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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.

Mora County, NM - On November 7, 2018 at about 7:51 a.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on Interstate 25 at about mile post 398 north of Wagon Mound.  

The initial investigation indicated a 2000 Chevrolet van driven by Cruz Gomez (70) of Mexico, was traveling south on Interstate 25, for reasons unknown, Gomez lost control of the vehicle and rolled. Gomez was taken to Alta Vista hospital in Las Vegas, New Mexico but later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. The passenger of the Chevrolet van was taken to the hospital for injuries not believed to be life threatening. 

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor and seatbelts appear to have been properly utilized. No additional information is available at this time. 

Santa Fe, N.M. - Today, New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced that the EPIX series "Our Lady, LTD," produced by MGM Television has begun principal photography in Santa Fe, N.M. with shooting running through March 2019. 

The production will employ approximately 150 New Mexico crew members, 40 New Mexico actors and approximately 2,000 New Mexico background talent. 

"New Mexico has become a major player in the 'Golden Age of Television'," said Nick Maniatis, Director of the New Mexico Film Office. "We are delighted to welcome 'Our Lady, LTD', yet another TV series representing long term economic impact for New Mexico crew, vendors and communities."

"We're honored to host the entire cast and crew of 'Our Lady, LTD' here in Santa Fe! Our television and film economy continues to grow, creating local jobs and contributing to our reputation as the place to make amazing movies and TV," said Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber.

American Indian pueblo farmers and ranchers of northern New Mexico continue to be a vital economic component to the region with the longest continuous farming history in the continental United States, dating back more than 800 years.

raipap staff 01New Mexico State University’s Rural Agricultural Improvement and Public Affairs Project received a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant of $197,492 to provide research-based agricultural information to pueblo farmers and ranchers through workshops, conferences and one-on-one consultation. Team members of the New Mexico Pueblo Outreach Project are, from left, Tory Hoagland, northern pueblo agent; Edmund Gomez, program director; Augusta Archuleta, administrative assistant; Del Jimenez, agriculture specialist; Anna Trujillo, administrative assistant; and Joseph Garcia, southern pueblo agent.While the tribal culture is based around agriculture, and traditional ways have been handed down from generation to generation, modern farmers and ranchers are learning how to blend modern methods with tradition.

Colfax County, NM - On November 7, 2018 just after midnight the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on U.S. 64 at about mile post 282 near Eagle Nest.  

The initial investigation indicated a 1998 Subaru driven by Pahana Scott Quintanilla (46) of Taos, was traveling on U.S. 64, for reasons unknown, Quintanilla lost control, rolled, and was ejected. Quintanilla sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator. 

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor and seatbelts were not properly utilized. No additional information is available at this time. 

Santa Fe, N.M. - Today, New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced that the feature "Greenbrier," produced by Sony Studios will begin principal photography mid-November through early February 2019 in Albuquerque. 

"We are happy to welcome 'Greenbrier' and Sony Studios to New Mexico," said New Mexico State Film Office Director Nick Maniatis. "For years we've built up the film industry in New Mexico and strengthened our film incentives, now we're seeing success after success for the film industry in our state." 

The production will employ approximately 300 New Mexico crew members, 16 New Mexico actors and approximately 450 New Mexico background talent. 

"Greenbrier" tracks the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom. 

Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) has posted an alert for Wednesday November 7, 2018:

Las Cruces Barricade (Traffic Control) along with Apache Construction D.B.A. Valley Fence (Contractor) will be performing guardrail replacement along Interstate 10 in Dona Ana Co. Traffic will encounter lane drops at times with eastbound and westbound exits closed off to all traffic as needed. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and use extreme caution, and be cautious of personnel in the area. Construction hours will be Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is expected to be completed by June 2019.

Beginning 11/7/2018 traffic will have to be diverted due to closures on I-10 eastbound on ramps at Valley Drive and Conway Avenue. I-10 driving (right) lane closures can be expected from mile marker 140 to 144. Advanced warning signage and detour will be in place. Closures are scheduled to be lifted on 11/9/2018.

For updated information go to: New Mexico Department of Transportation at here.

The FBI has charged Andres Otero in a federal criminal complaint with the October 30, 2018, robbery of an Albuquerque bank and other federal crimes.

Otero, 61, with addresses in Moriarty and Albuquerque, is charged with bank robbery, interference with interstate commerce by threats or violence, possessing a firearm during a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Otero, who was arrested by the Albuquerque Police Department on November 1, 2018, on an active arrest warrant out of Texas for violating his parole, is accused of robbing Washington Federal, 300 Eubank Blvd. NE.

He also is charged with the robberies of two other Albuquerque businesses, a Waffle House and a Dollar General store.

Wrote in support of language in Farm Bill that would make New Mexico’s acequias and land grants eligible for federal conservation programs

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham, Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Lújan are urging the House and Senate Agriculture Committees to maintain a provision in the 2018 Farm Bill to make acequias eligible for federal resources through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). They also requested that the committees include language to make land grants eligible for these resources as well. These provisions would help acequias and land grants better access critical grants and technical assistance from NRCS programs, including the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

The full text of the New Mexico delegation’s letter can be found here

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