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.

Santa Fe, NM – Today, the interim Economic and Rural Development Committee held their second meeting of the year and received updates on New Mexico’s growing hemp industry. The committee heard from entrepreneurs in the hemp industry, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, and the New Mexico Environment Department.

SANTA FE: Senate Bill 553 (SB 553) is now in effect and gives the Oil Conservation Division (OCD) the authority to charge fees and sets a fees schedule on specific administrative applications. The money generated from these fees will allow the OCD, a Division within the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD), to modernize its technology and business systems and offset hearing administrative costs. SB 553, sponsored by Senator Joseph Cervantes, passed through the 2019 legislative session with strong support from industry leaders.

Eddy County, NM - On June 28, 2019, at around 9:45 p.m. the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash involving motorcycles on Derrick Road near Roberson Road, south of Carlsbad.

The initial investigation indicates that a 2019 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Jayson Michael Salcido (35) of Carlsbad was traveling east on Derrick Road. For reasons unknown he collided head on with a west bound 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by a twenty-nine-year-old Carlsbad man near the center of the roadway.

New locations part of retailer’s plan to provide EV charging stations at stores coast-to-coast

New direct current fast Electrify America chargers can charge capable electric vehicles in roughly 30 minutes

Albuquerque, N.M., July 1, 2019 – In collaboration with Electrify America, Walmart today announced a new convenience for customers: electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at Walmart Supercenters from Gallup to Deming.


Incident Name: Arroyo Fire

Start Date & Time: July 1, 2019 - 1530

Start Location: San Juan County, 5 miles west of Bloomfield

Cause of Fire: Under investigation

Area Vegetation: Russian olive, salt cedar

Historic filing takes an unprecedented approach to New Mexico’s energy and economic future

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) – This past Earth Day, New Mexicans saw PNM lead the way in becoming the nation’s first investor-owned utility to announce the earliest goal to be 100% emissions-free by 2040. Today, PNM moved one step closer to that goal with its filing for the closure of the San Juan coal plant.

Through an innovative approach, PNM filed four distinct scenarios for the replacement of the coal-fired generation. Each scenario underwent modeling that looked at factors such as:
· the costs to customers
· proven types of generation, like solar, wind, and natural gas
· the reliability of those generation sources working independently and together as one system
· the dependability and magnitude of energy storage technology
· the flexibility to meet customer demand at the hottest hour of the day and the coldest middle of the night

 Location: north of Hermosa, NM, Black Range Ranger District, Gila National Forest

Start Date: June 29, 2019

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: pinyon juniper mixed with grasses

Resources: Type 2 Initial Attack (IA) crew, one Hot Shot crew, two engines, seven smokejumpers, four helitack crew


Incident Name: Moses Fire

Start Date & Time: June 27, 2019 - 1300

Start Location: McKinley County, Marquez Wildlife Area

Cause of Fire: Under investigation

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