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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.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-1) and Rep. Tom O'Halleran (AZ-1) introduced the Rural Broadband Expansion Act which would authorize $100 million in new grant funding to expand broadband in rural areas throughout the country.

The legislation would give the Secretary of Agriculture authority to use the Community Connect Grant Program to finance broadband transmission in rural areas where it is not yet economically viable for private sector providers to deliver service. Communities could use the money for new equipment and capacity enhancements that support high-speed broadband access for educational institutions, health care providers, and public safety service providers, in addition to connecting homes and businesses. The $100 million would be authorized each year through 2023.

Washington, D.C. (November 8, 2017) The House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 4239, the Strengthening the Economy with Critical Untapped Resources to Expand American Energy Act (SECURE American Energy Act), with an amendment sponsored by Congressman Steve Pearce. This provision would codify Bureau of Land Management (BLM) policy and ensure that guidelines from the Mineral Leasing Act are followed.

“Earlier this year, the BLM withheld New Mexico’s fair share of revenue from an oil and gas lease sale in southeastern New Mexico. Due to a protest by extreme environmental groups, nearly $70 million dollars was stalled from getting to the State for roughly 8 months. For state’s like New Mexico that face tough financial times, this made it extremely hard to balance our budget, which is required each year under New Mexico’s Constitution. The protest period must have a deadline so that this situation doesn’t happen again, which is exactly what my amendment will do,” stated Rep. Pearce.

Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with AUI INC. (Contractor) will be holding a public involvement meeting to discuss the improvement project of Solano Dr. /3 Crosses Ave./ and the North Main Intersection Project.

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. ‒ Beginning the week of Nov. 13, and continuing for approximately one week, the Sierra Soil and Water Conservation District, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management Las Cruces District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, will treat up to approximately 11,000 acres of creosote bush. Treatments will occur on BLM, State Trust and private lands within Sierra, Doña Ana, Hidalgo, Luna and Otero counties in southwestern New Mexico where creosote densities have surpassed historic, naturally-occurring levels.

The objective of the treatments is to improve plant species diversity, which will benefit wildlife, rangeland and watershed health by reducing the density of creosote, and result in an increase of native grasses, forbs and other herbaceous vegetation.

SANTA FE, NM – State Auditor Tim Keller issued a Risk Advisory on Violence Against Healthcare Workers to all public hospitals in New Mexico. Workplace violence occurs at high rates in public hospitals and many incidences go unreported. Violence against nurses, doctors and other staff can impact the financial health of government-run facilities in addition to posing a clear threat to safety.

"We're concerned by the high rates of violence against nurses and doctors in our public hospitals," stated State Auditor Tim Keller. "Violence poses a threat to the safety of our healthcare workers and is costly for our government-run institutions. We've advised all public hospitals across New Mexico to examine their violence prevention policies. Implementing a comprehensive prevention program is the right thing to do and makes good fiscal sense."

The Risk Advisory highlights the following information:

  • State government hospitals reported higher incidence rates of worker injury and illness compared to other healthcare facilities, at 8.1 cases per 100 full-time workers. Among those cases, the most common event leading to injuries was violence and other injuries, over half of which were classified as "intentional injuries by another person."
  • There are likely even higher rates of violence than the statistics show because incidences are underreported in hospitals due to compassion for patients.
  • Injuries in the workplace have high financial costs from compensation claims or replacing staff. The estimated cost of replacing a nurse when they have left the job can be around $100,000, accounting for recruiting, hiring, orientation and lost productivity.
  • Workplace violence can be preventable with a comprehensive prevention program. The Risk Advisory highlights a roadmap for hospitals from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The Risk Advisory is available here: https://www.saonm.org/media/uploads/Violence_Against_Healthcare_Workers.pdf

The Office of the State Auditor helps government work better by providing transparency and accountability for government spending; informing policy choices; and tackling fraud, waste and abuse. OSA is an independently elected executive agency responsible for examining the use of public dollars in New Mexico.

Washington, D.C. (November 7, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce has been working with the Goss Family Ranch SGA for over a decade to resolve a water rights battle between the Goss family and the federal government. The Forest Service, following direction from the Federal Wildlife Service (FWS), took away the Goss's right to property they owned, which included a stream that was crucial to the success of their business and ongoing operation. The federal government's overreach in this case not only hindered the Constitutional rights of American citizens, but cut into rural jobs and the local economy in Otero County, NM.

The Goss family filed a lawsuit that ensued for over 20 years. Rep. Pearce's office has worked since 2003 with the Goss family, the Forest Service, and the FWS to ensure that the Gosses were able to access the water to continue running their cattle through the area. The culmination of this work was an agreement facilitated through Rep. Pearce's office last year, which is still currently in place this year.

"Holiday Season Shopping Event" in Rodeo, NM Nov. 18-19

Annual Gallery Show, Desert Museum Sale, Arts & Crafts Festival To Highlight Community's Seasonal Celebration

The spectacular San Simon Valley, straddling the Arizona/New Mexico state line 50 miles north of Douglas, AZ features classic bajadas that extend west to the Chiricahua Mountain Range in AZ and east to the Peloncillo Mountain Range in NM. In the middle of that picturesque landscape lies the town of Rodeo....New Mexico's most western (and sleepy) little town. And, many say, the most friendly!

There's no better time to visit this magical place than the weekend before Thanksgiving, when community artisans and businesses hope to meet regional residents and visitors during annual Holiday Season Shopping Event!

Don't miss these shopping opportunities available November 18-19; plus The "Ohitika" Native Girls Singing Group will circulate all venues on the 18th!

Chiricahua Gallery Holiday Show

Downtown Rodeo on Highway 80; Nov. 18th and 19th; Open Daily 10 a.m.-4pm.

Refreshments will be served.

https://www.facebook.com/ChiricahuaGallery/?fref=ts

http://www.chiricahuagallery.net

Chiricahua Desert Museum Holiday Sale

2 miles north of Rodeo on Highway 80; Nov. 18-19; Open 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

FREE Museum Admission and FREE Refreshments all day.

https://www.facebook.com/ChiricahuaDesertMuseum/?fref=ts

http://www.chiricahuadesertmuseum.com/

Rodeo Community Association's annual Arts and Crafts Festival

Rodeo Community Center, 1 block east of Hwy 80 on Hickory St.

Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visit 30 vendors offering Fudge, Gifts, Food and Holiday Cheer! Homemade lunch will be served at the Rodeo Community Center.

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $107,605 in grant funding toward 19 habitat stewardship and hunting heritage projects in New Mexico.

The grants benefit 4,670 acres across Bernalillo, Catron, Curry, Grant, Lincoln, Otero, Roosevelt, San Juan, San Miguel and Torrance Counties. There are also two projects of statewide benefit and another that benefits northeast Arizona.

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