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.

Hatch, NM – On May 31, 2019 at around noon the New Mexico State Police received a tip from the United States Marshals Service that two armed and dangerous fugitives who escaped from Pulaski County Detention Center in Little Rock, Arkansas on May 30, 2019 were thought to be traveling through New Mexico.

sandia seed steward seedsNew Mexico State University’s Master Gardeners program volunteers in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties are partnering with the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance to begin the Sandia Seed Stewards project with a seed saving school on Friday and Saturday, June 14-15. (Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance photo)ALBUQUERQUE – Seed stewardship is an ancient tradition passed on from generation to generation to save regionally adapted seeds.

New Mexico State University’s Master Gardeners program volunteers in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties are partnering with the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance to inspire gardeners to join in the tradition through the Sandia Seed Stewards project.

Next week’s terrific First Forum on strengthening journalism in our state moderated by Gene Grant, host of KNME’s New Mexico In Focus. Plus, we will honor excellent New Mexico leaders with the Spirit Awards. Recipients are Senator Tom Udall for lifetime achievement; N.M. Representative Rebecca Dow and N.M. Senator Clemente Sanchez for the Spirit of Bipartisanship award; Trip Jennings, executive director of New Mexico In Depth, for the Spirit of Journalistic Excellence award; and Katherine Freeman, president and CEO of the United Way of Santa Fe County, and the combined staff of KOB-TV 4 for the Spirit of Civic Leadership award.

Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico State Parks will host various hikes throughout the state and a mountain bike ride near Raton in recognition of National Trails Day, Saturday, June 1. Join us at the following parks to get your hike on! Hikers are encouraged to bring walking shoes, water, a hat, sunscreen, and snacks for their enjoyment.

bernd leinauer matteo serenaBernd Leinauer, NMSU Extension turf specialist, attaches two subsurface drip irrigation lines as Matteo Serena, NMSU research assistant professor, assists. They will be conducting a workshop in Albuquerque on Thursday, June 13, while installing a similar system at the University of New Mexico president’s residence. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)ALBUQUERQUE – A collaboration between New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service and the University of New Mexico Facilities Management Department will demonstrate the efficiency of subsurface drip irrigation while watering the grass at the UNM president’s residence.

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.

Luna County, NM - On May 31, 2019 at about 8:06 a.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal motorcycle crash on Interstate 10 near mile post 106, east of Deming. 

The initial investigation indicated a 2007 Harley Davidson Motorcycle, driven by Albert Leroy Normandy (78) of Edinburg, Texas, was traveling east on Interstate 10. For unknown reasons Normandy lost control of the motorcycle. The motorcycle left the roadway and flipped multiple times. Normandy was ejected and he sustained fatal injuries.  Normandy was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of Medical Investigator. 

Truth or Consequences, NM, May 31, 2019—For Immediate Release. The Gila National Forest, Black Range Ranger District began the Indian Peaks Prescribed Fire on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. The estimated project size is 9,400 acres on National Forest System lands, and an additional 600 acres of New Mexico State Trust Lands and private property inholdings. The Black Range Ranger District has a long history of burning in the spring and with three days of work has completed 9,300 acres. Ignitions have ceased.

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