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HILLSBORO – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One has begun a large, dual bridge replacement project on NM-152.

On Tuesday, March 23, intermittent lane closures will be in place for roadwork from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Traffic can expect a flagging operation during construction. Slow down and use caution in the area. Watch for shoulder work and large trucks turning on the roadway. The bridges are located five and seven miles west of Hillsboro within Sierra County.

Contractors' hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., although crews may work longer hours or on Saturdays as needed.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation is committed to the safety of the traveling public and appreciates your cooperation during this work. For updated information visit: New Mexico Department of Transportation at www.nmroads.com or call 511.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The one item on the Grant County Commission special meeting on March 17, 2021 open meeting agenda was the approval of a contract not to exceed $10,000 for legal services with Rody, Dickason, Sloan, akin and Robb. According to two commissioners it was for the firm to develop some personnel policies for Grant County.

The commissioners then went into an executive session concerning limited personnel matters regarding the County Manager's Office.

After they came out of executive session, District 1 Commissioner and Chair Chris Ponce made a motion to direct the county contracted law firm to retain an independent law firm to investigate personnel matters regarding the county manager's office. District 5 Commissioner Harry Browne seconded it. With no discussion the motion was approved.

Five additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 263 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

92 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
10 new cases in Cibola County
2 new cases in Curry County
40 new cases in Doña Ana County
10 new cases in Eddy County
5 new cases in Grant County
6 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
1 new case in Luna County
13 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
21 new cases in Sandoval County
4 new cases in San Juan County
7 new cases in San Miguel County
14 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Taos County
1 new case 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
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility
7 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County

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

The Grant County Community Health Council Emerging Infectious Diseases COVID-19 Task Force has set up a local hotline and email address that, for the time being, is based out of the Silver City Fire Department.

People can call 575-597-7029 or email grantcountynmcares@gmail.com

The primary intention of the number and email is to help people register for the vaccine, identify people in the community who are home bound or have difficulty getting out to a vaccination site, etc. However, according to Jeff Fell, a member of the task force, "we can advertise these points of contacts as a place where anyone with any need related to Covid can reach out to and have a local person answer or return their phone call or email. We can direct requests to appropriate working groups of the Taskforce if needed, or to other organizations in the community who we might identify as the most appropriate route."

track hoe at scgc pondA track hoe from Hamilton Construction being used in the search for an individual in a pond at the Silver City Golf Course.

[Editor's Note: The Grant County Commission work session on March 9, 2021 and the regular session on March 11, 2021 will be covered in a multi-part series of articles. This is part 4, the review of most of the agenda and approval of items at the regular meeting.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Commission usually reviews the regular meeting at the work session that precedes it on Tuesday of the same week. This was no different on March 9, 2021 in the review of the regular meeting, which took place on March 11, 2021.

A proclamation recognizing and celebrating the collaborate community effort undertaken to protect the county's economy, natural resources and way of life from the Holloman Expanded F-16 training airspace proposal was presented and read by the proponent, District 3 Commissioner Alicia Edwards, at the regular meeting. Commissioners approved it.


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Twelve additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 255 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

58 new cases in Bernalillo County
10 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
5 new cases in Curry County
77 new cases in Doña Ana County
14 new cases in Eddy County
2 new cases in Grant County
3 new cases in Lea County
2 new cases in Lincoln County
2 new cases in Los Alamos County
5 new cases in Luna County
3 new cases in McKinley County
10 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
20 new cases in Sandoval County
6 new cases in San Juan County
9 new cases in San Miguel County
9 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Torrance County
15 new cases in Valencia County

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

Seven additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 186 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

72 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
2 new cases in Curry County
31 new cases in Doña Ana County
8 new cases in Eddy County
5 new cases in Grant County
3 new cases in Lea County
17 new cases in Luna County
3 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Mora County
3 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
14 new cases in Sandoval County
2 new cases in San Juan County
3 new cases in San Miguel County
10 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
5 new cases in Valencia County

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

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