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City of Ruidoso Downs Offices Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The City of Ruidoso Downs Offices will be Closed on January 17, 2022 in Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Regular Office hours will reconvene Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

State adopts revised CDC COVID-19 isolation and quarantine guidelines

January 6, 2022
State adopts revised CDC COVID-19 isolation and quarantine guidelines. SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) announced on Wednesday that it is implementing revised federal guidance surrounding isolation and quarantine for COVID-19, effective on Thursday, January 6, 2022.
On December 27th, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reduced its recommended COVID guidelines for isolation (when you are sick or infected with COVID) and quarantine (following exposure) from ten days to five days, along with other critical guidance. 
At home tests are valuable tools to stop the spread of COVID, and the following updated protocols clarify what to do with a COVID-19 at-home test result. Read On.

Updated public health order in effect; New Mexico adopts CDC mask guidance for fully vaccinated individuals

New Mexico will be adopting the CDC's updated guidance on masks for those who are fully vaccinated. Per the CDC, fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear a mask in most circumstances. All individuals who are unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated are still required, per the public health order and CDC guidance, to wear a mask in public settings. Getting vaccinated is the ticket to a safe and healthy COVID-free future. We're close, and getting closer. Find vaccines near you at and get your shot!

State Announces Phase 2 COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility All New Mexicans 16+ Now Eligible For Vaccine

Beginning on Monday, April 5, all New Mexicans over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, entering “phase 2” of the state’s vaccine distribution plan.

New Mexico to loosen Red-Yellow-Green criteria, sets vaccination goal for removal of restrictions

April 28, 2021: The state has updated its gating criteria - which moves Lincoln County into the TURQUOISE level starting this coming Friday, April 30th. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham says New Mexico will fully reopen when 60% of New Mexicans are fully vaccinated. The Governor predicts New Mexico will reach this milestone by the end of June.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program Information

The State of New Mexico will grant $170M of federal aid to New Mexicans for rental and utility assistance to households experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The rental assistance and utility assistance program will begin taking applications starting April 5, 2021, thru August 2021. See if you qualify at

Days Inn Ruidoso Downs provides city employees with delicious treats.

Thank you to our friends Days Inn-Ruidoso Downs for the amazing treats they donated to our city employees!

Greentree Solid Waste Authority Labor Day Holiday Schedule

In observance of the holiday weekend, Greentree Solid Waste Authority offices and yards will be closed on Monday, September 6, 2021. All Residential Poly Carts in Ruidoso Downs for Monday & Tuesday, Will Be Picked Up On Tuesday. Commercial Routes Will Run On Monday.

New Mexico to re-implement indoor mask mandate; vaccinations required in hospitals, congregate settings

Effective August 20, 2021, the state of New Mexico will temporarily re-implement a statewide requirement that facemasks be worn in all public indoor spaces, with only limited exceptions, and regardless of vaccination status, to stem the state’s rising tide of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.

How to access your New Mexico Covid-19 vaccination records

If you need proof of COVID vaccination in the event that you did not receive a card from the pharmacy/clinic you went to, or if you have lost the card given to you when you got vaccinated, here is a link that will give you all of your vaccination records.

NMDOH to offer increased capacity for COVID-19 testing and vaccine scheduling

As cases continue to climb across the state, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH), in close collaboration with other state agencies, public, private and tribal partners, has increased capacity COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.

Where to get a pain-free COVID-19 test in Ruidoso Downs at no cost to you!

Getting a COVID-19 test in New Mexico is easy, fast, and free. You can help slow the spread, save lives, and ensure your neighbors can safely get back to work – get tested! Find local testing sites at Order an at-home test:

Public Notice of Eastern Regional Housing Authority Housing Assistance Applications

Eastern Regional Housing Authority will be accepting applications for the Section 8 Rental Assistance Program for ROOSEVELT COUNTY area as follows:

Public Notice of Temporary Water Service Disruption

Ruidoso Downs, NM - July 7, 2021: Due to the recent ongoing project known as the Riverside Waterline and Spring Tank Replacement, we will be temporarily shutting down water for a waterline tie-in the afternoon of Thursday, July 8 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. This may affect Ruidoso Downs residents in the Sierra Lane, Colorado Lane, Nevada Lane, Utah, Mountain View Lane, B Street, Spring Road, A Street, and Reservoir Drive areas.

City of Ruidoso Downs Resumes In-Person Council Meetings and Municipal Office Access

Effective July 1, 2021, the City of Ruidoso Downs will resume in-person municipal office hours of Monday - Friday 8 am to 5 pm. (with the exception of Monday, July 5, 2021, when offices are closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday). City Council public meetings will also resume at City Hall and be accessible in-person to the general public.

Greentree Solid Waste Authority Independence Day Holiday Schedule

July 1, 2021: In observance of the holiday weekend, Greentree Solid Waste Authority offices and yards will be closed on Monday, July 5, 2021. The dumpster collection route for July 5 will proceed as scheduled. Poly cart collection scheduled for July 5 and 6, will both be collected on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.

Fourth of July Holiday Closure and Fireworks Notice

Please be advised that the City of Ruidoso Downs municipal offices will close at Noon on Friday, July 2, 2021, and remain closed on Monday, July 5, 2021, in observance of the holiday weekend. Please also note that fireworks are not permitted within the city limits.

N.M. lifts pandemic restrictions

Effective July 1, all pandemic-related occupancy restrictions on all forms of commercial activity will be lifted in New Mexico. All businesses across the state may once again operate at 100 percent of maximum capacity. In addition, all limitations on mass gatherings are gone; businesses, large events, and organizations may operate at 100 percent of maximum capacity, whether indoor or outdoor.

Fire Danger Level: Moderate.

July 1, 2021: Fire Danger Ratings have dropped to moderate after almost a week of rain.

Public Notice of Street Works

June 29, 2021: NMDOT along with Mesa Verde Construction will be continuing a Mill and Fill Pavement Improvement Project within the City Limits of Ruidoso Downs beginning the week of 06-29-21 thru the end of July 2021 from Parker Road area east to Hale Lake Road. Please use caution while driving through this area.

Public Notice of Water Release

June 23, 2021: The City of Ruidoso Downs Water Department along with File Construction will be continuing to release water from the Griffith Spring Tank #3 to lower the tank’s water level for a Construction tie-in. We had hoped it would be done last night but that wasn’t the case so hopefully, by this afternoon the release will be completed.

LEDA Recovery Grants Now Available

Applications are now being accepted for Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) Recovery Grants of up to $100,000 to support New Mexico small businesses that are experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic.