Non-Local News Releases

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unnamed 18A prototype of Project Vita Health’s prescription dosing device. Project Vita Health, with the support of Arrowhead Innovation Fund, is building a tamper-proof, measured release device for opioid prescriptions in hopes of stemming abuse and increasing oversight. (Courtesy photo)As of 2018, New Mexico had the 15th highest drug overdose death rate in the nation, according to the New Mexico Department of Health. A New Mexican has died every 18 hours; two out of three drug overdose deaths involved an opioid.

Project Vita Health, with the support of Arrowhead Innovation Fund (AIF), is building a tamper-proof, measured release device for opioid prescriptions in hopes of stemming abuse and increasing oversight.

Additional Parks to reopen for day-use on May 30 and June 1

Santa Fe – Today the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department's (EMNRD) State Parks Division announces nine additional State Parks reopening for day-use only beginning May 30. An additional five Parks will open June 1. Overnight use and campgrounds remain closed and all events through June 19 have been canceled. In addition, there will be capacity limits at many reopened State Parks.

The additional parks open for day-use beginning May 30 are: El Vado Lake, Leasburg Dam, Percha Dam, Heron Lake, Eagle Nest Lake, Conchas Lake, Santa Rosa Lake, Bottomless Lakes, and Sugarite Canyon State Parks. On June 1st Hyde Memorial, Rio Grande Nature Center, Navajo Lake, Elephant Butte Lake, and Pecos Canyon State Parks will reopen for day-use.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an abrupt and dynamic change in how food reaches the consumer's dinner table.

Grocery store meat sections are frequently bare or offering very slim selections. Shoppers are sometimes left wondering how to replenish their family's supply of this protein source.

While the shelves are bare, ranchers and farmers are experiencing low prices for their livestock at the sale barn, as the supply chain is impacted by changes in the market.

As an engine for economic development, New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is providing research-based information on ways consumers and producers can navigate this crisis.

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation would like to remind residents and candidates and campaigns that state law prohibits any person from placing, maintaining or displaying any unauthorized sign upon any highway.

Especially during election years, signs are often posted on state road right-of-ways. New Mexico Criminal and Traffic Law 66-7-108, under the title "Display of Unauthorized Signs, Signals and Markings," states specifically that no political sign postings are allowed on state-maintained right-of-ways, which are typically defined by fencing on rural routes and to the back of the curb on urban routes.

Signs that encroach on the right-of-way, including signs mounted to the fencing or signs/signal support posts, will be removed.

unnamed 17Sinnery Lynne Begay looks at a spiral garden at the Sheep Spring Senior Citizen Center demonstration garden, which was created in 2018 to demonstrate how to raise vegetables to help address the food insecurity and poor health of Diné people of the Navajo Nation. Researchers from New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico are conducting a survey of New Mexico to learn more about food insecurity and food access issues in the state due to COVID-19. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)A group of researchers from New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico have launched a survey to find out how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the food system, food access and affordability in the state.

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.

Tijeras, NM– State Representative Gregg Schmedes (R-Tijeras) sent a letter to US Attorney General Bill Barr today, asking for his office to investigate evictions at New Mexico senior care facilities during the COVID-19 crisis.

Rep. Schmedes recently sent a letter to NM Attorney General Hector Balderas, flagging the issue for investigation on May 14, 2020. As of today, Rep. Schmedes has not received any formal response from NM AG Balderas.

The New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS) and the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) are advising veterans about a new toll-free phone number veterans must call when seeking treatment at a non-VA hospital emergency room (ER).

The new number to call is 1- (844) 724-7842.

Veterans must call this number within 72-hours after treatment at a non-VA hospital ER to facilitate administrative action that must be taken for the VA to consider paying non-VA ER bills later.

nmsu1Grace Smith-Vidaurre, NMSU Ph. D. student, shown here releasing a monk parakeet in Uruguay. Vidaurre received the prestigious NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship to begin next year after she receives her doctorate from NMSU in December. (Courtesy Photo by Tania Molina Medrano)She may not talk to birds, but Grace Smith-Vidaurre listens to them. What she has learned from studying parakeets will propel her career as a researcher to the next level, after she receives her Ph.D. in December from New Mexico State University.

NSF fellowships are the oldest in the nation, awarded to the top scholars in the country. Smith-Vidaurre is one of several NMSU biology students chosen to receive a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. She is the third graduate student from NMSU biology professor Tim Wright's lab to earn this highly competitive award.

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