The Silver City Museum will feature a new exhibit, “The Life and Times of Arturo Flores.” Auturo Flores was a World War II veteran, retired mine worker, and a Local 890 union activist. Arturo was very proud to be a mine worker and advocated for unions. His passion was to preserve Mine Mill Local 890’s building in recognition of the contributions that generations of workers made to the community. His photography, medals, and letters will be premiered at the Silver City Museum on October 5th from 10am to 4pm.
The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is committed to providing New Mexico residents with the most up-to-date COVID-19 statistics for the state. In the past week 22,744 vaccines were given and 3% of that total received the bivalent booster. The Center for Disease (CDC) monitors the COVID-19 virus as it evolves. Many variants emerge and are identified. One variant of concern, known as a VOC, is the Omicron variant. The Omicron variant was designated on November 30, 2021 and in December 2021, Omicron had become the dominant variant. Since this date almost 11 thousand cases have been identified in New Mexico. In January 2022, approximately 100% of the cases were identified as Omicron. The latest report from the CDC, August 29 through September 26, is incomplete but shows a predominance of Omicron. The CDC Nowcast shows forecasts that Omicron represents approximately 100% of US positive cases. To slow the surfacing of new variants, studies indicate that vaccines and vaccine boosters, like the Bivalent booster, are effective in preventing transmission, severe illness and death. For southwest New Mexico, currently the positivity rates per county are as follows: Grant County 4.4%, Luna County 2%, Hidalgo County 2.4%, and Catron County 4.2%. This is calculated by cases per 100,000 from September 6th through September 19th.
The city of Bayard City Council voted to add a volunteer mounted patrol to the police force. The individuals with the Mounted Patrol are an entity all to themselves. They are retired certified law enforcement and carry weapons. They follow strict standards of operation listed in their procedures manual. The one thing that remains a requirement is to connect with a certified agency, like the police department. Although solely volunteer, the mounted patrol would primarily serve as backup to the city. They would have the authorization to enforce laws but under authority of either Carrillo or Macias.