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.

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.”

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2019 – USDA announces details of the 96th Agricultural Outlook Forum program (PDF, 94 KB), which takes place February 20-21, 2020 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia.

The 2020 Forum is themed The Innovation Imperative: Shaping the Future of Agriculture. The Forum’s plenary panel and several breakout sessions will focus on the central role science and innovation play in driving future growth and addressing challenges facing farmers.

Speakers will highlight some of the cutting edge technologies and emerging trends and their implications for the future of agriculture. Topics include scientific advances in corporate food safety strategies, and farming practices for extreme weather uncertainties.

White Sands Missile Range, US 70 & HWY 380 Road Block

LAS CRUCES, SAN ANTONIO: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) along with White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) has posted an alert for Wednesday December 4, 2019.

US 70 is scheduled to be blocked at 8:00 a.m. for approximately 1 hour and should be lifted by 9:00 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).  Las Cruces Gate, Owen Road and Nike will also be affected.

US 380 is scheduled to be blocked at 7:50 a.m. for approximately 2 hours and should be lifted by 9:50 a.m. This block will affect Hwy 380 in the northern portion of the range at Gold block (mile marker 3) and Silver block (mile marker 49). 

SPACEPORT AMERICA – December 3, 2019 – With 2019 marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo landing on the moon, as well as major advances being made in the aerospace industry, public interest in space is at an all-time high. To celebrate this renewed interest in space, Spaceport America has launched an e-commerce site, offering Spaceport America and space-themed merchandise.

“The era of Space 2.0 is upon us, with the commercial sector leading the way,” said Dan Hicks, Executive Director of New Mexico Spaceport Authority and CEO of Spaceport America. “Every day we see news stories about space, and the interest is across all sectors of society – students, space enthusiasts, aspiring rocketeers and astronauts, and the general public. As we look ahead to the launch of commercial human spaceflight from Spaceport America next year, we’re thrilled to launch our new e-commerce site, just in time to inspire space lovers this holiday season.”

A higher education rankings website has recognized five degree programs at New Mexico State University as among the best in the country.

Intelligent.com, which offers curated guides to the best degree programs as well as information on financial aid, internships and study strategies, recently published its latest rankings on the best programs for 2020. NMSU was recognized for having the best online marketing and information technology degree programs, as well as the best online master’s in education administration, public health and early childhood education programs.

The website’s 2020 rankings are based on a scoring system that includes student engagement, potential return on investment and leading third-party evaluations. The website assessed 1,604 accredited colleges and university, and evaluated each program based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation and post-graduate employment.

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation and Safer New Mexico Now will host a car seat fitting station from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the second Friday of every month at Fire Station No. 20, 7520 Corona Avenue NE, Albuquerque.

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.

Appointments take approximately 30 minutes per seat. Parents and caregivers should bring their car seat and if possible, the child. There is no charge for the service; however a seat replacement fee of $25 may apply. 

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