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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.

Santa Fe, N.M. – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s vision for a stronger and more diversified New Mexico economy is featured in the March issue of Site Selection magazine.

The magazine’s Savannah King interviewed Lujan Grisham about her recent initiatives in sustainable energy, education, outdoor recreation, and film and media.

“After only two months in office, New Mexico’s governor is shaking things up and making history in the process,” writes King.

Lujan Grisham said there is an urgency in moving to increase investments in infrastructure and education, but that businesses should not overlook the advantages that New Mexico offers. “One of those is the affordability for new ventures,” she said. “Land for both businesses and employees is priced relatively low compared to other states.”

“We have a terrific workforce of talented young adults who want to stay here but need additional opportunity – it’s one reason I am committed to investing in small business in my administration, in training and workforce development programs.”

Meeting Kicks Off at USDA on March 28, 29, Chair and Vice Chair Named

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in coordination with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), invites the public to register to attend the first meeting of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The meeting will be held at USDA headquarters in the Jefferson Auditorium on March 28 and 29. Registration for in-person attendance begins today and closes at 5:00 p.m. March 26, 2019. Please visit DietaryGuidelines.gov for registration details.

“USDA is committed to ensuring the process for developing the Dietary Guidelines for Americans is transparent and data-driven,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “We are looking forward to kicking off the committee’s review of the scientific evidence, along with public engagement throughout the process. The comment period is open, and we encourage everyone to visit the redesigned Dietary Guidelines website”.

Valley Drive/ Avenida de Mesilla Intersection Project 

Public Information Meeting 
Las Cruces, NM

Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with AUI INC. (Contractor) will be holding a public involvement meeting to discuss the improvement project of Valley Drive (NM 188)/Avenida de Mesilla (NM 28) Intersection Project.

When: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, Tuesday March 19, 2019

Where: New Mexico Department of Transportation, Solano Complex, 750 N Solano Dr. (Use north gate entrance), Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 19, 2019) – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small urged Department of Defense Acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan to consider New Mexico as a host for co-locating the Space Development Agency headquarters and to fully utilize the state’s existing core research and development space assets. 

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan recently noted that the Department of Defense must make changes to its research, development, and acquisition processes to protect U.S. vital interests in space. Key among these changes is the establishment of a Space Development Agency (SDA). 

In their letter, the members outlined New Mexico’s significant space R&D community and critical assets, including the state’s two National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) laboratories, hundreds of private space industry leaders, large technical workforce, Spaceport America, the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Advanced Systems and Development Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Vehicles Directorate, and the Space Rapid Capabilities Office. 

As senior member of the Appropriations Committee, Udall has for years secured major increases in funding for NM’s labs, DOE facilities

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, welcomed U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, to New Mexico for a visit to Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque. During their visit, Udall and Shelby toured the facilities and met with employees to receive updates about the cutting-edge national security, energy, and other science and engineering projects currently being worked on at the lab. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Udall has long fought to ensure that New Mexico’s national laboratories receive the resources they need to continue their vitally important scientific and national security work.

New Mexico’s national laboratories are a core part of the federal government’s national nuclear security complex, and are also leaders in the development of advanced energy, cybersecurity, and other leading-edge science and engineering missions to benefit the country. In addition to their substantial contributions to scientific advancement and national security, Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories and their employees play a central role in the community and the economy of New Mexico. Today’s visit is significant as Senator Shelby chairs the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, which provides annual funding to federal agencies, including DOE and the national labs. Udall also hosted former Chairwoman of the Committee, Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), in October 2015.

Guadalupe County, NM- On Friday, March 15, 2019 at about 5:09 p.m., the New Mexico State Police responded to an armed robbery at the Milagro Gas Station located off Interstate 40, near mile post 243, west of Santa Rosa, NM.

The initial investigation determined two individuals armed with a firearm, later determined to be a BB gun, entered the gas station, robbed the business and left with an undisclosed amount of money.  The individuals fled eastbound onto I-40 in a grey passenger car after the robbery.     

At about 5:50 p.m., State Police officers located the suspect vehicle traveling east on I-40 near mile post 265. A felony traffic stop was conducted at mile-post 273 and four occupants were found inside the vehicle.  All four were detained and eventually arrested, including the two male individuals who were described in the robbery.

Santa Fe, N.M. – The New Mexico Film Office is hosting a training event focused on the job of Set Medic for the film and T.V. industry on Saturday, March 23 from 12:30 to 4:00pm. This class will take place at the Special Collections Library in Botts Hall located at 423 Central Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102.

“Set Medics are so vital to a film set,” said Secretary of Economic Development Alicia J. Keyes. “We are excited to be having this training for people who are looking to contribute their talents to the New Mexico Film Industry.” 

Medic! Is never the word you want to hear shouted on a film set, but knowing one is nearby gives not only peace of mind, but is a requirement on a film set. Michelle Fox will teach students what they need to know about being a medic for the New Mexico film industry. Set medics are a covered craft of the IATSE Local 480 and are required to have at minimum a current EMT-B license and a CPR card from the State of New Mexico. Please note, this class will not provide medical training for the job, but will teach what is required of a set medic.

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – Eight individuals and one organization were recognized at the 2019 New Mexico Organic Farming Conference (NMOFC) last month. The Southwest’s largest organic agricultural gathering, the conference provided the opportunity for 550 attendees to gain valuable knowledge on topics including water conservation, seed saving and variety development, wholesale markets, organic farming, soil health and more. The conference was Feb. 15-16 in Albuquerque.

Following is a list of award recipients:

nmofc educator of the year luceroNew Mexico Department of Agriculture Organic Program Supervisor Stacy Gerk (left) and Walking Trout Farm’s Joseph Marcoline (right) presented one of two Organic Farming Conference Educator of the Year Awards to Mary Lucero (center) at the 2019 New Mexico Organic Farming Conference Feb. 15-16 in Albuquerque. (Photo by Erin Roy)The Organic Young Farmer Award, Lisa Anderson and Jim Benson

Lisa Anderson and Jim Benson began growing a mixed garden of seasonal fruits, vegetables and fruit trees on their small farm in Abiquiu in 2013. Selling under the name Malandro Farm, their primary sales outlet is the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market, though they recently expanded their operation to include the Taos Farmers Market. Anderson and Benson focus on providing their customers with the freshest food possible while striving to ensure that the land is continually improving its soil health and biological diversity through the use of cover crops, green manure, compost and crop rotation. This award is sponsored by the New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau–Chad Smith and Farm Bureau Financial Services–Fred Porter.

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