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.

A long article about  US Air Ambulances, describing that they are expensive, risky and regulation averse. 


christina medina mpaChristina Medina has been director of the masters of public administration program at NMSU since 2011. The program recently received re-accreditation. Although only one in four MPAs are accredited in the U.S., NMSU has enjoyed the distinction for more than 30 years. (NMSU Photo by Amanda Adame)Future leaders, policy-makers, non-profit organizations are just a small sample of the careers built on a master’s degree in public administration.

New Mexico State University’s program in the Department of Government recently received re-accreditation from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). It’s a distinction attained by only one in four programs in the country and one NMSU’s MPA program has enjoyed for more than 30 years.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 21, 2019) – Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced legislation to establish Bandelier National Park and Preserve. 

Senator Heinrich's legislation seeks to protect in statute a strong relationship between the National Park Service and pueblos whose history and culture lies in Bandelier. The bill would establish a tribal commission, which would provide guidance for park management that reflects traditional and historical knowledge and values. In a historic precedent for a national park, traditional knowledge will be required by statute to be considered in land management planning. Additionally, the bill would permanently safeguard tribes' religious rights and practices in Bandelier. 

To read the full bill, click HERE.

Santa Fe – In its initial series of recommendations, the interagency Climate Change Task Force convened by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham foresees more electric vehicles on New Mexico roads, solar- powered buildings in our cities and a modernized electric grid for the state of New Mexico, among other initiatives. 

The ambitious report, requested by the governor in her third executive order and released Thursday, is aimed at setting the state on the path to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 45 percent by 2030, as compared to 2005 levels. 

Every state agency contributed to the report, which summarizes 10 months of climate change action by Lujan Grisham’s administration, describes how specific programs will work and includes new agency proposals for how the state can further cut greenhouse gas emissions. 

The October New Mexico Housing Market continues to indicate 2019 will be a good year for the industry.

2,265 October sales were reported to the New Mexico Association of REALTORS (NMAR) bringing the 2019 year-to-date total sales number to 21,407. “This is the eleventh year NMAR has collected statewide housing numbers and only 2018 numbers exceed those we are seeing this year,” according to Paul Wilson, NMAR President. “We expect to finish the year with over 26,000 sales.”

“Median prices, while higher for 2019 year-to-date than amounts previously reported, have remained pretty constant for the last three months with the January through October median reported at $215,700,” says M. Steven Anaya, NMAR CEO. “Rising median prices seem to be great news for sellers, but when prices rise faster than incomes, it often results in fewer buyers being able to qualify for a mortgage. Sellers also are often buyers, so while they may get a better price for the home they are selling, they will often have to pay more for a new residence.” Median price means half the properties sold for more; half for less.

LAS CRUCES, NM – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) and Safer New Mexico Now (Safer) will host a Child Safety Seat Fitting Station from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on December 4, 2019 at the Sisbarro Buick GMC, 425 W Boutz Road in Las Cruces, NM, by appointment only. This free educational event provides parents and caregivers the opportunity to receive “hands-on” instruction from nationally-certified child passenger safety technicians. Technicians will educate parents on the proper selection, installation, and use of car seats and booster seats.  Technicians can also determine if a seat is recalled, expired, or otherwise unsafe.

Fitting stations offer appointments during regular hours of operation at a permanent location.  The NMDOT and Safer host 11 permanent fitting stations throughout the State, including Alamogordo, Albuquerque (three locations), Carlsbad, Deming Farmington, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho, and Santa Fe (two locations).

Major Infrastructure Funding to be made to the Pueblo of Laguna, City of Lordsburg and the City of Truth or Consequences to Upgrade Water and Sewer Services

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that the department is investing $635 million in 122 projects to improve water systems and wastewater handling services in rural communities in 42 states. USDA is funding the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.

“These investments will bring reliable infrastructure to rural communities. They will replace old, fragile, leaking water pipes with new ones and allow upgrades to water handling systems that are decades old, boosting water pressure and cutting water losses. Working with our partners, these investments create jobs and improve public health and safety,” LaVoy said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to partnering with rural communities to help them improve their infrastructure, because when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2019 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $1.4 billion in projects in 21 states to build and improve rural electric infrastructure.

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