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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.

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 at http://nmroads.com and can be retrieved through our automated system at 511 in New Mexico or 1-800-432-4269 from any line.

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 program 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 azgfd.gov/wolf or by visiting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website at fws.gov/southwest/es/mexicanwolf . For information on the FAIR call (928) 338-4385 ext. 226 or visit wmatoutdoors.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 17, 2019 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue released the following statement after the Section 232 Tariffs were removed from Canada and Mexico. 

“Today’s announcement is a big win for American agriculture and the economy as a whole. I thank President Trump for negotiating a great deal and for negotiating the removal of these tariffs. Canada and Mexico are two of our top three trading partners, and it is my expectation that they will immediately pull back their retaliatory tariffs against our agricultural products. Congress should move swiftly to ratify the USMCA so American farmers can begin to benefit from the agreement.” 

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials – Newly authorized in the 2018 Farm Bill, On-Farm Trials supports more widespread adoption of innovative approaches, practices and systems on working lands. On-Farm Trials projects feature collaboration between NRCS and partners to implement on-the-ground conservation activities and then evaluate their impact. Incentive payments are provided to producers to offset the risk of implementing innovative approaches.

Santa Fe – NMDOT strives to keep the public informed and cares about their opinions. The department’s State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is amended quarterly and always open for viewing on the NMDOT website. The public is welcome to review the list of current and proposed road and bridge projects then post comments.

Kindly note, a 7th Amendment to the 2018-2023 STIP has been made and is now posted at https://estip.dot.state.nm.us.  Click on the eSTIP Amendment tab to post a public comment until June 16, 2019. The NMDOT STIP Personnel will receive the comments.

Albuquerque, NM - The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (District) is issuing notice to
all local governments and the general public that well above average snow pack in the high
mountain watersheds is expected to produce a large volume of runoff. Currently, the 2019
spring runoff is anticipated to be the highest the region has experienced since 2005. There will
be high river flows on both the main stem of Rio Grande, and the Rio Chama, for a sustained
period of time. Multiple agencies, including the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Bureau
of Reclamation, and the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (NMISC) are coordinating
with the District to monitor and manage flow through the middle Rio Grande region. Abiquiu
and Cochiti reservoirs provide flood control, regulating the amount of water passing through to
USACE’s specified downstream “safe channel capacity.”

Unique Events:

Friday June 7, The Rifters, The Rifters will be in the house performing some legendary Taos Country Music!  Don Richmond, Rod Taylor, and Jim Bradley make up this country trio with beautiful three part harmonies and music ranging from driving bluegrass to ethereal desert beauty!  The Rifters are well known for keeping the crowd moving so when you come out this Friday night, be sure to bring you dancing shoes! 7PM Doors, 8PM Showtime, $10 general admission, all ages welcome with parent/guardian supervision.

Law Enforcement Efforts Begin May 20

SANTA FE – According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nearly 27.5 million Americans don't buckle up. That’s almost the entire population of Texas. The New Mexico Department of Transportation and its partners want to stress to all New Mexicans: Seat belt safety is imperative. According to the NHTSA, in 2017, there were more than 10,000 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the U.S.  

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Editor's Note

Mary Alice is back, but on slow-mo, trying to catch up with all that didn't get done before she had to leave.

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