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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 (February 13, 2018) A recent report in Bloomberg by Vince Golle stated that optimism in small companies across the United States rose more than expected in January, crediting a portion of this boost in confidence to historic tax reform.

Record Number of U.S. Small-Business Owners Say It's a Good Time to Expand
By Vince Golle

"Optimism among small companies in the U.S. rose more than forecast in January, fueled by a record number of owners who said now was a good time to expand…

"One in five small companies said they plan to boost hiring, unchanged from the prior month, as finding qualified workers remains problematic and underscores a tight job market…

"The new tax law ‘produced the most recent boost to small-business optimism,' NFIB's William Dunkelberg and Holly Wade said in a report. ‘And federal government-related cost pressures continue to abate, offering a more supportive business climate for small firms…'"

Read the full article in Bloomberg here.

SANTA FE – Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has officially certified Michael Hendricks' candidacy for Attorney General of New Mexico, placing his name on the ballot this November.

In a letter to Michael, Oliver writes, "The Bureau of Elections has reviewed your declaration of candidacy, nominating petitions, and certification of registration, and has determined they are in proper order and were timely filed. You have qualified to be a candidate for the office of Attorney General, at the Republican Party's 2018 pre-primary convention."

(Washington, D.C., February 13, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded President Donald J. Trump’s selection of Naomi Earp for Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Perdue issued the following statement:

“Our aim at USDA is to treat everyone fairly, with transparency, objectivity, and consistency. Naomi Earp is an excellent choice to help us meet those goals, as her experience in civil rights issues and in the federal government make her uniquely qualified to fill this important role. I commend President Trump for this excellent selection, and I urge the Senate to take up her nomination at the earliest opportunity, along with our other nominees who are awaiting confirmation.”

underground drip irrigation rsWorkers of New Mexico State University's Facilities and Services Department trench holes into the yards of student homes on Espina Street in order to install a subsurface irrigation system to reduce the amount of water being wasted by traditional sprinklers.
(Courtesy photo by Bud Jones)
WRITER: Melissa R. Rutter, 575-646-4211, mrrutter@nmsu.edu

A New Mexico State University agriculture professor and a grounds manager are teaming up to drastically reduce the amount of water that goes to waste with traditional sprinklers at student housing by installing a subsurface drip irrigation system.

Washington, DC (February 12, 2018) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after President Trump released his infrastructure plan:

“As a state vastly comprised of rural communities, we understand just how important infrastructure projects are to improve the livelihoods of people, families, and businesses in our State. It is vital for the safety and productivity of New Mexico that Congress looks to reform how we currently fund and complete infrastructure projects.

Washington, DC (February 12, 2018) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after President Trump released his infrastructure plan:

“As a state vastly comprised of rural communities, we understand just how important infrastructure projects are to improve the livelihoods of people, families, and businesses in our State. It is vital for the safety and productivity of New Mexico that Congress looks to reform how we currently fund and complete infrastructure projects.

 Washington, D.C. (February 12, 2018) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement on President Trump’s 2019 budget request titled An American Budget:

“It is imperative that we come together to establish a balanced and sustainable budget. The American people deserve certainty. Creating ten-year spending projects with the goal of reducing our crushing debt and deficit is critical to the future success of our nation.

Historical society promotes El Paso artist’s cultural impact throughout
the Southwest

Santa Fe, New Mexico --- On February 10, 2018, a proposed extension of the Tom Lea Trail passed a key legislative hurdle in Santa Fe. The New Mexico Senate unanimously voted in favor of SM 18, legislation instructing New Mexico’s cultural affairs and tourism departments to work with the Tom Lea Institute and Texas officials to officially continue the cultural trail from Texas into The Land of Enchantment.

"Tom Lea is part of Texas and New Mexico's shared cultural heritage and history," said state Senator Mary Kay Papen, who introduced this legislation in the statehouse. "It is an honor to help future generations learn about his work, the history of our region, and the contributions his work had on American art and history."

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