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.

hb 7SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday signed three bills that will create new and boost existing education efforts across the state, welcoming legislative sponsors to brief signing ceremonies in the Cabinet Room.  

Senate Bill 576 increases access to area vocational high schools by removing restrictions on where those schools can be located. The new law also places the responsibility of approving such a school solely in the hands of the Public Education Department.

House Bill 7 establishes four centers of excellence at colleges and universities across the state, accelerating growth and career accessibility in cybersecurity, sustainable agricultural, renewable energy and bioscience industries.

SANTA FE, NM – Thousands of seedlings are still available for purchase through the New Mexico State Forestry (NMSF) Conservation Seedling Program. Species include Ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, bur oak, prairie sky poplar, chokecherry, desert mountain mahogany, woods rose and many more! The deadline to order online is April 12, 2019.

“Whether you need to plant one acre or one hundred, we have a variety of seedlings that are perfect for spring planting”, said Carol Bada, Conservation Seedling Program Manager.

To qualify for the program, purchasers must own at least one acre of land in New Mexico and use the seedlings for conservation purposes. This may include providing habitat for wildlife, reforestation, riparian restoration, erosion control, windbreaks, or other conservation needs.

Seedlings are sold in minimum lots of 49 of the same species for $80. Multi-species bundles are also available for the same price. Bareroot seedlings come in bundles of 50, same species or two distinct species, for $62.

Unique Events

Friday March 29, Jimmy Stadler,  Local musical legend, multi instrumentalist, and all around great guy, Jimmy Stadler will be live at the KTAOS Solar Center! Jimmy plays all sorts of amazing original music as well as some of the classic hits to keep your feet moving! Doors open at 3 PM for happy hour! NO COVER!  Music starts early at 6:30PM.  

Saturday March 30, Mattress Mary Presents: Liz Longley, Best known for her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, Liz Longley is an accomplished singer-songwriter based out of Nashville. Known for her deeply emotional music, Liz has earned accolades from some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition. Signed with Sugar Hill Records, her self-titled debut album received critical acclaim, being described as “a thing of beauty”. Saturday March 30, Mattress Mary Presents: Liz Longley, 8pm,  $10ADV, $15DOS.

Seek hearing on Boeing 737 Max 8 jets & call for it to include engine safety issues that caused SW Airlines crash that resulted in death of NM constituent

Udall & Heinrich first called for hearing on engine and other safety issues at FAA last year after years without Congressional safety oversight

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich wrote to the Senate Commerce Committee leadership to support the committee’s call for a hearing on aviation safety issues with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the wake of two fatal crashes involving Boeing 737 Max 8 jets, and to request that that the hearing also include a discussion about engine safety issues that caused a Southwest Airlines crash last year, which resulted in the death of a New Mexico constituent.

The students are from Albuquerque, Española, Gallup, Bluff, Shiprock, and the South Valley

Rotterdam, the Netherlands - This morning, Albuquerque’s Cultivating Coders announced that ten New Mexico and Navajo Nation students will travel this weekend to the Netherlands for an exclusive, intensive, and international cyber security training called CyberHeroes. The one-week training program begins Monday, March 18th and will bring together twenty talented youth from the Netherlands, New Mexico, and the Navajo Nation to be trained in ethical hacking skills to address current security threats. Over the course of one week, they will take on hacker battles, work on CSI-type cyber challenges with local police, study the history of cryptography, learn to fight cyber crime alongside international hackers, and much more.

“This opportunity for our students is unparalleled, but our mission at Cultivating Coders is to continue to create many more opportunities like CyberHeroes to empower youth in underserved, inner-city, tribal, and rural communities across New Mexico and the United States,” said Charles Ashley III, CEO and Founder of Cultivating Coders. “Cultivating Coders is at the forefront of preparing our overlooked tribal, rural, and inner-city youth to fill the most critical technology careers in the United States, and now we aren’t just bringing our coding bootcamps anywhere in the country, but also the world.”

Mobile medical van will be used to provide migrants with basic medical needs

SANTA FE, NM – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) has begun this week providing a mobile medical van to assist community partners in providing basic health services to migrants. These migrants have been processed and released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement awaiting asylum hearings. 

The move comes under the direction of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham who has directed state agencies to focus on the ongoing humanitarian needs of communities seeing large groups of families, women and children entering the United States in hopes of seeking asylum. 

“The Department of Health recognizes the health problems that migrants face after walking great distances across Central America and Mexico,” said NMDOH Secretary Kathy Kunkel. “The mobile medical van gives medical professionals and their patients a degree of privacy as they determine what medical issues are either treatable on site or require transport to area hospitals.”

The Parnall Law Firm scholarship is offering a total of $4,000.00 in prizes and is running now through May 1, 2019.

Here is a link to the scholarship page with all the needed information for submissions: www.hurtcallbert.com/scholarships/ 

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