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.

Chaves County, NM - On February 20, 2020 at about 5:00 p.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a two-vehicle fatal crash at the intersection of the Roswell Relief Route and west McGaffey Street, near Roswell, NM.

The initial investigation indicated a 2004 Ford Mustang, driven by David K. Thurman (56) of Roswell, NM was traveling eastbound on west McGaffey Street when he approached the intersection of the Roswell Relief Route. For unknown reasons the Mustang ran the stop sign and was struck by a 2015 Jeep that was traveling south on the Roswell Relief Route.  The driver of the Mustang, Thurman sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of Medical Investigator.  The driver of the Jeep, a 19-year-old female of Capitan, NM sustained injuries believed to be non-life threatening. She was treated on scene by emergency personnel. 

Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the crash and seatbelts appear to have been not been used properly.  No other additional information available. 

US 70 at Brahman Road, Lane Closures

Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One (NMDOT) has posted an alert of US 70 for Monday February 24, 2020.

Hasse Contracting Co., (Contractor) will have a lane closures in effect on US 70 on both eastbound and westbound lanes at milepost 159 for bridge deck repairs over Brahman Road. The speed limit will be reduced for the safety of the crew. Closure will begin on Monday 24, 2020 with roadwork expected to be completed by February 26, 2020, weather permitting. Hours of operation will be from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The NMDOT would like to thank you for your patience during this project.

releafNicole Fuchs, Public Relations Manager at Natural ReLeaf, showing off the new facility at 3497 Bataan Memorial West in Las Cruces, scheduled to open by the end of this month.LEDA grants will create 56 jobs

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico Economic Development Department will invest in a year-round hemp business that is expanding its operation from Berino to Las Cruces N.M and adding 56 jobs, Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said today.

The New Mexico Economic Development Department has committed $600,000 in LEDA funds, matched by $5.3 million in private investment, toward the expansion of Natural ReLeaf. The business began growing hemp in Berino last year with a 2019 crop yield of 10,000 pounds. It is now ready to expand manufacturing capacity and add 8 greenhouses in Berino to allow for year-round growing.

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 20, 2020 – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will help rural water systems face the challenges of aging infrastructure, workforce shortages, increasing costs, limited management capacity and declining rate bases. Through this MOA, USDA and EPA will conduct joint activities to help rural water systems continue to provide access to safe drinking water.

“We are pleased to continue this important work with EPA to support rural water and waste infrastructure,” USDA Rural Utilities Service Administrator Chad Rupe said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to working collaboratively with our federal partners to help rural systems thrive and serve their communities, because when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

EL PASO, Texas – Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon today announced that the DEA will direct enforcement resources to methamphetamine “transportation hubs” — areas where methamphetamine is often trafficked in bulk and then distributed across the country. While continuing to focus on stopping drugs being smuggled across the border, DEA’s Operation Crystal Shield will ramp up enforcement to block their further distribution into America’s neighborhoods. 

DEA has identified eight major methamphetamine transportation hubs where these efforts will be concentrated: Atlanta, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Phoenix, and St. Louis. Together, these DEA Field Divisions accounted for more than 75 percent of methamphetamine seized in the U.S. in 2019. 

By Mark Epstein, MD, MBA, CEO, True Health New Mexico

At True Health New Mexico, we know that when diseases are identified and treated early, people maintain the highest state of health possible and avoid suffering and costly medical bills. Our role is to do everything possible to ensure that those in our charge lead healthy, productive lives. That is why our health plan pays 100% for preventive visits and screening tests, including those that screen for heart disease among those at risk.

As a physician, among the most troubling statistics I see are those involving heart disease. Heart disease costs approximately $555 billion per year according to the American Heart Association. It is the number one killer in the US, with more people dying from heart disease than all the cancers combined. Every year there are approximately 600,000 coronary artery disease deaths, and the prevalence of heart disease has been increasing every year since 2015. We see these concerning statistics despite the billions of dollars being spent on treatment, education and prevention.

WHITEROCKS, Utah, Feb. 20, 2020 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy visited Big Run Ranches to announce a $23.6 million investment in high-speed broadband infrastructure. This investment will build an all-fiber network that will serve more than 3,000 farms, businesses and homes spread over more than 400 square miles in rural Duchesne and Uintah counties. This is one of many funding announcements in the first round of USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program investments.

“High-speed broadband connectivity, or e-Connectivity, is essential to increasing rural prosperity,” LaVoy said. “It spurs economic development, creates better opportunities for education, increases access to high-quality and specialized health-care services, and strengthens public safety and emergency services. Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA has made the deployment of this critical technology in the rural communities that feed, clothe and fuel the world a top priority, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

Property and Casualty Insurers Provision of Limited Prizes and Gifts

Santa Fe, NM - On October 9, 2019, the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance issued a Bulletin providing guidance on an amendment to the Insurance Code which became effective July 1, 2019. The amendment allows property and casualty insurers, producers and representatives thereof to provide customers or prospective customers “prizes and gifts, including goods, gift cards, gift certificates, charitable donations, raffle entries, meals, event tickets and other items not exceeding one hundred dollars ($100.00) in the aggregate in value per customer or prospective customer in any one calendars year”. 

It is been brought to the attention of our Office that some insurers, producers and agencies have been advised that the new statutory language and/or our October Bulletin prohibits those individuals and entities from making donations in their customary manner. 

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