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By Mary Alice Murphy

[Editor's Note: Much of this is paraphrased to get the ideas down, maybe not in the exact words, but hopefully in the spirit of what was said.]

The candidate forum on Sept. 28, 2020, hosted by the Silver City Daily Press and moderated by Publisher Nickolas Seibel, featured incumbent Republican Gerald W. "Billy" Billings and challenger Democrat Marilyn Alcorn, vying for the Grant County Commission District 4 seat.

This is a PDF of the polling locations, when early voting begins and any other information you might need about voting this year.

Two additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 158 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
51 new cases in Bernalillo County
10 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
12 new cases in Curry County
44 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Lea County
2 new cases in Lincoln County
4 new cases in Luna County
1 new case in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
14 new cases in Sandoval County
4 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new cases in Sierra County
2 new cases in Socorro County
2 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County

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

[Editor's Note: This is the fire bringing smoke into the region. Report, trail closures and map, below.]

Location of Origin: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Alpine Ranger District
Start Date: August 18, 2020 Cause: Lightning Personnel: 13
Size: Approx. 6,700 Acres Percent Contained: 18 Resources Assigned: 1

Springerville, AZ – October 03, 2020 – The Cow Canyon Fire was ignited by lightning on August 18, 2020 on the Alpine Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. It is burning in steep, rugged terrain with limited access, and is in a remote location within the Blue Range Primitive Area near the Arizona and New Mexico state border.

By Hallie Richwine

Nickolas Seibel opened the virtual District 39 Candidate Forum on Monday, September 28, 2020. The forum was held via zoom and featured Seibel as the moderator, incumbent Democrat Rodolfo "Rudy" Martinez, challenger Republican Luis Terrazas, and Daily Press and Independent reporter Geoffrey Plant. The forum kicked off with opening statements.

Terrazas spoke first. "First of all I want to tell everyone I'm very proud to be running for office," he said. "One of the reasons I'm running for office is that last year I had some issues with some of the legislation coming down." Terrazas wants to make sure the local concerns are represented. "I am a local, from Silver City, and this is the first time I'm running," he said. "I'm married, I have five children, and I'm a local businessman. I was born and raised here in Silver City and there is a way that we have enjoyed growing up," he continued. "Some of those things are being stripped from us so I feel it is important to keep those values."

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Gila Regional Medical Center Governing Board met in its regular monthly meeting on Sept. 24, 2020. Members of the governing board are also Grant County commissioners. The board chair is Alicia Edwards, vice chair is Gerald "Billy" Billings and the other members are Chris Ponce, Javier "Harvey" Salas and Harry Browne.

Edwards said the hospital just had a CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) through the Joint Commission, and it had no findings, which she said was "amazing." She recognized those involved, including Rexine Sierra, Darla Allen, and Paula Donet, as well as Desirae Provencio, and Kelly Rodriguez, interim chief nursing officer.

Three additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 298 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
75 new cases in Bernalillo County
32 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
20 new cases in Curry County
67 new cases in Doña Ana County
16 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
22 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Lincoln County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
6 new cases in Luna County
2 new cases in McKinley County
4 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
10 new cases in Roosevelt County
8 new cases in Sandoval County
4 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
13 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra County
2 new cases in Socorro County
8 new cases in Valencia County

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

By Hallie Richwine

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham kicked off this week's COVID-19 update by displaying her mask in honor of Hispanic Heritage month. The presentation for October 1, 2020 included a portion from the governor; Dr. David Scrase of the Health and Human Service Department; and Ryan Stewart of the Public Education Department.

Grisham showed a slide of the current data before introducing Scrase.

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