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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.

Otero County, NM - On September 16, 2018 at about 5:30 a.m. the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on US Highway 82 around mile post 11 between Alamogordo and Cloudcroft.

The initial investigation indicated a Hyundai, driven by Jason Clapper (35) of Alamogordo, NM was traveling west on US 82 at a high rate of speed. For unknown reasons the Hyundai left the roadway and rolled. Mr. Clapper, who was wearing his seatbelt, sustained minor injuries and was able to exit the vehicle.

Otero County, NM - On September 15, 2018 at about 8:30 p.m. the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on US Highway 70 around mile post 185 between Alamogordo and Las Cruces.

The initial investigation indicated a 2014 Chevrolet Sonic was traveling east on US 70 at a high rate of speed. For unknown reasons the Chevrolet left the roadway and rolled. The driver of the Chevrolet, a twenty-year-old Virginia male from Holloman Air Force Base sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.

McKinley County, NM - On September 16, 2018 at about 5:30 p.m. the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on Interstate 40 around mile post 56 in between Gallup and Grants, NM.

The initial investigation indicated a 2013 Ford was traveling east on I-40. The rear passenger tire blew out on the vehicle causing it to enter the dirt embankment where it began to roll. The female passenger, Michelle M Arnold (51) of Grants, NM sustained fatal injuries, and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.

Silver City, NM, 9/14/18 – WNM Communications, "Southwest New Mexico's Hometown Communications and Broadband Company," has teamed up with its employees by allowing each employee to designate a non-profit charitable organization they would like a donation to be made directly to. Overall, fifty donations were made and while the majority stayed within our local communities, others designated national organizations. The American Red Cross and the Wounded Warrior Project benefited from the contributions which still impact local community members, along with their friends and family.

Local organizations which were chosen include the Elks Disaster Relief Program (Lordsburg Elks), Apache Creek Deaf and Youth Ranch, Boys & Girls Club of Las Cruces, Cliff FFA Alumni, Cliff-Gila Fair Association, Clint Benjamin Memorial Team Roping, Cowboys for Cancer Research, El Grito Headstart, El Refugio, Friends of the Public Library, Gila Valley Baptist Church, High Desert Humane Society, Jornada Elementary PTO, Magdalena Old Timers, New Mexico Veteran Integration Center, Project Defending Life, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, Rope 4 Hope, Santo Nino de Parada Catholic Church, Silver City Gospel Mission, Silver City Rotary Foundation, Silver Regional Sexual Assault Supportive Services, Tresco, The Lordsburg Wellness Coalition, Trinity Church and Southwest Center for Health Innovation.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM—September 14, 2018— Comcast and Comcast Business announced Teeniors, a local startup providing one-on-one technology coaching to seniors, as the winner of the first Comcast Pitch Fest. Teeniors will receive a $10,000 investment from Comcast to expand their business and serve more seniors in New Mexico. Three judges evaluated the Pitch Fest participants: Matt Geisel, Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Economic Development Department; Shawn Adamson, Regional Vice President, Comcast Business; and Dhinuka Perera, SXSW Conference Programmer.

Comcast and Comcast Business kicked off the New Mexico Technology Council's (NMTC) Experience IT NM week with the Comcast Pitch Fest on September 11. More than 50 New Mexico startups and companies applied to participate in Pitch Fest earlier this summer. NMTC compiled judges from the local business community to narrow the field to five finalists who pitched live on Tuesday. In addition to Teeniors' $10,000 grand prize, Comcast announced they will invest $1,000 each in the other four companies who participated in Pitch Fest: ABQ Brew, Blush & Whimsy, Solstar Space, and Zhennovate LLC.

Unique Events:

Sat September 22, The UZ Band, A 4 piece Variety band from Taos, NM. Their sound ranges from Classic Rock to Modern Rock to Spanish Rock to Classic Country to Modern Country.

Come Dance the night away! Saturday September 22, 7PM, No Cover. Party with The Uz Band at the KTAOS Solar Center!

Fri September 28, The Rifters, will be in the house with some legendary Taos Country Music! Don't miss Don Richmond's country trio, The Rifters, offering beautiful three part harmonies and the music to back it up! The Rifters are well known for keeping the crowd moving so when you come out be sure to bring you dancing shoes! Friday, September 28, 7PM Doors, 8PM Showtime. $10 general admission.

Sunday September 30, The Time has come for the KTAOS Solar Volleyball League End-of-Season Tournament! Doors 10am and Games Commence at 11am.
$50 per Team. Prizes Awarded to Winning Teams! Trophy Awarded to Champions!

See the Facebook Event Page for the Rules, https://www.facebook.com/events/259476211352961/
Regular Happy Hour from 3-6PM. For More Information or to sign up contact Rushan at 770-5473 or Rushan1211@yahoo.com. Sponsored by PPC SOLAR.

Friday October 5, WINTERVENTION: SKI SWAP 2018, Gear drop off 9am to 5pm.
5-9PM Taos Winter Sports Team Peak Sale, FREE ADMISSION (Donation upon purchase of gear).

Saturday October 6th, WINTERVENTION: SKI SWAP 2018, SKI SWAP: 10am to 5pm,
FREE ADMISSION. 6PM - 10PM: Music of Taos Ski Valley Mayor: Christof Brownell. Sponsored by Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico, KTAOS Solar Center and Solar Radio and Taos Winter Sports Team

Weekly Events:

Every Monday, The KTAOS Solar Center will once again be hosting the exciting music series entitled "Off the Cuff Live", music begins at 7pm SHARP. $5 Cover. Be Early! This is a live recording, doors close 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 an all ages show, from 7pm-8pm. Sponsored by DR. Kellie Harris of Northern New Mexico Center for Cosmetic Dentistry "Start Smiling!" and Bull O' The Woods Saloon, Red River, New Mexico

  • 9/24- "Journey Tribute" featuring 16 year old sensation Eden Bina & Jimmy Stadler
  • 10/01- "Frank Sinatra Tribute" featuring David Garver & Bob Andrews

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

Every Wednesday at 6PM, Art n' a Glass with a special guest teacher. 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. Tickets may be purchased at KTAO.com. $20 per event! Admission includes: Canvas, Paint, Brushes, and Extended Happy Hour Pricing! Hand Selected Special Wines Weekly!

  • 9/19 - Sarah Purnell of Dawn's Custom Tattoo
  • 9/26 - Sarah Purnell of Dawn's Custom Tattoo
  • 10/03- David Gary Suazo of the Taos Pueblo.

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! 1 FREE kids meal with purchase of Adult Meal. 6PM - Free - All Ages (with parent/guardian supervision).

  • 9/21/18 - Big Hero 6

Every Sunday, the KTAOS Trash & Treasures Flea Market, Join us every Sunday from 9AM- 3PM for our famous Trash & Treasures Flea Market! Clean out your garage; bring your arts, crafts, jewelry and other products. Vendors contact Louri at (575) 770-2290 for pricing and more information. Book your booth now for just $20! Don't miss the best sellers market in New Mexico!

Every Sunday, NFL Sunday Ticket: It's officially NFL Season and the KTAOS Solar Center is the best place to catch your favorite games. Ton's of big, Hi-Def, screens showing games and incredible food and drink specials. Doors open at 2pm! Happy Hour Specials during the games if you wear your teams gear! As always Happy Hour Specials can also be enjoyed between 3PM and 6PM. So come enjoy the games, every Sunday and Drink in the View at the KTAOS Solar Center. Your place for the NFL Sunday Ticket.

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.

Walmart will match customer donations two-to-one up to $5 million for a total of $7.5 million

BENTONVILLE, Ark. Sept. 14, 2018 – With a catastrophic storm, flooding and power outages hitting the Eastern Seaboard, Walmart and Sam’s Club are launching a customer campaign to assist impacted communities with hurricane relief. Walmart is matching customer donations to Foundation For The Carolinas. As part of the Walmart 2018 Relief Fund at Foundation For The Carolinas, Walmart will match customer donations two-to-one with cash donations up to $5 million for disaster response and recovery.

“Our associates and friends have been significantly impacted by this devastating storm,” said Dan Bartlett, executive vice president of corporate affairs for Walmart Inc. “We’ve seen over the years that our customers all across the country stand ready to help their fellow citizens when mother nature hits. So we’re proud to provide a way to support their generosity during this great time of need.”

Las Cruces, N.M. – On Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, Ashley Purcella of Albuquerque, N.M., was named the Distinguished Young Woman of New Mexico for 2019 and awarded $1,250 in cash scholarships during a statewide scholarship program for high school girls held at the Alma D'Arte Charter High School in Las Cruces, N.M.

Purcella was one of five high school senior girls from New Mexico who competed to represent the state as the Distinguished Young Woman of New Mexico for 2019. Participants were evaluated in the categories of Scholastics (25%), Interview (25%), Talent (20%), Fitness (15%), and Self-Expression (15%).

Throughout the next year, Purcella will represent the state at various public events and serve as a role model to young people by spreading the program's national outreach message of "Be Your Best Self." The outreach program is designed to encourage self-esteem and excellence in all young people through its five principles: Be Healthy, Be Involved, Be Studious, Be Ambitious, and Be Responsible.

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