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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.

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – North Korea's launch on Friday of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile was detected, closely tracked, and determined not to be a danger to North America. However, this provocative launch served as yet another reminder of North Korea's continued threat to the United States and our allies with their missile program.

As the Commander responsible for defending the homeland, I want to assure our citizens that USNORTHCOM remains unwavering in our confidence that we can fully defend the United States against this ballistic missile threat. At NORAD and USNORTHCOM, we stand this watch each and every day.

NORAD and USNORTHCOM, U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Pacific Command remain vigilant in the face of these continued North Korean provocations. We are fully committed to working closely with our Republic of Korea and Japanese allies to maintain the security of their region and our great Nation.

For more information about NORAD or USNORTHCOM, refer to http://www.norad.mil/ or http://www.northcom.mil/

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Taos, NM (Aug 1 - Aug 17):

Unique Events:

Tuesday, August 1: Grammy Award Winning, Los Lonely Boys return to the KTAOS Solar Center to rock the house once again with their special blend of Bluesy "Texican" Rock. Los Lonely Boys will be performing outside in your Community's Backyard. Tickets are $28 in Advance and $32 Day of the Show. Tickets may be purchased online at KTAO.com or at the KTAOS Solar Center. This is an All Ages Show. Doors are at 7PM and the Show starts at 8:30PM. Los Lonely Boys are all about having a good time, but they also make an effort to write about the love, energy and spirit we all carry. Los Lonely Boys, Tuesday, August 1. 7PM Doors, 8:30PM Showtime. $28 in advance/ $32 Day of Show. All ages welcome with parent/guardian supervision.

White Sands Missile Range/Highway 70 Road Block
Las Cruces, NM

Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) along with White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) has posted an alert for Tuesday August 1, 2017 for US 70.

Two roadblocks are scheduled, first block to begin at 4:30 am for approximately 1 hour and should be lifted at 5:30 am. Second roadblock to begin at 7:30 am for approximately 1 hour and should be lifted by 8:30 am. These blocks will be located at Blue Block (2 miles east of the access road - Mile Marker 172) and Brown Block (Mile Marker 192). The St. Augustine Pass, the LC Gate, Owen Road & Nike Ave are NOT affected by this block.

All roadblocks are subject to change without notice, please call 575-678-1178 for updates go to Facebook: www.facebook.com/WSMRPublicAffairs; Twitter: https://twitter.com/wsmrpao or New Mexico Department of Transportation: www.nmroads.com.

Traffic Report for week of July 30, 2017

White Sands Missile Range Notification
For information regarding closures you may call WSMR at 678-1178 or 678-2222 for updates.
Traffic updates are posted on the NMDOT traffic advisory web-site at http://nmroads.com and can be retrieved through our automated system at 511 in New Mexico or 1-800-432-4269 from any line.

I-10, Mile Marker 91.7 to 94.5, Deming CN 1101250
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with La Calerita Construction (Contractor) continues with bridge rehabilitation and roadway reconstruction operations on Interstate 10 (I-10) in Luna County. Interstate traffic will continue to encounter a detour while work is being performed. All interstate traffic will be detoured off the eastbound lane and onto the westbound lane encountering temporary wall barrier along the detour. An 11' width lane restriction is in effect. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and use extreme caution, as well as continue to be cautious of personnel in the area. Construction is expected to be completed by summer 2017.

I-10, Mile Marker 103, Akela HW2M100607 & HW2M1006008
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with Hasse Constructors (Contractor) will be performing over lay and deck repairs on the bridge at mile post 103, in Luna Co. Construction is expected to be completed by fall 2017. Traffic will encounter lane drops on the westbound lanes with a reduced speed limit. A 14' width lane restriction is in effect. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and use extreme caution, and be cautious of personnel in the area. The lane closure will be in effect until repairs are completed.

I-25, Mile Marker 41 to 58.29, Hatch CN 1101460
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with FNF Construction, INC. (Contractor) will begin roadway reconstruction operations along Interstate 25. August 3rd, exit ramp 51 "Garfield" will be closed due to paving on/off ramps. Construction is expected to be completed by summer 2017. Traffic will encounter lane closures while work is being performed, closure will be in affect from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, use extreme caution, and be cautious of personnel in the area.

I-25, Mile Marker 151 to 112, Socorro
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will continue placing rubberized mastic asphalt along Interstate 25 south and northbound lanes. Traffic will encounter lane closures while work is being performed with reduced speed limit of 55 mph. Closure will be in affect from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, use extreme caution, and be cautious of personnel in the area.

US 70, N Main, Solano, 3 Crosses, Mile Markers 149.2 to 149.5, Las Cruces LC000120
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with AUI, Inc. (Contractor) will be performing roadway Reconstruction, Lighting and Signalization operations on US 70 / Solano Dr. / 3Crosses Ave. / N Main St. intersection in Dona Ana Co. Construction expected to be completed by summer 2018. A 12 width lane restriction is in effect. All traffic is being detoured off the eastbound lane and onto the westbound lane encountering 2-way traffic. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and use extreme caution, and be cautious of personnel in the area. Construction will be from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday thru Friday.

US 70/W Picacho Ave. Mile Marker 146 to 17th Street, Las CrucesLC000140
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with RT Electric Inc. (Contractor) will begin Signalization, Lighting, ITS and Roadway Reconstruction along US/70 Picacho Ave and 17th street starting June 5th. A 12' width lane restriction is in effect. Traffic will encounter lane drops on both inside lanes. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, use extreme caution, and be cautious of personnel in the area. Hours of operation will be from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

US 70, Mile Marker 162 to 170, Organ Pass LC00240
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with Mountain States Contractors, Inc. (Contractor) will be performing roadway rehabilitation operations and signalization on US 70 in Dona Ana Co. Construction is expected to be completed by summer 2017. Traffic will encounter lane drops at times with eastbound and westbound exits closed off to all traffic as needed. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and use extreme caution, and be cautious of personnel in the area. The closure will be in affect from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.

US 180, Mile Marker 47.4 to 164.4, Cliff, Silver City, Deming CN9900725
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with San Bar Construction (Contractor) will begin a signing and post replacement project along US 180, starting at the intersection of US 180 and NM 159 (Mogollon turn off) and will progress southbound along US 180. Traffic will encounter a flagging operation at times while work is being performed in areas with no shoulder. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and use extreme caution, and be cautious of personnel in the area. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

NM 90/Hudson Street Bridge, Silver City
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with Interstate Highway Construction (IHC) (Contractor) will be performing bridge jacking operations commencing on July 17th in order to repair bearing assemblies. The contractor will utilize single lane closures with reduced speed during jacking operations. Traffic will be allowed across the bridge in each direction. Please call the Project Office (575)544-6561 with any questions or to confirm any wide loads during the time frame of July 17th to July 31st .

NM 427 "Florida St."/Iron St. intersection, Deming
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with Southwest Concrete & Paving (Contractor) will begin north side ditch grading, east of and including Iron St/Florida St. intersection. Traffic will encounter equipment on the shoulders and a closure on Iron St. will be in effect. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and use extreme caution, and be cautious of personnel in the area. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

NM 159, Mile Marker 8 to 10, Mogollon CN ER14103
The NMDOT along with La Calerita Construction, LLC, (Contractor) will perform Roadway & Drainage Improvements on NM 159 with expected completion fall of 2017. The only traffic that will be able to go through NM 159 will be the Mogollon residents and supplies for the Mogollon residents during the week. Construction operation hours will be from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Please use caution in this area when workers are present. NM 159 will be CLOSED during construction hours.

Chip Sealing – Las Cruces and Dona Ana County

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will be performing minor pavement preservation (Chip Sealing) operations in Dona Ana Co. Speed limit will be reduced, no center stripe and loose gravel on roadway, striping to begin in August. Motorists are advised to use caution and reduce speed while nearing and passing through the work zone being cautious of trucks turning and workers in the area.

Las Cruces Projects – City of Las Cruces

Brown Road
From Valley Drive to Circle Drive will be closed to through traffic. Access to residents will be maintained at all times. Motorists will be asked to decrease speed through the construction zone and should proceed with caution.

Calle del Sol
From Brown Road to Avenido Blanco will be closed to through traffic. Access to residents will be maintained at all times. Motorists will be asked to decrease speed through the construction zone and should proceed with caution.

E. Cambridge Drive
From Main Street to end of cul-de-sac will be closed to through traffic. Access to residents will be maintained at all times. Motorists will be asked to decrease speed through the construction zone and should proceed with caution.

Farney Lane
From Turrentine Drive to Apollo Drive to El Paseo Road will be closed to through traffic. Access to residents will be maintained at all times. Motorists will be asked to decrease speed through the construction zone and should proceed with caution.

Roadrunner Parkway
From Morning Star Drive to Stellar Way will have intermittent lane closures. Access to residents will be maintained at all times. Motorists will be asked to decrease speed through the construction zone and should proceed with caution.

Three Crosses
From Alameda Blvd to Spitz Avenue will lane closures to through traffic. Access to residents will be maintained at all times. Motorists will be asked to decrease speed through the construction zone and should proceed with caution.

Water Street
From Bowman Avenue to Main Street will have intermittent lane closures. Access to businesses and residents will be maintained at all times. Motorists will be asked to decrease speed through the construction zone and should proceed with caution.

Water Street
From Bowman Avenue to Amador Avenue will be closed. Detours will be in place and motorists will be asked to decrease speed through the detour and should proceed with caution.

El Paso Projects – Go 10/Border West Expressway
Closures are posted on the TxDOT website: http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/media-center/local-news/el-paso.html

PLEASE NOTE: Conditions are subject to change without notice. Double fines for speeding in work zones are in effect.

For more information log onto www.nmroads.com or call 511.

Washington, D.C. (July 28, 2017) The House Financial Services Committee yesterday held a hearing on the state of the International Financial System with testimony from Department of the Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

"The free flow of credit is what fuels the American dream. Yet, this opens the door for terrorist and other illegal actors to take advantage of our financial system to do harm against the world. It is no longer enough to simply combat the threats we see today. It isn't enough to just move forward with the threat, but we must get ahead of it. Today, I spoke with Secretary Mnuchin about our nation's effort to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. I greatly appreciate his attention to this serious threat and look forward to working with him through the Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee to modernize and update our standards to cut off terrorist funding," stated Rep. Pearce.

louis gilbert cw rsAcoma farmer and rancher Gilbert Louis III, with his horse, Johnny Cash, loves carrying on his tribe's and family's tradition of ranching. Louis is serving on the U.S. Department of Agriculture Council for Native American Farming and Ranching. He is a participant in the New Mexico Pueblo Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program conducted by the New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences' Rural Agricultural Improvement and Public Affairs Project.
(NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)
WRITER: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu

ACOMA – Gilbert Louis III considers himself a hybrid. The Native American respects and cherishes his tribal traditions, yet knows there is value in adapting to the modern ways.

"I'm in the generation that is taking the old and seeing the value of the new and blending it together," said the Acoma rancher and firefighter for Albuquerque Fire Department. "I tell my son, you have to be a hybrid to be successful."

Agriculture is a way of life his people have practiced for centuries. The traditional ways of planting crops and raising livestock have been passed down from generation to generation.

"There's a lot of pride in that tradition. There is conflict of the new ideas and practices with the way grandpa or dad did it, which many say are still working," he said. "It is sometimes easier to do it the old way, but we need to produce what the industry needs if we are going to be competitive in the market place."

Louis is participating in the New Mexico Pueblo Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program conducted by New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

Since 2013, the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service's Rural Agricultural Improvement and Public Affairs Project has introduced 150 pueblo farmers and ranchers with less than 10 years of farming experience to modern, research-based information to improve their agricultural operations.

The program is funded through a U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture Beginning Farmer, Rancher and Veteran grant.

"The program brings conferences and opportunities to the tribe and others in the area," Louis said. "It gives us a chance to travel to other pueblos and agricultural producers to see what they are doing. The main thing is that we are getting up to date."

Through adopting things taught in the program, such as Beef Quality Assurance practices, Louis and his father, Gilbert Louis Jr., have improved the quality of their cattle herd and are now receiving better prices when they sell their livestock.

"I remember in the past my dad calling my uncle with the latest prices and agreeing to take some cattle to sell," he said. "Last year our family ranch finally sold our cattle directly to Labatt Food Services' Native American Beef Program and we got a nice price."

New Mexico Pueblo Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program participants also are accessing U.S. Department of Agriculture programs. The collaboration of USDA Farm Service Agency and NMSU's RAIPAP have brought the agency to the people during workshops to help the farmers and ranchers apply for programs.

"We are doing a lot of upgrades on our ranch, such as converting our windmills to solar power wells, putting in cross fencing, putting in water lines, thinning trees," he said. "We have obtained loans through FSA for some of these projects."

This access has not been easy for some Native Americans in the United States. The Council for Native American Farming and Ranching, established as part of the Keepseagle class action suit settlement, advises the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on ways to eliminate barriers to Native American farmers and ranchers' participation in USDA programs.

In December 2016, then Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack appointed Louis to a two-year term on the 15-member council. Knowing how to blend the traditional ways with modern opportunities will help Louis while on the council.

"It was amazing the various issues being discussed at our first meeting," Louis said. "Different regions have different issues. There were many issues I didn't know about. For the most part these issues don't pertain to us. Because of the collaboration of NMSU's Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program and USDA agencies, we are light years ahead of other states."

WRITER: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Jon Boren, 575-646-3015, jboren@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Priscilla Bloomquist, 575-646-2877, pbloomqu@nmsu.edu

Tourism, a more than $6 billion industry in New Mexico, is a leading employer and plays a critical role in diversifying the state's economy.

In 2015, millions of dollars, which includes leisure and business travel, were spent in every county in the state, according to the New Mexico Tourism Department.

To support the state tourism New Mexico TRUE campaign, New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is helping rural communities to make a good first impression for the visitors.

The college's School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management has developed TRUE Hospitality, a training program to help community leaders provide tourism employees and job seekers with the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to deliver high quality customer service to residents and visitors.

NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service county agents are conducting train-the-trainer sessions when requested.

"The idea started in Santa Rosa," said Jon Boren, ACES associate dean and director of CES. "Community leaders saw a real economic development opportunity through tourism. They asked our county agent Leigh Ann Marez if she could provide some assistance with hospitality/tourism type training for the youth and adults."

In the past, CES conducted a similar training program as part of the Rural Economic Development Through Tourism project. When federal funding was eliminated, the state lost that programing effort.

"We recognized we have had a void in that area and we needed some training at the county level," Boren said. "We asked HRTM Professor Priscilla Bloomquist and training coordinator Allison Southworth to design a workshop and website support."

Extension agents have been trained in the workshop material and they will train people, who can then teach employees in the hospitality industry in their community.

"This training material also has application for employment opportunities with non-tourism business," Southworth said. "It's just good, common sense customer service practices such as the importance of first impressions, positive attitude, communication skills and professional courtesy."

In addition, there is an introduction to tourism and the New Mexico TRUE campaign. The workshop also encourages participants to know the attractions, activities and services in their area that they may share with visitors.

The three-part PowerPoint presentation, including interactive activities and video links, takes approximately three hours to conduct. Community leaders may contact their local county agent for further information.

Have your script performed by local professional actors

The New Mexico Film Foundation, in partnership with New Mexico Women in Film, announces a new Stage Reading series through its Tale Writers Screenwriting program. We are inviting New Mexico screenwriters to submit a variety of script formats and genres to NMFF. Our professional team will select works that will be performed by professional directors and actors. The readings, which will occur approximately every 3 months, will each have a specific format. The first reading will take place in October 2017 in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

Applications for the first round, open to all, will be accepted August 1 through August 31.

Submit to:  https://www.talewriters.org/stage-readings/

In the professional world, producers and their readers will only read, at most, the first 10 pages of a script/screenplay. With that in mind, our first format will be pages 1-10 of your completed, or to be completed, script in any genre – feature-length. Our second search is for an episodic script based on an existing TV series such as Better Call Saul, Night Shift etc. These are called spec scripts. The writer must understand the show he/she is writing for, and it must be a series that is considered widely familiar for our judges.

Our Tale Writers Screenwriting program seeks to help New Mexico Screenwriters “up their game” as professional screenwriters. By demanding the best in screenwriting, the screenwriter will be challenged to produce industry standard quality work. Stage readings are of great benefit to screenwriters, allowing their written words to come to life providing a realistic depiction of the characters and the action. By recruiting local directors and actors we seek to bring attention to the great acting and directing talent we have in New Mexico as well. Screenwriters will work with directors during the casting process.

The submission process will be open to New Mexico residents only, with no fee for submitting. In some cases the submissions will be judged and finalists invited to have their work part of a stage reading. In other cases, finalists will be chosen who will be matched with mentors to fine tune their work.

Submissions will be open on August 1st and can be submitted by following the link below: https://www.talewriters.org/stage-readings/

For more information, please contact Dirk Norris at:  dirk@nmfilmfoundation.org
 
The New Mexico Film Foundation, located in Santa Fe, NM, has the mission to help grow the independent film industry in New Mexico while offering financial support and educational opportunities to New Mexico independent filmmakers.

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