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.

Indica Labs Will Create Up To 58 New Jobs

Albuquerque, N.M. - Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that Indica Labs, a homegrown technology company, will create up to 58 new jobs and invest more than $3 million in its new headquarters location in Albuquerque. The expansion is being supported by New Mexico's closing fund, LEDA. 

"We're proud to see another great employer expand in New Mexico as we continue to grow our thriving science and technology sector," said Governor Martinez. "It's incredible to see our reforms working to help in the formation and expansion of new innovative businesses, providing high-quality STEM jobs." 

Nearly all of the company's internships, junior to mid-level scientific positions and technical positions are filled by recent University of New Mexico or New Mexico Tech graduates. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 20, 2018) - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that the New Mexico Affordable Housing Charitable Trust has won a $1 million competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help disabled veterans modify their homes to help them live independently.

In partnership with the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority, the Trust will use this funding to rehabilitate or modify an estimated 90 primary residences for eligible veterans statewide.  

"Veterans and their families have sacrificed much to defend our safety and our freedoms - yet when they return home, many face daunting challenges," said Udall. "We owe a solemn debt to these men and women who have given so much in service to our country. This grant will help New Mexico better meet the needs of veterans living with disabilities by modifying their homes to reduce barriers, increase mobility and improve accessibility. We must continue to honor veterans' sacrifice by improving access to the services they have earned, including safe and quality housing." 

chavez missingUpdate: Chavez was found in Albuquerque on Sept. 21 and is safe.


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shannon wooton WRITER: Adriana M. Chavez, 575-646-1957, adchavez@nmsu.edu

Shannon Wooton, the Family and Consumer Sciences agent for the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service in Chaves County, was recently recognized for her outstanding work with the community and 4-H youth. This past spring, Wooton was named the Distinguished County Agent by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, and was also one of two recipients of the Outstanding Agent Award for the Eastern District.

1250652105 fullres hadley hall aerial 071702 NMSU has been awarded its second gold rating by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in their 2018 Sustainable Campus Index. AASHE is a publication that recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 sustainability impact areas. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)Writer: Melissa R. Rutter, 575-646-4211, mrrutter@nmsu.edu

New Mexico State University has been awarded its second gold rating by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in its 2018 Sustainable Campus Index.

AASHE is a publication that recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 sustainability impact areas. The impact areas are measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating Systems. The STARS report highlights innovative and high-impact initiatives from institutions in the most recent calendar year.

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a grant, totaling $3,215,760, to fund the establishment and construction of a state veterans’ cemetery in Angel Fire, New Mexico. 

Currently, the nearest national cemetery to Angel Fire is Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which is approximately 91 miles away. The lawmakers said the new cemetery will provide service to approximately 15,700 veterans and their families. 

Legislation would give Tribes a greater voice in planning suicide prevention programs

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced the bipartisan Native American Suicide Prevention Act, along with U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), to address the growing suicide crisis in Indian Country by ensuring collaboration among states and Tribal organizations to design and implement statewide suicide intervention and prevention programs that work for their communities. The legislation is the Senate companion to H.R. 3473, a bipartisan bill introduced by Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Congressman Tom Cole (R-Okla.), and 27 other House cosponsors.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) investing $398.5 million to improve rural electric service in 13 states.

“Reliable and affordable electricity is undeniably a necessity in today’s world,” Hazlett said. “Under the leadership of Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner in keeping our rural communities connected to this essential infrastructure.”

USDA is making the investments through the Electric Infrastructure Loan Program. Below are a few examples of the projects USDA is funding:

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