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On Friday, the New Mexico Department of Health issued a renewal of the existing public health order related to COVID-19 to be extended through May 16th. Despite COVID -19 cases have dropped since March, the most recent two-week data shows the new Omicron BA.2 variant makes up 22.1 percent of cases in the state and continues to expand across the state. The renewed public health order allows Governor Lujan-Grisham the full scope of her powers under the All Hazard Emergency Management Act. Individuals ages 2 years and older should wear a face covering in hospitals, medical and residential treatment facilities, nursing homes and State Correctional Facilities. Businesses and non-profits should continue to report to the New Mexico Environment Department if they have 4 or more rapid responses within a 14 day period, and public and private educational institutions serving kindergarten through 12 grade continue to adhere to face covering requirements contained in in the state’s NMPED COVID Response Toolkit.

Students from Aldo Leopold Charter School are participating in community restoration projects which incorporate ecological restoration, youth leadership, and land ethics of ecologist Aldo Leopold. The students will choose from projects located at the historic Waterworks building, San Vicente Farms, or Signal Peak Meadows. The scope of their work will include planting native trees, harvesting rainwater, creating educational signs, expanding the composting system, the designing and building an amphitheater, seeding and planting, and much more. In addition, there will be a capstone presentation for the public on May 19. Time and location of this event will be announced.

Due to warmer temperatures and high Spring winds, the Gila National Forest has moved to HIGH Fire Danger status. Please be vigilant of these high winds and rising temperatures and avoid using anything with an open flame or a spark. In addition, please report fires and abandoned campfires to the Silver City Interagency Dispatch at 1-800-538-1644.

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