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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.

Chaves County, NM- On March 20, 2019, NMSP Officer Ricky Romero (24) of Roswell, N.M., was arrested by the Chaves County Sheriff’s Department and charged with violating various state laws.

In early March, 2019, the Chaves County Sheriff’s Department opened a criminal investigation into Romero.  NMSP has fully cooperated with the Chaves County investigation, and will continue to do so.   

Immediately after learning of the investigation, New Mexico State Police launched an internal affairs investigation and Romero was placed on administrative leave.  In addition to the criminal charges, he is facing discipline, including up to termination.

Police officers take an oath to uphold the law, and actions and behavior in violation of that oath and the public trust are intolerable.  NMSP strives to ensure our personnel are accountable to the public we serve. This service must be done with the upmost integrity and honesty. 

bandSANTA FE, N.M. (March 20, 2019) –Today, alongside tribal leaders, wildlife advocates, and northern New Mexico elected officials, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, announced his plans to introduce legislation establishing Bandelier National Park and Preserve.

"When I talk to people about what makes New Mexico so unique, it always comes back to our breathtaking scenery, our deep and complex history, and our unique cultures," said Heinrich. "Bandelier National Monument encapsulates each of these in unrivaled ways. That's why I am so proud to work with communities in northern New Mexico to introduce legislation to make Bandelier our nation's newest national park. I look forward to working with all New Mexicans to ensure Bandelier's cultural treasures in particular, and northern New Mexico's history and natural beauty as a whole, finally receive the recognition and protection they have long deserved."

Santa Fe, NM – Today, Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department Cabinet Secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst announced Adrienne Sandoval as the new director for the Oil Conservation Division.   The Division regulates oil and gas activity in New Mexico.

“I’m confident Ms. Sandoval is the right person to lead the Oil Conservation Division given the many challenges and opportunities posed by heightened industry activity in our state,” said Secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst.  “Her experience with the industry in environmental compliance and regulatory matters combined with a proven track record of bringing together diverse stakeholders makes her a great fit.”

Ms. Sandoval has deep industry experience and has spent the last several years in Marathon Petroleum’s Denver office working on federal regulatory affairs and legislative matters.  Sandoval also worked in the field for the Williams Companies in Tulsa, OK, among other positions. She holds a Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Tulsa.  

Tests indicate pH levels and presence of nitrates, arsenic and other contaminants

SANTA ROSA – Surveys show the majority of New Mexican private well users haven’t had their water tested, even though most do not have water treatment systems installed.

To save consumers money – tests are valued at around $150 – and to educate the public about safe drinking water, the New Mexico Environment Department and New Mexico Department of Health are hosting a free domestic well water testing event in Santa Rosa on Saturday.

“With 20 percent of New Mexicans using private water wells, our free water testing events are a great opportunity for private well owners to learn more about what is in their water and how to keep it safe and clean,” said Environment Secretary James Kenney. “I encourage Guadalupe County residents to come out and participate.”

The free tests will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23 at the Guadalupe County Hospital, 117 Camino De Vida, Suite 100, Santa Rosa, NM 88435. Tests will be offered on a first‐come, first‐served basis to the first 200 participants or while supplies are available. Test results will be mailed to households following the event.

Mayor Keller Challenges Albuquerque & New Mexico

To Beat National Senior Games Athlete Record

ALBUQUERQUE– The 2019 National Senior Games, which will be held in Albuquerque June 14 – 25, is on track to beat all previous participation records. The games are open to athletes age 50 and higher that have qualified in the games last year. However, there are three open categories, where any athlete can compete: the 1,500 meter power walk, the 5K power walk, and the triathlon relay team. Registration for this year’s games closes on April 2.

The previous participation records were set at the National Senior Games in Louisville, KY in 2007 and in Orlando, FL in 1999. In those two games, attendance peaked at 12,000 athletes. For the National Senior Games in Albuquerque, there are already 11,836 athletes registered. 165 more athletes will have Albuquerque be the record holder for the most athletes competing ever in the history of the National Senior Games. Of that number, 1,281 athletes are from New Mexico.

Renowned trader and gallery owner will showcase collection of artistic, traditional weavings; will also lecture and provide weaving evaluations during Western Heritage Awards weekend.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Jackson Clark II, third-generation trader and owner of the respected Toh-AtinGallery, will showcase more than 100 examples of dazzling colors, patterns and craftsmanship in contemporary and antique weavings at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, April 12 – 13, 2019, during Western Heritage Awards weekend.

The Navajo Weaving Sale and Silent Auction will begin Friday, April 12 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and continue Saturday, April 13 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater. The weavings include pieces from Two Grey Hills, Ganado, Teec Nos Pos, Burnham and Shiprock, and range in value from $100 to $10,000.

Other activities on Saturday, April 13 include rug evaluations and a lecture led by Clark. Individuals who own Navajo weavings and would like to learn more about them can bring them to the Museum between noon – 1:00 p.m. Weavings should be vacuumed prior to entering the Museum.

15 schools across New Mexico are taking part in 'Kick Butts Day' by holding 24/7 campaign events in their schools 

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, youth leaders at fifteen schools across New Mexico are hosting “Kick Butts Day” events to raise awareness about their schools’ tobacco- and e-cigarette-free policies. Increased awareness of tobacco-free school policies helps students, staff, and visitors comply with these standards and ensures that schools are truly tobacco-free environments. The youth leaders are part of Evolvement, a youth movement promoting a tobacco-free New Mexico.  

"It feels great being a part of such an important day that joins youth all over the country in the fight against tobacco," says A'Leaya Lucero, 16, Tucumcari High School, Tucumcari New Mexico.  

24/7 events will take place on Kick Butts Day at Silver High School (Silver City), Atrisco Heritage High School, (Albuquerque), Gadsden High School (Anthony), Tucumcari High School (Tucumcari), Newcomb High School (Newcomb), Navajo Preparatory School (Farmington), Farmington High School (Farmington), Capital High School (Santa Fe), Arrowhead Park Early College High School (Las Cruces), Aztec High School (Aztec), Hiroshi Miyamura High School (Gallup), Portales High School (Portales), Valencia High School (Los Lunas), V Sue Cleveland High School (Rio Rancho), and Cuba High School (Cuba).  

Businesses are more profitable when women are represented in top leadership positions, yet the number of women in tech jobs has dropped 11 percent since 1991.

Comcast is actively working to alter this reality in New Mexico by building a diverse workforce and recruiting and supporting female leaders at every level -- leaders like Carolyn Terry.

As a Senior Director of Engineering for Comcast, Carolyn has helped to build the infrastructure for digital video and Gig-speed broadband. Over her 30+ year career, Carolyn has also created strong, integrated teams to advance technology innovation at Comcast.  

Here in New Mexico, Diana Olivas is one of only a few female installation techs in the whole state. But far from intimidated by that fact (Diana began her career working as a warden for the New Mexico Department of Corrections), she is working to blaze a trail for other women to enter the technology field.

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