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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.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The Bureau of Land Management Las Cruces District invites families and friends to get outdoors and enjoy public land throughout the year.  With that invitation comes the opportunity for fourth grade students to sign up for a free Every Kid Outdoors Annual Pass.  Locally, this pass provides free access to places like Dripping Springs Natural Area (Natural Area) and Aguirre Spring Recreation Area (Aguirre Spring) near Las Cruces, NM.  Additionally, the annual pass is good for more than 2,000 other federal recreation areas in the United States.

The Every Kid Outdoors Program encourages fourth graders to explore, learn and recreate in spectacular settings, including national monuments, wildlife refuges, marine sanctuaries and forests.  “There is so much to discover on public land that surround us,” said BLM Park Ranger Daniella Barraza.  “Visits on class trips or family vacations to experience the beautiful mountains and desert landscapes will provide life-long memories.  The benefits of being outdoors are important, especially for kids.  It impacts their well-being and academic success,” Barraza added.

The following is a summary of Mexican Wolf Recovery Program activities in the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Area (MWEPA) in Arizona, including the Fort Apache Indian Reservation (FAIR), San Carlos Apache Reservation (SCAR), and New Mexico. Additional program information can be obtained by calling (928) 339-4329 or toll free at (888) 459-9653, or by visiting the Arizona Game and Fish Department website at azgfd.gov/wolf or by visiting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website at fws.gov/southwest/es/mexicanwolf. For information on the FAIR call (928) 338-4385 ext. 226 or visit wmatoutdoors.org.

Past updates may be viewed on these websites. Interested parties may sign up to receive this update electronically by visiting azgfd.com and clicking on the E-news Signup tab on the top left corner of the webpage.

men women standingNew Mexico State University Borderlands and Ethnic Studies graduate certification students stand with Dulcinea Lara, Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Director of Ethnic Studies. From left, Reymond Manuelito, Dulcinea Lara, Stevie Paz, Natalia Martinez, Carlos Avila, Haley Stewart, Delia Torres. Not pictured: Teaching Assistant, Cynthia Wise. (NMSU Photo by Amanda Adame)The Borderlands and Ethnic Studies program at New Mexico State University, which is being piloted this Fall, is offering a multidisciplinary graduate certification that aims to educate graduate students - including local teachers - to build their capacity to help students explore issues that divide us as a nation.

Director of the program, Dulcinea Lara, points to headlines that demonstrate the increasing polarization of viewpoints across the country resulting in xenophobia, hatred, inhumane treatment of refugee and migrant populations, as well as mass shootings such as the recent tragedy in El Paso. 

Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with AUI INC. (Contractor) want the City of Las Cruces to know the department values your opinion.

Purpose:

To provide specific project information regarding construction, project specifications and answer questions regarding the timeline of the project. We want this project to meet your needs and provide the safest route to your destination. The public is encouraged to ask questions, provide comments and to address any concerns they may have as it relates to this project.

This update identifies the pilot in the airplane crash.

On October 7, 2019, the Office of Medical Investigator (OMI) identified the pilot in the crash as Nicholas Peterson (29) of Littleton, Colorado. OMI is still investigating to identify the passenger. For identification of the airplane, please refer all inquiries to the FAA.

Mora County- On September 26, 2019, New Mexico State Police was notified of an airplane that went missing after taking off from the Santa Fe Airport in Santa Fe, NM. 

The airplane was a single engine fixed winged four seat aircraft out of Colorado. There were two occupants, a pilot and a passenger. They were last seen refueling and taking off from the Santa Fe Airport, when Santa Fe air traffic control lost contact with the airplane.  

ALBUQUERQUE – October 8, 2019 – True Health New Mexico will begin offering individual and family health insurance plans for coverage in 2020. Plans will be available for purchase during this annual open enrollment period from November 1, 2019 to December 15, 2019 for an effective date starting on January 1, 2020. The plans will be available both on and off the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange – Be Well New Mexico or healthcare.gov.

“We offer an innovative and patient-centered health management approach that is demonstrably impacting the health and well-being of our members,” said True Health New Mexico President Dr. Mark Epstein. “Knowing that our care model is so effective, it made sense for True Health New Mexico to offer that level of health care support to more New Mexicans by expanding into the individual and family insurance market in 2020. We are thrilled the Office of The Superintendent of Insurance agreed, and we are now approved to offer competitive health insurance plans for individuals and families as well as employer groups beginning in January.”

The Walk for Apraxia® celebrates children with apraxia of speech and recognizes them for their hard work. Families, professionals, students, and other supporters join together to lift up children with apraxia of speech, because they believe every child deserves a voice.

El Paso – (October 8, 2019) – The 2019 El Paso Walk for Apraxia event will be held on October 26, 2019 at the Marty Robbins Park to benefit children with apraxia of speech. Registration begins at 8:00 AM with the Walk beginning at 9:00 AM.

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder that makes it difficult for children to speak. Children with the diagnosis of apraxia of speech generally have a good understanding of language and know what they want to say. However, they have difficulty learning or carrying out the complex sequenced movements that are necessary for intelligible speech. The Walk for Apraxia is held across the country as a means to heighten awareness and raise funding in the hopes that all children with apraxia may have access to the support they need to find their voices. The Walk is open to all adults and children. Proceeds from the Walk for Apraxia benefit the mission of Apraxia Kids.

Santa Fe, NM - State Parks invites schools and teachers to apply for a grant to help pay for buses or other modes of transportation to provide students with outdoor State Park experiences during the 2019-20 school year. The deadline to apply is November 8, 2019.

Teachers are encouraged to apply and are invited to bring students to any of the 34 New Mexico State Parks. Detailed information and application can be found at www.nmparks.com under the Activities/Outdoor Education heading.

“Our State Park outdoor classrooms provide some of the best curriculum-based programming, and connect students to the many amazing resources throughout our state,” said State Park Director Christy Tafoya. “These grants are so important as they provide students and teachers with much-needed transportation to parks statewide.  We are very proud of this significant program.”

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