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11:25 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Thursday Water Outage In Las Cruces East Mesa Neighborhood

  There will be a water outage on Moonlight Ridge Arc between Lookout Ridge Drive and Twilight Ridge Way from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 5, for water delivery infrastructure repairs.

Once water service is restored, residents in the Lookout Ridge area may notice discolored water due to mineral deposits. Although the water is safe to drink, the City recommends waiting to wash laundry until after the water becomes clear.

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Online EXTRA
9:34 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Albuquerque Students Produce Video To Protest Standardized Testing

This video was produced by students at Washington Middle School in Albuquerque.  On YouTube, they wrote, "As we prepare to take the first PARCC exam we wanted to remind everyone that behind every test score is a child. It is so important to remember that we are far more than a test score."

Regional
8:51 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Electric Grid Operator Expects Sufficient Supplies

The grid operator for Texas says electric users should have sufficient supply for spring and summer.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, on Monday announced its seasonal forecast.

The report for spring identifies more than 76,600 megawatts of generation resources available, with expected peak demand of about 62,000 megawatts.

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Local Viewpoints
8:43 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Skandera Says PARCC Standardized Testing Is The Right Path

Credit NM Education Secretary Hanna Skandera

  You may be hearing about an upcoming change in the type of annual assessment students will be taking throughout the country – including in New Mexico’s schools.

It’s called the PARCC assessment and, for our state, it will be taking the place of the Standards Based Assessment in English Language Arts and math.

An annual exam is mandated by federal law, as well as state law, and has been a part of public education in our country for many, many years.

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Regional
7:56 am
Mon March 2, 2015

NM Senate Passes Bill To Create State Board For Tattoo Artists

Legislation that would create a state board to regulate New Mexico tattoo and piercing artists has received overwhelming approval from the Senate.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Senate voted Friday 39-1 in favor of the bill that proposes a five-member Board of Body Art Practitioners.

Businesses that specialize in tattoos, piercings and other body art currently report to the same board that regulates barbers and cosmetologists.

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Regional
7:54 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Gov. Martinez Traveled Out Of State 272 Days During First Term

Credit Office of the Governor

Recently re-elected New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez frequently traveled out of the state during her first term.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a list provided by Martinez's lawyers indicates she spent all or parts of 272 days traveling out of state in 2011 through 2014.

The 272 days amount to nearly one-fifth of the 1,461 days that made up Martinez's first term, but Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell said many of the days involving out-of-state travel also included meetings or other work in New Mexico.

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Regional
7:51 am
Mon March 2, 2015

New Mexico Students Walking Out Over New Tests

Students frustrated over a new standardized test are walking out of schools around New Mexico in protest.  KRWG News spoke with students at Mayfield High School in Las Cruces who are fed up with the state's focus on standardized testing.

A few hundred students at Albuquerque High School defied warnings from administrators that they would not graduate and could face discipline. They walked out Monday morning, carrying signs and chanting as supporters honked their horns.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Latino Week Emphasizes Border Culture On NMSU Campus

  The New Mexico State University CAMP Student Council, Mexican American Engineers and Scientists, and the Associated Students of New Mexico State University present an all-day event for this year’s Latino Week.

“Latino Week is intended to highlight the diversity within the campus,” Juan Esparza, president of CAMP student council said. “This week creates an opportunity to experience other cultures.”

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Monday Business Watch

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Jason Gibbs. 

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Local Viewpoints
9:33 pm
Sun March 1, 2015

Albuquerque High Students Protest PARCC Tests With Monday Walkout

Bulldogs Against PARCC, a group of parents, students and community members, are set to walk out and protest the PARCC Exams on Monday. The group is protesting because they feel the PARCC exams are harmful to public education and they want the test removed from graduation requirements.

“The PARCC exam is not an accurate measurement of ability and the test takes valuable time and money out of the classroom.” says Albuquerque High senior and organizer Janelle Astorga.

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Regional
7:00 pm
Sun March 1, 2015

Planned Student Walkouts Highlight Testing Concerns

  Many students across the Las Cruces Public School District and the state of New Mexico are planning on walking out of school today to protest PARCC testing. Some parents and students attended a press conference held by Superintendent Stan Rounds to get more information about these new standardized tests, and the planned walkout.

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Regional
11:39 am
Sun March 1, 2015

Goodman: Las Cruces Must Change The City Charter To Uphold The Petition Process

  Recent minimum-wage initiative and recall controversies have taught us that Las Cruces needs to amend its City Charter.

The initiative provision requires that when citizens gather sufficient signatures, the City Council must either pass the ordinance as it stands or schedule a referendum.  Last fall, the Council did neither.   The Councilors ignored the charter, avoiding a popular vote by purporting to adopt the ordinance then changing it significantly.  

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Regional
3:39 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

Tribe Asks Court To Compel Martinez To Sign Compact

Credit Office of the Governor

An Oklahoma-based American Indian tribe wants New Mexico's highest court to force Gov. Susana Martinez to sign a gambling compact with them.

The Fort Sill Apache Tribe filed documents in state Supreme Court on Friday, arguing that Martinez has ignored requests by its chairman to sign on to existing compacts.

Tribe officials say a new gambling compact being considered in the state Legislature prevents Fort Sill Apaches from being able to sign because their land wasn't held in federal trust status before 1988.

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Local Viewpoints
3:38 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

Heinrich Urges Republicans To Reconsider Plan To Let Security Personnel Go Unpaid

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) voted to approve a spending bill that funds the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the remainder of the fiscal year and does not include additional anti-immigrant provisions or unfairly target DREAMers. He urged House Republicans to reconsider their risky plan to let our nation's security personnel to go unpaid.

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Intermezzo
6:06 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

El Paso Opera premieres “A Grand Night for Singing!” in Las Cruces

Opera directors David Grabarkewitz, Judy Weinstein and baritone James Wright in the KRWG studios.
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Drawing on talent from throughout the region and beyond, the El Paso Opera will showcase seven singers from their Young Artists Program in the premiere of “A Grand Night for Singing!,” an evening of great American songs followed by champagne and dessert.

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PUENTES
6:01 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

The Return of "An Iliad" - A Play About War

Algernon D'Ammassa and Randy Granger at KRWG FM studios.

  February 27, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with two accomplished artists from the Las Cruces area, Randy Granger, celebrated musician and songwriter; and Algernon D’Ammassa, theatrical actor and producer. They collaborate with storytelling and music for the return of “An Iliad,” in two performances at the Black Box Theater in Las Cruces on Saturday, February 28th at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee on March 1st at 2:30 p.m.

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Local Viewpoints
5:19 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Pearce Votes Against Homeland Security Budget

  Washington, D.C. - Today, the House voted on a pair of bills relating to the funding of the Department of Homeland Security.  The first, in accordance with the regular legislative process, called on the House and the Senate to debate the difference between the two chambers’ bills (a formal Conference).  The other was the House suggestion to provide an additional three weeks of funding to allow the Conference to go forward.  U.S. Representative Steve Pearce (N.M.-02) issued the following statement:

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Regional
5:15 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Murder Charge In Failed Drug Burglary

  Las Cruces---A grand jury found that the state’s evidence brought against Joshua Jones warranted a 1st Degree Murder charge along with Attempt to Commit 1st Degree Murder; Attempt to Commit Aggravated Burglary (Deadly Weapon); Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Burglary and (4) counts of Tampering with Evidence.

On the afternoon of February 14, 2015 emergency services received multiple calls reporting gunfire in the Claude Dove and Delano Drive area.  Responding officers located Fernando Molina and his brother Antonio Molina both with gunshot wounds to the abdomen.

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Regional
4:09 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Las Cruces Public Schools Prepare For Possible Student Walkout

Las Cruces Public schools are preparing for Monday’s planned student walkout to protest the new PARCC tests.

There are a number of risks for students planning on walking out of Monday’s test. The test is necessary to receive a high school diploma. An Alternate Demonstration of Competency, which would be an end of course exam approved by the state, can be taken only if the student has attempted the PARCC test three times.

Superintendent Stan Rounds says students who walk out on Monday can still graduate if they take the make-up within the next three weeks.

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Regional
2:59 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Another Guilty Plea In Heroin Trafficking Investigation

  ALBUQUERQUE – Patrick Gonzalez, 39, of Las Cruces, N.M., pleaded guilty today in federal court to heroin trafficking and firearms charges under a plea agreement that requires him to serve an 18-year federal prison sentence followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

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Regional
2:51 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Las Cruces Man Gets 20 Years For Violating Federal Firearms Laws

  ALBUQUERQUE – Clemente Eduardo Vasquez-De La Cruz, 27, a naturalized citizen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, who resides in Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced this afternoon in federal court to 20 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for violating the federal firearms laws. 

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Regional
2:50 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Federal Jury Finds Deming Residents Guilty On Kidnapping And Firearms Charges

ALBUQUERQUE – A federal jury sitting in Las Cruces, N.M., returned a guilty verdict earlier today finding Jessie Hopper, Sr., 54, and Polly Hopper, 61, of Deming, N.M., guilty on kidnapping and firearms charges after a five-day trial.  The verdict was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent Carol K.O. Lee of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI, Special Agent in Charge Thomas G. Atteberry of the Phoenix Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas and Luna County Sheriff Jonathon Mooradian.   

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Local Viewpoints
2:46 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Morales Blasts Misinformation From School Districts About Test And Lack of Response By PED

  Santa Fe – Written communications from school district superintendents containing numerous false statements of fact about the upcoming PARCC standardized examinations today drew the ire of Democratic Senators.

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Local Viewpoints
2:44 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Lopez: Common Core Fails Children

Credit nmlegis.gov

  Santa Fe, NM – Pointing to broad bipartisan support for repeal of Common Core academic standards across the nation, Senator Linda Lopez (D-11-Bernalillio) today pushed for passage of Senate Bill 196 (SB 196) in the Senate Education Committee (SEC). Sen.

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Regional
1:59 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Book Sale To Benefit Branigan Library In Las Cruces

  An upcoming book sale will benefit Thomas Branigan Memorial Library by generating revenue to pay for summer reading programs for children and adults, and purchase library materials including books and DVDs.

The Friends of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library (FTBML) will conduct the book sale at the library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., from 1 – 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, and 1 – 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8.

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Regional
8:19 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Bernalillo County Commission Approves Gross Receipts Tax Increase

Credit bernco.gov

People shopping in the Albuquerque area will be paying more sales tax on many purchases.

The Bernalillo County Commission on Thursday voted 3-2 vote to increase the gross receipts tax by three-sixteenths of 1 percent effective July 1.

That increase amounts to an additional 19 cents on a $100 purchase.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the increase is projected to raise $30 million annually.

Two-thirds of that amount is supposed to pay for mental- and behavioral-health programs.

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Regional
8:15 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Latest Winter Storm, Ice Covers Highways In New Mexico

The latest winter storm to hit New Mexico is covering highways with snow and ice and closing schools in some areas.

Highways with severe or difficult driving conditions Friday include a 161-mile stretch of Interstate 25 between Glorieta and Raton Pass in northern New Mexico and a 155-mile stretch of Interstate 40 between Milagro and the Texas line.

The state Department of Transportation says its crews are plowing, salting and cindering.

Areas were schools are closed include Rio Rancho and Albuquerque's east mountains.

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Regional
6:00 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Community Members Come Together To Create Lasting Artwork

The Las Cruces Creates exhibit at the New Mexico State University closes this weekend, but the results of a community-weaving project were unveiled last night.

John Garrett directed the Community Weave at Las Cruces creates, a large piece that includes fabric from t-shirts donated by the community. He says the project was about more than creating art.

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Intermezzo
6:04 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Jazz, classical, marches all part of the mix for Mesilla Valley Concert Band concert

Conductor Bill Clark with the score of "Quartets," which the Mesilla Valley Concert Band will perform under his baton.
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Conductor Dr. William Clark says he likes to stretch the musicians of the Mesilla Valley Concert Band, and their March 1st concert includes a wide range of pieces that will do just that. From Tchaikovsky and Holst to contemporary composers Roger Cichy and Tom Dossett, and, as always, a Sousa march, the concert will showcase the many talents of the ensemble, particularly the trombones – who will play Meredith Willson’s “76 Trombones,” transcribed by local trombonist Tom Wildman. Clark came to the KRWG studios to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about the concert.

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Local Viewpoints
2:15 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

NM Senate Majority Leader Challenges Martinez And Skandera To Take High-Stakes Exam

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

  Santa Fe, NM – Responding to parents and students who are concerned about the over-use of standardized tests, Senate Majority Leader Michael S.

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