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.

Las Cruces, New Mexico – The New Mexico Department of Agriculture has scheduled rule hearings in order to receive public input on the newly-developed rule regarding the pecan weevil interior quarantine.

The Pecan Weevil Interior Quarantine Rule (Rule 21.17.36 NMAC) establishes quarantine areas, restrictions and treatment options on regulated articles, disposition protocol and fees.

The hearings will be held as follows:

  • 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10 at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, located at 3190 S. Espina, in Las Cruces on the corner of Espina and Gregg
  • 2:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13 at the Agnes Kastner Community Center, located at 200 E. Park St. in Hobbs
  • 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 at the Artesia Public Schools Administrative Office, located at 301 Bulldog Blvd. in Artesia

Parents encouraged to vaccinate their children early before classes resume

SANTA FE, NM –The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is hosting Back-to-School Immunization Clinics at its public health offices statewide to assist parents in getting their children immunized before the start of the 2018-2019 school year. NMDOH will provide recommended vaccines at no cost to children up to age 18. Parents should bring a copy of their child's shot record and their insurance card, including Medicaid with them.

The special clinics are part of the Got Shots? immunization campaign. The New Mexico Department of Health, the New Mexico Immunization Coalition, the New Mexico Primary Care Association, and healthcare providers from across the state are partnering again to host immunization clinics, for children, from July 29 through August 12.


July 19, 2018 Vol 17 Issue 7

Precipitation and Temperature: Precipitation in June ranged from record driest to much-above average (Fig. 1a); the wetter-than-average areas were those impacted by the remnants of Hurricane Bud in mid-June. June is typically dry, barring an early onset of monsoon activity, so any pre-monsoon precipitation will boost percentile rankings. June temperatures were warmer than average across all of Arizona and New Mexico (Fig. 1b), including record-warm conditions in eastern Arizona and central New Mexico. Notably, unlike recent years, no extreme heat waves affected the region in June, although sustained warmer-than-average temperatures did occur throughout the month and into July (Fig. 2). Year-to-date precipitation and temperature reveal average to record-driest precipitation and much-above-average to record-warmest temperatures (Fig. 3a-b).

Projects in 35 States Including Two in New Mexico Will Improve Quality of Life and Build a Foundation for Rural Prosperity

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $267 million in 103 infrastructure projects  to upgrade water and wastewater systems in rural communities.

"Robust, modern infrastructure is foundational for quality of life and economic opportunity – no matter what zip code you live in," Hazlett said. "Under Secretary Perdue's leadership, USDA is committed to being a strong partner in addressing rural infrastructure needs to support a more prosperous future in rural communities." 

Kingston: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) has posted an alert for Thursday July 19, 2018:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will have crews on the roadway on July 19th for a maintenance operation project to perform chip seal on NM 152 (Black Range). During this time NM 152 will be CLOSED at milepost 21 (approximately 5 miles east of San Lorenzo) and milepost 39 (Kingston) from 8:00 am until 7:00 pm, reopening nightly. Traffic is expected to detour daily during these times. As always, emergency personal responding in the area can call District Staff for access.

In all construction zones, motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and use extreme caution, as well as continue to be cautious of heavy equipment and construction personnel in the area. For updated information go to: New Mexico Department of Transportation at www.nmroads.com.


Ami Evans, Public Information Officer for the New Mexico Department of Transportation District One at (575) 640-5981 (office) or ami.evans@state.nm.us.

Washington, DC (July 18, 2018) Congressman Pearce releases a statement regarding the refund veterans can receive who have been wrongly taxed.

More than 133,000 veterans had portions of their disability severance pay improperly held for taxes. Congress passed the Combat Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act in 2016 requiring the Department of Defense (DOD) to fix this injustice. Veterans who were wrongly taxed will receive a letter from the DOD informing them that they qualify for a refund, along with instructions on how to claim the refund. Veterans have one year from the date they receive this letter to claim their refund.

LEDOUX, NM – Today, the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, State Parks Division advised that Morphy Lake State Park will remain closed for the upcoming dam renovation project being undertaken by the Acequias de San Jose y La Isla. The State Park was initially closed in accordance with the closure of the Santa Fe National Forest, which reopened on July 9.

The dam renovation project is scheduled for completion next spring. The dam at the lake was originally constructed in the 1890s to increase the lake's volume for irrigation purposes. The State Parks Division, through an agreement with the State Game Commission, manages the land surrounding the lake for public recreation.

Washington, D.C. (July 18, 2018)– Today U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce (R-NM) and Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) introduced a bipartisan bill to empower the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and ensure the law enforcement community has the tools and abilities needed to prevent terrorism and illicit finance.

The FinCEN Improvement Act (H.R. 6411) would update the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) authorizing statute to recognize tribal law enforcement agencies, prioritize protection against all types of terrorism, and ensure a focus on emerging methods of terrorism and illicit finance, including cryptocurrencies. As written, the duties and powers of FinCEN are specific to "international terrorism" and leave out tribal law enforcement and do not address emerging technologies.

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