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Update includes five additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 300 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
103 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Catron County
4 new cases in Chaves County
3 new cases in Cibola County
11 new cases in Curry County
39 new cases in Doña Ana County
13 new cases in Eddy County
2 new cases in Grant County
4 new cases in Guadalupe County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
23 new cases in Lea County
3 new cases in in Lincoln County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
2 new cases in Luna County
20 new cases in McKinley County
5 new cases in Otero County
9 new cases in Rio Arriba County
15 new cases in Sandoval County
16 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
9 new cases in Santa Fe County
4 new cases in Taos County
11 new cases in Valencia County

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

By Roger Lanse

Town Manager Alex Brown told the Silver City Town Council at its July 14, 2020 meeting that by the next council meeting a fiscal year 2021 budget is going to have to be adopted. "I feel that I'm fairly confident that working with the 15 percent decrease in revenue is going to be very conservative for the situation we're in right now," Brown said. "We did end fiscal year 2020 with gross receipts taxes in the amount of $10,600,000 and that, actually, is the most we've ever brought in GRT, so we're having a really very good year."

By Roger Lanse

According to an official source, a deceased male who was reported missing May 24, 2020, was discovered with his motorcycle off a forest road near MM 27 of Highway 15. MM 27 is about two miles north of the junction with Highway 35. The discovery was made on Tuesday, July 14. Updates will come as more information become available.

By Roger Lanse

Inocente Rivera, 20, of Ascencion, Chihuahua, Mexico, pleaded guilty in Las Cruces federal court Tuesday, July 14, 2020, to charges of conspiracy to distribute, and possession with intent to distribute, about 220 pounds of marijuana.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, as Rivera tried to enter the United States on May 12, through the Columbus, NM port of entry, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered 305 wrapped bundles of marijuana hidden in the bed of the vehicle he was driving that he intended to distribute in the U.S.

By Roger Lanse

According to Captain Melinda Hobbs of the Silver City Police Department, officers continue to investigate the missing person incident involving Toni Padilla. The approximately 60-year-old Padilla was first reported missing Sunday, July 5, 2020, when her mother advised the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority that Padilla had been missing since 1 p.m. on Friday, July 3. She told the Beat that the department is following leads and interviewing people and are looking for additional individuals that have been difficult to locate.

Hobbs said that human remains which were found on or near Highway 15 yesterday, Wednesday, July 15, have no connection to the Padilla case. Hobbs could not provide additional information about that discovery at this time.

See the smoke outlook for Cub Fire in a PDF below:

[Editor's Note: This is likely the first of several articles on the July 14 work session and the July 16, 2020 regular session And apologies for forgetting to add the chart. It was a long day!).

By Mary Alice Murphy

Grant County Commissioners at their virtual work session on July 14, 2020, heard county reports.

General Services Director Randy Villa said the Fourth of July weekend was busy for fires, "but not too busy. We had seven calls for the volunteer fire departments to assist the Silver City Fire Department. Between July 3 and July 5, we had 12 calls, including small fires off New Mexico 90. We assisted Santa Clara with a few grass fires from fireworks. We had nothing major. A fire in Pinos Altos was also from fireworks. It's very, very dry out there. The rain is doing a COVID-19 on us, socially distancing at least 6 feet away. Right now, in the forest and the county, we have fire restrictions—no burning, no trash burning, no brush burning, no grass burning, no burning. The Tadpole Fire in the Gila north of us is the only fire in Grant County at about 11,000 acres. The Cub Fire northwest of the Cliff Dwellings is in the wilderness in Catron County and the Good and Turkey Fires, which combined, are in Catron County. New Mexico 15, which was closed due to the Tadpole Fire, is open again. The concern is for flooding when the monsoons get here. They've done a good job keeping the culverts clear. The Forest Service has managed this fire really well."

Update includes six additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 330 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

162 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Chaves County
3 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Colfax County
4 new cases in Curry County
35 new cases in Doña Ana County
4 new cases in Eddy County
3 new cases in Grant County
8 new cases in Lea County
4 new cases in Lincoln County
1 new case in Luna County
12 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
2 new cases in Quay County
7 new cases in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
14 new cases in Sandoval County
24 new cases in San Juan County
29 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra County
2 new cases in Taos County
8 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility

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

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