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Coronavirus outbreak a concern for jails

Coronavirus outbreak a concern for jails

From the Las Vegas Optic Most businesses and some government offices have closed temporarily to help slow the spread of COVID-19, but closing isn’t an option for the state’s courts and jails. The U.S. Constitution provides several rights to anyone charged with a crime, and the New Mexico Rules of Criminal Procedure further outline rights…

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Data on local COVID-19 testing remains elusive

Data on local COVID-19 testing remains elusive

From the Las Vegas Optic More than 14,000 New Mexicans have been tested for the COVID-19 virus, but the number of people tested in San Miguel or Mora counties is difficult to determine. Data provided by the New Mexico Department of Health does not detail the number of tests given in particular counties, and according…

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Jail bookings, arrests lower since first case of coronavirus

Jail bookings, arrests lower since first case of coronavirus

From the Las Vegas Optic Criminal bookings at the San Miguel County Detention Center have decreased substantially since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in New Mexico on March 11, according to data compiled by the Optic. During the two-week period of March 11 to March 25 in 2019, SMCDC had 92 criminal bookings. During…

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San Miguel County reports first coronavirus case

San Miguel County reports first coronavirus case

From the Las Vegas Optic The New Mexico Department of Health announced seven new positive COVID-19 cases Thursday, including the first positive case in San Miguel County. While the NMDOH has not released details about the person as of this writing, Nora Meyers Sackett, the governor’s press secretary, told the Optic the person is self-isolating…

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Muffy Davis, 2020 Women of the Year

Muffy Davis, 2020 Women of the Year

From the Idaho Business Review Rep. Muffy Davis won her seat in the Idaho House of Representatives in November 2018, capturing more than 56% of votes to become one of just 14 Democrats serving in the 70-member Idaho House of Representatives. “I’m thrilled to be here,” Davis said, “but it’s very hard work.” Davis knows…

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Jessica Rolph, 2020 Women of the Year

Jessica Rolph, 2020 Women of the Year

From the Idaho Business Review A love of entrepreneurship and social responsibility led Jessica Rolph to co-found her first company, organic baby food maker Happy Family. Success did not come instantly though. “We launched with frozen baby food in 2006, and it completely failed,” she said through a laugh. “But we hung in there ……

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Leahann Romero, 2020 Women of the Year

Leahann Romero, 2020 Women of the Year

From the Idaho Business Review Although many people likely view reporting to a probation officer as a punishment, Ada County Juvenile Court Probation Supervisor Leahann Romero said her goal is to instead make those visits about rehabilitation. It’s an approach that has shown success. By helping juveniles in the criminal court system set and meet…

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Jail suspends visitation, courthouses remain open to public

Jail suspends visitation, courthouses remain open to public

From the Las Vegas Optic Officials with the San Miguel County Detention Center have suspended in-person visitation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Warden Matt Elwell told the Optic the suspension of visitations will last at least three weeks, and that officials will review the policy at that point. “We’ve canceled our public visitation, and (are preventing)…

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Alta Vista to screen, limit visitors

Alta Vista to screen, limit visitors

From the Las Vegas Optic All visitors to Alta Vista Regional Hospital must enter from the emergency room entrance and will be subject to a COVID-19 screening before gaining access to other areas of the hospital, according to a Friday press release. Officials at Alta Vista said in a statement these measures were being taken…

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San Miguel County prepares for coronavirus

San Miguel County prepares for coronavirus

From the Las Vegas Optic San Miguel County is following guidelines put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New Mexico Department of Health, and it has plans in place in the event of an influx of COVID-19 cases in the area, according to Emergency Manager Leo Maestas. “This is…

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