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Nine additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 187 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

97 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Curry County
13 new cases in Doña Ana County
3 new cases in Eddy County
4 new cases in Grant County
3 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Luna County
8 new cases in McKinley County
3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
21 new cases in Sandoval County
13 new cases in San Juan County
4 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Sierra County
3 new cases in Socorro County
1 new case in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
8 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County

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

By Roger Lanse

On Monday, Apr. 12, 2021, at 10:15 a.m., Silver City Fire Department personnel responded to a reported odor of natural gas in the area of Albertson's, 1956 E. Highway 180. When SCFD arrived, according to Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Fell, Albertson's had already began evacuating customers and Little Caesar's had shut off their ovens.

It seems, according to Fell and Lt. Jerry O'Neil, that Little Caesar's Pizza was where the gas originated, and they had self-evacuated that business. O'Neil told the Beat that the department tested the air inside the businesses and found 4ppm of carbon monoxide, which is cause for some concern, although not deadly.

New Mexico Gas workers then arrived on scene and began testing for leaks in the business' gas lines.

Customers were allowed to re-enter Albertson's at 10:42, according to O'Neil, and SCFD left at 10:58. Customers were not allowed to re-enter Little Caesar's.

All in all, O'Neil said, evacuation and re-entry was 'pretty orderly.'

ROAD ADVISORY

LANE CLOSURE – Cliff Area

NM 211 both eastbound and westbound lanes will have a flagging operation from milepost 4 to 5 for roadwork operations. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and be cautious of personnel and equipment in the area. The closure will be lifted at approximately 5:30 pm

LANE CLOSURE – Cliff Area

NM 293 both eastbound and westbound lanes will have a flagging operation from milepost 0 to 2 for roadwork operations. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and be cautious of personnel and equipment in the area. The closure will be lifted at approximately 5:30 pm

After an almost hour long executive session, and then a meeting without much meat, the members of the board, President Ashley Montenegro, Dr. Michelle Diaz, Mike McMillan, Patrick Cohn and Eddie Flores chose a new superintendent from the four candidates who were interviewed on Saturday. You can read the interviews at https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/64259-first-two-interviews-for-silver-consolidated-schools-superintendent-on-april-10-2021 and https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/64261-final-two-silver-consolidated-schools-superintendent-interviews-on-april-10-2021.

Diaz made the motion to nominate William "Will" Hawkins from Hobbs as the new superintendent. After a brief pause, Montenegro seconded it, and the vote was unanimous.

New Mexico COVID-19 update: 647 new cases, totaling 193,987
Three additional COVID-19 deaths – Saturday, April 10, Sunday, April 11, and Monday, April 12

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 647 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

227 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Catron County
26 new cases in Chaves County
9 new cases in Cibola County
2 new cases in Colfax County
4 new cases in Curry County
83 new cases in Doña Ana County
11 new cases in Eddy County
5 new cases in Grant County
2 new cases in Hidalgo County
11 new cases in Lea County
3 new cases in Lincoln County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
8 new cases in Luna County
9 new cases in McKinley County
9 new cases in Otero County
25 new cases in Rio Arriba County
67 new cases in Sandoval County
75 new cases in San Juan County
5 new cases in San Miguel County
17 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra County
3 new cases in Socorro County
6 new cases in Taos County
34 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County

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

By Mary Alice Murphy

The four applicants for the Silver Consolidated Schools superintendent position participated individually in the interview process on Saturday April 10, 2021. Similar questions were asked of each interviewee.

[Editor's Note: The previous two interviews in the morning can be read at: https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/64259-first-two-interviews-for-silver-consolidated-schools-superintendent-on-april-10-2021]

First to be interviewed in the afternoon was Frederick "Fred" Parker of Deming Schools.

Q. Tell us about yourself.

Parker: I am currently chief academic officer for Deming Schools. I have served as principal and development officer. I was born in El Paso, Texas, my family settled in Chaparral, New Mexico. I am living in Las Cruces and I commute to Deming. My mom is from Durango, Mexico, and my dad from the U.S.

Q: What is your plan for the small schools funding issue and how do you plan to keep Cliff School open?

All participants answered similar questions, usually in different order

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first applicant to speak was Curtis Clough, Silver Consolidated Schools associate superintendent.

He said he has spent 31 years in education, with 21 in administration, with his last three years here in the associate superintendent position. "I've done everything, teacher, principal, athletic director, superintendent, associate superintendent."

Q: What is your plan for the decreases of small schools funding issue?

[Editor’s Note: This is part 1 of a multi-article series on the Commission’s combined work session and regular session on April 8, 2021. This article addresses the presentations, proclamations and the GRMC update.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The first presentation at the Grant County Commission combined work session and regular meeting on April 8, 2021 featured a report from SE Group, which has been hired to create a Trails and Outdoor Recreation Plan for the county. SE Group Director of Community Planning and Design Mark Kane said: “One of the things we’re excited about is exploring the outstanding outdoor opportunities in Grant County and looking to enhance the quality of life for residents and those who want to come visit. We want to collaborate with the Gila National Forest. We have a lot of experience with collaboration with public agencies and communities.”

He introduced Drew Pollack-Bruce, the project manager, who would present an overview of the projected steps and timeline.

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