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.

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.

Santa Fe, NM – The Heart of a Ranger was the theme at the 2019 Fall Conference and Employee Recognition Program for New Mexico State Parks. On November 7th, State Parks proudly honored staff, volunteers and partners during its annual awards ceremony held at Rio Grande Nature Center State Park in Albuquerque. A total of 18 awards were given and five retirees honored.

“State Parks has so many exceptional employees, and we were happy to recognize the outstanding achievements of our staff,” said Christy Tafoya, State Parks Director.  She added, “The employees recognized at the awards ceremony are nominated by their supervisors and peers and reflect the dedication of our staff to service.”

The Governor’s Award, State Parks’ most prestigious award, recognizes an employee who performs duties in a superior manner and exemplifies, in attitude and action, those traits most desired in the Division. The 2019 recipient was Joshua Herron, Park Manager, Fenton Lake State Park.

Day-Use Fees are Waived on Friday, November 29

Santa Fe, NM – The State Parks Division of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department proudly joins other states by participating in the nationwide #OptOutside campaign. On “Black Friday”, State Parks will join a growing movement to encourage more people to spend time outdoors. State Parks will be waiving the $5 day-use entrance fees for all 34 state parks on Friday, November 29, 2019.

“The day after Thanksgiving, we encourage families and friends to get connected outdoors and enjoy the fresh air, warm sun and get some physical exercise at a New Mexico State Park,” said Christy Tafoya, Director of NM State Parks.

While at a State Park, share your photos on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram by using the hashtag #OptOutside and tagging our social media channels.

SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports death rates from chronic diseases—such as heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, and stroke—declined in our state in 2018 compared to the year before.

The new data is published in the report, Highlights of New Mexico Vital Statistics 2018, which examines births and deaths among residents of New Mexico.

In addition to those decreases, 2018 data also shows rates of suicide, homicide, flu and pneumonia, and unintentional injuries rose compared to 2017.

“The declining rates for death from chronic diseases is great news, but the numbers show the need to do better in prevention of injuries and deaths of despair statewide,” said NMDOH Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel.

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. 

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