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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.

navasAxie NavasSanta Fe, N.M. – Axie Navas, a veteran journalist and outdoor enthusiast who has managed digital media and marketing for Outside magazine, is New Mexico’s first Director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation.

Navas assumed the position with the New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) on Sept. 23, 2019 and will work in close partnership with Peter Mitchell, an EDD regional representative with a long history in business development.

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Investments will Benefit 168,000 People in Rural Communities

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary of Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that USDA is investing $144 million to improve rural water infrastructure in 25 states(PDF, 163 KB).

“Modern and reliable water and wastewater infrastructure systems are foundational to economic growth and quality of life in rural communities,” LaVoy said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to investing in this critical infrastructure, because when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

Unique Events:

Friday Oct 11, 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.

Weekly Events:

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.Tuesday September 24, 2019, US 70 is scheduled to be blocked at 10:30 a.m. for approximately 1-hour and should be lifted at 11:30 a.m. This block will be located at Red Block (top of ST. Augustin Pass /mile marker 164) and Yellow Block (White Sands National Monument /mile marker 200). The Las Cruces Gate, Owen Road and Nike Ave will also be affected by this block.

(Washington, D.C., September 20, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement highlighting actions announced by the Department of Labor (DOL) which will modernize the burdensome H2A visa process. First, DOL published a common-sense rule that eliminates the requirement to advertise a job opening in print newspapers instead shifting to advertising on the DOL and State Workforce Agency websites, which are further reaching and more cost effective. Also, DOL’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification announced updates to the pertinent H-2A forms and online filing process for the H-2A temporary agricultural program. These two actions will ease regulatory burdens on our farmers and ranchers, making it easier for them to follow the law and hire farm workers through the H-2A program. 

Albuquerque, NM – September 20, 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. Interested families and others have a choice of Mondays or Tuesdays, daytime or evening sessions and location.

“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:

  • Monday evenings, from October 14 through November 18, 2019, from 6-8:00pm atPeace Lutheran Church, 1701 Missouri Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88001;
  • Tuesday afternoons, from October 15 through November 19, 2019, from 2-4:00pm at Crossroads In-Home Care. 189 Howard Pl., Las Cruces, NM 88001.

Albuquerque, NM – September 20, 2019 - Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free class in Las Cruces, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.

“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” is a FREE presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter and will be held on Tuesday, October 8 from 2-3:00pm. The event will be hosted at Crossroads-In-Home Care, 189 Howard Pl., Las Cruces, NM, 88001. The class is free and open to all citizens of Las Cruces and surrounding communities. 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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