Health Kathy Kunkel and effective 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 24 – closes all non-essential businesses, requiring 100 percent of the state’s non-essential workforce to work from home. As in other states that have enacted similar measures, there are exceptions pertaining to essential services for the preservation of health, safety and well-being.

To download a PDF of the release, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Announces Suspension of First-Quarter Cash Dividend on Common Stock and Prudent Steps to Reduce Costs and Capital Spending Plans

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) announced today that in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting global economic uncertainties, its Board of Directors will suspend the quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share previously planned for May 1, 2020. The declaration and payment of future dividends is at the discretion of the Board and will depend on FCX’s financial results, cash requirements, global economic conditions and other factors deemed relevant by the Board.

[Editor's Note: I too quickly posted this last night without the photos. Here they are.]

img 9156 copyFrom left are Lt. Gov Howie Morales, District 38 Rep. Rebecca Dow, District 28 Sen. Gabriel Ramos and District 39 Rep. Rodolpho "Rudy" Martinez

img 9308 copy 2A cake courtesy of the caterer for the luncheon meeting, W and N Enterprises

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The monthly luncheon kicked off with an announcement by Enoch Elwell about an up-coming course by Co.Starters for entrepreneurs with ideas for businesses, which will be rescheduled because of state limits on meetings due to COVID-19.

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