SATELLITE HEALTH OFFICE TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY FOR SKUNK REMOVAL

SATELLITE HEALTH OFFICE TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY FOR SKUNK REMOVAL

Due to an infestation of skunks under the building, Doña Ana County will close the satellite public health office at 1850-A Copper Loop beginning Sept. 2.

Staff from the building will be temporarily housed at a sister facility at 5595 Elks Road in the community of Doña Ana, where they will continue to serve their clientele without interruption.

Doña Ana County Facilities Director Armando Cordero said the closure will last at least a week while crews remove the skunks and remove their odor from the facility. He said the skunk problem is not new, and crews have been battling the creatures using various methods in an effort not to disrupt operations.

“We’ve tried pretty much everything to resolve the problem without shutting down the office,” Cordero said, “but the skunks are incredibly persistent. It’s reached the point we need to smoke them out and then seal off their access to the underside of the building. This will take some time, but it should be a permanent solution to this ongoing nuisance.”

Doña Ana County provides office and clinic space for the New Mexico Department of Public Health’s District 3 operations. The Department of Health has agreed that temporarily closing the building for skunk removal is the best option for its staff and clients.

For more information on the closure, call the New Mexico Department of Public Health’s District 3 offices at (575) 528-6008.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.