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.

May is Asthma Awareness Month

SANTA FE, NM –  The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports uncontrolled asthma leads to nearly 8,000 emergency department visits every year, according to data collected and analyzed by the NMDOH Epidemiology and Response Division (ERD).

During National Asthma Awareness Month this May, the NMDOH urges New Mexicans to learn about asthma control and the variety of approaches NMDOH and its partners deliver to help improve and sustain asthma control services throughout the state. 

“Wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing are serious asthma symptoms,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel. “Although asthma cannot be cured, it is possible to manage the disease by reducing and preventing asthma-related hospitalizations.”

13,712 Registrations Exceeds 2017 Numbers by 30 Percent

ALBUQUERQUE – The 2019 National Senior Games, which will be held in Albuquerque June 14 – 25, has the most registered athletes in the organization’s history. Additionally, New Mexico is the number one state for athletes registered.

With all 50 states represented, there are 13,712 athletes that will participate in the 2019 National Senior Games, which is 30% higher than the games in 2017 and 14% higher than the previous 12,000-person games in Louisville, KY in 2007. New Mexico is the state with the most athletes participating - 1,516 total.

“Albuquerque is the perfect backdrop to the Games, with our great weather, training altitude, and the diversity that makes our city so unique,” stated Mayor Tim Keller. “It’s no surprise that so many athletes are making their way to the Land of Enchantment to compete in the Games—we are grateful to be the host city that broke the record for participation.”

Angel Fire, NM - On May 5, 2019 New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called to investigate a police shooting involving the Angel Fire Police Department.

The initial investigation indicates that on the morning of May 5, 2019 an Angel Fire Police officer responded to a residential structure fire at 14 Mountain Lake Terrace in Angel Fire, NM.  At the scene, the Angel Fire Police officer encountered a man with a knife.  During the encounter, the Angel Fire Police officer discharged his weapon.  The assailant was struck by the officer’s gunfire, and later died in the ambulance, where he was pronounced deceased by the Office of the Medical Investigator. 

The shooting and fire investigation are in preliminary stages with no additional information available.  The identification of the deceased man with the knife is pending positive identification by the Office of the Medical Investigator. State Police agents are working with the State Fire Marshalls Office to determine the cause of the fire.  The identification of the Angel Fire Police officer involved will not be released until the investigation progresses.  

(Washington, D.C., May 3, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the finalists of 136 Expressions of Interest received from parties in 35 states vying to become the new homes of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

“This short list of locations took into consideration critical factors required to uphold the important missions of ERS and NIFA. We also considered factors important to our employees, such as quality of life,” Secretary Perdue said. “Relocation will help ensure USDA is the most effective, most efficient, and most customer-focused agency in the federal government, allowing us to be closer to our stakeholders and move our resources closer to our customers. Our commitment to the public and our employees is to continue to be transparent as we proceed with our analysis.”


Capitan, NM – The New Mexico Wildland Fallen Firefighter Memorial is now available for public viewing at the State Forestry Division’s Smokey Bear Historical Park in Capitan, NM. The bronze Memorial is the only one of its kind in New Mexico and honors more than 30 wildland firefighters from across the state who lost their lives in the line of duty.

“Smokey Bear Historical Park is the perfect place for New Mexicans to be able to honor the brave wildland firefighters who gave their lives protecting our state,” said Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst. “This beautiful Memorial provides a place for everyone to pay their respects and reflect on those we have lost to wildfires.”

“We are eternally grateful to all  the men and women who put their lives on the line every time they face a wildfire,” said State Forester Laura McCarthy. “This Memorial is now a permanent reminder of the selfless acts of wildland firefighters who didn’t come home.”

It is illegal to grow hemp without a license in New Mexico

(Las Cruces, New Mexico) – New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte would like to remind the public that all hemp growers in New Mexico must obtain a license from the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.

State and federal laws require oversight of hemp production to ensure cannabis plants grown meet the state and federal definition of hemp. In New Mexico, both the individual grower and the growing location must be registered with NMDA.

Interested individuals may download a hemp production application at www.nmda.nmsu.edu. For more information, call NMDA at 575-646-3207 or email hemp@nmda.nmsu.edu.

Eddy County, NM – On May 2, 2019, at about 7:56 p.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal rollover crash on US 62/180, near milepost 51, northeast of Carlsbad, NM.

The initial investigation indicated a 2000 Ford, driven by Annette Sanchez (49) of Carlsbad, NM was traveling west on US 62/180. The Ford sustained a tire blowout and caused the vehicle to roll. The driver, Annette Sanchez sustained fatal injuries and she was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of Medical Investigator. There were two other passengers in the Ford, a 21-year-old male from Carlsbad, NM and an unknown female passenger who fled the crash scene prior to an officer’s arrival. The 21-year-old male sustained unknown injuries and was transported by Air flight to a hospital in Lubbock, TX. It is unknown if the female passenger was injured in the crash.

Alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor and seat belts appear to have not been properly used. No additional information is available.

Town of Bernalillo / Rio Rancho, NM – On Sunday May 5, 2019 there will be intermittent road closures at the intersection of State Road 528 and U.S. Highway 550 beginning at 10:00 a.m. 

The intermittent closures are expected to persist for about forty-five minutes while workers replace overhead power lines across SR 528 just south of US 550. Drivers are asked to use caution, expect delays, and seek alternate routes.

See the attached map. The red line indicates the approximate location of the power line work.

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