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.

Santa Fe, NM – The Rio Grande Trail Commission will be hosting a second Virtual Open House, an online public engagement event, for the Rio Grande Trail Master Plan beginning September 12 - October 5, 2018.
The Virtual Open House will serve as the second major public outreach event of the Rio Grande Trail Master Plan effort.

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) today elected a new slate of officers for the coming year. New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte will serve as NASDA's 2018-19 President and will host the 2019 NASDA Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 8-12.

"We have an incredibly busy agenda for 2019 which will be full of opportunities to underscore the importance of our work in public service to advancing the success of our farmers and ranchers," said newly elected NASDA President and New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte. "As Congress presses forward on an on-time Farm Bill, NASDA Members will continue to engage the Administration on swift implementation of the new opportunities the Bill will create for producers. NASDA will also be leaning forward to be a more nimble and responsive organization to stay relevant in the ever-changing world of agriculture and food. We cannot stand still."

ALBUQUERQUE—Steve Pearce, candidate for Governor, issued the following statement today following reports that New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver intends a last minute switch to straight party voting for this November’s election.

“I applaud the New Mexico Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to protect our electoral process from the corrupt attempt by the Secretary of State to rig this November’s election in her party’s favor. Thanks to New Mexicans from all viewpoints and political parties who spoke out against corruption. Today’s unanimous Supreme Court decision is a victory for the rule of law.”

Alamogordo, NM – New Mexico State Auditor Wayne Johnson this week warned Alamogordo city leaders about potential violations of the Local Economic Development Act and other missteps as they built an entertainment venue.

Johnson says his office received more than a dozen complaints about the project, and initiated a special investigation.

“There appears to have been lots of confusion over the years as this project staggered along,” says Johnson. “Unfortunately, such chaos creates an environment that is ripe for waste or abuse. Economic development funds are valuable dollars that we should use to create jobs and stimulate our local economies. It’s a shame when a faulty process causes those dollars to be wasted and not used properly.”

SANTA FE — The Legislative Health and Human Services Committee (LHHS) will hold its fifth meeting of the 2018 interim on Wednesday, September 26, through Friday, September 28, 2018, beginning at 9:00 a.m. each day. Wednesday’s hearing will take place at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, Room 152, 3501 Arrowhead Dr, Las Cruces, NM 88001. Hearings on Thursday and Friday will take place at New Mexico State University, Fulton Center, 1815 Wells St., Las Cruces, NM 88001

At this meeting, the committee members will hear testimony regarding various healthcare insurance issues, including: access issues, market stability, federal trends, state authority and surprise billing practices. The committee will also hear presentations regarding Medicaid buy-in, health data interoperability, behavioral health and dental health.

ALBUQUERQUE – In a unanimous ruling (5-0) today, the New Mexico Supreme Court voted to prohibit Secretary of State Maggie Tolouse Oliver from moving forward with the Democrats’ corrupt attempt to rig elections by implementing straight ticket voting. The Supreme Court issued its decision in response to an emergency petition for Writ of Mandamus filed by the Republican Party of New Mexico, Unite New Mexico, the Libertarian Party of New Mexico, the Elect Liberty PAC, and Democratic candidate Heather Nordquist. 

WRITER: Dana Catron, 505-469-8411, dderego@ad.nmsu.edu

The New Mexico Federal and State Technology Partnership Program (NM FAST), housed at New Mexico State University's Arrowhead Center, was one of just 24 universities and organizations nationwide to receive a FAST grant this year from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

jujube tasting rsParticipants of a tasting workshop enjoy the unique taste and texture of the Chinese date fruit of the jujube tree. There will be a jujube tasting 2-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at NMSU's Sustainable Agriculture Center at Alcalde. (Photo by Jane Moorman)WRITER: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu

LOS LUNAS – Have you ever tasted a AmeriZao? It has the texture of an apple, but not the tartness. It can also taste like a date. This fruit of many flavors is the American jujube, also known as Chinese dates, that have been propagated and tested by New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

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