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.

PNM Resources Foundation grant winner announcement brings relief to organizations throughout the state

(Albuquerque, N.M.) – Twenty-one New Mexico nonprofits will be able to spend less on electric bills and more on providing essential services to the community after receiving a PNM Reduce Your Use grant from the PNM Resources Foundation. 

The 2019 Reduce Your Use grants awarded more than $100,000 to help nonprofits throughout New Mexico complete projects that reduce their energy use and lower their electric bills. Funded projects include efficient lighting, solar panel installations, updating heating and cooling systems, window coverings, ceiling fans, energy saving appliances, and much more. The completion of these projects will not only save energy and money, but will also mean a cleaner, healthier environment in many cases for their clients and staff.

SANTA FE, N.M. – “The Biggest Loser” has started production in and around Santa Fe. The 10-episode season from Endemol Shine North America, in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio, is expected to debut on USA Network in 2020, New Mexico Film Office Director Todd Christensen announced Friday.

“The Biggest Loser” is hosted by Bob Harper, a health and fitness expert who was a staple for 17 seasons on the original version of the hit reality series. Erica Lugo and Steve Cook have also joined the series as the show’s new trainers.

“The Santa Fe, New Mexico region offers us a tremendous variety of looks and locations for our production needs,” says Georgie Hurford-Jones, Endemol Shine North America’s Senior Vice President, Unscripted Original Series and Specials. “For a show like ‘The Biggest Loser,’ where we have men and women looking to not only lose weight, but improve their overall well-being, our new location here in the state is ideal on many levels.” 

Bipartisan group of 31 Senators request two-year reauthorization for PILT and SRS programs 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 3, 2019) – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today requested that any end-of-year legislation include at least a two-year reauthorization of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) programs. Both of these vital programs ensure New Mexico's rural counties that have large amounts of non-taxable federal public lands-such as national forests, Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) lands, and National Park Service lands-are able to pay for police and fire protection, emergency response, schools, road maintenance, and other crucial services.

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) – Today the New Mexico Supreme Court denied a joint petition from PNM along with Western Resource Advocates, Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy, Sierra Club, IBEW Local 611, San Juan Citizens’ Alliance and Diné Care, to provide clarification about the applicability of the Energy Transition Act (“ETA”) to PNM’s application for San Juan Generating Station abandonment, securitization and replacement power.

The denial of the petition by the New Mexico Supreme Court means that the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission will handle the question of the ETA’s applicability through its scheduled proceeding.

Mora County- On September 28, 2019, the New Mexico State Police Investigation Bureau was called to investigate a homicide in Mora, NM.

During the investigation State Police agents learned in the early morning hours of September 28, 2019, Jermain Jennings (27) of Rio Rancho and a fifty-year-old male subject also of Rio Rancho, had gone over to Alex Pacheco’s residence, located off 1838 Highway 94 in Mora, NM. During a dispute, Jennings and the male subject were shot by Pacheco. After the shooting, Jennings and the male subject drove to an Allsup’s Convenience Store in Mora, NM where they were met by emergency medical services. Both Jennings and the male subject were transported to a hospital.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Scott Hutchins announced today that the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has invested $11 million in research that will support specialty crop farmers.

“This collaborative public-private research effort will focus on applying innovative solutions to pest management problems that often are otherwise not available to specialty crop farmers,” said Hutchins, who leads USDA’s Research, Education and Economics (REE) mission area. “Practical and economic crop management solutions may make all the difference between thriving and just surviving financially during the growing season.”

madonna verbiscar zucchiniMadonna Verbiscar picks a zucchini from her plant in the community garden at the Santa Fe County Senior Center in Edgewood. She has had a bountiful crop of vegetables this summer. Sally Cassady, food system specialist with Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition, a program administered by NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service, has helped facilitate the garden project. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)EDGEWOOD – Establishing community gardens can be difficult especially in population sparse rural areas.

One exception this summer has been the garden at the Santa Fe County Senior Center in Edgewood. The continued effort to have a garden at the center has sprouted enthusiasm as well as produce to share with others.

“When we first started it just looked desolate and I didn’t think it would work,” said Evelyn McGarry, the community garden administrator. “But, people have come and dedicated themselves to gardening and it is beautiful, what they have done and what they have grown.”

Twelve community members planted a variety of vegetables in their designated rows, and volunteered their time to care for several rows designated for production of produce for senior citizens attending the center’s programs.

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) – Living in New Mexico gives us the unique opportunity to enjoy balloons year round. But the beauty of the balloons can quickly turn into a dangerous situation if one were to get caught in power lines. Today, in preparation for the 2019 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, PNM hosted a safety demonstration for first responders, Balloon Fiesta safety officials, and local media to discuss what to do if this situation occurs. The demonstration covered how PNM responds and works with first responders, and Raymond Bair, a member of the Balloon Fiesta Board of Directors and experienced pilot, discussed this safety issue from the pilot’s perspective. The event was hosted at the PNM Reeves Generation Station, and a balloon and gondola were draped over a de-energized power line as a visual aid.

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