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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.

Unique Events:

Friday Oct 11, The Rifters, The Rifters will be in the house performing some legendary Taos Country Music!  Don Richmond, Rod Taylor, and Jim Bradley make up this country trio with beautiful three part harmonies and music ranging from driving bluegrass to ethereal desert beauty!  The Rifters are well known for keeping the crowd moving so when you come out this Friday night, be sure to bring you dancing shoes! 7PM Doors, 8PM Showtime, $10 general admission, all ages welcome with parent/guardian supervision.

Weekly Events:

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) – Today, PNM hosted a local group of students who are part of a robotics competition, to educate them about the job that PNM linemen do, the tools they use, and the dangers that they face every day. The students are all part of a nonprofit called R4Creating, and they will be working to build a robot that can be used by linemen to aid in their efforts to restore power in a safe, quick manner.

R4Creating is a New Mexico nonprofit whose mission is to provide training and inspire students in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. Each year, they compete in a robotics competition against similar teams across the country. Each team works to engineer and construct a robot based on a theme, which changes every year. This year’s theme is all about creating a robot that can be used in the utility industry to help make linemen’s jobs safer and assist in power restoration.

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.White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) has posted an alert for Monday September 30, 2019. US 70 is scheduled to be blocked at 10:40 a.m. for approximately 1-hour and should be lifted at 11:40 a.m. This block will be located at Red Block (top of ST. Augustin Pass /mile marker 164) and Yellow Block (White Sands National Monument /mile marker 200). The Las Cruces Gate, Owen Road and Nike Ave will also be affected. 

Albuquerque, NM – September 25, 2019 - Families facing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free educational program in Lordsburg, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.

The presentation, titled, “Know the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease,” will help participants differentiate between normal age-related forgetfulness and Alzheimer’s disease indicators.  This FREE class is recommended for anyone who is interested in learning more about the early detection of Alzheimer’s and related dementias; and how to care for loved ones who may be experiencing these symptoms. 

“Know the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease” will be held Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 1:00-2:00pm at the Ena Mitchell Senior Center, 532 DeMoss St., Lordsburg, NM 88045. For more information, contact Alexis Ramirez (Programs Volunteer Case Manager) at (800) 272-3900 or at alramirez@alz.org . For directions call (575) 647-3868.                  

Approximately 15.5% of state’s population consistently struggles to get enough to eat; research shows hunger impacts learning, health, and productivity

Albuquerque, N.M., September 26, 2019 – While food insecurity is more prevalent in some parts of the country, the reality is that it exists in all communities. According to the US Department of Agriculture, nearly 40 million people face hunger in the U.S., including an estimated 324,000 individuals in New Mexico.

WASHINGTON— Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, announced that the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill includes language for the preservation and safekeeping of the area surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The bill, which passed committee unanimously, and now heads to the full Senate, includes report language directing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to refrain from leasing within a 10-mile radius of the park. 

Schools Recognized for Excellence with 2019 U.S. Blue Ribbon Awards

SANTA FE, NM – Three New Mexico schools have received one of the highest national honors for improving student outcomes and closing achievement gaps, New Mexico Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart, Ed. L.D., announced today. The U.S. Department of Education has given the National Blue Ribbon School award to Career Enrichment Center & Early College Academy in Albuquerque, Ladera Del Norte Elementary in Farmington, and Logan Elementary in Logan.

“On behalf of the Public Education Department and the State of New Mexico, I want to congratulate the students, faculty, staff and administration at all three of these incredible schools,” Secretary Stewart said. “We are proud to hold them up as exemplars of what all public education institutions should strive for and will continue to support the amazing work they do on a daily basis.”

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the New Mexico Economic Development Department will sign a formal agreement at 8 a.m. on Friday Sept. 27 to better collaborate and share resources that will boost business growth and create jobs.

The Strategic Alliance Memorandum agreement signing event is set for 8 a.m. at the National Hispanic Culture Center Salon Ortega Building, 1701 Fourth St. SW, Albuquerque, N.M. 87102.

The purpose of this Strategic Alliance Memorandum is to develop and foster mutual understanding and a working relationship between the SBA and New Mexico Economic Development Department in order to strengthen and expand small business development throughout the state. 

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