Thursday, February 28, 2019

NMSU to host Sunshine Week panel discussion on border issues

NMSU to host Sunshine Week panel discussion on border issues
DATE: 02/28/2019
WRITER: Tiffany Acosta, 575-646-3929,
CONTACT: David Irvin, 575-646-6925,

New Mexico State University will host a panel discussion, “Shedding Light on a Dark Journey,” in honor of Sunshine Week 2019 at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at Zuhl Library, third floor. The event is free and open to the public.

“This program will be an extraordinary view inside the daily lives of working journalists on the border,” said David Irvin, NMSU business and government documents librarian.

In its seventh year at NMSU, Sunshine Week is a national initiative that was created by the American Society of News Editors to educate the public about the importance of open government.

“We see a surge in coverage about border issues at the national, state and local level. We are indebted to hard-working journalists like these to get those stories out of the shadows and into the press.”

The panel will include Lauren Villagran, Searchlight New Mexico; Robert Moore, independent journalist; and Diana Alba Soular, Las Cruces Sun-News. Villagran has covered immigration and border security in New Mexico, the drug war in Mexico and financial and energy markets in New York. A former border correspondent for the Albuquerque Journal, Villagran has reported for outlets such as the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News and Christian Science Monitor.

Moore’s work appears in outlets such as Texas Monthly, Washington Post and The Guardian. He has been the first to report on many border and immigration stories including the news about an 8-year-old girl from Guatemala dying in Customs and Border Protection custody.

Alba Soular has spent more than 14 years at the Sun-News, and she was recently named Healthy U Magazine editor. In 2018, she was a member of a USA Today team that won a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism for “The Wall: Untold Stories, Unintended Consequences.”

Irvin said they hope to include a public affairs representative from a federal agency. Walt Rubel will serve as moderator for the discussion about challenges of reporting news about immigration on the border. A question and answer session will follow. Light refreshments will be served. Parking at Zuhl Library is available after 4:30 p.m.

The NMSU Library, NMSU Journalism and Mass Communications and Tim Parker, NMSU alumnus, are presenting this event.

For more information contact Irvin at 575-646-6925.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

‘Safety: Know Your Limits’ is the Theme of Agricultural Safety Awareness

February 27, 2019
CONTACT: Amanda Wickman

‘Safety: Know Your Limits’ is the Theme of Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week, March 3-9

Across the country, Farm Bureaus offices are making safety a priority through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program (ASAP).  As part of ASAP, March 3-9 has been designated as Agricultural Safety Awareness Week. U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers will join Farm Bureau in promoting the week with its theme "Safety: Know Your Limits."

A different safety focus will be highlighted by Farm Bureau and U.S. Ag Centers each day of the week:

Monday, March 4 – Emergency Preparedness
Tuesday, March 5 – Livestock
Wednesday, March 6 – Heat Stress and Hydration
Thursday, March 7 – Roadway Safety
Friday, March 8 – Hearing Safety

Messages on these safety topics will be shared on social media, email, radio, television and through local outreach venues. 

"Investing in agricultural safety is critically important for farmer and ranchers," said Amanda Wickman, SW Ag Center Program Director. "By conducting agricultural safety and health research and outreach, we’re able to work with producers to identify issues and create practical solutions."

The 11 U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers are funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.  Visit the Ag Centers’ YouTube channel ( for new content and fresh ideas about how to stay safe while working in agriculture, forestry and fishing. 

Be sure to visit the SW Ag Center Facebook page, like our messages and share the valuable content!  Join the movement to keep farms safe and share your own safety messages on social media using the hashtags #KeepFarmsSafe, #ASAP19 and #USAgCenters.  

The Agricultural Safety Awareness Program is a part of the Farm Bureau Health and Safety Network of professionals who share an interest in identifying and decreasing safety and health risks. For more information and resources, visit the ASAP Facebook page. 


NMSU rodeo spring opener scheduled for March 9-10 in Arizona

NMSU rodeo spring opener scheduled for March 9-10 in Arizona
DATE: 02/27/2019
WRITER: Faith Schifani, 575-646-6233,
CONTACT: Logan Corbett, 575-646-3659,

The New Mexico State University rodeo season will be back in full swing in March.
The team will be competing in a doubleheader Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10, at Central Arizona College in Casa Grande, Arizona.

NMSU is a part of the Grand Canyon Collegiate Rodeo Conference, along with six other universities. The men’s team is currently ranked third, and the women’s team is in first place after the fall season. Both teams competed in four rodeos in the fall, and have six remaining for the spring. At the conclusion of the fall season in October, several students were ranked in the top five of their events.

For the men’s team, graduate student Dylan Riggins is leading the region in bareback riding. He is followed closely by junior Tyler Erickson. In bull riding, sophomore Justin Neill is in fourth in the region. In the tie-down calf roping, junior Derek Runyan and sophomore Trevor Scott are in first and second, respectively.

The women’s team also has been dominating in the region this season. Freshman Kasey Eaves is leading in the breakaway roping. In the barrel racing, freshmen Jayde Wamel, Amy Bowditch and Sienna Bruton are in first, second and third, respectively. Sophomore Baylee Johnston is leading goat tying, and freshman Lyndsey Orris follows in third.

“The most rewarding part of coaching the last few years is seeing the young men and women progress,” said Logan Corbett, rodeo head coach. “Some start on the team with very little knowledge of rodeo, and we work with them and by the time they graduate, they are at a competitive level. There’s nothing quite like seeing the fruits of your labor.”

After the spring opener, the team is scheduled to compete March 16 in Tucson, Arizona, March 23-24 in Huachuca, Arizona, March 31 in Las Cruces, and April 19-20 in Socorro, New Mexico.

For more information on the NMSU rodeo team, contact Corbett at 575-646-3659 or
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