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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.

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.

New Mexico State University is offering a new camp for youth that will introduce them to technology in the agricultural industry.

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is presenting the free virtual Innovators in Agriculture Camp for youth ages 15 to 18.

The 30-day program will begin with a Launch Party on Thursday, June 25. It will end on Friday, July 24, with participants presenting short videos of their innovative ideas and projects.

"This interactive program will introduce students to the technology and innovations that are currently being used for food production and environmental sustainability," said Marcy Ward, NMSU Extension livestock specialist and chair of the camp's committee.

SANTA FE – The state Supreme Court has established legal guidelines for resuming in-person visits between children in state custody and their biological parents or guardians.

Under an order issued Thursday by the state's highest court, district judges may permit in-person family visits if those can occur in a safe manner based on local COVID-19 conditions. Most in-person visitations have been suspended since late March because of public health risks from coronavirus.

"The Court's order strikes an appropriate balance in protecting the health of children in state custody and the interests of parents in maintaining a family relationship," said Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura. "Judges can utilize public health data to help determine whether families can resume in-person visitations."

Santa Fe – In preparation for Memorial Day weekend, the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department's State Parks Division provides the following guidance on park hours and openings. While some parks are not normally open on Mondays, the 17 currently open parks will be open on Monday, May 25th for Memorial Day.

Park hours for Memorial Day are as follows:

New Mexico State University Arrowhead Center's fourth annual WE Mean Business Conference is taking place virtually July 17, and promises a jam-packed day of female-business empowerment shaped by inspirational speakers and panels, along with workshops full of practical tips.

"This is a day for women in our area to connect to women throughout the state and the nation who are facing similar challenges with growing their business," said Kristin Morehead, director of the Arrowhead Innovation Network. "This year's theme is, 'Be the link. Connect with others, connect with resources and connect with yourself.' Whether you're just starting your business or have been growing it for decades, this is a place to find like-minded peers who want to hear your story and share theirs."

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SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports the first human case of West Nile virus infection in New Mexico this year. The patient is a San Juan County man in his 50s. He was diagnosed with the neuroinvasive form of the disease, which has required hospitalization, and he is now recovering.

West Nile virus is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes that can sometimes be fatal. New Mexico has had cases of West Nile virus infection every year since the virus was introduced to New Mexico in 2003.

Mosquito populations increase when temperatures are warm and standing water is accessible. Female mosquitoes can lay hundreds of eggs in even a small amount of water. Mosquitoes can carry diseases, including West Nile virus, that can make you and your family sick. It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to make a person sick.

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