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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.

Taos, NM (September 27 - October 11):

Unique Events:

Fri September 28, The Rifters will be in the house with some legendary Taos Country Music! Don’t miss Don Richmond’s country trio, The Rifters, offering beautiful three part harmonies and the music to back it up! The Rifters are well known for keeping the crowd moving so when you come out be sure to bring you dancing shoes! Friday, September 28, 7PM Doors, 8PM Showtime. $10 general admission.

Sunday September 30, The Time has come for the KTAOS Solar Volleyball League End-of-Season Tournament!  Doors 10am and Games Commence at 11am. $50 per Team. Prizes Awarded to Winning Teams! Trophy Awarded to Champions! See the Facebook Event Page for the Rules here. Regular Happy Hour from 3-6PM. For More Information or to sign up contact Rushan at 770-5473 or Rushan1211@yahoo.com. Sponsored by PPC SOLAR.

The third video - “Creative & Cultural Enterprises” - of the Voices of MainStreet New Mexico has been launched on the New Mexico MainStreet Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/NMMainStreet/ 

Creative enterprises and industries are growing local economies through partnerships and collaborations that cultivate local talent, build unique job skills, establish innovative workspaces, creating spaces for local entrepreneurs and existing businesses to grow.
“We are asset-based economic development organizations.” Says Sandy Rasmussen, Treasurer of the New Mexico Coalition of MainStreet Communities and Executive Director of Corrales MainStreet. “Arts, culture and creativity are assets that are strongly interwoven into our districts and we believe that these businesses are the foundation for stronger economies in our communities.”

Clients encouraged to call or text to make an appointment

SANTA FE, NM – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) continues reaching out to clients of Albuquerque’s VIP Spa, located in downtown Albuquerque at 809 Tijeras Avenue NW, Suite B, to provide information about and to test for possible blood-borne infections. 

An inspection of the business by the NMDOH and the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, Barbers and Cosmetologists Board on September 7 identified practices that could potentially spread blood-borne infections such as HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C to clients. The VIP Spa closed after receiving a cease and desist letter from the Board.  

Within the first week after this notice, over 100 persons came to the Midtown Public Health Office in Albuquerque to access free, private and confidential testing. Still, NMDOH hopes to reach all VIP Spa clients will use this free resource as soon as possible.

Multi-year grant to include national labs and partners around the state to support modern electric grid & diverse STEM workforce

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the University of New Mexico (UNM) was awarded a $20 million, five-year grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create the New Mexico SMART (Sustainable, Modular, Adaptive, Resilient and Transactive) Grid Center, an interdisciplinary research and education program to help support development of a modern electric grid. The center will coalesce ongoing independent research efforts throughout New Mexico in academia, national laboratories and industry under the umbrella of a unified, integrated program. 

The award aims to connect researchers and students from higher education institutions with scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories, as well as other organizations, to address the state’s pressing, next-generation challenges for electric power management. It will also support workforce development by engaging and training diverse students to enter the competitive STEM sector.

Kevothermal Will Create Up To 20 New Jobs

Albuquerque, N.M. - Today, Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Matt Geisel announced that Kevothermal, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sealed Air Corporation, will expand its Albuquerque manufacturing operations creating up to 20 new jobs. Sealed Air is investing $4 million into the expansion of the Kevothermal business in Albuquerque. The expansion will be supported by New Mexico's closing fund, LEDA. LEDA not only helps recruit new businesses to our state, but also helps existing firms grow and thrive.

"This is another prime example of how New Mexico's economic development tools make a prominent difference for business retention and expansion - I am proud to see Kevothermal choosing to expand in Albuquerque," said Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Matt Geisel. "While Kevothermal may now be part of a global corporation, its roots are New Mexican. The technology was developed in UNM's Department of Engineering and it is rewarding to see the renewed fruits of New Mexican entrepreneurship and innovation."

Authorizing ATVs and OHVs on Truth or Consequences Streets

Truth or Consequences, NM—A broad-based group of concerned citizens has gathered what they believe to be more than the requisite number of signatures on a petition referendum. The referendum will allow the Truth or Consequences (TorC) electorate to vote on whether or not they wish to retain Ordinance No. 697, passed by the city commission August 22, 2018. This ordinance authorizes ATVs and other off-highway vehicles (OHVs) on all city-owned and -maintained streets.

Certified petition forms containing a total of 282 signatures were turned over at 11 a.m. today to Acting City Clerk Angela A. Torres, who had informed the group in writing that 154 valid signatures of registered TorC voters would be required to initiate the desired referendum on Ordinance 697. The number of required signatures is set by law at 20 percent of the average turnout in the previous four municipal elections.

View this information as a webpage here.

September 20, 2018  Vol 17 Issue 9

Precipitation and Temperature: Precipitation in August ranged from much-below average to average in New Mexico and from much-below average to above average in Arizona (Fig. 1a). August temperatures were mostly above average across Arizona and New Mexico, with swaths of much-above average and isolated locations of record-warmest conditions (Fig. 1b). Most of the daily temperature anomalies (deviations above or below the average temperature) have been warmer across the region since July 1 (Fig. 2). Summer (June-July-August) precipitation has varied considerably, from mostly average to below average in New Mexico, and from mostly average to above average in Arizona (Fig. 3).

Changes Will Benefit Small Businesses and Individual Taxpayers

Santa Fe, NM – Today, the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department (TRD) announced it has expanded the qualifications for small businesses and personal income tax liabilities for the managed-audit program. These changes will allow more individual taxpayers and small businesses to utilize the program. A managed audit is a voluntary program that allows taxpayers to pay back taxes without penalty or interest.

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