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.

Washington, D.C., May 16, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is furthering its overall African Swine Fever (ASF) preparedness efforts with the implementation of a surveillance plan. As part of this plan, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will work with the swine industry, the states, and veterinary diagnostic laboratories to test for ASF.

ASF is a highly contagious and deadly disease affecting both domestic and feral (wild) pigs. It does not affect human health and cannot be transmitted from pigs to humans. ASF has never been detected in the United States.

Carlsbad, NM – Brantley Lake State Park is holding a 30th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, May 18, 2019. This event is an opportunity for the public to enjoy and learn more about the park.

“Brantley Lake State Park has been a jewel in southeastern New Mexico for recreational activities  for 30 years. We invite the public to join our Friends Group and become more involved in what the community would like to see happen at Brantley Lake for future events at the Park,” said Leila Haver, Park Superintendent. 

The community can look forward to a fun filled day of activities including: an opening ceremony, a dam walk, educational booths and programs, outfitter booths, boating safety activities, and music in the park.

For more information or if you are interested in contributing to the event, please call Leila Haver at (575) 457-2384 or Allison Leimer at (575) 887-5516.

Day-use fees are waived for the event but camping fees for those who are staying at the park apply.

SANTA FE — The Legislative Health and Human Services (LHHS) Committee will hold its organizational meeting of the 2019 interim with its subcommittees. The meeting will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019 at the State Capitol Building in Room 307, Santa Fe.

At this meeting, the committee will review financial and legislative reports on the 2019 session. The committee will review New Mexico statutory health law and will discuss and approve the work plan and meeting dates for the interim.

The LHHS will welcome public comment at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17.

robert rosenbloomRobert Rosenbloom knew the dangers that came with police work. The New Mexico State Police patrolman, who was killed during a 1971 traffic stop on Interstate 40 near Albuquerque, talked to his wife about it before they were married. "He told me the dangers, the risks, what might happen," said Rosenbloom's widow, Linda.

Patrolman Rosenbloom was fatally wounded on November 8, 1971, after he stopped a car that investigators believe was carrying Michael Finney, Ralph Goodwin, and Charlie Hill. The three suspects fled into the desert after allegedly shooting Rosenbloom in the neck and chest, emerging weeks later to allegedly hijack a truck and then a plane that took them to Cuba, where they were sheltered from prosecution. Goodwin and Finney are believed to be dead. Hill is still living in Cuba and is wanted by the FBI and New Mexico state authorities.

students 3New Mexico State University graduate students Rebecca Mijares and Adetoye Abodunrin measure the water content of a food sample during the Master Food Preservation train-the-trainer lab. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)Three years after starting the Master Food Preservation volunteer program, New Mexico State University has taken it to a new level by offering the train-the-trainer course online.

“We have done different versions of this program, but this is the first time we have presented it online,” said Nancy Flores, NMSU Extension food technology specialist. “It has allowed us to expand the class not only in how we teach it, but also who is able to participate.” 

“Throw Diabetes a Curve” Event brings Awareness to Diabetes

SANTA FE, NM - For the third year in a row, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and Albuquerque Isotopes are teaming up to raise awareness of diabetes. Throw Diabetes a Curve will be held on Thursday night, May 16, 2019 at the home game against the El Paso Chihuahuas. The game is scheduled to start at 6:35 p.m.

vc02 closureJemez Springs, NM — Due to seasonal staff hiring delays and road damage from spring runoff, Valles Caldera National Preserve will delay the start of its extended summer hours and will offer a reduced vehicle route. A backlog in government background clearances has delayed the arrival of seasonal National Park Service staff needed to operate the extended hours during the summer season. Until seasonal staff arrive, the preserve will remain under winter hours of 9 AM to 5 PM. Additionally, spring runoff washed out a culvert on the main road through the center of the preserve making it impassable by vehicle.

Magdalena, NM -On Monday, May 13, 2019, around 1:30 p.m., the Magdalena Marshals Office were dispatched to High Country Lodge located at 303 First Street in Magdalena, for a call of a gunshot victim. The victim was pronounced deceased on scene by Office of the Medical Investigators.

The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called to investigate this homicide. State Police agents learned that the victim and Jo Hill got into a physical altercation in the parking lot of the High Country Lodge. Shortly after the physical altercation, Hill armed himself with a firearm and fired several shots at the victim, striking and killing him.

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