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.

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2018) – Life for the poor in Honduras is not easy, but it’s nearly impossible for young girls living in impoverished conditions in the country’s mountainous and rural regions to achieve more than a basic education.

The Sisters of Maria are working hard to change that by reaching out to the communities with the highest rates of poverty. They are searching for girls who qualify to be full-time residents at the Villa de las Niñas home in Tegucigalpa, which receives some of its support from Food For The Poor. The home has a number of girls who are orphans, but most have families who are too poor to send them to school to learn a trade.

Food For The Poor has donated 50 industrial sewing machines to the Villa de las Niñas home where seamstress training is now possible for hundreds of young girls whose desire is to learn to sew.

“Education is the best way to break the cycle of poverty,” said Food For The Poor Executive Director Angel Aloma. “Along with a viable skill set, these girls ultimately will have an opportunity to transform their lives for the better. It’s very gratifying to know that this donation of commercial-grade sewing machines will be used to equip hundreds, or even thousands of young women with a trade they can use to earn a living.”

Established in February 2011, the Villa de las Niñas home in Honduras is home to more than 800 girls between the ages of 13 and 20 who qualify for enrollment due to poverty. Headed by the Sisters of Maria, the school provides housing, meals, a high school education and a variety of specialized trade skills courses, such as sewing.

Eddy County, NM - On November 1, 2018 at about 7:54 p.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on State Road 128 around mile post 4 east of Loving. 

The initial investigation indicated a 2017 Ford pickup driven by Jason Carmona (26) of Texas was traveling north on County Road 793 when he approached the intersection at State Road 128. For unknown reasons, Carmona failed to yield at the intersection and was struck by a 2012 Peterbilt Commercial Motor Vehicle that was traveling westbound on State Road 128. Carmona succumbed to his injuries at the Carlsbad Medical Center in Carlsbad, NM and was pronounced deceased by the Office of the Medical Investigator. The name of the driver driving the Peterbilt will not be released due to him not facing any charges.

In all construction zones, motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and use extreme caution, as well as continue to be cautious of heavy equipment and construction personnel in the area. 

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Traffic updates are posted on the NMDOT traffic advisory web-site at here and can be retrieved through our automated system at 511 in New Mexico or 1-800-432-4269 from any line.


I-25, Mile Marker 154 to 157.839, Lemitar 

Mountain States Constructors, Inc. (Contractor) is continuing with bridge replacement and roadway reconstruction on Interstate 25 in Socorro Co. Traffic is diverted from southbound driving lanes to northbound driving lanes for the finalization of the project. A 12’ width restriction will be in effect throughout the project. Construction will be Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Construction is expected to be completed by winter 2018. 

Cliff Hudson, chief technology officer of Systems Technology Solutions, is no stranger to agriculture. Hudson grew up on his family’s farm and regularly rode a tractor with his grandfather while he cultivated corn. He has a deep appreciation for farming and community. His company recently secured a $20,000 investment for GreenAI, an innovative sensor technology for crop analytics, through the AgSprint business accelerator program at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center.

green aiCliff Hudson (left), chief technology officer of Systems Technology Solutions, recently secured a $20,000 investment for GreenAI, an innovative sensor technology for crop analytics, through the AgSprint business accelerator program at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center. The check was presented to Hudson at the second annual AgAssembly conference in Las Cruces. At right is Del Mackey, program specialist at Arrowhead Center. (NMSU courtesy photo)STS developed GreenAI in response to an ongoing agricultural challenge of a person or organization being data rich and information poor. They collect large amounts of data, but the data is not timely, actionable or ready to be implemented in the field. GreenAI brings value to the data that people and organizations are already collecting. 

Lea County, NM - On November 1, 2018 just after 9:00 p.m. the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash at the intersection of U.S. 62/180 and Maddox Road west of Hobbs.  

The initial investigation indicated a 2016 Freightliner semi-truck was traveling south on Maddox Road.  After stopping at the stop sign at 62/180, the truck proceeded to turn east. The driver did not realize that 62/180 was a four-lane road and turned east into the west bound passing lane of 62/180. The driver caught the mistake and began backing up to correct the truck and head east in the correct lane. While backing up the trucks trailer was perpendicular to west bound 62/180.

A 2016 Toyota Camry, driven by Phuong Thi Hoang (66) of Houston, TX was traveling west on 62/180 in the west bound lane, failed to see the trailer in the road and crashed into the semi-trucks trailer. Ms. Hoang suffered fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator. 

Taos, NM (November 8 - November 22):

Unique Events:

Sat Nov 2, A Night with Jed Zimmerman & Don Richmond, Join us for some great local Americana Music. All Ages, Music at 8 p.m., General Admission $10

Weekly Events:

Every Monday the KTAOS Solar Center will once again be hosting the exciting music series entitled “Off the Cuff Live”, music begins at 7 p.m. SHARP. $5 Cover. Be Early! This is a live recording, doors close at 7 p.m. “Off the Cuff Live” features local artists performing music from different chart-topping musicians. The show is recorded live, to be re-broadcast on KTAOS Solar 101.9 FM the following Sunday at 6pm right after a new live radio show with Jimmy Stadler and the following week’s “Off the Cuff”  Guest Musicians, at 5 p.m. “Off the Cuff Live” is an all ages show, from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Sponsored by Dr. Kellie Harris of Northern New Mexico Center for Cosmetic Dentistry "Start Smiling!" and Bull O' The Woods Saloon, Red River, New Mexico

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2018 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the United States has joined with 12 other nations to support policies that enable agricultural innovation, including genome editing. The International Statement on Agricultural Applications of Precision Biotechnology was released in Geneva at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.

“Precision biotechnologies such as genome editing hold great promise for both farmers and consumers around the world. These tools can play a critical role in helping farmers address many of the production challenges they face while improving the quality and nutritional value of foods available to consumers worldwide,” said Perdue.

“Unfortunately, such technologies too often face regulatory roadblocks that are based on misinformation and political posturing.  Therefore, it’s gratifying to see Argentina and other allies come together under the WTO umbrella to publicly embrace science-based regulatory systems that will allow us to unlock the huge potential of these new technologies.”

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