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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.

PHOENIX — The Internal Revenue Service today announced it will not impose a penalty on certain uses of certain adulterated fuels that do not comply with applicable Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, in response to shortages of Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) fuel caused by Hurricane Irma.

On Sept. 13, the EPA issued a "No Action Assurance (NAA) for the Use of Non-Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel in Limited Diesel-Powered Highway and Nonroad Vehicles and Equipment" letter to the State of Florida.

Albuquerque, NM – Rep. David Adkins (R-Albuquerque) and a 10-person relief team will depart to Houston later this week to assist in Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. The team of volunteers from New Covenant Church in Albuquerque will deliver donated money and supplies to people affected by the powerful storm.

While in Houston, the team of volunteers will work with Samaritan's Purse, an international relief organization, to help residents remove debris, clean their homes, and begin the rebuilding process. The team leaves for Houston on Friday, September 22 and will return on Friday, September 29.

ALAMOGORDO — NMAAA, (New Mexico Aviation Aerospace Association) a statewide economic development and advocacy organization, works to ensure constant growth of New Mexico's aviation and aerospace sectors.

Annually NMAAA hosts an expo for middle school through high school students to learn about careers in STEM, aviation, and the aerospace industry. The idea behind the expo is that a hands-on experience with aviation goes a longer way with students than just watching a video would.

PHOENIX — Hurricane Irma victims in Florida have until Jan. 31, 2018, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service recently announced. This includes an additional filing extension for taxpayers with valid extensions that run out on Oct. 16, and businesses with extensions that run out on Sept. 15.

The IRS is now offering this expanded relief to any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as qualifying for either individual assistance or public assistance in Florida.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, members of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, have cosponsored a Senate resolution to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15-Oct. 15 and recognizes the culture, heritage, history and contributions of the Hispanic community in New Mexico and across the nation. Udall and Heinrich also cosponsored a Senate resolution designating the week of Sept. 18 as National Hispanic-Serving Institution Week, in honor of New Mexico's 18 colleges and universities with high enrollments of Hispanic students.

Washington, DC – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today gave high marks to Steve Censky and Ted McKinney for their joint appearance before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. President Donald Trump has nominated Censky to service as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, while McKinney is the president's choice to be the very first Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. The two await approval of the entire U.S. Senate before beginning work at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Secretary Perdue issued the following statement:

What: International Chinese Entrepreneurs Association (ICEA) will host more than 150 business, economic development and education leaders at the 2017 ICEA US-China Business Matchmaking Summit.

Santa Fe, N.M. - Today, Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel and the Technology Research Collaborative announced the launch of the Innovation Voucher Program. This competitive grant is designed to enable early stage science and technology companies, in New Mexico, to receive small amounts of funding to help offset costs during critical moments of company growth.

"This program continues to move New Mexico forward as a leader in technology ventures," said Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel. "This investment strengthens our commitment to building a healthier economy and helping our homegrown companies succeed."

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