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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.

SANTA FE, N.M. - The New Mexico State Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) has announced support for workers who have lost their jobs, or suffered a reduction in salary, due to the COVID-19 virus. This support covers eligible entertainment industry workers in New Mexico. 

Last week Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham declared New Mexico a public health emergency in order to help reduce and better track the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Studios and production companies nationwide, including Netflix and NBCUniversal (NBCU), our New Mexico Film Partners, have paused the production of current and upcoming projects, causing temporary reduction of worker hours and reductions in business for related industries. As of March 16, NBCU and Netflix have postponed production for two weeks to reassess. Core crew are on payroll to receive minimum call during hiatus. All IATSE Local 480 films and TV shows in New Mexico have halted production in consideration of entertainment industry workers' safety and health.  

LAS CRUCES, NM—Due to the COVID 19/Novel Coronavirus outbreak which has reached New Mexico, the Military & Veteran Entrepreneur Summit scheduled for March 18 at the Las Cruces Convention Center has been postponed.

The U.S. Small Business Administration, the New Mexico Veterans Business Development Center (VBOC), and the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services thank you for your understanding.

Veterans, transitioning active-duty personnel, and their spouses can contact VBOC Director Rich Coffel at richardL.coffel@state.nm.us or by leaving a message at (505) 383-2401 if they have questions about the postponement, or if they have any business-related questions which may arise during the COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus outbreak.

San Juan County, NM– On March 13, 2020 at about 5:55 p.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a multiple fatality head-on crash on State Road 371, near milepost 103, south of Farmington, NM.  

The initial investigation indicated a 2016 Jeep, driven by Bilgradel Lansing (44) of Farmington was traveling north on State Road 371. For reasons unknown the Jeep crossed over the center line into oncoming traffic of the southbound lane and collided head-on into a 2016 Chevrolet, driven by Cyrus Pete (25) of Farmington, NM. Both drivers of the Jeep and Chevrolet, Lansing and Pete sustained fatal injuries in the crash, and both were pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of Medical Investigator. A passenger in the Chevrolet, a 28-year-old sustained unknown injuries and was transported to a hospital by emergency medical personnel.

(SANTA FE)— All fully-staffed New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) field offices will remain open during the ongoing COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus outbreak until further notice.

DVS Veterans Service Officers (VSO’s) will be available to assist veterans in the following field offices Monday through Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm: Alamogordo, Albuquerque (downtown & NE Heights offices), Carlsbad, Clovis, Farmington, Hobbs, Las Cruces, and Roswell. Veterans are strongly urged to call their nearest field office and make an appointment—to avoid having to wait in the office with others who may also stopped by on a drop-in basis.

“DVS realizes that, despite the outbreak of the COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus, veterans will continue to rely on their VA and state benefits—especially their health care benefits,” said DVS Secretary Judy Griego. “So DVS will do everything possible to continue helping New Mexico’s veterans and with their benefits needs. Please don’t hesitate to call us for help.”

Dona Ana County, NM – On March 13, 2020 at about 10:00 a.m. the New Mexico State Police responded to a single vehicle rollover on New Mexico State Road 28 at around mile post 13 south of Las Cruces. 

The initial investigation indicates that a 2001 Chevrolet driven by David Valdez (36) of La Mesa, NM was north bound on New Mexico State Road 28. For unknown reasons the Chevrolet left the roadway, rolled and struck a utility. Valdez suffered fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.  

Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor and seatbelts do not appear to have been properly utilized. This crash is under investigation by the New Mexico State Police. 

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Website lists feeding plans by district during closing  

SANTA FE – A tab on the new and updating state government website provides New Mexico families the information they need about how to access meal sites for children while classes are canceled starting Monday. 

The newwmexico.gov website is state government’s one-stop shop for information about the COVID-19 pandemic that led Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to close schools for three weeks beginning Monday, March 16. 

(Updates to the number of confirmed cases in the state will continue to be posted to cv.nmhealth.org.) 

The newmexico.gov website is being updated and finalized in real time.

jessica t Jessica Tarin, named one of the 50 Most Promising Multi Cultural Students by the American Advertising Federation, with her award at the three-day program hosted in New York City. (Courtesy Photo)Jessica Tarin spent part of last year backpacking across southwest Asia alone and learning four languages. This year the American Advertising Federation named Tarin one of the country’s 50 Most Promising Multicultural Students. She was selected from applicants involved in college chapters of AAF at 29 schools in 19 states across the U.S.

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