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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.

Socorro/San Antonio: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) along with White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) has posted an alert for Friday July 13, 2018 for HWY 380.

The roadblock is scheduled to be blocked at 8:10 am for approximately 2 hours and should be lifted at 10:10 am. This block will affect Hwy 380 in the northern portion of the range at Gold Block (mile marker 3) and Silver Block (mile marker 49).   Be advised and aware all blocks are subject to change without notice.

All roadblocks are subject to change without notice, please call 575-678-2222/2221 for updates or go to Facebook: www.facebook.com/WSMRPublicAffairs, Twitter: https://twitter.com/wsmrpao or New Mexico Department of Transportation:  www.nmroads.com.

Washington, DC (July 12, 2018) Today in the House Natural Resource Committee, Members of Congress heard from expert witnesses about the positive affects of livestock grazing on federal lands. Congressman Pearce released the following statement in reflection upon this committee hearing.
 
"Today's hearing at Federal Lands was a great opportunity to bring to light a growing problem throughout the Western United States. For us in New Mexico, we have numerous issues with the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Services attempting to fringe on allotment owners water rights by using a very bureaucratic process to force ranchers off of their lands or reduce their number of livestock. These actions threaten businesses and livelihoods, in some cases forcing ranchers to sell off their allotments, crushing jobs and hurting revenues in rural counties." Pearce said.

WASHINGTON — Today, July 12, at 2:30 p.m. ET, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, will join tribal leaders, tribal organizations, and administration officials for a roundtable discussion on the infrastructure needs of schools serving students in Indian Country.
 
Panelists will comment on issues restricting school infrastructure development in Indian Country, including federal resource and capital access barriers. Udall will highlight the need for better management of federal infrastructure resources, citing the Department of the Interior (DOI)'s mismanagement of fire safety system repairs at Pine Hill Bureau of Indian Education Schools in New Mexico, which has left the school without a working system for years, as an example of the need for more oversight.

Albuquerque, NM – Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura and State Auditor Wayne Johnson along with Sen. James White and Rep. Damon Ely will hold a news conference Friday to announce changes in the adult guardianship system to protect thousands of the most vulnerable New Mexicans.
 
Among the new requirements, guardians and conservators will be subject to audits by the State Auditor’s Office to help prevent fraud or mismanagement of the assets of the elderly or others who are incapacitated and unable to manage their personal affairs.

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Pearce introduced H.R. 6345, the Ensuring Meaningful Petition Outreach While Enhancing Rights of States Act, also known as the EMPOWERS Act. This legislation will require the federal government to consult with states when making any decisions under the Endangered Species Act.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – In MacGillivray Freeman Film's America's Musical Journey, chart-topping artist Aloe Blacc invites audiences to join him on a joyful, tune-filled, giant-screen tour of the nation's most iconic music cities, diving into the special places and unique cultural diversity that gave birth to America's celebrated musical heritage. In these cities every chord, every riff, every bang of a drum tells a story. Reflecting the nation at every turn, these stories can be of survival or celebration, of love or heartache, of protest or coming together. America's Musical Journey creates a soundtrack for the American experience – at its heart is the idea that music can express what it means to be American – to be part of a constant, wildly inventive cultural exchange, to be bold and outspoken, yet to seek greater harmony.

Santa Ana Pueblo, NM – On July 11, 2018 at around noon, Johnny Black was spotted by a Santa Ana Tribal Police officer near Warrior Fuel on US 550 in Bernalillo. Black was successfully taken into custody and arrested by the Santa Ana Tribal Police.

youth ranch rsYouth from New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona had a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp held by New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service. Campers were, front row: Raphael Garcia, Taos County; Joel Howland, Otero County; Hunter Alcorn, Mora County; and Samuel Martinez, Rio Arriba County. Second row: Bailey Tom, McKinley County; Sophia Moreno, Dona Ana County; Isabella Flores, Dona Ana County; Julianna Williams, Valencia County; Mya Marquez, Valencia County; McKenzie Evans, Grant County; and Dally Carlisle, McKinley County. Third row: Miguel Chavez, De Baca County; Kyle Knight, Logan County; Conner Scarbrough, Otero County; Lyle Logemann, Roosevelt County; Cecil Shannon, Los Animas, Colorado; Matt Major, Socorro County; Jaydon Warnke, Union County; and Mathis Catron, Catron County. Back row: Taylor Miller, Taos County; Monique Garcia, Taos County; Gabriela Baca, Rio Arriba County; Amanda Chacon, Rio Arriba County; Phoebe Rychener, Cibola County; Cursten Blanton, Grant County; Ally Houghtaling, Chaves County; Ariel Flores, Dona Ana County; Alicia Rodriquez, Tucson, Arizona; Isabella Flores, Dona Ana County; and Lori Robertson, Catron County. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)WRITER: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu

The New Mexico Youth Ranch Camp was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the 30 members of the Class of 2018.

During the five-day camp at CS Cattle Company's 130,000-acre ranch at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range near Cimarron, the youths were introduced to the many aspects of running a ranch, from financial statements and marketing strategies to producing quality beef and managing natural resources and wildlife.

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