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)— 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.

(Albuquerque, NM) – Today, PNM Chairman, President, and CEO, Pat Vincent-Collawn, sent the following message to customers:

To Our Neighbors:

We know that the impact of the coronavirus on our lives continues to change with each passing day, so I am reaching out to every customer to let you know how PNM is handling this crisis. 

First and foremost, we care about you, and providing safe and reliable power to your homes and businesses is our highest priority.

We are here to help any of our neighbors and friends if they face financial hardships during this time.

WASHINGTON, March 16, 2020 ─The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is standing up a new team of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) staff that will lead a department-wide effort focused on serving beginning farmers and ranchers. 

“More than a quarter of producers are beginning farmers,” said USDA Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky. “We need to support the next generation of agricultural producers who we will soon rely upon to grow our nation’s food and fiber.”

To institutionalize support for beginning farmers and ranchers and to build upon prior agency work, the 2018 Farm Bill directed USDA to create a national coordinator position in the agency and state-level coordinators for four of its agencies – Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Risk Management Agency (RMA), and Rural Development (RD).

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has issued five executive orders authorizing up to $3,250,000 of additional funding for emergency response and disaster relief efforts to address the effects of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The funding will be used to assist in humanitarian relief, public health measures and to benefit families and children impacted by school closures.   

This disaster-relief funding has been made available to the New Mexico National Guard, the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Department of Health, the Public Education Department, and the Children, Youth and Families Department. Any unused emergency funds will revert back to the General Fund. 

On March 11, 2020, Gov. Lujan Grisham declared a statewide public health emergency in Executive Order 2020-004. 

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