Here’s a look at some local news brought to you by Silver City Radio.

At the time of compiling this report, the New Mexico Department of Health, announced a total of 86,247 New Mexico COVID-19 confirmed positive cases statewide, an increase of 2,107 new cases. In addition, COVID-19 cases recorded locally are as follows: Grant County increased 1 new case for a total of 441   positive cases; Luna County increased 26 new cases for a total of 1,836 positive cases; Hidalgo County increased 1 new case for a total 171 total positive cases; and Catron County has remained at 33 positive cases. Statewide, there are 871     COVID-19 hospitalizations.

The New Mexico Legislature met in a special session yesterday and passed House Bill 1, utilizing $319 million in federal CARES Act money and $10.2 million from the state’s general fund for COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and vaccine implementation support. Of the $319 million CARES act funding. HB 1 appropriates the following:

  • $194 million in supplemental income assistance in the form of a one-time $1,200 disbursement to all those eligible.
  • $100 million grant program for New Mexico-owned small businesses
  • $15 million to provide for emergency housing assistance
  • $5 million for emergency food bank services
  • $5 million for low-income residents in the form of a one-time $750 payment for eligible households.

Having passed the House 59-11, and the Senate 33-5, House Bill 1 goes to the Governor’s desk. If signed by the Governor, House Bill 1 becomes effective immediately.

The Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument including the Cliff Dweller Trail will be closed tomorrow for Thanksgiving to allow employees and volunteers to enjoy the holiday with their friends and families. The park and cliff dweller trail will re-open on Friday, November 27th, at 10:00 A.M. The closure will not affect Gila National Forest or Gila Wilderness trails or corral facilities.

This has been a look at some local news. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for listening to Silver City Radio.