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.

This is the updated list of Memorial Day 2018 activities, including plans for Ft. Bayard.

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced provisions he secured in the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that support New Mexico's men and women in uniform, military installations, national laboratories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), and job-creating initiatives throughout the state. The committee voted unanimously to report the bill yesterday and will now advance to the full Senate for consideration.

Washington, DC (May 25, 2018) Today, Congressman Pearce had the honor of presenting two veterans, Mr. Frank Mantua and Mr. George Gay (deceased). Mr. Mantua served in Vietnam and Mr. Gay served in World War II. The presentation took place at the Vietnam Memorial in Las Cruces's Veteran's Memorial Park.
"Our military men and women selflessly risk their lives so that we can afford the freedoms and liberties each of us hold dear," said Pearce. "Unfortunately, I know all too well that previous generations of military personnel were not given the respect they deserved. I am truly honored to have the opportunity to celebrate and recognize 1LT Mantua and PFC Gay today. The United States has a renewed appreciation for the men and women who served in the armed forces. Let us never again return to a time when we as a nation do not recognize the members of our military for all they do."

White Sands Missile Range Notification

For information regarding closures you may call WSMR at 678-1178 or 678-2222 for updates.

Traffic updates are posted on the NMDOT traffic advisory web-site at http://nmroads.com and can be retrieved through our automated system at 511 in New Mexico or 1-800-432-4269 from any line.

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) sent a letter to President Donald Trump expressing their concern regarding the decision to eliminate the White House Cybersecurity Coordinator position in the National Security Council. Senators Heinrich and Collins are both members of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

"In our view, an empowered cybersecurity coordinator is needed to drive and oversee comprehensive, White House-issued cybersecurity strategy to include deterrence, defense, and network resilience that coordinates U.S. government efforts across the various departments and agencies," wrote Senators Heinrich and Collins. "We urge you to prioritize completion and announcement of our nation's cybersecurity strategy as soon as possible, and we would welcome the opportunity to work with you to put in place such a strategy."

SANTA FE, NM – The New Mexico Military Museum will host a World War I Exhibit opening Saturday, May 26 at 1050 Old Pecos Trail. This special exhibit, which commemorates the end of WWI, runs through May 2020. Admission is free.
This interactive exhibit highlights four aspects of the war: air, sea, land, and the costs of the war.

SANTA FE, NM – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) offers tips to New Mexicans about the best ways to stay safe and healthy this Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer while enjoying all the outdoor activities New Mexico has to offer. With warmer temperatures, there are increased concerns about heat exposure, hydration, safe food handling when in the outdoors and the return of mosquito season.
Below are some tips for staying safe this summer:

Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) along with White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) has posted an alert for Tuesday May 29, 2018 for US 70 at and will last approximately one hour.

The roadblock is scheduled to be blocked at 12:05 pm for approximately 1 hour and should be lifted at 1:05 pm.  This block will be located at Red Block (top of ST. Augustin Pass) and Yellow Block (White Sands National Monument).  LC Gate, Owen Road and Nike Ave will also be affected.

All roadblocks are subject to change without notice, please call 575-678-1178 for updates go to  New Mexico Department of Transportation: www.nmroads.com.

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