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.

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. Past updates may be viewed at these websites. Interested parties may sign upto receive this update electronically by visiting azgfd.com and clicking on the E-news Signup tab on the top left corner of the webpage. This update is a public document and information in it can be used for any purpose. The Mexican Wolf Recovery Program is a multi-agency cooperative effort among the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD), New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF), USDA Forest Service (USFS), USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services (USDA-APHIS WS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), White Mountain Apache Tribe (WMAT), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the U.S. National Park Service (NPS).

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Monthly Precipitation and Temperature: May precipitation ranged between record driest and average in most of Arizona, and between much below average and average in most of New Mexico (Fig. 1a). May temperatures were above average in nearly all of Arizona and New Mexico (Fig. 1b). The daily average temperature anomalies for May 1 – Jun 14 (Fig. 2) highlight the fluctuations at select stations around the region.

Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, in a time of unprecedented economic uncertainty, House Democrats passed House Bill 1, the state's General Appropriations Act, a responsible budget that creates a framework for recovery by putting New Mexicans first.

Sponsored by Representative and Chair of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee Patricia Lundstrom (D-Gallup), House Bill 1 sands the state's budget to ensure FY 21 solvency. Like so many other states dealing with the unprecedented COVID-19 public health emergency and subsequent economic downturn, New Mexico is facing a shortfall to the tune of nearly $2 billion. House Bill 1 responsibly establishes clear fiscal direction for New Mexico.

The School of Social Work in the College of Health and Social Services at New Mexico State University is inviting members of the NMSU community and general public to join in on a virtual conversation Monday, June 22, about racial violence and social justice.

The forum will feature a panel of speakers that includes Bobbie Green, president of the Doña Ana County branch of the NAACP; Nia Rucker, regional director for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico; Michael Ray, director of the American Indian Program at NMSU; and Héctor Luis Díaz, director of the School of Social Work at NMSU.

The forum, scheduled to start at 1 p.m. on Zoom, will provide a space for dialogue on racial violence and social justice issues that are impacting communities nationally and locally, said Díaz, who joined NMSU earlier this month.

New Mexicans have more time to complete a survey by a group of researchers from New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the food system, food access and affordability in the state.

The new survey deadline is June 26. The survey was originally developed by a research team at the University of Vermont and Johns Hopkins University, and adapted for New Mexico to better understand the impact of the global pandemic on food security and access among New Mexicans.

Stephanie Rogus, assistant professor of Human Nutrition and Dietetic Science in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at NMSU and principal investigator of the research project, said the coronavirus outbreak has resulted in the loss of countless jobs and reduction in work hours, which means new groups of people may be experiencing food insecurity. It has also highlighted vulnerabilities in the food system.

ROSWELL, N.M. – With the easing of public health and safety restrictions enacted by State of New Mexico health officials, the Bureau of Land Management today announced that the Roswell Field Office is increasing recreational access and services at some recreation sites. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is working servicewide with Federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a case-by-case basis.

Beginning June 19, 2020, BLM staff will reopen vault toilet facilities at Rob Jagger’s Campground and Cave Campground as well as Haystack Mountain Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area and Mescalero Sands OHV Area.  These recreation areas have remained open throughout the pandemic; only the vault toilet facilities were closed.

SANTA FE – The Income Support Division and Child Support Enforcement Division field offices will be changing their curbside and limited lobby hours effective June 22, 2020, to allow staff to safely continue serving customers during the warmer summer days ahead, the New Mexico Human Services Department announced today.

All Income Support and Child Support field office curbside and limited lobby hours will be open from 10 a.m. to noon, daily.

Income Support customers who do not have a cell phone or internet access can utilize curbside services, implemented for the safety of our employees and our customers. If you visit the office during these hours, please stay in your car and we will serve you. 

ALBUQUERQUE — The State of New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, Human Services Department and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) are working together in a public-private partnership to feed more than 3,000 New Mexicans who are food insecure due to the pandemic.

Since the start of the pandemic, with assistance from tribal communities, the National Guard, food banks and pantries, private food distributors, churches and nonprofits, the State of New Mexico has helped facilitate delivery of more than 2 million pounds of food to New Mexicans who are food insecure. Deliveries have included donations, food from grants and food purchased using Federal and State emergency funds. These collaborations developed during the pandemic can serve as a roadmap to bring a new level of responsiveness to combat food insecurity across the State for years to come.

The state received 120,000 pounds of food, supplies, and use of delivery vehicles from Latter- Day Saints volunteers on Tuesday morning to feed at least 3,000 people from rural and frontier communities, seniors and the general public.

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