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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.

Las Cruces, NM (May 23, 2018) On Friday, Congressman Steve Pearce will present military awards to Frank Mantua and posthumous awards for George Gay to his son George Gay, Jr. at the Vietnam Memorial in Las Cruces Veteran's Memorial Park. The Office of Congressman Pearce worked with the Department of Defense to thank and recognize Mr. Mantua and Mr. Gay for their service to our nation. As a veteran himself, Congressman Pearce is honored to be able present these awards to fellow veterans.

Sunland Park: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) has posted an alert for Tuesday May 29, 2018:
 
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with Constructors, Inc. (Contractor) will begin with roadway reconstruction, rehabilitation, signalization & lighting along NM 273 "McNutt Rd". Beginning on Tuesday, May 29, traffic may encounter temporary lane closures throughout the project while preliminary work begins. The contractor's hours of operation will be from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Construction is expected to be completed by fall 2019.
 
For updated information go to: New Mexico Department of Transportation at www.nmroads.com.

Las Cruces, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced he's filed counterclaims and answers to Texas and the U.S. government in the Texas v. New Mexico water lawsuit making it clear that New Mexico's traditionally underrepresented populations have been taken advantage of for decades by the parties. Balderas, raised in rural New Mexico, understands that this case is about protecting working New Mexicans and small businesses, like our farmers and ranchers, to ensure the water they own is not unjustly taken away. Balderas has assembled a team of experts to fight on behalf of New Mexicans using the latest science, best evidence and new joint strategy to protect New Mexico's working families, cultural way of life, and overall economy. Now that the last action initiated by the King administration has been adjudicated by the U.S. Supreme Court, Balderas is able to execute his new legal strategy.

"Our legal strategy will hold Texas and the federal government accountable for the significant amount of precious water being misappropriated that rightfully belongs to New Mexico's working families and small businesses, and for the federal government not using proper accounting and failing to ensure reasonable water delivery improvements," said Attorney General Balderas. "Using the best science, technology and evidence-based strategy, we will protect our traditionally underserved and culturally diverse population, and protect against those interests that threaten our citizens and businesses."

hayano rsAngela Corina Hayano Kanashiro from the University of Sonora in Mexico has been selected as a Borlaug Fellow at New Mexico State University. She will conduct research with Paul Bosland, Regents Professor in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences. Hayano and Bosland will use the latest DNA technology, genotyping by sequencing, to study wild Sonoran chiltepins. Chiltepins are considered to be the progenitor of domesticated peppers such as bell peppers and New Mexican types. (Courtesy photo)WRITER: Adriana M. Chavez, 575-646-1957, adchavez@nmsu.edu

A researcher from Mexico has been selected for a prestigious fellowship that will allow her to explore pepper research at New Mexico State University.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., May 23, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $256 million in 81 projects (PDF, 233 KB) to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural areas in 35 states.

"No matter what zip code you live in, infrastructure is a foundation for quality of life and economic opportunity," Hazlett said. "Through strong partnerships, USDA is ensuring that rural communities have the modern, reliable infrastructure they need to prosper."

Las Cruces, NM – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt reappointed New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte to the Local Government Advisory Committee. Witte's vice chairman appointment is from May 2018 to May 2020. Witte was first appointed by EPA Administrator Regina McCarthy in 2015.
 
Pruitt noted Witte's experience, perspective and outstanding service as reasons for the reappointment.

wic system rsFresh fruit and vegetables available at the checkout stand and a new point-of-sale computer program allows WIC participants quick, healthy options for remaining WIC funds. (Courtesy photo)WRITER: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu

A collaboration of federal and state agencies, a grocery store chain and New Mexico State University researchers has produced a way to help participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children program maximize use of available supplemental benefits, including their cash-value benefits for authorized fruits and vegetables.

Washington, DC (May 22, 2018) Today, the National Park Service (NPS) informed Congressman Pearce that the primary elevators at the Carlsbad Caverns National Park will not be operational by Memorial Day, a commitment NPS had made to the community and the Congressional Delegation.
 
"The Carlsbad Caverns are among our nation's most treasured natural beauties," said Pearce. "Yet, since November 2015 the primary bank of elevators that take visitors to the Caverns have been broken and out of use. The Caverns play a key role in the economic health of Carlsbad and Eddy County. For the primary elevators to be inoperable for two and a half years is plainly unacceptable. NPS has failed to live up to its commitment to the American people and the local New Mexican communities that support and rely on the Caverns. Carlsbad and Eddy County deserves better. I am greatly disappointed in this lengthy process and in the continued delay. I hope NPS learns from the mistakes that have resulted in this delay as they look to future renovations and modifications to the Park."

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