[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County December work session and regular session.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
After a short break between presentations at the Grant County Commission work session on Dec. 15, 2020, the commissioners welcomed virtual presenters Adam Hughes, chief executive officer of Better City, and Eric Gibson, senior analyst, who presented an Economic Development and Funding Opportunity in Grant County.
Twenty-three additional COVID-19 deaths
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 1,272 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
302 new cases in Bernalillo County
54 new cases in Chaves County
54 new cases in Cibola County
19 new cases in Curry County
1 new case in De Baca County
140 new cases in Doña Ana County
69 new cases in Eddy County
6 new cases in Grant County
3 new cases in Guadalupe County
1 new case in Harding County
95 new cases in Lea County
8 new cases in Lincoln County
2 new cases in Los Alamos County
1 new case in Luna County
102 new cases in McKinley County
22 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Quay County
25 new cases in Rio Arriba County
8 new cases in Roosevelt County
81 new cases in Sandoval County
171 new cases in San Juan County
6 new cases in San Miguel County
23 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra County
5 new cases in Socorro County
10 new cases in Taos County
5 new cases in Torrance County
35 new cases in Valencia County
7 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County
4 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility
5 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County
2 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility
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 Tuesday reported twenty-three additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday announced New Mexicans may now order free, at-home, self-administered COVID-19 saliva tests, with accurate laboratory-confirmed results returned within 24-48 hours of receipt of the sample.
The free tests are available to New Mexico residents regardless of exposure risk– whether they are symptomatic or asymptomatic, and whether they have come into close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 positive individual or not.
Any New Mexican with access to online video-conferencing through Zoom can receive a test at home, self-administer the test with a virtual testing supervisor through a secure Zoom, and mail the sample back for laboratory processing, all free of charge.
Silver City MainStreet received a New Mexico House of Representatives Recognition Award. The award was initiated by Representative Rebecca Dow and recognizes the work that Silver City MainStreet has done over the past 35 years.
Specifically, Silver City MainStreet is recognized as one of the oldest continuously operating MainStreet programs in the state and for their efforts to preserve historic downtown. The award also acknowledges that Silver City MainStreet has been able to leverage more than $5 million for downtown improvements such as beautification projects, renovations of downtown buildings, and for developing marketing strategies. The 2011 Great American MainStreet Award was also included in the recognition.
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."
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