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.

Albuquerque, NM – As an expansion of Project OPEN: Opioid Prevention and Education Network, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 37 states and territories urging health insurance companies to examine financial incentives that contribute to the opioid epidemic in New Mexico. The bipartisan coalition announced today a two-step strategy intended to identify problematic policies and encourage reforms to spur increased use of non-opioid alternatives for treatment of chronic, non-cancer pain. Last week, Attorney General Balderas filed a lawsuit against the largest opioid manufacturers and distributors with the support of law enforcement and public officials from Española to Las Cruces.

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a bipartisan group of six other senators in urging U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to help New Mexico's pecan farmers increase exports by taking action to lower the tariffs on pecan exports to India. India's current high tariffs on pecans are impacting New Mexico and American pecan farmers, and have created a trade barrier not imposed on other tree nut producers.

In a letter to Lighthizer, the senators note that the current tariff on U.S. pecans entering India is much higher than that of other tree nuts – 36 percent, compared to 10 percent for pistachios and almonds. Balancing the disparity in tariffs by lowering the pecan tariff would allow for increased imports and would generate greater revenue for India without impacting any domestic industry, since India has no significant domestic pecan production.

The Bush Valley Craft Club of Alpine, Arizona wants to thank everyone who attended their Labor Day weekend Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale.

The club is pleased to announce the winners of the raffles, which are part of the annual Christmas Bazaar. The winner of the beautiful quilt, "All About Alpine", was Amy Bowles. The crockpot with all the fixings was won by Paul Harrington. There were three silent auctions during the sale and the winners were, Judy Harley, hummingbird, Virginia Whitmire, crib blanket, and Janet Moody, quilted tote bag. Congratulations to all the raffle winners.

Washington, DC (September 18, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce today released the following statement after the White House made public Secretary Ryan Zinke’s national monument review, which included recommendations for both the Organ Mountains Desert Peak National Monument and the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico.

"Secretary Zinke's recommendation fails to provide the solutions New Mexico needs. Since 2008, I have been working with the local community to establish a compromise that protects the Organ Mountains Desert Peak National Monument (OMDP) while preserving the multiple uses that public lands provide. By designating this monument under the Antiquities Act, the Obama Administration ignored this work and created an overly burdensome and harmful footprint – roughly 500,000 acres extending roughly 59 miles from corner to corner. The size and complexity of the Organ Mountains raises serious economic, security, and access concerns that cannot be appropriately addressed without resizing the monument’s footprint.

Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert warning New Mexicans to protect themselves against callers attempting to use the recent security breach at Equifax to perpetrate a new kind of scam. The new scam involves callers pretending to represent Equifax and asking for personal and financial information over the phone. Equifax will not be calling anyone asking for their personal or financial information.

“Equifax is not going to call and ask for your information,” Attorney General Balderas warned, noting that his office has already received complaints of the fake Equifax calls. “It’s terrible that anyone would try to take advantage of the problems New Mexicans are already suffering from the breach of personal data at Equifax, but the best defense against these scams is to refuse to give any personal or financial information and, then, just hang up.”

Albuquerque- The Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi released the following statement in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month:

“New Mexico is rich with cultural diversity, much of it attributed to the Hispanic community,” said Chairman Cangiolosi. “This month we celebrate the dreams and achievements of Hispanics throughout the Land of Enchantment. Collectively, their voices have shaped the past and will continue to positively affect the future of this great state as their stories and successes represent the very essence of the American Dream. The Republican Party stands for the core values of the Hispanic community here in New Mexico. We embody the values of family, hard work, life, liberty and opportunity for all."

14,358 Users are Urged to Boil Water Prior to Drinking

SANTA FE –The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau (DWB) is confirming the required “boil water advisory” for the Artesia Municipal Water System and Morningside Water Users Cooperative.
More details about precautions in English and Spanish can be found on the DWB’s webpage at: https://www.env.nm.gov/drinking_water/boil-water-advisories/

Artesia Municipal Water System is required to issue the advisory today after bacteriological contamination (E. coli) was detected in repeat drinking water samples from the Artesia Municipal Water System’s distribution system. Additionally, the boil water advisory is extended to the Morningside Water Users Cooperative due to the fact that Morningside receives 100 percent of their drinking water from the Artesia Municipal Water System. Artesia Municipal Water System and Morningside Water Users Cooperative are required to notify water system consumers of this finding.

SANTA FE, NM – The following legislative interim committees are meeting the week of September 18 through September 22, 2017

September 18, 2017 @ 9:00 a.m. - Public School Capital Outlay Oversight Task Force (PSCOOTF), State Capitol, Room 307, Santa Fe, NM
Agenda Items: Consensus Revenue Projections and Public School Capital Outlay; What Happens to All of That Money? A Look at Completed Projects Opening this Fall; What Happens to Old, Abandoned School Buildings? Examination of Issues Related to Realistic, Economical Disposal of Abandoned, "Unusable" School Facilities and Possible Solutions; Charter Schoo Risk Review; Who Owns Charter School Facilities?; Where Are All of the Children? A Look at the Background and Current Status of the State's Use of the Geographic Information System

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