ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Grants Mayor Martin “Modey” Hicks said he welcomed a court battle with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham when he defied her public health orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and allowed businesses in the town to open on April 27.
But Hicks came out on the losing side of a New Mexico Supreme Court order Thursday afternoon. The Supreme Court granted a writ against Hicks, prohibiting him from operating city facilities in defiance of state public health orders and prohibiting him from issuing directives that contradicted the orders. State Attorney General Hector Balderas sought the writ.
Hicks told the Journal he had not seen the court’s order.