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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. (Sept. 18, 2018) - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced the introduction of S. 3449, the Electric Cars Act of 2018, legislation to extend the electric vehicle tax credit for 10 years.

"At a time when electric cars are making advances in scale of production and becoming more competitive in the marketplace, we need to continue encouraging the progress we've seen--not take our foot off the pedal," said Heinrich. "This bill is pro-growth tax policy that will keep us moving our transportation sector forward. We need to remember that making our cars cleaner, and modernizing our energy use overall, isn't just about creating new jobs, or harnessing our innovative clean energy potential. It is about meeting our moral imperative to reduce carbon pollution and mitigate the devastating and costly consequences of climate change."

USDA Releases Standard Indicators and Laboratory Procedures to Assess Soil Health for Public Comment
Indicators will provide consistency in evaluating soil health across the nation.

September 18, 2018, WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is releasing a set of standard indicators and associated laboratory procedures to assess soil health. These measures – recommended through a multi-organizational collaboration among soil health experts in the federal, university, public and private sectors – are being developed to improve conservation planning and implementation across the United States.
The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has posted a draft Technical Note detailing these soil health indicators and associated laboratory methods in the Federal Register for public review and comment. NRCS is accepting comments on this Technical Note through December 13, 2018.

Department of Health Recommends Influenza Vaccination for Everyone 6 Months and Older

SANTA FE, NM – Today, the New Mexico Department of Health announced the first laboratory confirmed cases of flu of the 2018-2019 season. All three persons, ages 8, 11 and 13 years of age, live in Quay County and reported no recent out of state travel.

“We encourage New Mexicans to get their seasonal flu vaccination – the sooner the better,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Lynn Gallagher. “The exact timing and duration of flu season changes year-to-year, but flu activity often begins to heighten in October.

Colfax County, NM - On September 17, 2018 at around 10:00 a.m. the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on Interstate 25 at about mile post 419 near Springer.

The initial investigation indicates a 2014 Ford Fusion was traveling north on Interstate 25, for reasons that are still under investigation, the Ford lost control and rolled several times.

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined the Senate in voting 99-1 to pass bipartisan legislation aimed at combating the opioid epidemic that continues to have a devastating effect on communities across New Mexico and the United States. The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 includes a number of critical provisions to help New Mexico battle the opioid crisis, including important changes to Medicare and Medicaid that will help more people receive treatment, grant programs to aid prevention efforts, and important changes that will help providers treat more patients. Negotiations are underway to reconcile this bill with legislation already passed by the House of Representatives so that both chambers can pass a final bill to send to the president soon.

Udall and Heinrich fought to include important priorities for New Mexico and Indian Country in the package, including a provision to ensure Tribal eligibility for state grants, carving out $50 million in funding specifically for Tribes to curb the opioid crisis in Native communities. They also championed measures to establish comprehensive recovery centers that will be encouraged to use the Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) model, which was developed in New Mexico. Project ECHO links primary care physicians with specialists to provide coordinated care and improve outcomes for patients, particularly those in rural or remote areas of country who have limited access specialty care services.

As part of New Mexico State University's commitment to fostering healthy relationships with regional economic development groups and technology leaders, university representatives will attend the Border Tech Expo in Juárez next week. The expo is sponsored by the Chihuahua Secretary of Innovation and Economic Development.

The expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 20 and 21 at the Cuatro Siglos Convention Center in Juárez. Among those attending the expo will be representatives from NMSU's Engineering and Arts & Sciences colleges, Arrowhead Center, and International and Border Programs. Mark Gladden, development officer for the NMSU College of Engineering, will give a keynote address at the event, "Distributed Innovation: Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, and ICO Funding."

FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 17, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA is investing $392 million (PDF, 238 KB) to help rebuild and improve rural water and wastewater infrastructure in 42 states.

"Put simply, modern and reliable water infrastructure is foundational to quality of life and economic development," Hazlett said. "USDA's partnerships with rural communities underscore Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue's commitment to rural people and the places they call home."

USDA is supporting investments in 120 infrastructure projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. It can be used to finance drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents. In many cases, states, other federal partners and nonprofits are working with USDA to also provide funding for these projects.

20180917 dan arvizuNew Mexico State University Chancellor Dan Arvizu has been named a venture partner of RIDGE-LANE Limited Partners, a strategic advisory and venture development firm founded by financier R. Brad Lane and former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge. (NMSU photo by Andres Leighton) New Mexico State University Chancellor Dan Arvizu has been named a venture partner of RIDGE-LANE Limited Partners, a strategic advisory and venture development firm founded by financier R. Brad Lane and former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge.

RIDGE-LANE is an innovation ecosystem grand challenges in education, sustainability and information technology with a team of general partners, operating partners and senior advisers who have served at the highest levels of business, finance, government and the military.

"Dan Arvizu is a champion of sustainability whose expertise in advanced energy research and development, materials and process sciences, and technology commercialization makes him particularly well-suited to help us identify and scale the next generation of innovative companies," said R. Brad Lane, co-founder and chief executive officer of RIDGE-LANE Limited Partners. "We're excited to have him join our team, working at the intersection of science, technology and capital markets, with a mission to make the world a better place."

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