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.

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that NMA Ventures will receive up to $1.6 million from the Catalyst Fund to invest in New Mexico startups. This commitment will leverage $2.6 million in funds from NMA Ventures, to be invested in New Mexico startups, bringing the total potential investment from this commitment through the Catalyst Fund up to $4.2 million.

"Investing in homegrown New Mexico companies and entrepreneurs strengthens and diversifies our economy," said Governor Martinez. "The Catalyst Fund helps our local companies get off the ground and succeed, creating new jobs and opportunities for New Mexicans."

ALBUQUERQUE, May 16, 2018— Today, David L. Cohen, Comcast Corporation’s Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer; New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas; and Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller announced a new Internet Essentials partnership to educate seniors, parents, and children across New Mexico about some of the most serious challenges they may face online.  

This innovative, multi-dimensional effort will combine public service announcements, free in-person training programs, and free educational resources including videos, brochures, and booklets that will also be made available online.

shengrui yao rsNew Mexico State University Extension fruit specialist Shengrui Yao demonstrates a website that features 48 jujube varieties, including 34 cultivars recently trademarked as AmeriZao, which have been propagated and tested by Yao. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)WRITER: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu

ALCALDE – AmeriZao is the new trademarked name for jujube fruit trees tested by New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

"Since these cultivars are originally from China, where Zao is the word for this fruit, I wanted to keep the traditional name in the trademark," said Shengrui Yao, NMSU Extension fruit specialist. "AmeriZao cultivars are American jujubes since they have been propagated and tested in New Mexico."

Washington, DC – This afternoon, Congressman Pearce voted for the VA MISSION Act of 2018. This legislation undertakes a massive reform to the operations of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), especially related to veterans' access to localized care.
"The VA is broken, and it is not just a services problem," said Pearce. "It is a cultural problem. A problem that resulted in countless veterans dying due to the deficiencies and complete failures of VA personnel. The Veterans Choice Program has been extremely productive in bridging the access to care gap for rural and underserved veterans, but it has not changed the culture within the VA.

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, pressed Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Director Tony Dearman about theBIE's shortcomings in proactively addressing school violence and emergency preparedness, at an oversight hearing entitled "Protecting the Next Generation: Safety and Security at BIE Schools."
"Recent events have, once again, led to a national dialogue on school safety. It's crucial that schools in Indian Country be part of this important conversation," said Udall in his opening remarks. "The Santa Fe Indian School student body and the student-led Braves and Lady Braves Against School Violence group is taking on very important work. Let me just say to those students that I am moved by your tenacity and your advocacy. And that I hope today's hearing amplifies your work and that of all Native students – whether they attend BIE schools or non-BIE schools; and whether they are in K-12 or college."

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich's (D-N.M.) Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act passed unanimously in the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and is now eligible for consideration in the full Senate. The bipartisan bill would prohibit the exporting of sacred Native American items and increase penalties for stealing and illegally trafficking tribal cultural patrimony.

"The STOP Act has received widespread, bipartisan support and continues to demonstrate growing momentum. Today's vote is a critical step in passing the STOP Act into law to safeguard sacred Native American items," said Senator Heinrich. "We all recognize the incredible beauty of American Indian art--from the remnants of ancient wonders that we can explore and admire in places like Chaco Canyon and the Gila Cliff Dwellings to the traditional and modern art masterpieces created by Native artists to this day. But we can also recognize a clear difference between supporting tribal artists or collecting artifacts ethically and legally as opposed to dealing or exporting items that tribes have identified as essential and sacred pieces of their cultural heritage. I want to thank Chairman Hoeven and Vice Chairman Udall for holding a vote on the STOP Act and will continue working with my colleagues and tribal communities to ensure we build on this momentum so we can help repatriate stolen culturally significant items back to their rightful owners."

omar holguin rsOmar Holguin, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University, is researching whether algae could one day take the place of omega-3 supplements that are derived from fish, which feed on algae. Algae may be the real source of high-value products that are beneficial to human health. (NMSU photo by Adriana M. Chávez)WRITER: Adriana M. Chavez, 575-646-1957, adchavez@nmsu.edu

An assistant professor at New Mexico State University is looking into whether algae could one day take the place of your daily omega-3 supplements that are derived from fish, which feed on algae.

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) voted to reverse President Trump and the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) repeal of net neutrality rules that protect a free and open internet. The bipartisan resolution to save net neutrality passed the Senate by a vote of 52 to 47. Without congressional action, net neutrality protections will officially end next month.

"A free and open internet is essential to fostering innovation and education, and promoting civic engagement," said Sen. Heinrich. "I stand with the thousands of New Mexicans and millions of Americans who raised their voices in an unprecedented grassroots effort to oppose the FCC's decision to dismantle net neutrality rules. Successfully passing our resolution in the Senate sends a clear message to the FCC that it should correct its misguided and partisan decision and fight for rules that ensure free speech, protect consumers, and preserve competition."

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