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By Mary Alice Murphy

Once a quorum of members was determined at the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity special meeting on June 30, 2020, one public comments, which was more of a question was asked by Ruby Davis.

"Has it been determined or can it be determined how much water it would take to replenish the water table of the Gila-San Francisco basins in the area if we get the AWSA (Arizona Water Settlements Act) water as promised?" Davis asked.

Vance Lee, representing Hidalgo County, said because the entity does not answer public comment questions, she should contact the Entity Executive Director Anthony Gutierrez.

Update includes eight additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 257 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
55 new cases in Bernalillo County
5 new cases in Chaves County
7 new cases in Cibola County
4 new cases in Curry County
40 new cases in Doña Ana County
8 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
5 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Lincoln County
11 new cases in Luna County
42 new cases in McKinley County
7 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
6 new cases in Roosevelt County
12 new cases in Sandoval County
23 new cases in San Juan County
7 new cases in Santa Fe County
3 new cases in Taos County
4 new cases in Valencia County
3 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center
11 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Torrance County Detention Facility

The Department of Health on Friday reported eight additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

Update includes three additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 248 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
97 new cases in Bernalillo County
5 new cases in Chaves County
2 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Colfax County
19 new cases in Curry County
42 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
5 new cases in Hidalgo County
8 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Lincoln County
2 new cases in Luna County
14 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
4 new cases in Rio Arriba County
3 new cases in Roosevelt County
9 new cases in Sandoval County
12 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
9 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra County
8 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center

The Department of Health on Thursday reported three additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a two-part series of articles on the GRMC Governing Board meeting held June 25, 2020. Corrections are in Bold, and one was about a grant that has been applied for but not received as yet.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

After the Gila Regional Medical Center Governing Board approved a management contract with HealthTechS3, members hear a report from the Interim Chief Executive Officer Scott Manis. This article can be read at https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/58743-grmc-governing-board-met-and-approved-management-contract-062520

The next item on the agenda addressed the monthly report from Interim Chief Nursing Officer Kelly Rodriguez.

Truth or Consequences, NM - The NM Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) recently announced the creation of an advisory council aimed at guiding the new department as it begins its work. State Representative Rebecca Dow was selected to be on the advisory council made up of various stakeholders in New Mexico early childhood development.

Location: 5 miles north of Pinos Altos, NM
Start Date: June 06, 2020 Cause: Lightning Size: ~ 11,159 acres
Vegetation: Trees and Brush Containment: 70%

Strategy/Summary: The southern end of the Tadpole Fire remains active with smoldering fire behavior. Fire crews are working in close coordination with a helicopter equipped with a bucket of water to cool hotspots near the fire line. Fire crews are closely monitoring the lines in Wilson Canyon. They continue to patrol the lines looking for hotspots. Road work continues on Highway 15. Rehabilitation efforts are occurring to minimize impacts of fire suppression efforts on the land.

Weather:

Location: 1 1/2 miles Southwest of Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Start Date: June 28, 2020 Cause: Lightning Size: ~17,200acres
Vegetation: Timber, Tall Grass, Brush Containment: 53%

Strategy/Summary: This lightning-caused fire is burning on National Forest System lands in the Gila Wilderness. Fire crews are successfully working in coordination with a helicopter to construct hand line to keep the fire from progressing toward Gila Hot Springs. The helicopter is equipped with a bucket of water and is working in coordination with the firefighters on the ground to cool the fires edge allowing them closer access to the fire. The fire continues to back into the main Gila River on the south and southwest portions of the fire as well.

Weather: Fire weather conditions should begin transitioning to a more humid, and rainy period. A sub-tropical high over central Mexico will slowly drift north over the next week-over New Mexico and
Arizona by this weekend. This will move moisture up into the area and allow it to persist through at least this weekend and probably into the beginning of next week. Low level moisture should be just enough to rule out dry lightning and give some potential decent rainfall around our fires. No significant large scale winds expected through the weekend-however storm environment over the next several days could lead to strong winds near storms.

Smoke: Smoke from the fire rises up and away during the daytime, but in the evenings, smoke can pool back down in canyons, drainages, and basins. For information on air quality and protecting your health, and to find guidance on distances and visibility, please visit https://nmtracking.org/fire. Fire information can be found at nmfireinfo.com.
Inciweb information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6739/.

For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/gila

Location: Approximately 1-mile northeast of Cub Mountain, near the West Fork of the Gila River, Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest.
Start Date: June 28, 2020 Cause: Lightning Size: ~535 acres
Vegetation: grass, brush, and multiple snags

Strategy/Summary:

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