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.

CIO Gary Washington Receives Federal Leadership Award

(Washington, D.C., November 2, 2018) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Chief Executive Officer (CXO) Dashboard Project has been recognized by FedScoop Magazine as the Federal Government’s Innovation of the Year for creating the first comprehensive suite of administrative data dashboards. In addition, USDA’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) Gary Washington has been recognized for USDA's Information Technology (IT) modernization strategy with the Federal Leadership Award.

Each year Fed Scoop Magazine recognizes outstanding achievements across the federal government. Since being sworn in as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue has made it USDA’s goal to become the most effective, most efficient, and most customer-focused department in the entire federal government.


Artwalk with a Side of Music

Sidepony Express Music Festival at the Bisbee After 5 Artwalk

Be inspired in Bisbee, Arizona! This historic town provides a backdrop for a vibrant arts and music scene, which is alive and rockin’ for this month’s Bisbee After 5 artwalk. With new local art at the galleries, a free Indie music festival throughout Old Bisbee, and new merch at the shops, you are sure to have an amazing time. Join in the fun on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Live music begins at Noon and carries on into the night until 2 am at various venues all over town. Every second Saturday, our unique shops and galleries open around 10 am and stay open late until 8 pm, with artist receptions “After 5.”Check out the Upcoming Events section to find the family-friendly entertainment planned for Thanksgiving weekend, including visits from Santa, live entertainment, and annual events. Here is what you can expect this jam-packed month:

The master’s program in Education Administration has been named one of the top online master’s programs by OnlineMasters.com, an online rankings website that researches graduate programs in the U.S.

The website also ranked the Education Administration program, offered by the NMSU College of Education’s School of Teacher Preparation, Administration, and Leadership, as the best for multicultural leadership careers.

“This speaks to the amazing work that the program is doing and demonstrates to our 100,000 monthly visitors that it provides quality education that can help students with their career aspirations,” said Barbara Montgomery, program recognition manager for OnlineMasters.com, which is based in Seattle, Washington.

The website ranked NMSU 49th out of 50 universities that offer an online master’s degree in Education Administration.

Jemez Springs, NM —Valles Caldera National Preserve is operating under winter hours and activities starting today. The Valle Grande entrance station will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas days.   

Winter activities include hiking, mountain biking, equestrian riding, and East Fork fishing. Once the snows are deep enough, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are wonderful ways to explore the preserve. The Valle Grande Bookstore, managed by Los Amigos de Valles Caldera, will offer snowshoe rentals on site. Ranger-led van tours and guided hikes will be offered on weekends with dates and times posted on the preserve’s website calendar. The popular backcountry vehicle permits have been suspended for the winter season and will resume May 15, 2019, if road conditions allow.

New Mexico State University’s Honors College and Graduate School are giving top students the chance to take Graduate School for a test drive while still pursuing their undergrad degree through the Master’s Accelerated Program. Select students will be permitted to enroll in graduate-level classes and if they remain at NMSU for graduate studies their credits will roll over into their graduate degree.

honors college mapStudents will be able to take a maximum of 12 graduate credits while pursuing their undergraduate degree and 6 of those credits can be counted as honors credits to go toward graduation with the New Mexico State University Honors recognition. The MAP option allows students to triple dip, earning credits that count toward undergraduate degree, Honors, and the graduate program. (Courtesy photo)Not every department is able to participate and it is up to the departments to determine a student’s eligibility. The minimum GPA needed to apply for a Master’s Accelerated degree program is a 3.0, the same requirement for admission to grad programs, but departments can choose to use more rigorous criteria. 

Students who have completed 60 credit hours of classes may apply for the MAP and once accepted, students must submit to Graduate School their approved course list for the classes each semester. Students completing the graduate level course with a B or better can have that count toward a graduate degree.

State Investment Council CIO Vince Smith Recognized Among “Power 100”

Santa Fe, NM – The New Mexico State Investment Council (SIC) welcomes the recognition of Robert “Vince” Smith, CFA, deputy state investment officer and chief investment officer by Chief Investment Officer (CIO) magazine as one of their “Power 100” the best of the best in 2018. Smith has made the list for the last four years, climbing each year to be named among the top 20 worldwide, ranking 17th amongst his peers on this exclusive list.

According to CIO, “It’s easy to flourish in a bull market, but as we saw this year, anything can happen in an instant. Throughout a swath of selloffs and rallies, these esteemed asset owners kept their cool (and their patience) to deliver stellar returns and innovate new concepts to their strategy as they rolled with 2018’s punches.”

The rankings are based on innovation, collaboration, talent development, fund size and tenure. New Mexico Education Retirement Board’s chief investment officer, Bob Jacksha also made the list at #30.

Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico State Parks deputy director Toby Velasquez received a second United States Coast Guard (Coast Guard) Public Service Commendation for outstanding contributions to recreational boating safety as a member of the National Boating Safety Advisory Council (Council) and its Prevention through People Subcommittee.

Mr. Velasquez was appointed to serve on the Council by U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Charles Johnson in 2015. While on the Council, Mr. Velasquez provided notable services that assisted greatly in furthering the aims and functions of the Coast Guard. The 21-person council includes seven representatives consisting of state officials that advise the Coast Guard on boating safety regulations and a broad range of boating safety matters.

“Toby Velasquez is a true asset to the State Parks Division,” said State Park Director, Christy Tafoya. “In addition, he has contributed great knowledge to this significant National Council and is greatly deserving of this commendation.”

Investments will help more than 4.5 million rural Americans

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2018 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that USDA is awarding grants for 128 projects to increase access to job training (PDF, 351 KB), educational and health care services in rural areas.

“Empowering rural Americans with access to services for quality of life and economic development is critical to rural prosperity,” Secretary Perdue said. “Distance learning and telemedicine technology bridges the gap that often exists between rural communities and essential education, workforce training and health care resources.

USDA is awarding $39.6 million through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. More than 4.5 million residents in 40 states and three territories will benefit from the funding.

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