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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.

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 26, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced the appointment of Blake Curtis as the new State Director for USDA Rural Development in New Mexico. Curtis began his new role on May 26, 2020.

"Blake Curtis brings a wealth of experience to his new position, and I welcome him to the Rural Development team," said USDA Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Bette Brand. "He will work tirelessly to strengthen the economies of New Mexico's rural communities."

Curtis has deep roots in both New Mexico and agriculture. A fourth generation New Mexican, he was raised on the same Forest, N.M., ranch where his ancestors homesteaded in the early 1900s. He still owns family homesteads and operates his ranch with the oldest registered Angus herd in New Mexico. He most recently served as Senior Vice President at Curtis and Curtis, Inc., a family-owned, agricultural-based business in eastern New Mexico.

The FBI has received almost 250 reports of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) being displayed during Zoom meetings in the last few months, including an incident where the victims were participating in a conference call with a non-profit corporation in Albuquerque.

The incident occurred earlier this month. Approximately 20 minutes into the non-password protected call, an unknown person showed a video of CSAM.

Incident Name: La Cienega Fire

Start Date & Time: May 23, 2020 - 1616

Start Location: La Cienega near I-25, Santa Fe County

Cause of Fire: Under investigation

Incident Name: La Cienega Fire

Start Date & Time: May 23, 2020 - 1616

Start Location: La Cienega near I-25, Santa Fe County

Cause of Fire: Under investigation

Area Vegetation: Bosque pinon-juniper

The following is a summary of Mexican Wolf Recovery Program activities in the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Area (MWEPA) in Arizona, including the Fort Apache Indian Reservation (FAIR), San Carlos Apache Reservation (SCAR), and New Mexico. Additional Program information can be obtained by calling (928) 339-4329 or toll free at (888) 459-9653, or by visiting the Arizona Game and Fish Department website at azgfd.gov/wolf or by visiting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website at fws.gov/southwest/es/mexicanwolf. For information on the FAIR, call (928) 338-4385 ext. 226 or visit wmatoutdoor.org.

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health and the State Personnel Office began accepting applications Friday to fill 200 to 250 contact-tracing positions around the state as the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic moves into the next phase.

The positions range from entry-level through supervisory. Work will be done remotely, and hiring will be done virtually. Qualifications include experience in a health-related field or work with communities on social service matters, social work or case management.

Those hired will work with approximately 150 Health Department personnel already engaged in contact tracing, many of whom have been temporarily reassigned from other public health roles in the department.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement in commemoration of Memorial Day:

"As we continue to grapple with one of the most challenging periods many of us have faced in our lifetimes, we should pause on this Memorial Day to reflect on how previous generations of Americans confronted levels of sacrifice and loss that are difficult for us to even comprehend.

"Over the course of our nation's history, Americans have gone to battle and sacrificed their lives for causes greater than themselves. This year, many families have had to put memorial services and shared grief on hold. Our communities are unable to come together in public ceremonies to honor the memory and legacy of the patriots who gave their lives in service. But we must never forget what these great Americans stood for: the still unfinished work of building a nation where all of us are equal and free.

People looking for strategies to cope with anxiety, depression or grief are welcome to ask questions ahead of a free Zoom webinar hosted by the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service Behavioral Health and Wellness Team.

The webinar, titled "Let's Talk," will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 26. Robert DelCampo, NMSU professor emeritus in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and founding director of the Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program, will be available to answer questions submitted before the webinar. Participants may submit questions during registration or submit them privately to the host during the event through chat.

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