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Because of the COVID-19 outbreak in the state of New Mexico and the shutdown of schools until the return on April 6, 2020, Silver Consolidated Schools has established the following pick up times for non-perishable, “grab and go” meal distribution for the period from Monday, March 23 until April 3, 2020 from 10AM-12PM at the following locations:

G.W. Stout Elementary Loading Dock (off Silver Street)

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

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

9 new cases in Bernalillo County:
A female in her 70s
A female in her 60s
Two males in their 40s
Two males in their 30s
A female in her 30s
A female in her 20s
A male infant
1 new case in Doña Ana County:

We recognize that with the constantly changing COVID-19 situation around the country, this is an unusual time for everyone. As the pandemic is rapidly changing and evolving we are sending our thoughts to those of you filled with uncertainty and worry.

I want you to know that you have our commitment to continue providing you the flight service you’ve come to depend on over the last 15 months. Our mission is to provide world class flight service to Grant County Airport. After closely assessing how to respond to the unprecedented situation we are in, we have concluded it is necessary to restructure our flight schedules.

• Affected flights: All flight times starting March 24 - April 30 have been rescheduled to different departure times.

•Affected passengers will be contacted to accommodate the new temporary departure schedule.

In response to the current situation we will be implementing these schedule changes immediately. If your travel plans are affected, we will be reaching out to reschedule your flight.

This is the temporary schedule - March 24- April 30:

By Mary Alice Murphy

Gila Regional Medical Center Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer Richard Stokes led off the meeting with the press on Thursday, March 19, 2020 by phone. Also on the telephone were GRMC Board of Trustees Chairman Tony Trujillo.

"We wanted to let you know and let the public know about our preparation for if and when COVID-19 reaches Grant County," Stokes said. "We have several staff members with prepared remarks."

For readers of our germ-free, socially distanced www.grantcountybeat.com, we encourage you to visit the newest page on the site—COVID-19. Almost everything that is related to the coronavirus will be posted there, including new state updates, new store hours for places like Walmart, cancellations of events, and so on.

You can find it under the News tab, and items will be showing up in Latest News as of this moment of writing. However, there are already 11 items (as of 12:20 p.m. Thursday, March 19, 202) on the site. Learn and be informed. 

By Mary Alice Murphy

The previous public input at the regular meeting of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity held on March 3, 2020 can be read at https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/56691-nm-cap-entity-heard-lots-of-public-input-at-regular-meeting-03032-part-1

Topper Thorpe of Gila continued the public comment. "The proposed M.H. Dutch Salmon Greater Gila Wild and Scenic River Act is not acceptable in any form. It is an additional attempt to allow the federal government to limit, restrict and control private property rights of landowners along the Gila River, which is neither warranted nor needed. It will have an adverse impact on irrigation and water rights and set the stage for numerous lawsuits, from the same activist groups that have utilized the Endangered Species Act to do the same."

This update identifies the officer and the suspect involved and gives additional details leading up to the shooting

On February 22, 2020, at approximately 4:15 p.m., New Mexico State Police officers assisted Luna County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) deputies who were attempting to locate Rodrigo Aguirre (36). Aguirre, who was armed with a shotgun, led police on a vehicle pursuit and shot at a deputy in Deming, New Mexico. 

State Police agents learned that at approximately 2:21 p.m., the Deming Police Department received a call of a suspicious person who attempted to forcefully gain access into a residence in Deming, NM. When Deming Police officers arrived on scene, they identified the suspect as Rodrigo Aguirre. Officers attempted to make contact with Aguirre who was non-compliant and fled the scene in a red minivan. Aguirre led officers on a pursuit through the town of Deming. Officers lost sight of Aguirre and returned to the residence.

Photos Courtesy of WNMU, with no names provided.

Western New Mexico University Foundation Board of Directors and President Joseph Shepard hosted the WNMU Foundation’s signature event, the Eighth Annual Scholarship Gala held on Saturday, March 7, 2020. The “Secret Garden” themed Scholarship Gala raised funds to support scholarships at Western New Mexico University.

The evening included a VIP cocktail reception, entertainment, a gourmet feast, silent auction, dancing, and mingling with fellow leaders and community members in a "hidden realm" at Graham Gym.

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