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By Roger Lanse

At a closed session of the Silver City Town Council held Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, Town Manager Alex Brown introduced James Reynolds, a local attorney who is applying for the position of Town Attorney. Brown said the session gave council an opportunity to ask questions of Reynolds and to begin to feel comfortable with him as the hiring process moves forward.

Reynolds would be a town employee reporting to the town manager, according to Brown, whereas the previous town attorney, Robert Scavron, contracted with the town. The hiring process is expected to be completed soon after the first of the year.

Nine additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 826 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
293 new cases in Bernalillo County
27 new cases in Chaves County
13 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Colfax County
10 new cases in Curry County
72 new cases in Doña Ana County
19 new cases in Eddy County
11 new cases in Grant County
35 new cases in Lea County
3 new cases in Lincoln County
3 new cases in Los Alamos County
9 new cases in Luna County
41 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Mora County
11 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
10 new cases in Rio Arriba County
17 new cases in Roosevelt County
51 new cases in Sandoval County
96 new cases in San Juan County
15 new cases in San Miguel County
43 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Socorro County
3 new cases in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
28 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County
5 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County
2 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County

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

By Roger Lanse

Silver City Police Department officers responded to a domestic disturbance call at 3711 Valley Vista Drive on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, arriving on scene at approximately 6:17 p.m. A female caller to Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority advised that her daughter was fighting with the boyfriend and she heard something break in the background.

Officers made contact with the 31-year-old female victim, who stated, according to an SCPD report narrative, that she and her boyfriend, Dustin Patterson, later determined to also be 31, of the address, were arguing about Patterson being with another female. During the argument, the victim related, Patterson got upset and began to yell and kicked a black mirror that he had given her, shattering it. The victim also told officers the argument was not physical.

By Hallie Richwine

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham began the December 17, 2020 press conference with the case count information for that day. The death count was the highest to date, and Grisham encouraged New Mexicans to more hard to prevent the spread of the virus.

"While many people will recover," she said, "the likelihood that they have long term effects, including lung disease, is high."

"If we don't bring the prevalence down," she continued, "We will continue to talk about these dire numbers." Grisham said New Mexicans have the ability to change the trajectory and keep the hospitals from being stressed. "Only we have the power to manage this virus."

Sixteen additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 1,077 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

278 new cases in Bernalillo County
26 new cases in Chaves County
19 new cases in Cibola County
5 new cases in Colfax County
12 new cases in Curry County
119 new cases in Doña Ana County
45 new cases in Eddy County
10 new cases in Grant County
5 new cases in Guadalupe County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
49 new cases in Lea County
4 new cases in Lincoln County
5 new cases in Los Alamos County
12 new cases in Luna County
79 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Mora County
10 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Quay County
24 new cases in Rio Arriba County
6 new cases in Roosevelt County
69 new cases in Sandoval County
160 new cases in San Juan County
16 new cases in San Miguel County
43 new cases in Santa Fe County
3 new cases in Sierra County
2 new cases in Socorro County
19 new cases in Taos County
3 new cases in Torrance County
1 new case in Union County
35 new cases in Valencia County
14 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County

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

By Mary Alice Murphy

[Editor's Note; This is the first in a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission work session and regular meeting for December 2020. At the end will be the slides in PDF format of this first presentation.]

The first presentation at the Grant County Commission work session held Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, was given by Renee Despres, who consults on public health issues, and Jeff Fell, Silver City Emergency Manager, on behalf of the Grant County Community Health Council's Emerging Infectious Diseases Task Force. Despres turned it over to Jeff Fell to begin, explaining that he was co-facilitating the task force with her.

Fell said Despres would cover the Covid issues and he would give an overview of what the task force has been doing, including response models.

Twenty-seven additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 1,442 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
449 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Catron County
63 new cases in Chaves County
3 new cases in Cibola County
15 new cases in Colfax County
24 new cases in Curry County
3 new cases in De Baca County
87 new cases in Doña Ana County
53 new cases in Eddy County
23 new cases in Grant County
9 new cases in Guadalupe County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
46 new cases in Lea County
8 new cases in Lincoln County
3 new cases in Los Alamos County
15 new cases in Luna County
106 new cases in McKinley County
6 new cases in Mora County
24 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Quay County
25 new cases in Rio Arriba County
27 new cases in Roosevelt County
90 new cases in Sandoval County
175 new cases in San Juan County
10 new cases in San Miguel County
66 new cases in Santa Fe County
6 new cases in Sierra County
27 new cases in Socorro County
16 new cases in Taos County
6 new cases in Torrance County
2 new cases in Union County
38 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among individuals being held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
3 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County
3 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County
2 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
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County

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

 Photos of the ceremony are courtesy of the committee. Afternoon photos of the graves with wreaths are by Mary Alice Murphy

The Fort Bayard National Cemetery served as the site for the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony on Dec. 18, 2020. Originally scheduled for Dec. 19, 2020, it had to be drastically scaled back with only five people participating due to cemetery restrictions because of COVID-19.

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