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 — U.S. Senator Tom Udall, cosponsor of a resolution authored by Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) marking February as Black History Month, released the following statement honoring the contributions of African Americans in New Mexico and across the nation:

"Each February, we celebrate the immeasurable and indelible contributions that African Americans have made to our state and our nation. In the face of relentless oppression and centuries of discrimination, black people have persevered and pressed on — bringing this country closer to its founding ideals, and enriching our culture, our communities, and our values. At each moment in America's history, African Americans have overcome seemingly impossible hurdles to make our nation stronger and to build a better future for our children and our grandchildren.

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Friday February 23, William Topley featuring Jimmy Stadler. With heady literary influences, a taste for the bluesy sound of America's Deep South and an interest in the Caribbean rhythms of Jamaican reggae, British musician William Topley has been impressing high-powered music lovers for almost two decades. The night will start off with a set by local musical legend, multi instrumentalist, and all around great guy, Jimmy Stadler as he plays all sorts of amazing original music as well as some of the classic hits! Friday Feb 23, William Topley feat. Jimmy Stadler. Music starts at 8PM. $10 General Admission

LAS CRUCES – Doña Ana County District Attorney Mark D'Antonio and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on Friday announced that the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General Criminal Appeals Division, upholding the life sentence of convicted murderer Corey Franklin.

"I am thankful the justices affirmed the life sentence for this convicted murderer," Balderas said. "As a result of Thursday's opinion, our entire state remains a little safer, and Mr. Franklin will remain in prison where he belongs."

 WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2018 -- Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of eight members to serve on the Softwood Lumber Board.

 WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2018 -- Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of eight members to serve on the Softwood Lumber Board.

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2018 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the selection of 15 priority areas to help address the more than $300 million trail maintenance backlog on national forests and grasslands.

Focused trail work in these areas, bolstered by partners and volunteers, is expected to help address needed infrastructure work so that trails managed by USDA Forest Service can be accessed and safely enjoyed by a wide variety of trails enthusiasts. About 25 percent of agency trails fit those standards while the condition of other trails lag behind.

Washington, D.C. (February 16, 2018) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. Senate yesterday failed to pass immigration reform legislation along with a solution for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients:

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Editor's Note

The Grant county Beat continues to bring you new columnists. New this past week are the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.

The second is a business-centered column—Your Business Connection by the New Mexico Business Coalition. The group works to make policy in the state of New Mexico better for all businesses, large and small.

The Beat has a new column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.

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