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.

Spaceport America is pleased to announce a new space company coming to New Mexico- SpinLaunch. An addition of 20 new jobs will be added locally, as well as investment by SpinLaunch of $7 million in construction capital and $1M million in local infrastructure development for the company.

Richard Holcomb, Founder of CliffDweller Digital, has added two key executives as the company prepares for the next phase of its growth. David Marx is joining CliffDweller as President/Chief Marketing Strategist, and Gina Marx will serve as Chief Operating Officer. 

“I’ve known David and Gina for many years,” said Richard. “In fact, David is the guy who helped launch my career in the video production business! As we enter our 16th year of business in New Mexico, it became clear to me that strengthening our management team with nationally-recognized television and video professionals was something I needed to do. David and Gina will be a big plus to our clients, and, quite frankly, to the New Mexico video and television industry as a whole.” 

Mr. Marx owned the largest television and video production company in Wisconsin for more than 25 years, and it was there, in Milwaukee, that Richard and David met. His company, Marx Creative, was the head tactical-broadcast marketing agency and production company for Walgreens’ national account for 19 years. In addition to producing hundreds of commercials for the Walgreens brand, Marx was also the Executive Producer of Health Corner, a nationally-televised series sponsored by Walgreens, Johnson & Johnson and Kraft Foods. “David’s breadth of industry knowledge and his passion for helping clients build their businesses is unparalleled,” Holcomb said.

Gina Marx is the Executive Director of the “Bobby Norris Roundup for Autism,” one of the premier charities in Texas, designated a “Top Five Charities” by D Magazine. Gina brings a wealth of marketing, event-management and organizational skills to CliffDweller. “David and I have been in love with New Mexico for a long time, and this opportunity to work with Richard in helping him grow his extraordinary company just couldn’t be passed up,” remarked Ms. Marx.

SANTA FE, NM – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) today announces the release of its latest state quarterly prescribing report that shows a 14.9 percent decrease of prescribing high dose opioids in the state. 

The numbers come from the Board of Pharmacy’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP)database, which is required for use by healthcare providers to check a patient’s prescription history before prescribing opioid and benzo- diazepines. Opioids are a class of prescription painkillers such as oxycodone, codeine and morphine, all of which can cause addiction. 

The latest report covers the third quarter of 2018, and like the second quarter report released last October, it shows significant year-to-year declines from the 2017 third quarter report that include:

  • The number of patients receiving high dose benzodiazepines (medications such as valium, and Xanax) decreased by 13.7 percent. 
  • Patients with overlapping opioid prescriptions from different prescribers decreased by 21.1 percent.
  • Patients with overlapping prescriptions for opioids and benzodiazepines decreased by 20.4 percent over the previous year. 
  • The number of new potential chronic opioid patients (those with at least 30 days of opioids in the quarter and none in the prior quarter) declined by 17.7 percent.

White Sands Missile Range/Highway 380 Road Block

Socorro/San Antonio, NM

Socorro/San Antonio: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) along with White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) has posted an alert for Tuesday January 15, 2019 for HWY 380.

The roadblock is scheduled to be blocked at 7:45 a.m. for approximately 2 hours and should lift by 9:45 a.m. This block will affect Hwy 380 in the northern portion of the range at Gold Block (mile marker 3) and Silver Block (mile marker 49). Be advised and aware all blocks are subject to change without notice.

All roadblocks are subject to change without notice, please call 575-678-2222/2221 for updates, or New Mexico Department of Transportation here

An armed man wearing a mask with an old man's face and a bushy white mustache robbed a Carlsbad credit union on Friday night, 1/11/2019.

The suspect, described as approximately 5'11" to 6' tall, also wore a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark gloves, and baggy khaki pants that we tucked into the tops of brown boots.

At approximately 5 p.m., the suspect entered U-1st Community Federal Credit Union, 601 N. Canal St., and displayed a handgun.

He demanded money from a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect was last seen in a blue Chevrolet Z71 pickup truck with a black hood and black trim heading west on West Bonbright Street.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact the FBI at (505) 889-1300, or Crime Stoppers of Eddy County, anonymously, at (844) 786-7227

The FBI may pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

Tips can also be submitted online here.

Information about other bank robbers wanted by the FBI can be found here.

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 here and can be retrieved through our automated system at 511 in New Mexico or 1-800-432-4269 from any line.Tuesday, January 15, 2019, Highway 380 (North Range), is scheduled to be blocked one time. Block is scheduled to set at 7:45 a.m. for approximately 2 hours. Blocks are at Gold Block located at mile marker 3 and Silver Block which is located at mile marker 49. Be advised that all blocks are subject to change without notice.


I-25, Mile Marker 154 to 157.839, Lemitar 

Mountain States Constructors, Inc. (Contractor) is continuing with bridge replacement and roadway reconstruction on Interstate 25 in Socorro Co. All lanes are now open; contractor will resume finalization of project March of 2019.

I-25, Mile Marker 90.4 and Mile Marker 74.23, T or C Area

Uretek (Contractor) will be working on I-25 on both the northbound and southbound lanes at milepost 90.4. Traffic will encounter lane closures intermittingly while work is completed to the concrete structures in the area. Once construction is completed, Uretek will move to I-25 northbound lanes at milepost 74.23 with continued intermittent lane closures. Speed limit will be reduced as well as a 16’ width restriction. Hours of construction will be from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily.

Unique Events

Saturday, Jan 19, Jimmy Stadler LIVE! Jimmy Stadler Live! Local musical legend, multi instrumentalist, and all around great guy, Jimmy Stadler will be live at the KTAOS Solar Center Friday, January 19! 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 p.m. for happy hour! NO COVER! Music starts early at 6:30 p.m.

Friday. Jan 25, 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! 7 p.m. Doors, 8 p.m. Showtime, $10 general admission, all ages welcome with parent/guardian supervision.

Weekly Events:

Every Monday, starting January 21, Join us as we welcome Legendary musicians Bob Andrews and Brent Berry.  They will be playing a  mix of covers and originals. 6:30 - 9 p.m., No Cover.

Every Wednesday at 6 p.m., Art n’ a Glass with a special guest teacher. Paint away those Hump Day blues at Art n' a Glass! You're the Artist! A night of painting in a social setting. No experience required! Learn the fundamentals of painting with local professional Special Guest Artist. Templates available. Take your painting home! Limited space available. Tickets may be purchased here. $20 per event! Admission includes: Canvas, Paint, Brushes, and Extended Happy Hour Pricing! Hand Selected Special Wines Weekly!

January renewals must be received by January 15

SANTA FE — The state Human Services Department is urging all SNAP recipients who are due for renewal of benefits in January to submit their renewal form no later than Jan. 15 in order to receive their February benefit. There are more than 25,000 SNAP households that are due for renewal, of which 14,500 are still outstanding. 

“HSD wants to ensure every eligible family maintains their benefit and is working overtime to get that done,” said David R. Scrase, MD, HSD Secretary-Designate. “But we need those households who are due for renewal to do their part and submit their renewal form in time for the Department to process it by the deadline we have been given to ensure those families have the food they need for the month of February.”

Due to the Federal Government shutdown, the SNAP program was not funded beyond January 31.  However, in an effort to minimize the impact of the shutdown, HSD decided to participate in a waiver option from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will provide an early issuance of the February benefits on or before January 20. 

SNAP recipients are granted 12 months of benefits when first approved, and cases are reviewed for renewal every six months.  There are several efficient ways to submit the renewal form to the Income Support Division (ISD) to ensure it is received timely:

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