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.

Eagle Nest, NM – Eagle Nest Lake is closed to boating and ice-fishing due to recent weather conditions that have produced unsafe lake conditions. The lake is currently closed to all watercraft including canoes, kayaks, and inflatables as well as all types of motor boats. A layer of ice has formed over portions of the lake, but much of the lake still has open water. These conditions prohibit boating or ice fishing activities. It is anticipated that ice conditions should improve soon and until then, fishing is still allowed from the bank in open water.

Boat ramp access is closed, but camping is available at the park. Please call the park office at (575) 377-1594 for current fishing and lake conditions or visit the park's webpage at http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/eaglenestlakestatepark.html.

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the bipartisan Native Youth and Tribal Officer Protection Act (NYTOPA) to build on the Tribal jurisdiction provisions in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013) by extending protections to children and law enforcement personnel involved in domestic violence incidents on Tribal lands. The bill also will enhance federal coordination of victim resources for Tribal communities.

VAWA 2013 restored the authority of Tribes to arrest and prosecute offenders, regardless of their race, for acts of domestic violence committed within the boundaries of their jurisdiction. Since enactment, at least 16 Tribes have undertaken the steps to exercise the special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction (SDVCJ) restored by VAWA 2013 – leading to over 120 arrests. But VAWA 2013 did not allow Tribes to arrest or prosecute offenders for threatened domestic violence, domestic violence against children, or violence committed against law enforcement personnel enforcing SDVCJ. NYTOPA addresses these gaps to help protect Native families and Tribal justice officials from violent offenders.

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Steve Censky announced today the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will revamp its Information Technology (IT) operating model to increase efficiency in serving its customers.

"When I was sworn in, Secretary Perdue charged me to help him make USDA the most effective, most efficient, most customer-focused department in the entire federal government,” Deputy Secretary Censky said. "One way to do that is by instituting a new operating model for IT. We have no choice but to modernize – we cannot continue to conduct business for the next 150 years based on splintered and out-of-date operating models.”

Washington, D.C. – A recent report came out this week by the National Association of Manufacturers, highlighting the benefits that that the manufacturing industry, and ultimately the economy, will see if Congress passes tax reform.

This report states 94.6 percent of manufacturers across the country have a positive outlook on their company, the highest survey average in 20 years.

"… manufacturers' optimism has risen to unprecedented heights, driven by their belief that the progress the White House and Congress have made on enacting bold, comprehensive tax reform shows that leaders in Washington are finally embracing policies to help manufacturers in the United States."

Additionally, tax reform is expected to help grow manufacturing, increase jobs and wages, and allow the environment and flexibility for the economy to grow.

Read the full report by the NAM here.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have joined a group of 39 Democratic senators in urging Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to abandon his plan to repeal the agency's net neutrality rules in favor of giving internet providers the ability to freely block or slow down consumers' access to the internet. The senators' letter comes ahead of a Thursday vote by the FCC to dismantle net neutrality protections.

"Your plan gives a broadband provider the ability to significantly alter their subscribers' internet experience," the lawmakers wrote. "Once adopted, this proposal will permit that provider to freely block, slow down or manipulate a consumer's access to the internet as long as it discloses those practices – no matter how anti-consumer – somewhere within mounds of legalese in a new 'net neutrality' policy. …It is a stunning regulatory overreach."

Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with AUI INC. (Contractor) will be holding a public involvement meeting to discuss the improvement project of Solano Dr. /3 Crosses Ave./ and the North Main Intersection Project.

nmdot meeting 12 21 17When:
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Thursday December 21, 2017

New Mexico Department of Transportation
Solano Complex
750 N Solano Dr. (Use south gate entrance)
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001

To provide project information regarding construction, detailing information, project specifications, and will answer questions regarding the timeline of the project. The public is encouraged to ask questions and provide comments and to address any concerns they may have as it relates to this project in Las Cruces, NM.

ADA: To request Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) related accommodations for this meeting, contact Ami Evans, Public Information Officer, NMDOT – District One at (575) 544-6598 at least two days before the meeting.

VIDEO: https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4699164/sen-udall-passage-dream-act

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a group of Democratic senators on the Senate floor to call for immediate passage of the DREAM Act, which would protect 800,000 young DREAMers — including almost 7,000 New Mexicans — from deportation, and allow them to continue to work, go to school, and support their families.

DREAMers are undocumented young people who were brought to this country as children by their parents through no fault of their own. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, created during the Obama administration, allowed them to apply for temporary legal status so they could work and go to school without the fear of being deported. However, the Trump administration announced on Sept. 5 that it would rescind the program, putting DREAMers' fate in the hands of Congress. More than 11,000 DREAMers across the country have already lost their DACA status. Beginning early next year, 1,000 additional young people will lose this protection each day. Udall is fighting for passage of the bipartisan DREAM Act, which would allow these young people to earn lawful permanent residence and access to a path toward citizenship.

Washington, D.C. (December 13, 2017) The House Committee on Financial Services held a legislative markup that debated and passed H.R. 3864, the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA), sponsored by Congressman Steve Pearce:

“This legislation provides Native American tribes greater autonomy and authority over their federal affordable housing funds, which is a driving force for increased access to safe and affordable housing on tribal lands. From increased access to quality housing, to lease-to-own programs aimed at providing rural tribes with the resources and flexibility to develop modern communities, NAHASDA empowers tribes to meet the unique housing challenges of each community.

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