- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez dedicated on Friday a new, state-of-the-art port of entry facility in the booming border town of Santa Teresa amid growing traffic and a push to make the area into its own incorporated city.

Martinez visited the new port of entry and said it was an honor to name it after the late Motor Transportation Division Officer Daniel C. Rivera Jr. - an officer killed in a car crash while working at the Anthony port of entry in 1989.

He was the first New Mexico Motor Transportation police officer to be killed in the line-of-duty.

“The role these ports of entry play in creating jobs and opportunities for our families and communities is absolutely critical,” Martinez said. “Officer Rivera’s legacy of service and sacrifice is a proud testament to those who work so hard to keep New Mexico safe as we continue to grow and prosper.”

The Daniel C. Rivera Jr. Port of Entry building was constructed using $9.4 million in state funds and $1.6 million in federal funds. The port of entry, and its sister port in San Jeronimo, Mexico, are the primary driving routes to and from southern Juarez, Chihuahua and the interior of Mexico.

After the dedication, Martinez also participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Twin Cities Logistic Center.

In April, Martinez signed two measures aimed at helping Santa Teresa, a border town she has repeatedly visited during her term as governor. One measure extends the overweight cargo zone in Santa Teresa and two other New Mexico ports of entry, a move officials say could attract more companies to the area. The other bill brings New Mexico’s weight limit for oversize load permits in line with federal standards and neighboring states at up to 80,000 pounds.

Santa Teresa is seeing rapid growth as state officials plan more projects.

Last year, for example, Martinez announced the creation of a 70,000-acre, master-planned community around the Santa Teresa-San Jeronimo border crossing in an effort to expand the fast-growing border region even more.

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