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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.

Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One (NMDOT) is excited to announce the installation of a new Dynamic Messaging System (DMS).

Starting Thursday February 6, 2020 – Bixby Electric (Contractor) will have a lane closure in effect on I-25 southbound from mile post 5 to 4 for the installation of a new overhead Dynamic Messaging System (DMS). The DMS is a way from travelers to obtain road advisory information in a timely manner. Please expect delays and take an alternate route if possible. Closure will be in effect daily from 9:00 am till 3:00 pm, expected to be completed by February 12, 2020. The NMDOT would like to thank you for your patience during this project.

Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and be cautious of personnel and equipment in the area. Traffic Advisories and updates on this project will be posted on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s road conditions website at http://nmroads.com/ or you can call 511.

dairycows cwThe High Plains Dairy Conference be Tuesday and Wednesday, March 3-4, at the Embassy Suites, 550 S. Buchanan Street in Amarillo, Texas. (NMSU photo)Dairy producers are always seeking ways they can improve their operations both in terms of productivity as well as sustainability. One place they can learn the latest ways to do so is at the High Plains Dairy Conference.

The 2020 conference will be Tuesday and Wednesday, March 3-4, at the Embassy Suites, 550 S. Buchanan Street in Amarillo, Texas. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. with the seminars starting at 8 a.m.

The conference, held every-other-year, provides dairy producers in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma with seminars that apply to issues faced in the High Plains region.

lee gunnLee Gunn, retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral and a member of the board of directors of the American Security Project, will host a presentation titled, “Climate Security: Threats and Responses at Home and Abroad,” as part of the NMSUCCESS Climate Change lecture series. The talk will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the Rio Grande Theatre. (Courtesy Photo)New Mexico State University’s Climate Change Education Seminar Series continues with a closer look at how climate change affects global and national security concerns.

Lee Gunn, retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral and a member of the board of directors of the American Security Project, will give a presentation titled, “Climate Security: Threats and Responses at Home and Abroad.” His talk begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the Rio Grande Theatre.

Gunn has served as president of the Institute for Public Research at CNA Corporation. CNA, which also encompasses the Center for Naval Analyses, is a non-profit, non-partisan research and analysis shop that generates reports to advise policymakers on critical issues of the day. Gunn is a member of CNA’s Military Advisory Board, which was convened in 2006 to study the implications of climate change from the perspective of national security.

archuleta cutting treeA fruit tree pruning workshop will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at New Mexico State University’s Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde to provide tips about pruning a wide variety of fruit trees. (NMSU photo)ALCALDE – It’s time to prune fruit trees to prepare for this year’s growth and crop yield.

New Mexico State University’s extension fruit specialist Shengrui Yao will provide tips for pruning fruit trees at a workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at NMSU’s Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde.

“This is a good opportunity for home gardeners, small-acreage farmers and commercial fruit growers to learn how to prune the different types of fruit trees,” Yao said. “Each speces is a little different.”

(LAS CRUCES, NM)—Registration is now open for the Military & Veteran Entrepreneur Summit in Las Cruces, NM, on March 18 from 8am-4pm at the Las Cruces Convention Center, located at 680 E. University Avenue.

This is a free learning opportunity presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration/New Mexico District Office and the New Mexico Veterans Business Outreach Center for entrepreneurial-minded active-duty service members, military veterans, national guard/reserve members, and their spouses. Rural-area service members and veterans are especially encouraged to attend.

Successful military veteran entrepreneurs will share their experience with starting and growing a small business after their military service. Attendees can attend breakout sessions on access to capital—including capital especially for veterans, lucrative government contracting, and how to tap into resources especially for rural-area small businesses.

(Mountainair, New Mexico, Feb. 4, 2020) – February speakers for the Fifth Annual Winter Lecture Series sponsored by Salinas Pueblo Missions National, Western National Parks Association and the Manzano Mountain Art Council include historians sharing vintage photographs of Belen and churches, and discussion about Mountainair’s Shaffer Hotel and its purported paranormal activity. The lectures are all scheduled at 1 p.m. on three consecutive Saturdays, Feb. 15, 22 and 29.

Belen in photos – is the topic of the lecture Saturday, Feb. 15. Historian of the Belen Harvey House Museum Jim Sloan will share his collection of vintage photographs. A member of the Belen Historic Review Board, the Valencia County Historical Society board of directors, and the administrator of a popular Facebook group called ‘Belen Memories’, Sloan is a great resource for local authors.

Albuquerque, NM – February 4, 2020 - Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free class in Tularosa, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.

“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” is a FREE presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter and will be held on Tuesday, March 17 from 10:30am-11:30am. The event will be hosted at Tularosa Senior Center, 35 Radio Rd., Tularosa, NM 88352. The class is free and open to all citizens of Tularosa and surrounding communities. For more information, call 1-800-272-3900 or email Alexis Ramirez (Programs Volunteer Case Manager at alramirez@alz.org. For directions, call 575-647-3868. Class size is limited and they do fill up quickly.

“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” is designed primarily as an introduction for non-professional or family caregivers who are seeking a basic knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and an overview of support resources that are available in their area; so that they might better understand how to care for their loved-one or care-recipient. It will give the caregiver information about the core programs provided by the New Mexico chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, descriptions of other educational classes it provides statewide, all free of charge.

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday issued the following statement after Senate Bill 1, authorizing the state’s pursuit of the importation of lower-cost wholesale prescription drugs from Canada, passed the Senate unanimously:

“Too many New Mexico families can’t afford medication. Too many families either skip filling their prescriptions or ration the medicine they have. This is unacceptable. And so I am thrilled that we are one step closer to meaningfully cutting prescription drug costs for New Mexico families. 

“I will keep fighting relentlessly to reduce costs and make health care as accessible, affordable and high-quality as it can possibly be. I want to thank senators for their support of this potentially game-changing measure, particularly Sen. Papen for her leadership in sponsoring it, and I look forward to quickly moving this bill through the House.”

Senate Bill 1, sponsored by Sen. Mary Kay Papen and Rep. Debbie Armstrong, will authorize the New Mexico Department of Health to develop a plan making New Mexico one of the early states to apply for federal approval to import wholesale drugs from Canada. 

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