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Elk Fire Update, April 3, 2021

Reserve Ranger District

Location: East Elk Mountain, 30 miles east of Reserve, Catron County, NM on the Gila National Forest.

Start Date: March 31, 2021               Size: ~200 acres                 Cause: Under investigation

Vegetation: Piñon/juniper and grass

Resources: One (1) Type 1 Initial Attack (IA) crew, two (2) Type 1 IA Crews, one (1) handcrew, two (2) Type 6 engines, one (1) Type 3 helicopter, two (2) Type 2 dozers and one (1) road grader.

Summary:

Seven additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 218 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

70 new cases in Bernalillo County
6 new cases in Chaves County
3 new cases in Cibola County
2 new cases in Colfax County
1 new case in Curry County
29 new cases in Doña Ana County
5 new cases in Eddy County
10 new cases in Grant County
10 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Lincoln County
12 new cases in Otero County
3 new cases in Roosevelt County
22 new cases in Sandoval County
13 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in San Miguel County
8 new cases in Santa Fe County
3 new cases in Sierra County
1 new case in Socorro County
1 new case in Torrance County
16 new cases in Valencia County

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

Reserve Ranger District

Location: East Elk Mountain, 30 miles east of Reserve, Catron County, NM on the Gila National Forest.

Start Date: March 31, 2021    Size: ~151 acres     Cause: under investigation

Vegetation: Piñon/juniper and grass

Resources: FS crew, on order two (2) Type 1 Initial Attack Crews, two (2) Type 6 engines, a Type 3 helicopter.
Summary:

Five additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 297 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

112 new cases in Bernalillo County
4 new cases in Chaves County
5 new cases in Curry County
51 new cases in Doña Ana County
4 new cases in Eddy County
4 new cases in Grant County
2 new cases in Hidalgo County
3 new cases in Lea County
2 new cases in Lincoln County
7 new cases in Luna County
20 new cases in Otero County
8 new cases in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
21 new cases in Sandoval County
19 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
12 new cases in Santa Fe County
5 new cases in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
15 new cases in Valencia County

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

By Alexis Rico

The Town of Hurley Council met for their regularly scheduled meeting on March 9, 2021, via Zoom at 5:03 p.m. Present for the meeting were Mayor Ed Stevens, Mayor Pro-Tem Richard Maynes via Zoom, Councilor Esther Gil, and Councilor Freddie Rodriguez via Zoom.

The meeting began with the council going over the agenda for the meeting. Then after taking some time to review the items on the agenda the council approved it.

The council then approved the minutes from February 9, 2021, regular meeting.

The council then took some time to go over the items of the consent agenda. Mayor Ed Stevens ask the Town Clerk Lori Ortiz about the Clerk's report and if she had anything further to add.

"There is nothing really to report," Ortiz said. "Everything has been running slowly. Nothing is open right now, but we are hoping to open up again soon. I am going to begin working on the budget soon."
Also part of the consent agenda was the fire department report, in which Stevens took the time to thank Robert Terrazas, who recently retired as the Hurley Fire Chief for over 14 years, for all his work and all he had done for the fire department over the years.

The last part of the consent agenda was the animal control report which included the resignation of Animal Control Officer George Wayne Kleck.

Frances Ortega was present for the meeting to represent Stantec Consulting Services Inc, to update the council on projects as well as talk about amendment #4 - Town of Hurley fresh Water system improvements - amendment to the owner-engineer agreement.

Ortega stated that the project was going well and was in line to being finished soon. They did need to work on the pumps for the well as well as the booster section.

"The final inspection went well considering the size of the project," Ortega said. "We did pour water out of the well in order to inspect them and they did pass inspection."

Stevens and the rest of the council discussed the details of the project and the contract as Stevens had wanted to discuss with the maintenance department about the process before they continue to move forward with the project.

"This is for the services and the design for the project," Ortega stated about amendment #4. "Based on the other companies' part of the project and the amount of water that will be needed, it was decided that a test will be constructed."

The council had a brief discussion about the project and its process with Ortega. It was decided by the council that it was best to table the item until more information is available.

For the Mayor's report, Stevens has several items that he wanted to update the council on.

"We have a new fire chief," Stevens said. "The animal control officer has resigned and this is going to a volunteer-based position."

Stevens stated that Kleck had originally agreed to take the position for only a limited time to help and lend his services.

"There is going to be a meeting held soon about combining the Bayard and Hurley animal control services," Stevens said. "More information on this will be available at the next meeting."

"The street project on East is getting close," Stevens said. "I believe it should begin in April or May.

"With the police department issue, there is nothing moving forward with that," Stevens stated. "Lori is meeting with the Bayard Clerk in order to discuss this and see about moving forward with the meeting."

Lastly, Stevens informed the council about the project for creating a four-lane road between Bayard and Hurley. This project will also include a bike lane. Stevens stated that they are currently waiting to hear more information about this project and the process to begin it.

The meeting adjourned at 5:51 p.m.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.

By Alexis Rico

The City of Bayard Council met for a regularly scheduled meeting on March 08, 2021, via Zoom at 2:00 p.m. Present for the meeting were Mayor Chon Fierro, Mayor Pro-Tem Raul Villanueva, Councilor Charles Kelly, Councilor Eloy Medina, and Councilor Adrian Ortiz.

The following is a brief overview of the meeting.

The meeting began with the review and the approval of the meeting's agenda. Bayard Clerk-Treasurer Kristina Ortiz stated that it was recommended to add for discussion only - Police Department Employee and property acquisition to the Closed Executive Session portion of the meeting. This was approved by the council.

For public input, Cody Dove requested an opportunity to be transferred to the maintenance department. Dove also wanted to make sure that each City Councilor had received his letter.

The council then reviewed and approved the consent agenda.

Included in the consent agenda was;
• Approval of the Minutes of Closed Session and Regular Meeting of February 22, 2021.
• Approval of Fire Report for February 2021

Five additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 277 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

125 new cases in Bernalillo County
8 new cases in Chaves County
2 new cases in Curry County
1 new case in De Baca County
23 new cases in Doña Ana County
4 new cases in Eddy County
5 new cases in Grant County
9 new cases in Lea County
4 new cases in Lincoln County
2 new cases in Los Alamos County
3 new cases in Luna County
6 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
41 new cases in Sandoval County
12 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
16 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Taos County
2 new cases in Torrance County
1 new case in Union County
6 new cases in Valencia County

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

SILVER CITY, NM – Beginning Monday, April 5, 2021 all Grant County Buildings will be open to the public. Offices will be maintaining their regular business hours.

In accordance with the Covid safety practices released by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, all Grant County buildings are equipped with signs reminding patrons to wear a mask, wash their hands, use sanitizer and to maintain at least a six-foot distance between other members of the public.

The County has implemented additional safety measures including touch-free paper towel dispensers in restrooms, kiosks in the entry ways that include hand sanitizer and a large map of the building. The HVAC units throughout the buildings have been equipped to ionize the air, insuring proper ventilation throughout the day.

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