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Aggie Cupboard continues to fight campus food insecurity during pandemic

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the lack of groceries available in stores for the community and an increase in unemployment rates, especially in households that went from one source of income to no income, brought an increased need for Aggie Cupboard at New Mexico State University. Aggie Cupboard remains open and continues to provide food for students, faculty and staff.

Aggie Cupboard is an on-campus service department within the Aggie Health and Wellness Center that provides students and staff free supplementary food assistance. Its mission is to reduce hunger in the community so both students and staff alike are fully capable of being successful, said Amanda Nunez, Aggie Cupboard’s new program specialist who started in January. Additionally, the Mobile Food Pantry provides another resource for assistance on campus. With the support of the Roadrunner Food Bank and the Casa de Peregrinos, the Mobile Food Pantry offers perishable food items once a month.

In February 2020, following the rise of the pandemic, there was a rapid increase of Aggie Cupboard clientele with an average of 210 individuals per week utilizing the pantry.

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NMSU Board of Regents to host special meeting April 5

The New Mexico State University Board of Regents will hold a special meeting at 10 a.m. Monday, April 5. Due to the public health emergency issued by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the meeting will take place online via Zoom at http://panopto.nmsu.edu/bor/

In compliance with the Open Meetings Act, copies of the agenda will be made available at least 72 hours prior to the meeting and accessible on the public university website at https://regents.nmsu.edu/agenda/.  

Public comment will be available at this meeting. For additional information about the meeting or participating in public comment, contact the Office of the Board of Regents at 575-646-5997 or regents@nmsu.edu

If you are an individual with a disability who needs a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing or meeting, please contact the Board of Regents Office at 575-646-5997 at least three days prior to the meeting, or as soon as possible.

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New Mexico State Police Continues to Stop the Race in Albuquerque

Albuquerque, NM - On Saturday March 27, 2021 New Mexico State Police officers launched their second operation this month designed to curb illegal street racing in Albuquerque. This time, teaming up with the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) to Stop the Race.

At around 1:00 a.m., New Mexico State Police’s helicopter, ABLE 7, spotted over 100 vehicles and spectators participating in illegal street racing near Office Boulevard and Singer Boulevard. This area was selected for the targeted operation based on citizens’ complaints as well as the officer’s observations and previous encounters. 

Thanks to the thorough preplanning by the officers involved, the operation, which caught drag racers and spectators off-guard was a success. No instances of use of force were reported, and the swift actions of the officers prevented any pursuits from occurring. In all, State Police issued 110 citations to drivers and spectators at the illegal street racing event. APD issued an additional 40 citations.

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Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts Hosts Virtual Showing to Honor Rudolfo Anaya

Village of Los Lunas, NM - The Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts hosted a private online showing of Rudolfo Anaya: The Magic of Words by David Ethan Ellis. The film is in honor of Anaya and his life’s work as a writer. It can be viewed online throughout 2021.

“Rudolfo Anaya was an extraordinary storyteller and a shining example of being an inspiring New Mexican,” said Jan Micaletti, Museum Specialist of the Village of Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts. “We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to honor him.”

Anaya was known as one of the most renowned and groundbreaking Chicano authors. After moving to Santa Rosa with his family as a young boy, he found a love for the outdoors and heard stories from his elders that would later shape his novels such as Bless Me, Ultima.

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NMSU food professionals course expands dates, topics

An online training and certification course hosted by New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences has expanded its dates and topics to include acidified and low-acid foods.

The course, titled “Better Process Control School (BPCS) for Acidified Foods Online Course,” will be offered in eight sessions over four weeks, live online. Cost of the acidified food course is $375, and the low-acid course fee is $600. The acidified food course will be offered via Zoom from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 21 through May 5, and the low-acid food course will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 21 through May 13. Students will complete exams using OnDemand Canvas or a similar online exam platform.

“The BPCS course is delivered live in real time to allow students the opportunity to ask questions and interact with other food professionals,” said Nancy Flores, NMSU food technology specialist.

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Las Cruces-Based Zia Hatch Chile Company Receives National Recognition on Forbes Next 1,000 List

Las Cruces, NM – March 31, 2021 – In the midst of a global pandemic, travelers from around the globe who were not able to visit Las Cruces, New Mexico to enjoy the distinct flavor of red and green chile grown throughout the Hatch Valley found solace in Zia Hatch Chile Company. That appetite for New Mexico chile recently landed Zia Hatch Chile Company a spot on the Forbes Next 1,000 list—just seven years after being founded by Nate Cotanch. Cotanch started the business after moving to the East Coast and found himself missing the flavors and culture of New Mexico.

“We’re honored to have been recognized by Forbes,” said Cotanch. “Our team has put in relentless work—especially during the pandemic—to ensure that we’re providing the nation with authentic Hatch chile. As a business, we celebrate New Mexico—the food, the culture, the people, and the chile. We know that, for those who have moved away from the Land of Enchantment, a lack of Hatch green chile can feel like so much more than missing your favorite food and can instead feel like you’ve lost a part of your culture and traditions. As a result, we’re working to alleviate that Hatch green chile drought.”

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New Mexico Public Regulation Commission announces Wayne Propst will be New Chief of Staff

(SANTA FE, NM—MARCH 31)—The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) announced today that Wayne Propst will assume the Chief of Staff role effective April 19, 2021.

Mr. Propst joins the PRC most recently from the Senate Finance Committee, where he also held the Chief of Staff title. Prior to that, he served as the Executive Director at the Public Employees’ Retirement Association of New Mexico (PERA) for almost nine years, where he developed comprehensive pension reform legislation in 2013 and 2020. 

“With a steady and experienced executive at the helm, the PRC can continue to grow and improve as it looks toward the future,” Commissioner Joseph Maestas of District Three said of the announcement, speaking of the transition from elected to appointed Commissioners that will occur in 2023. With a permanent Chief of Staff in place, Commission Chair Stephen Fischmann from District Five pointed out, “It will be important to put in place that kind of continuity and stability, even as we transition to a new structure.”

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Chronic Wasting Disease Discovered at Deer Breeding Facilities in Hunt and Uvalde Counties

AUSTIN – Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been discovered in deer breeding facilities in both Hunt and Uvalde counties. This marks the first positive detection of the disease in Hunt County.

The tissue samples were submitted by the deer breeding facilities as part of required CWD surveillance programs. The samples indicated the presence of CWD during testing at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) in College Station on March 23 for the Uvalde County facility. Samples indicated the presence of CWD during testing at the TVMDL on March 24 for the Hunt County facility. The National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, has since confirmed CWD in those tissue samples, but the samples reported for Hunt County are undergoing DNA testing to confirm animal identification and origin.

­Officials have taken immediate action to secure all deer at the Uvalde County and Hunt County deer breeding facilities and plan to conduct additional investigations for CWD.

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