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 – PNM recently completed a project in the East Mountains that will help with reliability and outage restoration time in the area. A total of 15 wooden electric poles were completely replaced with lighter weight, longer lasting fiberglass poles, and a new recloser device replaced an older recloser on the line, which will allow PNM to detect faults on the line and clear faults faster to reduce outage time. The device will also assist in troubleshooting and help PNM crews identify a fault location faster.

The project took place in an inaccessible area of the Sandia Mountains near the Sandia Peak Ski Area, and involved months of planning and preparation before the replacement project could begin. Because of the remote location of this line, vegetation growth had to be cleared to ease construction efforts and to help prevent outages caused by trees. With the dry weather that New Mexico experienced this year those vegetation efforts were put on hold due to Stage 3 fire restrictions, which closed the Cibola National Forest. These restrictions delayed the project nearly four months, pushing construction into late fall.

Due to the terrain and time of year several special conditions had to be taken into consideration. Holes for the new pole had to be hand dug using pneumatic jackhammers, which were flown in by helicopter.  Line crews worked long days for two weeks digging the holes for 15 poles. The helicopter was used to fly in the majority of the new poles for placement, and five, four-man crews worked on the ground to complete the pole replacement. The helicopter was also used to fly the old poles out from the forest. 

“Utilities all over the country use helicopters for jobs like this,” said Derek Kastendieck, project manager for the project and program management with New Mexico Operations. “They provide a unique working platform with which to perform construction, maintenance, and inspection services, and can complete certain work faster and more efficiently than just a ground crew alone.”

nm188S. Valley Drive/ Avenida de Mesilla Intersection Project 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 S. Valley Drive (NM 188)/Avenida de Mesilla (NM 28) Intersection Project.


6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday January 15, 2019


Thomas Branigan Memorial Library

Roadrunner Room

200 E Picacho Ave

Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001

SANTA FE — The state of New Mexico has been awarded a $5.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to assist in efforts to build a high-quality early learning system for families and young children. The Children, Youth and Families Department is designated as the lead agency for the grant — formally called the Preschool Development Grant, Birth to Five. CYFD applied collaboratively with the Department of Health and Public Education Department. The one-year award includes the option of applying for additional funding for additional years.

The grant includes funding for the following:

—A statewide birth-to-five needs assessment and data-gathering process through public forums with parents and other stakeholders in order to qualitatively determine community needs.

—Development of statewide birth-to-five strategic plan, a three-year road map toward a higher-quality early learning environment. 

—A statewide early learning media campaign to maximize parents’ understanding of resources and learning services available in their communities.

—Workforce training activities and professional development for childcare providers, early interventionists and others. 

—An online family engagement tool that will also allow early childhood programs to self-evaluate.

February 6, 2019 Steve Lindsey will be regaling us with Cowboy Stories and Poetry, this will be the Historic Schieffelin Hall in Tombstone AZ.

The Cochise County Corral of the Westerners meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Schieffelin Hall, Fremont St. at 4th, Tombstone. Come and see this wonderful, historic theater built in 1882. There is an optional 5-ish pre-meeting dinner at the Longhorn Restaurant, Allen St., Tombstone. Call or email ahead so we can tell the restaurant how many to expect. This is Cochise County’s corral and all are welcome. For more information contact Sheriff Fred Severn,520-220-6313, or Nevada Smith 520-642-7601; 775-482-7601, or Trail Boss Bob Spahle, bobsp1882@gmail.com, 732-1036. To R.S.V.P. for dinner contact the Recorder of Marks and Brands Liz Severn ljsevern@gmail.com, 220-6313. Everyone is invited.

New Mexico State University’s Extension Turfgrass Specialist Bernd Leinauer and his team in cooperation with the Colorado School of Mines have received a grant of $750,000 from the National Science Foundation to work on making landscape irrigation scheduling technology more user friendly, particularly when it comes to using it in conjunction with saline, non-portable water.

giuliano sciusco landscape irrigationGiuliano Sciusco, a visiting New Mexico State University graduate student from Italy, calibrates experimental soil sensors. NMSU Extension Turfgrass Specialist Bernd Leinauer and his team received a grant of $750,000 from the National Science Foundation to make landscape irrigation scheduling technology more user friendly. (Courtesy photo)Leinauer explained that the grant is to investigate promising technology already in existence that hasn’t been accepted or used by industry or the end user. Environmental and computer engineers from the Colorado School of Mines and turfgrass specialists from NMSU have partnered with the Toro Company, a major company in landscape irrigation and maintenance equipment. They will determine how to incorporate soil sensors that measure both salinity and moisture into existing irrigation scheduling technology. 

“Soil salinity and soil moisture are two measurements needed when non-potable, saline water is used as a water source,” Leinauer said. “In our project we are using a market available salinity and moisture sensor and developing a model that uses these data for irrigation scheduling.” 

Two faculty members from New Mexico State University have been awarded $350,000 from Las Cruces-based tech company Electronic Caregiver to create a laboratory for aging and functional lifespan research, along with research of visual search scenarios and motor performance environments, using augmented and virtual reality.

The Addison Care VR/AR Laboratory will be located inside Milton Hall. NMSU professors Phillip Post, interim department head of the Department of Kinesiology and Dance, and Michael C. Hout, NMSU associate professor in the Department of Psychology, will co-direct the lab. NMSU students and professors will have access to the lab in order to conduct researching using augmented and virtual reality.

“This lab is going to be a game-changer. First, it’s a huge technological investment in NMSU, and will provide myriad new opportunities for faculty researchers, graduate students, and undergraduates,” Hout said. “From a research perspective, a lab like this will allow us to investigate an area of research that is both understudied and extremely difficult to study in the first place.”

Hout said the lab will allow researchers to identify best practices in the visual search component of search and rescue techniques.

“With a VR lab like this, we can create custom, well-controlled environments that allow us to study SAR in a safe place, and that allow for precise behavioral and oculomotor measurements,” Hout said. “This is something that is frankly near impossible to accomplish without the tools that ECG is providing. Moreover, this is just the beginning of what seems to me to be an extremely fruitful relationship with ECG, which is something that is going to provide huge benefits to the NMSU community and the Las Cruces area.”

(Albuquerque, NM) – A crew of four PNM employees left this afternoon to aid in the delivery of vital supplies to around 10 residents who are stranded in an area west of Madrid. Two journeymen from the PNM Communications and Relay department, their craft supervisor, and a chief mechanic are headed up to the area to provide help. Intense snowfall in the area has left residents unable to leave their homes to replenish food, water, and medical supplies. 

PNM will be working closely with Santa Fe County officials and first responders, using the utilities’ snowcat to deliver food and water to those who are stranded. The snowcat will allow the crew and first responders to navigate the remote, rocky terrain and reach areas that other vehicles may not be able to access.

“PNM has been a disaster relief partner with us for as long as I can remember,” said Martin Vigil, emergency manager for Santa Fe County. “We have worked together in other emergency situations and it’s during times like this where our strong relationship pays enormous dividends, and allows us to provide help to people in need.”

The crew will deliver supplies on Friday, Jan. 4 and continue relief efforts on Saturday, Jan. 5 if needed.

“PNM is proud to be a part of the communities we serve, and the residents of New Mexico are our family,” said Bennie Lovato, craft supervisor for the Communications and Relay department. “We have the ability to provide much needed help, and I am honored to be a part of that.”

This update has Deputies Involved and Deceased Male Suspect Named 

Bluewater Village, NM - On December 6, 2018, The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted to investigate a police shooting involving the Cibola County Sheriff’s Office. State Police agents learned that around 11:30 a.m., the Cibola County Sheriff’s Office was attempting to serve an arrest warrant on John Guerin (76) of Blue Water Village at #18 Mary Ann Dr., in Cibola County.

As deputies approached the front door of the residence, at least one gunshot was fired from inside the residence towards the location of deputies. At this point Deputies Kimery Ward, Anthony Kemp, and Alan Roane discharged their duty firearms towards the front window of the trailer. Deputies then set up a perimeter, and requested New Mexico State Police Tactical Team. As New Mexico State Police Tactical Team officers and Crisis Negotiations officers arrived, a single gunshot was heard from within the trailer Guerin was later located. 

New Mexico State Police Tactical Team officers and K9 officers made entry into the trailer and located Guerin inside with a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Next to Guerin was a .22 caliber handgun. Guerin was pronounces deceased by the Office of the Medical Investigator.

Deputy Kimery Ward has been with CCSO for approximately five years.  Deputy Anthony Kemp has been with CCSO for approximately five years. Deputy Alan Roane has been CCSO for approximately three years. For information on the arrest warrant that deputies were attempting to serve, please contact CCSO.  No further information is available at this time.

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