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Forty-one additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 1,684 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

434 new cases in Bernalillo County
76 new cases in Chaves County
34 new cases in Cibola County
11 new cases in Colfax County
40 new cases in Curry County
5 new cases in De Baca County
118 new cases in Doña Ana County
44 new cases in Eddy County
25 new cases in Grant County
7 new cases in Guadalupe County
6 new case in Hidalgo County
118 new cases in Lea County
20 new cases in Lincoln County
11 new cases in Los Alamos County
28 new cases in Luna County
94 new cases in McKinley County
6 new cases in Mora County
36 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
53 new cases in Rio Arriba County
3 new cases in Roosevelt County
121 new cases in Sandoval County
196 new cases in San Juan County
12 new cases in San Miguel County
75 new cases in Santa Fe County
8 new cases in Sierra County
5 new cases in Socorro County
13 new cases in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
83 new cases in Valencia County

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

Although the public could not attend this year's Wreaths Across America ceremony, a program was created to honor those veterans for which the wreaths were In Memoriam, as well as the names of those who honored them by purchasing wreaths. Hopefully, in 2021, the public can again attend the ceremony.

A PDF of the program can be read below. 

Luna County, NM – On December 28, 2020 at approximately 7:04 p.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal head-on crash on NM Highway 11, near milepost 16 south of Deming, NM. 

The initial investigation indicates a 2003 Chevrolet Blazer, driven by Francisco T. Molina (76) of Deming, NM, was traveling southbound on NM Highway 11. As the Chevrolet attempted to pass another vehicle in the opposing northbound lane, the Chevrolet collided head-on into a 2003 GMC Equinox SUV traveling north. Molina sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of Medical Investigator.

The driver of the GMC, Maria C. Balcazar (48) of Boaz, AL was transported by emergency personnel to an area hospital in Deming, NM where she succumbed to her injuries. There were two other passengers in the GMC, a 10-year-old child and a 6-year-old child. The 10-year-old and 6-year-old were transported by emergency personnel to a hospital in El Paso, TX. Their conditions are unknown.  

Thirty-three additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 1,316 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

335 new cases in Bernalillo County
75 new cases in Chaves County
6 new cases in Cibola County
2 new cases in Colfax County
30 new cases in Curry County
155 new cases in Doña Ana County
45 new cases in Eddy County
24 new cases in Grant County
2 new cases in Guadalupe County
4 new case in Hidalgo County
75 new cases in Lea County
4 new cases in Lincoln County
2 new cases in Los Alamos County
21 new cases in Luna County
99 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Mora County
14 new cases in Otero County
13 new cases in Rio Arriba County
20 new cases in Roosevelt County
79 new cases in Sandoval County
139 new cases in San Juan County
21 new cases in San Miguel County
79 new cases in Santa Fe County
4 new cases in Sierra County
19 new cases in Socorro County
6 new cases in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
2 new cases in Union County
38 new cases in Valencia County

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

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Gila Regional Medical Center Governing Board which is made up of the five county commissioners, District 1 Commissioner Chris Ponce, District 2 Commissioner Javier "Harvey" Salas, District 3 Commissioner Alicia Edwards, District 4 Commissioner Billy Billings and District 5 Commissioner Harry Browne met in regular session on Dec. 17, 2020 in the afternoon.

Edwards chairs the board. She introduced Wayne Smith, the new interim revenue cycle director.

"We are looking at everything that takes place within the revenue process so we can get good solid processes going in the hospital," Smith said.

Twenty-three additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 1,221 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

353 new cases in Bernalillo County
39 new cases in Chaves County
12 new cases in Cibola County
27 new cases in Curry County
6 new cases in De Baca County
122 new cases in Doña Ana County
77 new cases in Eddy County
12 new cases in Grant County
2 new cases in Guadalupe County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
60 new cases in Lea County
4 new cases in Lincoln County
2 new cases in Los Alamos County
7 new cases in Luna County
117 new cases in McKinley County
17 new cases in Otero County
30 new cases in Rio Arriba County
12 new cases in Roosevelt County
72 new cases in Sandoval County
105 new cases in San Juan County
3 new cases in San Miguel County
67 new cases in Santa Fe County
5 new cases in Sierra County
4 new cases in Socorro County
4 new cases in Taos County
3 new cases in Torrance County
23 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County
23 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility
9 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County
2 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County

The Department of Health on Tuesday reported twenty-three additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

The Silver Consolidated Schools Board virtually met December 14, 2020 after a brief executive session. During the executive session the board discussed possible candidates for superintendent.

Board member Mike McMillan had some comments about the way open public comments are handled, specifically in the November regular meeting. "When we are in our regular face-to-case meetings the public comment papers that are submitted are part of the minutes of the meeting," he said. "I would suggest that we include those emails and letters with our minutes while we are virtual."

McMillan also voiced a concern about the content of a specific letter from the November meeting. "In our last meeting there was a letter from Priscilla Lucero that you did not read in its entirety," he said. "I'm at fault for not bringing it to everybody's attention, I was shocked that the letter was not read in its entirety." McMillan said he considered any censorship by way of omitting what is written as public comments erodes public trust and specifically asked for an apology to Lucero.

By Roger Lanse

The Silver City Fire Department responded to a two-alarm structure fire Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, at about 1:30 p.m., at Pinos Altos and San Vicente streets in the southwestern part of town.

According to SCFD Capt. Aaron Seavers, as soon as they left Station 1 and entered Hudson Street, they could see the plume of smoke which marked the location of the fire. The structure was a 'pretty old' adobe residence consisting of upstairs and downstairs apartments, some of which appeared to be undergoing remodeling. Roof trusses, roofing, clothing, and furniture in an upstairs apartment contributed to the blaze. That apartment suffered heavy smoke and fire damage while the downstairs apartments had only minor damage, Seavers said.

Live from Silver City

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