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At the time of this report, the New Mexico Department of Health, announced 3,411 New Mexico COVID-19 cases that include a 198 increase today. There have been 67,869 tests administered statewide, 172 current COVID-19 related hospitalizations, 44 patients on ventilators and 760 cases designated as having recovered according to the Department of Health.  In addition, sadly 123 deaths have been recorded statewide. Positive COVID-19 cases in Grant County remain at 14, Luna County rose one individual to 4, and Hidalgo and Catron counties have not changed.

The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Department has prepared 90-day temporary licenses for over 32,000 drivers whose licenses either have expired since March 11th or will expire by May 15th. The announcement explained that most whose licenses have expired since March 11, 2020 and who previously provided MVD with an email address do not have to take any action to receive the temporary license. Those drivers will be receiving a printable temporary license via email. Drivers who haven’t provided MVD with an email address can obtain the temporary license at mvd online dot com by opening the “Online Services” menu near the top of the page, and choosing “E-services” and then “Drivers & Placards.”

Main Street Plaza in Silver City has been completed and is considered one the “key ideas” of the Town of Silver City’s Downtown Action Plan. In a release issued today by Silver City MainStreet, “Ten years in the making, it took support and funding from the Town of Silver City, state capital outlay funds from legislators Rudy Martinez, Rebecca Dow and Gabe Ramos, Freeport McMoRan Community Foundation funds, and NM MainStreet capital outlay funds to complete the project located between 7th and 8th Streets just off of Bullard Street. Silver City MainStreet is grateful to all of these organizations and the many people who worked hard over the years to make the Plaza a reality.” The plaza includes:

  • A festive lighted entrance off of 7th Street
  • Public ADA restrooms
  • Sidewalks
  • Ramp and stairs to the lower level
  • Benches
  • Irrigated landscaping
  • Wayfinding sign of downtown walking destinations and parking

The new Plaza will also serve as a place to hold events that attract both residents and tourists. This year is Silver City MainStreet’s 35th Anniversary.

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