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Yesterday, the state of New Mexico issued a revised COVID-19 public health order that permits the operation of Recreational Facilities, Entertainment Venues, and Casinos in direct relation to the risk level and corresponding color of that New Mexico county. The colors are based on key health metrics over a two-week timeframe. Added to the Red, Yellow, and Green framework, a new color level, Turquoise, has been introduced as the least restrictive level. A county may operate at the Turquoise Level after having met both key health metrics, a test positivity rate below 5 percent and a new per-capita case rate of fewer than 8 per 100,000 –in a given community. The Turquoise Level includes provisions for expanded indoor dining, the operation of entertainment venues like theaters, bars and clubs, and more. In addition, state parks, which had previously been open only for day-use for New Mexico residents, will now be open to camping with reservations and day-use for all. At this time Grant, Hidalgo, and Luna counties are in the Yellow Level and Catron County has reached the least restrictive Turquoise level.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One has begun a large, dual bridge replacement project on NM 152. Scheduled for tomorrow, Friday Feb. 26th, intermittent lane closures will be in place for blasting to be reopened when the roadway is cleared. This project concerns the replacement of two existing bridges on NM 152 between Hillsboro and Kingston. Traffic can expect a flagging operation leading up to the blast closure. The bridges are located five and seven miles west of Hillsboro within Sierra County. At this time, the contractor has begun constructing detours on NM 152 and drivers are requested to slow down and use caution in the area. In addition, drivers need to be alert to road shoulder work and large trucks turning on the roadway. For updated information visit: New Mexico Department of Transportation at www.nmroads.com or call 511.
The U.S Forest Service, Gila National Forest reminds the public that wood cutting is a permitted activity on the Gila National Forest. Individuals are requested to make sure to have their tags, permit book, and a motor vehicle use map to remain in compliance with all the regulations and policies. For more information go to fs.usda.gov/gila.
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