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11:41 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Heinrich Reaction To Netanyahu: U.S. Cannot Abandon Negotiations With Iran

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) made the following statement on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to a joint meeting of Congress today:

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Regional
8:20 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Southeastern New Mexico Highway Ranks High On Needed Improvement

A new study says a busy a highway in southeastern New Mexico's oil region ranks high on a state list of highways needing repairs.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports that a new study by a national transportation research group found U.S. 82 to be the highway in greatest need of an overhaul in the state.

U.S. 82 in Lea and Eddy counties sees a high volume of traffic due to the oil industry in the region.

The number one ranked U.S. 82 project, which involves expanding the roadway into four lanes with frontage roads, is estimated to cost $180 million.

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Regional
8:18 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Utility Regulators To Hear Public On Power Plant Proposal

New Mexico utility regulators plan a two-part meeting Wednesday for the public to comment on Public Service Co. of New Mexico's proposal to shut down half of a coal-fired power plant near Farmington.

The Public Regulation Commission scheduled afternoon and evening sessions in the Farmington council chambers on PNM's proposal to shut down two units of the San Juan Generating Station.

The commission is holding a public comment period after finishing evidentiary hearings on Jan. 27 before it makes a final decision.

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Regional
8:15 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Unlicensed Dentist In Santa Fe Sentenced To Six Years In Prison

An unlicensed dentist who worked on the teeth of numerous people in Santa Fe is going to prison.

State District Court Judge Glenn Ellington on Monday sentenced Mexican national Eliver Kestler to six years in prison after calling him a "one-man health hazard" to the people of Santa Fe.

Prosecutor Peter Valencia told Ellington that Kestler preyed on the disadvantaged, didn't use gloves or anesthesia while working on patients and carried his tools in a dirty toolbox.

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Regional
8:12 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Deadline Looms For States To Respond In Immigration Suit

A deadline is nearing for a coalition of states suing to stop President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration to respond to a request by the U.S. government to lift a temporary hold of the orders.

The states have until Tuesday to submit court documents detailing why U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Texas should not lift a preliminary injunction.

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue March 3, 2015

950 Las Cruces Students Walk Out On PARCC Test

About 100 Mayfield High School Students walked out on the PARCC test in protest.
Credit Simon Thompson

Nearly one thousand Las Cruces students staged a walkout Monday protesting the increasing number and intensity of high stakes tests. They say an overemphasis on testing is ruining their education.

Students at Mayfield High School in Las Cruces walked out to protest a new standardized test being administered throughout New Mexico.

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, known as the PARCC test.

About 100 students walked out at Mayfield. And 950 throughout the Las Cruces Public Schools.

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue March 3, 2015

NMSU Composting Worm Bins Project Brings Students, Community Together

The Cooperative Extension Services at New Mexico State University partnered with two elementary schools in Hidalgo county to set up worm bins and teach students life science, gardening and composting, integrating as many activities and subjects as possible. (Courtesy Photo)

  The Cooperative Extension Services at New Mexico State University recognize the importance of teaching newer and older generations the importance of sustainability as part of their Extension outreach efforts. 

John R. Allen, program director of the Hidalgo County Cooperative Extension Service, partnered with two elementary schools to set up a composting worm bin, which students kindergarten to fourth-grade have to care for and use as a learning tool.

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Udall Promotes Legislation To Address Child Well-Being

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  Senator Udall brought attention to the Saving Our Next Generation…or SONG…Act during a recent conference call with reporters.  Udall introduced the bill…which is designed to increase access to federal education and anti-poverty programs.

"Children are our future workforce," Udall said. "We must break the vicious cycle of poverty. The first step is to invest in child well-being."

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Regional
9:51 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Students Aren't The Only Ones Concerned With PARCC Testing

The New Las Cruces School Board Members were sworn into office, the same day close to 950 students around the district walked out of class. New member Ed Frank taught math for 39 years, and he says changes need to be made to standardized testing.

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Local Viewpoints
7:49 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Albuquerque High And West Mesa High Students Protest Hold Second Walkout/Protest Tuesday

For the second straight day, a group of parents, students and community members are walking out in protest of the PARCC Exams. 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.

“Our education is not for sale, we are more than a score!” says another student and organizer, Maya Quiñones.

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Online EXTRA
5:02 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Heinrich Announces Growing Support For Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) today announced 12 new Republican and Democratic cosponsors to the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015.

The Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act, which Senator Heinrich introduced last month with Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), includes a broad array of bipartisan measures to enhance opportunities for hunters, anglers, and outdoor recreation enthusiasts, reauthorize key conservation programs, improve access to public lands, and help boost the outdoor recreation economy.

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Regional
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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