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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.

The Cochise County Corral of the Westerners is meeting on Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. at Scheiffelin Hall on Fremont in Tombstone. Scholar and author Joyce Aros will be speaking on the Cochise County Cowboys. Joyce has some unique views on the Cowboys who opposed the Earps. The corral regularly meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Scheiffelin Hall. We welcome visitors. For more information contact doug@doughocking.com or (520) 378-1833 or Nevada Smith at (520) 642-7601.

Law-abiding Gun Owners Fear ‘False Flags’ Will Leave Them Defenseless

Santa Fe, NM - At a news conference today hosted by the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) and the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association (NMSSA), law-abiding New Mexicans, along with members of the law enforcement and the judicial system shared their concerns that a “red flag” measure would put New Mexicans in danger and do nothing to help individuals and families dealing with a mental health crisis.

Under SB5, any person – not just a gun owner – could be “red flagged.” The majority of  “red flag” orders would result in mandatory confiscation of firearms and ammunition without due process or advance notice to the affected person, or the opportunity to explain or defend themselves before a judge.

Farmington, NM -- Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and Eleventh Judicial District Attorney Rick Tedrow announced that Lindsey Moss and Dallas Baron were both convicted of multiple counts of child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and battery, following two separate jury trials.  Prosecutors presented evidence that Moss and Baron partnered together to record themselves abusing an eight-year-old boy with Down Syndrome. While babysitting the young boy, Moss and Baron were seen making videos of themselves throwing things at the child, teaching him to smoke from a bong, and pushing him down.  The females can be heard laughing about their actions in the videos. 

“No child, especially children with special needs, should have to be put through such abusive bullying by the people entrusted to protect them,” said Attorney General Balderas. “My office will continue to pursue justice for the most vulnerable New Mexicans who are unable to protect themselves.”

“I am pleased with the verdicts in these two cases,” said DA Tedrow.  “I am grateful to the family for their bravery and to the jurors for their service.”

Program aids those on Developmental Disabilities Waitlist

SANTA FE– The New Mexico Department of Health is mailing applications to about 1,500 residents to provide immediate support for individuals on the waitlist for developmental disabilities support that can help pay for items like eyeglasses, hearing aids or adaptive equipment.  

Additionally, in collaboration with the Human Services Department, the Department of Health is contacting all individuals on the waitlist to discuss additional resources and services.  This includes contacting children (their families) and adults to make sure all individuals in need of services are maximizing their Medicaid benefits. Children on the waitlist, under the age of 21, who are Medicaid eligible, can access services through the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) program. Adults on the waitlist, who are Medicaid eligible, can access services through the New Mexico Community Benefit program. 

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. 

White Sands Missile Range Notification

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

Traffic updates are posted on the NMDOT traffic advisory web-site at http://nmroads.com and can be retrieved through our automated system at 511 in New Mexico or 1-800-432-4269 from any line.

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 SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday afternoon issued the following statement after the New Mexico Senate unanimously confirmed Elizabeth Groginsky’s appointment as the state’s first-ever secretary of the new Early Childhood Education and Care Department:

“Today is a great day for New Mexico children and families and an important day for our administration’s concerted effort to improve childhood well-being in New Mexico. Elizabeth Groginsky has already earned the respect of the early childhood community in New Mexico – as underscored by the deeply positive testimony we heard in support of her confirmation today. 

“Elizabeth has already demonstrated her quality in managing a new and growing state agency imbued with an awesome power and charged with immense responsibility – improving the health and education of New Mexico’s children. I am sure she – and this state – will rise to meet this moment.”

northeast nm agribusiness acceleratorSuzanne DeVos-Cole, agricultural agent in Mora County, asks questions about plans for the two-acre training farm to be located at Las Vegas City Schools' former Memorial Middle School campus. The school district is providing land for the Northeast New Mexico AgriBusiness Accelerator project's training farm. Visiting the farm site were Yvonne Tallent, San Miguel County Master Gardeners president; Michael Patrick, NMSU Extension economic development specialist; and Leonard Ludi, Las Vegas area farmer. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)LAS VEGAS, NM – The Northeast New Mexico AgriBusiness Accelerator is coming to life in Las Vegas and the surrounding area.

The economic development program, envisioned and supported by State Senator Pete Campos, D-District 8, has two main goals that will address on-the-ground food production challenges and entrepreneurial development in the region.

The first phase of the pilot program, funded by New Mexico Legislative appropriation, is underway.

In search of America’s hidden treasures for the series’ 25th season, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW visits Santa Fe, New Mexico on Tuesday, June 16 as part of its 2020 Production Tour! PBS’s most-watched ongoing series celebrates this milestone with stops exclusively at distinctive, historic locations across the country.

“Holding events at these locations allows our cameras to film appraisals in and around places that are treasures in their own right, adding an exciting depth to our show,” said ROADSHOW executive producer Marsha Bemko. “I can’t wait to see what treasures we uncover in Santa Fe. And stay tuned, we’ll be revealing the historic location we’ve selected very soon!”

From each of the 2020 events, three episodes of ROADSHOW per city will be created for inclusion in the 17-time Emmy® Award nominated production’s 25th broadcast season, to air in 2021. Produced by WGBH Boston, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is seen by up to 8 million viewers each week. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW airs locally Mondays at 7pm on New Mexico PBS.

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