In a letter to Hicks, the department said Hicks had conducted a parade in violation of a public health order prohibiting mass gatherings throughout the state – a restriction intended to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Hicks, in turn, said Thursday that he will request a hearing to contest the fine. The event, he said, was a protest protected by his constitutional rights.
It’s the latest in a series of clashes between Hicks and the administration of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. He had earlier encouraged businesses in Grants to reopen in defiance of the state’s public health orders, and the Supreme Court in May issued an order prohibiting him from operating city facilities in violation of the health regulations.