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, N.M. – Today, Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) honored those who have given their lives in service to the United States at a Memorial Day Ceremony in Albuquerque. Prior to delivering remarks at the ceremony, Haaland met with a Gold Star Mothers Pat Merville, Kay Coleman, and Mary Koehler.

Haaland’s remarks as prepared for delivery are below:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement in commemoration of Memorial Day:

“On Memorial Day, we gather to remember and honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives so that we can enjoy the American freedoms that we all cherish. I am especially proud to recognize New Mexicans’ long record of service to our nation.

SANTA FE, NM – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall will join veterans, service members, and their families at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Santa Fe National Cemetery. At the ceremony, Udall will deliver remarks honoring the brave women and men from New Mexico and across the nation who sacrificed their lives to defend our values and protect our freedoms. Udall issued the following statement commemorating our fallen service members on Memorial Day:

Chaves County, NM - On May 25, 2019 at about 9:13 p.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on US Highway 285 at about mile post 98 west of Dexter.  

The initial investigation indicated a 2006 Saturn was traveling north on US Highway 285. For reasons unknown, the driver lost control of the vehicle and rolled. The driver, Ethan John Lilly (23) of Hagerman, NM sustained fatal injuries in the crash. Ethan Lilly was pronounced deceased by the Office of the Medical Investigator.

Taos County, NM - On May 25, 2019 at approximately 6:06 p.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a head on motorcycle crash on NM Highway 38 around milepost 5 near Red River, New Mexico.

The initial investigation shows a 2016 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Lorenzo Cortez (58) of Rancho’s De Taos was travelling west on NM Highway 38 near milepost 5. Three Harley Davidson’s were traveling east on NM Highway 38. For reasons that are unknown, Cortez crossed the center line into eastbound traffic and collided head on with a 2017 Harley Davidson. Cortez and his passenger, Jennifer Lynn Ashley (43) of Colorado Springs, CO sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator. Two other motorcycles were involved in the crash.

By Lauren Moore, USDA·May 20, 2019

Times are tough in the agriculture industry, including America’s dairy operations. Anyone watching trends in the dairy industry over the last decade knows the sector continues to face substantial challenges, including fluctuations in commodity prices, inclement weather, and trade negotiations.

USDA offers a variety of risk management, disaster assistance, loan, and conservation programs to help agricultural producers in the United States weather ups and downs in the market and recover from natural disasters, as well as invest in their operations.

Local residents urged to join Alzheimer’s Association to honor those dealing with Alzheimer’s

Albuquerque, NM – May 24, 2019– On Friday, June 21, 2019, people around the world, including numerous teams in New Mexico, will participate in The Longest Day, the Alzheimer’s Association’s “do-it-yourself” creative fundraiser.

Utah an example of boosting self-sufficiency

By Secretary Sonny Perdue

Salt Lake City Tribune

May 24, 2019

With hard work and dedication, you can accomplish great things. That’s the American dream. And when times are tough we pull together to solve problems, and we look out for each other, knowing that next time, we may be the one who needs a helping hand.

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