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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.

Santa Fe, NM– Today, the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, State Parks Division announced that Cimarron Canyon State Park will re-open for use effective Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.

Park visitors are reminded that most state parks are still under various types of fire restrictions. Cimarron Canyon State Park is under the following Stage II Fire Restriction:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove is prohibited. The use of devices fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off is allowed. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three (3) feet of the device. Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.

To learn more about YOUR state parks, please visit www.nmparks.com.

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Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced his office's plan to fight for the rights of the Land Grant, Merced de Los Pueblos de Tierra Amarilla. In 2003, an unlawful transfer of title of property belonging to Merced de Los Pueblos de Tierra Amarilla was made to Al Frente de Lucha, a Colorado corporation. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo Land Grant Division of the Office of the Attorney General filed a complaint today, arguing that the court should declare the deed as void, and that the land in Rio Arriba County should be recovered by Merced de Los Pueblos de Tierrra Amarilla, and held in a trust for their benefit.

"My office will fight to preserve the history and culture of land grants throughout New Mexico," said Attorney General Hector Balderas. "This land must be returned immediately, and placed in a trust for the benefit of Merced de Los Pueblos de Tierra Amarilla."


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PHOENIX - Scientists involved in Mexican wolf recovery say environmental groups distributing old and faulty data that calls for the release of captive adult wolves are not helping the recovery of the endangered subspecies. Biologists at the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) say maintaining a savvy wild-born population and limiting introductions of naïve captive-raised adult animals have been the keys to the ongoing success of the recovery program.

“This period of strong population growth has happened with almost the entire population being wild- born wolves,” said Jim Heffelfinger, a University of Arizona research scientist, AZGFD wildlife science coordinator and co-author of multiple peer-reviewed scientific studies on wolf recovery. “We’ve also learned that releasing captive singles and pairs that have spent their lives in a zoo setting has been ineffective in enhancing genetic diversity. The sobering truth is that in the last decade, no captive-raised adult wolf released in the wild has subsequently raised pups in the wild to contribute to the gene pool.”

On Saturday, June 23, 2018, New Mexico State Police uniformed officers in Gallup received a call that a male subject had jumped out of a vehicle and was wounded on Interstate 40 eastbound exit 44. When officers arrived, they discovered Armondo Monroe (38) severely injured laying on the ground. Monroe later died of his injuries at a hospital.

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WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Senate Committees on Indian Affairs and Rules and Administration held a bipartisan roundtable on "Voting Rights, Access, and Barriers in Indian Country." U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, led the hearing and were joined by tribal and state leaders. The roundtable focused on efforts to ensure that American Indians and Alaska Natives have equal access to federal and state voting systems. 

Santa Fe, NM – The City of Alamogordo last week paid more than $250,000 to an unknown scam artist, and recovery of that public money is likely to be difficult if not impossible. In light of that scam, State Auditor Wayne Johnson is reminding all of the state's government entities to be extremely cautious and aware when it comes to e-mail communication from any vendors.

A staff member with the City of Alamogordo received an email request to change banking information from someone who appeared to be a representative of Cooperative Education Services, (CES) a New Mexico purchasing cooperative. The email appeared to come from a person known to work for CES, and contained an outdated version of the CES logo. The City accepted the change in banking information and paid all invoices, only to discover that the email was fraudulent. CES is a commonly used purchasing cooperative for New Mexico schools, and other government entities. City leaders immediately notified law enforcement, including the FBI.

It is hard to believe that there are people in 21st century America without access to safe drinking water. It also doesn't make sense that the best solution – wells – is not available to low-income households that are forced to haul water or use contaminated water. The Water Well Trust is the only organization dedicated to resolving this issue in the United States.

Our revolving funds loan program offers up to $11,000 at 1% interest and repayment terms of up to 20 years to have a new well drilled or an existing well rehabilitated. Our program is available to residents of Catron, Chaves, Curry, Dona Ana, Grant, Hidalgo, Luna, Otero, Sierra, Socorro, and Valencia counties, and now Torrance County.

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