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.

Lincoln County, NM – On May 6, 2019 at about 12:08 a.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal head-on crash on U.S. 54, around mile post 169, near Corona, NM. 

The initial investigation shows a 2003 Hyundai passenger car, driven by Gail F. Cornwell (55) of El Paso, TX was traveling south on U.S. 54.  For unknown reasons the Hyundai crossed over onto the northbound lane of traffic and collided head-on with a 2004 Ford F-350 that was towing a trailer and traveling north.  The Ford was driven by a 42-year-old male of Golden, CO. The driver of the Hyundai, Gail Cornwell sustained fatal injuries and she was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of Medical Investigator. The driver of the Ford, and a 21-year-old male passenger sustained unknown injuries. Both were treated on scene by emergency personnel and released.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 7, 2019) –U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) introduced the Defense Small Business Advancement Act, which would reauthorize and improve the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP) that expired last year. This program increases participation of small, disadvantaged businesses performing as suppliers to DoD, civilian agencies, and private industry by encouraging mentorships from established DoD contractors.

The Mentor-Protégé Program functions to strengthen the long-term relationships between the DoD and small businesses in the defense industry. Participating protégés have been awarded more than $5.4 billion in contracts over the lifetime of the program. For every year a protégé business participated in the program, the average business added 13.4 new, full-time employees to its payroll and earned $7.3 million in additional revenue.

UPDATE: The FBI is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect wanted in connection with a fatal shooting in Twin Lakes, N.M. Trudy Martinez is still being sought. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at (505) 889-1300 or https://tips.fbi.gov/

Here is the news release sent last Wednesday: 

Trudy Martinez, 28, of Twin Lakes, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation, is wanted by the FBI on a federal criminal complaint charging her with murder. 

Martinez is accused of fatally shooting another adult in Twin Lakes on Friday night. She fled the scene with her own children, 10- and 9-year-old girls and a 5-year-old boy.Martinez is also charged with use of a firearm in a crime of violence and crimes occurring in Indian County. 

The rivalry between New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico found a new arena recently as the universities’ financial management students presented their investment analysis of a company in the CFA Society New Mexico Research Bowl.

cfa research bowl 2019 teamNew Mexico State University's finance students won the first-ever CFA Society New Mexico Research Bowl. Pictured are, from left, Andrew Garcia, Kellirae Reynolds, Tristen Foley, J.J. Midler, CFA Society New Mexico president; Kenneth Martin, NMSU finance professor; Arielle Sedillo and Dominic Maldonado. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)NMSU won the first-ever event where the students made an investment management portfolio buy-sell recommendation of Grand Canyon Education’s publicly traded stock. Grand Canyon Education is a regionally accredited provider of online post-secondary education services focused on offering graduate and undergraduate degree programs in its core disciplines of education, business and healthcare. 

Looking to improve your golf game? A research study led by an assistant professor at New Mexico State University and an assistant professor at Texas Woman’s University suggests that focusing internally and externally may help novice golfers learning a golf chip shot.

golf lab kineseologyLauren Brooks, a sophomore kinesiology major at New Mexico State University, prepares to take a swing at a golf ball on a putting green with a sensor in it, while research assistant Rhiannon Jaramillo stands by with a few more balls for Brooks to hit inside a kinesiology laboratory at the NMSU Activity Center. (NMSU photo by Josh Bachman)The study, which began more than a year ago, includes data gathered at NMSU with the help of student participants and student research assistants. Christopher Aiken, an assistant professor in the NMSU Department of Kinesiology and Dance, said the study’s purpose is to investigate the effects that attentional focus shifting from preparation to execution has on motor learning.

WASHINGTON — On September 28, 2018, the Honorable Judith C. Herrera announced her intention to assume senior status after 15 years of distinguished service on the federal bench. Judge Herrera’s announcement, effective July 1, 2019, will create a vacancy in Albuquerque, N.M., for a U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico.

In accordance with their constitutional responsibility as senators to provide advice and consent with respect to federal appointments, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich will recommend to the president a short list of qualified candidates for the position.

Individuals who are interested in the Albuquerque position must complete and return an application no later than June 28, 2019. To download the application and instructions, please click here.

Families will no longer have to wait two to three years to travel to Albuquerque in order to obtain an autism diagnosis for their children once a new autism diagnostic center opens its doors at the New Mexico State University Las Cruces campus.

autism clinic manAlfred Valdez, interim head of the Department of Communication Disorders at New Mexico State University, discusses the new autism clinic that will be located alongside the Edgar R. Garrett Speech and Hearing Clinic, inside the Communication Sciences building on the NMSU campus. (NMSU photo by Josh Bachman)NMSU’s College of Education will be receiving $614,000 in recurring funds from the State of New Mexico, along with $107,000 in non-recurring funds, to open the clinic, which will initially be located alongside the Edgar R. Garrett Speech and Hearing Clinic inside the Communication Sciences building.

“We are a land grant institution serving the community, and we have so many children who need help,” said College of Education interim Dean Susan Brown. “The legislature has recognized that New Mexico needs a center in the southern part of the state in order to serve our families.”

Jemez Springs, NM – Valles Caldera National Preserve will initiate prescribed burn projects beginning later this week and early next week, dependent upon suitable weather and fuel conditions. The prescribed burns will take place within a 630-acre project area in Banco Bonito and a 112-acre area on Cerro Seco. Both locations are within the western half of the preserve. The burn operations will be completed within a 3-10 day period. Brief traffic delays may occur during this time, but are not expected to cause road closures or disrupt visitor activities elsewhere on the preserve. 

The parameters for implementing a prescribed burn are based upon specific assessments, agency guidelines, and safety protocols. Managers continuously monitor weather conditions during a burn including wind, temperature, and relative humidity. Fuel quantity and moisture are also measured. The project will not begin unless all conditions support the burn and associated resources are available. If conditions are not right, the burn may be postponed.

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