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.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information that leads to the whereabouts of Tara Calico, who was last seen near her home in Belen, N.M., in 1988, as well as for the arrest and conviction of those responsible for her disappearance. 

Calico, who was 19 when she disappeared on Sept. 20, 1988, had gone for a bicycle ride. 

"Tara had her entire future ahead of her when she vanished," said Special Agent in Charge James Langenberg of the Albuquerque FBI Division. "Law enforcement has never given up the search for this young lady, checking out numerous tips and conducting countless interviews over the course of more than 30 years. But it's time for someone to come forward and help us finally bring Tara home." 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2019 — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of 20 members to serve on the Advisory Committee for New and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers (ACBFR). The newly appointed members serve terms of up to two years through 2021.

Members newly appointed to serve two-year terms are:

LOS LUNAS, NM—Rep. Kelly Fajardo (R-Los Lunas) sent a letter to New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Secretary Brian Blalock asking why his agency has not yet convened a task force to examine New Mexico’s Child Protective Services as directed by the Legislature. Earlier this year, the Legislature unanimously approved House Joint Memorial 10, legislation that ordered the creation of the task force in response to several cases of New Mexico children dying as a result of abuse in recent years. Fajardo co-sponsored the memorial along with Reps. Rebecca Dow (R-Truth or Consequences), Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque), and Gail Armstrong (R-Magdalena).  

Navajo Dam, NM –The Pine Main boat ramp and “No Wake” zone, the Sims Mesa “No Wake” zone, and surrounding shoreline within “No Wake” zones will be closed to anglers from October 1 through November 7 per the New Mexico Game and Fish 2019-2020 Rulebook. The rest of Navajo Lake will remain open to snagging, including the spillway to the far corner of the dam. No fishing is allowed within 150 feet of boat ramps, walkways, or any other infrastructure at any time.

Snagging is a technique for harvesting soon-to-die spawning salmon. Anglers cast heavyweight treble hooks into schools of fish and then reel them in. Anglers are allowed to harvest 12 fish per day and have 24 in their possession.

Spaceport America is launching its newest mission—the STEM Roadtrip. Throughout the first week of October, crewmembers will hit the road to educate and inspire middle school students across the state. Spaceport America team members will teach students about rockets and spaceflight and educate them about the flights that take place at Spaceport America. Creating an engaging experience, the presentations will feature photos and videos of actual launches and hands-on STEM experiences with a series of experiments that demonstrate various elements of rocket design and space science. 

Spaceport America team members will be visiting schools in Albuquerque, Gallup and Grants. The schedule is as follows:

State Governments and Tribes Must Apply by November 27

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will make up to $50 million available to help create or expand state government and tribal programs that encourage landowners and land managers to allow public access to their land for hunting, fishing and other wildlife-dependent recreation. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting proposals through November 27 from state governments and tribes for the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP).

SANTA FE, NM—Twenty-one Republican state representatives signed a letter to the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asking the agencies to appeal a recent ruling issued by U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins. The ruling orders the U.S. Forest Service to cease timber management activities on all national forests in New Mexico as well as the Tonto National Forest in Arizona.

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is seeking nominees for appointment to the Recycling and Illegal Dumping (RAID) Alliance. Openings are currently available for representatives from an industry waste generator, retailer and waste management company. 

The RAID Alliance, established by the 2005 New Mexico RAID Act, provides recommendations to NMED to award grants for projects that: 

  • prevent and abate illegal dumpsites.
  • promote environmentally sound methods for reuse and recycling.
  • manage scrap tires.
  • encourage economic development, community development and collaboration that promotes the efficient and sustainable use of resources and sustainable recycling. 

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