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.

Acoma, NM -The following information is for the distribution of a Silver Alert from the New Mexico State Police.

silveralert3Denise Sabrina Coultas-ParkerNew Mexico State Police is seeking the public's assistance in locating Denise Sabrina Coultas-Parker, a black female, fifty-nine years old, five foot two inches tall, weighing 140 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Ms. Coultas-Parker has a scar above her left eyebrow. No clothing description is available. Ms. Coultas-Parker was reported missing on November 8, 2018 to the Los Angeles Police Department. On November 12, 2018 Ms. Coultas-Parker’s vehicle was located one mile south of Interstate 40 exit 102 at the intersection of Pueblo Road and Flower Mountain Circle in Acoma, New Mexico by Acoma Police Department.  Ms. Coultas-Parker is believed to be in DANGER if not located.

Anyone with any information regarding this New Mexico Silver Alert is asked to call the New Mexico State Police at (505) 287-4377 or 911. 

The following is information for the distribution of a Silver Alert from the Cibola County Sheriff’s Department. Please refer all media inquiries to the Cibola County Sheriff’s Department at (505) 287-4404.

silveralert2Barbara Ann Gould The Cibola County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating Barbara Ann Gould, a Caucasian female, seventy-three-years-old, five foot one inches tall, weighing 115 pounds, with gray and green eyes. There is no clothing description available. Ms. Gould was last seen on November 10, 2018 on Bluegill Drive in Thoreau, New Mexico. Ms. Gould is missing and is believed to be in DANGER if not located.

Anyone with any information regarding this New Mexico Silver Alert is asked to call the Cibola County Sheriff’s Department or 911.

The following is information for the distribution of a Silver Alert from the Socorro Police Department. Please refer all media inquiries to the Socorro Police Department at (575) 835-4222.

silveralert1Roger D. Simkin The Socorro Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating Roger D. Simkin, a Caucasian male, eighty-years-old, five foot eight inches tall, weighing 165 pounds, with white hair and hazel eyes. Mr. Simkin was last seen wearing a navy blue fleece jacket, blue jeans, shoes, and is possibly wearing dark glasses.  Mr. Simkin was last seen on November 17, 2018 at around 4:45 p.m., in the area of Lopezville RD in Socorro, New Mexico. Mr. Simkin is missing and is believed to be in DANGER if not located. 

Anyone with any information regarding this New Mexico Silver Alert is asked to call the Socorro Police Department or 911.

Dona Ana, NM - On November 15, 2018 at about 11:00 p.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a three vehicle fatal crash near mile post 156 on Interstate 10 by Vado, New Mexico.

The initial investigation indicated a 2005 Dodge pickup, driven by Ruben Rojas (63) of Mesquite, NM was traveling eastbound on Interstate 10. For unknown reasons, Rojas drove onto the shoulder and crashed into the rear end of a parked 2017 Ford, pushing it into an unoccupied 2006 Nissan which was also parked on the shoulder. The vehicles were on the shoulder parked waiting for a Tow Truck.

Michelle Cuaron (57) of El Paso, Texas who was in the Ford was transported to Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus in El Paso, Texas where she was pronounced deceased by doctors. Other occupants in the Ford were transported to the University Medical Center in El Paso, Texas with unknown injuries.

Faculty, staff and students from across the New Mexico State University system gathered on the main campus Thursday afternoon to celebrate the inauguration of Chancellor Dan Arvizu and President John Floros, who both encouraged others to, “Be bold. Shape the future.”

nmsu inauguration florosJohn Floros, president of New Mexico State University, delivers a speech at Thursday’s inauguration ceremony. Floros was inaugurated as the university’s 28th president during the ceremony, which took place at the Corbett Center Student Union. (NMSU photo by Elijah Banegas)Thursday’s inauguration was emceed by Channel 7-KVIA anchor Hilary Floren and attended by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima, Alamogordo Mayor Richard Boss, members of the NMSU Board of Regents, retired New Mexico state representative and teacher J. Paul Taylor, and former chair of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission Joshua Epel, who delivered the keynote speech. The ceremony also featured a blessing by members of the Tortugas Pueblo tribal group and performances by the NMSU Sol y Arena flamenco dance group, the NMSU Wind Symphony and the NMSU Chamber Singers.

Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration held a public meeting to discuss the use of livestock and poultry cell lines to develop cell-cultured food products. At this meeting, stakeholders shared valuable perspectives on the regulation needed to both foster these innovative food products and maintain the highest standards of public health. The public comment period will be extended and will remain open through December 26, 2018.

After several thoughtful discussions between our two Agencies that incorporated this stakeholder feedback, we have concluded that both the USDA and the FDA should jointly oversee the production of cell-cultured food products derived from livestock and poultry. Drawing on the expertise of both USDA and FDA, the Agencies are today announcing agreement on a joint regulatory framework wherein FDA oversees cell collection, cell banks, and cell growth and differentiation. A transition from FDA to USDA oversight will occur during the cell harvest stage. USDA will then oversee the production and labeling of food products derived from the cells of livestock and poultry. And, the Agencies are actively refining the technical details of the framework, including robust collaboration and information sharing between the agencies to allow each to carry out our respective roles. 

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 here and can be retrieved through our automated system at 511 in New Mexico or 1-800-432-4269 from any line.


I-25, Mile Marker 154 to 157.839, Lemitar 

Mountain States Constructors, Inc. (Contractor) is continuing with bridge replacement and roadway reconstruction on Interstate 25 in Socorro Co. Traffic will be rerouted onto both northbound and southbound lanes for the finalization of this project. A 12’ width restriction will be in effect throughout the project. Construction will be Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Construction is expected to be completed by winter 2018. 

The FBI is releasing photos of a getaway vehicle used in an August bank robbery in Albuquerque in the hopes somebody will come forward with information to help solve this crime.

The suspect is believed to have fled in a gray Chevrolet SUV with a yellow New Mexico license tag.

A man wearing a red baseball cap and red shirt robbed U.S. Bank, 2015 Eubank Blvd. NE., at approximately 4:49 p.m. on August 15, 2018.

The suspect was described as a white male in his mid-20s, approximately 5'7" to 5'8" tall, with a thin build. 

He wore a red baseball cap turned backwards, sunglasses, a long-sleeve red shirt, dark pants, and dark shoes. 

Photos of the suspect and vehicle are attached. 

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