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.

The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in Tsayatoh, N.M., that left four adults dead, including the suspected shooter. 

Preliminary indications are the shooting, which occurred early Tuesday morning, was an act of domestic violence.

An adult woman with gunshot wounds was taken to a local hospital. The incident occurred inside a residence. Autopsies are pending.

As this incident is currently under investigation, that is all the information that can be released at this time.

Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced that the feature film, “Rattlesnake,” produced by Campfire has begun principal photography through mid-December in Santa Fe, Espanola, Las Vegas, Cochiti and Abiquiu.

“I’m proud to welcome another great production to New Mexico,” said Film Office Director Nick Maniatis. “Our industry is booming and I’m excited to see more film jobs coming to our state.”

The production is employing 100 New Mexico crew members, 20 New Mexico actors and approximately 100 New Mexico background talent.

The feature is directed by Zak Hilditch (“1922,” “These Final Hours”) and produced by Ross M. Dinerstein (“1922,” “The Package,” “6 Balloons,” “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” “The Pact”).

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the successful disbursement of more than $60,000 to New Mexico Legal Aid. The funding is the result of unclaimed funds payed by a defendant in a recently concluded case, and will be redistributed by court order to help New Mexico Legal Aid support the legal needs of New Mexicans.

“Protecting the rights of vulnerable New Mexicans has always been a top priority for my office, and I am pleased the funding that we recovered will be used for that purpose,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas. “New Mexico Legal Aid offers a vital service; providing legal guidance and representation to New Mexicans without the means to pay for it themselves.”

In total, $62,877.49 will be disbursed to New Mexico Legal Aid.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA is investing in infrastructure projects in a dozen states (PDF, 132 KB) to improve e-Connectivity in rural communities.

“In the modern economy, rural broadband is a lifeline to quality of life and economic opportunity,” Hazlett said. “With that impact, USDA is fiercely committed under the leadership of Agriculture Secretary Perdue on expanding access to e-Connectivity in rural America.”

According to a 2018 report by the Federal Communications Commission, 80 percent of the 24 million American households who lack reliable, affordable, high-speed internet are in rural areas. USDA’s investments in broadband infrastructure are helping transform rural America, providing innovation and technology to increase economic competitiveness and opportunities.

USDA is investing $91 million through the Telecommunications Programs. The 19 projects will benefit more than 27,000 businesses and households in Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia.

New Mexicans could be prediabetic or diabetic without knowing it

SANTA FE – Governor Susana Martinez and the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Diabetes Prevention and Control Program recognize November as Diabetes Awareness Month, the annual health observance increasing awareness about the impact of diabetes for residents, families, and their communities in our state.

Governor Martinez has issued an Executive Proclamation naming November as Diabetes Awareness Month in New Mexico and Wednesday, November 14 World Diabetes Day.

NMDOH es​timates more than 220,000 New Mexican adults have diabetes, with only eight out of 10 aware of their condition. Additionally, an estimated 549,000 New Mexico adults have prediabetes, a condition that precedes type-2 diabetes, in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal. An estimated three out of 10 adults with prediabetes are aware of their condition. 

Savannah Willingham has long dreamed of designing wardrobes destined for the silver screen or Broadway, so the Albuquerque native enrolled at New Mexico State University to major in clothing, textiles and fashion merchandising, a program offered by the NMSU College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences’ Family and Consumer Sciences department.

savannah movieSavannah Willingham, a sophomore clothing, textiles and fashion merchandising major at New Mexico State University, had the unique opportunity to help costume designer Greg LaVoi on the set of "Walking With Herb," starring George Lopez and Edward James Olmos and directed by Ross Marks. Marks is also a professor at NMSU’s Creative Media Institute. The film recently wrapped principal photography. (NMSU photo courtesy of Savannah Willingham)Willingham, a sophomore, didn’t think she would get a rare opportunity so early in her education at NMSU. Thanks to her professor, Kelley Coffeen, Willingham was able to shadow and assist the costume designer for the film, “Walking With Herb,” a local production starring George Lopez and Edward James Olmos and directed by Ross Marks. Marks is also a professor at NMSU’s Creative Media Institute. The film recently wrapped principal photography.

Veterans Day is a reminder for each of us to thank the men and women who were willing to put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms. Members of our military, and their families, make incredible sacrifices to keep our country safe. 

New Mexico is incredibly fortunate to be home to a large veteran population. Our veterans contribute so much to our state, our businesses, and our communities. Their unmatched leadership, skills, and courage make New Mexico a better place. 

The Republican Party thanks every man and woman who wore our country's uniform, as well as their families. We also extend our gratitude to those currently serving and following in the footsteps of the leaders and heroes who came before them. 

To each of you, we say thank you for your service. 

SANTA FE, N.M. – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement in honor of Veterans Day: 

“Today, 100 years since the signing of the armistice ending World War I, we honor the brave men and women from New Mexico and across the United States who have sacrificed to defend our values and protect our freedoms, both at home and abroad. New Mexicans carry a long and storied tradition of military service. From enduring the brutal Bataan Death March during World War II to braving the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, our veterans, service members, and their families have proudly answered the call to duty, no matter the personal cost."

“We are eternally grateful for their service and forever in debt to their sacrifice. But these heroes deserve more than gratitude and thanks. We must show them the same devotion and dedication they have shown to us, not just through our words on Veterans Day but with our actions every day. That’s why it’s more important than ever that we recommit ourselves to ensuring that all veterans have the resources they need to return to civilian life safely and securely, with stable housing, quality health care, and promising job opportunities and educational training."

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