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.

image003 2(ALBUQUERQUE, NM) –PNM has been selected to receive a prestigious Technology Transfer Award from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for achievements in collaborative research and development projects.

Maureen Gannon, on behalf of PNM, accepted a Technology Transfer Award for the company’s role in furthering research that integrates technical analyses of climate change-related science into company climate risk assessment, planning, greenhouse gas goal setting, and outreach.

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department and the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office have reached an agreement with ExxonMobil to settle a 2010 lawsuit that alleges the company presented false claims for reimbursement from the New Mexico Corrective Action Fund (CAF). The lawsuit, filed by a whistleblower, alleges that ExxonMobil obtained reimbursement from the CAF to clean up leaking petroleum storage tanks while also having collected insurance money for the same costs. ExxonMobil denies these allegations.

The CAF provides funding for the clean-up and monitoring of petroleum storage tank leaks and spills around the state. The CAF is often the only way leaks from petroleum storage tanks can be cleaned up, as many former tank owners and operators are financially unable to fund clean-up activities.

ExxonMobil has agreed to pay $500,000 into the CAF as part of the settlement.

littlelaA film still from "Little L.A." directed by Fernanda Besné, which follows deported “Dreamers” and their lives in Mexico City. The film will be screened at NMSU’s Feminist Border Arts Film Festival on March 5.Films used as a creative tool to grapple with urgent social issues and questions of identity and representation are what you can expect to see at the New Mexico State University Feminist Border Arts Film Festival.

For the fifth year, in honor of International Women's Day NMSU gender and sexuality studies professors M. Catherine Jonet and Laura Anh Williams will host a series of short films for the two-day festival on March 5-6 inside Devasthali Hall’s Sandy Zane and Ned Bennett Collection Study Room.

Eddy County, NM– On February 25, 2020 at about 6:00 a.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash involving two vehicles on US 285, near mile post 64, south of Artesia, NM.  

The initial investigation indicated a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban, driven by Kaylin Sunshine Hester (24) of Midland, TX was traveling north on US 285.  For reasons unknown the Chevrolet struck the trailer of a 2005 Freightliner Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) that had made a left turn onto southbound US 285 from the intersection of Atoka and US 285.  The driver of the Chevrolet, Hester sustained fatal injuries in the crash, and she was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of Medical Investigator. 

The driver of the CMV, a 27-year-old male and a 33-year-old male passenger were both uninjured. 

Residents of Pilot Peak, Burbank, Pleasant Valley and Montello Areas Will Receive High-Speed Internet Connections

MONTELLO, Nev., Feb. 25, 2020 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Nevada State Director Philip Cowee announced USDA has invested $2.3 million in a high-speed broadband infrastructure project that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for 273 households, seven farms, seven businesses and a critical community facility in eastern Nevada. This is one of many funding announcements in the first round of USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program investments.

“Through USDA’s ReConnect Program, approximately 650 people in remote eastern Nevada will get access to broadband technology that will connect them to opportunities in education, health care and economic development,” Cowee said.

COLUMBIA, S.C., Feb. 25, 2020 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development South Carolina State Director Debbie Turbeville announced USDA has invested $9.1 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve e-Connectivity for 6,251 homes in rural Kershaw County. This is one of many funding announcements in the first round of USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program investments.

“High-speed broadband e-Connectivity is critical to increasing access to health care and educational opportunities and strengthening economic development efforts in rural communities,” Turbeville said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner to rural communities in deploying this critical infrastructure, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

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