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According to the New Mexico Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard, as of February 15th, Grant County has partially or fully vaccinated a total of 20.9% of its population and ranks 16th highest out of state’s 33 counties. In addition, Luna County has fully or partially vaccinated a total 16.3% of its population, Hidalgo County for a total of 17.5% and Catron County for a total of 24.4%. At this time 621,173 New Mexico residents have registered to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Statewide, a total of 300,913 primary doses have been administered along with 136,990 booster doses.

Four local winners shared $200 worth of Silver City Mainstreet gift certificates by participating in the Silver City Territorial Day Scavenger Hunt. By visiting, entrants answered 15 questions based on clues while learning about local Silver City history.  Some of the clues read as follows:

  • La Capilla is an adobe chapel on top of the Chihuahua Hill overlooking Silver City. Upon visiting the site, part of the original foundation is visible. What year was the first chapel built?
  • Who was the last name of the architect of the Grant County Courthouse that was erected in 1930?
  • The historic Bullard Hotel, now an apartment complex, was built in what year?

In order to successfully complete the scavenger hunt, participants physically visited the locations and searched for the answers. In 2020, Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner declared February 15th as Territorial Charter Day. Silver City is the only municipality in New Mexico still operating on a charter, which precedes New Mexico statehood.

The Silver City Ranger District is planning to burn piles in Bear Creek this week, weather permitting. The L Bar T East prescribed burn on the Wilderness Ranger District and the Bar 6 prescribed burn on the Silver City Ranger District are planned for the end of February and early March.

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