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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.

Las Cruces, New Mexico – The New Mexico Department of Agriculture has named the Chef Ambassadors for the first-ever NEW MEXICO—Taste the Tradition® (NM-TTT) Chef Ambassador Program.

The ambassadors are:

  • Rocky Durham (Santa Fe) – Rocky Durham launched his career in London, England where he opened a restaurant named after his hometown of Santa Fe. Within three years of the first opening, there were Santa Fe restaurants in eight British cities. While living in England, Durham also wrote and presented two television series: Plates from the States and South of the Border. After working professionally in five continents, Durham returned to New Mexico and is currently an executive chef at the Blue Heron Restaurant at Sunrise Springs Spa Resort in Santa Fe.
  • John C. Hartley (Las Cruces) – John Hartley is currently serving as a college assistant professor in the New Mexico State University School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, teaching quantity foods courses and managing the school's 100 West Cafe. Hartley was born and raised in Las Cruces and is a graduate of New Mexico State University as well as the California Culinary Academy. Highlights of his career include cooking for President George H. W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, the Pope of the Armenian Catholic Church and numerous celebrities.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 11, 2018) - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) are calling on the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development to preserve funding included in the fiscal year 2019 Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill to maintain Amtrak train service along the long-distance Southwest Chief route.

The lawmakers successfully included funding in the Senate-passed version of the bill for maintenance and safety improvements along the Southwest Chief route and language to compel Amtrak to fulfill its promise of matching funding for the successful TIGER IX discretionary grant supported by local communities in New Mexico along the route. Their provision would effectively halt Amtrak's proposal to substitute rail service with bus service over large segments of the route through FY19.

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First New Mexican to be Recognized in the Show’s History

Albuquerque, NM – September 11, 2018– Mary Ellen Chavez, sole proprietor of New Mexico eatery, Burritos Alinstante and Sonrisa Farms, recently received top honors during the internationally renowned Egyptian Event, an Arabian horse show held by The Pyramid Society in Lexington, Kentucky. She is the first New Mexican in the history of the show to receive the honor.

In its 37th year, the show recognizes the finest Egyptian Arabian horses, a unique group of Arabian horses known for their classic beauty and ideal Arabian characteristics. Chavez’ horse, Mikeen El Masr—an eight-year old grey stallion—won the Event’s highest honor, Senior Champion Straight Egyptian Stallion, as well as the award of Most Classic Head. Mikeen El Masr was chosen unanimously by a panel of judges from Europe, Great Britain, the Middle East and the United States.

Pearce details comprehensive program to empower and respect veterans, Commits to making New Mexico the most veteran friendly state in America

ALBUQUERQUE— Steve Pearce, candidate for Governor, announced today a plan to improve the lives of veterans throughout New Mexico.

“New Mexico has a large veteran population who answered the call to serve our nation. Each of them deserves our gratitude. As Governor, I will make New Mexico the most veteran friendly state in the nation. Today, I am announcing a comprehensive plan to improve the lives of our veterans and their families with a set of initiatives to empower vets, take advantage of their unique leadership skills, and treat them with the respect they’ve earned.

LAS CRUCES, NM- Dr. Gavin Clarkson, Republican nominee for Secretary of State, joined Doña Ana Republican chairwoman Betty Bishop in exposing evidence that voter registration forms were carelessly stored, potentially leaving thousands vulnerable to identity theft.

Clarkson and Bishop appeared at this morning’s Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners meeting to oppose the possible appointment of Lindsey Bachman to replace Scott Krahling as County Clerk. Krahling resigned August 29th due to alleged sexual misconduct and misappropriation of taxpayer funds.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the 17th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks:

“Today, we join together as a nation to reflect on the tragic events of 9/11 and commemorate the nearly 3,000 lives lost in its aftermath. We remember the first responders who rushed into burning buildings to the aid of others, the passengers who selflessly charged the cockpit door to wrest control from hijackers, and all those who lost their lives or were injured in the call to duty. As we honor those who sacrificed so much to put country first, we recognize those who continue to defend our freedoms and serve our nation – in New Mexico, across the nation and around the world.

ALBUQUERQUE- Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi made the following statement commemorating the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

"America was forever changed by September 11. Our country was attacked by a vicious enemy, bringing us a new awareness that we faced an existential threat from radical terrorists. But September 11 also brought out the best of our country, renewing our commitment to common values like freedom and liberty, both here at home and around the world. The attacks created a new generation of American heroes in the first responders and emergency workers in New York City and across the country, who risked everything to save the lives of strangers. On the anniversary of the attacks, New Mexicans and all Americans stand united behind the values we still share. We will never forget the tragic events of that day nor the heroism that followed."

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – September 10, 2018 - TriCore Reference Laboratories, New Mexico's homegrown clinical laboratory, is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

TriCore Reference Laboratories was formed in 1998 by a merger of The Reference Laboratory with the hospital laboratories of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and Presbyterian Healthcare Services. This unique collaboration gave rise to a laboratory which provides a comprehensive menu of laboratory services, including routine as well as highly complex testing.

TriCore's Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Michael Crossey, was part of the group of New Mexico pathologists who led the movement in 1998 to collaborate, instead of compete, to create a shared clinical laboratory. He recalls, "The impetus for forming TriCore was to consolidate laboratory expertise and resources for the best quality and efficiency possible, while keeping testing here in the state. At the time, we were sending 30% of the testing out, meaning your test was performed in Texas or Colorado or California or even New Jersey. Today we send out less than 2%. Testing is staying in New Mexico, closest to the patient, and being performed by New Mexico laboratory professionals."

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