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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.

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a number of Democrats in introducing major legislation to ensure working families throughout New Mexico and across the country have access to affordable, high-quality child care. The Child Care for Working Families Act is a comprehensive early learning and child care bill to ensure working families can afford high-quality child care and preschool programs.

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 14, 2017 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that wildland fire suppression costs for the fiscal year have exceeded $2 billion, making 2017 the most expensive year on record. Wildfires have ravaged states in the west, Pacific Northwest, and Northern Rockies regions of the United States this summer. As the Forest Service passed the $2 billion milestone, Perdue renewed his call for Congress to fix the way the agency's fire suppression efforts are funded.

Aug. 1-31, 2017
Arizona Game and Fish Department

The following is a summary of Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project (Project) activities in the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Area (MWEPA) in Arizona, including the Fort Apache Indian Reservation (FAIR), San Carlos Apache Reservation (SCAR), and New Mexico. Additional Project information can be obtained by calling (928) 339-4329 or toll free at (888) 459-9653, or by visiting the Arizona Game and Fish Department website at www.azgfd.gov/wolf or by visiting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website at www.fws.gov/southwest/es/mexicanwolf.

Past updates may be viewed on either website. Interested parties may sign up to receive this update electronically by visiting www.azgfd.com and clicking on the E-news Signup tab on the top left corner of the webpage. This update is a public document and information in it can be used for any purpose. The Project is a multi-agency cooperative effort among the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD), USDA Forest Service (USFS), USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services (USDA-APHIS WS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the White Mountain Apache Tribe (WMAT).

LAS CRUCES, NM – Burke Insurance Group, LLC, the only agency in New Mexico to have received Best Practices Award for 15 straight years, has retained its status as part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the United States participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) “Best Practices” Study Group.

More than 1,800 independent agencies throughout the U.S. were nominated to take part in the annual study, but only 254 agencies qualified for the honor. To be chosen, the agency had to be among the top-performing agencies in one of six revenue categories.

Why doesn’t everyone want to “Work with the Best in the Business,” says Shawn Gustafson, Burke Insurance Group, LLC, Managing Member.

The Best Practices Study was initiated by IIABA in 1993 as the foundation for efforts to improve agency performance. The annual survey and study of leading independent insurance agencies documents the business practices of the “best” agencies and urges others to adopt similar practices.

The Burke Insurance Group, LLC agency was founded in 1980. The agency has offices in Albuquerque and Las Cruces. Burke Insurance Group, LLC has many clients in Silver City.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- International Chinese Entrepreneurs Association (ICEA), along with conference co-sponsors, the America China Civic Exchange, the City of Albuquerque, Office of Economic Development and investUS LLC, will host more than 150 business, economic development, and education leaders at the 2017 ICEA US-China Business Matchmaking Summit on October 2-5, 2017 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

The event will give New Mexico-established business leaders and entrepreneurs the opportunity to connect and establish business relationships with visiting Chinese delegates, resulting in long-term economic growth and creation of private sector jobs in New Mexico.

"This is the first time that such a large group of Chinese has come to New Mexico seeking business opportunities," said Jian Zhu, Summit Chair and ICEA incoming Board of Directors Chair. "Our goal is for people to attend, pen in hand, ready to sign memorandums of understanding and letters of intent."

Unlike typical conferences, attendee engagement at the US-China Business Matchmaking Summit begins well before the event. ICEA and investUS have been actively engaged in business and education matchmaking dialogs with interested Chinese and New Mexico parties, facilitating translation, vetting prospects and assisting with cross-cultural negotiations. Over 100 New Mexico-China business opportunities have been identified and qualified by event organizers.

Speakers will include Mayor Richard J. Berry, City of Albuquerque; Deborah Burns, CEO and Director, investUS LLC; Garrey Carruthers, PhD, Chancellor & President, New Mexico State University; Song Cao, President, ICEA; Mark Lautman, Cecd, Founding Director, Community Economics Lab; Steve McKee, President, McKee Wallwork + Company; Gary Oppedahl, Director, Economic Development Department; and more.

ICEA is a nonprofit organization that focuses on empowering Chinese entrepreneurs around the world with leadership and management skills through the practical interaction of networking and communications, and providing a platform for business leaders to collaborate and partner together.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the event, visit www.2017ICEASummit.com.

Washington, D.C. (September 13, 2017) The House Natural Resources Subcommittee today passed H.R. 3668, the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, or SHARE Act.

"The tradition and culture of hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting is under attack all across the West. Here in New Mexico, we are all too familiar with the impacts of decreased access and overly burdensome regulations on federal lands. It is vital to protect the lifestyle and rights of sportsmen and women," stated Rep. Pearce. "The rich culture and heritage of the West is something we are proud of in New Mexico, having access to lands is vital for the continuation of outdoor recreation as our ancestors had before us."

The SHARE Act prevents federal agencies like the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management from restricting access to federal lands for hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting. This bill also simplifies regulations for hearing protection and noise mitigation equipment for firearms.

WRITER: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Shengrui Yao, 505-852-4241, yaos@nmsu.edu

ALCALDE – Fall cool nights and warm days trigger the ripening of fruit, including the Chinese date, commonly called jujube, being researched by New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he is proposing several amendments to a major defense policy bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to benefit New Mexico's national labs and military families, modernize outdated and wasteful government IT systems and save taxpayers money. The bill, which sets defense policy for the nation, is being debated on the Senate floor this week.

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