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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.

nmda awards rsNew Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff M. Witte (far left) and New Mexico Department of Agriculture Deputy Director Anthony J. Parra (far right) stand with NMDA employees (left to right) Kim Ethridgehill, Deena Catanach and David Lucero. Ethridgehill and Catanach received the NMDA Distinguished Service Awards, and Lucero received the NMDA Community Action Award at the department's annual conference April 26, 2018. (NMDA photo by Pamela Sanchez)LAS CRUCES, NM – Three New Mexico Department of Agriculture employees were honored at the department's annual conference in Las Cruces April 26.
Kim Ethridgehill and Deena Catanach were honored with the NMDA Distinguished Service Awards for their contributions during the past year at the department. The Distinguished Service Awards honor employees that show unselfish dedication, creation of innovations, contributions to public service, contributions to the field of human relations and any other achievements that deserve recognition.

Tucumcari, NM – May 9, 2018 – Back for its second year, the New Mexico Music Showcase in Tucumcari, New Mexico promises a talented lineup of local favorites to celebrate the culture and traditions of New Mexico music. With ten incredible artists featured in one concert for the first time, the event will take place on Saturday, June 2nd at the Tucumcari Convention Center.
The powerhouse local musician lineup includes Darren Cordova Y Calor, Darren Lee, Dynette Marie, Cuarenta Y Cinco, Carlos Medina, Daniel Cordova Y Esperanza, Sangre Joven, Ernestine Romero, Camino Oscuro, and La Banda Seria.

MESCALERO, NM)  –  Representatives from New Mexico's colleges and universities who are involved in or would like to assist military veterans with pursuing their higher education goals are invited to attend the 2018 Veterans Resource Center Summit on May 31 from 7am-4pm at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, NM.
Presentations will focus on the importance of an on-campus Veterans Resource Centers (VRC) – and how it can really help college or university-minded veterans successfully transition from the battle zone to the academic world.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Today, PNM announced that over the last ten years, customers saved energy equivalent to what's needed to power 470,090 homes for a year. PNM launched its suite of popular energy efficiency programs in 2007 to help residential and business customers save energy and money. These programs have provided more than $80 million in customer rebates and helped save almost 3.2 billion kilowatt hours of electricity. By reducing the amount of electricity generated, these programs have kept an estimated 2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide out of the air and saved 1.1 billion gallons of water.
"Helping both residential and business customers save money by becoming more energy-wise is an important part of what we do, and they've done an incredible job over the past 10 years," said PNM Vice President of External Affairs, Becky Teague. "There are many reasons for customers to be energy efficient, including lowering energy bills and improving the environment in which we all live. Many customers are surprised by how many programs we have in place just for them, and they're pleased to learn that PNM is a great resource for helping them save."

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 9, 2018) - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce wrote to Postmaster General Megan Brennan to thank the United States Postal Service (USPS) for taking the necessary steps to ensure continued mail service in Pie Town, N.M. after announcing last month that operations at the Pie Town Post Office will be temporarily suspended due to the condition of the building.

"Thank you for responding to the concerns of the community and our offices by installing the centralized mailboxes quickly and eliminating the need for residents to travel to Datil. We greatly appreciate that you have also temporarily moved the post office into a new building so that Pie Town has full mail service while you work to find a new permanent location. We look forward to hearing updates on your progress to find a permanent location soon," wrote the lawmakers.

Today, the speaker, majority leader and minority leader of the New Mexico House of Representatives and outside counsel met pursuant to the Legislature's Anti-Harassment Policy and determined that the complaint filed by Ms. Laura Bonar against Representative Carl Trujillo should be investigated further. The complaint has been forwarded to an investigative subcommittee of the Interim Legislative Ethics Committee. As outlined in the policy, the subcommittee will begin its work and retain outside counsel to investigate the complaint immediately. The investigative subcommittee consists of two Democrat and two Republican members of the House of Representatives. The subcommittee members, outside counsel and staff are prohibited from disclosing any information relating to an ongoing investigation.

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) joins in the American Nurses Association's celebration of the nation's more than three million registered nurses, the largest health care profession, during National Nurses Week May 6-12.
"Our nurses are one of our greatest resources in creating a culture of health and making health a shared value statewide," said Department of Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher. "It is through their leadership, advocacy, and care that we will reach our goals of a healthier New Mexico."

Washington, D.C. (May 8, 2018) Congressman Steve Pearce released the follow statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted and passed S.J.Res.57, disapproving of guidance passed by former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) Director Richard Cordray that attempts to regulate auto dealers without being authorized to do so under the Dodd-Frank Act:
"Since its creation, the Bureau has been working in its own interests without accountability or transparency, enacting rules that have only undermined consumer protections and hurt those it was created to protect. Under Cordray's direction, the Bureau used questionable reasoning to extend jurisdiction over the automobile dealer industry, even though they're specifically prohibited from doing so. The Bureau's auto-lending guidance blatantly ignored due process for businesses and imposed regulations on an industry that relies on competition. Their activism not only demonstrated another major power grab by the Bureau, but ultimately harmed consumers' access to fair rates for car loans in the long-run. I'm pleased to stand with my colleagues today to disapprove this guidance and put consumers back in the front seat."

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