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.

Dona Ana, NM - On November 15, 2018 at about 11:00 p.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a three vehicle fatal crash near mile post 156 on Interstate 10 by Vado, New Mexico.

The initial investigation indicated a 2005 Dodge pickup, driven by Ruben Rojas (63) of Mesquite, NM was traveling eastbound on Interstate 10. For unknown reasons, Rojas drove onto the shoulder and crashed into the rear end of a parked 2017 Ford, pushing it into an unoccupied 2006 Nissan which was also parked on the shoulder. The vehicles were on the shoulder parked waiting for a Tow Truck.

Michelle Cuaron (57) of El Paso, Texas who was in the Ford was transported to Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus in El Paso, Texas where she was pronounced deceased by doctors. Other occupants in the Ford were transported to the University Medical Center in El Paso, Texas with unknown injuries.

Faculty, staff and students from across the New Mexico State University system gathered on the main campus Thursday afternoon to celebrate the inauguration of Chancellor Dan Arvizu and President John Floros, who both encouraged others to, “Be bold. Shape the future.”

nmsu inauguration florosJohn Floros, president of New Mexico State University, delivers a speech at Thursday’s inauguration ceremony. Floros was inaugurated as the university’s 28th president during the ceremony, which took place at the Corbett Center Student Union. (NMSU photo by Elijah Banegas)Thursday’s inauguration was emceed by Channel 7-KVIA anchor Hilary Floren and attended by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima, Alamogordo Mayor Richard Boss, members of the NMSU Board of Regents, retired New Mexico state representative and teacher J. Paul Taylor, and former chair of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission Joshua Epel, who delivered the keynote speech. The ceremony also featured a blessing by members of the Tortugas Pueblo tribal group and performances by the NMSU Sol y Arena flamenco dance group, the NMSU Wind Symphony and the NMSU Chamber Singers.

Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration held a public meeting to discuss the use of livestock and poultry cell lines to develop cell-cultured food products. At this meeting, stakeholders shared valuable perspectives on the regulation needed to both foster these innovative food products and maintain the highest standards of public health. The public comment period will be extended and will remain open through December 26, 2018.

After several thoughtful discussions between our two Agencies that incorporated this stakeholder feedback, we have concluded that both the USDA and the FDA should jointly oversee the production of cell-cultured food products derived from livestock and poultry. Drawing on the expertise of both USDA and FDA, the Agencies are today announcing agreement on a joint regulatory framework wherein FDA oversees cell collection, cell banks, and cell growth and differentiation. A transition from FDA to USDA oversight will occur during the cell harvest stage. USDA will then oversee the production and labeling of food products derived from the cells of livestock and poultry. And, the Agencies are actively refining the technical details of the framework, including robust collaboration and information sharing between the agencies to allow each to carry out our respective roles. 

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. 

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 here and can be retrieved through our automated system at 511 in New Mexico or 1-800-432-4269 from any line.


I-25, Mile Marker 154 to 157.839, Lemitar 

Mountain States Constructors, Inc. (Contractor) is continuing with bridge replacement and roadway reconstruction on Interstate 25 in Socorro Co. Traffic will be rerouted onto both northbound and southbound lanes for the finalization of this project. A 12’ width restriction will be in effect throughout the project. Construction will be Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Construction is expected to be completed by winter 2018. 

The FBI is releasing photos of a getaway vehicle used in an August bank robbery in Albuquerque in the hopes somebody will come forward with information to help solve this crime.

The suspect is believed to have fled in a gray Chevrolet SUV with a yellow New Mexico license tag.

A man wearing a red baseball cap and red shirt robbed U.S. Bank, 2015 Eubank Blvd. NE., at approximately 4:49 p.m. on August 15, 2018.

The suspect was described as a white male in his mid-20s, approximately 5'7" to 5'8" tall, with a thin build. 

He wore a red baseball cap turned backwards, sunglasses, a long-sleeve red shirt, dark pants, and dark shoes. 

Photos of the suspect and vehicle are attached. 

Taos, NM (November 22 - December 6):

Unique Events:

Friday, December 7, Ryan Montbleau (Solo), Ryan Michael Montbleau is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He annually tours across the U.S. with the Ryan Montbleau Band. All Ages, Doors at 6 p.m., Music at 7 p.m. General Admission $10.     

Weekly Events:

Every Monday, The KTAOS Solar Center will once again be hosting the exciting music series entitled “Off the Cuff Live”, music begins at 7 p.m. sharp. $5 Cover. Be Early! This is a live recording, doors close at 7 p.m. “Off the Cuff Live” features local artists performing music from different chart-topping musicians. The show is recorded live, to be re-broadcast on KTAOS Solar 101.9 FM the following Sunday at 6 p.m. right after a new live radio show with Jimmy Stadler and the following week’s “Off the Cuff”  Guest Musicians, at 5 p.m. “Off the Cuff Live” is an all ages show, from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Sponsored by Dr. Kellie Harris of Northern New Mexico Center for Cosmetic Dentistry "Start Smiling!" and Bull O' The Woods Saloon, Red River, New Mexico.

While many areas of the country are seeing a slow down or leveling off in home sales, New Mexico’s housing market continues to set records.

“2,921 sales were reported to the New Mexico Association of REALTORS (NMAR) for the month of October, 2018,” according to Connie Hettinga, NMAR President. “In previous years, October sales numbers generally show a slow-down from those reported in September, however October 2018’s numbers are over 200 sales higher than those reported in September 2018.”

October’s numbers bring the 2018 year-to-date total sales to 26,982 – over 4,500 sales more than those reported for all of 2017.

Steven Anaya, NMAR CEO, reports “Median prices have leveled off. The October median of $200,554 is only $1500 higher than the September 2018 median while the year-to-date median has been $200,000 for five consecutive months.” Median price indicates that half the properties sold for a higher price and half sold for a lower price.

The following is a summary of Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project (Project) activities in the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Area (MWEPA) in Arizona, including the Fort Apache Indian Reservation (FAIR), San Carlos Apache Reservation (SCAR), and New Mexico. Additional Project information can be obtained by calling (928) 339-4329 or toll free at (888) 459-9653, or by visiting the Arizona Game and Fish Department website at here or by visiting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website at here. For information on the FAIR call (928) 338-4385 ext. 226 or visit here.

Past updates may be viewed on these websites. Interested parties may sign up to receive this update electronically by visiting here and clicking on the E-news Signup tab on the top left corner of the webpage.

This update is a public document and information in it can be used for any purpose. The Project is a multi-agency cooperative effort among the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD), USDA Forest Service (USFS), USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services (USDA-APHIS WS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the White Mountain Apache Tribe (WMAT).

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