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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.

SANTA FE — Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday announced the leadership and organizational structure of her Governor’s Office.

“This is a new way of doing business, and a better way,” Gov.-elect Lujan Grisham said. “We are working within the current budget for the office to create a dramatically new dynamic where highly talented people are put to their best use in developing and executing our goals and our vision.”

The governor-elect named John Bingaman her chief of staff and Teresa Casados her chief operating officer, co-equal top staff who will split management and supervision of different branches of the office. Both report directly to the governor-elect.

Bingaman will oversee the development of policy and legislation, supervising policy advisors and directors, the legislative team, communications, legal operations within the office and boards and commissions.

Casados will oversee the implementation of policy and legislation, liaising with cabinet secretaries, cabinet affairs, various issue-specific czars and constituent services.

Valley Cold Storage & Transportation Will Create Up To 10 New Jobs, Invest More Than $16.5 million

Santa Teresa, N.M. - Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that Valley Cold Storage & Transportation will expand operations and create up to 10 new jobs in three years, bringing their total headcount in Doña Ana County to 24. The company also plans to invest more than $16.5 million in expanding their Santa Teresa Industrial Park facility. This expansion is being supported by New Mexico's closing fund, LEDA. 

"I'm so proud to see another homegrown business leader expand in New Mexico," said Governor Susana Martinez. "Since 2011, we have worked hard to make New Mexico a great place to for our homegrown companies to thrive and create jobs in our communities - today, we're seeing those efforts pay off." 

"Valley Cold Storage is a homegrown success story and an industry leader and I'm thrilled to see their continued growth and success," said Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel. "By expanding their Santa Teresa facility and creating more quality jobs, Valley Cold Storage is expanding their impact on the local economy and helping New Mexicans find good jobs." 

"We are excited for the continued the opportunity serve the growing needs of the Southern New Mexico, West Texas, and Northern Mexico regions. We would not be where we are today without the support from our local community," said Clay Bush President and CEO of Valley Cold Storage. 

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 here and can be retrieved through our automated system at 511 in New Mexico or 1-800-432-4269 from any line.

Interstates:

I-25, Mile Marker 154 to 157.839, Lemitar 

Mountain States Constructors, Inc. (Contractor) is continuing with bridge replacement and roadway reconstruction on Interstate 25 in Socorro Co.  All lanes are now open, contractor will resume finalization of project March of 2019.

I-25, Mile Marker 90.4 and Mile Marker 74.23, T or C Area

Uretek (Contractor) will be working on I-25 on both the northbound and southbound lanes at milepost 90.4. Traffic will encounter lane closures intermittently while work is completed to the concrete structures in the area. Once construction is completed, Uretek will move to I-25 northbound lanes at milepost 74.23 with continued intermittent lane closures. Speed limit will be reduced as well as a 16’ width restriction. Hours of construction will be from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily.

Socorro: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) has posted an alert for Monday January 7, 2019:

H.O. Construction (Contractor) will be performing drainage and erosion control to the Bridge Structure on NM 1 at milepost 60.2 to 60.5 in Socorro County. Construction will begin Monday January 7, 2019 and is expected to be completed by late summer 2019. Traffic can expect lane closures during construction. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and use extreme caution, and be cautious of personnel in the area. Construction hours will be from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For updated information go to the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

Taos, NM (January 3 - January 17):

Weekly Events:

Every Wednesday at 6 p.m., Art n’ a Glass with a special guest teacher. Paint away those Hump Day blues at Art n' a Glass! You're the Artist! A night of painting in a social setting. No experience required! Learn the fundamentals of painting with local professional Special Guest Artist. Templates available. Take your painting home! Limited space available. Tickets may be purchased here. $20 per event! Admission includes: Canvas, Paint, Brushes, and Extended Happy Hour Pricing! Hand Selected Special Wines Weekly!

Every Thursday in December, The KTAOS Solar Center and Katy P and the Business come together for the “Ladies Night Parties”! $5 Cover with additional happy hour for ladies 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. 21 and over.

On Fridays KTAOS Solar Cinema! We will be showing a family movie on a giant 20ft screen with theatre quality audio! Bring blankets, pillows, and pajamas and get comfortable! This is a no-babysitter-needed kind of evening so bring the whole family! 1 FREE kids meal with purchase of Adult Meal. Sponsored by Video Casa of Taos. 6 p.m. - Free - All Ages (with parent/guardian supervision).

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Start with Art in 2019

Join the Bisbee After 5 Artwalk Every Second Saturday

Bisbee, AZ -- Make a resolution to “Start with Art” in 2019! Whether it’s exploring Bisbee’s historic architecture and public art, finding statement pieces and accessories for your wardrobe, discovering inspiration to hang on your wall, creating your own art, or busting into a geode, the Bisbee After 5 artwalk is for you. You’re invited to explore Old Bisbee, Arizona on Saturday, January 12, and on every 2nd Saturday throughout the new year. Most locations open at 10 a.m. and stay open “late” with receptions from 5 to 8 p.m. Our “After Party” locations are great for a drink or a bite to eat and live music after the artwalk ends. Here’s what to look for this month:

SANTA FE, NM – Eagle Nest Lake State Park is now opened ice fishing. Recent cold weather has increased the lake’s ice thickness to minimum standards, according New Mexico State Parks and the Department of Game and Fish. The State Parks Division and the Department of Game and Fish jointly manage the lakes and surroundings. State Parks has the authority to close or restrict access to areas of parks, as well as to restrict, limit or prohibit activities such as ice fishing as conditions require. Such actions are taken in the interest of public safety and resource protection.

Eagle Nest Lake is now open to walk-in, snowmobiles & ATV’s for ice fishing and other recreational activities on the ice. Side by Side/UTV’s are not allowed. The only access to the ice for ATV’s is at the South Boat Ramp in the main area south of the Visitor’s Center.

State officials remind you that you take a risk anytime you go out onto the ice. Before going out onto the ice, consider the following safety precautions:

Road Conditions for Southern New Mexico 

The NMDOT has prepared their personnel and equipment in efforts to support the need of law enforcement and emergency responders. The NMDOT will work in conjunction with emergency response as we coordinate our efforts with any possible traffic interferences that we may encounter.

Traffic updates will be posted on the NMDOT traffic advisory web-site at here as they are reported, and can be retrieved through our automated system at 511 in state, or 1-800-432-4269.

Tips to know:

  • REDUCE YOUR SPEED
  • The best accident prevention on snow and ice is to SLOW DOWN and leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front of you for emergencies. 
  • PRACTICE GOOD WINTER DRIVING TECHNIQUES
  • Keep your gas tank full, turn on your head lights, keep your windshield washer fluid full with antifreeze, keep winter driving chains in your vehicle, have a winter survival kit which includes – flashlight, hand warmers packets, first aid supplies, high energy snacks, bottled water, medications and read your owner’s manual for special instructions on driving 4-wheel drive vehicles and vehicles with ABS on snow and ice.
  • AVOID DRIVING IN A SNOW CLOUD
  • Large vehicles, such as semi-trailer trucks and snow plows, may produce dense clouds of blowing snow that make it difficult for drivers to see. When drivers encounter snow clouds, they should stay back to avoid the cloud.
  • PLAN AHEAD AND BE PATIENT
  • Delays are common during bad weather. Leave a little earlier and be patient with delays.
  • CHECK BEFORE YOU PASS
  • Know where a snow plow and blade are before trying to pass. On multi-lane highways, the plow can be in your blind spot. Before attempting to pass make sure it is safe. 
  • PAY ATTENTION TO WEATHER FORCASTS –TRUST THEM
  • Winter storms in New Mexico can become severe quickly, so stay tuned to weather forecasts when planning your trip.
  • DON’T USE CRUISE CONTROL
  • Never use cruise control when the roads are in slippery conditions. Using your cruise control can reduce your control of the vehicle if your tires begin to skid or slip.
  • KNOW YOUR CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS
  • Visit the NMDOT website for current road advisory information at here, or dial 511 in the state.
  • WEAR YOUR SEATBELT
  • "Wear your seatbelt and make sure all passengers also “buckle up”.

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