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.

Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) along with White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) has posted two (2) alerts for Thursday November 16, 2017 for US 70 at and will last approximately two hours.

The roadblock is scheduled to be blocked at 7:50 am for approximately 1 hour and should be lifted at 8:50 am. And again at 9:10 am for approximately 1 hour and should be lifted at 10:10 am. These blocks will be located at Red Block (top of ST. Augustin Pass) mile marker 164 and Yellow Block (White Sands National Monument) Mile marker 200. Las Cruces Gate, Nke Ave., and Owen Road will also be affected.

All roadblocks are subject to change without notice, please call 575-678-1178 for updates go to Facebook: www.facebook.com/WSMRPublicAffairs; Twitter: https://twitter.com/wsmrpao or New Mexico Department of Transportation: www.nmroads.com.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 14, 2017) — U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned key officials today during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on the hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The hearing included testimony from Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares, U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp, representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority, and Puerto Rico Energy Commission.

VIDEO: Heinrich Questions Officials On Hurricane Recovery Efforts In Puerto Rico And U.S. Virgin Islands

Silver City, NM — "America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Land Passes are a suite of annual and lifetime passes that provides U.S. citizens and visitors an affordable and convenient way to access Federal recreational lands." The passes are valid at more than 2,000 Federal recreation sites where Entrance or Standard Amenity Fees are charged.

There are several different kinds of passes – the Annual Pass which costs $80/year; the Lifetime Senior Pass $80 (proof of age needed) and valid for the lifetime of the pass holder; the Annual Senior Pass (proof of age needed) $20/year; and the Access Pass (with documentation of permanent disability). In addition; if you have a 4th grade student in your home (whether they go to private, public, charter, or an alternative education system) they are eligible for a free 4th Grade Pass. Your student must be present to get the pass.

All of these passes are available for purchase at any of the six ranger districts of the Gila National Forest. Our office hours are Monday – Friday except for federal holidays.

For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/gila

Washington, D.C. (November 14, 2017) A recent article by John Solomon in The Hill states the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently requested Senate documents obtained from abortion providers during the Senate Judiciary Committee's investigation into the transfer of fetal tissue.

In 2016, the U.S. House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives unearthed ethical and legal violations between University of New Mexico Health Service Center (UNMHSC) and Southwestern Women's Options (SWWO), including the violation of the Spradling Act and SWWO's failure to acquire proper consent by women prior to using their unborn infant tissue for UNM research. The Panel sent two criminal referrals to the New Mexico Attorney General's office, yet no action was taken.

In September 2017, Rep. Pearce sent a letter to the United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions to request an investigation into the wrongdoings between the UNMHSC and SWWO.

FBI seeks Senate documents, signaling possible probe into sale of fetal tissue
By: John Solomon

The FBI has asked the Senate for unredacted documents it obtained from abortion providers, signaling agents may be investigating whether Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers illegally sold fetal tissue and body parts, according to sources familiar with the document request.

The request was made in recent days, the sources said, to the Senate Judiciary Committee, whose chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), last December referred Planned Parenthood and several other abortion providers to the FBI for investigation after a lengthy probe into the transfers of fetal tissue.

Grassley said at the time that his committee had uncovered enough evidence in its final investigative report to show abortion providers had transferred tissue and body parts from aborted fetuses to firms for use in research by charging dollar amounts above their actual costs.

The Senate probe and a similar investigation by the House were prompted by the public release in 2015 of several undercover videos from an anti-abortion group showing abortion providers or fetal tissue firms discussing how they took money for aborted fetuses. The Senate committee conducted interviews and gathered documents on its own as part of an investigation triggered by the videos.

Lila Rose, a prominent anti-abortion activist, praised the FBI's document request.

"We, of course, applaud any action taken to follow the evidence to where it leads and to hold Planned Parenthood accountable," she said. "The only thing that could hinder this investigation from leading to indictments of Planned Parenthood and the companies involved in the sale of fetal body parts is politics."

In one example cited by the Senate report, a firm's own records show it paid $60 for an aborted fetus from a Planned Parenthood clinic, then transferred the various parts for $2,275 – including the brain for $325, two eyes for $650, and a part of a liver for $325. The firm also charged additional fees for shipping and disease screening, the report said.

Read the full article in The Hill here.

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed Facebook's announcement that it will triple the size of its Los Lunas data center, with plans to construct a total of six buildings and invest more than $1 billion in the project:

"Facebook's announcement is a testament to what New Mexico can accomplish when we work together to harness the unique strengths of our state and our workforce. The expansion of this project will further energize economic development in Los Lunas and the entire state, adding much needed jobs and helping to diversify the state's economy. New Mexico has the talent that companies need to thrive in this increasingly competitive global economy – and we're excited to see that Facebook has recognized what our state has to offer. New Mexico is the ideal location for this data center, which Facebook has committed to powering with 100 percent renewable energy. Our state can be a leader in the global clean energy economy, and this facility is an important step toward that goal.

Washington, D.C. (November 14, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after Facebook announced plans to expand the Los Lunas Data Center a second time:

"New Mexico has long been a hub for technological advancement and development, but this billion-dollar plus investment will once again bring our state to the forefront. Since the first announcement was made in 2016 Facebook has twice decided to expand the size of their Data Center in Los Lunas. This is no mistake. Our State offers the environment, talent, and space needed for high-tech companies to succeed.

Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that New Mexicans who were deceived into sending payments to scammers using Western Union's wire transfer service may now apply for compensation from a $586 million fund administered by the Department of Justice's Victim Asset Recovery Program. This fund is related to a multi-state settlement with New Mexico and 49 other states, the District of Columbia and Western Union that was first announced in January. New Mexicans may be eligible to receive compensation if they were a victim of a fraud-induced transfer using Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017.

"We have secured financial restitution for potentially thousands of New Mexico families that were scammed using Western Union over the past thirteen years," Attorney General Hector Balderas said. "New Mexicans who have been victims of a scam should call our office to report the fraud and seek assistance from our consumer advocates."

support our veterans rsLocation/time: Miller Library, Thursday November 16, 6:00 pm.

Sponsors: The Democratic Party of Grant County, WNMU's MEChA and Young Democrats Club.

The Grant County Democratic Party presents their monthly forum, a panel discussion on the question, "Do we really support our veterans?" The panelists include: Merrie Bright, Veteran; Rudy Martinez, NM Representative of District 38; Jeff Carr, Candidate for Lt. Governor; Armando Amador, Founder of Local Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 358. Moderating will be WNMU Student and MEChA member, Sergio Salinas. Potluck following the forum!

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