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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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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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Regional
7:25 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Court Arguments Heard In Las Cruces Recall Petition Case

The petitioner for a recall election against Las Cruces City Councilor Gill Sorg is suing the city.  The lawsuit contends the City Clerk wrongfully withdrew signatures from the recall petition. Attorneys for Councilor Sorg are intervening in the case on his behalf. Arguments were made in court Wednesday.

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Regional
4:48 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Public Meetings Scheduled To Present Unified Development Code

  The Doña Ana County Planning and Zoning Commission will host a series of public meetings beginning this week to solicit public input on the latest draft of the Viva Doña Ana Comprehensive Plan and the Unified Development Code (UDC).

The meeting schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 – Sunland Park

Gadsden School District Administrative Complex

4950 McNutt Rd. Sunland Park, NM

6:30-8 p.m.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 – Hatch

Hatch Community Center

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Regional
4:46 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Las Cruces Animal Control Officers Now Certified Animal Cruelty Investigators

  A pair of Las Cruces Animal Control officers have completed intensive training to become certified animal cruelty investigators.

Animal Control officers Abraham Flores and Juan Valles completed the National Animal Control and Humane Academy’s Levels I, II and III and are now certified animal cruelty investigators.

Flores and Valles now have the formal training required to investigate a possible felony animal abuse cases and turn evidence over to the Las Cruces Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Section for prosecution.

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Regional
4:40 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

New Mexico Gets Waiver From Federal Teacher Requirements

Credit ped.state.nm.us

The U.S. Department of Education will give New Mexico a waiver on requiring all classrooms have a "highly qualified" teacher as mandated by the federal No Child Left Behind law.

The New Mexico Public Education Department announced late Tuesday that the waiver will give state officials more flexibility to teacher qualification restrictions.

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Regional
4:37 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Lawsuit: Pedophile Priest Sent To New Mexico

A new lawsuit says the Vatican sent a New England priest accused of raping boys and stealing parish money to New Mexico for treatment and that he later abused a boy in that state numerous times.

The lawsuit recently filed in Albuquerque District Court says a religious order in Massachusetts wrote the Vatican seeking to fire Rev. John George Weisenborn. However, the Vatican instructed the diocese to send Weisenborn to New Mexico in 1964 where he was later hired as a full-time priest.

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Local Viewpoints
9:37 am
Wed May 13, 2015

What King v. Burwell Could Mean For New Mexicans

(Albuquerque, NM) – The health care law known as ObamaCare remains controversial, not just among the population at large, but among legal experts and in the courts. The latest decision relating to the health care law popularly known as “ObamaCare” was heard by the US Supreme Court in March of this year. The decision could impact the flow of hundreds of billions of dollars in Obamacare subsidies as well as taxes and mandates under the law.

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Online EXTRA
8:43 am
Wed May 13, 2015

FACT SHEET: House Republicans Shortchange Critical Domestic Priorities in New Mexico

This week, House appropriators will consider the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, one of the first to be considered under the Congressional Republican budget framework. With several appropriations bills, as well as funding allocations for the remaining bills, now available, it is becoming increasingly clear how House Republicans plan to budget at discretionary funding levels that are the lowest in a decade, adjusted for inflation.

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Regional
7:33 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Proposed Road Paving Puts Monumental Divide Between Dona Ana County Residents

  Should the two roads leading up to the Organ Mountains be fully paved?  That is a question that has put a monumental divide between many Dona Ana County residents.

In 2013, Dona Ana County applied for federal money to pay for the proposed road enhancements with the intention of improving public and tourist access to the Organ Mountains and public lands.

In a Tuesday night meeting at the Farm and Ranch Museum County residents got a chance to discuss the proposal.

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Missouri Closure In Las Cruces Wednesday Night And Early Thursday

  Las Cruces – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One office along with FNF Construction continue with work along I-25 between Lohman Avenue (exit 3) and University Avenue (exit 1). An overnight closure is scheduled for Wednesday May 13, 2015 as work progresses on the southbound bridge.

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Las Cruces AIDS Candlelight Memorial Saturday

(Las Cruces) – The New Mexico Department of Health joins the Southwest Action Group (SWAG) to participate in the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, Saturday May 16th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at First Christian Church, 1809 El Paseo Rd. in Las Cruces, NM. The event is free and open to the public.

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Regional
4:28 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

NMSU On Team For National Center Of Excellence For Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Unmanned aircraft, better known as a drone.
Credit Courtesy of Holloman AFB

  New Mexico State University is a core member-university on a team that will operate a new Federal Aviation Administration National Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

On May 8, the FAA announced that the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) would operate the new center. NMSU, as a core university of ASSURE, is helping lead the partnership of academic and industry members that will begin a new era of commercial unmanned aircraft research, development and integration into the nation’s airspace. 

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Online EXTRA
4:23 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

New Report: State Of New Mexico Preschools

  Washington, D.C — State funded preschool education, hard hit by the Great Recession, has turned the corner and in many states is back on an expansion track according to the national survey of the states done annually by the nonpartisan National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University. For the second year in a row, NIEER’s data show that, nationally speaking, the states have increased funding for pre-K.

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Regional
4:20 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Lobbyists Spend Big Money In New Mexico

Lobbyists and organizations feted New Mexico legislators and other officials with more than $519,000 worth of food, drink and gifts from Jan. 15 through the end of April. Of the 600 lobbyists registered with the Secretary of State’s office to represent more than 750 clients, only 116 spent money during the session. Those individual lobbyists spent $334,419 on events such as the 100th Bill Party, electric toothbrushes, teddy bears, gift certificates and, in one instance, ammunition for concealed carry training. And 14 companies spent $184,685.

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Regional
4:16 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

BLM to Waive Fees at Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

  Las Cruces, NM – On May 16-17, 2015, in honor of the one-year anniversary of the designation of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument (Monument), the BLM will waive all site-specific standard amenity and individual day-use fees at Monument recreation sites and areas.  Other fees, such as overnight camping and group day-use sites, will remain in effect. The 496,330 acre Monument was established on May 21, 2014, by Presidential Proclamation.  It was established to protect significant prehistoric, historic, geologic, and biologic resources of scientific interest, and includes fo

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4:11 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

"Preacher" TV Pilot To Film In New Mexico

Credit nmfilm.com

  SANTA FE - New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that AMC and Sony Pictures Television will produce the pilot "Preacher" in the state May through the beginning of June in Albuquerque, NM.  The pilot will be directed by Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg.

 

"Albuquerque welcomes 'Preacher' to our city.  We support the movie industry, and the movie industry supports our economy; it's a great thing for everyone," said Mayor Richard J. Berry.

 

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Regional
4:09 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Dona Ana County District Attorney Discusses Las Cruces Recall Misrepresentation Allegations

Credit facebook (Mark D'Antonio)

KRWG previously reported that the New Mexico State Police Department is looking into the allegations of fraudulent activity by the petitioners; we have an update on the investigation.

Dona Ana County District Attorney Mark D’Antonio said that he has been made aware of the investigation and is being kept apprise by the New Mexico State Police.

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4:08 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Call For National Renewable Electricity Standard

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced a bill to create jobs, save consumers money and reduce pollution by creating a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES). The legislation, which would help the United States diversify its energy sources while establishing our leadership in clean energy production, would require utilities to generate 30 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030.

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