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dean flores witteNew Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Dean Rolando A. Flores, left, and New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte will conduct their first listening session of 2019 beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at the Grant County Convention Center in Silver City. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)Agricultural leaders Rolando A. Flores, dean of New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, and New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte will continue their listening sessions for a third year.

“The best way to know about the agricultural issues is to listen to the stakeholders in the state,” Flores said.

The first sessions will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at the Grant County Convention Center in Silver City.

“We look forward to meeting with New Mexico residents,” Witte said. “These sessions provide them the opportunity to engage in a face-to-face conversation with us.”

Two additional sessions are scheduled: June 17 in Farmington and July 17 at the Eddy County Fairgrounds in Artesia.

New Mexico State University Southwest Beef Reproductive Management Program is launching a new artificial insemination school to help cattlemen manage their reproductive program.

“AI is a largely under-utilized technology in New Mexico,” said Craig Gifford, NMSU Extension beef cattle specialist. “There has been a really big misconception that AI is just for dairy cattle, and isn’t used in a big pasture situation. But there are big ranches that use it and continue to use it, indicating that AI is profitable in this type of production system.”

The next NMSU AI School will be in Los Lunas from April 10-12, at Southwest Event Center on State Highway 6, west of Los Lunas. The course will be taught by Gifford; Marcy Ward, NMSU Extension livestock specialist; and other NMSU Extension specialists and agents.

“There will be classroom presentations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, April 10-11, and hands-on palpating of cows on Friday, April 12,” said Newt McCarty, NMSU Extension’s Valencia County agricultural agent. “This is a great opportunity for cattlemen to learn this breeding method.”

fossilClayton State Dinosaur Tracks Images: Courtesy: Spencer Lucas, Ph.D.For Immediate Release: March 15, 2019 (Albuquerque, New Mexico ) - This spring the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS), Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) and the New Mexico State Parks Department are undertaking a project to document, map, and model one of the largest dinosaur tracksites in the United States. Hundreds of tracks, from at least four different species of dinosaurs, are exposed at the Clayton Lake State Park in northeastern New Mexico. The Clayton Lake Dinosaur Tracksite Project will involve students, staff and scientists from CNM, NMMNHS, and NM State Parks in photographing, scanning, mapping, and modeling hundreds of exposed dinosaur tracks.

The students and scientists participating are from CNM’s School of Applied Technologies and the School of Math, Science and Engineering; NMMNHS, a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and the New Mexico State Parks Department.

From New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Santa Fe —New Mexico experienced an unprecedented weather pattern this past week designated by weather experts as a “bomb cyclone.” The storm caused extensive damage in several counties throughout the state.

Interstate 25 was temporarily closed due to the risks of high-profile vehicles. Reports of 80-100 mile-an-hour winds were reported throughout the state. The winds were so powerful they caused a freight train to be derailed off a truss bridge near Logan, falling approximately 50 feet into an arroyo causing complete destruction of the train and cargo. Fortunately, in this case and all others related to this weather event, there was no loss of life.

The summer break from school can be filled with a variety of activities for teenagers.

camp participants beefNew Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp participants receive hands-on experience in fabricating beef into retail cuts that camp cooks used to feed the campers. Online registration deadline is April 12 for the June 9-14 camp. Visit nmyrm.nmsu.edu for more information and to register. (NMSU photo)For 30 teenagers it will be an opportunity to learn the science behind ranching at the New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp conducted by New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

Now is the time for youth ages 15-19 to apply for a life-changing experience at the June 9-14 camp where they will be introduced to the many aspects of running a ranch, from financial statements and marketing strategies to producing quality beef and managing natural resources and wildlife. 

Online registration deadline is April 12. Visit nmyrm.nmsu.edu for more information and to register. 

The camp is held at the CS Cattle Company’s 130,000-acre ranch at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range near Cimarron.

Communities along San Juan, Animas rivers advised to take precautions

Santa Fe — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) was notified this afternoon by the State of Utah that the Gladstone wastewater treatment facility, which treats drainage from Gold King Mine, failed on March 14 due to loss of power.

Because of heavy snowfall in the area, the treatment facility is currently inaccessible.

Wastewater from the mine is currently bypassing the facility at a rate between 250 to 300 gallons per minute, according to estimates from Utah and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Urges support for new bipartisan burn pits legislation, reversal of proposed VA budget cuts for medical research, and implementation of $5 Million registry funding that Udall secured 

Also pushes VA to address staffing shortages and decreasing capabilities plaguing the New Mexico VA Health Care System

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall met with the U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs Robert Wilkie to discuss the urgent need to enact bipartisan legislation to help veterans exposed to toxic burn pits,address staffing shortages and decreasing capabilities at the New Mexico VA Health Care System, and other issues critical to health and wellbeing of veterans in New Mexico and across the country.

Udall has long worked to ensure that New Mexico veterans receive better access to the medical treatment they need. In 2013, Udall, along with former U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), authored legislation to establish the Airborne Hazards and Burn Pit Registry to help veterans, doctors, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), monitor veterans' health, keep them informed about studies and treatments, and improve programs to help veterans who are concerned that they may have been exposed to toxic chemicals while they were deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. This year, Udall introduced bipartisan legislation, the Burn Pit Registry Enhancement Act, to strengthen and enhance the burn pit registry, which passed the House of Representatives last week and is now pending on the Senate legislative calendar.

eced 1From left: Anita Rios, Lt. Gov. Howie Morales and Terry Anderson. (Courtesy Photo)Creation of  New State 'Early Education & Childcare Department,' to Concentrate Improvements in Early Learning and Child Well-Being; Cites Long-Time Grant County Leadership to Create Historic Early Childhood Focus

(Santa Fe, NM) – Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales today praised Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham for signing into law Senate Bill 22 on Thursday, establishing a new Cabinet-level state department that will lead a unified expansion and transformation of early childhood education in New Mexico.  Morales also applauded the years of work particularly by Grant County advocates for and practitioners of early childhood education, who pushed the concept of a state agency solely focused on early education and childcare as encapsulated in the measure.  Morales, in response to the Grant County advocates mostly based at Western New Mexico University, sponsored the first bill ever in 2015 to create an early education department in New Mexico.

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