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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, NM - The Adult Detention Professional Standards Council (ADPSC) awarded a three-year Certificate of Re-accreditation to the Roosevelt County Adult Detention Center during the New Mexico Counties Legislative Conference on January 23, 2020 in Santa Fe. The detention center has been accredited since January 2017. The Certificate of Re-accreditation is awarded to those county detention facilities that continue to meet or exceed best practice standards in detention, as developed and approved by the ADPSC. 

“The Detention Center leadership and team members continue to meet and exceed all the required standards to sustain this high level of achievement in this accreditation,” stated County Manager Amber Hamilton. “We’re so thankful to have a dedicated, caring and committed team serving Roosevelt County in this challenging environment.” 

A joint initiative between NMC and the New Mexico Municipal League, ADPSC’s mission is to enhance the professionalism, uniformity, and consistency in the operation of detention facilities in New Mexico. To date, nine counties have attained accreditation status. 

USDA Kicks Off Awareness Efforts in the United States

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 27, 2020 – Plants make the oxygen we breathe and give us 80 percent of the food we eat. But plants are under attack by invasive pests. These pests destroy up to 40 percent of the world’s food crops and cause $220 billion in trade losses each year according to the United Nations (U.N.). That leaves millions of people worldwide without enough food to eat and seriously damages agriculture—the primary source of income for rural communities.

To bring worldwide attention to this challenge, the U.N. has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health. They are calling on people, organizations, industries, scientists, and governments to work together to protect plants against the introduction and spread of invasive pests. The U.S. National Plant Protection Organization—the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Plant Protection and Quarantine—is leading the effort in the United States.

Clay Corn and Joe Chavez

SANTA FE, NM - The Adult Detention Professional Standards Council (ADPSC) recognized Chaves County Detention Administrator Clay Corn and former Valencia County Detention Warden Joe Chavez for their five plus years of service on the council. The ADPSC oversees the New Mexico adult detention accreditation program. Service on the council requires the support of the NMC Detention Affiliate and fellow council members.

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve on the ADPSC,” said Clay Corn. “I’m very proud of the significant strides we’ve made in professionalizing adult detention operations in New Mexico.”

“Thank you NMC for the opportunity to help other warden/jail administrators to provide a healthy, humane, safe, and secure detention facility for its county, staff, and detainees,” said former Warden Joe Chavez. “Detention facilities following these standards save detainee lives.”

SANTA FE, NM - The Adult Detention Professional Standards Council (ADPSC) awarded a three-year Certificate of Re-accreditation to the Lea County Adult Detention Center during the New Mexico Counties Legislative Conference on January 23, 2020 in Santa Fe. The detention center has been accredited since April 2013. The Certificate of Re-accreditation is awarded to those county detention facilities that continue to meet or exceed best practice standards in detention, as developed and approved by the ADPSC. 

“This certainly and honor that recognizes our staff’s hard work in building a culture of best practices in adult detention,” said Lea County Warden Ruben Quintana. 

A joint initiative between NMC and the New Mexico Municipal League, ADPSC’s mission is to enhance the professionalism, uniformity, and consistency in the operation of detention facilities in New Mexico.  To date, nine counties have attained accreditation status. 

ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Mario Morales was sentenced to seven years in the Department of Corrections, the maximum amount of time allowed under a plea in which Morales plead to trafficking of a woman in Albuquerque. The sentence was imposed by the Honorable Alisa Hart in the Second Judicial District.

“Trafficking another human being is one of the most heinous crimes we face, and I am glad that we were able to provide justice for the survivor in this case,” said Attorney General Balderas. “Public officials and legislative leaders must acknowledge that this is a form of modern day slavery that happens everyday, in plain sight in our communities and we must do all we can to stop this horrific crime.”

As part of Dingell Act Implementation, BLM will publish priority list of land access issues, invite public review

As part of its efforts to implement the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public assistance in identifying lands managed by the agency on which the public is allowed to hunt, fish, or use the land for other recreational purposes, but to which  there is no legal public access or where access is significantly restricted. Recommendations from the public will aid the BLM in creating a report to Congress that provides options for reasonably providing access to such lands, such as by acquiring an easement, right-of-way or fee title from a willing owner. 

The BLM plans to post its first priority list online at BLM’s ePlanning website by Thursday, March 12, 2020.  The BLM will update the priority list every two years for at least the next decade. The public nomination period to identify parcels for inclusion on the BLM’s priority list will open on January 31, 2020, and will close on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Subsequent updates on BLM’s efforts will be published prior to the release of future priority lists in order to seek additional information and suggestions from the public. 

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. 

White Sands Missile Range Notification

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

Traffic updates are posted on the NMDOT traffic advisory web-site at http://nmroads.com and can be retrieved through our automated system at 511 in New Mexico or 1-800-432-4269 from any line.

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