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shannon wooton WRITER: Adriana M. Chavez, 575-646-1957, adchavez@nmsu.edu

Shannon Wooton, the Family and Consumer Sciences agent for the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service in Chaves County, was recently recognized for her outstanding work with the community and 4-H youth. This past spring, Wooton was named the Distinguished County Agent by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, and was also one of two recipients of the Outstanding Agent Award for the Eastern District.

1250652105 fullres hadley hall aerial 071702 NMSU has been awarded its second gold rating by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in their 2018 Sustainable Campus Index. AASHE is a publication that recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 sustainability impact areas. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)Writer: Melissa R. Rutter, 575-646-4211, mrrutter@nmsu.edu

New Mexico State University has been awarded its second gold rating by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in its 2018 Sustainable Campus Index.

AASHE is a publication that recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 sustainability impact areas. The impact areas are measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating Systems. The STARS report highlights innovative and high-impact initiatives from institutions in the most recent calendar year.

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a grant, totaling $3,215,760, to fund the establishment and construction of a state veterans’ cemetery in Angel Fire, New Mexico. 

Currently, the nearest national cemetery to Angel Fire is Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which is approximately 91 miles away. The lawmakers said the new cemetery will provide service to approximately 15,700 veterans and their families. 

Legislation would give Tribes a greater voice in planning suicide prevention programs

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced the bipartisan Native American Suicide Prevention Act, along with U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), to address the growing suicide crisis in Indian Country by ensuring collaboration among states and Tribal organizations to design and implement statewide suicide intervention and prevention programs that work for their communities. The legislation is the Senate companion to H.R. 3473, a bipartisan bill introduced by Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Congressman Tom Cole (R-Okla.), and 27 other House cosponsors.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) investing $398.5 million to improve rural electric service in 13 states.

“Reliable and affordable electricity is undeniably a necessity in today’s world,” Hazlett said. “Under the leadership of Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner in keeping our rural communities connected to this essential infrastructure.”

USDA is making the investments through the Electric Infrastructure Loan Program. Below are a few examples of the projects USDA is funding:

Washington, DC (September 18, 2018) Congressman Steve Pearce issued a statement following the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) release of a revised Venting and Flaring rule issued by the previous Administration.

“The Obama Administration’s venting and flaring rule was legally questionable and was a direct attack on New Mexico. The original rule would have crushed small businesses in New Mexico, costing thousands of jobs and greatly reducing production. This would have resulted in millions of dollars in lost revenues that pay for schools, hospitals, and other critical services. During my time in Congress, I urged the BLM through numerous letters and votes on the House Floor to overturn the original rule for these reasons. Instead of blindly regulating jobs out of our state, we should be working together to develop the necessary infrastructure that would allow adequate capture of methane in a way that doesn’t result in job or revenue loss. The revision release today is a win-win for New Mexico which will help our state’s economy, fund our schools, and strike a needed balance of environmental protection and economic generation.”

San Juan Basin Gas Producer provided data to Feds that helped shape the revised ‘balanced’ rule

ROSWELL, NM -- Today, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its revised Waste Prevention Rule which outlines a more sensible approach to oil and gas production while protecting the environment. 

“The revised BLM rule is a correction of the implausible 2016 Waste Prevention Rule,” said Jim Winchester, Executive Director of the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico. “The proposed 2016 rule was duplicative to other existing state and federal regulations, and would have decimated a large number of independent producers and wells in New Mexico.”

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