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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.

Torrance County, NM - On January 19, 2019 at around 10:11 a.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a double fatal, single vehicle crash on Interstate 40 westbound near mile post 214 west of Clines Corners.

The initial investigation shows a 2006 Ford F-250 truck hauling a 36-foot Rockwood fifth wheel was travelling west on Interstate 40. The F-250 was in the passing lane passing a commercial motor vehicle, for reasons unknown, the driver lost control of the truck and rolled. The driver, Duane George (64) and his passenger, Patricia George (61), both of Elk River, Minnesota sustained fatal injuries in the crash. Duane George and Patricia George were pronounced deceased by the Office of the Medical Investigator.  

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor and seatbelts appear to have been properly utilized. No additional information is available at this time.  

marijseiz0Gallup, NM -On January 15, 2019 the New Mexico State Police seized 391 pounds of marijuana out of a car hauler carrying two SUV’s at the Gallup port of entry. 

The very next day two men were arrested at the Gallup port of entry when State Police Officers found 381 pounds of marijuana and 183 pounds of drug paraphernalia in a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).

While officers conducted a safety inspection on the CMV they observed fourteen large boxes and could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the trailer. State Police officers found 299 bags of marijuana, cannabis vape oil and loaded dispensers. 

fbiAn unknown man wearing a purple LSU baseball cap robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank on Friday afternoon (1/18/2019).

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

The suspect is described as a white male in his early 20s, approximately 5'5" tall, with a slim build.

He had brown hair and mild acne scaring. 

The suspect wore a purple LSU baseball cap, a black hooded sweatshirt under a black jacket, and wore multiple rings on his left hand.

At approximately 3:26 p.m., the suspect entered Wells Fargo, 11199 Montgomery Blvd. NE., and presented a demand note to a teller.

The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect, who left the bank and turned north.

The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are investigating. 

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact the FBI at (505) 889-1300, or Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at (505) 843-STOP.

Tips can also be submitted online at here.

Information about other bank robbers wanted by the FBI can be found here.

Bank robbery carries a possible prison term of up to 20 years. The use of a gun, other dangerous weapon, toy gun, or hoax bomb device during the commission of a bank robbery can be punishable by a prison term of up to 25 years.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 18, 2019) – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced two pieces of legislation aimed at reducing the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs. 

“Skyrocketing prescription drug prices have been squeezing families and seniors across New Mexico for far too long,” said Senator Udall. “New Mexicans shouldn’t have to choose between life-saving treatments and putting food on the table. We must act now to provide a meaningful solution so that our health care system is no longer at the mercy of corporate executives padding their bottom line. This legislation would rein in out-of-control drug prices by increasing competition and lowering costs so that families and seniors across New Mexico can get access to the safe and affordable medications they need to stay healthy and strong.” 

“We need to address the soaring cost of prescription drugs in our country,” said Senator Heinrich. “New Mexicans shouldn’t have to choose between paying for medication and paying for other necessary expenses, such as food and rent. I am committed to working to find real solutions for this problem and moving forward common-sense reforms that will finally bring down the cost of prescription drugs.” 

The Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act, led by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), would allow patients, pharmacists, and wholesalers to import safe, affordable medicine from Canada and other major countries. The bill would instruct the secretary of Health and Human Services to put forward regulations allowing wholesalers, pharmacies and individuals to import qualifying prescription drugs from licensed Canadian sellers. After two years, the secretary would have the authority to permit importation from countries in the Organizations for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) with standards for the approval and sale of prescription drugs that are comparable to those in the United States. 

A copy of the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act is available here and a summary is available here

In all construction zones, motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and use extreme caution, as well as continue to be cautious of heavy equipment and construction personnel in the area. 

White Sands Missile Range Notification

For information regarding closures you may call WSMR at 678-1178 or 678-2222 for updates.  

Traffic updates are posted on the NMDOT traffic advisory web-site here and can be retrieved through our automated system at 511 in New Mexico or 1-800-432-4269 from any line.

Interstates:

I-25, Mile Marker 154 to 157.839, Lemitar 

Mountain States Constructors, Inc. (Contractor) is continuing with bridge replacement and roadway reconstruction on Interstate 25 in Socorro Co. All lanes are now open; contractor will resume finalization of project March of 2019.

I-25, Mile Marker 74.23, T or C Area

Uretek (Contractor) will be working on I-25 on both the northbound and southbound lanes at milepost 74.23 with continued intermittent lane closures. Speed limit will be reduced as well as a 16’ width restriction. Hours of construction will be from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily.

I-10, Mile Marker 133 to 164, Las Cruces to Texas State Line

Valley Fence (Contractor) is currently performing guardrail replacement along Interstate 10 in Dona Ana Co. starting at milepost 133 headed east to Texas State line. Traffic will encounter lane closures including overnight closures intermittently on the westbound driving right lane as well as reduced interstate speeds limits from milepost 139 to 135, no closures expected to exits or on/off ramps.

I-10, Mile Marker 2.5 to 22, Lordsburg

MWI, Inc. (Contractor) will continue installation of the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS). Traffic can expect intermittent lane closures with median and shoulder work in the area from milepost 2 to 22. Hours of operation will be from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Construction is expected to be completed by winter 2018. 

Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) has posted an alert for Monday January 21, 2019:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with AUI, Inc. (Contractor) is currently performing roadway reconstruction, utility replacements and lighting/signalization improvements on Valley Drive and Avenida de Mesilla. Currently the (2) active zones of construction are on Valley Drive from Picacho to Amador and on Avenida de Mesilla from Valley to Hickory.

Valley Drive between Picacho and Amador, traffic is currently pushed into the northbound lanes as the southbound lanes are closed for construction. Hadley Drive is now reopened. Paving on Hadley will continue on Monday the 21 or Tuesday the 22. During this time Hadley will need to be closed to thru traffic for 1 hour or less.

Avenida de Mesilla, all traffic is currently pushed into the westbound lanes to allow complete reconstruction on eastbound lanes. Valley Drive is reduced to one lane in each direction at Avenida de Mesilla. Construction will be from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 5 days a week.

For updated information go to: New Mexico Department of Transportation here.

Santa Fe – Yesterday, an avalanche fell just before noon at Taos Ski Valley leaving one skier dead and one injured. Rep. Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales (D-Ranchos de Taos) released the following statement:  

“I am grateful to the ski patrol, first responders, and good Samaritans that responded instantly and without hesitation. Our community sends our thoughts, prayers, and will hold close the victims and families of those affected.”   

Unique Events

Saturday Jan 19, Jimmy Stadler LIVE! Local musical legend, multi instrumentalist, and all around great guy, Jimmy Stadler will be live at the KTAOS Solar Center Saturday January 19! Jimmy plays all sorts of amazing original music as well as some of the classic hits to keep your feet moving! Doors open at 3 p.m. for happy hour!  NO COVER! Music starts early at 6:30 p.m. 

Friday Jan 25, The Rifters, The Rifters will be in the house performing some legendary Taos Country Music!  Don Richmond, Rod Taylor, and Jim Bradley make up this country trio with beautiful three part harmonies and music ranging from driving bluegrass to ethereal desert beauty! The Rifters are well known for keeping the crowd moving so when you come out this Friday night, be sure to bring you dancing shoes! 7 p.m. Doors, 8 p.m. Showtime, $10 general admission, all ages welcome with parent/guardian supervision.

Weekly Events:

Every Monday, starting January 21, Join us as we welcome Legendary musicians Bob Andrews and Brent Berry. They will be playing a mix of covers and originals. 6:30 - 9 p.m., No Cover.

Every Wednesday at 6 p.m., Art n’ a Glass with a special guest teacher. Paint away those Hump Day blues at Art n' a Glass! You're the Artist! A night of painting in a social setting. No experience required! Learn the fundamentals of painting with local professional Special Guest Artist. Templates available. Take your painting home! Limited space available. Tickets may be purchased at KTAO.com. $20 per event! Admission includes: Canvas, Paint, Brushes, and Extended Happy Hour Pricing! Hand Selected Special Wines Weekly!

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