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According to the New Mexico Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard, as of April 14th the percent of residents in Grant County that have been fully vaccinated is 33% of the population. In addition, Luna County is at 30.8%; Hidalgo County at 31.6%; and Catron County for a total of 24%. In Grant County, 57.7% have registered to receive the vaccine, including Luna County at 50.8%, Hidalgo County at 50.5%, and Catron County at 29.6%. All New Mexicans age 16 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination. Residents are urged to register for their vaccine by going to through the New Mexico Department of Health.

The second half of 2020 Grant County property taxes are now due. Failure to pay on or before May 10th will result in interest at a rate of 1% a month and a penalty nor to exceed 5% of the delinquent amount except when the penalty is less than $5.00, then the penalty will be $5.00. Property owners are urged to call the Grant County Treasurer’s Office if they are not certain of the amount owed, misplaced the bill, or did not receive a bill. The office can be reach at 575-574-0055.

The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s State Parks Division has announced that State Parks are returning to normal seasonal operations now that restrictions in the Public Health Order have been lifted. Beginning tomorrow, camping opportunities will be expanded in many parks, although some parks will not allow camping without an online reservation, although making reservations ahead of time are encouraged. COVID-safe practices are still in place, including group size limits depending on county tier status, social distancing, and mask wearing. With different seasonal closures in effect, the public is encouraged to “know before you go” and check the website for specific park information.

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