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By Roger Lanse

Acting on a tip received early the week of Mar. 8, 2021, the Silver City Police Department has been conducting an investigation searching for a deceased individual at the Silver City Golf Course. The search began Wednesday, Mar. 10, and is concentrating on three ponds, according to Silver City Police Chief Freddy Portillo. Rumor has it the body may be that of Toni Padilla, a 58-year-old woman missing since July 5, 2020, however Portillo would only say that it was "an individual."

The SCPD is using every resource at its command in the search, Portillo told the Beat. He stated the course is closed and urged the public to stay away.

One additional COVID-19 death

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 185 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

68 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Chaves County
2 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Colfax County
4 new cases in Curry County
30 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
7 new cases in Grant County
5 new cases in Lea County
2 new cases in Lincoln County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
8 new cases in Luna County
1 new case in McKinley County
12 new cases in Otero County
3 new cases in Roosevelt County
19 new cases in Sandoval County
7 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra County
2 new cases in Socorro County
2 new cases in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
4 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Cibola County Correctional Center

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

The press conference on the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 appearing in the state of New Mexico was a conversation among state secretaries. The reflection of the secretaries on their personal experiences and the work of their respective agencies began after a moment of silence for lives lost to COVID-19. Thirty-nine seconds were observed, each second signifying one hundred New Mexicans.

As of March 11, 2021 8.9% of the New Mexico population has had a verified COVID-19 infection. However, the statistics show the lowest 7-day rolling average since September 2020 and for every one new case the state has vaccinated 50 people. Half a million New Mexicans live in counties that have reached the green status.

"That is really great news," Department of Health Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins said. "We are leading the country in shots in arms. 26.3% of New Mexicans have received at least one shot, and 15.1% are fully vaccinated." Dr. Collins asks that people get registered if they are not already. Register here

Two additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 160 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

45 new cases in Bernalillo County
8 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
2 new case in Colfax County
3 new cases in Curry County
29 new cases in Doña Ana County
6 new cases in Eddy County
5 new cases in Grant County
6 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Lincoln County
4 new cases in Luna County
9 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
11 new cases in Sandoval County
7 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in San Miguel County
9 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Taos County
8 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility

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

Location: Catwalk Recreation Area, north of the Whitewater Picnic Area, Glenwood Ranger District, Catron County, NM.
Start Date: March 13, 2021 Size ~ 3 acres Cause: Under investigation
Vegetation: riparian
Resources: Glenwood Ranger District hand crew, and one FS Engine

Summary: The Catwalk Fire is burning on National Forest System lands on the Glenwood Ranger District, Gila National Forest. The strategy for this fire Is full suppression. There is low potential for spread. Objectives include protecting safety and minimizing the impact of fire on wildland firefighter and public safety, the recreation area, and the riparian area.

Three additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 198 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

74 new cases in Bernalillo County
5 new cases in Chaves County
4 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Colfax County
3 new cases in Curry County
28 new cases in Doña Ana County
5 new cases in Eddy County
6 new cases in Grant County
2 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
2 new cases in Luna County
13 new cases in Otero County
3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
9 new cases in Sandoval County
9 new cases in San Juan County
5 new cases in San Miguel County
4 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Sierra County
7 new cases in Taos County
8 new cases in Valencia County
5 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility

[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a multi-part series of articles on the work session and regular meeting of the commissioners on March 9 and 11, 2021. This author had planned to start the review of the work session with this article but plans to do so with part 3 or 4 or 5. Two long meetings require many shorter articles.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Grant County Commission regular meeting on March 11, 2021, Gila Regional Medical Center gave its monthly report. Interim Chief Financial Officer Greg Brickner gave the key metrics for the month of January.

"Our volume shows flat trends," Brickner said. "We were 336 patients below budget for the Emergency Department. Year-to-date we are 10 percent down on visits to the hospital. We have a 1.32 case mix index, 54 days cash on hand and an average length of stay of 2.9 days is actually very good."

Six additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 268 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

95 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Chaves County
8 new cases in Cibola County
2 new cases in Colfax County
1 new case in Curry County
1 new case in De Baca County
38 new cases in Doña Ana County
4 new cases in Eddy County
10 new cases in Grant County
2 new cases in Lea County
7 new cases in Lincoln County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
1 new case in Luna County
1 new case in McKinley County
1 new case in Mora County
23 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
17 new cases in Sandoval County
7 new cases in San Juan County
10 new cases in San Miguel County
11 new cases in Santa Fe County
3 new cases in Socorro County
11 new cases in Taos County
2 new cases in Torrance County
7 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 Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County

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

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