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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.

Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives failed to pass the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, more commonly known as the Farm Bill. Congressman Pearce voted for this 5-year authorization included a compilation of critical programs that promote and protect our nation's food supply and enables the farming and ranching way of life across the United States to continue.
 
The bill also reformed our nation's food assistance program to provide 116,800 New Mexicans with new job training and assistance opportunities.

djaman koffi rsKoffi Djaman joins the faculty at New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Farmington. He is studying deficit irrigation techniques to be used in the Four Corners region. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)WRITER: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu

FARMINGTON – As fresh water becomes more scarce, agricultural producers must learn to maximize its use to produce maximum crop yield.

"The world's population is increasing and the availability of fresh water is decreasing. We need to produce more with less water to be able to feed all of the people," said Koffi Djaman, the newest faculty member at New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Farmington. "To do this we must use deficit irrigation."

The following is a summary of Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project (Project) 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 Project 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 web page.

SANTA FE, NM – The New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department encourages New Mexicans to practice safe boating as they prepare to enjoy the warm weather and the state's lakes, rivers, and streams this summer. National Safe Boating Week, May 19-25, provides an opportunity to highlight the importance of safety precautions and sensible behavior when spending time on the water.
 
The goal of National Safe Boating Week is to educate and inform the boating public about the need to follow safe boating practices and wearing your lifejacket. It doesn't matter if you're only going out for a short boat ride, fishing for an afternoon, or paddling with friends - safety should always be foremost on your mind.

Unique Events:

Friday May 25, 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, May 25, 7 p.m. Doors, 8 p.m. Showtime. $10 general admission.

Saturday May 26, Hot Minute, is Taos' fresh new dance band that formed in Jan 2018! Singer-Katie Hagan, Drummer-Jeremiah Glauser, Bassist-Giles Shelton and Guitarist/Synths-Sarah Martinez, weave an eclectic blend of Indie pop songs and electronica covers into their own sweet style of bootylicious dance tunes!! Hot Minute, Saturday May 26, 8 p.m., $5 General Admission.

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas is inviting New Mexicans to attend Public Safety Day at Isotopes Park for Sunday's game against the Reno Aces. Special agents, police officers, first responders and their families from around New Mexico will be cheering on the Isotopes.

"I am encouraging New Mexicans to come out on Sunday to cheer on our Isotopes as they beat the Reno Aces, but also to support the hard working women and men of law enforcement from around New Mexico," said Attorney General Hector Balderas. "Office of the Attorney General special agents will be in attendance to talk to families about preventing human trafficking and child exploitation."

WRITER: Melissa R. Rutter, 575-646-4211, mrrutter@nmsu.edu

New Mexico State University Professor and Extension Turfgrass Specialist Bernd Leinauer and Research Assistant Professors Elena Sevostianova and Matteo Serena will be holding a workshop Saturday, June 2, at the J. Paul Taylor Academy located at 402 W. Court Avenue.

The workshop is being held for the general public to learn more about subsurface drip irrigation and how to install the efficient and water-saving alternative to sprinkler systems.

Las Cruces The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) has posted an alert for Wednesday May 23, 2018:
 
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with Morrow Enterprises, Inc. (Contractor) will begin signal light and drainage work along the northbound shoulder of N. Main St. at Camino Del Rex. Traffic may encounter a lane drop and shoulder work in the area. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, use extreme caution, and be cautious of personnel and equipment in the area. Hours of operation will be from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
 
For updated information go to: New Mexico Department of Transportation at www.nmroads.com.

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