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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.

Chama, NM – On May 8, 2019, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called to investigate a Chama School District bus driver for criminal sexual penetration of a seven-year-old female student on a Chama school bus.

The initial investigation by New Mexico State Police agents indicates that on May 8, 2019, Stephen George Meek aka "Mr. Steve," (66) of Tierra Amarilla, who is a bus driver for Chama Schools was transporting students home after school in a Chama School bus. After other students were dropped off and the seven-year-old victim was the only student left on the bus, Meek pulled the bus to the side of the road near "TA Hill," on US Hwy 84, mile post 254. This is where investigators believe Meek raped the little girl. 

howiepbsSUNDAY, **May 12** at 8:00 a.m. on Ch. 5.1 & 4:30 p.m. on Ch. 9.1

“REPORT  FROM  SANTA  FE”

This Week:  HOWIE MORALES, Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico

TOPIC:  Education In New Mexico

Sweeping Changes & Education Moonshot "Cultural Shift" In The PED

Public Information Meeting 

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 May 21, 2019

Where: Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, Roadrunner Room, 200 E Picacho Ave, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001

Purpose: To provide project information regarding construction, detailing information, project specifications, and will answer questions regarding the timeline of the project. The public is encouraged to ask questions and provide comments and to address any concerns they may have as it relates to this project.

Unique Events:

Friday May 17, Vanilla Pop: Early Sunset Show!  For the Older Folks, Who are usually asleep by the bands regular 10pm start time. Friday May 17, Vanilla Pop, 7:30, $8

Weekly Events:

Happy Hour Monday through Saturday 3-6PM.

Every Tuesday and Friday, KTAOS Solar Volleyball League, KTAOS Solar Volleyball League in your Community's Backyard!!! (Weather Permitting) Every Tuesday and Friday!  Sponsored by PPC Solar!. FREE- No Teams Necessary - Doors open at 3.  Games Commence at 5PM.

Eddy County-On May 10, 2019 at about 5:32 a.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a single vehicle fatal rollover crash on Campbell Road, south of US 62/180, and east of Carlsbad, NM.

The Initial investigation indicated a 2004 Ford Expedition, driven by Cesar Ramirez (47) of Hobbs, NM was traveling south on Campbell Road when the Ford approached a curve in the roadway.  For unknown reasons the driver lost control of the vehicle and rolled multiple times. The driver Cesar Ramirez, and a 36-year-old male passenger were ejected. Mr. Ramirez sustained fatal injuries and he was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of Medical Investigator. The 36-year-old passenger sustained unknown injuries and he was transported to a local hospital. There were also two other passengers in the Ford, a 30-year-old male and a 23-year-old male. The 30-year old male and 23-year-old male both sustained unknown injuries, and both were transported to a local hospital. 

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash and seatbelts appear to have not been properly utilized.  No additional information is available.

In all construction zones, motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and use extreme caution, as well as continue to be cautious of heavy equipment and construction personnel in the area. 

White Sands Missile Range Notification

For information regarding closures you may call WSMR at 678-1178 or 678-2222 for updates.  

Traffic updates are posted on the NMDOT traffic advisory web-site at http://nmroads.com and can be retrieved through our automated system at 511 in New Mexico or 1-800-432-4269 from any line.

Interstates:

I-25, Mile Marker 5.7, Las Cruces

Santa Fe, N.M. – The New Mexico Human Service Department (HSD) announces that it has improved the efficiency of processing new, renewal and emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applications to above the federal timeliness standard of 95 percent for all its 34 locations since Oct. 1, 2018.

“I am firmly committed to ensuring that every qualified New Mexican receives their benefits as efficiently as possible," Gov. Lujan Grisham said. "Hard-working New Mexican families who struggle to make ends meet need every ounce of our support and assistance. We must combat hunger and provide economic security in our state. Improving the timeliness standard of the SNAP program underscores and amplifies our support for families in New Mexico. All across state government, we are seeing improvements in efficiency and service delivery. I wholeheartedly commend the diligent Human Services employees who give so much of themselves for the people of this state."

SANTA FE -- Following productive meetings she convened this week with city of Albuquerque leadership and law enforcement partners, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday announced a series of initiatives her administration will undertake immediately to assist and support Albuquerque and Bernalillo County law enforcement. These direct assistance measures will help local police in responding to recent violent crime as well as entrenched patterns of law-breaking behavior in the metropolitan area.

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Mary Alice is back, but on slow-mo, trying to catch up with all that didn't get done before she had to leave.

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