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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.

Is There A Forest Industry in New Mexico?

 Ruidoso, NM - Let’s talk wood! The New Mexico’s forest industry will be gathering in Ruidoso for the first annual New Mexico Wood Industry Summit, to be held Friday/Saturday November 16 and 17, 2018 at the Ruidoso Convention Center. The Summit is designed to meet the needs and interests of the New Mexico wood industry and will include presentations and panel discussions on a variety of topics. A trade show with exhibit booths will also be available as well as special activities for youth. Private contractors, wood users, equipment manufacturers, plus state and federal and tribal government officials are expected to attend. The two day event is free and open to the Public.

“We are interested in attracting people from across New Mexico and the southwest,” stated organizer Rick Merrick (Lincoln and Otero County forester). “Our combined interest of revitalizing the regional and state-wide forest products industry as well as improving forest health and watershed improvement has led to this groundbreaking event.” Merrick added that he hoped the general public would also be interested in attending, particularly young people interested in Forest related careers.   

Cibola County, NM – On October 31, 2018 the New Mexico State Police Uniform Bureau and Investigations Bureau were called to investigate allegations of criminal sexual penetration of a juvenile against Edwin Mariano (40) of Grants, NM. 

Through an extensive investigation, State Police agents learned the victim resided in the home with Mariano. During the investigation the juvenile disclosed that Mariano gave her alcohol and sexually assaulted her.

On November 1, 2018 State Police officers were able to locate and successfully arrest Edwin Mariano without incident in Grants.  He was booked into the Cibola County Detention Center on the following charges:

19th Annual Congreso de las Acequias

Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid

Saturday, November 17th, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

(Albuquerque, NM).  The New Mexico Acequia Association (NMAA) announces the 19thannual Congreso de las Acequias, which will be held on Saturday, November 17, at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid. The Congreso de las Acequias is the largest gathering of ace­quias and supporters in New Mexico. “Labor y Fe: Acequias Caring for the Land and Water in Times of Change” is the theme for this year’s gathering which reflects the challenge of sustained drought and the endurance of acequias.

The event will take place in Albuquerque and will include a pre-Congreso farm tour in the South Valley at Candelaria Organics on Friday, November 16th from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. The farm tour will honor acequia farmers who have continued working the land and protecting acequia water rights in the face of urbanization.

NM - On November 1, 2018 the New Mexico State Police was tasked with a statewide Human Services Division Child Support Warrant Roundup. Due to the size of the operation and the amount of warrants to serve, New Mexico State Police worked with the following agencies; Albuquerque Prisoner Transport Center, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, Chavez County Sheriff’s Office, Deming Police Department, Eddy County Sheriff’s Office, Farmington Police Department, Las Cruces Police Department, Lea County Sheriff’s Office, McKinley County Sheriff’s Department, New Mexico Mounted Patrol, New Mexico State University Police Department, Sandoval County Sheriff’s Department, and Valencia County Sheriff’s Department.

During the operation forty-eight individuals who had outstanding arrest warrants for not paying child support were arrested. No other information is available at this time. 

More than 7 million customers will benefit from improved or new service, including those serviced by the electric co-ops in Clayton and Grants, NM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA is investing $1.6 billion in 46 rural electric utility infrastructure projects to improve electric reliability and resilience in 24 states. 

“Reliable and affordable power is an underpinning for economic development and quality of life,” Hazlett said. “Under the leadership of Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner in building prosperity in rural communities through the sustainment and modernization of rural electric infrastructure.”

Experience the Holidays Like a Local 

Santa Fe, NM – November 1, 2018 –Santa Fe, New Mexico is well known as a hub for arts and culture. This holiday season, visitors can immerse themselves in New Mexico holiday traditions, experience authentic culture and art, and celebrate with unique events. Coinciding with Santa Fe’s arts and cultural events as well as the holiday season, Santa Fe’s Inn on the Alameda is offering a Culture Package from November 25 through December 18.

Located just steps away from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, the Inn on the Alameda’s Culture Package includes a three-night stay and two New Mexico Culture Passes—good for entrance to all New Mexico museums and historic sites. A visit to Santa Fe also allows visitors to immerse in New Mexico culture and holiday traditions while in town. On December 8, the Santa Fe School of Cooking will be holding a class on cooking “Traditional New Mexican Christmas” favorites. Throughout the holiday months, there are a variety of art classes for visitors to learn unique New Mexico art styles and trends, and options for one-of-a-kind holiday shopping abound. For a full listing, go here.

(Washington, D.C., November 8, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today praised proposed rulemaking by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), which could help farmers advertise job openings to domestic workers as required under the H-2A visa program. The DOL rulemaking would require that employers seeking to hire temporary workers post the employment opportunities online, rather than in expensive newspapers advertisements reaching a limited audience. This is an early step in H-2A regulatory reforms as promised in May in a joint statement of the Secretaries of Agriculture, Labor, State, and Homeland Security.

Secretary Perdue issued the following statement:

“When I travel around the country, one of the biggest concerns farmers raise is the shortage of legal farm labor. Our farmers and ranchers are the most productive in the world, and they want to obey immigration law. Where American workers are not available, farmers turn to the H-2A program that is overly bureaucratic and cost prohibitive.  Using regulations like this is one way to modernize H-2A to reach more American workers, while providing relief to farmers from one of the high costs of the program. It’s good to see the federal government using 21st Century technology, rather than being limited to placing notices in the want ads. 

Come join us December 6, 2018 as John Devere, local Historian will be regaling us with some personal memories of living in and around Tombstone. You never know what you might learn.

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 Doug Hocking (doug@doughocking.com),378-1833, 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.

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