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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. – Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham voted today to pass the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes provisions that are important to the large national laboratory and military presence in New Mexico.

The defense policy bill includes critical funding for military bases and national laboratories, including 2.4-percent pay increases for service members. The bill also prohibits the Department of Defense from conducting an additional round of BRAC next year, which means there will be no consideration of military base closures.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 14, 2017) — Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) participated in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to consider the nominations of Anthony Kurta to be Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, James McPherson to be General Counsel of the Department of the Army, and Gregory Maggs to be a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

VIDEO: Heinrich Questions Army Nominee On Domestic Violence Loophole

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a bipartisan group of senators in urging a U.S. Senate Appropriations subcommittee to protect New Mexicans' constitutional due process rights by defunding the practice of seizing – without a hearing – property that law enforcement believes is connected to a crime. The practice, known as civil asset forfeiture, violates due process protections outlined in the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the lawmakers wrote to the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies.

The state of New Mexico abolished civil asset forfeiture in 2015. The same year, the federal government moved to restrict the practice. But U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed course in July. Sessions' order empowers federal law enforcement to "adopt" civil asset forfeiture cases, allowing state and local law enforcement agencies to circumvent the law in New Mexico and other states.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 14, 2017) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement welcoming the Los Lunas Facebook data center representing more than a $1 billion total investment in New Mexico:

"I'm excited to welcome Facebook's continued investment in New Mexico and am proud to have helped secure this new partnership in our state's future. The latest expansion of the Los Lunas Facebook data center will strengthen our economy and invests in New Mexico's growing clean energy industry."

Washington, D.C. (November 14, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018:

"The NDAA is by far one of the most important pieces of legislation that comes before Congress each year. It authorizes crucial training, equipment, and resources our nation's military relies upon to complete its mission. This year's bill places a special focus on modernizing our military forces so our nation is ready to take on tomorrow's threats.

Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) along with White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) has posted two (2) alerts for Thursday November 16, 2017 for US 70 at and will last approximately two hours.

The roadblock is scheduled to be blocked at 7:50 am for approximately 1 hour and should be lifted at 8:50 am. And again at 9:10 am for approximately 1 hour and should be lifted at 10:10 am. These blocks will be located at Red Block (top of ST. Augustin Pass) mile marker 164 and Yellow Block (White Sands National Monument) Mile marker 200. Las Cruces Gate, Nke Ave., and Owen Road will also be affected.

All roadblocks are subject to change without notice, please call 575-678-1178 for updates go to Facebook: www.facebook.com/WSMRPublicAffairs; Twitter: https://twitter.com/wsmrpao or New Mexico Department of Transportation: www.nmroads.com.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 14, 2017) — U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned key officials today during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on the hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The hearing included testimony from Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares, U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp, representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority, and Puerto Rico Energy Commission.

VIDEO: Heinrich Questions Officials On Hurricane Recovery Efforts In Puerto Rico And U.S. Virgin Islands

Silver City, NM — "America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Land Passes are a suite of annual and lifetime passes that provides U.S. citizens and visitors an affordable and convenient way to access Federal recreational lands." The passes are valid at more than 2,000 Federal recreation sites where Entrance or Standard Amenity Fees are charged.

There are several different kinds of passes – the Annual Pass which costs $80/year; the Lifetime Senior Pass $80 (proof of age needed) and valid for the lifetime of the pass holder; the Annual Senior Pass (proof of age needed) $20/year; and the Access Pass (with documentation of permanent disability). In addition; if you have a 4th grade student in your home (whether they go to private, public, charter, or an alternative education system) they are eligible for a free 4th Grade Pass. Your student must be present to get the pass.

All of these passes are available for purchase at any of the six ranger districts of the Gila National Forest. Our office hours are Monday – Friday except for federal holidays.

For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/gila

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