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 dsc0044 4Western New Mexico University President Dr. Joseph Shepard, pictured far left, stands with members of the WNMU board of regents, including (left to right) former Student Regent Tim Stillman, Chair Jerry Walz, new Board Secretary/Treasurer Janice Baca-Argabright, Vice Chair Dr. Mary Hotvedt, and member Dr. Carl Foster.Silver City, NM – The Western New Mexico University Board of Regents unanimously approved the university's annual endowment report, capital transmittal for phase one of the Deming Learning Center project, and revised five-year capital outlay plan, also electing a new secretary/treasurer, during a virtual meeting on Thursday morning.

WNMU Vice President for Business Affairs Kelley Riddle said the Higher Education Department require the university submit an annual report of endowments. "The Foundation is working with Academic Affairs to promote the use of these funds, including for student scholarships," she said.

Three additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 161 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
27 new cases in Bernalillo County
31 new cases in Chaves County
3 new cases in Cibola County
2 new cases in Curry County
1 new case in De Baca County
17 new cases in Doña Ana County
21 new cases in Eddy County
7 new cases in Grant County
13 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Lincoln County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
5 new cases in Luna County
2 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Quay County
5 new cases in Roosevelt County
5 new cases in Sandoval County
4 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in San Miguel County
11 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Taos County

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

Census Count Ends September 30; Nearly Half of All New Mexicans Remain Uncounted

Silver City -- The 2020 U.S. Census process concludes September 30, a full month ahead of the U.S. Census Bureau's original time line, yet nearly half of New Mexicans still haven't been counted. As of this week, 56.4% of New Mexico households had been counted, compared to 65.5% nationwide.

Members of the Grant County "Complete Count" Committee urge all residents who have yet to complete the brief, confidential census questionnaire to do so either online at www.my2020census.gov, or by calling toll-free, (844) 330-2020. Census workers are currently calling and visiting households that have yet to respond.

By Mary Alice Murphy

With no public input received at the the Gila Regional Medical Center Governing Board special meeting on Sept. 8, 2020, the members, consisting of the five Grant County commissioners, District 1 Chris Ponce; District 2 Javier "Harvey" Salas; District 3 and GRMC Governing Board Chair Alicia Edwards; District 4 Billy Billings, who is also vice chair of the governing board; and District 5 Harry Browne, started with old business.

The first item dealt with a resolution to amend the Economic Development Administration application, including CARES Act funds for a hospital roof replacement to reflect updated HVAC costs, which have to be replaced at the same time as the roof.

Six additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 92 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
6 new cases in Bernalillo County
16 new cases in Chaves County
7 new cases in Curry County
17 new cases in Doña Ana County
4 new cases in Eddy County
9 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
3 new cases in Luna County
6 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
4 new cases in Roosevelt County
4 new cases in Sandoval County
4 new cases in San Juan County
4 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Taos County
1 new case in Valencia County
2 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County

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

By Roger Lanse

Town Manager Alex Brown told council that gross receipts tax to the town through August of this fiscal year is only $11,000 short of what the town took in last year in that same period. "This $11,000 difference is very small considering that we've already brought in $1.9 million so far this fiscal year (FY2020-21) in gross receipts taxes."

Brown explained the town reports GRT to the Department of Taxation and Revenue in 15 categories of which the top three are retail sales, food, and healthcare, and those three are keeping the town's gross receipt tax numbers up. Brown anticipates if this September's revenue from GRT compares to July and August of this year, he may recommend the hiring of a 'couple' of new employees in the parks and streets departments.

By Mary Alice Murphy

An item on the agenda for the Grant County Commission special meeting on Tuesday evening, Sept. 8, 2020, called for consideration of a request to the state auditor’s office to review the CEO contract signed by Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees, dated, Oct. 17, 2017.

District Commissioner and Chairman Chris Ponce said because it was a hospital issue, the commissioners have decided that the request should be reviewed by the county’s attorney before continuing with the issue. The item was taken off the agenda and might be put back on next week’s Board of Commissioners work and regular meetings.

Chief Deputy Assessor Matthew James presented the property tax rates in mills for Tax Year 2020. He said the only significant change in tax rates was the debt service for Silver City Schools bonds, which sold at a premium price, therefore lowering the amount of debt service needing to be covered by tax rates.

Below is the chart comparing the 2019 and 2020 tax rates.

No additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 44 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
22 new cases in Bernalillo County
4 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Curry County
3 new cases in Doña Ana County
4 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
1 new case in Lea County
1 new case in Luna County
1 new case in McKinley County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Valencia County

The Department of Health on Tuesday reported no additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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