New Mexico mayor, police head for showdown over lockdown

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Credit City of Grants/Mayor Martin Hicks

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — The mayor of a small New Mexico city is promising a confrontation Monday between his small police force and State Police as he seeks to lift a COVID-19 lockdown order.

Grants Mayor Martin “Modey” Hicks vowed last week that he would allow all small businesses to reopen in defiance of the governor’s order to keep them closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Lujan Grisham said Martin’s plan makes “absolutely no sense whatsoever” and warned that State Police would be ready to enforce the health order. Health officials say New Mexico now has at least 2,726 coronavirus cases with 99 known dead.