Here’s a look at some local news:
In response to Governor’s directive to minimize public health risk in the wake of the COVID-19 public health emergency, Grant County has instituted measures that are effective as of 5:00 p.m. Thursday, March 19th to be re-assessed on Friday, April 10th. The directive includes County office closures to public traffic and utilizing electronic email and phone communications; payments by using the drop box; closure of the Grant County Veterans Memorial Conference Center, county parks and Shooting Range; Corre Caminos limited usage in Grant and Luna County; and cancellation and postponement of county committee meetings and local events on county property. These measures will exclude the Detention Center, Sheriff’s Office and the Road Department Grant County will continue to work closely with the Town of Silver City, the State of New Mexico, and the Federal Government through this public emergency. The County will continue to provide COVID-19 information as it becomes available in addition to closure and postponement information on the website located at grantcountynm.gov and the Grant County Facebook page. The Town of Silver City has also released the same directives that can be found by visiting online at townofsilvercity.org. More information on the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak can be found at the New Mexico Department of Health website at cv.nmhealth.org.
The New Mexico Supreme Court has suspended all criminal jury trials that have not started and imposed additional precautionary measures against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). According to a release, New Mexico’s appellate, district, metropolitan and magistrate courts remain open. The Court previously suspended civil jury trials. Criminal jury trials, which are not under way, will be suspended until April 30 or further notice by the Court. Presiding judges have the discretion to proceed with a criminal jury trial if there is an exceptional circumstance.
Cobre Consolidated Schools is providing breakfast and lunch to its students this week through Friday from 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. at the Bayard Post Office, Viola Stone Park in Santa Clara, the Hurley Post Office and the Mimbres Post Office. Meals are pick-up only and children must be present. Information regarding meals for March 23rd through 27th and March 30th through April 3rd will be provided at a later time. For updates, check the Cobre Consolidated Schools Facebook page.