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.

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday announced the Department of Finance and Administration’s new capital outlay dashboard, an online tool that will allow the public, local governments and state policymakers to track and analyze local infrastructure projects, a first for New Mexico government. 

The dashboard, viewable online here, is primarily an accountability measure, the governor said, intended to boost efficiency and ease of access to funding information and status updates about capital projects all across the state. The dashboard includes project data dating back to 2016.

“When we make it possible for the people to keep a watchful eye on these projects, we’re taking an important step toward making sure the funding the Legislature appropriates is being put to its intended use -- in a timely fashion,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “If we’re not moving money out the door, that’s a problem. 

“This is a quantum leap forward from the status quo. We have provided for long-overdue infrastructure needs all across this state; I want New Mexicans to be sure their local governments are putting their tax dollars to work, to be sure my administration is providing support to address problem areas that have lingered from years past.”

Albuquerque, NM – October 11, 2019 - Families facing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free multi-session education course in Las Cruces, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.

“Skills for Dementia Caregiving” is a FREE six-session program designed for family and friends caring for a loved one with dementia, and presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter. The course will be held once a week for six weeks Wednesday evenings, from November 6 - December 11, 2019, from 1pm - 3pm at the Alzheimer’s Association office, 1155 Telshor Dr., Suite 202, Las Cruces, NM 88011.

To register or for more information call 1-800-272-3900 or email Alexis Ramirez (Programs Volunteer Case Manager) at alramirez@alz.org. For directions, call 575-647-3868.

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Santa Fe, N.M. – Human Services Department Cabinet Secretary David R. Scrase, M.D. announces the appointment of Neal A. Bowen, Ph.D. as the new director for the Behavioral Health Services Division (BHSD) beginning November 15, 2019.

“Given the history of what’s happened in behavioral health in New Mexico over the past eight years, our first priority was to recruit a strong leader from the behavioral health provider community,” said David R. Scrase, M.D. cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Human Services Department. “We believe that having a leader that’s experienced as a provider will help BHSD more effectively connect with our behavioral health provider community and will substantially enhance our ability to bring up new providers into practice. BHSD’s first goal is to rebuild the behavioral health provider network in the state of New Mexico, and we believe that Dr. Bowen is exactly the right person for the job.”

nmsu diagnosingplantdisorders class2019The 2019 community outreach event for the diagnosing plant disorders class will be held Oct.14 at the Fabian Garcia Science Center with the help of Professor Soum Sanogo and his students. (Courtesy photo)New Mexico State University students enrolled in this year’s diagnosing plant disorders class will hold an outreach event for the community from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at the Fabian Garcia Science Center, 113 W. University Ave.

Community members can bring any legal plant to be examined by the students who will practice what they have learned in class to diagnose the plant.

“This event provides the community with information on the educational programming at NMSU that prepares students to tackle plant problems faced by the community in Las Cruces and surrounding areas. Wherever anything grows, from our natural forest ecosystems to our managed agro-ecosystems and urban landscapes, there are associated lurking problems. The diagnosing plant disorders course has been designed to equip students with skills to tackle plant problems,” said Soum Sanogo, professor of Fungal Plant Pathology in the Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science.

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) was notified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) earlier today of a mine release into the Animas River north of Silverton, Colo. 

Discharges observed yesterday from the Silver Wing Mine in southern Colorado caused discoloration of the Animas River. NMED is closely monitoring real-time data from the river in Colorado and New Mexico, which do not currently indicate any evidence of water quality impacts that could affect human health and the environment. 

EPA has not issued notice to close municipal drinking water supplies that use the Animas River, but the cities of Farmington and Aztec and Lower Valley Water Users Association have shut off water intakes to municipal drinking supplies in an abundance of caution. 

NMED will provide additional information through its website and social media as it becomes available.

The number of teacher vacancies in New Mexico has decreased 13 percent compared to last year, according to the 2019 New Mexico Educator Vacancy Report compiled by the Southwest Outreach Academic Research Evaluation & Policy Center at New Mexico State University.

While the decrease in total teacher need from 740 last year to 644 this year is encouraging, this is still a large number of educator positions that needed to be filled at the beginning of the school year, said Rachel Boren, director of the center. The state currently has a total of 1,054 educator vacancies, including the 644 teacher vacancies, indicating that there is still a substantial need for educators in New Mexico. Last year’s report found 1,173 total educator vacancies.

The report recommends that in order to address the vacancy problem in New Mexico, additional attention to how to recruit new teachers and retain current teachers is needed. The vacancy data was gathered by researchers who combed through job postings at each New Mexico school district’s website and grouped positions by district and teaching area or job type.

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.


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