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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 – The following legislative interim committees are meeting the week of September 18 through September 22, 2017

September 18, 2017 @ 9:00 a.m. - Public School Capital Outlay Oversight Task Force (PSCOOTF), State Capitol, Room 307, Santa Fe, NM
Agenda Items: Consensus Revenue Projections and Public School Capital Outlay; What Happens to All of That Money? A Look at Completed Projects Opening this Fall; What Happens to Old, Abandoned School Buildings? Examination of Issues Related to Realistic, Economical Disposal of Abandoned, "Unusable" School Facilities and Possible Solutions; Charter Schoo Risk Review; Who Owns Charter School Facilities?; Where Are All of the Children? A Look at the Background and Current Status of the State's Use of the Geographic Information System

SANTA FE, NM -- The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports a six percent decrease in the number of suicides in the state in 2016. The decrease reverses a trend of rising suicide rates in New Mexico over the last three years. There were 469 reported suicides in New Mexico last year, down from 498 in 2015.

"The suicide of a loved one, whether it's a parent, sibling, or friend, impacts the lives of those left behind forever." said New Mexico Secretary of Health Lynn Gallagher, "Suicides are preventable, and this administration is determined to reach more New Mexicans early enough to get them support when they need it most."

NMDOH plays a role in addressing state suicide rates in addition to state mental health services overseen by the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD).

Ongoing NMDOH prevention efforts include sharing data with communities and local organizations, as well as training public school staff and community members statewide in evidence-based suicide prevention practices. These presentations include information on how to identify and support people at risk, as well as the provision of media guidelines on safe reporting and messaging about suicide. These media guidelines lessen emotional harm to audiences that know a victim of suicide and prevent the future risk of someone seeing something in media that leads them to prematurely end their life as well.

Suicide, like other human behaviors, has no single determining cause. Data from the New Mexico Violent Death Reporting System show risk factors such as depression, abuse relationship problems, health conditions, financial challenges, and legal problems.

These are several warning signs:

  • Talking about wanting to die.
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself.
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose.
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
  • Talking about being a burden to others.
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly.
  • Sleeping too little or too much.
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated.
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.

The more of these signs a person shows, the greater the risk. If someone you know exhibits warning signs of imminent suicide:

  • Do not leave the person alone.
  • Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt.
  • Call the New Mexico Crisis Line at 1-855-NMCRISIS (662-7474) or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
  • Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.

For more information, please visit the NMDOH's Suicide Prevention Program page at https://nmhealth.org/about/phd/hsb/supp/.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 15, 2017) - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a broad Democratic effort led by Sens. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) to push Equifax — the massive credit bureau that recently made public a data breach affecting 143 million Americans — to completely end its use of forced arbitration agreements, which limit the ability of consumers to pursue justice in a public court of law or challenge widespread corporate wrongdoing.

Equifax, one of the three biggest credit bureaus in the United States, stores personal information ranging from social security numbers to home addresses and tracks the consumer financial information — like loans and credit card payment history — that serves as the basis for Americans' credit scores. Late last week, Equifax broke the news that their databases were breached in a massive cybersecurity attack earlier this summer, compromising the sensitive information of approximately 143 million Americans.

Washington, D.C. (September 15, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after the Department of Energy (DOE)announced a three-year extension to the AECOM Management and Operations Contract for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, NM:

"WIPP is a major contributor to the Carlsbad economy and plays a critical role in our nation's security. The site's success does not come from the company who manages, but rather the community that supports it, and the dedicated employees who work daily to make this one-of-a-kind facility successful. AECOM's management has not come without its challenges, however, in recent years they have taken a number of steps to instill a management and operations style that has allowed WIPP to recover quickly and most importantly safely.

Santa Fe, NM – The New Mexico State Parks Division announces seasonal and partial closures at many state parks. Check out www.nmparks.com to see a complete listing of all seasonal closures throughout the state and new winter hours at various parks.

As temperatures drop, so does visitation during the cold, winter months in the northern half of the state. "These park closures allow for the opportunity to concentrate more on the natural resources in each park and minimizes the disturbance to wildlife, as they migrate, nest, and otherwise live in winter conditions," said Christy Tafoya, New Mexico State Parks Director. "The closures also allow our park staff to work on projects without inconveniencing visitors."

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For information regarding closures you may call WSMR at 678-1178 or 678-2222 for updates.
Traffic updates are posted on the NMDOT traffic advisory web-site at http://nmroads.com and can be retrieved through our automated system at 511 in New Mexico or 1-800-432-4269 from any line.

I-10, Mile Marker 91.7 to 94.5, Deming CN 1101250
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with La Calerita Construction (Contractor) continues with bridge rehabilitation and roadway reconstruction operations on Interstate 10 (I-10) in Luna County. Interstate traffic will encounter intermittent lane closures while the remaining work is being performed. Both eastbound and westbound driving (right) lanes are open with passing (left) lanes closed. An 11' width lane restriction is in effect. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and use extreme caution, as well as continue to be cautious of heavy equipment and construction personnel in the area. Construction is expected to be completed by summer 2017.

toby lafave rsNew Mexico State Police Officer Toby LaFaveAlbuquerque NM/Bernalillo County

On Friday September 8, 2017 New Mexico State Police Officer Toby LaFave reached a milestone very few can say, he made his 100th DWI arrest of the year. For those who know and work with Officer LaFave this appeared to be business as usual, given his previous accolades and work ethic.

Guadalupita, NM – New Mexico State Park officials announced today that construction will begin on a new gateway to Coyote Creek State Park located in Guadalupita, NM on Monday, September 18th. There will be intermittent closures during the construction process. The first intermittent closure will be Monday, September 18th between 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Weather permitting, construction should be completed by early November.

This construction work will affect visitor entry/exit access into the park. Due to demolition construction, there will be short periods during which the entrance/exit will be closed. "We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our visitors. However, we know it will be a minor inconvenience resulting in a big benefit to our visitors," said Christy Tafoya, NM State Parks Director.

For updated information regarding the on-going construction at Coyote Creek State Park, contact the park directly at 575-387-2328.

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