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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.

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.'"

valencia county sheriffs office rsThe New Mexico Association of Counties recognition of the Valencia County Sheriff's Office three-year Reaccreditation. A certificate was given out during the Legislative Conference held in Santa Fe, New Mexico January 16-18, 2018. In the picture, (center) is Louis Burkhard, Valencia County Sheriff with County Manager Danny Monette (third from left).Santa Fe, New Mexico – The New Mexico Law Enforcement Professional Standards Council (LEPSC) awarded a three-year Certificate of Reaccreditation to Valencia County Sheriff's Office on January 18, 2018 during the New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC) 2018 Legislative Conference in Santa Fe, NM. The Certificate of Accreditation is awarded to those sheriffs' offices which meet or exceed best practice standards in law enforcement, as developed and approved by the LEPSC. The standards were developed for the New Mexico law enforcement community that have been reviewed by the Professional Standards Council.

mckinley county 911 rsThe New Mexico Association of Counties recognition of the McKinley County Metro Dispatch with a three-year 911 Emergency Communications Professional Standards Accreditation certificate during the Legislative Conference January 16-18, 2018 in Santa Fe, NM. In the picture, (center) is Georgene Dimas, Director of Metro Dispatch, accepting the award surrounded by her county members.Santa Fe, New Mexico – The New Mexico Emergency Communications Professional Standards Council (NMECPSC) awarded McKinley County Metro Dispatch with a three-year Accreditation certificate for 911 Emergency Communications on during the New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC) Legislative Conference June 16-18, 2018 in Santa Fe, NM.

Jemez Springs, NM — Valles Caldera National Preserve has opened the application period for its 2018 livestock grazing program. Livestock grazing on the preserve is authorized by Congress for the purposes of scientific research and/or interpretation of the ranching history of the preserve.

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking permit applications to graze livestock on the preserve for a four-month grazing season (June 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018). All livestock operators are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed for compliance with NPS requirements, and a selection will be made by random drawing from the group of qualifying applications.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2018 – Agricultural producers wanting to enhance current conservation efforts are encouraged to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

Through CSP, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps private landowners build their business while implementing conservation practices that help ensure the sustainability of their entire operation. NRCS plans to enroll up to 10 million acres in CSP in 2018 nationwide.

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