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.

crimson research rsIsaac Lucero, right, a scenario-based training actor with MoBu Creative, plays the part of a college student contemplating suicide while the responding officer, James Watts of the Alamogordo Police Department, speaks with him to de-escalate any immediate danger and to try to connect him to mental health services. Crimson Research, housed in New Mexico State University's College of Health and Social Services, has received a grant from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation to continue work in increasing mental health training among public safety personnel in Otero County. (NMSU photo courtesy of Michele Banner)WRITER: Adriana M. Chavez, 575-646-1957, adchavez@nmsu.edu

Crimson Research, a center housed in New Mexico State University's College of Health and Social Services, has received a grant from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation to continue work connecting professional staff in Otero County to different types of mental health training.

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, a bill to withdraw the lands around Chaco Canyon from further development by the federal government. The bill would ensure the protection of Chaco ruins and the greater landscape surrounding the Chaco Culture National Historical Park by preventing any future leasing or development of minerals owned by the U.S. government that are located within a protected radius around Chaco.
"The greater Chaco region is a New Mexico treasure. Many Tribes and Pueblos in Northern New Mexico can trace their ancestry and culture to Chaco, and consider these sites sacred," Udall said. "But even as archeologists are making exciting new discoveries about this region, Chaco is being threatened by expanding energy development. I am proud of my work with New Mexico's Pueblos and the Navajo Nation to craft this bill to protect this sacred, archaeological wonder. This legislation reflects hundreds of public comments, and honors New Mexico's history and culture, recognizing that some places are just too special to lose."

Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico State Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today the winners of the 2018 New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase which took place May 19, 2018 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. The following winners were announced in ten (10) categories.

Comedy Category: Dog Bachelor - Jamie Merideth, Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe, NM – Today, Governor Martinez announced sixty-three Opportunity Zone designations in New Mexico. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created Opportunity Zones to spur investment in distressed communities throughout the country. New investments in Opportunity Zones can receive preferential tax treatment. New Mexico's Opportunity Zones are located in rural, tribal and urban communities in 22 counties.
"I'm excited about the opportunities for investment and economic growth in New Mexico's Opportunity Zones," said Governor Susana Martinez. "In combination with our robust economic development tools and business-friendly reforms, Opportunity Zones can boost economic growth and job creation in New Mexico."

aprendamos check rsNew Mexico State University's Communication Disorders Program received a contribution of $10,000 from the Aprendamos Intervention Team and Direct Therapies Center. The money will go toward purchasing programs that will further enhance the skills of the students within the program. (NMSU photo by Melissa Rutter)WRITER: Melissa R. Rutter, 575-646-4211, mrrutter@nmsu.edu

New Mexico State University College of Education's Communication Disorders Program received a contribution of $10,000 from the Aprendamos Intervention Team and Direct Therapies Center. A check presentation was held May 1 outside of the Communication Science building.

julian martinez rsJulian MartinezSanta Fe, NM - 
CANCELLED: Please cancel the Amber Alert from the Santa Fe Police Department for Julian Martinez. He and his mother, Michelle Martinez, were located by police and are unharmed. For any questions, please contact the Santa Fe Police Department.

Santa Fe, NM – The following is information for the distribution of an Amber Alert from the Santa Fe Police Department. For any questions, please contact the Santa Fe Police Department.

Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) along with White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) has posted an alert for Monday May 21, 2018 for US 70 at and will last approximately one hour.
The roadblock is scheduled to be blocked at 3:25 am for approximately 1 hour and should be lifted at 4:25 am. This block will be located at Red Block (top of ST. Augustin Pass) and Yellow Block (White Sands National Monument). LC Gate, Owen Road and Nike Ave will also be affected.
All roadblocks are subject to change without notice, please call 575-678-1178 for updates go to New Mexico Department of Transportation: www.nmroads.com.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a bipartisan group of 30 U.S. Senators in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to increase the funding cap for a program aimed at improving the quality of health care available to patients in rural areas.

In a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the Senators highlight the need to strengthen the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program to address the shortage of broadband connectivity for rural health care providers. The program has been improving the quality of health care available in rural America since 1997, but has never seen a funding increase despite increased demand. In New Mexico, more than 30 health care providers receive funding through the RHC program. Without this funding, many providers could not afford the broadband needed to support their network requirements and address the health care needs of their patients. This is especially important in rural Tribal communities, where behavioral health services and suicide prevention efforts are underway using telehealth.

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