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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.

WASHINGTON (Feb. 11, 2020) – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), along with New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, sent a letter to General John W. Raymond, the first Chief of Space Operations for the U.S. Space Force and Commander of U.S. Space Command. The letter urged General Raymond to utilize New Mexico’s existing public and private sector space capabilities as the United States Space Force develops its infrastructure and mission. The letter was also sent to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and Secretary of the United States Air Force Barbara Barrett. 

“As you work to establish the newly formed United States Space Force, our delegation urges you to fully incorporate and leverage New Mexico’s existing public and private sector space capabilities,” the lawmakers wrote. 

AUSTIN— With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Texans are making plans with the special people in their lives. Bring your best two- or four-legged pal to a Texas State Park and experience Valentine’s Day in the outdoors.

Texas State Parks are an ideal place to spend the day with the people closest to you. A few ideas for anyone looking for Valentine’s Day unique plans are:

“Mardi Gras in the Rockies"”

New Mexico Ski Resort Bringing Gyth Rigdon, Star of The Voice, for Live Performance

ANGEL FIRE, NM - (February 11, 2020) – No need to travel to New Orleans to celebrate this year’s Mardi Gras. Angel Fire Resort is announcing a five-day festival of events surrounding Fat Tuesday at the northern New Mexico destination. “Mardi Gras in the Rockies” will focus on family-friendly activities, including parades, crawfish boils, mask making, movies, and plenty of live music from Louisiana bands, including a concert from Gyth Rigdon. Gyth, who’s from Singer, Louisiana, and was the second runner up on “The Voice” in 2019, will perform a live concert on Fat Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY CELEBRATION

Valentine’s Day and other opportunities for romance can be exciting, but they can also lead to heartbreak, embarrassment, and financial loss if you’re not careful. 

Criminals search dating sites, apps, chat rooms, and other social media networking sites attempting to build “relationships” for the sole purpose of getting your money or your personally identifiable information.

Romance scams, also called confidence fraud, affected 114 victims in New Mexico in 2019 for a loss of more than $1.6 million, according to the FBI’s Internet Crimes Complaint Center.

To avoid becoming a victim, the FBI Albuquerque Division recommends the following:

Washington, D.C.—President Trump has proposed an appropriation of $1.2 billion for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Fiscal Year 2021, providing the funds needed to strike the right balance of conservation and sustainable use of America’s BLM-managed public lands and resources. 

The BLM’s budget request addresses key Administration priorities including increasing energy security, promoting good government, expanding opportunities for outdoor recreation, putting Americans back to work, and providing conservation stewardship for public lands. It allows for environmentally sound energy development, sustainable timber harvesting, grazing, and hard rock mining, while also providing for improved visitor experiences at the public lands, enhancing big game habitat and migratory corridors, and increasing the resilience of public lands by reducing fuels and invasive plant species that contribute to the spread of wildfire and threaten native species.

Albuquerque, February 10-- Albuquerque Police are working with the Republican Party of New Mexico in investigating another case of vandalism at Republican Party Headquarters at 5150A San Francisco Road NE in Albuquerque. It happened early Saturday morning around 2:37 am when surveillance video picked up a vehicle parking in the lot outside the building. A man walked out of the vehicle with a can of spray paint in his hands, went over to the front of the building and spray-painted the words "Still Traitors" in yellow and gold paint on the stucco front of the headquarters. 

"This kind of criminal action will not be tolerated. The defacing of property at our headquarters seems to be an individual attack, not a group or an organization. Someone is trying to send a message of hate, and now we have it on video. We've filed a police report, and we'll get to the bottom of this," said Chairman Steve Pearce.

A police report has been filed about the incident, and authorities have the surveillance video and photos.

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