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For the first time in its 132-year history, New Mexico State University hosted an all-virtual convocation to kick off the start of a new semester.
NMSU’s Spring 2021 Convocation took place Jan. 19 on Zoom, featuring remarks from Provost Carol Parker and an awards presentation. NMSU community members and the general public may watch a recording of the ceremony at http://bit.ly/3sAmI4t.
NMSU traditionally hosts a convocation in January and August to celebrate academic excellence and welcome faculty and staff back to campus after the summer and winter breaks. For many years, NMSU hosted the biannual ceremony at Atkinson Recital Hall on the Las Cruces campus. However, state COVID-19 restrictions prompted the university to shift its first convocation of 2021 to an all-digital format, said NMSU Teaching Academy Director Tara Gray, who coordinated and emceed the ceremony.
Santa Fe, NM – The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) announces that the just introduced Prescribed Burning Act, sponsored by Representative Matthew McQueen, will be an agency priority for the upcoming legislative session. The bill focuses on managing our forests for a changing climate and aims to prevent future catastrophic fires.
“The ability to conduct prescribed burns on private land can help prevent future wildfires from becoming more intense, especially in the face of warmer and drier conditions due to climate change,” said EMNRD Secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst. “The Prescribed Burning Act will help the state to better manage our forests.”
“This summer’s lengthy and intense fire season underscored the need to act now,” said Representative Matthew McQueen. “By expanding the ability to conducted prescribed burns, the state will be able to take proactive measures to have a healthier and more resilient forest.”
AUSTIN – In less than a week, the second Legacy Class largemouth bass of the 2021 Toyota ShareLunker season was reeled in at Lake Austin Thursday evening January 14. Angler CJ Oates, from Lago Vista, Texas, caught the 13.02-pounder just a few days after “ShareLunker 586” was claimed at Sam Rayburn.
“It was a last-minute decision whether to fish Lake Travis or Austin,” said Oates. “Luckily my good buddy John Davilla talked me into Austin. The bites started off very slow and at the first 5 spots we hit we had nothing. Around 9:30, BOOM, he catches a 11.30-pound giant on a glide bait swimming it next to a dock. We yelled, high-fived, took pictures, and then waited about 15 minutes before hitting that same dock. Low and behold, two casts later the fish of a lifetime. I then called Texas Parks and Wildlife, spoke to Kyle [Brookshear] and the rest is history! The ShareLunker program is truly a great program.”
LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One has received notice of Railroad crossing repairs.
BNSF (Owner) will be making repairs to the railroad crossing on US 70 “Picaho Ave.” starting Friday January 22 at 7:00 a.m. These repairs will require the closure of Picacho Avenue at the railroad tracks. A detour will be in place on surrounding roadways, please follow signage. This closure is expected to be completed by 5:30 p.m.
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.
SANTA FE, N.M. – Outdoor Recreation Director Axie Navas has been elected to chair an organization of 13 states where developing and protecting recreation opportunities are now a policy priority, Economic Development Department Secretary Alicia J. Keyes announced today.
The Confluence of States is a bipartisan agreement between states to promote and grow the outdoor economy in the United States. The Confluence signatories commit to practices that protect and sustain our water, air, land, and wildlife for current and future generations and the betterment of the economy. The agreement is based on four pillars: 1. conservation & stewardship; 2. education & workforce training; 3. economic development; and 4. public health & wellness.
Currently 13 states have signed on to the accords. Colorado, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming were the initial signatories, and on Oct. 24, 2019, New Mexico, along with Maine, Michigan, Nevada, and Virginia joined in on this commitment. The goal is to eventually have all 50 states participate.
(Washington, D.C., January 19, 2021) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (PDF, 141 KB) with the Assistant Secretary for Health and Head of the Public Health Service Admiral Brett Giroir, M.D., establishing a regulatory environment at the Department of Agriculture for agricultural animal biotechnology innovation:
“Today’s Memorandum of Understanding clears a path to bring our regulatory framework into the 21st century, putting American producers on a level playing field with their competitors around the world. In the past, regulations stifled innovation, causing American businesses to play catch-up and cede market share,” said Secretary Perdue. “America has the safest and most affordable food supply in the entire world thanks to the innovation of our farmers, ranchers and producers. Establishing a new, transparent, risk and science-based regulatory framework would ensure this continues to be the case.”
First round of JTIP for 2021 helps companies expand, growing jobs in N.M.
SANTA FE, N.M. – Economic Development Department Secretary Alicia J. Keyes announced the first round of 2021 Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP) funding to eight companies with awards over $2 million to support 264 trainees and one intern.
JTIP is one of the state’s most powerful tools to help businesses train new employees or up-skill its existing workforce.
"JTIP is an important factor for in-state businesses growth, directly supporting employment expansion and offering additional incentives for rural job growth," Secretary Keyes said. "Businesses will be looking to ramp up their workforce in 2021 and JTIP will help create these jobs."
SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday ordered state flags to half-staff in memory of the late Sen. James White, who died late last week.
Flags are ordered to half-staff beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19, through sundown Thursday, Jan. 21.
The governor issued the following statement on Saturday:
“I am saddened to learn of the passing of Jim White. He was an honorable public servant. He served his country as a member of the Air Force and his state as a representative and later senator. His district was well-served by his willingness to put his constituents before party interests. I offer my condolences to his family and friends, and my prayers are with those who loved him.”
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