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.

Thanksgiving is a time when we open our homes to friends, family, and often our community. We gather to reflect on our blessings as a nation and to thank our Father who promises a seed time and a harvest. It is good to give thanks.

For the second year in a row we are being told that families should not get together because of the pandemic.

Some people want to cancel Thanksgiving altogether because of what they consider an oversimplification of the history behind the holiday, a feast shared with the local Indian tribe.

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Albuquerque, November 25—Today Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce issued the following statement in observance of Thanksgiving Day:

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“The Republican Party of New Mexico and I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday. Americans have so much to be thankful for, and this special day is a reminder of the importance to come together and give thanks for the fortunes and treasured freedoms we all share. While many Americans face difficult times, we have much to be grateful for-- family, faith and freedom. I am particularly thankful for the freedoms we have in America and for the brave men and women who protect and defend our great country each day.

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. PLEASE NOTE: Conditions are subject to change without notice. Double fines for speeding in work zones may be in effect.

White Sands Missile Range Notification

For information regarding closures, you may call WSMR at 678-1178 or 678-2222 for updates.  

Interstates: 

I-25 & University Ave, Mile Marker 1, Las Cruces 

La Calerita Construction, LLC (Contractor) project is now substantially complete. The contractor will continue to work on a list of final required construction activities.

The longtime tradition “Noche de Luminarias,” or “Night of Lights,” is set to make its return to New Mexico State University after pressing pause last year due to the pandemic. 

This year marks the 36th anniversary of the event. The NMSU tradition was started in 1984 by Residence Hall volunteers who set up luminarias around their buildings. Corbett Center Programming Council later joined the Residence Halls and increased participation numbers. Since then, the event has grown to be one of the largest luminarias displays in New Mexico. 

The Las Cruces and NMSU community will have the chance to view over 8,500 luminarias spread across campus outdoors from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 5. NMSU students will have their own exclusive viewing time from 8 to 9 p.m. 

“While this is a beautiful thing where we welcome all of Las Cruces, the students are still our main audience,” said Sarah Edwards, director of Student Involvement and Leadership Programs.

Quemado, NM — Nov. 24, 2021 — The Gila National Forest, Quemado Ranger District is planning a series of burns over the winter to reduce fuels on the forest and lower the risk of wildfire. The 400-acre Slaughter Mesa prescribed fire and the Baca slash-pit pile burn are scheduled to take place between Dec. 1, 2021 and Feb. 28, 2022, depending on weather conditions.

The Slaughter Mesa prescribed fire will be conducted near Dead Horse and Chiminea canyons and will take approximately 3 - 5 days to complete. This project is designed to reduce the hazardous buildup of vegetation, lower the risk of high-intensity wildfire and protect wildlife habitat.

The Baca slash pit is located northeast of Quemado Lake near Baca Mesa. This reoccurring pile burn is provided so that community members may continue to drop “slash” – any natural vegetative material occurring from the clearing of brush and trees – from private property.

Smoke production from these projects could be moderate at times. 

The New Mexico State University Family Outreach Programs received a national award from the 2021 Association for Higher Education Parent and Family Professional Programs National Conference. The student-led series, Friday Afternoon Tea, received an award for Excellence in Publication-Digital.

“While we don’t do it for the accolades, it does give us a feeling of affirmation that what we do does make a difference in people’s lives, and I can’t tell you how proud I am of my staff for pouring their hearts into this series,” said Liz Vigil, senior Family Outreach specialist. “This definitely would not be possible without their commitment to showcasing the truth of the Aggie experience, and I’m glad I get to walk with them on this journey.”

Friday Afternoon Tea is a series of blog posts, videos and content produced by student leaders for Aggie families. Created as a project from one orientation leader, the series grew as it shared students’ perspectives on what life is like at NMSU with first-year Aggie families and tips on how they can support students in their life and alleviate anxiety. The series evolved into a casual yet informative platform for all students with content about students’ insider knowledge on topics such as imposter syndrome, getting involved and more.

A team from New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service has helped create a resource to aid first responders in highway accident emergencies involving large animals such as cattle.

NMSU Extension staff members Sid Gordon, Otero County ag agent; Teresa Dean, Doña Ana County program director and Extension Livestock and 4-H agent; Jack Blandford, Luna County program director and Extension ag agent; and Elaine Blythe, University of Florida adjunct professor, wrote an article that was published in Beef Magazine and the Animal Health Digest Bulletin.

“Despite the fact we have done several of these awareness trainings around the state, we have found in responding to these type of accidents ourselves, very few people know how to respond and sometimes make the situation worse,” Gordon said. “So it was decided to build a ready reference sheet to help first responders. This does not make them experts, but hopefully helps them make good decisions when responding to these types of emergencies.”

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