Non-Local News Releases

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The New Mexico Public Education Department’s Special Education Bureau on Wednesday announced the launch of New Mexico’s first-ever Autism Portal, an interactive platform with trainings, archived e-courses and a variety of support resources for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The portal is a result of collaboration between the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED), the University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability (UNM CDD), and the Developmental Disabilities Supports Division at the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH).

“The Autism Portal will support not just individuals diagnosed with autism but also families, community members, and educators,” said Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart.

Early feedback for the portal was provided by New Mexico families who wanted a single site where they could find the most relevant autism resources and services.

FRIDAY in ALBUQUERQUE: Udall to Host 30th Annual Student Leadership Institute for NM High School Students, Convene a Military Medal Presentation Ceremony for NM Veterans

Udall will present military medals to All Pueblo Council of Governors Chairman E. Paul Torres and Former Isleta Tribal Councilman Diego Lujan

FRIDAY, October 4, in Albuquerque, U.S. Senator Tom Udall will host the 30th annual Student Leadership Institute in Albuquerque and convene a military medal presentation ceremony at Isleta Pueblo for All Pueblo Council of Governors Chairman E. Paul Torres and Former Isleta Tribal Councilman Diego Lujan.

SANTA FE, NM –  The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH), in partnership with the New Mexico Immunization Program announce the launch of VaxViewNM, a new public portal for the New Mexico Statewide Immunization Information System (NMSIIS). For the first time, parents and guardians will have access to official immunization records.

The website, www.VaxViewNM.org allows families to see, save and print their child’s immunization records without a doctor’s office visit; and eliminates the need to carry multiple or outdated documents. The portal is accessible on both desktops and mobile devices.  

MISSOULA, Mont.—A recent thinning treatment designed to enhance wildlife habitat in New Mexico marks the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 12,000th lifetime conservation project.

"This milestone is a credit to our volunteers, members, partners and all others who support our mission," said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. "Without them we simply could not do what we do to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage."

The project took place in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and New Mexico Department of Game and Fish on BLM-managed land approximately 120 miles southwest of Albuquerque. Crews used chainsaws to remove pinion and junipers encroaching into grasslands, meadows, canyon bottoms and established mature tree stands. 

SANTA FE – Improving legal services for children and parents in abuse and neglect proceedings is the focus of a newly created task force that will hold its first meeting Thursday in the state Capitol.

The Family Representation Task Force, which must submit a report to the Legislature, is chaired by Sixth Judicial District Court Chief Judge Jennifer DeLaney of Deming. Members include legislators, Children’s Court judges, national experts in children’s law, a former foster youth, a parent and attorneys involved in the child welfare system, and representatives of the Children, Youth and Families Department.

There were 1,445 abuse and neglect cases pending at the end of July that involved about 2,400 children and youth, and 2,100 parents and legal guardians.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that USDA is investing $139 million in 56 projects (PDF, 189 KB) to improve community facilities and provide essential services for 3.3 million rural residents in 23 states.

“Modern, accessible and reliable community infrastructure, public safety facilities, schools and health facilities are essential components to strong and prosperous communities,” LaVoy said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner in building and modernizing these facilities in rural America, because we believe that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

SANTA FE, NM – The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s Forestry Division is relieved with today’s announcement by the USDA Forest Service that fuelwood permit sales can resume immediately on all five National Forests in New Mexico.

“This could not have come at a better time for New Mexicans who’ve been scrambling to find another way to get their firewood,” said Laura McCarthy, State Forester, New Mexico State Forestry Division.

Today’s federal court decision stems from the case of WildEarth Guardians vs. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) regarding the Mexican spotted owl, which halts all timber management actions on the Carson, Cibola, Gila, Lincoln, and Santa Fe National Forests. The new modification now allows personal cutting and gathering of fuelwood and does not include commercial fuelwood or other important forest restoration activities such as thinning near homes, hazardous fuels reduction, or prescribed burning.

Mora County- On September 26, 2019, New Mexico State Police was notified of an airplane that went missing after taking off from the Santa Fe Airport in Santa Fe, NM. 

The airplane was a single engine fixed winged four seat aircraft out of Colorado. There were two occupants, a pilot and a passenger.  They were last seen refueling and taking off from the Santa Fe Airport, when Santa Fe air traffic control lost contact with the airplane.  

A search and rescue was initiated by New Mexico State Police.  New Mexico Civil Air Patrol, a New Mexico Army National Guard helicopter and NM Search and Rescue ground teams searched the area of the last known location of the airplane’s emergency beacon.  A search was conducted in the Santa Fe National Park and the Pecos Wilderness. 

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