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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.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Indian Health Service (IHS), pressed IHS officials to affirm the unique legal government-to-government relationship between the federal government and American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes in response to concerning comments made earlier this year by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) leaders and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) personnel.
 
HHS recently stated that it would not exempt American Indian and Alaska Natives from proposals to take Medicaid coverage away from individuals who do not meet new, more restrictive eligibility requirements because such exemptions would "raise civil rights issues," a position that failed to recognize the unique legal status of Indian Tribes and their members under federal law.

1 rsNew Mexico Department of Agriculture Food and Beverage Specialist Dennis Hogan (right) was in the company of world renowned chef and former Top Chef star Fabio Viviani at the Shamrock Iron Chef Competition. NMDA is unveiling its NEW MEXICO—Taste the Tradition® Chef Ambassador Program this summer. (Photo courtesy NMDA)Las Cruces, New Mexico – Calling all New Mexico chefs: grab your favorite recipes for the first-ever NEW MEXICO — Taste the Tradition® (NM-TTT) Chef Ambassador Program.
 
The New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) is looking for chefs who support New Mexico agriculture by serving New Mexico agricultural products in their restaurants. If you support New Mexico agriculture, then help NMDA promote the agriculture industry by applying to be a chef ambassador.

Albuquerque, NM – This morning, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced his office is expanding its investigation of the use of technology to distribute child pornography and has requested the cooperation of Giganews to provide information that will aid in the investigation. Last week, Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Affairs Sharon Pino sent a letter to Giganews CEO Ronald B. Yokubaitis demanding answers about the company and users' practices regarding child exploitation.

"Protecting New Mexico's children from horrific sexual violence and exploitation is the number one priority of our Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, and I am fully expecting Giganews to cooperate with our expanding investigation," Attorney General Hector Balderas said. "Our office continues to battle child exploitation and human trafficking in New Mexico and large, out-of-state corporations operating in New Mexico have an obligation to contribute to this vital mission for public safety."

MESCALERO, NM – Representatives from New Mexico's colleges and universities who are involved in or would like to assist military veterans with pursuing their higher education goals are invited to attend the 2018 Veterans Resource Center Summit on May 31 from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, NM.
 
Presentations will focus on the importance of an on-campus Veterans Resource Centers (VRC) — and how it can really help college or university-minded veterans successfully transition from the battle zone to the academic world.

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(U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) receives the Solar Champion Award from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), May 23, 2018)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) was presented the Solar Champion Award by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) for his unwavering efforts to ensure that the federal government continues policies and programs that allow the solar industry to grow in New Mexico and across the United States.

valles caldera rsView of the Valle Grande from the main entrance to Valles Caldera National PreserveJemez Springs, NM — On Saturday, June 9 from noon to 4 pm, Valles Caldera National Preserve will be hosting the first annual Fiesta en el Valle near the Valle Grande Entrance Station. Get ready to experience the majesty of the Valles Caldera and learn a new skill at this free family-friendly event.

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDio6QU8sTE&feature=youtu.be
 
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Indian Health Service (IHS) and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, questioned IHS Acting Director Rear Admiral Michael Weahkee and other top IHS officials on the FY2019 budget for the Indian Health Service. Udall pressed the panel on how it can sufficiently improve health outcomes in Indian Country with the proposed cuts to the IHS budget, and how IHS plans to make much-needed improvements to IHS facilities in New Mexico and address the opioid epidemic and addiction in tribal communities with insufficient funding.

Santa Fe, NM – State Auditor Wayne Johnson today announced that he has initiated a special audit of seven different entities within the 2nd Judicial District that form the core of our criminal justice system. Johnson's objective is to identify problems that cause the system to fail New Mexicans and place our families at risk of violent crime.
 
Johnson says his office will take an auditor's approach to crime in Albuquerque and to the many different systems that we collectively call our justice system.

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