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6:23 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Merger Magic for Bigs and Littles Under the Big Top

Lucas Peerman and Dawn Starostka at KRWG FM studios.

  March 6, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with the new Regional Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region – Doña Ana/Grant County, Dawn Starostka, and Board President, Lucas Peerman with Las Cruces Sun News. Recently two non-profit organizations merged to ensure stronger and more capable programs for our youth by combining resources and ideas. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern New Mexico became Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region.

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Intermezzo
5:08 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Robert Bonfiglio, the “Paganini of the Harmonica” performs in Las Cruces

Harmonica soloist Robert Bonfiglio and LCSO conductor Lonnie Klein at KRWG.
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Harmonica virtuoso Robert Bonfiglio has played hundreds of concerts in all the great concert halls of the world, but to this day, his love for the instrument and the music takes him back to his earliest days. “It brings me back to my childhood. They call it ‘playing’ music, they don’t call it ‘working’ music. When it becomes ‘work,’ I’m not doing it anymore,” he said in an interview with Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra conductor Lonnie Klein, and KRWG’s Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin.

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Online EXTRA
4:51 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Martinez Announces Support For Rio Grande Trail Commission

Credit Office of the Governor

  Albuquerque – Today Governor Susana Martinez announced support for proposed legislation establishing a commission to bring state, local, tribal, and private stakeholders together to work to establish the Rio Grande Trail. Governor Martinez called for community leaders along the Rio Grande to become part of history by establishing a commission to bring the vision of this trail to reality.

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Regional
4:49 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Blood Drive Supports Troops Overseas

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- The Armed Services Blood Program and Holloman will hold a blood drive on Tuesday, March 10, at the Community Activity Center from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

"The goal for this drive is 50 donations," said Tech. Sgt. Chelsie Davia with the 49th Medical Group. "The past few drives we have reached 45, so we really would like to break 50."

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Regional
4:39 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Robin Reineke, Colibri Center for Human Rights

Saturday, March 14

Location: Good Samaritan Auditorium, 3025 Terrace Drive, Las Cruces, NM 88011

7:00 pm: Film: Who is Dayani Cristal? 

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Regional
2:49 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

NMSU Foundation Investment Launches Aggie Innovation Fund

Credit NMSU President Dr. Garrey Carruthers

  In the past year, New Mexico State University has introduced new technologies and products in areas as wide-ranging as dyes that will help identify and treat cancer, organic pesticides, voice authentication security software, and shrimp that can be grown in the desert. 

The common thread between these innovative ideas is the need for funding to get them off the ground and into the market. To help address this gap, NMSU and Arrowhead Center have created the Aggie Innovation Fund, with an anchor investment of up to $500,000 committed by the NMSU Foundation. 

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Regional
9:10 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Las Cruces Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Drug Charges

ALBUQUERQUE – Anthony Calderon, 40, of Las Cruces, N.M., pleaded guilty in federal court to heroin and methamphetamine trafficking charges.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Calderon will be sentenced to a prison term in the range of 24 to 36 months.

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Local Viewpoints
9:04 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Democrats Consider "Right To Work" Bill After What They Call A GOP "Washington-Style Stunt"

Credit Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez (D-29- Bernalillo & Valencia).

  Santa Fe, NM – Over the protests of Republican members, a so-called right-to-work bill, House Bill 75 (HB 75), today was referred to Senate committees by the Democratic majority in accordance with the chamber’s standard procedure.  Republican senators introduced an unusual motion to circumvent the normal process by which bills are sent to committee.

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Regional
8:45 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Support For New Mexico Whistleblowers Could Be Reduced By Changes Proposed In The House

  New Mexico’s Whistleblower Protection Act went into effect in 2010 and since then the state says it has had to spend a lot more money dealing with lawsuits allowed by the law. A bill sponsored by Rep. Larry Larrañaga, R-Albuquerque, (HB 532) would address that by making it harder to make a whistleblower claim.

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Regional
7:12 am
Fri March 6, 2015

NM High Court Upholds Convictions In Double Homicide

The New Mexico Supreme Court has upheld a man's convictions in a double homicide in which the two victims were killed during a robbery.

The state high court on Thursday upheld Donald Ferran's convictions from Rio Arriba County for two counts of first-degree murder and one count of tampering with evidence.

Ferran was convicted of killing 28-year-old Joey Maestas and 26-year-old Sara Salazar. He allegedly lured them to a highway rest area by pretending to have gun out of gas.

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Regional
7:10 am
Fri March 6, 2015

NM's Medical Marijuana Program Taking Non-Profit Producer Applications

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  

The New Mexico Department of Health has opened the request for applications period for the licensing of non-profit producers for the medical marijuana program.

There currently are 23 licensed non-profit producers in the program, which are located throughout the state.

No new licensed non-profit producers have been added since 2010.

The health department will accept applications until May 1.

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Regional
7:04 am
Fri March 6, 2015

New Mexico Releases Details On Child Vaccine Exemptions

New Mexico health officials have released the number of vaccine exemptions per school district for 2014, and Quemado tops the list.

The sparsely-populated district in western New Mexico has the highest rate of exemptions per 1,000 students at 40.3. The Santa Fe district has a rate of nearly 21, while the state's largest district in Albuquerque stands at 7.2.

State law requires children be vaccinated to attend school, but it allows exemptions for medical and religious reasons. Schools have to maintain records of the child's immunization records or their exemption forms.

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Regional
7:04 am
Fri March 6, 2015

New Mexico Senate Panel Eyes Bill On Concussion Rules

A New Mexico Senate panel is set to debate a measure setting strict guidelines when a middle or high school student athlete could return after suffering a concussion.

The Senate Education Committee is scheduled Friday to discuss a bill that would create rules for coaches when they could allow an athlete back in a game after showing signs of brain injury.

Under the proposal, coaches may let the student resume participation after a week.

The measure also would require coaches to go through training on recognizing brain injuries.

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Intermezzo
5:04 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

The Hungarian Influence: Arruda and Spitzer to perform Bartok, Kodaly & others

Pianist Laura Spitzer and violinist Roberta Arruda
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Bela Bartok frequently incorporated native folk melodies into his music, but he was also inspired by the Hungarian language and countryside, and his desire to mend the relationship between Hungary and both Romania and Turkey. Violinist Roberta Arruda, who lived in Hungary and speaks fluent Hungarian, and pianist Laura Spitzer, joined Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin in a conversation about the music of Bartok, Zoltan Kodaly, Ravel and other composers they will perform in a recital on Monday, March 9, 2015.

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Regional
4:28 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

NMSU Selects New Graduate School Dean

Loui Reyes has been selected as dean of the Graduate School at New Mexico State University. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  Longtime New Mexico State University administrator and faculty member Loui Reyes has been selected to lead the university’s Graduate School after a nationwide search.

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Regional
2:16 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Lawsuit: Albuquerque Police Violated Civil Rights In Shooting

The estate of a man who was shot and killed by Albuquerque police is suing the department over allegations of civil rights violations.

The lawsuit filed this week in Albuquerque District Court says infrared police helicopter video in the 2013 fatal shooting of 41-year-old Parrish Denison conflicts with an officer's account.

Authorities say Denison, whose name is spelled Dennison in police records, was shot by officers following a two-hour search and chase. Police say he had pointed a gun at officers during the chase involving stolen goods.

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Online EXTRA
11:04 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Summer Youth Art Programs Coming To Las Cruces

  In its continuing pursuit to provide outstanding opportunities for artistic achievement in southern New Mexico, the Doña Ana Arts Council is rolling out its annual youth camp programs for summer 2015. A participant in the Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program with the Las Cruces Public Schools since 1996, the Arts Council is pleased to announce the addition of a new entry to the program, an Opera Storytellers’ Camp, just in time for the Rio Grande Theatre’s 10th anniversary celebration.

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Online EXTRA
9:52 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Audubon New Mexico Hires New Executive Director

  Santa Fe, NM - Audubon New Mexico, the state office of the National Audubon Society, is happy to announce the hire of their new Executive Director, Julie Weinstein. Weinstein, who recently took the helm after a competitive national search, will provide leadership for state-level conservation initiatives and the Randall Davey Audubon Center and Sanctuary.

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Local Viewpoints
8:26 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Report: Latino Voices MIssing In Sunday News Talk Shows

WASHINGTON - A report released Wednesday by Media Matters for America (MMFA) found that Latino voices are underrepresented in Sunday news talk shows.

 

Despite making up 17 percent of the U.S. population, Latinos made up only seven percent of guests on English-language Sunday shows, the study found. The report also revealed the limited range of topics Latino guests are invited to discuss on the shows, with 46 percent speaking about immigration issues.

 

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Regional
7:16 am
Thu March 5, 2015

NM House Panel Eyes New Requirements For Sheriffs

A New Mexico House panel is set to consider a proposal that would tighten eligibility rules for all sheriffs in the state.

The House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee is scheduled Thursday to debate a bill that would call for sheriffs to have at least seven years of professional experience in law enforcement.

Under the proposal, sheriffs cannot have been convicted on a felony and must be a certified law enforcement officer.

The New Mexico Sheriff's Association supports the changes.

Current state law allows anyone to run for sheriff.

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Regional
7:14 am
Thu March 5, 2015

NM Senate Passes Bill To Test Race Horses For Illegal Drugs

A bill to rein in illegal doping of horses that take to New Mexico's race tracks has passed the Senate.

The legislation by Sen. Mary Kay Papen was approved 39-3 Wednesday. It now moves to the House.

Regulatory changes in the state's horse racing industry continue and come after a 2013 New York Times investigation highlighting drug use, horse deaths and jockey injuries at tracks across the nation, including in New Mexico.

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Regional
7:12 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Scientists Outline Research Wish List For Nuclear Energy

Credit facebook.com/energygov

Engineers and researchers from national laboratories and universities around the country are trying to narrow the list of critical research problems the nation needs to address when it comes to nuclear energy.

The group gathered at the University of New Mexico is expected to detail its findings Thursday.

Participants include representatives from UNM, Colorado State University, Texas A&M and Sandia and Los Alamos national labs.

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Regional
6:00 am
Thu March 5, 2015

MESA Day Encourages Students To Study Math and Science

Students from around the state gathered at the Las Cruces Convention Center last week for MESA day. MESA stands for mathematics, engineering, and science achievement and students participated in competitions to help them excel in these subjects.

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7:25 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

PARCC Protest Hits New Jersey Headquarters Of Company Making Millions From The Test

New Mexico isn't the only states with protests against a new standardized test.
HOBOKEN - To Susan Everett, Pearson Education is like the Grinch who "stole education." Standing with other protestors outside Hoboken's Pearson headquarters on Wednesday, Everett held a sign with the infamous Dr. Seuss character's face on it. "Maybe education doesn't come from a standardized test" reads the sign, a reference to the controversial PARCC test Pearson helped develop.
7:20 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Man Sues Las Cruces Police For Alleged Abuse

KVIA-TV has the latest on a lawsuit against the Las Cruces Police Department.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A video that came out Tuesday shows Las Cruces Police Department officers throwing a handcuffed suspect up against a wall and onto the floor, breaking bones and sending him to the hospital for days.
Health
5:19 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

The Cancer Killer That Thrives On Silence

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  It’s a tough subject to think about, even tougher to talk about it. I was reminded about it last week.

People who know I write this weekly column for the New Mexico Department of Health often ask what I’m writing about next. For some it’s out of their genuine interest. For others it’s small talk in the break room as we heat up our lunches. The days leading up to my sitting down and writing about health for you this week went entirely like this:

“So, Dave, what‘ya gonna write about this time?”

“Colorectal cancer,” I’d tell them.

“Oh,” said one.

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Regional
3:42 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Water Outage Friday In Part Of Las Cruces

  Residents and businesses along a portion of N. Main Street will experience a water outage from 12:01 – 4 a.m. Friday, March 4.

Impacted areas include N. Main between Madrid and Fleming Avenues; East Cambridge Drive and East Gallagher Avenue from Main east to end of cul-de-sacs; Chestnut Avenue from Main east to Mesquite and Chestnut from Main west to Alameda Boulevard.

     

Adjacent areas also may be affected. Crews will post door hanger notices on affected homes and businesses a minimum of 24 hours in advance of the planned outage.

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Regional
3:12 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Las Cruces Officers Cleared In December Shooting

  The Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office has determined that the three Las Cruces police officers involved in the Dec. 22 fatal shooting of 29-year-old Jose Salas responded professionally, and in accordance with standard rules and procedures of law enforcement.

The District Attorney’s concluded that the two shooting incidents, the first by officer Joaquin Legaretta and the second by officer Joseph Campa and Sgt. Patrick Doyle, “were justified under New Mexico law.”

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Local Viewpoints
3:10 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Senators: Repairing Roads by Using Gas Tax Creates Jobs and Keeps New Mexicans Out of Debt

Credit Senator Mary Kay Papen (D)

  Santa Fe, NM – The State of New Mexico is at a crossroads: do we invest in the infrastructure and roads that are in dire need across the state, or do we allow them to continue to erode?

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Local Viewpoints
3:05 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Governor Susana Martinez Pushes Legal Protection and Loan Repayment Program for Child Abuse Workers

Credit Office of the Governor

  Albuquerque — Today Governor Susana Martinez announced two key initiatives to support Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) caseworkers who investigate child abuse and work with families in crisis. Governor Martinez says she supports legislation to establish specific legal protections for caseworkers from assault and battery, and a separate proposal that establishes a loan repayment program. CYFD Cabinet Secretary-designate Monique Jacobson joined Governor Martinez for the announcement. 

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