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.

This year’s tree traveled over 1,500 miles from Carson National Forest in New Mexico to deliver enchantment for the holiday season



WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) delivered remarks at the official lighting ceremony for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree, also known as the ‘People’s Tree,’ is a 60-foot blue spruce from Carson National Forest in New Mexico. The People’s Tree is adorned with over 10,000 ornaments handcrafted by New Mexican schoolchildren and community members to reflect the state’s culture, history, landscapes, and wildlife.

nmsu students ascNew Mexico State University students helped build a keyhole garden at NMSU’s Extension and Research Youth Agricultural Science Center at Las Vegas City Schools. Pictured are, front from left, Suzanne Hopkins, Madalyn Cole and Rahime Jarvis. Back from left, Peter Skelton, NMSU professor and director of the youth agricultural science center; Marcus Magdalena, Gabriel Doherty, Tom Dormody, NMSU professor agricultural and extension education; Jake Devine and Justin Armstrong. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)LAS VEGAS, NM – The 1,400 students at Las Vegas City Schools have a unique opportunity to experience science up close and personal.

A different spin is put on STEM education through the school district’s one of a kind, district-wide youth agricultural science center program conducted by New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

420 Valley will hire 55 employees for mid-2020 production

Santa Fe, N.M. – The New Mexico Economic Development Department has pledged to invest $400,000 in a hemp production and processing business in Las Cruces that will help farmers grow the plant and then manufacture from its ingredients.

The commitment to 420 Valley LLC represents a continuing effort by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Economic Development Department Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes to target sustainable agriculture and other economic sectors that are suitable for growth and can help diversify the economy. The company plans to hire 55 employees over three years.

Santa Maria El Mirador (formerly Easter Seals El Mirador), Border Area Mental Health Services, Southwest Counseling Center, Inc., Southern New Mexico Human Development, Inc., and Families and Youth, Inc.

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) has reached a settlement agreement/addendum with the remaining five behavioral health organizations who filed lawsuits against HSD claiming that they had been damaged when the Martinez administration froze Medicaid payments in 2013. The five behavioral health providers included in the settlement agreement/addendum are:

With record low unemployment, USDA finalizes rule to promote work

(Washington, D.C., December 4, 2019) – At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a final rule to move more able-bodied recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) towards self-sufficiency and into employment. The rule restores the system to what Congress intended: assistance through difficult times, not a way of life.

“Americans are generous people who believe it is their responsibility to help their fellow citizens when they encounter a difficult stretch. Government can be a powerful force for good, but government dependency has never been the American dream.

Experience live music, extraordinary skating and stunning visuals in Cirque du Soleil AXEL

Cirque du Soleil AXEL opens in Rio Rancho on April 23 - 26, 2020 at Santa Ana Star Center

Rio Rancho, NM – December 3, 2019 – It is with great excitement that Cirque du Soleil announces its new on ice spectacle that will spin you into the vibrant world of Axel.  Join Axel and his band as they take on a new journey inspired by music and graphic arts. This new production features spectacular skating, breathtaking acrobatics on ice, astonishing visual effects, and an upbeat original soundtrack. AXEL will be skating into the Santa Ana Star Center, 3001 Civic Center Cir for 6 performances only from April 23 -26, 2020. Tickets for the general public on sale now at cirquedusoleil.com/axel.

Bill will incorporate retiree concerns into task force recommendations

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday endorsed an essential and equitable public employee pension reform proposal that accommodates the concerns of current and future state of New Mexico retirees while establishing safeguards against the effects of future economic downturns. Key legislative leaders also voiced support for the proposal, which is scheduled to be heard Wednesday at the legislative Investments and Pensions Oversight Committee.

The proposed legislation builds upon the sound recommendations of the pension solvency task force, which this year rigorously studied various means of gradually eliminating the state pension system’s $6.6 billion unfunded liability. The proposal will, per the governor’s direction, deliver an increased cost-of-living adjustment to 30 percent of PERA retirees; deliver on the governor’s solvency mandate within 25 years; and make important accommodations for the oldest and most vulnerable retirees.

CORDOVA, Alaska, Dec. 3, 2019 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Alaska State Director for Rural Development Jerry Ward announced USDA has invested $18.88 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for nearly 270 rural households in Yakutat. This is one of many funding announcements in the first round of USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program investments.

“Geographic isolation should no longer be a barrier to economic prosperity, especially here in Alaska,” Ward said. “With ReConnect, we are bridging the so-called ‘digital divide’ and bringing modern communications to rural Alaskan communities like Yakutat. Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner to rural communities in deploying this critical infrastructure, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

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