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Traffic Report for the week of March 24 to April 7, 2024

In all construction zones, motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and use extreme caution, as well as continue to be cautious of heavy equipment and construction personnel in the area. PLEASE NOTE: Conditions are subject to change without notice. Double fines for speeding in work zones may be in effect.

White Sands Missile Range Notification

For information regarding closures, you may call WSMR at 678-1178 or 678-2222 for updates.

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Elephant Butte Lake State Park set for million-dollar upgrade

Improvements aim to elevate visitor experience at popular New Mexico destination

Santa Fe, NM – The State Parks Division of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) is embarking on a $1 million project to upgrade comfort stations at Elephant Butte Lake State Park.  

The project, to be completed in stages, will begin April 1, 2024, and is anticipated to continue through August of 2024. It will entail demolishing an antiquated comfort station at the park’s main entrance and completely renovating two campground comfort stations.

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USDA to Include Vital Malnutrition Treatments in International Food Aid Program

Heinrich, Graham, DeLauro Urge USDA to Include Vital Malnutrition Treatments in International Food Aid Program 

WASHINGTON – Today, in a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ensure nutritional needs are met for those suffering from the most severe forms of hunger by including Ready-To-Use-Therapeutic Foods (RUTF), a proven treatment for malnutrition, in its international food assistance program.  

Currently, RUTFs do not qualify as an eligible commodity for purchase and donation in the international food assistance program known as the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC).  

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NMSU students win 2024 regional Outstanding Leadership Awards

The National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) named two New Mexico State University students as its Undergraduate and Graduate Outstanding Student Leaders of 2024 at its Regional Conference on March 16. The Regional Conference took place in St. George, Utah and included colleges from Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.

The Outstanding Student Leadership Award was created to give special recognition to the students who serve as the backbone of campus orientation programs, letting their creativity and enthusiasm guide the path to success.

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T or C Roundabout Project Work on Southernmost Roundabout

Construction Update: Crews to Remove and Replace Concrete on Southernmost Roundabout For About Three Weeks Beginning Monday, April 1, 2024. See flyer below.

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Heinrich, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Expand Capacity for Abortion Services

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Senate colleagues to introduce the Abortion Care Capacity Enhancement and Support Services (ACCESS) Act. This legislation would establish a federal grant program for health care organizations to expand their capacity to provide abortion services and additional reproductive care in New Mexico and other states where it remains legal. 

Following the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, nearly half of all U.S. states have adopted or attempted to adopt severe restrictions or bans on abortion services. As a result, the number of patients traveling out of state to access reproductive health care has nearly doubled, overwhelming clinics in states like New Mexico where abortion services are legal. 

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ORD Announces 12 New Outdoor Recreation Trails+ Grants

134 projects in New Mexico funded since the program's inception 

SANTA FE, N.M. – The Outdoor Recreation Division (ORD) of the New Mexico Economic Development Department (EDD) announces the round 3 Trails+ Grant recipients. Projects awarded will expand equitable access to the outdoors and grow New Mexico’s outdoor recreation economy. 

Round 3 awards total $1,611,743 for 12 projects, bringing in an additional $1,567,237 in matching funding. Of the awarded projects, 75% are supporting rural and Tribal communities with grants ranging from $38,700 to the Southern New Mexico Trail Alliance to $500,000 to the City of Las Cruces. 

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NMSU names Mónica Torres next interim president, launches new search

At a special meeting Thursday, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents announced that Mónica Torres, chancellor of NMSU system community colleges, will serve as interim president of the NMSU system while a new search is conducted for the next permanent leader. Torres will succeed current Interim President Jay Gogue, who has served in that role since April 2023. She assumes her new role on May 1.

“Dr. Torres is an accomplished and visionary leader with a deep commitment to student success and a wealth of institutional knowledge of the NMSU system,” said Regents Chair Ammu Devasthali in a message to the NMSU community following the meeting. “We’re already working to ensure a smooth leadership transition for our community colleges, and will provide more details about that soon.”

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