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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.

curry county accreditation rsThe New Mexico Association of Counties recognizes the Curry County Adult Detention Accreditation. A certificate was given out at the Legislative Conference held in Santa Fe, New Mexico January 16-18, 2018. In the picture, (center) is County Manager Lance Pyle with Adult Detention Center Administrator Mark Gallegos.

Santa Fe, New Mexico – The Adult Detention Professional Standards Council (ADPSC) awarded a three (3) year Certificate of Accreditation to Curry County Adult Detention Center on January 18, 2018. The award was presented during the New Mexico Association of Counties' (NMAC) 2018 Legislative Conference on January 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, NM. The Certificate of Accreditation is awarded to those county detention facilities which meet or exceed best practice standards in detention, as developed and approved by the ADPSC. The standards were developed for New Mexico jail facilities based on suggested best practices from detention facilities across the nation. NMAC Executive Director Steve Kopelman said, "The Adult Detention Professional Standards Council has developed uncompromising, yet attainable, professional standards for detention facilities in New Mexico."

Washington, D.C. (January 18, 2018) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after voting in support of H.R. 195, the Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act:

"Congress has a responsibility to fund the government. Continuing to pass patchwork spending bills does little to provide certainty that our nation's defense, government agencies, and businesses need, however, this bill is crucial to continuing the progress we've made on strengthening our economy. Right now, 2,000,000 people and counting are seeing benefits from tax reform, and the unemployment rate is reaching the lowest levels that we've seen in over a decade. Furthermore, it includes a vital six-year funding extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program that nearly 15,000 children in New Mexico rely on. CHIP and other public health priorities are vital for highly rural and low-income communities around the nation, which is why I could not in good conscience support to defund these programs.

Albuquerque, NM — The Institute of Real Estate Management Chapter 46 (IREM®) has elected new officers for 2018. They are Patrick D. Gallacher, CPM®, NAI Maestas & Ward, President; Chuck V. Sheldon, CPM®, T and C Management LLC, President Elect; Teresa A. West, CPM®, Alvarado Management Ltd. Co., Secretary; Karen Ward, CPM®, Director-Education; Kristen A. Restivo, CPM® Candidate, CBRE, Inc, Director-Industry Partner, Virginia Gonzales, CPM® Candidate, Commercial Real Estate Management, Director-Membership, and Jeff Zank, ARM® Candidate, T and C Management LLC, Director at Large.

Albuquerque, NM — The Commercial Association of REALTORS® New Mexico has elected new officers for 2018. They are Ed Anlian CCIM, Colliers International, president; Sean McMullan CCIM, McMullan & Co. Real Estate LLC, president elect; Walt Arnold CCIM SIOR, SVN/WACB, Inc., secretary; Cole Flanagan, NAI Maestas & Ward Commercial Real Estate, treasurer; and Marguerite Haverly, CBRE, Inc, past president.
2018 board members include Clay Azar, Todd Clarke CCIM, Greg Leach, Ray Regan, Ty Robeck, Steve Kraemer CCIM, Kelly Tero, Shelly Branscom CCIM, Patrick Gallacher CPM, and Erick Johnson CCIM SIOR.

Santa Fe, New Mexico – The New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC) and State Auditor Wayne Johnson selected Doña Ana, Curry, Chaves, Los Alamos, Guadalupe, Quay, and Roosevelt Counties for the annual Audit Accountability Awards that were given out at its Legislative Conference Thursday, January 18, 2018. The awards are given in recognition to large, mid-size, and small counties that have done outstanding work on their audits, submitted their audits in a timely manner, and have sustained excellence with the highest audit opinions. In addition, an award is given to the most improved county.

This is the first time for Colfax, Guadalupe, and Roosevelt Counties, the second time for Chaves and Doña Ana Counties, and the third time for Los Alamos and Quay Counties to win the Audit Accountability Award since the inception of the awards in 2011.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 18, 2018) — During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) received a commitment from Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering nominee Dr. Michael Griffin to implement and advance the directed energy weapons program. The $100 million program was established by Senator Heinrich and Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) under Section 215 of the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and is focused on getting directed energy weapons like high-energy-lasers and high-powered-microwaves out of the laboratories and into the hands of the warfighters.

VIDEO: Heinrich Secures Commitment From First-Ever DOD Research and Engineering Nominee To Advance Directed Energy Weapons Program

Last year, Senator Heinrich led a bipartisan effort with industry, advocacy groups, and the military services to create the program and has worked over the last several years to increase funding and support for the development of directed energy weapons. Senator Heinrich has spearheaded efforts to transition directed energy weapon systems, many developed in New Mexico by industry, national labs, and research facilities, to programs-of-record that help the United States and our allies maintain their technical edge.

In today's nomination hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Dr. Griffin confirmed his support for directed energy weapons and said he would give it higher priority at the Pentagon. If confirmed, Dr. Griffin would serve as the nation's first-ever Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, which is a position recently established by the Senate Armed Services Committee in the fiscal year 2017 NDAA. The Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, will serve as the Chief Technology Officer at the Pentagon responsible for overseeing all defense research and engineering, technology development and transition, prototyping, experimentation, and developmental testing.

Senator Heinrich met with Dr. Michael Griffin prior to his confirmation hearing this week. In the meeting and in questions submitted for the record, Senator Heinrich highlighted the critical importance of New Mexico for the Department of Defense's research, development, testing and evaluation missions. Senator Heinrich advocated for the personnel and facilities at Air Force Research Laboratories and White Sands Missile Range and urged Dr. Griffin to modernize any aging research and testing facilities, and to take measures to expedite the hiring of recent graduates as well as the issuance of small business contracts.
Testimony, a list of witnesses, and the entire webcast of today's hearing will be available here.

WHAT: The NM Economic Development Department (EDD) is teaming up with the NM Energy, Minerals and Natural Resource's Energy Conservation and Management Division (ECMD) and the USDA to help rural, small businesses and agricultural producers reduce their energy consumption and increase their profits.

A series of training workshops and customized energy site assessments by expert engineers are scheduled in each region of the state in rural locations. Workshops will not only educate participants on how to decrease their energy consumption and implement renewable energy sources, but will include how to tie in energy savings into their financial stability.

The workshops are free but registration is required. Additionally, a limited number of on-site assessments will be offered to businesses for free as well. Site assessments are conducted by an ECMD engineer.

The next energy workshop will be held in Las Vegas at the end of February. The Luna Community College SBDC, representatives from PNM and NMSU's Engineering Resource Network will be on board to participate in the event. The event will be hosted by the Luna Community College SBDC.

WHEN: February 28, 10:00AM to 12:00PM

WHERE: Luna Community College, Nursing Auditorium, 366 Luna Dr, Las Vegas, NM 87701

WHO: The workshops are open to businesses located in rural areas and agricultural producers

HOW TO REGISTER: Space is limited. Please make sure and register for the free workshop or apply for an energy assessment HERE

For more information or questions, contact Johanna Nelson at Johanna.Nelson@state.nm.us or 505-827-0264.

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted against a six-year renewal of the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act (FISA) Section 702 because it was not reformed to protect Americans from warrantless spying. FISA Section 702 authorizes the government to collect the emails, phone records and other communication of foreigners overseas without obtaining a warrant, but a backdoor loophole allows Americans who communicate with 702 targets to also be subject to warrantless surveillance. Udall released the following statement:

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement in preparation of the U.S. House of Representatives voting on final passage of H.R. 4712, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, tomorrow. This bill ensures that children born alive during an abortion procedure receive the same care as any other child:

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