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.

Calls for drawings, paintings, poetry and short essays from New Mexico students Grades K-12

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Oct. 9, 2019) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) today announced the Youth Climate Change Challenge. He is inviting New Mexico students from grades K-12 to submit drawings, paintings, poetry, and short essays about what the climate crisis means for them. Senator Heinrich will visit the classrooms of the first-place winners. 

“When I meet with students in New Mexico calling for climate action, I am always impressed with their depth of knowledge on climate science, their observations of how climate change is already impacting their daily lives, and their eagerness for action at both the local and global level. I want to elevate the voices of these young New Mexicans who are calling on all of us to literally save their future,” said Heinrich. “That’s why I am launching the Youth Climate Change Challenge. I’m inviting students to submit their ideas and share their stories about what the climate crisis means for them. This is an opportunity for youth to use their creativity to drive home the importance of this problem. I look forward to visiting the classroom of the first-place winners and engaging in a dialogue about what we need to do to confront climate change.” 

PORTALES, NM (10/09/2019) ENMU Chamber Singers Embark on Annual Fall Performance Tour

The Eastern New Mexico University Chamber Singers will embark on their annual fall performance tour on Sunday, Nov. 10, with a kick-off concert in Roswell, New Mexico at First Presbyterian Church at 4 p.m.

This concert is very special for the Chamber Singers because it is their first public performance in Roswell in a number of years, and because it includes a collaboration with Mr. Bryan Hunley and the Cyettes and Roadrunners-the advanced choral ensemble of Roswell High School. The performance is free and open to the public. ENMU Choir CDs and donations are graciously accepted during a meet-and-greet reception following the performance. "We are deeply indebted to Mr. Ralph Kaler and the First Presbyterian Church staff for hosting this event," says Dr. Jason Paulk, director of Choral Activities and professor of music.

Columbus, NM – The Friends of Pancho Villa State Park will host the 14th Annual Pancho’s Car Show at Pancho Villa State Park from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 19, 2019 with vintage to late model show cars, motorcycles and choppers. Enjoy music, food and drink, access to the park’s Exhibit Hall and some of the best show cars and motorcycles in the southwest.

Trophies will be awarded in 15 categories including: Best Chevy, Best Ford, Best Mopar, Best Camaro, Best Mustang, Best 4x4, Best Truck, Best Street Rod, Best Rat Rod, Best Original, Best Import, Best Antique, Best “Work in Progress”, Best Motorcycle, and Best Volkswagen. A $100 cash prize and a trophy will be awarded to the “Best of Show” vehicle.

Those interested in registering a show vehicle should call the park at 575-531-2711.

E.A. Sween Company has announced the recall of multiple food products due to possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. 

The recall was initiated by Tip Top Poultry, Inc., which provides ingredients to two of E.A. Sween’s suppliers: The Suter Company, Inc., and Baja Foods LLC, which provide chicken salad products and burritos, respectively, to E.A. Sween. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not received any reports of Listeria-related illnesses related to these products. 

Listeria is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and those with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. 

New Mexicans have a special opportunity for the next two weekends to obtain driver’s licenses and IDs and conduct any other MVD business as part of the state’s Standard License rollout. 

The Motor Vehicle Division will have special Saturday office hours at the following eight offices from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. this Saturday, October 12, and again on Saturday October 19. 

  • Albuquerque Montgomery Plaza office, 4575 San Mateo NE, Suite G190
  • Albuquerque Eagle Vista office, 9651 Eagle Ranch Road NW
  • Albuquerque Rio Bravo office, 3211 Coors Boulevard SW, Suites D10 and 11 
  • Las Cruces Main Street office, 505 S. Main Street, Suite 357
  • Las Cruces Del Rey office, 3291 Del Rey Boulevard, Suite 10
  • Santa Fe office, 2546 Camino Entrada
  • Gallup office, 1710 East Aztec Avenue
  • Hobbs municipal MVD office, 4800 Jack Gomez Boulevard 

Tom Hanks returns to state as co-producer and actor

SANTA FE, N.M. - "News of the World," a post-Civil War adventure saga produced by Universal Pictures, has begun principal photography in and around Santa Fe, State Film Office Director Todd Christensen announced today.

The production will continue in the state through November and employ more than 200 New Mexico crew members and 25 New Mexico actors.

“Our state film industry continues to draw sizable A-list productions, and that’s incredibly good news for our economy and workers,” said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. “I look forward to its sustainable expansion and more productions taking root in all parts of the state.” 

”I welcome Tom Hanks back to New Mexico to produce and star in this post Civil-War adventure story,” said Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes of the Economic Development Department. “It’s reassuring to know that leaders in the film industry are returning New Mexico to benefit from our highly trained crews, unique locations, and competitive business incentives.”

Investments will Benefit Nearly 231,000 Residents and Businesses

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that USDA is investing $251 million (PDF, 120 KB) to upgrade rural electric systems in 13 states. The funding includes $38.2 million to finance smart grid technologies that improve system operations and monitor grid security.

“Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA continues to be a strong, effective partner to rural communities in building, expanding and modernizing electric infrastructure,” LaVoy said. “These investments in essential electric grid upgrades help to improve the quality of life in rural communities, create rural jobs and strengthen America’s economy.”

WASHINGTON ­– As directed by Congress, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will adjust the fee it charges to process oil and gas drilling permits on public and Indian lands for inflation, effective October 1, 2019. That adjustment will increase the fee by $180, to $10,230.

The non-refundable processing fee is collected when an oil and gas operator submits a drilling permit (called an Application for Permit to Drill or APD), and is required whether or not a particular permit is subsequently approved. Congress established the fee and directed the BLM to adjust the APD fee annually for inflation over 10 years as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015. 

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