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.

Los Alamos, New Mexico – January 4, 2019 – Los Alamos, New Mexico was recently named the best place to raise a family in New Mexico by Niche.com. The ranking was based on various factors, including “public schools, crime rates, cost of living, and family-friendly amenities,” according to Niche. White Rock, the neighboring community in Los Alamos County, came in second, with both towns receiving the only A+ ratings on the list.

“With exceptional schools, affordable living, opportunities for outdoor recreation and out-of-the-classroom learning, and a genuine community feel, Los Alamos is an incredible place to live, work and play,” said Kelly Stewart, Marketing Manager for Los Alamos County. “We’re a chosen destination by many active families for vacations and relocation, and we attribute that largely to the factors considered in Niche’s rankings. As the place ‘where discoveries are made,’ our town is a friendly, safe and welcoming place to raise smart, successful and well-rounded children.” 

The home of groundbreaking scientific discoveries, which continues today at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos is rich in opportunities for curious minds. Exceptional learning takes place in and out of classrooms with the free and interactive Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Nature Center leading the way with extra-curricular educational opportunities for kids. 

Los Alamos is also the gateway to three National Parks—Bandelier National Monument, Valles Caldera National Preserve and Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Here families can explore Ancestral Puebloan dwellings, hike, bike, camp, observe wildlife and learn about the history of Los Alamos’ role in ending World War II.  

owl010418A great horned owl that has been rehabilitated by Hawks Aloft will be released into the wild on Saturday, January 5 at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park in Albuquerque. Photo by Becky Hansis-O'Neill Albuquerque, NM: The Friends of Rio Grande Nature Center State Park are sponsoring the Nature in Winter Festival at the park on Saturday, January 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Events for the day will also include the opportunity to see live birds up close with Wildlife Rescue Inc., “Storytelling Under the Cottonwood Tree,” with Dianne Rossbach, and “Animals and Nature in Winter,” with Vanessa Barela of the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center.

In addition, a great horned owl rehabilitated by Hawks Aloft will be released into the wild at 2:45 p.m. Saturday with the help of newly appointed Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department Cabinet Secretary Designate Sarah Cottrell Propst, and Gail Garber of Hawks Aloft.

“Our state parks are meaningful for people and wildlife alike,” said Cabinet Secretary Designate Propst.  “We invite the public to join us for fun park programs to learn about the amazing wildlife in our backyards.”

The programs will be held in the Education Building and Visitor Center throughout the day. The $3 day-use fee or display of applicable permit applies. For questions, contact Rio Grande Nature Center State Park at (505) 344-7240 Rio Grande Nature Center State Park .

For more information on all New Mexico State Parks, please visit our website here.

Taos, NM (January 10 - January 25):

Unique Events

Friday Jan 25, The Rifters, The Rifters will be in the house performing some legendary Taos Country Music! Don Richmond, Rod Taylor, and Jim Bradley make up this country trio with beautiful three part harmonies and music ranging from driving bluegrass to ethereal desert beauty! The Rifters are well known for keeping the crowd moving so when you come out this Friday night, be sure to bring you dancing shoes! 7 p.m. Doors, 8 p.m. Showtime, $10 general admission, all ages welcome with parent/guardian supervision.

Weekly Events:

Every Wednesday at 6 p.m., Art n’ a Glass with a special guest teacher. Paint away those Hump Day blues at Art n' a Glass! You're the Artist! A night of painting in a social setting. No experience required! Learn the fundamentals of painting with local professional Special Guest Artist. Templates available. Take your painting home! Limited space available. Tickets may be purchased here $20 per event! Admission includes: Canvas, Paint, Brushes, and Extended Happy Hour Pricing! Hand Selected Special Wines Weekly!

Every Thursday, The KTAOS Solar Center and Katy P and the Business come together for the “Ladies Night Parties”! $5 Cover with additional happy hour for ladies 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. 21 and over.

Gov. Lujan Grisham issues executive orders on PARCC; Lt. Gov. Morales to assume duties of secretary at Public Education Department while search continues

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday ordered the state’s Public Education Department to immediately take the steps necessary to terminate New Mexico’s use of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers standardized test, commonly known as PARCC.

Lujan Grisham, in an executive order, called on the department to immediately begin working with key stakeholders to identify and implement a more effective, more appropriate and less intrusive method for assessing school performance that is compliant with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

The development of this alternative approach, intended to deliver a sounder methodology for the rating and assessments of New Mexico schools, will include teachers, administrators, parents, students and recognized professionals and experts in the field of student assessments.

“This is the first of many steps we will take to transform education in this state,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “High-stakes tests like PARCC do our schools a disservice, and we are about empowering our school system. Including those who will be most empowered by a better assessment in the process will help us build something better from the ground up, as opposed to a test mandated from on high.”

College graduates experience the thrill of completing their degree. Then they wonder, “Now what do I do?”

mike rogers cob alumniCollege of Business alum Mike Rogers talks with New Mexico State University student about their plans after graduation. (NMSU photo) (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)While attending a graduation in the Pan American Center, Mike Rogers, Class of ’73, realized the graduates were going to need help finding their spot in the business world.

“I sat there watching all these families of first-generation college students come into the stadium,” Rogers said. “They were so charged up and excited. When their student crossed the stage it was electric. That’s when it struck me: How are these kids going to get jobs? Where are they going to go to work? I realized they were going to need help. I wondered how many I could help with my connections.” 

Rogers is among a group of College of Business alums who have stepped up to help New Mexico State University graduates explore what that next stage looks like and how to secure the position. Each had received mentoring when they started their careers. 

Dona Ana County, NM - On December 31, 2018 at about 10:00 a.m. the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash at the intersection of Industrial Avenue and Avenida Creel in Dona Ana County.

The initial investigation indicated an International Tractor Trailer hauling an oversized load was traveling south on Industrial Avenue and was making a right-hand turn onto Avenida Creel. During the turn, a portion of the oversized load extended into the north bound lane of Industrial Avenue. A Ford truck driven by Eleazar Garcia-Chavez (59), of El Paso was traveling north on Industrial and collided with the oversized load that had extended into his lane. Garcia-Chavez was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.

Alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor to the crash and seatbelts appear to have been properly utilized. The wide load carrier is facing numerous administrative violations. The crash is still under investigation and no additional information is available at this time. 

Will serve as senior member of Senate Appropriations, Indian Affairs, Commerce, Foreign Relations, and Rules & Administration Committees

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) welcomed the opening of the 116th Congress and announced that he will continue to serve on five key committees for New Mexico:

-Committee on Appropriations

-Committee on Indian Affairs – Vice Chairman

-Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

-Committee on Foreign Relations

-Committee on Rules and Administration

“I’m deeply honored to continue serving New Mexico as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations, Indian Affairs, Commerce, Foreign Relations, and Rules and Administration Committees,” said Udall. “Together, these assignments will enable me to keep championing the issues that matter most to New Mexico – and with the partnership of so many across our state, to help build a brighter future for New Mexico families. In this Congress, I will keep fighting to make strong investments in good jobs, education, and public safety and in our world-class national labs, bases, public lands, and rural communities; increase opportunities for Native communities across Indian Country; protect New Mexico consumers and ensure New Mexico’s small businesses remain competitive; expand access to broadband in rural areas and invest in our thriving space industry, innovative technologies, and public transportation; stand for U.S. values abroad; and enact reforms to our campaign finance system and to restore accountability to our democracy. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to continue advancing New Mexico priorities, and ensuring long-term economic growth, prosperity, and opportunity for all New Mexicans.”

Everyone Older than 6 Months Should Get Vaccinated

SANTA FE, NM - The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports today additional flu-related deaths in the state, bringing the total so far this 2018-2019 flu season to four. The deaths are all among people over the age of 50 from Lincoln, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, and Mora Counties. 

Since our report December 17 of the first flu death of the season, flu activity has sharply increased and is now widespread in New Mexico. Nationally, influenza activity is also on the rise. 

Flu season peaks annually between December and February, and NMDOH encourages residents who haven’t gotten their flu shot yet to get one, especially if they are among those most at risk for flu-related complications or live or work with people in those at-risk populations. 

“The flu vaccine is the best way for you to protect yourself and your families, especially young children and elderly family members,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Michael Landen. “As influenza infections increase across the state, there is still time to get vaccinated if you haven’t already received flu vaccine this season. This is one of the most important disease interventions you can take advantage of for your health.” 

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