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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.

The October New Mexico Housing Market continues to indicate 2019 will be a good year for the industry.

2,265 October sales were reported to the New Mexico Association of REALTORS (NMAR) bringing the 2019 year-to-date total sales number to 21,407. “This is the eleventh year NMAR has collected statewide housing numbers and only 2018 numbers exceed those we are seeing this year,” according to Paul Wilson, NMAR President. “We expect to finish the year with over 26,000 sales.”

“Median prices, while higher for 2019 year-to-date than amounts previously reported, have remained pretty constant for the last three months with the January through October median reported at $215,700,” says M. Steven Anaya, NMAR CEO. “Rising median prices seem to be great news for sellers, but when prices rise faster than incomes, it often results in fewer buyers being able to qualify for a mortgage. Sellers also are often buyers, so while they may get a better price for the home they are selling, they will often have to pay more for a new residence.” Median price means half the properties sold for more; half for less.

LAS CRUCES, NM – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) and Safer New Mexico Now (Safer) will host a Child Safety Seat Fitting Station from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on December 4, 2019 at the Sisbarro Buick GMC, 425 W Boutz Road in Las Cruces, NM, by appointment only. This free educational event provides parents and caregivers the opportunity to receive “hands-on” instruction from nationally-certified child passenger safety technicians. Technicians will educate parents on the proper selection, installation, and use of car seats and booster seats.  Technicians can also determine if a seat is recalled, expired, or otherwise unsafe.

Fitting stations offer appointments during regular hours of operation at a permanent location.  The NMDOT and Safer host 11 permanent fitting stations throughout the State, including Alamogordo, Albuquerque (three locations), Carlsbad, Deming Farmington, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho, and Santa Fe (two locations).

Major Infrastructure Funding to be made to the Pueblo of Laguna, City of Lordsburg and the City of Truth or Consequences to Upgrade Water and Sewer Services

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that the department is investing $635 million in 122 projects to improve water systems and wastewater handling services in rural communities in 42 states. USDA is funding the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.

“These investments will bring reliable infrastructure to rural communities. They will replace old, fragile, leaking water pipes with new ones and allow upgrades to water handling systems that are decades old, boosting water pressure and cutting water losses. Working with our partners, these investments create jobs and improve public health and safety,” LaVoy said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to partnering with rural communities to help them improve their infrastructure, because when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2019 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $1.4 billion in projects in 21 states to build and improve rural electric infrastructure.

Santa Fe, NM –The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department State Parks Division welcomes Dr. Lillis Urban as the new Superintendent of Elephant Butte Lake State Park, home to New Mexico’s largest lake. Superintendent Urban began working for Elephant Butte Lake State Park this month and has lived and worked in New Mexico for almost 20 years.

She holds a Doctorate in Biology from New Mexico State University where she focused on Ecology and Botany. Superintendent Urban is committed to working collaboratively with the community and with partners. Her past work includes positions at New Mexico State University, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs on the Navajo Nation. 

Aside from working with communities to support land management, she spends time playing music andloves recreating in southern New Mexico.

2020 National Breastfeeding Goals for Maternal, Infant and Child Health

November 19, 2019 – The New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force (NMBTF) announces New Mexico is one of the leading states in the nation when it comes to breastfeeding statistics, which means New Mexico’s communities and families are on the right track to creating a healthier generation. NMBTF’s mission is to create breastfeeding supportive environments, empower parents, and remove barriers to breastfeeding to improve mother, infant and child health in New Mexico.

Healthy People 2020 outlined the 2020 objectives for Maternal, Infant and Child Health.

Celebrate the Holidays with Special Events, Neon & Classic Route 66 Charm

Tucumcari, NM – November 19, 2019 – Well known as a bright, cultural gem along historic Route 66, Tucumcari is acclaimed for its neon, murals, and museums. This holiday season, it’s also the ideal location for a festive getaway, with events running from late November through Christmas Eve.

“Around the holidays, it’s a perfect time to remember what’s important and spend some special time with those we love,” said Connie Loveland, Executive Director for Tucumcari MainStreet. “That means it’s also a great time to getaway and enjoy a slower pace. We invite you to explore Tucumcari, take a drive down historic Route 66, and enjoy our festive and fun holiday events.”

Kicking off the holiday season in Tucumcari is the Lighting of the Depot & Community Christmas Tree on Saturday, November 30, which sets the scene for upcoming holiday events. For a dose of nostalgia and festive fun for the entire family, there will be Rawhide Carriage Rides on Friday, December 6 from 5–8pm at the Tucumcari Train Depot.

Projects will Improve Water Pressure, Address Public Health and Environmental Issues

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that the department is investing $635 million in 122 projects (PDF, 315 KB) to improve water systems and wastewater handling services in rural communities in 42 states. USDA is funding the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.

“These investments will bring reliable infrastructure to rural communities. They will replace old, fragile, leaking water pipes with new ones and allow upgrades to water handling systems that are decades old, boosting water pressure and cutting water losses. Working with our partners, these investments create jobs and improve public health and safety,” LaVoy said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to partnering with rural communities to help them improve their infrastructure, because when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

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