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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.

Transformative clean energy bill leads the nation, becomes law

Santa Fe –  Today, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law landmark legislation to move New Mexico’s electricity supply towards renewable energy and zero-carbon resources. Senate Bill 489, the Energy Transition Act, is an historic and transformative measure to reduce electricity costs, diversify the economy, invest in local communities, and protect the environment. Senate Bill 489 is sponsored by Sen. Jacob Candelaria (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Nathan Small (D-Las Cruces), Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe), and Sen. Mimi Stewart (D-Albuquerque).

Specifically, the Energy Transition Act calls for:

  • 50% renewable energy by 2030, 80% by 2040, and 100% zero-carbon resources by 2045;
  • a large renewable energy build-out to create an estimated 8,000 new jobs by 2050;
  • financing to transition away from coal and to protect consumers; and
  • economic relief for communities impacted by coal plant closures.

leinauer berndNew Mexico State University Extension turfgrass specialist Bernd Leinauer will present a turfgrass irrigation workshop series in Albuquerque beginning Friday, March 29.ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico State University’s Extension turfgrass specialist Bernd Leinauer will conduct a series of workshops on turfgrass irrigation in Albuquerque beginning Friday, March 29.

With the new irrigation season about to start, NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service in Bernalillo County is offering the series of workshops addressing how to determine irrigation requirements, how to water efficiently using information from an irrigation audit, and how to install a subsurface irrigation system. 

“Turfgrass irrigation accounts for a large portion of residential water use during the growing season of spring, summer and fall,” Leinauer said. “However, irrigation is necessary in order to keep our grass and landscape plants alive over the summer because an annual average of 10 inches of rain is not sufficient for most plants to survive.”

Despite the considerable amount of water used for outdoor watering, many turfgrass irrigation systems are inefficient. More than half of the water used in turfgrass irrigation may not reach the intended area and is wasted.

Gov. Lujan Grisham instructs DOH and HSD to develop a Medicaid home and community supports waiver program for people with disabilities currently waiting for assistance on the Developmental Disabilities Waiver

SANTA FE – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham instructed the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) and the Human Services Department (HSD) to develop a Medicaid supports waiver program to aid people with developmental disabilities in our state who are currently waiting for services.

“New Mexico must find creative ways to support people with special needs in our state and help the families who care for them,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “Establishing a Medicaid home and community-based waiver is intended to provide support for those currently on the wait list. I am committed to working with families, tribal leaders, stakeholders and community leaders in finding services for the most vulnerable population in our state.”

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 5.7, Las Cruces

The New Mexico Department of Transportation will have lanes closures on the southbound driving right lane of Interstate 25 at milepost 5.7 for rock placement. Traffic will have reduced speed limits to 45 mph and area may be congested. Construction hours will be Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and is expected to be completed by April 2019.

PNM is ready to partner with the State of New Mexico, Governor Lujan Grisham, and local communities to move New Mexico forward together

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) – The energy industry is at a historic point. Thanks to the New Mexico Legislature’s passage of the Energy Transition Act, our state has the unique opportunity to lead the way in green energy and long-term sustainable solutions like wind, solar, and cleaner, flexible natural gas. With Governor Lujan-Grisham’s signature making the Energy Transition Act the law of the land, PNM is ready to work with our partners to make New Mexico a national leader in clean and renewable energy.

We have worked diligently to achieve the best possible balance between embracing this new path forward and recognizing the needs of our PNM family as we work to ensure that both our workers and our state are not left behind during this time of change.

Taos, NM (March 2019):

Unique Events

Friday March 29, Jimmy Stadler,  Local musical legend, multi instrumentalist, and all around great guy, Jimmy Stadler will be live at the KTAOS Solar Center! Jimmy plays all sorts of amazing original music as well as some of the classic hits to keep your feet moving! Doors open at 3 PM for happy hour! NO COVER! Music starts early at 6:30PM.  

Saturday March 30, Mattress Mary Presents: Liz Longley, Best known for her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, Liz Longley is an accomplished singer-songwriter based out of Nashville. Known for her deeply emotional music, Liz has earned accolades from some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition. Signed with Sugar Hill Records, her self-titled debut album received critical acclaim, being described as “a thing of beauty”. Saturday March 30, Mattress Mary Presents: Liz Longley, 8pm,  $10ADV, $15DOS.

Weekly Events:

Washington, D.C. – Today, New Mexico’s congressional delegation announced nearly $3 million in Health and Human Services (HHS) funding to fight the opioid crisis in New Mexico. The $2,770,397 in funding comes from grants released to states through the State Opioid Response Grant Program.

“Substance abuse knows no boundaries, and the opioid epidemic has left its tragic mark on all communities across New Mexico, including urban, rural, and Tribal areas,” said Sen. Tom Udall. “Federal funding is an important step in bolstering prevention efforts but in order to truly tackle this public health crisis, we must take much bigger strides in making long-term investments that treat addiction as an illness. It’s essential that we continue investing in prevention, treatment, and recovery services that will help save lives and put New Mexicans facing addiction on the road to recovery, especially in economically struggling, rural and Native communities that have been hit hardest by opioids. But we have much more work to do and as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I’ll keep fighting for the resources our communities need to combat this crisis by connecting people with the help they need.”

unnamed 11U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) presents service medals to Vietnam veteran and New Mexico State Representative Eliseo Lee Alcon of Milan, March 21, 2019.FARMINGTON, N.M. (March 21, 2019) –Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) presented service medals to Vietnam veteran and New Mexico State Representative Eliseo Lee Alcon of Milan. 

“It is my honor to recognize a great New Mexican for his military and public service,” said Heinrich. “Representative Alcon spent over a year on the battlefield working to save the lives of his fellow soldiers. However, like so many of his fellow Vietnam veterans, recognition for his service and sacrifice is long overdue. These medals are nearly 50 years past due and I am honored to present them to him on behalf of a grateful nation.”

“I'm excited to finally receive these medals and grateful to Senator Heinrich and his office for helping to retrieve them,” said Rep. Alcon. “It really shows his commitment to our veterans and the value he holds for those who have served our country.”

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