2023 got off to an exciting start for the Middle Rio Grande area with a magazine feature, a new scholarship announcement, and Air Force demonstration training, taking place in January and February.

New Mexico Economic Development Magazine

It has arrived!  📬 📖 The Middle Rio Grande Economic Development Association partnered with Sierra County, Socorro County, Valencia County, and New Mexico Tech to create this awesome two-page feature that will run in the 2023 edition of the New Mexico Economic Development magazine.

Check us out on pages 5 & 6!

ALMA Soon to Receive a New Brain

The world’s most powerful millimeter/submillimeter telescope has received approval for central correlator and digital transmission system upgrades that will eventually increase its data production capacity by a factor of 200-400.

Read the full article here!

NSF and SpaceX Finalize Radio Spectrum Coordination Agreement

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and SpaceX have finalized a radio spectrum coordination agreement to limit interference from the company’s Starlink satellites to radio astronomy assets operating between 10.6 and 10.7 GHz.

The agreement, detailed in a statement released by NSF today, ensures that Starlink satellite network plans will meet international radio astronomy protection standards, and protect NSF-funded radio astronomy facilities, including the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and the Green Bank Observatory (GBO). The agreement will also positively impact collaborations and cooperation between SpaceX and NSF’s NOIRLab.

Read the full article here!

Buckhorn Tavern Scholarship Fund

The beloved San Antonio Restaurant Buckhorn Tavern has partnered with the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico to launch the Buckhorn Tavern Scholarship.

The scholarship was created to provide financial assistance for residents to attend trade schools, community colleges, and even cover GED test fees.

As an added bonus, the scholarship even helps with transportation costs. “As business owners, we have seen the problems employees can have with transportation and [how] hard it can even be hard to get to work somedays,” said Ernie Sichler, the owner of Buckhorn Tavern.

Learn more and apply for a scholarship!

U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron Trains at Spaceport America

The Thunderbirds are the third oldest formal flying aerobatic team in the world. They perform for people all over the world demonstrating the elite skills our nation’s pilots have.

Check out this highlight video recapping two weeks of training they’ve completed at the Spaceport America.