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Silver City Police Chief, Freddie Portillo, has completed a review of 2020 crime statistics that revealed most incidents of criminal activity remained steady or declined, while aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, vehicle thefts, and residential burglaries were on the rise. Larcenies, including damage to motor vehicles, shoplifting, and other property damage decreased overall. In addition, motor vehicle crashes decreased 32% from 2019 which could be attributed to proactive enforcement of safety laws and less traffic due to COVID-19.
The New Mexico Department of Health has announced that the state has administered over 500,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. According to a release from the NMDOH, as of February 22nd, the state has partially vaccinated more than 16.5% of New Mexicans, and fully vaccinated more than 8%. New Mexico is currently vaccinating the 1A group in addition to residents 75 years and older and those with chronic health conditions. Frontline essential workers are next to be eligible for the vaccine. New Mexicans are urged to create a profile and register for the vaccine at vaccineNM.org. For more information, including a link to the state’s vaccine dashboard, visit cv.nmhealth.org.
This year in celebration of Silver City’s Territorial Charter Day, Silver City Mainstreet organized a virtual Urban Challenge Fun Run that complied with COVID-19 restrictions. The event, sponsored by the Town of Silver City, allowed participants to do their own fun run with an entry fee consisting of three cans of food that was donated to the Grant County Community and WNMU Food Pantries. In addition to the Fun Run, participants were urged to enter a Victorian costume contest. Go to the Silver City Mainstreet Facebook page to view a great Victorian themed video entered by Hallie Richwine.
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