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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.

Vote comes one day after senators penned letter urging Alden Capital to drop takeover bid

Senators warn Alden they’re still watching; several New Mexico newspapers were at risk

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), along with 18 other Senate Democrats, in applauding news that Gannett shareholders voted to reject a hostile takeover by a hedge fund that could have gutted local papers in New Mexico and across the country. The vote comes one day after the senators penned a letter to Alden Global Capital LLC, urging the hedge fund to drop its bid. Alden Global Capital has a history of buying local papers only to then turn around and dismantle them by firing reporters and selling company assets. So while yesterday’s vote is good news for Gannett and the people who depend on the 145 papers it publishes across the country, including several New Mexico papers, the senators noted that this is not the first time Alden’s predatory tactics have threatened the free press and it isn’t likely to be the last. They vowed to continue watching Alden closely. 

(Washington, D.C., May 17, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the United States and Japan have agreed on new terms and conditions that eliminate Japan’s longstanding restrictions on U.S. beef exports, paving the way for expanded sales to the United States’ top global beef market. Last week, on the margins of the G-20 Agriculture Ministerial Meeting in Niigata, Japan, Secretary Perdue met with Japanese government officials and affirmed the importance of science-based trade rules. The new terms, which take effect immediately, allow U.S. products from all cattle, regardless of age, to enter Japan for the first time since 2003. 

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EMNRD-FORESTRY DIVISION


Incident Name: Patterson Fire

Start Date & Time: May 16, 2019 - 1854

Start Location: Chaves County

Cause of Fire: Lightning

Area Vegetation: Grass and brush

Estimated Acres Burned: 500-600 acres

Fire Information

EMNRD-FORESTRY DIVISION


Incident Name: Patterson Fire

Start Date & Time: May 16, 2019 - 1854

Start Location: Chaves County

Bill includes measures to protect the integrity of the election process, including from Russian threats

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) voted to advance the Damon Paul Nelson and Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2018, 2019, and 2020. This legislation, which unanimously passed the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, authorizes funding for key intelligence priorities, including programs to address threats emanating from Russia, North Korea, China, and Iran, and enhances congressional oversight of the U.S. Intelligence Community.

Senator Heinrich authored a provision requiring the Intelligence Community to provide a report to Congress, the public, and Executive Branch agencies assessing foreign election interference following each U.S. election. This provision would codify into law and strengthen current provisions in Executive Order 13848 on foreign election interference, which the administration issued in September 2018.

Los Lunas, NM – On May 1, 2019, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted to investigate a police shooting involving the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office.

State Police agents learned that on May 1, 2019 at about 12:07 a.m. the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO) was called to a residence in Los Lunas for a report of a stolen firearm.  Deputies were told by the victim that the suspect, Isaac Pineda (37) of Los Lunas had stolen the victim’s firearm.  The victim also said that the suspect threatened to harm the suspect's own family with the firearm.

Would reverse the tide of habitat destruction and help protect native fish, wildlife, and plant species from decline

Legislation follows sweeping new UN report warning that one million plant and animal species are facing extinction because of human activity 

WASHINGTON – Today, ahead of Endangered Species Day on May 17, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Don Beyer (D-Va.) introduced the bipartisan Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019 to begin reversing the tide of habitat loss and fragmentation for America’s fish, wildlife, and plant species – a major factor in species decline and extinction. The legislation would give authority to key federal agencies to designate National Wildlife Corridors on federal lands in order to create a comprehensive corridor network that would boost biodiversity, protect ecosystems, and help safeguard America’s most iconic species from a mass extinction crisis.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 15, 2019) – Today, the co-founders of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), introduced the bipartisan Armed Forces Digital Advantage Act, which would modernize the Department of Defense (DoD) workforce by adding a recruitment focus and establishing military career tracks for digital engineering. 

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