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Greetings All,
Please be advised that the next Otero County Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 1:00 pm. Rm. 221, in the Otero County Administration Building, 1101 New York Ave., Alamogordo, NM. Below is the agenda for the meeting:

1. Approval of Agenda:
2. Approval of Minutes:
Planning Commission meeting minutes June 9, 2020
3. 1:05 pm Public Meeting on the Charles Yeoman Encroachment issue:
4. Old Business:
A. Mr. Herrera requests the status of amending the Road Vacating Form that was discussed at the Jun 9, 2020 meeting.
B. Status of vacancies on the Planning Commission.
5. New Business:
A. Discuss the 3DD subdivision road construction and recommend approval to forward it to the County Commissioners for their review.
B. Discuss recommendations for possible changes to the subdivision ordinance to ensure roads to be designated as public are properly maintained during the two-year developer maintenance period.
6. Reports:
7. Discussion Items:
8. Public Input:
9. Adjourn:

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Otero County Board of Commissioners have postponed the scheduled regular meeting set for July 9th, 2020 at 9:00 am. The regular meeting has been rescheduled to July 23rd, 2020 at 9:00 am.
We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank you for patience.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 575-437-7427.



Media Contact: David Morgan,
Media & Social Media Manager, NMDOH
Mobile: (575) 649-0754
Email: [email protected]

July 7, 2020

New Mexico Department of Health issues alert for heat-stress into weekend
New Mexicans encouraged to get rest, water, and shade.

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) encourages everyone statewide to be mindful of heat-related illness and know the signs to watch for during this period of extreme heat. It is forecast that most of the state with exceptions of high mountain regions (over 7,000 feet above sea level) will experience temperatures approaching or even above 100 degrees Fahrenheit lasting through the upcoming weekend.

Outdoor recreation and activities should be avoided between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. during these high-temperature days. The Department of Health reminds New Mexicans to never leave children or pets in a parked car even for a few minutes.

“While for many, warnings about leaving children and pets in hot cars may seem like common sense, these accidents happen, with a record number of children (53) dying in hot cars in the U.S. in 2018,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel. “We’re all vulnerable to extreme heat at one point or another, so please do your best to seek out cool indoor places and stay well-hydrated even in these difficult times with COVID-19.”

Heat stress can have many symptoms like dizziness, nausea, cramping, and weakness and can progress to heat stroke and death, if left unchecked. To help New Mexicans and visitors spot the signs of heat-related illnesses, NMDOH offers tips at: https://nmtracking.org/health/heatstress/Heat.html.

NMDOH has also recently launched its Stay Hydrated New Mexico Social Media Campaign, and has partnered with the National Weather Service Albuquerque to produce this video about high heat and preventing heat-related illness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsgrn5zDoG8.

Local entities should consider deploying plans for ensuring people have access to drinking water and checking on those who are home-bound. People with disabilities are especially vulnerable to extreme heat events. The combination of physical and social factors means that people with disabilities are, on average, more vulnerable to heat stress, heat exhaustion or death during extreme heat events.

If communities provide cool places for their constituents, assure that facilities comply with CDC guidance on COVID-19 and cooling centers. Full CDC guidance may be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/cooling-center.html.

For more information about heat-related illnesses and much more, please visit https://www.nmhealth.org/.


The Otero County Board of Commission has scheduled a Regular Meeting for Thursday, July 9,2020 at 9:00 am, in Rm.123, Otero County Administration Building, 1101 New York, Alamogordo, NM. You can find the agenda and all associated documents by:
1. Clicking on the link below
2. Under "Upcoming Meeting", click on the appropriate date


Due to the current public health crisis, during the meeting all Covid -19 safe practices will be in
place (social distancing, masks are not required by highly encouraged, and limited seating). The
meeting can be viewed and heard at http://nm-oterocounty.civicplus.com/277/Commission-Meeting-Live-
Stream. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope you understand the measures taken to protect the public and our personnel.
Thank you,

Otero County offices will be closed Friday July 3rd to observe the 4th of July holiday.

Otero County offices will be closed Friday July 3rd to observe the 4th of July holiday.


The Board of County Commissioners, at their budget meeting on June 25, chose to cut all social program funding by 50%. At this uncertain time with COVID-19 the County is concerned with revenues from local Gross Receipts Tax and ensuring that the budget is balanced. However, as things develop the Board may choose to reconsider funding for these agencies.

Pamela Heltner, County Manager


Otero County Administration
Published by Diana Sierra ·
OTERO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, Alamogordo, New Mexico is recruiting for a FULL-TIME DEPUTY SHERIFF I.
The Deputy Sheriff I is to perform a variety of responsible law enforcement and crime prevention work; to patrol assigned areas, answer calls and complaints and investigate crimes; and to perform related duties as assigned.
No felony convictions, indictments, or misdemeanor convictions that effect moral character. No convictions for any DWI, reckless driving, or any other multiple offenses. (Multiple offenses are defined as three or more convictions for the same or similar offenses in a one year period.)
Experience and Training Guidelines
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. At typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Experience: Not required.
Training: Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.
License or Certificate: Possession of, or ability to obtain an appropriate valid New Mexico driver’s license.
Possession of, or ability to obtain a Certificate of law Enforcement issued by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy, or current peace officer certification issued by any other State within the United States that is accepted by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy as being eligible for the two-week certification by waiver course.
Applications may be picked up, and must be returned to the Otero County Administration Office, 1101 New York Avenue, Alamogordo, NM. An application and job description can be downloaded from our website, http://co.otero.nm.us.

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Contact: Marisa Maez
Communications Director, Department of Transportation
[email protected]

June 25, 2020

New virtual car seat inspections available in July

SANTA FE – Car seat inspections are still possible by way of virtual instruction. The New Mexico Department of Transportation’s Traffic Safety Division and Safer New Mexico Now will host virtual car seat education sessions through Zoom.

The one on one sessions will provide parents and caregivers instruction on the proper selection, installation and use of their car seats from nationally certified child passenger safety technicians.

Beginning this July, the virtual sessions will occur every first and third Wednesday of the month between noon and 2 p.m. Sessions are by appointment only. All participants will be required to electronically sign a waiver of liability prior to their scheduled session.

Parents and caregivers must have a valid email address, access to the internet or Wi-Fi and the ability to use Zoom through the website https://zoom.us/ or by downloading the app.
Additional requirements include:
• Car or booster seat, along with the manual
• Vehicle manual
• Laptop or smartphone with video capabilities
• The child’s exact height and weight
• Child should be present if possible
• A second person may be helpful to assist with camera/video session

Technicians will spend approximately 30 minutes per seat providing education on the correct selection, installation and use of their car or booster seat. Parents and caregivers will also learn important information regarding common errors in car seat safety and be able to ask questions.

Due to the governor’s COVID-19 mandates and social distancing requirements, replacement seats will not be available.

The virtual car seat education sessions are a free public service funded by the NMDOT and are available to everyone. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (800) 231-6145.




Employment Status: Full-Time
Experience Required: Two (2) years of experience driving class A vehicles.
Minimum Education Requirements: High School Diploma or equivalent.
Certification: This position requires a valid New Mexico Class A CDL with air brake endorsement.

Job Summary: Under the direction of the foreman, transports solid waste from assigned transfer station to the appropriate destination.

Essential Job Functions

An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential duties:

• Drives a truck to transport solid waste.
• Sort and bail recycled materials.
• Operate heavy equipment including, backhoes, loaders, skid steer, forklift, balers and chipper.
• Performs daily maintenance inspection on the vehicles driven; adjusts brakes, repairs tarp, removes and replaces tires, as needed.
• Provides general mechanic services to the department.


Salary: $12.50 per hour plus benefits package.

Applications may be picked up, and must be returned to the Otero County Administration Office, 1101 New York Avenue, Alamogordo, NM. An application and job description can be downloaded from our website, http://co.otero.nm.us. Position is OPEN UNTIL FILLED.




The Rifle Range Attendant duties include but are not limited to effectively and safely managing operations and maintenance of the Otero County Shooting Range. Also requires thorough knowledge of various types of firearms, firearm safety, and range safety. Must be lawfully eligible to handle firearms. Working conditions include office and outside duties in inclement weather with exposure to dust, noise and toxic materials. Requires a valid NM driver’s license, high school diploma or equivalent. Must be willing to work weekends. If not NRA certified, must be able to obtain NRA or similar certification. Employment contingent upon successful pre-employment physical, drug screen and background check.

Salary: $12.00 per hour.

Applications may be picked up, and must be returned to the Otero County Administration Office, 1101 New York Avenue, Alamogordo, NM. An application and job description can be downloaded from our website, http://co.otero.nm.us.




For Immediate Release
June 23, 2020

Contact: Deborah Martinez, Media Relations
505.501.4600 | [email protected]

NMPED Announces School Reentry Plan to Safely Reboot Learning

SANTA FE – New Mexico’s Public Education Department on Tuesday announced the state’s plan for students to safely and methodically resume classes this fall, beginning with careful preparation and guidance from the New Mexico Department of Health and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s medical advisory team.

“New Mexicans from all walks of life and all corners of the state have come together in amazing ways and through noteworthy sacrifice to contain the spread of the coronavirus in our state,” said Education Secretary Ryan Stewart. “We’re not through this pandemic by a long shot, but as we learn to live safely in a COVID-positive world, this collective effort has flattened the curve to the point where we can engage in the process of reentering our school buildings.”

Secretary Stewart one month ago convened a reentry task force that included educators, parents, administrators, public health officials, and many other stakeholder groups to look at options for safely and expeditiously getting students back on track with learning. The work of the task force informed the guidance below, in addition to surveys of families, educators, and research.
The state’s goal is to move all schools into a full school schedule as soon as it is safely possible. Across New Mexico, the 2020-2021 school year will begin with a hybrid model in which the number of students in the building is limited to allow for maximum social distancing. Students will rotate between in-person and online learning.

The Department of Health and medical advisory team will continue to aggressively track and regularly assess rates of spread of the virus. Based on the data from this initial period, state health officials will determine when and where schools can safely move into a full reentry mode.
This phased approach to reentry represents a prudent and responsible process that will ensure educators, school staff, students and their families are as safe as can be every single day.
• The phased approach allows the state to analyze the impact of a controlled reentry before moving into a full-scale implementation. This will help ensure that the epidemiological assumptions about how schools impact virus transmission can be thoroughly tested before full reentry.
• Schools will likely need to implement hybrid or remote models at some point in the year. The phased approach allows for preparation and practice in the implementation of this model at the beginning of the year so that schools and communities are ready for this eventuality later in the year
• The phased approach balances the legitimate concerns of families who expressed anxiety about returning full-scale right away with those who are rightly eager to return to a full school schedule.
In addition, schools will implement enhanced preventative measures. The following requirements will be in place for all schools whether operating in a hybrid or traditional model:
• Large group gatherings will be avoided at school buildings;
• Face coverings are required except while eating, drinking and exercising (with very limited exceptions for students and staff with medical conditions precluding wearing of a mask or face shield; those medical conditions must be documented);
• Schools must adhere to social distancing requirements of their designated category;
• All staff must be screened every day, including a temperature check and review of potential symptoms upon arrival at school;
• All staff must participate in ongoing surveillance testing;
• All sites must coordinate with local health officials to conduct contact tracing and rapid response testing;
• All transportation staff and students boarding buses must wear face coverings;
• Meals must be provided to students during both in-person instruction and remote learning.
Schools must create plans for and be prepared to remain in a hybrid model or shift to a distance learning model should health conditions necessitate such actions.

Public Education Department leaders will host a conference call for the media on Tuesday, June 23 from 2:00-2:30 pm. Please contact Deborah Martinez at [email protected] to RSVP and to receive login information.

“I have complete confidence that this reentry plan keeps the health and safety of our students as the number one priority as we navigate the next school year amidst the pandemic,” Public Education Department Secretary Ryan Stewart confirmed. “I have seen the resilience of our youth, their families, the community and our teachers who have never faltered in their commitment to excellence. Our combined efforts will help us regain the momentum that began with the election of Governor Lujan Grisham and her focus on education.”

Have you entered the Response Rate Challenge yet? What are you waiting for? It is your chance to win one of numerous $50...

Have you entered the Response Rate Challenge yet? What are you waiting for? It is your chance to win one of numerous $50 to $500 visa gift cards and the only requirements are that you are an Otero County resident (18+) and you fill out the entry form! That's it!!! Follow this link to enter and learn more about the Challenge and the #2020Census! http://www.co.otero.nm.us/382/Census-2020-Response-Rate-Challenge


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