Non-Local News Releases

This category will feature news releases from out-of-area government agencies and representatives, as well as events that are not taking place in the four-county area of Grant, Catron, Hidalgo or Luna. For those events please visit Local News Releases.

Joins 600 communities nationwide in world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research

Albuquerque, NM – August 22, 2019 – The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter is pleased to announce that a community Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held in Truth or Consequences, NM, on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the Alzheimer’s Association’s flagship fundraiser with events scheduled across the country from summer through fall.  Participation in the Walks helps spread awareness, gives hope to the community, and increases funds for research as well as support and programs for New Mexican families affected by the disease.

(Washington, D.C., August 21, 2019) - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement after U.S. Department of Commerce announced a new Draft Suspension Agreement on Fresh Tomatoes from Mexico:

“I want to thank my colleagues at the U.S. Department of Commerce for working diligently to reach a mutually beneficial agreement for tomato growers in both the U.S. and Mexico. Protecting America’s tomato producers from the glut of Mexican imports is yet another example of President Trump’s commitment to ensuring our farmers have the ability to succeed in international markets, as well as right here at home.

Law enforcement is asking for the public's help in finding the person or persons responsible for a series of fires that damaged several buildings in Naschitti, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation, this week. 

Nobody was injured.

The fires, which occurred from August 19 to 21, damaged a church, a convenience store, and three vacant houses.

Eight CSED offices will be open until 7 p.m. Aug. 28.

Santa Fe, N.M. – The New Mexico Human Service Department announced it will extend office hours for eight Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) offices across the state until 7 p.m. Aug. 28, in honor of Child Support Awareness Month. The hours were also extended earlier this month at the locations mentioned below until 7 p.m. on Aug. 7.

Bryce Pittenger named as interim CEO of the Behavioral Health Collaborative

Mika Tari named as acting director for Behavioral Health Services Division

Santa Fe, N.M. – Human Services Department (HSD) Cabinet Secretary David R. Scrase, M.D. and Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) Cabinet Secretary Brian Blalock announced plans to separate the roles of CEO for the New Mexico Behavioral Health Collaborative and the director for the New Mexico Behavioral Health Services Division, which were previously filled by a single individual. Bryce Pittenger is named as the interim CEO for the Behavioral Health Collaborative (20 percent of her time) and Mika Tari as the acting director for the Behavioral Health Services Division (100 percent of her time). HSD is actively recruiting to fill both positions with full time permanent individuals.

Free PNM financial fundamentals training on Saturday, August 24

(RIO RANCHO, NM) – The PNM Good Neighbor Fund will host a free financial fundamentals training in Rio Rancho on Saturday, August 24. The training includes basic household budgeting and offers tips for reducing debts. The training is open to all PNM customers. Customers who complete the training will receive a $20 Walmart gift card and can receive a certificate to apply for assistance with a past due PNM electric bill.

WHO:         State Auditor Brian S. Colón, Esq. and Office of the State Auditor (OSA) Constituent Services staff

WHAT:       State Auditor Colón with OSA Constituent Services staff will hold open office hours in Las Cruces on August 29 and in Lordsburg and Silver City on August 30. Office hours are open to the public with no appointment required.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend and meet with State Auditor Colón and Constituent Services staff to ask questions; submit a compliant; share concerns, thoughts, or ideas; or simply inquire about the work of the office.

Placemaking Project Ten Years in the Making Set to Complete in October 2019

Santa Fe, N.M. – New Mexico MainStreet and New Mexico Resiliency Alliance announced today that Cimarron Alive has received a $12,500 Resilient Communities Fund grant to support the completion of the Scenic Byway Trail project along U.S. 64. The byway will include historical displays along five blocks that serve as a major tourist attraction and pedestrian access point between Cimarron’s New and Old Town sections. The project seeks to improve the byway’s usability and safety by enhancing the landscape, beautifying the park, and adding a pedestrian crossing, shade structures, street/sign lighting, and a vault restroom.

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