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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.

USDA Announces Launch of the Start Simple with MyPlate Campaign

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2019 -- In a continuing effort to help Americans make healthy food choices, and in honor of National Nutrition Month®, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced a new campaign to help simplify the nutrition information that surrounds us each day.

img 1005SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday signed Senate Bill 10, doubling the funding for the state Small Business Investment Corporation, delivering $50 million into new and growing New Mexico small businesses.

For almost two decades, the self-sustaining SBIC has supported small businesses across New Mexico through loans to finance business expansion and job creation.

Both chambers overwhelmingly approved the legislation.

“This is a perfect example of a reasonable permanent fund pinch on the front-end, an ocean of meaningful investment on the back-end,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “I am committed to a thriving small-business community in New Mexico. This legislation underscores that commitment, completing a promise I made during my campaign and demonstrating our eagerness to create good jobs and foster community-anchoring business growth.”

CHANCE in Tech Act will help provide New Mexico workers from all backgrounds with the skills and training they need to fill good-paying tech jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 13, 2019) – Today, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) reintroduced the Championing Apprenticeships for New Careers and Employees in Technology (CHANCE in Tech) Act to provide workers from all backgrounds with the skills and training they need to fill good-paying tech jobs.

The American economy is dependent on the technology industry to create jobs and expand economic growth. In New Mexico, the average tech industry wage is $87,400 a year, which is almost double the average state wage. Preparation for technology jobs doesn’t necessarily follow the traditional path of a four-year degree. Instead, pathways to these high-paying jobs can begin in high school and continue through training programs and apprenticeships.

In all construction zones, 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. 

White Sands Missile Range Notification

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 here and can be retrieved through our automated system at 511 in New Mexico or 1-800-432-4269 from any line.

Interstates:

I-25, Mile Marker 5.7, Las Cruces

The New Mexico Department of Transportation will have lanes closures on the southbound driving right lane of Interstate 25 at milepost 5.7 for rock placement. Traffic will have reduced speed limits to 45 mph and area may be congested. Construction hours will be Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and is expected to be completed by April 2019.

ta 3The FBI's Albuquerque Field Office is now accepting applications for its annual summer academy, which will be held June 10-14, 2019.

The deadline to apply is April 17.

The Teen Academy allows high school students (rising 11th and 12th graders for the 2019-2020 school year) an opportunity to get a comprehensive look into today’s FBI through presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on activities at the Albuquerque Field Office.

Students are exposed to topics such as counter-terrorism, cyber security, public corruption, evidence processing, SWAT, and the day-to-day operations in a typical FBI office.

The academy is free to participants.

"You will not regret joining this program," wrote Katia, who attended the Academy last year.

LAS VEGAS, N.M. – Bovine trichomoniasis is a disease that can cause cattle producers to lose valuable income.

A free workshop providing trich and vaccination updates for cattle producers in San Miguel and Mora counties will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the Luna Community College Cafeteria, 366 Luna Drive, Las Vegas.

“Agriculture is vital to Mora and San Miguel counties’ economy with 33 percent of Mora County and 8 percent of the San Miguel County workforce involved in agricultural fields,” said Suzanne Cole, agricultural agent at New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service office in Mora County. “In order to ensure success, it is vital for ranchers to keep up with the latest information.” 

NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is hosting the event. John Wenzel, NMSU Extension veterinarian, and a New Mexico Livestock Board inspector will present an update on the disease presence in the region, and the importance of vaccinations for the cattle’s health and profitability.

For further information, contact Cole at the Mora Extension office, 575-387-2856 or sdcole64@nmsu.edu, or Therese Hays at the San Miguel County Extension offices, 505-454-1497 or tphillip@nmsu.edu.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 13, 2019) – Today, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) announced the formation of the bipartisan Senate Artificial Intelligence (AI) Caucus.

AI is a transformative technology with implications spanning a number of fields including transportation, health care, agriculture, manufacturing, and national security. The AI Caucus will help connect members and staff with AI experts in private industry, academia, and the executive branch.

“I am proud to announce the formation of the bipartisan AI Caucus in the Senate with Senator Rob Portman,” said Heinrich. “Together, we will work with our colleagues to develop smart policy in a responsible way to ensure the United States remains at the forefront of innovation while maintaining important ethical, safety, and privacy standards. In the years ahead, it will be critical for policymakers to strike the right balance in developing the technology so that academia, private industry, federal agencies, and our national labs can harness the enormous potential of AI to the benefit of society and the American people.”

Thursday April 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm, in Schieffelin Hall, Tombstone, AZ where local writer Soni Cido will be telling us about William “Billy” Fourr.

William ranched and served as agent at the Butterfield Stage stop. Billy and his wife had many children but only eight of them survived to adulthood. Come hear about his life as a Pioneer in the state of Arizona.

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