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Today, the state of New Mexico announced that all of phases 1B and 1C are now officially eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Until today, the groups in phase 1A were eligible that included: primary health care workers; residents and staff of long-term care facilities; New Mexicans age 75 and older; educators, early childhood professionals and school staff; and New Mexicans with chronic health conditions. In addition, the following groups are now eligible: frontline essential workers; residents of congregate care facilities; New Mexicans age 60 and older; and other essential workers. Phase 2 consists of members of the public not included in 1A, 1B, and 1C. The NMDOH reports that they will likely become eligible in mid-late April.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation has reported an increase of off-highway vehicles (OHV’s) on state roadways. These vehicles include, all-terrain vehicles (ATV’s), dirt bikes, off-road vehicles, and snowmobiles. The NMDOT has issued a release stating that “New Mexico amended legislation allows a county or municipality, by ordinance or resolution, to authorize operation of OHVs on paved streets or highways owned and controlled by the county or municipality, but the use of these vehicles on state roadways is banned and riders may be cited. The law requires all riders to register their OHVs if used on public land. New Mexico residents must purchase OHV registration decals from the Motor Vehicle Division and Non-residents can purchase OHV registration decals from the Department of Game and Fish Online Sales.

In more DOT news:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One maintenance crews will be replacing a culvert pipe on NM Highway 211 at milepost 4.4 in the Gila area starting on Monday, March 22nd. According to a release, traffic will be detoured from northern NM-211 to NM-293, and from Box Canyon Road or Southern NM-211 to Airport Mesa Road, River Road, or NM-153-Turkey Creek Road. Work is expected to take two days to complete, weather permitting.

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