81 business owners in the town had signed a petition to reopen the city. State Police issued a notice of violation and a cease-and-desist order to the manager of the golf course on Monday. Mayor Hicks "dismissed" the city manager for not ordering city employees to reopen the golf course. -GEG
Martin "Modey" Hicks, the mayor of Grants, New Mexico, has had enough of the mandate that businesses remain closed in the name of countering coronavirus. Russell Contreras reported last week at the Associated Press that Hicks, in defiance of an ongoing shutdown order from New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, "said he's giving businesses permission to reopen on Monday and is ordering the police force in the city of about 9,000 people to prevent any State Police officers from issuing lockdown violation citations."