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.

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) introduced legislation to improve access to assistance for certain groups of farmers. The Assist Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Act of 2018 would reauthorize, strengthen, and improve the Outreach to Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program at the Department of Agriculture (USDA). The legislation was co-sponsored by Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M). The bill is supported by over 100 groups, from the Rural Coalition to the Sierra Club to the National Family Farm Coalition. Background on the proposal, along with a full list of supporting organizations, can be found here.
"Whether you're coming off the battlefield or trying to launch a new career, starting and operating a farm isn't easy. This legislation will help veterans and underserved populations get the training and support they need to succeed," said Senator Van Hollen. "We want to expand America's farming opportunities, and this bill is an important tool to accomplish that. I'm proud to introduce this legislation with my colleagues, and we will work to include it in the next Farm Bill."

Legislative Health and Human Services Committee – Organizational Meeting – Thursday, May 24, 2018—Room 307, State Capitol, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe

SANTA FE — ‶The Legislative Health and Human Services (LHHS) Committee will hold its organizational meeting, the first meeting of the LHHS for the 2018 interim, on Thursday, May 24, 2018 in Room 307 of the State Capitol, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued an update on his ongoing litigation against more than two dozen opioid manufacturers and distributors. The lawsuit seeks reimbursement of state funds that have been spent as a result of the opioid epidemic, as well as civil penalties for violations of state law, money needed to treat citizens suffering from addiction, punitive damages, and permanent changes to the way these companies do business in the state, among other relief. Last week, the opioid companies used a procedural tactic to slow down the proceedings, but Attorney General Balderas is battling back.

"It's shameful these massive out-of-state drug companies are stalling while New Mexico children, families and entire communities continue to be ravaged by the opioid epidemic they have caused in our state," Attorney General Balderas said. "This tactic was not unexpected, and we are working diligently to return our case to our own state court where it belongs."

yodelers rsNew Mexico State University seniors, from left, Jonah Kennon, Torbyn Nare and Emilio Baca demonstrate their yodeling in traditional lederhosen fashion while at the Innsbruck, Austria, checkpoint during the Red Bull "Can You Make It?" adventure challenge. Team Naray finished 28th out of 200 teams in the race across Europe. (Courtesy photo)WRITER: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu

Three New Mexico State University seniors participated in an adventure of a lifetime during the Red Bull "Can You Make It?" competition during April.

Team Naray, consisting of Emilio Baca of Belen, Torbyn Nare of Albuquerque and Jonah Kennon of Roswell, traveled from Budapest, Hungary, to Amsterdam, Netherlands, in one week.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, welcomed an announcement from the U.S. Air Force that it will fund a $3.8 million project at Kirtland Air Force Base to construct additional satellite testing infrastructure. The Air Force was able to secure this funding through a provision Senator Heinrich included in the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to revitalize and recapitalize facilities at labs and test ranges. Through this funding, Kirtland will construct additional lab space required for proper deployment testing for three key mission areas: Satellite Communications; Positioning, Navigation and Timing; and Space Situation.

"New Mexico is the Center of Excellence for small satellites, and our military has become increasingly dependent on satellites for daily operations," said Senator Heinrich. "This project will create jobs during construction and continue New Mexico's integral role in major advances in the development of the military's more responsive and resilient space architecture."

WRITER: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu

BELEN – Belen will be the next stop for the agricultural listening sessions held by New Mexico's top agricultural leaders.

New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Dean Rolando A. Flores and New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte will host the session from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at the City of Belen Convention Center, 719 S. Main Street in Belen.

Albuquerque, NM (May 14, 2018) Yesterday, Congressman Steve Pearce joined Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in Albuquerque to discuss Tribal education, and the United States honoring its commitment to support Native American education.
"Native American history and heritage are at the very core of New Mexican culture," said Pearce. "I was honored to be able to join Secretary Perdue yesterday. Tribal colleges and universities play a vital role in not only educating the next generation of New Mexicans, but preserving and protecting Native American heritage and culture. For too long, education in rural and underserved communities in New Mexico, many of which are Tribal communities, have not received the support and assistance needed or deserved.

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