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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.

Friday, November 15 (11am) at Gallup State Veterans Cemetery, 333 National Cemetery Dr.

GALLUP—The cremated remains of a U.S. Army veteran who was unclaimed by family members after his death will be interred at the Gallup State Veterans Cemetery on Friday, November 15 at 11am.

Former Staff Sgt. Timothy John Clark will be laid to rest with military honors—a privilege accorded to all honorably discharged veterans. Mr. Clark, who served from 1965 to 1973, passed away in the Four Corners area of New Mexico in September of 2016.

The urn will be provided by woodshop class students of Mr. Geno Perez at Valley High School in Albuquerque—the same class which provided urns used in a Forgotten Heroes Funeral for 22 unclaimed deceased veterans on September 26 at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Members of the public are invited to attend. The Gallup State Veterans Cemetery is located on the north side of westbound Interstate 40 at 333 National Cemetery Drive. It became the state’s second state veterans cemetery when it opened on Memorial Day, and is managed by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services.

SANTA FE — Today, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) issued two Notices of Violation to Matador Production Company and Mewbourne Oil Company for violations of the state’s Air Quality Control Act and Federal Clean Air Act. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued similar notices for these violations. 

During an April 2019 inspections sweep in southeast New Mexico, NMED and EPA staff found violations of state and federal air quality laws at Mewbourne and Matador facilities. These violations include failure to capture emissions from storage vessels, failure to maintain pilot lights on flares, failure to comply with closed vent system requirements and failure to ensure natural gas is captured and not emitted to the atmosphere. 

“We are committed to holding the oil and natural gas industry accountable for compliance with rules and permits,” said NMED Cabinet Secretary James Kenney. “Enforcement of state and federal standards is essential to protecting public and environmental health and creating a level playing field among operators.” 

Failure to comply with state and federal air quality laws can result in uncontrolled emissions of volatile organic compounds, contributing to the formation of ground-level ozone and hazardous air pollutants. 

govrSANTA FE -- Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday visited with New Mexico National Guard soldiers at the Fort Bliss Army post in El Paso, Texas, ahead of their deployment to Djibouti to conduct security operations with the Navy, Air Force and other multinational forces.

Almost 400 soldiers of the New Mexico National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 200th Infantry, have been stationed at Fort Bliss in recent weeks, finalizing their training and preparation before they leave for Africa, where they will support Combined Joint Task Force -- Horn of Africa in protecting key shipping lanes. 

“The sacrifice and integrity of our National Guard soldiers should make every New Mexican proud,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “From the very bottom of my heart, I commend and thank them for their willingness to serve, their capacity for strength and their commitment to doing the work for all of us back home. 

“I want to also highlight the sacrifice of our military families, the spouses and children and loved ones who support these brave soldiers in their time away from home. We must always remember what these families have offered up for all of us, and we must always endeavor to recognize their service, as well. This state will step up and support them however we can, whenever we can.

Truth or Consequences, NM, October 4, 2019 -- The Beaverhead Administrative Site, located on the Black Range Ranger District, Gila National Forest has closed for the winter.  The water system has been winterized and there will be no potable water available at the site.

It is recommended that Forest visitors plan accordingly and bring needed potable water for their stay.

For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/gila.

SANTA FE – Gov. Lujan Grisham and the Carson National Forest on Monday announced Asher Dean, a fourth grader from Arroyos del Norte Elementary in Arroyo Seco, as the winner of the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Essay Contest.

Hundreds of essays were submitted to the contest, for which fourth graders from around New Mexico were invited to write about why they love New Mexico’s forests and public lands in line with the theme of the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, “Delivering Enchantment!” With his winning entry, Mr. Dean has won a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., and join Gov. Lujan Grisham and the Speaker of the House in lighting the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

“New Mexico is proud to be providing this year’s Capitol Christmas Tree,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “I was so encouraged by the many wonderful essay submissions we received about the importance of New Mexico’s public lands and forests. Asher’s essay spoke so eloquently about the beauty he sees in New Mexico public lands, and I am thrilled that he’ll be joining me in our nation’s capital to see a beautiful tree from Northern New Mexico on display for so many to enjoy.”

LAWRENCEVILLE, Va., Nov. 4, 2019 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy announced USDA has invested nearly $3.8 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for more than 1,250 rural households in Virginia. This is one of many funding announcements in the first round of USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program investments.

“Our core mission at USDA is to increase rural prosperity, and this mission cannot be achieved without addressing the digital divide our rural communities face due to a lack of high-speed broadband internet connection,” LaVoy said. “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.”

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative will use ReConnect Program funding to deploy a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband network capable of simultaneous transmission rates of 100 megabits per second (Mbps) or greater. The funded service areas include 1,254 households, two volunteer fire departments, and four educational facilities. The project will facilitate more access to services and information for local residents, and it will improve the overall quality of life for people in the community.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) urges residents learn the risk factors of diabetes, how to prevent it, and, if diagnosed, how to manage it.  

“Of the approximately 2 million people in New Mexico, more than 567,000 of them have prediabetes,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel. “Prediabetes can lead to type 2 diabetes, yet over 50 percent of type 2 cases are preventable. Prevention begins with awareness.” 

Prediabetes means a person’s blood-sugar levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Those with type 2 diabetes have a disease, and if not properly treated it can be accompanied by other conditions such as blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, amputation and early death.

Anyone could have prediabetes and face a chance for developing type 2 diabetes if they have any of the following risk factors:

Sunland Park, NM - On November 4, 2019, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to investigate a police shooting involving a CBP Border Patrol agent on McNutt Road in Sunland Park.

New Mexico State Police investigators learned that at about 6:00 a.m. CBP Border Patrol agents were in the area of 1200 McNutt Road investigating a possible illegal border crossing. CBP Border Patrol agents arrived and encountered several suspects. A foot pursuit ensued with one of the suspects and two Border Patrol agents. At some point during the foot pursuit, the suspect fired a weapon at the two Border Patrol agents. One of the Border Patrol agents then fired their duty weapon at the suspect striking him. Emergency aid was rendered to the suspect and he was transported to an area hospital where he later died from his injuries. The Border Patrol agents were uninjured in the incident.  

New Mexico State Police Investigation Bureau agents are working to positively identify the suspect. Until positive identification is made, and the suspect’s family is properly notified, his identity will not be released. The name of the Border Patrol agent involved will not be released until interviews have been completed. For inquiries about the Border Patrol agent’s duty status please contact CBP.  This case remains under investigation by the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau with no further information available.  When more details become available that information will be released via press release. 

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