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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.

image006 2Aggressive scammers threaten to shut off power unless customers pay with gift cards

(ALBUQUERQUE, NM) – PNM is warning customers throughout New Mexico to be on the lookout for phone scams during Thanksgiving week. PNM is receiving reports from business and residential customers that scammers pretending to be with PNM are claiming they are behind on their bill and are threatening to disconnect their electricity unless they pay within a small window of time with a pre-paid gift card.

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico MainStreet (NMMS) has accepted economic development projects from five rural communities as part of the Frontier & Native American Communities Initiative: Picuris Pueblo, Pueblo of Laguna, Pueblo of Pojoaque, the Village of Folsom, and the City of Lordsburg. These communities receive professional services and technical assistance from NMMS to implement and complete the proposed project within 12-18 months. Projects must demonstrate job creation, business development, private sector investment, or enhancement of the community’s economic environment. 

"This program helps smaller and rural communities showcase their historic heritage and cultural treasures," said Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes of the Economic Development Department. "That's more important now as we work to diversify our economy and grow jobs throughout the state."

CHEYENNE, Wyo., Nov. 26, 2019 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service Administrator Chad Rupe announced USDA has invested $4.79 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity in the county of Sweetwater. This is one of many funding announcements in the first round of USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program investments.

“Given Wyoming’s low population density, high-speed broadband infrastructure is critical to developing the rural economy,” said Rupe. “With ReConnect, we are making targeted and important investments in regions that need it the most – communities such as Farson, for example. Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA is committed as a strong partner to rural communities in deploying this critical infrastructure, for we know when rural America prospers, all of America prospers.”

(Albuquerque, NM) – Over 525,000 customers depend on PNM for electricity, and we are proud to deliver reliable power to our customers. But sometimes power outages do occur, and with winter approaching, preparedness for winter storms is vital to the safety and wellbeing of New 

Mexico’s families. Proper planning and keeping some simple tips in mind during winter weather can help keep customers and PNM employees safe.

Properly Working Home Heating Devices and Carbon Monoxide Detectors Save Lives 

SANTA FE - As temperatures continue to fall, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center (NMPDIC) remind New Mexicans that they can prevent carbon monoxide poisoning by taking a few protection measures.  

“As it gets colder, we start seeing more carbon monoxide poisonings,” said NMDOH Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel. “To prepare for winter weather, New Mexicans should make sure their heat sources and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order.” 

In 2018 carbon monoxide poisoning sent 187 people to the emergency room in New Mexico according to data from the New Mexico Environmental Public Health Tracking Program (NM EPHT). These trips to the ER for carbon monoxide poisoning are preventable when people are prepared. 

(Washington, D.C., November 25, 2019) – Consistent with the Commerce Department’s Agreement Suspending the Countervailing Duty Investigation on Sugar From Mexico (the Agreement), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today notified the Department of Commerce (Commerce) of an additional need for sugar in the U.S. market of 100,000 short tons of refined sugar.* Consequently, Commerce has increased the quantity of Mexican refined sugar permitted to be exported by 100,000 short tons. This increase in Mexico’s refined sugar export limit will not change the total amount of total sugar imports from Mexico, just the mix between refined and other sugar. 

In recent weeks, prospects for U.S. sugar production have declined significantly due to adverse weather in both sugar beet and sugarcane regions. In the November 2019 World Agricultural Supply & Demand Estimates Report, the U.S. sugar production projection declined by 572,000 short tons raw value from the previous month, while ongoing weather concerns threaten further reductions.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will award $423 million in transit infrastructure grants nationwide to improve the safety and reliability of America’s bus systems and enhance mobility for transit riders. Two projects in New Mexico will receive $11.2 million from FTA’s Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program. A list of the selected projects is available online.

“Public bus systems throughout the country provide millions of Americans access to jobs, healthcare, grocery stores, and other vital services,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

The funding supports efforts to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment, as well as projects to purchase, rehabilitate, and construct bus-related facilities.

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