Groups Urge Feds To Release More Mexican Wolves

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More than three dozen environmental groups are asking the federal government to release at least five packs of Mexican gray wolves in New Mexico to bolster the genetics of the endangered predators.

The groups sent a letter Thursday to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe.

New Mexico wildlife officials declined to issue permits to the Fish and Wildlife Service for releases earlier this year in the Gila National Forest.

Albuquerque Man Is Convicted On Carjacking, Firearms Charges

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A federal jury has convicted an Albuquerque man on carjacking and firearms charges.

Prosecutors say jurors deliberated about four hours Thursday before finding 30-year-old Kevin Folse guilty Thursday following a four-day trial.

Folse was indicted in the case in July. He remains in federal custody pending a sentencing hearing, which hasn't been scheduled.

According to a criminal complaint, Folse was driving a stolen vehicle on June 30 and allegedly tried to run down an Albuquerque police officer who jumped out of the way.

Voice Of The Public - District 2 Forum

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  On Voice of the Public, Councilman Greg Smith and challenger Philip Van Veen answered questions during the live call-in show with Anthony Moreno hosting. Both Smith and Van Veen are running for District 2 in Las Cruces. 

NMSU Ranks As One of The 40 Best College Farms In The Country

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  With nearly 95,000 acres devoted to the study of farming, ranching and forestry, New Mexico State University and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences have been honored as one of the 40 best college farms in America, according to College Ranker. 

Renowned Tango Trio to Perform Free Concert at NMSU

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  For ten years, the Piazzolla da Camera Trio has dedicated itself to the performance of the works of late Argentine modern tango master Astor Piazzolla. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, this ensemble will bring the sounds of the Buenos Aires cityscape to the New Mexico State University Atkinson Recital Hall. 

Heinrich Statement On Gun Violence Prevention

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US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the need for bipartisan, commonsense solutions to reduce gun violence in America:

"It is no secret that I am a passionate outdoorsman, hunter and supporter of the Second Amendment.  It is my firmly held belief that law-abiding citizens should be able to own firearms for both sport and self-defense.  That is not a political statement, it is simply who I am. 

Officials To Celebrate Valles Caldera's Transition

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State, federal and tribal officials will be gathering this weekend to mark the official transition of Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service.

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will be joined by members of New Mexico's congressional delegation, Native American leaders and other local officials for a celebration at the preserve Saturday.

Valles Caldera is home to vast grasslands, the remnants of one of North America's few super volcanoes and one of New Mexico's most famous elk herds.

The Indian Health Services will support nine New Mexico tribes' and tribal organizations' efforts to reduce suicide, drug addiction and domestic violence with $4.39 million in federal grants.

U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, of New Mexico, say the money will be distributed over the next five years to Isleta, Acoma, Ohkay Owingeh, Sandia, Santo Domingo and Taos pueblos, as well as the Ramah Navajo School Board, First Nations Community HealthSource in Albuquerque, the Five Sandoval Pueblos and Eight Northern Pueblos Indian Council.

'Better Call Saul' Locations Now Part Of 'Breaking Bad' Tours

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A company that gives tours around Albuquerque of sites from AMC-TV's "Breaking Bad" is now including spots from spinoff "Better Call Saul."

Breaking Bad RV Tours recently announced it was including "Better Call Saul" locations on its regular three-hour, $75 tours. More than 20 sites are part of the tours showing locations from both AMC-TV shows that were filmed around Albuquerque.

The company is one of many giving similar Albuquerque tours thanks to the popularity of both shows.

Albuquerque Indian School Transfer Bill Heads To President Obama

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Legislation that would place property adjacent to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque in trust for 19 New Mexico pueblos has cleared its final congressional hurdle.

The bill was approved Wednesday by the U.S. House. It now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature.

The four tracts of land covered by the bill used to encompass the former Albuquerque Indian School.

Judge To Consider Request To Push Back Hearing On Duran Case

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NM Sec. of State Dianna Duran / Official photo

It will be up to a state district judge to decide if embattled Secretary of State Dianna Duran's legal team will get more time to mount a defense.

Judge T. Glenn Ellington will consider a motion filed by Duran's attorney during a hearing Thursday morning in Santa Fe.

Defense attorney Erlinda Johnson made the request last month, saying she needed time to review information provided by the attorney general's office that include more than 3,000 pages of documents and hours of audio interviews.

Ruling: State Can't Take Action Against Tribe's Casino Vendors

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State gaming officials are being prevented from taking any action against the businesses that contract with a northern New Mexico tribe.

A federal judge Wednesday granted a preliminary injunction for the Pojoaque Pueblo, which operates two casinos north of Santa Fe.

The tribe complained to the New Mexico Attorney General's Office last month, accusing the state Gaming Control Board of illegally holding a July 15 closed-door meeting on their gaming activities.

Mistrial Declared After Day Two Of Las Cruces Child Abuse Case

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A mistrial has been declared in the trial of a Las Cruces man accused in the 2012 death of a 21-month-old boy.

Prosecutors say one juror failed to appear for the second day of the trial Wednesday and two others were excused.

Defense lawyers exercised the defendant's right to have 12 jurors present and the court had to declare a mistrial.

Prosecutors say they still want to try Dustin Castillo in the case. He's facing two counts of child abuse resulting in death.

UPDATE: Package At NMSU "Rendered Safe," Streets Reopen

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UPDATE from NMSU Police: The device has been rendered safe, and streets near the Center for the Arts have reopened.  Explosive detection canine teams are conducting safety sweeps of nearby buildings. Once those sweeps are complete, more information will be provided.

People head to La Fiesta Bakery looking for a donut or an empanada… But now that pastry comes with a side of politics.

“What I’m asking people,” Ortega said. “The reason I’m obviously running is because I believe the city needs a change. What we need to do is make sure everyone gets out there and votes, that’s the only way for change to happen.”

Gina Montoya Ortega owns La Fiesta Bakery with her husband Ray, and now she is taking a stab at public office, running for Mayor of Las Cruces.


  Early voting is underway for the City of Las Cruces, Nov. 3, municipal election. The races include: mayor, council districts 1, 2 and 4, and presiding municipal court judge. Early voting takes place only at the City Clerk’s office located at 700 N. Main Street in City Hall.

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

  Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez was a member of the opening plenary panel of the Summit on Worker Voice held today, October 7, 2015 at the White House. The Summit, hosted by President Barak Obama, examined how working Americans can more fully share in our country’s growing economic prosperity. Most working men and women know what the latest data shows, the recession might be over but prosperity is not trickling down to the middle class. This is leading to widening income inequality and workers believing they have no voice at their workplace.

Heinrich: Include Key New Mexico Provisions In Defense Bill, Eliminate Sequester Cuts

Oct 7, 2015
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted to pass the conference report for the fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. Senator Heinrich worked to secure key provisions for New Mexico's men and women in uniform, military installations, private industry, national laboratories, and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). The NDAA conference report passed the Senate with a vote of 70 to 27.

Official: Stopping Teacher Evaluations Would Hurt Students

Oct 7, 2015

A witness for the New Mexico Public Education Department said during a hearing that if a judge stops the state's new teacher evaluation system it would negatively impact students and the school system in general.

American Federation of Teachers New Mexico and the Albuquerque Teachers Federation are seeking an injunction to halt the use of test scores while their lawsuit against the evaluation system goes through the court system.

A Santa Fe judge is hearing arguments over whether the state should stop its use of test scores in the evaluations.

Appeals Court Will Review Perry's Abuse Of Power Charge

Oct 7, 2015
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

The highest criminal court in Texas will consider whether former Gov. Rick Perry should be prosecuted on charges of abusing his veto power before leaving office.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday scheduled oral arguments for Nov. 4. The felony charge is the only remaining indictment against the former Republican presidential candidate after a lower court threw out a separate charge of coercion of a public servant.

Texas Court: State Flag Desecration Law Unconstitutional

Oct 7, 2015

A longtime Texas law against desecrating the U.S. or state flag has been ruled unconstitutional by the state's highest criminal court.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday rebuked the 26-year-old ban that state lawmakers had approved shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court tossed a nearly identical law in 1989. There are few reported cases of the law having ever been enforced.

  Las Cruces – For those students who did not attain high school graduation, a high school equivalency examination provides a pathway to higher education and a career that is challenging and rewarding.

The equivalency examination is an assessment of skills and knowledge that compares to a high school graduate. The exam does not replace graduation from a high school but is an alternative for those who did not complete their studies.

Bankruptcy Judge Questions Gallup Diocese's Closed Auction

Oct 7, 2015

A bankruptcy judge has ordered attorneys for a New Mexico diocese to explain why a property auction wasn't made public.

The Gallup Independent reports that representatives of the Diocese of Gallup are scheduled to appear before U.S. bankruptcy Judge David T. Thuma on Wednesday.

Thuma says the diocese may not have conducted a public auction, which is required by federal bankruptcy rules. He says he got complaints from a researcher and the Gallup Independent saying they were

One of the letters is from the Gallup Independent.

Peace Corps Group That Trained At NMSU Returns For 52-year Reunion

Oct 7, 2015

  Rappelling in the Organ Mountains, learning about John F. Kennedy’s death, taking four-hour Spanish classes daily and raising chickens are some of the Peace Corps volunteers’ memories of training at New Mexico State University in 1963.

Approximately 65 men and women came from all areas of the United States to train from September to December in preparation for a two-year mission in Guatemala.

Trinity Test In New 'Manhattan' Season

Oct 7, 2015

The Trinity atomic test in New Mexico and the fears around the project are the focus of the second season of WGN America's drama "Manhattan."

Series creator Sam Shaw says audiences can expect characters to face the ethical dilemmas that come with testing an unknown bomb with unknown power without being preachy. However, Shaw says producers wanted to be accurate about the deadly test's effects.

Officials Cancel Gas Balloon Race Due To Weather

Oct 7, 2015

Officials have cancelled the 20th America's Challenge gas balloon race, marking only the second time in race history that weather has grounded the competition.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta organizers made the announcement Wednesday. The decision was made in the interest of safety since wet and unstable weather continued to hang over New Mexico.

Seven teams from the U.S., Germany, France, Poland and Spain had been set to participate. They were initially scheduled to launch Saturday but unfavorable weather forced a series of delays.

First On KRWG: Drone Pilot Training Expands At Holloman

Oct 7, 2015


  At the end of World War II Gen. Henry "Hap" Arnold made a bold prediction.

"We have just won a war with a lot of heroes flying around in planes," said
Arnold. "The next war may be fought by airplanes with no men in them at all.
It will be different from anything the world has ever seen."

Seventy years later, Arnold's prediction has been proven true.

Las Cruces Mayoral Forum Thursday Night

Oct 7, 2015

  SWOP Action Fund Dona Ana, Nopalito’s Galeria and PRC Productions will be hosting a Las Cruces Mayoral Candidate Forum for citizens, members, family and friends and community residents who would like to meet and greet those candidates running to be the next Mayor of the City of Las Cruces.

Confirmed are all candidates running for Mayor, small business owner, Eugina “Gina” Montoya Ortega, current City Councilor Miguel Silva and current Mayor Ken Miyagishima.

  A five-year partnership between New Mexico State University and the University of Colorado Denver will continue preparing undergraduates in the Rocky Mountain and Southwest region for graduate careers in neuroscience research, thanks to a $2.3 million grant renewal from the National Institutes of Health. NMSU was awarded a $700,000 subcontract to form a consortium with UC Denver.