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12:52 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Researchers Warn Farmers To Prepare For Invasive Pests

New Mexico's number one crop, alfalfa, is at risk of new invasive pests as they establish themselves in the state.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports New Mexico State University entomologists are predicting new insects to affect fruit and vegetable crops, including the state's $300-million alfalfa industry.

NMSU Extension entomologist Jane Pierce says larvae of the white fringe beetle cause damage that can be mistaken for disease. Alfalfa farmers should look for thinning spots, check roots for holes and treat adult insects with insecticide.

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Online EXTRA
11:28 am
Mon May 18, 2015

El Paso Chihuahuas Announce Nationally Televised Game

Credit epchihuahuas.com

  EL PASO – The El Paso Chihuahuas home game versus the Iowa Cubs on May 31st will be carried on the American Sports Network (ASN) as part of the Minor League Baseball Sunday Showcase. First pitch has been moved to 5:05 p.m. 
 

“We are honored to have Southwest University Park as the spotlight for the first nationally televised game on May 31st,” said Chihuahuas General Manager, Brad Taylor. “We encourage all of El Paso to pack the house and show the United States what kind of a fan base we have.”

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Local Viewpoints
11:27 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Mexican Gray Wolf Supporters To Rally In Santa Fe Tuesday

  SANTA FE, N.M.— Wildlife supporters, including local activists from the Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance,  Animal Protection of New Mexico and WildEarth Guardians, will rally tomorrow, Tuesday, at noon at the state capitol to ask Gov. Susana Martinez to allow Ted Turner’s Ladder Ranch in Sierra County to continue housing Mexican gray wolves as part of the reintroduction of these endangered animals.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Proposed Paving Of Dripping Springs And Baylor Canyon Roads Divides Some County Residents

According to the Bureau of Land Management the proposed road pavings with have "no effect" of endangered wildlife.
Credit Simon Thompson

In 2013, Dona Ana County received $9 million dollars in federal money to pave dirt sections of Dripping Springs and Baylor Canyon roads all the way up to the Organ Mountains. But some residents remain divided over the plans just months before the work is scheduled to begin.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon May 18, 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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Regional
10:43 am
Sun May 17, 2015

In Depth: Hot Button Issues Vex Texas Legislators

Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock says he could have muscled his sweeping overhaul of the state's school finance system through the House with hours to go before the bill-passing deadline.

But the Killeen Republican and head of the House Public Education Committee decided that doing so ultimately would have been pointless.

There was no support — or even appetite — for his $3 billion bipartisan plan in the Senate, even though the way Texas pays for its schools has already been declared unconstitutional in a case awaiting appeal before the state Supreme Court.

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Regional
10:39 am
Sun May 17, 2015

Perry Pushes Keystone Pipeline In Iowa

Credit Former Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says American workers would benefit from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Speaking before roughly 1,300 people gathered Saturday night at an Iowa Republican Party dinner, Perry said the pipeline would drive down the cost of electricity and help lower taxes and boost wages.

Perry says blue-collar workers should say, "I'm going to vote for Republicans because they're going to raise my wages."

The proposed pipeline would transport oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

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Regional
10:38 am
Sun May 17, 2015

Two Sentenced To Prison For Bribing Voters With Cash, Drugs

Two women who worked in a South Texas school board campaign in 2012 have been sentenced to prison for bribing voters with cocaine, cash and other enticements.

A federal judge in McAllen sentenced Veronica Saldivar of Donna to eight months in prison after she pleaded guilty to election fraud. Rebecca Gonzalez received a four-month prison sentenced for her guilty plea to alteration of voting qualification and procedure.

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Regional
2:35 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

Dexter Police Chief Under Investigation

The police chief of a southeastern New Mexico town is the subject of a criminal investigation.

New Mexico State Police said Friday that they have opened an investigation into Dexter Police Chief Mario Contreras.

State Police Capt. Lance Bateman declined to disclose further details.

Dexter Mayor Mitch Daubert confirmed Contreras has been placed on administrative leave but would not say what allegations he faces.

Daubert says if the allegations stand, the city and police will take them very seriously.

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Regional
2:31 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

Blue Bell Layoffs Spark Outrage, Gratitude

Some were outraged, some were sympathetic, but there was no indifference among the families of workers affected by Blue Bell Creameries' announced plans for layoffs and furloughs.

The Brenham, Texas-based company is cutting more than a third of its workforce after a series of listeria illnesses linked to its ice cream prompted a nationwide recall of all its products. Another 1,400 workers will be furloughed.

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Intermezzo
5:03 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

NHSO to dedicate spring concert to memory of board member Larry Jonas

Conductor Marianna Gabbi and horn player Cora Patterson.
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Just a few weeks before its spring concert, the New Horizons Symphony Orchestra lost one of its board members and musicians, horn player Larry Jonas, in a tragic motorcycle accident. The concert will take place on Sunday, May 17, and will be dedicated to the memory of Jonas, who died on April 30. Conductor Marianna Gabbi and fellow horn player Cora Patterson came to the KRWG studios to talk about the loss of their friend and colleague, and the music the orchestra will play, including Beethoven’s 8th symphony, an overture by  Carl Marian von Weber, and waltzes by Johann Strauss, Jr.

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Regional
3:11 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

New Mexico Reports Cases Of Plague And Tularemia In Animals

  (Santa Fe) – The New Mexico Department of Health is reporting 4 cases of plague and 10 cases of tularemia in animals in New Mexico since the beginning of the year. Cases include one cat from Bernalillo County and one dog, a rabbit and a mouse from Santa Fe County, all with plague. Tularemia cases include 1 cat from Los Alamos County, 1 dog from Taos County, 3 dogs and a rabbit from Santa Fe County, and 3 dogs and 1 rabbit from Bernalillo County. Confirmatory testing was conducted at the Department’s Scientific Laboratory Division.

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Regional
3:01 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Former Las Cruces Volunteer Teacher Indicted On Sex Charges

  Las Cruces---Gary Vau, 31, was indicted by a District Court Grand Jury on (3) charges of Criminal Sexual Penetration in the 4th degree (school personnel) and (2) charges of Criminal Sexual contact of a minor in the 4th degree; Contributing to the delinquency of minor and tampering with evidence.

Vau was a volunteer Art Teacher at Holy Cross and St. Mary’s Catholic High School where the victim, less than eighteen years of age, is a student.

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Regional
12:45 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

NMSU Chile Pepper Institute Set To Ignite With Holy Jolokia Spice Rub

  As the weather warms up and grills begin to fire up, New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute wants to make sure backyard chefs are equipped to bring the heat. That’s why they are partnering with CaJohns Fiery Foods to unveil the newest in the Holy Jolokia collection, a spice rub specially designed for barbecue. 

“The Holy Jolokia rub goes great with ribs,” said Adan Delval, a program specialist with the Chile Pepper Institute. “It is spicy but also sweet, giving meat a sweet and hot flavor. The best part is it is sodium free.”

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Regional
12:38 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Perry To Announce Presidential Plans In June

Credit Former Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will say next month whether he's running for president.

Perry is the longest-serving governor in Texas history. He's been traveling in Iowa and other early-voting states to explore a second campaign for the White House.

A spokesman says the Republican former governor is not ready to say he's made up his mind, and says Perry will announce his intentions June 4 in Dallas.

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Regional
12:36 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Santa Fe Mayor Weighs In On Teacher Accused Of Throwing Books At Students (Literally)

Credit NMSU

The Santa Fe mayor has cautiously weighed in on criminal charges against a middle school principal and teacher in a book-throwing incident that has pitted school officials against police.

Mayor Javier Gonzales said Thursday that he didn't want to judge a situation still under investigation but wants any possible crime against a child to be investigated.

Gonzales called the safety of Santa Fe's children "paramount."

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Regional
6:47 am
Fri May 15, 2015

NM Governor Has No Plans To Call A Special Session

Negotiations have failed again and Gov. Susana Martinez has no plans to call a special session to consider more than $260 million in funding for public works projects.

Martinez spokesman Chris Sanchez says the governor met twice Thursday with Senate Finance Committee chair John Arthur Smith in an attempt to forge a compromise.

Later in the day, the Senate Democrats renewed their call for a special session.

Lawmakers failed to agree on the capital outlay projects during the regular session.

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PUENTES
11:19 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Help For Adopted Dogs

Kathy Lawitz at the KRWG FM studios.

  May 15, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges the community, Emily Guerra meets with Executive Director of the Doña Ana County Humane Society (DACHC), Kathy Lawitz, to talk about some of the services they offer the community in a coordinated effort to reduce animal overpopulation and abuse in the county; with programs such as, Animal Relief Fund (ARF) which offers aid to low-income pet owners whose pets have medical emergencies; Pets for Seniors; and Ruff-To-Ready – a free training program for owners of locally adopted dogs to show dog owners how to correct their pet

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Online EXTRA
4:38 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Senate Democrats Repeat Call For Special Session

Credit Senator John Arthur Smith (D-Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Sierra-35), Chair, Legislative Finance Committee

  SANTA FE, NM — Statement of Senator John Arthur Smith (D-Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Sierra-35), Chair, Legislative Finance Committee:

Senate Democrats are looking forward to a special session of the Legislature to pass a needed capital outlay funding bill.  This is the important unfinished work of the 2015 Legislature.  The projects contained in this legislation are critical to create jobs that we need in communities in every part of New Mexico.

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Regional
4:36 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Las Cruces Man Pleads Guilty To Drug And Firearms Charges

 

         

   ALBUQUERQUE – Eric G. Acosta, 28, a resident of Las Cruces, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court to methamphetamine trafficking and firearms charges.

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Intermezzo
4:29 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

NMSU singers preview their upcoming European tour with concert at San Albino

NMSU student Teresa Acosta and pianist Leah Houpt at KRWG.
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Some forty singers from the NMSU choirs have been rehearsing for several months for a tour to Germany and Prague at the end of May. Two of the singers, NMSU junior Teresa Acosta, and community member and pianist Leah Houpt, joined Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin – who will also be on the tour – to talk about the music they’ll perform, the places they will visit, and a “preview concert” that takes place at San Albino in Mesilla on Sunday, May 17.

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Online EXTRA
2:00 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Progress In Fight Against Ebola

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  (Santa Fe) – The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Liberia free from Ebola on Saturday after 42 days without a new case of the virus, which killed more than 4,700 people there during a year-long epidemic. A total of 11,005 people have died from Ebola in the three West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea since the outbreak began in December 2013, according to the WHO.

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Local Viewpoints
1:58 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Udall Calls On Congress To End Mass Telephone Surveillance, Reform Patriot Act

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  WASHINGTON – Today, during a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Tom Udall urged Congress to oppose a straight reauthorization of several expiring provisions of the Patriot Act and restore Americans' privacy rights by ending the government's dragnet collection of phone records.

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Online EXTRA
1:30 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

PRC: PNM Did Not Provide Electronic Access To Many Documents Related To Rate Case

  All five members of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) voted to reject Public Service Company of New Mexico’s (PNM) application to increase electrical rates for the company’s residential customers during the Commission’s case management meeting held Wednesday afternoon, May 13.

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Regional
10:44 am
Thu May 14, 2015

NMSU President To Serve As Batboy For Aggie Softball Team

  New Mexico State University President Garrey Carruthers will make good on a promise he made to the NMSU softball team and serve as the batboy during the Aggies’ game Friday in Tucson, Arizona, at the NCAA Softball Tournament.

“I made a commitment to Coach Kathy Rodolph that if she took her team to the NCAA Tournament, I would be the batboy for the team,” Carruthers said. “I made that commitment to her more than a year ago, and she didn’t forget it, so I’ll be on my way to Arizona this Friday. The team may now have the oldest batboy ever in the NCAA Softball Tournament.”

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Online EXTRA
10:43 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Report: New Mexico Made Third-Largest Cuts To Higher Education Since Recession

  ALBUQUERQUE— New Mexico is spending $4,383 less per student than it did before 2008, when adjusted for inflation. Only two states—Louisiana and Alabama—have made deeper cuts. And although most states—including New Mexico—have increased funding for higher ed over the last few years, 47 states are still spending less per student on higher education than before the recession.

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Regional
10:03 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Balderas: Insufficient Evidence Against Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg

  Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement today regarding the investigation of Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg:

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Regional
9:31 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Las Cruces Couple Charged After Children Test Positive For Cocaine

  The man arrested in March for allegedly keeping his girlfriend from leaving their residence has now – along with his girlfriend – been charged with child abuse after the couple’s two young children tested positive for cocaine.

Santana D. Jaramillo, 23, and Deva Leshae Blunt, 21, are charged with two counts of negligent child abuse. Jaramillo was served with the new charges last week at the Dona Ana County Detention Center where he is being held on previous charges. Blunt was detained Wednesday on a warrant issued by Magistrate Court.

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Regional
6:00 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Local Wilderness Painter Uneasy About Potential Development Near Tortugas Mountain

Las Cruces artist Meg Freÿermuth is painting a view of Organ Mountains that is likely to be blocked by a proposed retail development.
Credit Simon Thompson

Area residents are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument.  But some are concerned about how the surrounding area will be managed. 16 acres of land at the base of Tortugas Mountain is at the center of a long-running dispute.  The landowners are pushing for commercial zoning that could pave the way for retail businesses like fast-food restaurants.

Native Las Crucen Meg Freÿermuth is a professional artist who paints abstract, color drenched portraits of natural landscapes mainly around Las Cruces and Dona Ana County.

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Regional
6:00 am
Thu May 14, 2015

NMSU To Host Adolescent Mental Health Conference Saturday

  The New Mexico State University School of Nursing and the National Alliance for Mental Illness on Campus chapter at NMSU will host the Adolescent Mental Health Conference, “Inspiring, Empowering, and Motivating for Action,”Saturday, May 16, at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The conference will open at 8:30 a.m. with check-in beginning at 7:30 a.m. 

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