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 Crime Stoppers is offering a $1000.00 reward for information that leads to the capture and arrest of Johnny Black. Anyone with information will remain completely anonymous.
The New Mexico State Police is actively searching for Johnny Black (32) of Pojoaque, NM. Black is wanted for shooing at a State Police officer on June 25, 2018 in Espanola, and shooting at a Rio Arriba County Deputy a week prior.

Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released internal guidance on changes made to farm labor housing eligibility. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 amended a section of the Housing Act of 1949 to extend the Farm Labor Housing tenant eligibility to agricultural workers legally admitted to the United States and authorized to work in agriculture. Due to this rule change, domestic farm laborers legally admitted into the country under an H-2A work visa are now eligible for this state-inspected housing.

"Finding suitable housing for temporary agriculture workers has always been a challenge faced by our farmers and producers," Secretary Perdue said. "The seasonal workers coming to the United States do tremendous work for American agriculture. I am pleased that USDA programs can now better assist farmers needing to provide housing while they're here. I thank Congress for addressing this issue in its most recent funding bill and hope to continue the conversation on farm labor for our agriculture industry."

USDA has released internal guidance for implementing this new rule.

The application period is now open, with a deadline of August 27, 2018.

Washington, DC (July 10, 2018) Last night, President Trump announced his nomination for the new Supreme Court Justice. Congressman Pearce weighs in on his decision.
"Last night, President Trump made the announcement to nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who currently serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, as his pick for the new Supreme Court Justice. Brett Kavanaugh's background demonstrates he has a long record of legal accomplishment, having spent time clerking for former Justice Kennedy, as well as, the Third and Ninth Court of Appeals. It is my belief that Supreme Court Justices should adhere to the Constitution in preserving our liberties as American citizens. I look forward to the confirmation hearings and it is my hope that the confirmation process will reveal Brett Kavanaugh to be a highly qualified Justice committed to preserving our freedoms as set forth in the Constitution."

Santa Fe, NM – Officials of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, State Parks Division announce that Fenton Lake and Hyde Memorial State Parks, located in the boundaries of the Santa Fe National Forest, will re-open for use. This will be effective on Wednesday, June 11, 2018 at 7:30 a.m.
Morphy Lake State Park, Cimarron Canyon State Park and the Las Tusas side of Bluewater Lake State Park remain closed due to National Forest closures and extreme fire danger.

Santa Fe, NM – The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC), in collaboration with the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer (OSE), has released the 2018 Draft New Mexico State Water Plan. The State Water Plan provides important information about the state's water resources and strategies to plan for the state's water future. For the first time, a public review and comment period has been incorporated for the Draft State Water Plan.

The ISC began working on the State Water Plan in April 2017, following the completion of the last Regional Water Plan. This draft plan has been developed on schedule and under budget.

SANTA FE, NM – The New Mexico Department of Health will join the 23rd Navajo Nation Council – Office of the Speaker, Navajo Office of Vital Records and Identification and three U.S. states to sponsor a multi-day, multi state Delayed Birth Registration Event on July 16, 17 and 18th in Window Rock, Arizona.

This multi-state event will run from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. on July 16 and 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on July 17 and 18 at the Window Rock, Arizona Navajo Nation Vital Records & Identification Office located at 2353 Window Rock Blvd, in Window Rock, AZ.

Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that Clint Eastwood's upcoming feature "The Mule," from Warner Bros. Pictures and Imperative Pictures, will film later this month in Las Cruces.
"We're thrilled to welcome another production to New Mexico," said Film Office Director Nick Maniatis. "We're proud to see the film industry continuing to grow in and around Las Cruces – and throughout southern New Mexico."

Socorro/San Antonio: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) along with White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) has posted an alert for Wednesday July 11, 2018 for HWY 380.
The roadblock is scheduled to be blocked at 8:10 am for approximately 2 hours and should be lifted at 10:10 am. This block will affect Hwy 380 in the northern portion of the range at Gold Block (mile marker 3) and Silver Block (mile marker 49). Be advised and aware all blocks are subject to change without notice.

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