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.

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 13, 2020 – Today, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has invested $9 million in four, high-speed broadband infrastructure projects that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for 3,744 rural households, 31 businesses, 41 farms and a critical community facility in Tennessee. This is one of many funding announcements in the first round of USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program investments.

“Our core mission at USDA is to increase rural prosperity through boosting economic opportunity in rural America,” Perdue said. “We know that rural communities need robust, modern infrastructure to thrive, and that includes having access to broadband e-Connectivity. Under the leadership of President Trump, USDA is proud to partner with rural communities to deploy this critical infrastructure, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

Law enforcement is still asking the public for information more than a month after a Roswell man allegedly murdered his girlfriend and fled with their 3-year-old son.

An FBI reward of up to $10,000 is still active for information leading to the apprehension, arrest, and/or extradition of Jorge Ernesto Rico-Ruvira.

Rico-Ruvira, 32, is wanted for his alleged involvement in the murder of his girlfriend in Roswell, N.M., on January 7, 2020.

He allegedly fled with the couple's 3-year-old son, Osciel Ernesto Rico.

Rico-Ruvira may have fled to Mexico, where he has ties to the areas of Zacatecas and Jalisco.

Belen, NM - On February 11, 2020 the New Mexico State Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit received information from the Tucson Police Department in Arizona that several wanted violent fugitives from Arizona were in Belen. The fugitives were identified as Maurice Diaz-Casales (16), Breanna Sanchez-Coleman (20), and Jarrel Diaz-Casales (18), all of Arizona. They were wanted in connection with multiple robberies that occurred in Arizona.

After receiving this information, the New Mexico State Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit, which was created by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham in October of 2019 to arrest wanted fugitives across the state, began an investigation to locate these fugitives, and coordinate a plan to safely take them off the streets and into custody. Due to the violent nature of the individuals the Fugitive Apprehension Unit requested assistance from the New Mexico State Police Special Operations Bureau consisting of Tactical Team, Bomb Squad and Crisis Intervention Team as well as the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau and Uniform Bureau.

WASHINGTON (Feb. 13, 2020) - Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after voting to support S.J.Res.63, a war powers resolution to prevent further escalation of hostilities with Iran without congressional authorization. The resolution passed the Senate with a bipartisan vote of 55 to 45.

“This resolution adheres with the Founders’ intent that the sole constitutional power to declare war rests with peoples’ representatives in Congress, not the president.

“President Trump’s reckless approach to foreign policy and use of military force is completely lacking in forethought and too often puts Americans at risk. The president has dangerously raised the likelihood of entangling the United States in yet another war in the Middle East.

Big Dog Industries set to hire 125 over 5 years

LOVINGTON, N.M. - Big Dog Industries, a company specializing in all areas of the hemp market, has purchased the old Lovington Cheese Factory with plans to rehab the vacant space into a fully integrated products business with 125 employees, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the company announced today.

Big Dog Industries and the Lovington Economic Development Corp., signed the agreement to transfer ownership of the 90,000-square foot building, which sits on ten acres and has been vacant since 2007. The New Mexico Economic Development Department has pledged $750,000 from the state LEDA fund to the project, while the city of Lovington has pledged $250,000.

SANTA FE– The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) continues to monitor and respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in China and around the world. China has reported over 40,000 confirmed cases that have been identified in twenty-four countries, including 15 cases in the US. There have been no cases of novel coronavirus diagnosed in New Mexico at this time. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new guidance on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks and respirators. Currently, there is a decrease in PPE exports from China and India and an increase in demand due to the outbreak. There are plans to surge manufacturing globally, but in the meantime, the CDC has made the following recommendations regarding prevention of the novel coronavirus:

New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association to present award Feb. 22

ALBUQUERQUE – Dr. Tim Hanosh, director of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture Veterinary Diagnostic Services Division, has been named the state’s 2019 Veterinarian of the Year by the New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association.

Hanosh oversees the division that conducts diagnostic analysis of animal specimens from veterinarians and agencies to determine the cause of deaths or to identify diseases. These specimens range from a tube of blood or piece of tissue to a large animal. Veterinary Diagnostic Services is located in Albuquerque, in the same building as the New Mexico Department of Health’s Scientific Laboratory Division.

WASHINGTON, February 13, 2020 ─ The United States Department of Agriculture announced the selection of 30 university students who will attend USDA’s 2020 Agricultural Outlook Forum as participants of the USDA Future Leaders in Agriculture Program. These undergraduate and graduate students will participate in a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C., capped off by their attendance at the Forum, USDA’s largest annual meeting, held February 20-21, 2020 in Arlington, Va.

Since 2007, USDA has hosted undergraduate and graduate students at the Forum to enable real-world learning opportunities in contemporary agribusiness, scientific research, and agricultural policy. The program selects 20 university undergraduates and 10 graduate students based on essays on agricultural careers and challenges. These students major in agriculture-related studies, including business, economics, communications, nutrition, food science, and veterinary studies. Finalists are selected from land-grant universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and non-land-grant colleges of agriculture.

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