Regional News for 5/30/20

Supreme Court rejects challenge to California limits on church services

By Mark Sherman | Associated Press

A divided Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal by a California church that challenged state limits on attendance at worship services that have been imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Over the dissent of the four more conservative justices, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s four liberals in turning away a request from the South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, California, in the San Diego area.


Grants Mayor Martin ‘Modey’ Hicks speaks to a news outlet on the phone Monday, April 27, outside Loffler’s Guns Etc. The store was one of at least four in the town that opened that day in defiance of the governor’s public health orders but with the mayor’s support. /Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

Supreme Court: Grants mayor must obey New Mexico public health orders

The New Mexican 

The New Mexico Supreme Court issued an order Thursday for Grants Mayor Martin “Modey” Hicks to comply with the state’s public health restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic after he took actions in defiance of mandated business shutdowns.

In April, Hicks told business owners in the small Western New Mexico city of 9,000 people that they could open if they chose to. He also told Grants city employees who had been working from home to come back to work.

The instructions contracted public health orders issued by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.


For demonstration purposes, a Utah congregation shows how family members could receive the sacrament tray while holding their face masks. The priesthood holder would follow COVID-19-recommended public guidelines by wearing a facemask and distributing the sacrament tray to each church member.
/Photo courtesy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Some Utah LDS wards are resuming restricted Sunday services, but how they’re doing it varies

By Peggy Fletcher Stack | Salt Lake Tribune

Some Latter-day Saints scattered across Utah will gather with fellow believers for worship this Sunday for the first time since church services were suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic — and what they experience will be dramatically different than what they had known their whole religious lives.

It may also vary from how other members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — even some in the same stake, or region — conduct their services.


COVID survivor receives $840,000 statement for treatment, with more to come 

By Jason Gruenauer | The Denver Channel

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Robert Dennis spent weeks in the hospital, fighting and beating the coronavirus. He’s now back at home, working his way through recovery, but he’s not done with the virus entirely just yet. The high school teacher just received his first itemized statement for the cost of his care: $840,386.94.

“Seeing that number yesterday for the first bill it kind of took your breath away again,” Robert’s wife Suzanne, who also beat the virus, told Denver7.


Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto withdraws from consideration as Biden’s VP pick

By Andrew O’Reilly | Fox News

U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto

U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada on Thursday removed her name from the list of potential running mates for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden — saying in a statement that while she supports the candidate, she has no desire to join the ticket.

“I support Joe Biden 100 percent and will work tirelessly to help get him elected this November. It is an honor to be considered as a potential running mate but I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration,” Cortez Masto, who in 2016 became the first Latina to win a Senate seat, said in a statement obtained by Fox News.


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