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.

ALBUQUERQUE – September 10, 2018 –True Health New Mexico has received Interim Accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). NCQA is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to assessing and reporting on the quality of managed care plans, managed behavioral healthcare organizations, preferred provider organizations, new health plans, physician organizations, credentials verification organizations, disease management programs, and other health-related programs.

"Not all health plans are required to seek NCQA accreditation, but True Health New Mexico chose to do so," explained Dr. Martin Hickey, True Health New Mexico CEO. "This achievement is an important part of our progression and an opportunity to create benchmarks for our high standards of quality. We are particularly proud that we received this status after only eight months of operation."

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is partnering with rural communities in 22 states to support opportunities for opioid prevention, treatment and recovery (PDF, 162 KB).

"With its impact on workforce, quality of life and the economic vitality of rural communities from Maine to California, the opioid epidemic is more than just a matter of public health – it is an issue of rural prosperity," Hazlett said. "Under the leadership of President Trump, USDA is committed to being a strong partner to rural communities in planning and building local responses to this monumental challenge."

Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with AUI INC. (Contractor) will be holding a public involvement meeting to discuss the improvement project of S. Valley Drive (NM 188)/Avenida de Mesilla (NM 28) Intersection Project.

NM188/Valley Drive meetingWhen:
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Tuesday September 18, 2018

New Mexico Department of Transportation
Solano Complex
750 N Solano Dr. (Use north gate entrance)
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001

Come join us October 4, 2018 as Jonathan Donahue, local Historian and Tombstone's Director of International Tourism, will be delivering a presentation on the history of the mines of Tombstone. You never know what you might learn.

The Cochise County Corral of the Westerners meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Schieffelin Hall, Fremont St. at 4th, Tombstone. Come and see this wonderful, historic theater built in 1882. There is an optional 5-ish pre-meeting dinner at the Longhorn Restaurant, Allen St., Tombstone. Call or email ahead so we can tell the restaurant how many to expect. This is Cochise County’s corral and all are welcome. For more information contact Sheriff Doug Hocking (doug@doughocking.com),378-1833, or Nevada Smith 520-642-7601; 775-482-7601, or Trail Boss Bob Spahle, bobsp1882@gmail.com, 732-1036. To R.S.V.P. for dinner contact the Recorder of Marks and Brands Liz Severn ljsevern@gmail.com, 220-6313. Everyone is invited.

On September 8, 2018 around 8:30 a.m., New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on US 62/180 near mile marker 86, southeast of Hobbs, NM.

Preliminary information indicates a Ford Mustang was traveling westbound on US 62/180 near mile marker 86 when the vehicle crossed into eastbound lanes of traffic and collided head-on into a Ford pickup traveling eastbound. The driver of the Mustang, Fabian Mendoza (19) of Denver City, TX, was transported from the scene to the Lea County Medical Center where he later died from his injuries sustained in the collision.

On September 8, 2018, around 6:30 a.m., New Mexico State Police officers investigated a fatal crash involving a semi-tractor-trailer and a sedan on US 285 near mile marker 67, south of Artesia.

Preliminary information indicates a semi-tractor-trailer was traveling south on US 285 near mile post 67 when a Toyota sedan, also traveling south, collided into the rear of the semi.

SANTA FE, NM – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is today recommending that certain persons who received any type of injection related service, including a vampire facial, at the VIP Spa (located at 809 Tijeras Avenue, NW Suite B, Albuquerque) come to the Midtown Public Health Office located at 2400 Wellesley Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107 this week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C lab testing and counseling.

“It is very important that anyone who received a vampire facial or other injection related service at the VIP Spa in May or June of 2018 come to the Midtown Public Health Office for free and confidential lab testing and counseling,” said Lynn Gallagher, NMDOH Cabinet Secretary.

WASHINGTON – In a testament to the Trump Administration's America First Energy Plan, the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) third-quarter oil and gas lease sale in New Mexico broke all previous records by grossing nearly $1 billion in bonus bids for 142 parcels. The two-day sale brought in more revenue than all BLM oil and gas sales in 2017 combined, and surpassed BLM's previous best sales year. Revenue from the sale totaled $972,483,619.50 and illustrates the Trump Administration's commitment to sustainably developing America's energy and natural resources to achieve American energy dominance.

"Critics of the Administration's American Energy Dominance policy often falsely claim there is little to no interest in Federal oil and gas leases. Today, they are eating their words and once again President Trump's policies are bearing fruit for the American people. The people of New Mexico will see about a half a billion dollars of this right back into their roads, schools, and public services," said Secretary Zinke. "This historic lease sale shows what is possible when we leverage the vast natural resources we have in our country, using innovation, best science, and best practices. We can ensure reliable, safe, abundant, and affordable energy for all Americans, and New Mexico is a centerpiece of our all-of-the-above energy future. I applaud the President for his leadership on this issue and look forward to continuing the success."

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