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, NM – The following legislative interim committees are meeting the week of September 25 through September 29, 2017

September 25 – 26, 2017 @ 9:00 a.m. – Science, Technology and Telecommunications Committee (STTC), Barbara Hubbard Room, Pan American Center, NMSU, 1810 East University Avenue, Las Cruces, NM
Agenda Items: Information Technology Projects Update and Developing Issues; Update on the ONGARD System Replacement Project; Arrowhead Center: Business Acceleration/Incubation, Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization; Next Generation Entrepreneurs: Critical Issues and Pathways to Business Creation; From "Eureka" to the Market – Commercialization of Inventions at NMSU. September 26, 2017 @ 9:00 a.m. Agenda Items: CenturyLink Cybersecurity and Connect America Fund Phase II; Moving New Mexico Toward 100% Clean Renewable Energy; Integrated Resources Planning – Transforming to a New Energy Balance for New Mexico

Taos, NM (Sept 28 - Oct 12):

Unique Events:

October 6 & 7: It's time for Wintervention Ski Swap 2017, Taos' annual Ski Swap at the KTAOS Solar Center on Friday October 6. Gear drop off between 9 am and 5 pm. There will be the Taos Winter Sports Team Peak Sale from 6 - 9 p.m. with FREE ADMISSION (Donation upon purchase of gear).

lakshmi reddi rsLakshmi N. Reddi is dean of the College of Engineering at
New Mexico State University. (NMSU photo by Victoria Palombit)
WRITER: Linda Fresques, 575-646-7416, lfresque@nmsu.edu

Lakshmi Reddi has always admired nature. Now, the dean of the New Mexico State University College of Engineering is trying to understand biological systems to engineer energy efficient methods for cooling and heating modern structures, with the help of a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Washington, D.C. (September 22, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after the International Trade Commission (ITC) determined that U.S. solar manufacturers are being harmed by imports:

"Today's decision by the ITC confirms that foreign solar manufacturers are being put above American jobs and producers. For years, foreign solar dumping of low cost panels and products has put U.S. manufacturers out of business, eliminating good-paying jobs and revenues in New Mexico and across the country. New Mexico has great potential to become a major hub in the U.S. for solar manufacturers and producers, however, pressure put on manufacturers by low-cost imports has forced many companies to go out of business.

White Sands Missile Range Notification
For information regarding closures you may call WSMR at 678-1178 or 678-2222 for updates.
Traffic updates are posted on the NMDOT traffic advisory web-site at http://nmroads.com and can be retrieved through our automated system at 511 in New Mexico or 1-800-432-4269 from any line.

octavio nayares ozonesonde rsNew Mexico State University environmental science undergraduate student Octavio Nayares holds an ozonesonde – an instrument attached to a weather balloon that records and sends data back to the ground. NMSU faculty and students are launching the weather balloons as part of a project with the El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. (Photo by Dave DuBois)WRITER: Kristie Garcia, 575-646-4211, kmgarcia@nmsu.edu

Students at New Mexico State University are getting hands-on experience launching weather balloons to test ozone levels in the area.

kids rsChildren listen to an expert explain learn how elk antlers grow.Jemez Springs, NM — Valles Caldera National Preserve is home to one of the largest elk herds in New Mexico. Each fall, the sound of elk bugling in the mountains marks the start of their mating season, known as the ‘rut.' To celebrate the upcoming elk rut and to learn about this fascinating creature, the National Park Service will host the 9th Annual Jemez Mountains Elk Festival on September 30 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the preserve.

This free, family-friendly festival will feature fun interactive activities and demonstrations. Wildlife experts also will be on hand to answer visitor questions about elk and other Jemez Mountains wildlife. Rangers will lead hikes and talks showcasing the preserve's history, geology, and biodiversity.

SANTA FE, NM – Today, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports that the state's death rate from falls among adults ages 65 and over declined more than 12 percent in 2016 from the 2015 rate, when New Mexico had the fourth-highest older adult falls rate in the nation. 2016 national data has not yet been released.

There were 317 older adult falls deaths statewide in 2016, compared to 347 deaths in 2015. More than 14 percent of New Mexicans are 65 years of age or older, and by 2030, New Mexico is expected to have the fourth highest population of residents 65 and over in the nation. That's why Governor Susana Martinez has proclaimed Friday, September 22 as Adult Falls Prevention Awareness Day in New Mexico.

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