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.

ESTANCIA, NM – The Torrance County Commission will consider an Intergovernmental Agreement that would reopen the Torrance County Detention Facility in Estancia during a special meeting this coming Wednesday, May 15th. The facility – owned by CoreCivic – will house detainees for the United States Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency - ICE. 

Torrance County and CoreCivic have been working with ICE for the past few months to reopen the detention center that has been closed since October of 2017.

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA (10th May 2019): At a press conference today at the New Mexico State Capitol Building in Santa Fe, hosted by New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson announced that Virgin Galactic’s development and testing program had advanced sufficiently to move the spaceline staff and space vehicles from Mojave, California to their commercial operations headquarters at Spaceport America, New Mexico. The move, which involves more than 100 staff, will commence immediately and continue through the summer, to minimise schooling disruption for families.

Trudy Martinez, 28, of Twin Lakes, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation, who was wanted by the FBI on a federal criminal complaint charging her with murder, has been arrested.

FBI Special Agents arrested Martinez in Gallup, New Mexico, on Thursday (5/9/2019).

Martinez is expected to have an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque on Friday.

Martinez was accused of fatally shooting another adult in Twin Lakes on May 3, 2019.

She fled the scene with her own children, who are now safe with family.

Martinez is also charged with use of a firearm in a crime of violence and crimes occurring in Indian County.

The public is reminded that all suspects are considered innocent unless convicted in a court of law.

Albuquerque, NM – May 9, 2019 - Families facing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free education course in Las Cruces, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.

“Skills for Dementia Caregiving” is a FREE six-session program designed for family and friends caring for a loved one with dementia, and presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter.

The course will be held once a week, Tuesdays, from June 4 through July 9, 2019, from 2:00pm-4:00pm. The course will be hosted at Crossroads In-Home Care, 189 Howard Pl., Las Cruces, NM 88011.

To register or for more information call 1-800-272-3900 or email Alexis Ramirez (Programs Volunteer Case Manager at alramirez@alz.org. For directions, call 575-647-3868.

 Los análisis muestran los niveles de pH y la presencia de nitratos, arsénico y otros contaminantes

Condado de Rio Arriba – Las encuestas muestran que la mayoría de los usuarios de pozos privados de Nuevo México no han hecho análisis al agua de sus pozos a pesar de que la mayoría no tienen instalados sistemas de tratamiento de agua.

Para ahorrar dinero a los consumidores (los análisis cuestan alrededor de $150) y para educar al público sobre agua potable segura, el Departamento de Medio Ambiente de Nuevo México y el Departamento de Salud de Nuevo México organizarán un evento gratuito de análisis de agua para pozos domésticos en Ghost Ranch el sábado, 11 de mayo.

"Con el 20 por ciento de los nuevomexicanos que usan pozos de agua privados, nuestros eventos gratuitos de análisis de agua son una gran oportunidad para que los propietarios de pozos aprendan más sobre lo que hay en su agua y sobre cómo mantenerla segura y limpia", dijo el secretario de Medio Ambiente, James Kenney. "Animo a los residentes del condado de Rio Arriba a que vengan y participen".

Tests indicate pH levels and presence of nitrates, arsenic and other contaminants

RIO ARRIBA COUNTY – Surveys show the majority of New Mexican private well users haven’t had their water tested, even though most do not have water treatment systems installed.

To save consumers money – tests are valued at around $150 – and to educate the public about safe drinking water, the New Mexico Environment Department and New Mexico Department of Health are hosting a free domestic well water testing event in Ghost Ranch on Saturday, May 11.

“With 20 percent of New Mexicans using private water wells, our free water testing events are a great
opportunity for private well owners to learn more about what is in their water and how to keep it safe and clean,” said Environment Department Secretary James Kenney. “I encourage Rio Arriba County residents to come out and participate.”

Endorsed by over 200 organizations, the CARE Act is the most ambitious legislation of its kind in Congress and would allocate $100 billion over 10 years

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Assistant Speaker of the House, and Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) in introducing the Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act, the most ambitious legislation ever introduced in Congress to confront the opioid and substance use epidemic. Endorsed by over 200 organizations, the CARE Act would provide state and local governments with $100 billion in federal funding over ten years, including more than $800 million per year directly to Tribal governments and organizations.

Do not drink water or swim in water at Lake Holloman

SANTA FE, NM – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports water samplesrecently collected at Lake Holloman on Holloman Air Force Base contain high levels of per- and polyfluorinated compounds (PFAS). The lake is fed by treated wastewater from Holloman Air Force Base. Therefore, swimming in Lake Holloman is already not allowed and the lake water is not suitable for drinking.

In light of the recent analytical results, NMDOH recommends that visitors to this area should not:

  • Ingest water or foam from the lake
  • Swim in the lake 
  • Touch the water if possible.

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