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DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Day

DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Day Removes Almost 600,000 Pounds of Unneeded Prescription Medications Across the Country

El Paso, Texas – On Oct. 28, 2023, the community once again emptied their medicine cabinets to help dispose of old, unwanted, and expired medications. Nationwide, DEA and its law enforcement partners collected 599,897 pounds of unneeded medications at 4,675 collection sites nationwide.

Locally, the El Paso Division collected 4,409 pounds from various sites in El Paso, Midland, Alpine, Las Cruces, Albuquerque, and New Mexico Tribal Lands.

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Prescribed Fire Planned for Blue Hole Cienega

Pecos sunflower treatment scheduled as early as Nov. 14  

Santa Fe – The New Mexico Energy Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s Forestry Division is planning a prescribed burn at the Blue Hole Cienega Nature Preserve, in Santa Rosa, to take place next week, as early as November 14, 2023.  

Crews will treat 115 acres on the preserve, which is bound by Blue Hole Rd., Reilly Rd., State Highway 91, and El Rito Creek. The goal is to help protect and regenerate the population of the Pecos sunflower, which is a state and federally endangered plant in New Mexico.   

Protecting the Pecos sunflower 

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Cohort successfully completes Scale Up NM’s Venture Funding Sprint for tech startups

The Scale Up New Mexico program, funded in part by the United States Economic Development Administration and housed at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center, recently saw its 2023 cohort successfully complete the Venture Funding Sprint.

The accelerator program, designed to empower New Mexico’s tech startup founders with the knowledge and skills required to raise capital successfully, achieved significant milestones and empowered promising startups to make meaningful progress toward their fundraising efforts.

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Apollo Legend Frank Borman Passes Away at 95

Astronaut Borman Died November 7, 2023
(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - Veteran of Gemini 7 and Apollo 8, Frank Borman passed away on November 7, 2023, in Billings, Montana, following a stroke. Borman was NASA’s oldest living astronaut. The New Mexico Museum of Space History extends its deepest condolences to Mr. Borman’s family and friends. 

Frank Borman II was born in Gary, Indiana on March 14, 1928, but was raised in Tucson, Arizona. Fascinated by airplanes since he was five, Borman earned his pilot’s license at the age of fifteen. He graduated from Tucson High School in 1946 and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, in 1950, and a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1957. He completed the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 1970. After leaving West Point, Borman chose a career in the Air Force, earning his pilots’ wings in 1951. For the next five years, he served in fighter squadrons in the United States and the Philippines.

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Borderplex Alliance CEO named first NMSU Boberg award recipient

Jon Barela, CEO of the Borderplex Alliance, an economic development and policy advocacy organization, is the first recipient of the Kevin B. Boberg Excellence in Economic Development Award.

The award is sponsored by New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center and the Border Industrial Association, and seeks to recognize those with a track record of collaboration with the university and community, including people and organizations working to positively impact economic development in New Mexico and the region.

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NMSU professor's new Hatch chile cookbook is an Amazon top seller

Hatch chile is a staple ingredient in the Southwest, and New Mexico State University faculty member Kelley Cleary Coffeen has made it the spicy focus of her latest cookbook offering, “The Big Book of Hatch Chile."

Coffeen, an assistant professor in NMSU’s Family and Consumer Sciences Department, is a food enthusiast, cookbook author and culinary expert. She’s published five cookbooks featuring Mexican cuisine and is currently celebrating her newly published cookbook being the number one new release and a top seller on Amazon. The book was released in late October ahead of its official publication date of Nov. 1.

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Heinrich - Designate Palestinian Territories for Temporary Protected Status

Heinrich, Colleagues Urge Biden Administration to Designate Palestinian Territories for Temporary Protected Status or Authorize Deferred Enforcement Departure for Palestinians in U.S.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, joined U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Representatives Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), and 103 of their congressional colleagues in a letter to President Joe Biden calling on his Administration to designate the Palestinian territories for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and/or authorize Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Palestinians present in the United States.   

TPS and DED offer temporary relief from removal and work authorization for eligible foreign nationals already in the United States who are unable to return safely to their home country.  

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ENMU Presents Bunnicula

Eastern New Mexico University Department of Theatre and Digital Filmmaking Presents Bunnicula, a Musical for the Whole Family, Nov. 16-19.

Portales, NM – November 9, 2023 – The Eastern New Mexico University Department of Theatre and Digital Filmmaking presents Bunnicula, a musical for the whole family, Thursday, Nov 16-Sunday, Nov. 19 at the University Theatre Center Mainstage.

The family-friendly musical Bunnicula by Jon Klein, based on the book by James and Deborah Howe, with music composed by Chris Jeffries and directed by Anne Beck, is about a vampire rabbit found at a movie theatre by the Monroe family.  The family brings the rabbit home as a new pet.  Their cat, Chester, and dog, Harold, don’t quite know what to make of this new pet.  Chester suspects he is a vampire bunny! Excitement and surprise ensue as Chester tries to catch the bunny in his vampire act.

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