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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.

Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas and UNM President Garnett Stokes, after meeting earlier this week, have declared a shared commitment to actively look for ways to positively change the way the two organizations work together in service to the University community and the citizens of New Mexico.

"I am optimistic that UNM, under President Stokes' leadership, will be held accountable for improving cooperation and creating greater efficiencies in the interest of serving justice and being open and transparent," said Attorney General Balderas. "We will be working together to create solutions, break down silos and ensure coordination, collaboration and transparency at the University as our investigation progresses. This is the type of long-term outcome that New Mexicans are owed."

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.

Interstates:

I-10, Mile Marker 84 to 100, Deming 1101630
FNF Construction, INC. (Contractor) will continue Roadway Rehabilitation along Interstate 10. Multiple lane closures will be in effect on both the westbound and eastbound lanes. An 11' width restriction will be in effect throughout the project. 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 4:30 am to 7:00 pm, seven days a week. Construction is expected to be completed by fall 2018.

I-25, Mile Marker 154 to 157.839, Lemitar CN 1100660
Mountain States Constructors, Inc. (Contractor) is continuing with bridge replacement and roadway reconstruction on Interstate 25 in Socorro Co. Interstate traffic is now detoured off of the northbound lane and onto the southbound lane encountering temporary wall barrier along the detour. A 12' width restriction will be in effect throughout the project. Hours of operation will be from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Construction is expected to be completed by fall 2018.

I-25, Mile Marker 147.3 to 148.2, Socorro CN 9900743
MWI Inc. (Contractor) will be installing lighting on the Socorro South Exit 147 On/Off Ramp. An 11' width restriction will be in effect on the north and south bound ramps. When needed detours will be in place and traffic is asked to reduce speed and use caution, seek an alternate route if possible. Hours of operation will be from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm Monday to Thursday. Construction is scheduled to be completed by summer of 2018.

US Roadways:

State Roadways:

NM 15 "Pinos Altos", Mile Marker 0 to 1.21, Silver CityCN1100810
TLC Construction (Contractor) will be reconstructing the roadway, installing curb and gutter, sidewalk and bike lanes. NM 15 from HWY 180 to the 32nd street interchange will have one way traffic only. Detours will be in place and traffic is asked to reduce speed and use caution, seek an alternate route if possible. Contractor's hours of operation will be from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday; closures and traffic control shall remain in place 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Construction is scheduled to be completed by spring of 2019.

NM 26 "Hatch Hwy", Mile Marker 47 to 47.6, Hatch PCN1101310
Villalobos Construction Company, Inc. (Contractor) will be performing Bridge Preservation operations to NM 26 (Rio Grande Bridge) in Dona Ana County. Traffic will encounter a mobile traffic light along with lane closures and flagging operations while work is being performed. Traffic Control closure will be in affect 24 hours a day till project is complete. Construction hours of operation will be from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and use extreme caution, and be cautious of personnel in the area.

NM 136" Pete V Domenici Hwy", Mile Marker 0.448 to 9.168, Santa TeresaE100081,82,83
FNF Construction, INC. (Contractor) continues with roadway reconstruction, roadway rehabilitation, bridge rehabilitation, signalization & lighting along NM 136 the Pete V Domenici Intl. Hwy. Traffic will encounter lane closures as well as detours with an 11' width restriction in effect throughout the project. Both the southbound and northbound lanes are limited to a single lane in each direction from Strauss Rd. to Binational Ave. Due to lane closures travel into the port may be more congested. Contractor's hours of operation will be from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday; lane closures and traffic control shall remain in place 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

NM 498 "Racetrack Drive" Mile Marker 0.600 to 0.900, Sunland Park CN E100140
Hasse Contracting Co., Inc. (Contractor) will continue with bridge replacement and roadway reconstruction. NM 498 will be closed from Doniphan Drive to Futurity Drive; detour is in place on Sunland Park Drive. The Contractor's hours of operation will be from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday. Construction is scheduled to be completed by summer 2018.

NM 152 Mile Marker 5 to 6, Hanover
James Hamilton Construction Co. (Contractor) will have a detour in place for road work on NM 152 for the construction of the Bebo Arch Structure. Speed limit will be reduced to 20 MPH. A 10' width restriction will be in effect throughout the project. Hours of operation will be from 6:30 am till 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Construction is scheduled to be complete by summer 2018.

NM 273 "McNutt Road" Mile Marker 8 -7, Santa Teresa
The New Mexico Department of Transportation will have maintainers on the roadway. NM 273 from mile post 5 (Santa Teresa) to mile post 7 the driving right lane will be closed due to roadway repairs. This closure is expected Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

NM 80 Mile Marker 5 to 7, Animas
The New Mexico Department of Transportation will have maintainers on the roadway, NM 80 from mile post 5 to 7 both north and southbound lanes will be intermittently closed due to road repair, traffic will encounter a flagging operation while work is being performed. This closure is expected Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Chip Sealing Operations:
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will be performing "Chip Sealing" operations in Sierra Co. Speed limit will be reduced, no center stripe and loose gravel on roadway. Traffic will encounter lane drops with pilot car and flagging operations.
Roadways affected will be:
NM 27 "Lake Valley to Hillsboro" mile post 23 to 30

Las Cruces Projects – City of Las Cruces:
Arroyo Road
From Red Hawk Golf Road to Sonoma Ranch Blvd will be closed to through traffic. Motorists will be asked to decrease speed and follow detours around the construction zone.

Brownlee Avenue
From Second Street to Third Street will be closured to through traffic. Access to residents will be maintained at all times. Motorists will be asked to decrease speed, follow the posted detour routes around the construction zone, and should proceed with caution.

Church Street
From Bowman Avenue to Griggs Street will have one lane closured to traffic. Access to businesses will be maintained at all times. Motorists will be asked to decrease speed, follow the posted detour routes around the construction zone, and should proceed with caution.

Dona Ana Road
From Hamula Drive to Richard Drive is closured to traffic. Access to businesses and residents will be maintained at all times. Motorists will be asked to decrease speed, follow the posted detour routes around the construction zone, and should proceed with caution.

Eagle Ridge Drive
From Mars Avenue to Sunridge 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.

Highridge Street
From Mars Avenue to Sunridge 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.

Main Street
At the intersection of Griggs Avenue is open to through traffic.

Second Street
From Picacho Avenue to W Hadley Avenue will be closured to through traffic. Access to businesses will be maintained at all times. Motorists will be asked to decrease speed, follow the posted detour routes around the construction zone, and should proceed with caution.

W Hadley Avenue
From N Mesilla Street to North Reymond Street is open to through traffic.

Water Street
From Bowman Avenue to Griggs Street will have the west lane closured to traffic. Access to businesses will be maintained at all times. Motorists will be asked to decrease speed, follow the posted detour routes around the construction zone, 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 may be in effect.

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 10, 2018) - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) released the following statement in response to the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) recommended alternative for recapitalization of plutonium pit production announced today:

"While we are pleased that Los Alamos National Laboratory will remain the Research & Development Plutonium Center of Excellence and will be allowed to expand their plutonium pit production capability with a new multi-billion investment, halting the long-planned modular expansion of LANL's facilities for plutonium pit production will set back our military's life extension programs and stretch the Lab's existing facilities and workforce to its limits.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, joined Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Committee members U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) to release the Committee’s unclassified summary of the first installment of the Committee’s Russia Report, including updated recommendations on election security and findings regarding Russian targeting of election infrastructure. In parallel, the Committee has prepared a comprehensive, classified report on threats to election infrastructure. The classified report will be submitted for declassification review, and the Committee anticipates releasing it to the public when that process is completed.

VIDEO: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/hearings/hearing-to-review-the-fy2019-budget-request-for-the-us-department-of-interior
 
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Department of the Interior (DOI), pressed DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke about the department's inadequate fiscal year 2019 budget request, serious management concerns under Zinke's watch, the administration's continued attacks on America's public lands, and other issues affecting New Mexico's economy and way of life.

Washington, D.C. – Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today hosted a fire briefing for Members of Congress at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to hear the forecast for this year's wildfire season. Following the meeting, the secretaries sent a memorandum to wildland fire leadership highlighting the importance of inter-departmental collaboration to increase firefighter, public, and community safety as the 2018 wildfire season approaches. The 2017 wildfire season was one of the most challenging years on record, stressing the need for the USDA and the Department of the Interior to work together in combating this year's fires.

"As we begin this year's fire season, we want to remind everyone that the protection of firefighters and public safety is the single highest priority in every fire management activity and decision that we make," Perdue and Zinke said. "Last year we lost 14 wildland firefighters who sacrificed their own lives to protect the lives of others and that is something we hope to prevent this year."

Washington, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act, to modernize our nation's nuclear repository system.
 
"This bill is a step in the right direction to securing the nation's stockpile of nuclear waste that is currently sitting idly in over 120 communities across the country. For the safety of people, families, and the environment, it should be a top priority to develop a proper storage site for this waste. Included in this bill is the creation of an interim storage site to safely and temporarily stage waste prior to being permanently stored in Yucca Mountain. New Mexico currently has the only application submitted to develop this interim storage site. This project, with community support, would continue to cement New Mexico as a national leader in nuclear energy production, development, and disposal," stated Rep. Pearce. "I've always supported an 'all-the-above' energy plan that unleashes America's domestic energy production, and a part of that includes safely storing spent nuclear fuel to advance our nation's defense strategy. I thank Congressman Shimkus for his dedicated work to make our nation more secure by demanding a permanent disposal site for our nation's nuclear waste."

VIDEO: https://www.indian.senate.gov/hearing/nomination-tara-mac-lean-sweeney-alaska-be-assistant-secretary-indian-affairs-us-department
 
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, questioned Tara Sweeney, nominee to serve as the Department of Interior's Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. If confirmed, Sweeney would lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education, and numerous other offices responsible for ensuring the Department of Interior fulfills the United States' trust and treaty obligations to tribes.

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