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.

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.

Information to include review of individual rights, mandatory covered services, insurance complaint reporting

Santa Fe, NM – The New Mexico Office of Superintendent of Insurance (OSI), in partnership with Health Action New Mexico, will host a series of community presentations about mental health and preventive care rights and benefits. The free presentations will include information about protections and rights associated with health insurance benefits for preventive care, mental health, and alcohol/drug use treatment. In addition, attendees will learn how to get the most out of their policy and how to file an appeal or complaint with the State in the case of denied coverage or issues accessing benefit services.

Seasonal flu activity remains high in both our state and nationwide
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports the number of flu-related illnesses and deaths continue to increase across New Mexico.
NMDOH reports 28 flu-related deaths and 100 pneumonia related deaths in adults so far in the 2017-2018 flu season.

NMED and NMDOT alert Doña Ana and Luna County Residents of Risks Associated with Dust Storms

Santa Fe – The New Mexico Environment Department and Department of Transportation, along with the cities of Las Cruces and Deming, and the counties of Doña Ana and Luna, is advising the citizens in those locales of the potential risks associated with dust storms.

A combination of factors including: weather conditions, features of the natural environment, and human activity, can contribute to high levels of windblown dust or dust storms. High winds can raise large amounts of dust from areas of dry, loose, exposed soil. In Southern New Mexico, high winds are most common during the spring.

Washington, DC (February 9, 2018) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted on the amended continuing resolution and budget that also suspends the debt limit:

“Any piece of legislation that suspends the debt limit is simply an excuse for Congress and the government to spend at will, without regard for the consequences down the road. Just as businesses and families have a borrowing limit on their credit card, so does the federal government. By suspending the debt limit through the end of 2018, Congress is granting the government a blank check.

Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) has posted an alert for Monday February 12, 2018: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with CobbFendley (Contractor) will have shoulder work posted on I-25 southbound at mile post 1. University Avenue intersection will have posted lane closures both eastbound and westbound lanes for utility maintenance. Speed limit will be reduced; hours of operation will be from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with the closure lifted daily, expected completion by Friday February 23rd.

Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement this afternoon:“We will never tolerate a university culture that denies students their basic rights through illegal discrimination or retaliation against those who report sexual misconduct. Our criminal and civil investigation into the University of New Mexico includes the handling of these issues and we are reviewing the actions of officials from top to bottom and any other organizations involved.”

Washington, DC (February 8, 2018) On September 5, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, more commonly known as DACA, would end on March 5, 2018. Since them, Rep. Steve Pearce has been working with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find a common-ground solution that provides certainty for the nearly 800,000 immigrants affected.

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The Grant county Beat continues to bring you new columnists. New this past week are the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.

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