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.

Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) has posted an alert for Sunday June 3, 2018:
Highway Supply (Contractor) will have multiple exit ramp partial closures for pavement striping in various locations in the Las Cruces area. Starting June 3, closures will begin on Picacho/Alameda Jct., moving to Picacho/Valley Dr. Jct., I-10 WB Motel Dr. off ramp, I-10 EB Motel Dr. off ramp and Sam Steel/Union Ave Jct. Closure are overnight 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. as to minimally impact traffic and is expected last till Sunday, June 17. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, use extreme caution, and be cautious of personnel and equipment in the area.
For updated information go to: New Mexico Department of Transportation at www.nmroads.com.

kaye rsCandace Kaye, a retired associate professor at New Mexico State University's College of Education and an affiliated graduate faculty member in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the College of Education, is the first person from the U.S. to receive the honorary doctorate from Mongolian National University of Education, and is the first foreigner to receive the Science Leader Award by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The award is the highest level of honor given by the ministry. (NMSU photo courtesy of Candace Kaye)WRITER: Adriana M. Chavez, 575-646-1957, adchavez@nmsu.edu

Candace Kaye, a retired associate professor in the New Mexico State University College of Education, recently received an honorary doctorate from the Mongolian National University of Education, along with a prestigious award from the Mongolian government's Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

Jemez Springs, NM — With Valles Caldera National Preserve and surrounding public land under Stage III fire restrictions, National Park Service (NPS) officials have decided to cancel the June 9th Fiesta en el Valle and reschedule the event for Saturday, September 8, 2018.
"Public safety is paramount," said Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos. "This event was anticipated to draw in a large crowd. In the event of a wildfire, it would have been difficult to evacuate everyone safely."

Saturday June 9, The Swing Dusters, The Swing Dusters play music from the American Swing Music songbook, cover tunes by classic performers like Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, Asleep at the Wheel, Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen and ... well you get the idea. With an emphasis on playing danceable music, Swing Dusters play music reminiscent of dance bands and honky tonk combos from America's bygone days. Saturday June 9, The Swing Dusters, 7-10pm, No Cover.

Weekly Events:

Every Monday, beginning June 11, The KTAOS Solar Center will once again be hosting the exciting music series entitled "Off the Cuff Live", music begins at 7pm. "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 6pm right after a new live radio show with Jimmy Stadler and the following week's "Off the Cuff" Guest Musicians, at 5pm. "Off the Cuff Live" is a free live show for all ages, from 7pm-8pm. Sponsored by Sabroso Restaurant and Bar.

  • 6/11- "Elton John & Billy Joel" featuring Jimmy Stadler & Alan Vetter
  • 6/18- "Janis Joplin" featuring Shannon & Southern Soul
  • 6/25- "Eric Clapton" featuring Brent Berry, Bob Andrews & Chris Morel

Every Tuesday from 7-9PM is Fiesta Tuesdays with Daniel Cordova on KTAO 101.9FM. It's also Fiesta Tuesdays in the Club! Food Specials from 6-9 and a Pool Table available for everyone all night!

Every Tuesday and Friday, KTAOS Solar Volleyball League, KTAOS Solar Volleyball League in your Community's Backyard!!! (Weather Permitting) Every Tuesday and Friday! Sponsored by PPC Solar. FREE- No Teams Necessary - Doors open at 3. Games Commence at 5PM.

Every Wednesday at 6PM, starting June 6, Art n' a Glass with a special guest teacher, sponsored by Taos Art Supply. Co-Produced by Jim Cox. Paint away those Hump Day blues at Art n' a Glass! You're the Artist! A night of painting in a social setting. No experience required! Learn the fundamentals of painting with local professional Special Guest Artist. Templates available. Take your painting home! Limited space available. $20 per event! Admission includes: Canvas, Paint, Brushes, and Extended Happy Hour Pricing! Hand Selected Special Wines Weekly!

  • 6/6- Ken of Crookedman Studio
  • 6/13- Ed Sandoval of Ed Sandoval Gallery
  • 6/20- Patricia Michaels of PM Waterlilly

Every Thursday, "The KTAOS Solar Center" is holding another weekly installment of their "Ladies' Night" featuring great music performed by Katy P and the Business 3.0! Ladies get into the show free of charge, and guys have a $5 cover. Show begins at 9pm, come dance the night away! Ages 21 and up only.

Friday's, KTAOS Solar Cinema! We will be showing a family movie on a giant 20ft screen with theatre quality audio! Bring blankets, pillows, and pajamas and get comfortable! This is a no-babysitter-needed kind of evening so bring the whole family! 6PM - Free - All Ages (with parent/guardian supervision) (Solar Cinema is sponsored by Wanda Lucero at StateFarm).

  • 6/08/18 - The Fantastic Mr Fox
  • 6/22/18 - Mary and the Witch's Flower

Every Sunday, Soular Yoga! Under the Sacred Taos Mountain, outside at the KTAOS Solar Center, Enjoy a variety of exquisite yoga offerings by a special guest yoga teacher from our local yoga studios! Indulge in the sweetness of practicing with your friends at the feet of our own sacred mountains. $15 per person - kids are welcome and FREE. Register now - space is limited.

  • 6/10/18 - Sonya Luz of Sonya Luz Yoga Instruction
  • 6/17/18 - Adi Luna of Adi Luna Art

KTAOS is located at 9 State Road 150 in El Prado, where the 150 and 68 freeways meet. For more information, please visit ktaos.com, become a fan at facebook.com/KTAOS101.9FM, or follow us at twitter.com/KTAOS.

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas is issuing an alert, as scammers target senior citizens in New Mexico.

As part of the scam, callers tell seniors they have won a sweepstakes or lottery. Those seniors are told to keep their lottery winnings confidential. The consumers receive checks in the mail, but those checks don't match the company that called. The scammers tell them to deposit the phony checks, and to make a phone call in which they are told to purchase a gift card or to send a check to cover fees.

"In cases like this, if it seems too good to be true, it often is," said Attorney General Hector Balderas. "These scam artists are going out of their way to attack our senior citizens. New Mexicans need to be on guard, as scammers will stop at nothing to get to your wallet."

The Attorney General urges all consumers NOT to cash the check they may receive based on a scam phone call, and NOT to release any personal or financial information to scammers. If a consumer doubts whether a call is legitimate, the caller can contact the Better Business Bureau or the Consumer and Family Advocacy Services Division of the Attorney General's Office.

Callers are also encouraged to contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to report the lottery scam. To report to FTC, consumers can file a complaint at ftc.gov/complaint and include "Lottery scam phone call" in the subject line of the complaint.

The Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas offers advocates to help consumers who encounter scams, faulty products and broken promises. The Attorney General advises those who need help to fill out a consumer complaint form on his website at www.nmag.gov or to call 717-3500 in Albuquerque or 490-4060 in Santa Fe and toll-free statewide 1-844-255-9210

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 1, 2018) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Navajo Nation Treaty of 1868:

"The Navajo Nation Treaty represents an unending promise from the United States to honor the sovereignty, self-governance, and ancestral homeland of the Navajo people. The 1868 treaty established the government to government relationship that exists between Indian tribes and the federal government; a unique political relationship that I fully respect and honor. It also stands as a living reminder of the incredible resistance and resilience of the Diné.

Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico Counties has awarded more than $282,000 to 13 grant recipients for wildfire protection plan updates, fuel reduction treatments, and education efforts through the 2018-2019 Wildfire Risk Reduction Program. Grant recipients include Ciudad Soil & Water Conservation District, Curry County, Forest Stewards Guild, Grant County, Jornada RC&D, Mountainair VFD, South Central Mountain RC&D, Taos Pueblo, Valencia County, and Wildfire Network.

Steve Kopelman, NM Counties Executive Director stated, "Due to the severe drought in New Mexico, wildfire reduction remains a top priority for public safety and the health of the state."

Students with Princeton SpaceShot Team Launch from Spaceport America

On Sunday, May 27 students with the SpaceShot project team of the Princeton Rocketry Club launched a two-stage, solid fuel rocket from Spaceport America, the world's first purpose-built commercial spaceport. The launch marks the 102nd flight from Spaceport America's vertical launch complex.

The launch took place at approximately 9:39 a.m. (MDT), which was within the dedicated launch window, and flight data indicates the rocket attained a maximum altitude of approximately 47,610 feet, falling short of the original mission objective of reaching suborbital space at the Karman Line (327,360 feet) due to a second stage ignition failure. The parachute recovery system successfully deployed, leading to a safe recovery.

SpaceShot team members, who are Princeton University students, and Spaceport America staff cheered as the rocket soared off the launch pad at the Vertical Launch Area. Viewers around the world were also joining in via Facebook Live on the Spaceport America channel with over four thousand views.

"Even though we fell short of the Karman Line we had an incredible opportunity to work as a team, learning hands-on over the course of the year, and launch at Spaceport America."

- Saad Mirza, Princeton student and Project Manager

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