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. (Nov. 17, 2017) -- U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) cosponsored the bipartisan Fix NICS Act led by U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) to ensure federal and state authorities comply with existing law and accurately report relevant criminal history records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The bill penalizes federal agencies who fail to properly report relevant records and incentivizes states to improve their overall reporting. The bill also directs more federal funding to the accurate reporting of domestic violence records.

"Our country is weary from violence and grief and the American people deserve meaningful action from Congress. With each new tragic shooting, we see clear examples of how we are failing to keep guns out of the hands of those who would turn them against our communities," said Heinrich. "We must address the loopholes that helped lead to the mass shooting in Texas and improve our system of reporting criminal and domestic violence records. This is something Republicans and Democrats can agree on and action we must take to prevent future tragedies."

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2017 – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that USDA provided more than $1 billion in Fiscal Year 2017 to help improve access to health care services for 2.5 million people in rural communities in 41 states.

"USDA invests in a wide range of health care facilities – such as hospitals, clinics and treatment centers – to help ensure that rural residents have access to the same state-of-the art care available in urban and metropolitan areas," Perdue said. "I understand that building a prosperous rural America begins with healthy people. Ensuring that rural communities have access to quality medical care is a top priority for USDA."

Taos, NM (Nov 23-Dec 7):

Unique Events:

Saturday November 25, Reckless will be live at the KTAOS Solar Center.
Reckless touts themselves as the hardest rocking country band in the Enchanted Circle! They are politically insensitive, high energy, and looking for nothin' but a good time. If you want a fun band to shake your tail-feathers to or even a little buckle rubbing come out to catch Reckless perform LIVE! 8PM, All Ages, $5 General Admission

Friday December 1, Join us for Liz Painter and The Gallery's CD Release Party! Celebrate, "Perfect Girl" - the new art rock album with a twist of Americana. Opening Act Don Richmond, and special guests Bob Andrews, Harlan from the Damn Band, and Elaine Nelson on sax. A fun night of entertainment and dancing! Be there or be square! Doors open at 8 pm. Show starts at 8:30. All ages welcome. $5 at the door.

Saturday December 2, Join the Fun as we welcome back the musical stylings of Nosotros! Nosotros is one of the most recognizable Latin bands, in the Southwest United States. Nosotros has been drawing music lovers to their music for over 20 years. This 9-piece, Latin music powerhouse, seamlessly combines Latin rhythms with elements of Rock, Salsa, Jazz and Cumbia creating an original sound that is unmistakably Nosotros. $5 GENERAL ADMISSION. Music starts at 8PM. All Ages.

Weekly Events:

Every Monday, Thursday and Sunday catch EVERY NFL game in Hi-Def on our Big Screen TV's!

Every Sunday at the KTAOS Solar Center is NFL SUNDAY TICKET. We will be showing six NFL games in Hi-Def with amazing food and drink specials. Happy Hour from 3-6PM. Every Game, Every Sunday at the KTAOS Solar Center.

Every Monday, The KTAOS Solar Center will once again be hosting the exciting music series entitled "Off the Cuff Live", music begins at 7pm. "Off the Cuff Live" features local artists performing music from different chart-topping musicians. The show is recorded live, to be re-broadcast on KTAOS Solar 101.9 FM the following Sunday at 6pm. "Off the Cuff Live" is a free live show for all ages, from 7pm-8pm. Sponsored by Sabroso Restaurant and Bar.

• 11/27- "Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga" featuring Bob Andrews, Conrad Cooper & Katy P
• 12/04- "The Band" featuring Bob Andrews, Chris Morel & Brent Berry

Every Thursday, "The KTAOS Solar Center" is holding another weekly installment of their "Ladies' Night" featuring great music! Ladies get into the show free of charge, and guys have a $5 cover. Show begins at 9pm, come dance the night away! Ages 21 and up only.

• 11/22: Katy P and the Business 3.0 SPECIAL WEDNESDAY LADIES NIGHT
• 11/30: Katy P and the Business 3.0
• 12/07: Katy P and the Business 3.0

Friday's, KTAOS Solar Cinema! We will be showing a family movie on a giant 20ft screen with theatre quality audio! Bring blankets, pillows, and pajamas and get comfortable! This is a no-babysitter-needed kind of evening so bring the whole family! 6PM - Free - All Ages (with parent/guardian supervision) (Solar Cinema is sponsored by Wanda Lucero at StateFarm)

• 11/24/17 - Rise of the Guardians
• 12/08/17 - How the Grinch Stole Christmas

KTAOS is located at 9 State Road 150 in El Prado, where the 150 and 68 freeways meet. For more information, please visit ktaos.com, become a fan at Facebook.com/KTAOS101.9FM, or follow us at twitter.com/KTAOS.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 17, 2o17) – To mark National Apprenticeship Week, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) posted a Medium story on their bipartisan effort to encourage educators and businesses to start apprenticeship programs for the tech sector.

In July, Heinrich and Gardner introduced the Championing Apprenticeships for New Careers and Employees in Technology (CHANCE in Tech) Act to encourage more apprenticeships to provide students and workers with the skills and knowledge they need to fill good-paying tech jobs.

Click HERE to view it on Medium, or see it below:

Apprenticeships Work

By: U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich And Cory Gardner

The technology industry is a driving force for creating jobs and expanding economic growth. In 2016 alone, the technology sector contributed more than $1 trillion to the U.S. economy, employed more than 7 million workers and added more than 100,000 new jobs.

Despite these impressive numbers, tech employers often say they can't find candidates with the right skills to grow their businesses. That's why both of us have teamed up to introduce the bipartisan Championing Apprenticeships for New Careers and Employees in Technology (CHANCE in Tech) Act to encourage educators and businesses to start apprenticeship programs for the tech sector.

Not every high-tech career requires a four-year college degree, and apprenticeships are a proven method to develop workers. Unfortunately, the United States lags behind our peer countries implementing them. For many career paths, complementing the classroom with practical on-the-job experiences is the most effective and efficient way for workers to develop the skills necessary to thrive.

The CHANCE in Tech Act was inspired by innovative apprenticeship initiatives underway in both of our states.

heinrich rsU.S. Senator Martin Heinrich tours Pajarito Powder in Albuquerque, a start-up technology company that develops material for hydrogen fuel cells, and highlights his Championing Apprenticeships for New Careers and Employees in Technology (CHANCE in Tech) Act.

The New Mexico Information Technology Apprenticeship Program (NMITAP) at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque is using federal funding and partnerships between the college and local technology businesses to create apprenticeships and build a technology workforce pipeline. Graduates of NMITAP learn new computer coding skills, earn industry-recognized credentials, and put their new skills to use at local technology companies.

gardner rsSenator Gardner following his tour of Siemens in Colorado where he discussed job opportunities in technology and engineering.

In Colorado, companies like Galvanize are already creating a space for educators and industry to join together and ensure the next generation of talent is getting access to the right training — and those companies are working to expand technology-related opportunities to traditionally underrepresented individuals in industry. Given Colorado's booming technology corridor, these kinds of arrangements are becoming more important and help ensure our tech community has a steady pipeline of well-trained employees.

Under the CHANCE in Tech Act, we can scale up these successful models in communities across the nation to train students and workers for long-term careers. Public-private partnerships will help employers participating in apprenticeship programs train new workers through collaboration with industry partners and public entities like community colleges and state workforce agencies. We have enormous potential to create jobs and major new industries if we can prepare our students and retrain our labor force for a lucrative high-tech job market. This is America's future, and one where our communities can prosper — but only if we make the right choices today.


To view the entire report go to http://mailchi.mp/ab3e91673f96/climas-nov-2017-southwest-climate-outlook?e=ac9fd377b2 
November 16, 2017 Vol 16 Issue 11

Precipitation & Temperature: October precipitation was below average to record driest in Arizona, with the driest conditions occurring in the southwestern corner of the state (Fig. 1a). In New Mexico, precipitation was average to above average in the eastern half of the state, and average to below average in the western half (Fig 1a). October temperatures were above average to much-above average across both Arizona and New Mexico (Fig. 1b) except for small regions in the north and in eastern New Mexico. Thus far, November has been mostly dry in the Southwest (Fig. 2), while temperatures have mostly been above average (Fig. 3). Year-to-date precipitation ranges widely from much-below average in southeastern Arizona to much-above average in northeastern New Mexico (Fig. 4a). Year-to-date temperatures have been consistently warmer than average, with nearly all of Arizona and New Mexico recording much-above average temperatures, including pockets of record-warmest conditions in both states (Fig. 4b).

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Washington, D.C. (November 15, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce today introduced a bill to prohibit the Army from providing Bowe Bergdahl with back pay and special compensation after deserting his post in 2009.

"Bowe Bergdahl risked the lives and safety of countless troops by deserting his post in Afghanistan. Despite his actions and being dishonorably discharged, he will not face jail time. This was a mistake. However, the Army's suggestion that Bergahl may receive back pay and special compensation accumulated during his desertion would be another massive mistake by the Army. Under no circumstances should a man found guilty of desertion – who endangered military personnel for five years looking for him – be eligible to receive taxpayer dollars. For this reason, I'm proud to introduce this bill to ensure Bergdahl receives no special treatment or pay and ensure this is never even a question in the future," stated Rep. Pearce.

flores rolando witte jeff cw rsNew Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences' Dean Rolando A. Flores talks to agricultural producers while New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte listens. The two agriculture leaders concluded a series of three listening sessions around the state in Las Cruces on Nov. 2. They plan to have additional sessions in 2018. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)WRITER: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu

New Mexico's top agricultural leaders concluded their 2017 statewide listening sessions with agricultural producers in Las Cruces on Nov. 2.

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