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.

Around 8:30 p.m. on July 10, 2018, New Mexico State Police officers responded to a report of a downed aircraft in Torrance County. The crash occurred approximately 2 to 3 miles east of the Moriarty, NM Airport on private land near Stage Coach Lane.
According to on-scene investigation, Mr. Renard Rozzoni (65) from Albuquerque, NM was flying his 2017 Ventus 3F glider aircraft near the Moriarty Airport when it crashed for unknown reasons. Mr. Rozzoni sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased on scene.
The Federal Aviation Administration is responding to investigate the cause and nature of the crash. No further details are available.

Santa Fe, NM – Officials of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, State Parks Division announce that Fenton Lake and Hyde Memorial State Parks, located in the boundaries of the Santa Fe National Forest, will re-open for use today, July 11, 2018.
Morphy Lake State Park, Cimarron Canyon State Park and the Las Tusas side of Bluewater Lake State Park remain closed due to National Forest closures and extreme fire danger.

Park visitors are reminded that most parks are under various types of fire restrictions, to include Hyde Memorial and Fenton Lake State Parks. To learn more about state park fire restrictions, please visit www.nmparks.com.

WRITER: Adriana M. Chavez, 575-646-1957, adchavez@nmsu.edu

Holly Raines-Baxter and Kristin Prinn graduated with their master's degrees in social work from New Mexico State University at separate times; the two women have never met. Both are making a positive impact on the lives of children, teens and families in Las Cruces and Camden, New Jersey.

Clovis, NM – Today, Governor Susana Martinez was joined by company executives and local officials for a ribbon cutting for the expansion of Southwest Cheese' Clovis manufacturing facility. Southwest Cheese has invested $140 Million to expand their operations in Clovis, New Mexico. The expansion will create up to 50 new manufacturing jobs and is being supported by New Mexico's closing fund, LEDA, as well as the Job Training Incentive Program, JTIP. This expansion will increase Southwest Cheese employee numbers to more than 400 in Clovis and the facility's operational capacity by 30 percent.

"For years, we've worked relentlessly to make New Mexico a great place to do business, now we're seeing the results," said Governor Martinez. "International companies like Southwest Cheese are realizing the benefits of New Mexico's supportive business climate, and their decision to locate in our state helps make it the best place to live, work and raise a family."

Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced new procedures for the release of market-affecting crop and livestock reports from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and World Agricultural Outlook Board (WAOB) to ensure that all members of the public have access to the information at the same time.

Under current "Lockup" procedures, information is released to the public at 12:00 p.m. (Eastern), though the news media are allowed access approximately 90 minutes early, with their reports embargoed until the noon release time. Prompted by inquiries from the public, USDA examined the procedures and determined that technological advancements have afforded recipients of customized media reports a market advantage not enjoyed by members of the general public. The USDA also sought analytical assistance from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to help inform a policy update to the lockup procedures. As a result, beginning August 1, 2018, USDA will provide media the same access to the NASS and WAOB reports as the public, with the information becoming available to all at 12:00 p.m. on days the reports are released.

Las Cruces, NM – The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is accepting proposals from anyone in the New Mexico agriculture industry interested in advancing an innovative concept or marketing and promotional idea.
A total of $40,000 is available through the 2018 Agriculture Development and Promotion Funds Program (ADPFP). Individuals, as well as groups working on joint initiatives, are eligible to apply. Aug. 15 is the deadline for proposals.

teacher workshop rsChasity Montes, a professional development specialist for Southwest Regional Education Cooperative, gave a workshop at New Mexico State University's College of Education for future teachers on how to improve teaching for second-language learners. The college recently merged the departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership and Administration, and Special Education into a single School of Teacher Preparation, Administration and Leadership, which will better prepare master educators, administrators and leaders for public, private and governmental institutions.
(NMSU photo by Adriana M. Chávez)
WRITER: Adriana M. Chavez, 575-646-1957, adchavez@nmsu.edu

New Mexico State University's College of Education has recently merged the departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership and Administration, and Special Education into a single School of Teacher Preparation, Administration and Leadership, which will better prepare master educators, administrators and leaders for public, private and governmental institutions.

Los Alamos, NM – July 10, 2018 –Los Alamos, New Mexico is the gateway to three national parks and is a hub for outdoor lovers and adventure enthusiasts throughout the summer months, and trails and open spaces are officially open again. Los Alamos County was previously under Stage III Fire Restrictions, and is now under Stage I Fire Restriction, which effectively opens up trails and open spaces for recreational use.
"Summertime is a time of exploration, and Los Alamos is the place where discoveries are made," said Kelly Stewart, Marketing Manager for Los Alamos County. "While we still hope our visitors will be mindful of the recent fires and practice caution, we're thrilled to have our open spaces once again usable by the public. There are vast outdoor adventures awaiting in Los Alamos, and we invite all to come explore, find your 'aha moments' and enjoy the great outdoors."

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