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.

Bipartisan bill aims to close "homework gap" that disadvantages low-income and rural students without internet access at home

Legislation would make Wi-Fi on school buses eligible for E-Rate reimbursement

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Deb Haaland introduced a bill to make it easier to put wireless internet on school buses in order to help students without broadband access at home get online to study, learn, and complete homework. The legislation would require the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) E-Rate Program to reimburse school districts that place Wi-Fi technology on school buses carrying students to school or school-related extracurricular activities. The bipartisan bill was cosponsored by U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) in the Senate.

Millions of students need access to the internet to complete their assignments, but studies estimate that one-in-five students lack that access in their homes. This gap especially impacts low-income, rural, and Tribal students who must find other ways to get online to complete their homework – often working out of school parking lots late into the night or walking miles to find a reliable signal.

Lea County, NM– On March 11, 2019 at about 7:15 a.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal head-on crash involving three vehicles on NM Highway 128, near Mile Post 35, west of Jal, NM.   

The initial investigation indicated a 2018 Ford pick-up driven by a twenty-eight-year-old male of Laredo, TX was traveling east on NM Highway 128. For unknown reasons the Ford drifted into oncoming traffic of the westbound lane where it struck the left rear end of a 1993 Honda driven by a twenty-seven-year-old male.  After the collision the Honda spun off the roadway and the Ford continued eastbound where it collided head-on into a westbound 2012 Toyota pick-up, causing it to roll. The Toyota was driven by Luis Carlos Cruz (56) of Orange, TX.

The driver of Toyota, Cruz sustained fatal injuries and he was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator. The driver and passenger of the Ford both sustained unknown injuries and were transported to a local hospital. The driver and passenger of the Honda complained of unknown injuries. 

Albuquerque, NM – March 12, 2019 - Families facing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free education course in Las Cruces, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.

“Skills for Dementia Caregiving” is a FREE six-session program designed for family and friends caring for a loved one with dementia, and presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter.

The course will be held once a week, Thursdays, March 28 through May 2, 2019, from 1:00pm-3:00pm. The course is being hosted at The Alzheimer’s Association – NM Chapter, 1155 S. Telshor Blvd, Las Cruces, NM 88011.

To register or for more information call 1-800-272-3900 or email Alexis Ramirez (SW Regional Program Manager, Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter) at alramirez@alz.org. For directions, call 575-647-3868.

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday issued the following statement after the New Mexico Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 462, bipartisan legislation establishing an Outdoor Recreation Division within the Economic Development Department, committing the state to an exciting growth industry.

“New Mexico has the greatest outdoor opportunities in the West,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “When we create a focused office to both attract new businesses and boost existing concerns, we will plant our flag alongside Colorado, Montana, Utah and others -- and indeed we have the potential to surpass them. With this targeted investment, we can and will attract more young adults who emphasize the outdoors in where they choose to live; we will provide important new opportunities to disadvantaged youth through the first-of-its-kind equity fund; and we will expand the economic reach of this industry to all corners of this state. Outdoor recreation simply makes sense for New Mexico.”

Chavez County, NM - On March 10, 2019 at about 9:49 p.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a two-vehicle fatal crash just west of Hagerman, NM.  

The initial investigation indicated a 2016 Ford truck, driven by Ramon Ricardo Trevizo-Palomo (48) of Dexter, NM was traveling north on Lincoln Road when for unknown reasons ran a stop sign and struck a 2015 Chevy truck that was traveling east on Morgan Road, driven by a twenty-one-year-old female. The Ford rolled after the collision and the driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt was ejected.

The driver of the Ford sustained fatal injuries and he was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of Medical Investigator. The driver and a twenty-five-year-old male passenger of the Chevy sustained unknown injuries and were transported to a local hospital. 

Alcohol does not appear to have been a contributing factor in the crash.  Seatbelts do not appear to have been used properly. The driver and passenger names of the Chevy will not be released as no charges have been filed. No other additional information is currently available. 

Low-cost financing available for wastewater-related projects

SANTE FE — Applications are now being accepted for funding through the New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund.

This program provides low-cost financing for projects that protect surface and ground water resources. Funding is available for, but not limited to, wastewater treatment systems, storm water projects, sewer interceptors and collectors and groundwater protection at landfills.

The fund can also be used to harden wastewater infrastructure against the potential impacts of climate change. Additionally, the program can be used to fund alternative energy sources including wind and solar to reduce operational expenses at wastewater treatment facilities

This update identifies the officer involved and gives additional details that led up to the shooting.

Las Cruces, NM - On February 27, 2019 at about 8:00 a.m. the New Mexico State Police was called to assist Border Patrol and Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office with a vehicle that bypassed the Border Patrol checkpoint by driving northbound in the southbound lanes of I-25.

Border Patrol initiated a pursuit on the vehicle and were quickly joined by Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office deputies. At around 8:04 a.m. the suspect vehicle stopped on the west shoulder of southbound I-25 around mile post 37. The suspect vehicle was occupied by three individuals, the male suspect driver, later identified as James Kirkland (39) of Kingman, AZ, his wife (victim) and their seven-year-old son. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 11, 2019) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced that the U.S. Air Force awarded Albuquerque company LoadPath, LLC a $14,899,737 contract to assist the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base with advanced spacecraft systems. 

“This is another big step forward in building New Mexico's integral role in major advances in the development of the military’s more responsive and resilient space architecture,” said Senator Heinrich. “I’m proud that New Mexico has become a Center of Excellence for small satellites and other important military space testing. I will continue to support our homegrown innovative companies like LoadPath that are playing a critical role in the evolving and growing space missions in New Mexico.”

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