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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 – In a testament to the Trump Administration's America First Energy Plan, the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) third-quarter oil and gas lease sale in New Mexico broke all previous records by grossing nearly $1 billion in bonus bids for 142 parcels. The two-day sale brought in more revenue than all BLM oil and gas sales in 2017 combined, and surpassed BLM's previous best sales year. Revenue from the sale totaled $972,483,619.50 and illustrates the Trump Administration's commitment to sustainably developing America's energy and natural resources to achieve American energy dominance.

"Critics of the Administration's American Energy Dominance policy often falsely claim there is little to no interest in Federal oil and gas leases. Today, they are eating their words and once again President Trump's policies are bearing fruit for the American people. The people of New Mexico will see about a half a billion dollars of this right back into their roads, schools, and public services," said Secretary Zinke. "This historic lease sale shows what is possible when we leverage the vast natural resources we have in our country, using innovation, best science, and best practices. We can ensure reliable, safe, abundant, and affordable energy for all Americans, and New Mexico is a centerpiece of our all-of-the-above energy future. I applaud the President for his leadership on this issue and look forward to continuing the success."

Come one, come all, to the 31st Annual Christmas Jubilee sponsored by the Ruidoso Valley Greeters at the Convention Center on Mechem Drive.

The dates are November 9-11, 2018. Hours are Friday, Noon until 6:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 until 3:00 p.m. Admission is still $2.00 with Active Duty military and under 12 free. Veterans are free on Sunday with a current I.D.!

Albuquerque, N.M. - Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that BennuBio, Inc. will receive a Catalyst Fund investment of $1.5 million from Tramway Venture Partners, Cottonwood Technology Fund and Sun Mountain Capital. This investment will help BennuBio develop high throughput flow cytometers. BennuBio is the third New Mexico startup to receive Catalyst Fund investment, which leverages private investment for early stage startups - anchoring them in New Mexico.

"Once again, I'm proud to say that we're helping a local, high-tech company expand - right here in New Mexico," said Governor Martinez. "Since 2011 we've created new tools to help our homegrown, high-tech companies thrive and now we're seeing incredible results. With tools like these in place we will continue to see our homegrown companies continue to thrive for years to come."

Since 2011, Governor Martinez has bolstered economic development tools, cut taxes and fees 61 times, and rolled back unnecessary regulations and red tape to create a business-friendly environment in New Mexico. Governor Martinez established the Catalyst Fund, Innovation Vouchers, the SBIR Matching Grant, and the Credit Enhancement Program to help homegrown New Mexico technology startups grow and thrive. As a result of these tools, reforms, and investments, New Mexico continues to recruit global and national companies like Facebook, Keter Plastic, Safelite and others, while helping homegrown businesses like Ideum, UbiQD, Descartes Labs, Vitality Works and others grow and thrive as well.

On August 24, 2018, deputies with the Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Office (RASO) were involved in a police shooting. The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted to investigate this shooting incident.

The investigation indicates that around 1:00 am on August 24, 2018, RASO received a call about a fight in progress at the Jemez Electric Company on US 84/285 in Rio Arriba County. RASO deputies responded to Jemez Electric and found no sign of a fight in progress. Further investigation led deputies to a residence on County Road 1 in Hernandez, NM. When deputies arrived in the area they heard what sounded like a verbal altercation nearby.

This update contains additional details about this incident and the identity of the deputy involved.

On August 24, 2018, deputies with the Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Office (RASO) were involved in a police shooting. The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted to investigate this shooting incident.

The investigation indicates that around 1:00 am on August 24, 2018, RASO received a call about a fight in progress at the Jemez Electric Company on US 84/285 in Rio Arriba County. RASO deputies responded to Jemez Electric and found no sign of a fight in progress. Further investigation led deputies to a residence on County Road 1 in Hernandez, NM. When deputies arrived in the area they heard what sounded like a verbal altercation nearby.

Washington, DC. Congressman Steve Pearce requested a detailed report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in order to learn more about how stolen tribal cultural items are surfacing in European auctions in 2016. The intention of this report was to identify current problems in order to introduce legislation that will put an end to these illicit acts and ensure Native American items are returned to their rightful owners - to tribes across New Mexico and the nation.

"Native American cultural items, specifically from New Mexico, have continually been discovered at various auctions houses in Europe. This practice is unacceptable and must be stopped immediately. That is why I requested this report two years ago, to identify failures in our current system and how to better protect and defend these items. I also led a bipartisan effort in Congress that resulted in a resolution condemning these sales. Paralleled by few, our great state is teeming with a rich cultural heritage dating back centuries that must be protected. As a New Mexican, I understand the significance of our culture and the importance behind ensuring that all items related to our history are preserved and kept by the tribes from which they have come. These artifacts have become simply another commercialized item, seen as a souvenir from history. This report outlines a number of problems and I look forward to presenting a bill to fix them and ensure that these items are protected and returned to where they belong."

(Las Cruces) The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) along with White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) has posted an alert for Friday September 7, 2018 for US 70 at and will last approximately one hour.

The roadblock is scheduled to be blocked at 10:05 pm for approximately 1 hour and should be lifted at 11:05 pm. This block will be located at Red Block (top of St. Augustine's pass) Mile Marker 164 and Yellow Block (White Sands National Monument) Mile Marker 200. The Las Cruces Gate, Owen Road, & Nike Ave will be affected by this block.

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

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined the full Senate in voting 85-7 to pass the fiscal year 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations bill. The bill provides significant support for critical programs and services for New Mexicans, including early childhood development, workforce development, telehealth, medical education, and funds to combat the opioid epidemic. The bill includes major funding for programs championed by Udall and Heinrich that will improve educational opportunities, health outcomes, and economic growth in New Mexico.
 
Udall, who played a key role in crafting the package as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, applauded the bill's strong funding for important New Mexico priorities such as job training, child care assistance, and rural and mental health programs including significant resources to combat the opioid epidemic.

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