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NMDA accepting Healthy Soil Program grant applications from Individual Applicants beginning Feb. 17

 Webinar to assist applicants set for Feb. 28

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) is accepting grant applications – specifically from Individual Applicants – for its Healthy Soil Program from Friday, Feb. 17 until Friday, April 21.

Potential Healthy Soil Program grant applicants include Individual Applicants and Eligible Entities. This grant application period is open only to Individual Applicants, which include individuals, businesses and nonprofits engaged in farming, ranching or other forms of land management.

Grant funding may be used for on-the-ground projects in New Mexico that focus on one or more of the five soil health principles: keeping the soil covered; minimizing soil disturbance on cropland; maximizing biodiversity; maintaining a living root; and integrating animals into land management. 

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Traffic Alert: US 70 roadway rehabilitation project

NMDOT insists drivers respect construction zone

LAS CRUCES - The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office in cooperation with Mountain States Construction, Inc. (Contractor) will be continuing with the roadway rehabilitation project on US 70 from milepost 143 (I-10 /US 70 Interchange) to milepost 161 (Organ).

Drivers can expect various daytime lane closures on the frontage road and intersections on all eastbound and westbound lanes from Nasa Rd. to Del Ray Blvd. Friday, February 3, 2023, crews will be moving to the Brahman Rd. intersection. During milling and paving operations lanes will be closed daily for each lane of travel, traffic can travel to the next intersection to turn around.Contractor’s hours of operation will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation is committed to the safety of the traveling public and thanks you for your cooperation during this work. For updated information go to: New Mexico Department of Transportation at www.nmroads.com or call 511. 

CPSC Urges Vigilance as Severe Winter Storms Knock Out Power, Increasing Risk of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Deaths

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning consumers in the path of severe winter storms to take steps to protect themselves from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and fires. The storms are bringing, below-freezing temperatures, dangerous wind chills, snow and ice that could lead to power outages and use of portable generators.

Loss of Power—Using a Generator Safely

Consumers need to be especially careful when storms knock out electrical power. Portable generators create a risk of CO poisoning that can kill in minutes. CO is called the invisible killer because it is colorless and odorless. Exposed persons may become unconscious before experiencing CO-poisoning symptoms of nausea, dizziness or weakness, and it can lead to death.

An average of 85 consumers die in the U.S. each year from CO poisoning from portable generators.

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Free February Launch Pad Lecture

New Space Update: More Than NASA

What: The monthly Launch Pad Lecture at the New Mexico Museum of Space History will feature Museum Outreach Coordinator Tony Gondola. His topic will be “New Space Update: More Than NASA” and he will share insights into what organizations besides NASA are doing in space.

When: Friday, February 3, 2023, at 9:00 am.

Where: New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamogordo, NM. Take the elevator up to the second floor!

Why: The event is free and open to the public. Coffee and donuts are compliments of the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation.

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USDA Forest Service Accepting Grant Applications for Wood Innovations Projects, Community Wood Energy Facilities

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2023 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service today announced it will offer $41 million through the 2023 Wood Innovations Grant and 2023 Community Wood Grant programs to spark innovation and create new markets for wood products and renewable wood energy.

Made possible in part by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act, these grants expand wood products use and strengthen emerging wood energy markets, supporting sustainable forest management – particularly in areas of high wildfire risk.

“With the support of the Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, USDA is carrying out the Biden-Harris Administration’s mission to support rural, forest-dependent communities while fighting climate change and protecting our natural resources,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

“These grant programs provide opportunities for communities and businesses to develop innovative uses and markets for wood, a renewable and economical resource,” said Forest Service Chief Randy Moore.

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Traffic Alert: White Sands Missile Range - US 70 Roadblock

LAS CRUCES - The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) along with White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) have posted an alert for Wednesday, February 1, 2023. 

US 70 will be blocked one time, beginning at 7:55 a.m. The block will be located at 'BLUE Block' (2 miles east of the access road - Mile Marker 172) and at 'BROWN Block' (Mile Marker 192). This block will last approximately 1 hour. Nike Avenue will also be impacted by this block; however, the Las Cruces Gate and Owen Road will remain open.

All roadblocks are subject to change without notice, please call WSMR at 575-678-2221/2222 for updates or go to New Mexico Department of Transportation: www.nmroads.com or call 511.

NMSU accepting applications for NM PREP Academy

Since 2016, the Office of Outreach and Recruiting in New Mexico State University’s College of Engineering has hosted the NM PREP Middle School Academy and NM PREP High School Academy, a hands-on, engineering summer program. NM PREP will host four programs on the Las Cruces campus, one near the San Ildefonso Pueblo in northern New Mexico, and a virtual option.

NM PREP is for middle school students entering sixth through eighth grades and high school students entering ninth through 12th grades. Applications are due March 17. For more information and to register, visit https://engrnm.nmsu.edu/stem-connection/

“This summer, we are excited to continue with in-person learning, in the Las Cruces area and near the San Ildefonso Pueblo in northern New Mexico, in addition to providing our self-paced virtual program,” said Clara Raley, STEM program manager. “NM PREP Academy has been designed to spark student interest in STEM, specifically in engineering, by offering hands-on activities that simulate real-world engineering experiences. In addition to our key programs, this year we are offering two additional camps focused on space for middle school, and manufacturing through 3D printing for high school.”

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REMINDER for Construction on US 70 Las Cruces

LAS CRUCES - The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office in cooperation with Mountain States Construction, Inc. (Contractor) is excited to announce the upcoming roadway rehabilitation project on US 70 from milepost 143 (I-10 /US 70 Interchange) to milepost 161 (Organ).This rehabilitation project was awarded in the amount of $7.2 million and is expected to take 220 working days to complete, weather pending.

Drivers can expect various daytime lane closures on the Nasa and Del Ray interchanges for roadway milling and paving. Each intersection is expected to take 3 to 4 days to complete. Contractor’s hours of operation will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation is committed to the safety of the traveling public and thanks you for your cooperation during this work. For updated information go to: New Mexico Department of Transportation at www.nmroads.com or call 511. 

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