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.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement in honor of Veterans Day:

"I am deeply honored to recognize the service, bravery, dedication, and sacrifice of our veterans — on Veterans Day and every day. New Mexico has a long and proud tradition of military service, and when our nation has called, New Mexico has always answered.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Nov. 10, 2017) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement in honor of Veterans Day. Senator Heinrich will commemorate Veterans Day tomorrow, November 11, at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Day Parade in Las Cruces, N.M.

“Today and every day, I join communities across New Mexico and our nation in offering sincere gratitude for our veterans for their service to our country. Few sacrifices are as selfless as those made by our military service men and women. Their unwavering devotion and extraordinary courage reflect the core principles we share as Americans.

Mustang 6A Rocket Launch, November 4, 2017, Spaceport America
(Photo: J. Perry, Launch Crew, White Sands Research and Developers, LLC)

Spaceport America announced the launch today of the first Mustang 6A rocket which was built by The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT) Rocket Team in collaboration with White Sands Research and Developers, LLC (WSRDs).

The launch of the Mustang 6A, designed to reach an apogee of 24,000 feet, took place Saturday morning from Spaceport America's north Lunar Launch Pad. The mission was an operational success and accomplished most of the mission objectives, which involved testing of several newly designed and innovative subsystems. These custom-designed subsystems performed according to design and the payload section was recovered fully intact. The rocket, however, did not attain its intended apogee.

Taos, NM (Nov 16-Nov 30):

Unique Events:

Friday November 17, Legends of Roots Reggae, The Meditations, will be at the KTAOS Solar Center for a special Peter Tosh Birthday Celebration. The Meditations have been an integral part of the Roots Reggae Scene since 1974, so this show is sure to go down in the history books as Legendary. Over the years, the Meditations have worked alongside such Reggae Legends as Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Lee "Scratch" Perry, and Gregory Isaac just to name a few. Music Starts at 8PM, All Ages, $15 in Advance & $20 Day of Show. There is a tremendous thirst for Roots Rock Reggae and the authentic Meditations sound, it is by no means new but it is growing in volume. With every generation there is an overwhelming outcry to experience and see the Meditations live.
Friday, November 17, The Meditations: Peter Tosh Birthday Celebration. 7PM Doors, 8PM showtime $15 in advance/ $20 at the Door. All ages welcome with parent/guardian supervision.

Saturday November 18, Levi Platero, of the Navajo Nation, will be at the KTAOS Solar Center. Levi Platero is a great example of a guitar player with a gift of guitar playing intuition of a much more experienced player. Levi's quiet nature is unleashed in a style that mixes a spectrum of Texas Blues and Vintage Rock, to Modern Guitar Heroes such as Eric Johnson and Steve Vai with a captivating live show. He ranges from flurries of guitar acrobatics all the way down to soulful expressiveness. Levi is a guitarist and talent to be reckoned with and will continue to shine in the Blues/Rock genre. Saturday November 18th, Levi Platero at the KTAOS Solar Center, 8PM, $10 General Admission.

Saturday November 25, Reckless will be live at the KTAOS Solar Center.
Reckless tout's themselves as the hardest rocking country band in the Enchanted Circle! They are politically insensitive, high energy, and looking for nothin' but a good time. If you want a fun band to shake your tail-feathers to or even a little buckle rubbing come out to catch Reckless perform LIVE! 8PM, All Ages, $5 General Admission

Weekly Events:

Every Monday, Thursday and Sunday catch EVERY NFL game in Hi-Def on our Big Screen TV's!

Every Sunday at the KTAOS Solar Center is NFL SUNDAY TICKET. We will be showing six NFL games in Hi-Def with amazing food and drink specials. Happy Hour from 3-6PM. Every Game, Every Sunday at the KTAOS Solar Center.

Every Monday, The KTAOS Solar Center will once again be hosting the exciting music series entitled "Off the Cuff Live", music begins at 7pm. "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. "Off the Cuff Live" is a free live show for all ages, from 7pm-8pm. Sponsored by Sabroso Restaurant and Bar.

  • 11/20- "Steve Earle" featuring Stacey Sanders and Willie Hutton
  • 11/27- "Tony Bennett" featuring Bob Andrews and Susan Holmes

Every Thursday, "The KTAOS Solar Center" is holding another weekly installment of their "Ladies' Night" featuring great music! Ladies get into the show free of charge, and guys have a $5 cover. Show begins at 9pm, come dance the night away! Ages 21 and up only.

  • 11/16: Katy P and the Business 3.0
  • 11/22: Katy P and the Business 3.0 SPECIAL WEDNESDAY LADIES NIGHT
  • 11/30: Katy P and the Business 3.0

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Nov. 10, 2017 – The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission will take up the Renewable Energy Act Plan in a matter of weeks, and the vote will determine if the state meets the goal of reaching 20% renewable energy by the year 2020.

The state and Public Service Company of New Mexico have made plans to meet the 20% renewable goal by 2020, but key pieces of the plan must be confirmed this year by the PRC for the goals to be met. The plan adds more renewable to the state energy portfolio in the form of more wind power, solar power and geothermal power.

If passed, PNM will start on these renewable projects immediately so 20% of their energy portfolio will come from renewable energy. The plan also lays the groundwork to meet more aggressive renewable energy goals in the future.

The NM Renewable Energy Industry Association has come out in support of the Renewable Energy Act Plan now before the PRC.

"Not only does it help New Mexico meet its 2020 goal," said Rachel Hillier, executive director of the REIA, "but by making pre-approved PNM sites available for turnkey installations, it opens the door for local renewable energy contractors to compete for these jobs."

PNM currently has 19 renewable projects throughout the state. The Renewable Energy Act Plan would add 50 MW of solar energy by constructing five 10MW solar facilities in central New Mexico. The plan also calls for a $50 million investment in the state's only geothermal plant in southern New Mexico and an upgrade of 200 MW of wind-produced energy.

A new coalition, 20by20, has formed to show its support for passage of the Renewable Energy Act Plan.

"We are hopeful that the plan is approved so that we can continue to invest in New Mexico's renewable energy with a $50 million geothermal plant south of Lordsburg," said Nick Goodman, the CEO of Cyrq Energy, New Mexico's only geothermal company. "We will make the investment in the community and have the plant producing more power by the end of next year if this is approved."

The new projects would also create a significant amount of economic development throughout the state. The ABQWest Chamber of Commerce, Economic Forum of Albuquerque, and NAIOP are in support of the REAP.

Goodman said that there are several other possible geothermal projects in the state, and if this plan passes it could lead the way to significant development of geothermal resources in New Mexico.

"New Mexico could become one of the geothermal leaders in the country," said Goodman.

The wind, solar, and geothermal projects in the plan would allow New Mexico to reach its stated goal of 20% renewable energy by 2020, in two years. Without this plan and the projects, PNM has said it will not reach its goal in time.

The following is a summary of Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project (Project)

activities in the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Area (MWEPA) in Arizona, including the Fort Apache Indian Reservation (FAIR), San Carlos Apache Reservation (SCAR), and New Mexico. Additional Project information can be obtained by calling (928) 339-4329 or toll free at (888) 459-9653, or by visiting the Arizona Game and Fish Department website at
www.azgfd.gov/wolf or by visiting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website at www.fws.gov/southwest/es/mexicanwolf. For information on the FAIR call (928) 338-4385 ext. 226.

Past updates may be viewed on either website, or interested parties may sign up to receive this update electronically by visiting www.azgfd.com and clicking on the E-news Signup tab on the left corner of the webpage.

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.

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.

Washington, D.C. (November 9, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. Department of the Treasury named Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Blanco as the new head of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN):

"As Chairman of the Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee, I understand the important work that Treasury's FinCEN department plays in combating money laundering, terrorist financing, and other illicit financing activities. FinCEN needs a strong, forward looking leader that will continue to innovate and ensure the Bureau is achieving its mission. Kenneth Blanco has decades of experience, I look forward to working closely with him to provide FinCEN and Treasury with the tools they need to succeed in protecting our nation from illicit activity."

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