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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.

On September 4, 2020 at approximately 10:30pm the Grant County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched and did respond to a possible motor vehicle crash in the area of State Highway 152 in the approximate area of mile marker 24. This was a single vehicle rollover crash that left the roadway. There was a single fatality. The name(s) of the occupants of the vehicle are pending release due to proper notification and verification to the family. The investigation is ongoing into the cause of the crash.

This spring, with the absence of real-life racing due to COVID, Project Echelon Racing, a domestic elite team and veterans non-profit, provided a platform for Pro Road Tour teams and race promoters to connect and compete at a high level, virtually. Now operating as Echelon Racing Promotions, a subsidiary of Project Echelon Racing, the organization has announced that they will be continuing their work to enhance the sustainability, scalability and visibility of in-real-life cycling and its stakeholders through esports in a premier league format during the sport's offseason.

Four additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 46 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

13 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Chaves County
5 new cases in Doña Ana County
4 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
5 new cases in Lea County
2 new cases in Luna County
6 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
1 new case in Sandoval County
4 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in Santa Fe County

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

Three additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 66 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

10 new cases in Bernalillo County
16 new cases in Chaves County
2 new cases in Curry County
9 new cases in Doña Ana County
4 new cases in Eddy County
6 new cases in Lea County
2 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Sandoval County
5 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
7 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Valencia County

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

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By Mary Alice Murphy

Dr. David Scrase, New Mexico Human Services Department secretary, started out the meeting on Sept. 2, 2020.

"We will talk a lot about math and gating criteria," Scrase said. "At least three cases worldwide have been seen where the person has had two distinct COVID infections. The virus was genetically different the second time."

Six additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 152 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
24 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Catron County
13 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Colfax County
5 new cases in Curry County
12 new cases in Doña Ana County
23 new cases in Eddy County
3 new cases in Grant County
14 new cases in Lea County
2 new cases in Lincoln County
18 new cases in Luna County
9 new cases in McKinley County
6 new cases in Rio Arriba County
4 new cases in Roosevelt County
2 new cases in Sandoval County
3 new cases in San Juan County
8 new cases in Santa Fe County
3 new cases in Valencia County

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

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