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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.

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Environment Department's (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau (DWB) is confirming that a "boil water advisory" is required for the Cochiti Elementary School in Sandoval County.

Cochiti Elementary School was required to issue the advisory on January 12, 2018 after bacteriological contamination (E. coli) was detected in repeat drinking water samples from the water Cochiti Elementary School's distribution Cochiti Elementary School. New Mexico Drinking Water Regulations require Cochiti Elementary School to notify their water system consumers of this finding as soon as practical but no later than 24 hours after the system is notified of the confirmation of the violation.

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded President Donald J. Trump's selection of Kenneth Barbic to be the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations. Following the announcement, Secretary Perdue issued this statement:

"I am very excited by the nomination of Ken Barbic to fill this key role. Ken will bring a wealth of knowledge, insight, and experience to USDA, and I am eager to get him on the job right away," said Secretary Perdue. "Unfortunately, two other qualified nominees, Bill Northey and Stephen Vaden, are still awaiting Senate confirmation. I urge the Senate to take up all three nominations as quickly as possible."

henson lou and mary rsLou and Mary Henson will be honored with New Mexico State University’s Presidential Medallion Jan. 16. (Courtesy photo)WRITER: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu

New Mexico State University will award the 2018 Presidential Medallion to Lou and Mary Henson during the spring convocation ceremony Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Atkinson Recital Hall.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 12, 2018) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which falls on Monday, January 15. Senator Heinrich will join the community in honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Grant Chapel AME Church Commemorative Breakfast in Albuquerque and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Luncheon in Rio Rancho.

"Nearly 50 years since his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s enduring lessons are more important than ever. The turbulent times we are living in today and the challenges we face as a nation are in many ways reminiscent of those Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement faced. Modern day extremists have made their presence felt not only in the racist violence in Charlottesville and in online forums, but also in White House memorandums and actions that seek to divide us and attack the most vulnerable among us.

gill giese grapevines rsGill Giese, New Mexico State University Extension viticulture specialist, will be conducting grapevine pruning workshops in Las Cruces on Saturday, Jan. 27, and Belen, Saturday, Feb. 3.
(NMSU photo by Kristie Garcia)
WRITER: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu

The techniques used to prune grapevines in a commercial setting can optimize the yield and berry composition of the plants.

The New Mexico Economic Development Department will host the next FUNDIT meeting on March 6 to help local leaders identify funding for economic development projects. New Mexico FUNDIT, is a streamlined approach to help communities identify funding opportunities in one centralized location by bringing local, state and federal funding agencies together to analyze and compare proposals for capital projects. The state is calling on communities to submit project proposals by February 16, for review during its upcoming meeting.

New Mexico FUNDIT is an informal group of funding agencies that meets regularly to review potential projects. Over 13 Federal and State entities are represented in the group. Their goal is to improve the effectiveness of project review and support, while ensuring communities have the information they need to obtain full funding for projects.

Taos, NM (Jan 18-Feb 1):

Unique Events:

Friday January 19, The NoSeeUms featuring Shannon & Southern Soul, Join us for a night of local talent! Shannon & Southern Soul's soulful acoustic blend of jazz, country and blues is sure to set the mood to open this show! The NoSeeUms are a local bluegrass band from Taos, New Mexico. They have developed a reputation in the area, and are now the center of the bluegrass scene. Featuring a resurgence of new material, funkier and jammier than ever, The Noseeums can once again be "seen", and heard! Friday January 19, The NoSeeUms featuring Shannon & Southern Soul • 8PM• $8 •

Saturday January 20, Join the Fun as we welcome back the musical stylings of Nosotros! Nosotros is one of the most recognizable Latin bands, in the Southwest United States. Nosotros has been drawing music lovers to their music for over 20 years. This 9-piece, Latin music powerhouse, seamlessly combines Latin rhythms with elements of Rock, Salsa, Jazz and Cumbia creating an original sound that is unmistakably Nosotros. $5 GENERAL ADMISSION. Music starts at 8PM. All Ages.

Weekly Events:

Every Tuesday from 7-9PM is Fiesta Tuesdays with Daniel Cordova on KTAO 101.9FM. It's also Fiesta Tuesdays in the Club! Food Specials from 6-9 and a Pool Table available for everyone all night!

Every Wednesday, KTAOS Solar Swing Dance Social featuring Big Swing Theory! 7-9PM. $5.

Every Thursday, "The KTAOS Solar Center" is holding another weekly installment of their "Ladies' Night" featuring great music performed by Katy P and the Business 3.0! Ladies get into the show free of charge, and guys have a $5 cover. Register to win an $800 pair of Praxis Skis courtesy of Sierra Nevada. You can only register to win at Ladies Night. Winner will be selected on January 25! Show begins at 9pm, come dance the night away! Ages 21 and up only.

Friday's, KTAOS Solar Cinema! We will be showing a family movie on a giant 20ft screen with theatre quality audio! Bring blankets, pillows, and pajamas and get comfortable! This is a no-babysitter-needed kind of evening so bring the whole family! 6PM - Free - All Ages (with parent/guardian supervision) (Solar Cinema is sponsored by Wanda Lucero at StateFarm)

• 1/26/18 - Howl's Moving Castle
• 2/02/18 - Ponyo

Every Saturday and Sunday at the KTAOS Solar Center is the Playoff TICKET. We will be showing every playoff and championship game with amazing food and drink specials. Happy Hour from 3-6PM. Every Game, Every Saturday and Sunday at the KTAOS Solar Center. We open at 2:30pm on Saturdays and 11am on Sundays during the playoffs!

KTAOS is located at 9 State Road 150 in El Prado, where the 150 and 68 freeways meet. For more information, please visit ktaos.com, become a fan at facebook.com/KTAOS101.9FM, or follow us at twitter.com/KTAOS.

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach today issued the following statement regarding efforts to address concerns with recent changes to Section 199A of the federal tax code. Some agriculture stakeholders have raised questions about potential market effects on cooperatives and independent grain-related businesses.

Ibach's statement is as follows:

"The aim of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was to spur economic growth across the entire American economy, including in the agricultural sector. While the goal was to preserve benefits in Section 199A for cooperatives and their patrons, the unintended consequences of the current language disadvantage the independent operators in the same industry. The federal tax code should not pick winners and losers in the marketplace. We applaud Congress for acknowledging and moving to correct the disparity, and our expectation is that a solution is forthcoming. USDA stands ready to assist in any way necessary."

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