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Posted on: May 4, 2020

[ARCHIVED] JIC Notes May 4, 2020


Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools 
575-639-2121 •  

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.  

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at and 

Regional updates:  

City of Anthony 

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.  

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager 

Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – operations are going well.  

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – no updates today. 

City of Sunland Park 

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire  


No operational changes. Will be phasing in staffing at City Hall who were previously working from home.  

City of Las Cruces 

Jennifer Martinez 

Steve Ramirez  


Nothing new to report Monday.  

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire 

Dan Trujillo 

Nothing operationally to report. Because of stay at home orders, have seen an increase in burglaries and vandalism. News release forthcoming encouraging residents to stay vigilant and be on the lookout for suspicious activity.  

Las Cruces Public Schools 

Samantha Lewis 

Kelly Jameson  


No updates for today, aside from mixed reviews from the public for the graduation celebrations that are planned in light of the public health order and restrictions.  

Board meeting tomorrow at 4 p.m. that will be livestreamed.  


Doña Ana County 

Catherine Zaharko 

Luce Rubio 

Jamie Michael  


Catherine Zaharko introduced herself as the new Media & Public Communications Center Manager. Tuesday the government center will be open to the public for voting onlyEveryone in the building must be wearing a mask. Employees must wear face coverings in the hallway or if someone other than themselves are in individual offices (more than 2).  

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office 

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich  


No report Monday.  

Doña Ana County Detention Center 

Capt. Bryan Baker 


Nothing new to report Monday.  


Village of Hatch 

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD  

No report Monday.  

Town of Mesilla 

Dorothy Sellers  

Nothing to report Monday.  

Memorial Medical Center 

Ryan Perkins  

Nothing new to report.  

MountainView Regional Medical Center 

Ben Woods  

When governor issued the modified public health order, brought certain medical services back online. Currently working on elective surgeries to begin o May 11. Specific guidance from the Medical Advisory Team outlines the various steps a facility must meet before opening to those services. Process of segregating hospitals into zones. Applies to MVRMC clinics across the region.  

New Mexico State University 

Justin Bannister  

Good news in accordance with the revised health order: golf course is open, but no dining service or retail is open yet 

New Mexico State University Police 

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen  


Nothing new to report Monday. 

Office of Emergency Management 

Cullen Combs 

Amanda Bowen 

No update today.  

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility 

Lt. Carlos Reyes 


No report Monday.  

State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services 

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program 

Nothing to report.  

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority 

Hugo Costa, Executive Director  

Nothing to report Monday.  

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector 

Officer Joseph Barron 


No report Monday.  

NM Department of Health 

David Morgan  

DOH testing in Dona Ana Count today: 

All by appointment except for our outreach at Sunland Park’s Tyson plant. 

SW Region 

  • Sunland Park- Meat Packing Company- Essential Workers (5/4) 

  • Las Cruces- Public Health Office- (5/4); 8:30am – 4pm 

  • Anthony- Public Health Office- (5/4); 8:30am – 11:30am 

  • Sunland Park- Public Health Office- (5/4) 8:30am – 11:30am 

From David Morgan: I anticipate a regional release for our SW counties (to include us here) will go out later this morning outlining all by appointment testing in the region this week. 



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