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.

By Kate O'Neill

The story of the education-to-career opportunity afforded by continued investment in Spaceport America cannot be overstated.

At the Department of Higher Education, we are very in tune with the changing needs of the workforce and are constantly striving with higher education institutions, regional partners and employers to meet those needs.

Recently when Virgin Galactic announced expanded home operations at Spaceport America, Lexy Snell shared her story of just how real and important the work of connecting the dots throughout our institutions is. Lexy’s story is truly that of the American dream and a big way in which New Mexicans have the chance to experience a similar story of success.

Albuquerque, NM - On January 21, 2020, at about 10:00 a.m., a New Mexico State Police Officer conducted a welfare check on a vehicle on Interstate 25 northbound near mile marker 231 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

The New Mexico State Police Officer who was assigned to the traffic safety operation in Albuquerque, conducted a welfare check on a blue Jeep Cherokee that was parked on the shoulder of Interstate 25 northbound near mile marker 231. As the officer checked on the Jeep Cherokee, he was confronted by a male individual who was walking towards the officer. The male individual was holding a gun in his hand. At some point during the encounter, the officer fired his duty sidearm at least once striking the male individual. Emergency aid was rendered to the male individual on scene. He was transported by emergency personnel to the University of New Mexico Hospital where he is being treated for his injuries. 

SANTA FE, NM – At the first Board meeting following the General Membership meeting, New Mexico County Insurance Authority (NMCIA) Board of Directors elected new leadership of NMCIA on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at the NMC Legislative Conference. They will assume their responsibilities immediately and serve through the next annual membership meeting in January 2021. 

The new officers of NMCIA are Chair Chaves County Chief Deputy Assessor Ron Lethgo, Vice Chair Curry County Manager Lance Pyle, and New Mexico Counties Board Representative Taos County Commissioner Jim Fambro. These individuals were chosen by their peer board members. The NMCIA Board representative to the NMC Board of Directors must be a county elected official and will represent all NMCIA member counties.  

NMCIA is a county insurance pool that provides coverage for workers’ compensation, property, liability, and law enforcement for member counties.

Santa Fe, State Capitol (490 Old Santa Fe Trail), Informational Booths: 8am-1pm followed by a ceremony at Noon in the Rotunda.

SANTA FE--Military & Veterans Day at the 2020 Legislature is this Saturday, January 25, at the State Capitol in downtown Santa Fe.

This is the annual day during the legislative session presented by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) and the New Mexico National Guard to honor active-duty service members and veterans. 

Every year, a segment of the military is also highlighted at a noon ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda. This year, the spotlight will be on former Prisoners of War (POW’s) and those still listed as Missing in Action (MIA).

Big Tuna USA has rights to exclusive pipe product

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -A company with a unique niche in the North American pipe industry has chosen Las Cruces for its manufacturing center and will be hiring 30 workers over the next three years, Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes announced today.

Big Tuna USA has signed a lease on a vacant 15,000 square foot building that sits on 7.5 acres at 1846 W. Amador Rd., Las Cruces, N.M. Big Tuna USA holds the exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute a high-density pipe product patented by Australian-based Long Pipes Ltd. The product has a significantly larger internal diameter and a higher pressure rating than current market solutions.

The initial target market for the piping is the oil and gas industry for process water management systems.

YELLVILLE, Ark., Jan. 21, 2020 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Arkansas State Director David Branscum announced USDA has invested $7.1 million in two, high-speed broadband infrastructure projects that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for 1,250 rural households in north central Arkansas. This is one of many funding announcements in the first round of USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program investments.

“Through USDA’s ReConnect Program, more than 1,250 Arkansans living in rural communities will get access to the latest broadband technology that will connect them to opportunities in education, health care and economic development,” Branscum said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA has made deploying this critical infrastructure across rural America a top priority because when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

Socorro County, NM - On January 20, 2020 at about 12:56 p.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a two-vehicle fatal crash at the intersection of NM Highway 304 and US60, east of Bernardo, NM.

The initial investigation indicated a 2000 Chevy SUV, driven by Harlan Leroy Swanson (94) and passenger Elinor N. Swanson (92) both of Colorado Springs, CO were traveling north on NM Highway 304 when they approached the intersection of US60. For unknown reasons the driver of the Chevy made a left turn onto US60 and was struck by a 2006 Merr Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) that was traveling eastbound on US60. 

The driver and passenger of the Chevy both sustained fatal injuries in the crash and both were pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of Medical Investigator. The CMV was driven by 52-year-old male of Belen, NM. The 52-year-old male sustained unknown injuries and he was transported to a hospital.

State of the State Address Suggests Reckless Spending and Little Accountability

Albuquerque, January 21-- Gov. Lujan Grisham's State of the State Address today was a dream of ambitious programs and plans to fund new projects, but the governor remains shortsighted on how the state will pay for any of these. She just doesn't get it. Her Address was nothing more than a love fest, promoting so-called accomplishments and claiming great economic growth. Lujan Grisham hailed in her Address that the state is "dynamic" and that our economy is "booming." This, as New Mexico ranks among the worst states in the nation economically. Facts are facts, and Lujan Grisham has failed this past year. She has no real answers to the state's problems as little has changed.

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