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.

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after the President signed a proclamation, prioritizing domestic solar panel industry and washer machine producers:

"This action today moves the nation one step closer to an ‘all the above' energy plan, unleashing America's domestic energy production while developing greener sources of energy. For years, foreign solar dumping of low cost panels and products has put U.S. manufacturers out of business, eliminating good-paying jobs and revenues in New Mexico and across the country. New Mexico solar industry has even suffered from reaching its full potential, forcing some manufacturers out of business. By implementing an import tariff today on foreign import companies, New Mexico could once again become a power player in the nation's solar energy production, bringing gob growth and more revenues that our state needs."

Military Veterans, Active-Duty Personnel to be Honored at 2018 Military & Veterans Day at the Legislature

Wednesday, Jan. 31 (12 p.m. Ceremony)
Santa Fe/State Capitol Rotunda
(SANTA FE, NM)—Military veterans and active-duty personnel will be honored at the State Capitol in Santa Fe on January 31 during Military and Veterans Day at the 2017 Legislature.

This annual day during the legislative session is presented by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services and the New Mexico National Guard to honor active-duty service members and veterans for their sacrifice and service for our country.

Washington, D.C. (January 23, 2018) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after the three-day government shutdown ended and federal operations resumed:

“What the Democrats did, playing politics with paychecks for service members and risking access to health care for rural, low-income children, to get their way on full amnesty for illegal immigrants is astounding and down-right irresponsible. We made considerable progress towards establishing a common-ground solution that provides certainty for DACA recipients leading up to the shutdown – and I’ll continue to work until we have a pragmatic solution that addresses immigration and the security of our nation.

Las Cruces, NM - On January 30 and 31, 2018, the Bureau of Land Management’s Las Cruces District Resource Advisory Council will convene for a day-long tour and a half-day meeting at the Las Cruces District Office on 1800 Marquess Street, Las Cruces, NM. Both the tour and meeting are open to the public.

The RAC tour will begin on January 30 from the District Office at 8 a.m. and will go to the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, returning to the Office by 4 p.m. The public will have to provide their own transportation and bring their own lunch and water.

More than 9,800 Walmart and Sam's Club associates in New Mexico will soon receive pay increases and bonuses totaling $11.8 million Walmart is also significantly expanding parental leave and adoption benefits for its associates statewide.

The increased wages and benefits in New Mexico are part of Walmart's Jan. 11 announcement that it is raising the starting wage rate for hourly associates across the country to $11. Walmart will provide a one-time cash bonus of up to $1,000 to eligible associates as well as expand its benefits offerings. The changes place Walmart as one of the leading companies in America when it comes to parental leave.

Here are some highlights specific to New Mexico:

  • More than 5,300 Walmart and Sam's Club associates in New Mexico will soon receive wage increases and bonuses totaling $8.1 million
  • More than 9,800 Walmart and Sam's Club associates in New Mexico qualify for a one-time cash bonus totaling $3.7 million
  • Walmart's new average hourly wage for full-time associates in New Mexico will be $14.38
  • In New Mexico and across the country, associates will receive expanded parental and adoption benefits including:
  • Full-time hourly associates in the U.S. receive 10 weeks of paid maternity leave and six weeks of paid parental leave
  • Salaried associates will receive six weeks of paid parental leave
  • Full-time hourly and salaried associates will receive up to $5,000 per child in financial assistance to support adoptions

"Walmart's announcement demonstrates the positive effects of tax reform that will be good for New Mexican businesses as well," said Jason Espinoza, President and CEO of the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry. "When you create a business-friendly climate for companies, it gives them the opportunity to invest in their employees."

rap award rsL to R: Executive Director Steve Kopelman, Past President and Hidalgo County Treasurer Tyler Massey, and President and Otero County Commissioner Susan FloresSanta Fe, New Mexico – The New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC) presented Hidalgo County with a Risk Awareness Program (RAP) Award and a Workers' Compensation Safety Award Honorable Mention during the 2018 NMAC Legislative Conference January 16-18, 2018 in Santa Fe, NM. The county completed the fourth year of RAP decreasing workers' compensation claims by 33%, multi-line claims by 100%, and law enforcement claims by 61%. This award is offered through NMAC's Risk Awareness Program (RAP), a workplace risk control educational program that aims to reduce the frequency and severity of county claims through better risk awareness and safety practices.

steve pearce rsCongressman Steve PearceGubernatorial candidate Congressman Steve Pearce today released the following statement:

"Here are the facts about the government shutdown: Michelle Lujan Grisham voted to shut down the government. I voted to keep it open. DACA has nothing to do with funding our government, yet Democrats like Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and Michelle Lujan Grisham have shut down the government regardless. I'm asking the Democrats to put aside their political games and join me to reopen our government. Once we fulfill that basic responsibility of governing, we should work together to fix our broken immigration system."

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today outlined U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) services available in the event of a government shutdown.

"USDA is committed to safeguarding life and property through the critical services we provide – and should the government shut down, we will continue to do just that," said Secretary Perdue. "I am proud of each USDA employee for everything they do to benefit the farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers who depend on our services. It is their mission each day to fulfill our USDA motto, 'Do right and feed everyone.'"

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