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Posted on: April 27, 2020

[ARCHIVED] JIC Notes April 27, 2020




Joint Information Center 


April 27, 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 Lara, Anthony Police Dept.  

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager 

Chief Lara, Anthony PD – Operations continue. Suicide and suicidal ideations are increasing in the city. 

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – Nothing new to report.  

City of Sunland Park 

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire  

Joined by Lt. Ruiz from Sunland Park PD. Special city council meeting tomorrow night related to COVID-19 agenda matters.  

Could determine an extension of the emergency declaration.  

City of Las Cruces 

Jennifer Martinez 

Steve Ramirez  


From David Maestas: city council voted to extend the emergency declaration until May 15, to run concurrent with any change to the public health order issued by the governor.  

A partial reopening of solid waste stations and recycle centers was announced: 

● SCSWA Transfer Station – 2865 Amador Ave. – OPEN HALF-DAYS 7 DAYS A WEEK 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (The rest of the day is for decontamination of the facility.)  

● Las Cruces Recycling Center – 2855 Amador Ave. - OPEN HALF-DAYS 7 DAYS A WEEK 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (The rest of the day is for decontamination of the facility.)  

● Sonoma Ranch Recycling Yard – 555 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd. – OPEN Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday CLOSED.  

● Old Foothills Landfill (OFL) Clean-Fill and Green Waste Facility – 555 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd. – OPEN Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday CLOSED. 


Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire 

Dan Trujillo 

Nothing new to report.  



Las Cruces Public Schools 

Samantha Lewis 

Kelly Jameson  


Exploring ideas for graduation ceremony alternatives in the wake of school shut downs. 


Doña Ana County 

Luce Rubio 

Jamie Michael  


Nothing to report.  


Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office 

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich  

Nothing new to report. Had a busy weekend, but nothing related to the COVID-19 crisis.  

Doña Ana County Detention Center 

Capt. Bryan Baker 

Nothing to report Monday.   


Village of Hatch 

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD  


Nothing operationally to report, had a question about turnaround time for COVID testing/screening. Jamie Michael from DAC assisted with a resource.  

Town of Mesilla 

Dorothy Sellers  


Town offices are now fully staffed but remain closed to the public. Anyone needing assistance is encouraged to call the main office number.  


Memorial Medical Center 

Ryan Perkins  


Nothing to report Monday. 


MountainView Regional Medical Center 

Ben Woods  



Nothing new to report Monday 


New Mexico State University 

Justin Bannister  

Nothing new to report Monday. 


New Mexico State University Police 

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen  


Nothing new to report Monday. 



Office of Emergency Management 

Cullen Combs 

Amanda Bowen 


Had a planning meeting Monday morning with mission stabilization, and long-term planning on recovery. 



Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility 

Lt. Carlos Reyes 


 No report Monday.  



State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services 

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program 

This week we will be focused on calling facilities to assure they are keeping residents and their families informed about Covid-19 updates and internal processes within facilities. We want to make sure facilities are being as transparent as possible with residents and their families. 

If there are questions or concerns with any of the Assisted Living, or Long-Term Skilled Nursing Facilities, Rosa Torres, Regional Coordinator can be reached at 575-343-0318 to assist. 



Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority 

Hugo Costa, Executive Director  

Dispatch data: Sunday had highest (32) calls for domestic violence. Last year on this day, there was 14 calls for service 

Jamie from DAC: is there a timeline on training for specific crises like domestic violence and suicide? MVRDA has a protocol to handle behavioral health calls to connect a clinician from a crisis resource instead of law enforcement response.  

Hugo will send the protocol to NMSUPD and Anthony PD.  

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector 

Officer Joseph Barron 


 No report Monday.  


NM Department of Health 

David Morgan  

  Testing today in Dona Ana County:  

o    Las Cruces- Public Health Office- Essential Workers 

o    Anthony- Public Health Office- Essential Workers 

o    Sunland Park- Public Health Office- Essential Workers 



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