[Editor's Note: This is likely the first of several articles on the July 14 work session and the July 16, 2020 regular session And apologies for forgetting to add the chart. It was a long day!).
By Mary Alice Murphy
Grant County Commissioners at their virtual work session on July 14, 2020, heard county reports.
General Services Director Randy Villa said the Fourth of July weekend was busy for fires, "but not too busy. We had seven calls for the volunteer fire departments to assist the Silver City Fire Department. Between July 3 and July 5, we had 12 calls, including small fires off New Mexico 90. We assisted Santa Clara with a few grass fires from fireworks. We had nothing major. A fire in Pinos Altos was also from fireworks. It's very, very dry out there. The rain is doing a COVID-19 on us, socially distancing at least 6 feet away. Right now, in the forest and the county, we have fire restrictions—no burning, no trash burning, no brush burning, no grass burning, no burning. The Tadpole Fire in the Gila north of us is the only fire in Grant County at about 11,000 acres. The Cub Fire northwest of the Cliff Dwellings is in the wilderness in Catron County and the Good and Turkey Fires, which combined, are in Catron County. New Mexico 15, which was closed due to the Tadpole Fire, is open again. The concern is for flooding when the monsoons get here. They've done a good job keeping the culverts clear. The Forest Service has managed this fire really well."
Update includes six additional COVID-19 deaths
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 330 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
162 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Chaves County
3 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Colfax County
4 new cases in Curry County
35 new cases in Doña Ana County
4 new cases in Eddy County
3 new cases in Grant County
8 new cases in Lea County
4 new cases in Lincoln County
1 new case in Luna County
12 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
2 new cases in Quay County
7 new cases in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
14 new cases in Sandoval County
24 new cases in San Juan County
29 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra County
2 new cases in Taos County
8 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Wednesday reported six additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. They are:
Location: Approximately one-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: ~23,216 acres Vegetation: grass, brush, and multiple snags
Resources: 34 IC: Pedro Valenzuela, ICT3
Summary: The Cub Fire is burning on National Forest System lands on the Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest. The fire is progressing north, northeast, and west. There is some progression towards the southeast and remains two (2) miles east of the Mogollon-Baldy Lookout. Wildland firefighter crews continue to prep trail #171 to the junction with trail #172 to the north and west.
By Alexis Rico
On July 9, 2020, the Village of Santa Clara held their regular meeting through Zoom. The meeting was called to order at 6:12 p.m. Mayor Pro-Tem Albert Esparza, Trustee Olga Amador, Trustee Patricia Montgomery, and Trustee Arnold Lopez attended the meeting. Here is a brief summary of the meeting.
The beginning of the meeting was used to approve the meeting agenda, the meeting minutes for the regular meeting session held on June 25, 2020, and the monthly department reports.
Update includes three additional COVID-19 deaths
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 227 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
65 new cases in Bernalillo County
5 new cases in Chaves County
2 new cases in Cibola County
5 new cases in Curry County
49 new cases in Doña Ana County
7 new cases in Eddy County
6 new cases in Grant County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
6 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Lincoln County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
4 new cases in Luna County
22 new cases in McKinley County
4 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
6 new cases in Sandoval County
12 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
12 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Taos County
6 new cases in Union County
6 new cases in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Tuesday reported three additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. They are:
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