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Anthony Moreno

News Director

In addition to serving as News Director, Anthony anchors KRWG-FM's Morning Edition and KRWG-TV's "In Focus" and "New Mexico Now."

Anthony is from Kansas City, Missouri. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Pittsburg State University. While at Pitt State, he was introduced to National Public Radio by a professor. From that moment Anthony knew that he wanted to be a part of Public Radio.

Prior to KRWG, Anthony served as a local afternoon host for All Things Considered for a public radio station in Southeast Kansas, where he reported and produced local features from around the region, hosted and produced a weekly university program, and he served as a substitute host for a locally produced classical music program.

Anthony enjoys live music performances, jogging, playing basketball, watching his hometown sports teams, and trying new foods. He is excited to serve the community here in Southern New Mexico and West Texas, along with exploring the rich cultural landscape that exists throughout the Southwest.

A 2015 Pew Research report estimated there were around 3.3 million Muslims living in the United States. http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/01/06/a-new-estimate-of-the-u-s-muslim-population/

In a taped episode of “In Focus” Radwan Jallad, President of The Islamic Center of Las Cruces shared some history about the center and the faith. Jallad says the center was formed in the early 1980s.

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Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima gave the “State of the City” address Wednesday which focused on economic development. He stated how important the diversity of the economy was, along with the potential growth in the region at the border in Santa Teresa. The mayor also stated how crucial federal and state jobs were to the city, and he also cast blame on what he said were  “irresponsible tax cuts by the last two state administrations.”

“These cuts benefiting high-income individuals, and out-of-state-corporations have done little to grow our economy, ” says Miyagishima.

On Tuesday, a unity march and rally at New Mexico State University featured speakers, music, and poetry from diverse NMSU student organizations and the community of Las Cruces.

Organizers called the event a “Love Trumps Hate March.” NMSU political action groups, Aggie Solidarity and Young Berniecrats helped organize with other diverse campus and community organizations, in what the groups described as an effort to form collaborative efforts.

Many folks may be planning a romantic evening for their loved ones on this Valentine’s Day. However, a new report says that in New Mexico there are some challenges to finding a romantic partner.

A recent WalletHub report https://wallethub.com/edu/best-states-for-singles/31667/says that the state ranks 7th worst in the country for single people, but the same report ranks New Mexico fifth for most singles available in the country. 

Some families in Las Cruces are volunteering to help refugees who are seeking safety by opening up their homes to them while they transition to family living in the United States.

The program is called “Project Oak Tree.” It is only facilitated by The Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces, and works with the Annunciation House of El Paso at the request of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

As part of the program, volunteer host families in Las Cruces briefly house refugees seeking asylum after immigration officials have vetted and released them.

This spring semester, hundreds of middle school students in Southern New Mexico will have a chance to experience college life for a day along with their parents on the campus of New Mexico State University.

The Young Achievers' Forum is an event that provides this opportunity for students and parents to learn about college life and what it takes to get on the path to a degree and a career they may be interested in.

Recently, the Southern Poverty Law Center issued a report titled, “Ten Days After: Harassment and Intimidation in the Aftermath of This Election.” The report cited nearly 900 incidents of intimidation and hate across the country in the days following the Presidential election.

The rhetoric on the campaign trail in this past presidential election has sparked much fear and anxiety in different communities across our country, and according to a recent report in the ten days after the election of Donald Trump as President of The United States, there have been nearly 900 documented incidents of harassment and intimidation.

Velo Cruces, The Optimist Club of Las Cruces, and Southern New Mexico Bicyclist Educators recently came together for an event called “Ride Right, Ride Bright” at Mesilla Valley Community of Hope.

The organizations offered safety equipment and repair for low-income people in the area who need their bike for transportation.

In 2014, New Mexico had the second highest drug overdose death rate in the entire country, and New Mexico’s Department of Health recently released data that shows that overdose deaths have declined in 20 of the 33 counties in the state.

One way the state is investing in preventing overdose deaths and substance abuse is through a program that works with peer advocates who have experienced what it is like to be addicted to alcohol and other drugs.

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The Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) turns 40 this year, and last weekend in Las Cruces college students from across the country came together to meet with policy makers, land managers, and researchers for a three day discussion about the future management of public lands.

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A local non-profit is working to reach areas in Doña Ana County that may not have access to fresh healthy food.

At a recent ribbon cutting ceremony at Klein Park in Las Cruces, La Semilla Food Center celebrated the launch of their farm fresh mobile market. The mission is to get fresh local fruits, vegetables, meats, and more to communities that may not have any nearby healthy food options.

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The state of New Mexico has the 3rd oldest state legislature in the entire country with the average age being 62. That’s according to December 2015 data from the National Conference of State Legislatures (http://www.ncsl.org/research/about-state-legislatures/who-we-elect.aspx).

So why don’t younger people in the state seek a seat in state legislature? One major reason may be there is no paid salary.

For the last 50 years, people from around the world have walked through the doors of the Mesilla Book Center searching for their favorite authors or Native American arts and craft products.

It’s a weekday afternoon on the New Mexico State University campus and college students from Ecuador are hanging out and playing cards. They’ve been studying English all day as part of a new program being held at NMSU this summer.

Josh Walker, with the Center of English Language Programs at NMSU says it’s the first year of a program being implemented through the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador and student’s host college.

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As technology in farming and ranching continues to grow, there is still a need for windmills. Recently, New Mexico State University hosted a workshop to offer hands on training to students wanting to get experience to gain entrance into the windmill industry.

You may have heard the saying that it was the gun that won the American west, but Carlos Rosencrans says otherwise.

“Without water, of course people wouldn’t have been able to move into the west. So really, it was the windmill that had more influence on that then the gun, you might say,” says Rosencrans.

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The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and last September the Obama Administration rolled out a program that gives fourth grade students free entry to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters across the country.

On a recent weekday morning school buses pull up to a parking lot at the Dripping Springs Natural Area part of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument near Las Cruces.

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Roland Miller’s book Abandoned in Place: Preserving America’s Space History, captures a close look at the places and structures that played an important role in the United State's race to space.

Dr. Beth O’Leary, NMSU Professor Emerita of Anthropology is a contributor to the book; she recently was in-studio to share her work involved with this book on KRWG-TV’s Fronteras-A Changing America.

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From the being a radio announcer to driving a truck across North America, one Las Cruces resident stays busy, and enjoys life to the fullest.

Every week, 86-year old Lois Jones performs for an hour on the organ with Marietta Holmes on the piano.  The duo perform tunes from the 1920s-1950s before an audience at the Good Samaritan Society, Las Cruces Village Auditorium.

Over 58, 200 American soldiers lost their lives in the Vietnam War, and in Las Cruces a recent addition to the memorial symbolizes the sacrifice that so many made during that conflict.

A 4300-pound Huey medevac helicopter now stands mounted above the center of the Vietnam War Memorial in Las Cruces at an angle that makes it seem as if the helicopter is rising from the ground above what looks like palms from the jungle landscape that many who served in this war navigated.

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On Wednesday, bells rang in Columbus, New Mexico as names were read to honor the lives that lost in the border village 100 years ago.

On March 9th, 1916 Mexican Revolutionary Pancho Villa and his men raided the border community. The raid ended with the town losing several buildings, along with residents dealing with the emotional aftermath of the attack.

An economic forecast for New Mexico, and the rest of the country took place on Thursday at the Las Cruces Convention Center. New Mexico State University and Wells Fargo hosted the economic outlook conference.

Dr. Eugenio Alemán, a senior economist with Wells Fargo says that with the manufacturing sector and low petroleum prices, the economy is going to continue to stagger some.

Glenn Schwaiger

Glenn Schwaiger, an artist and associate professor at New Mexico State University and Doña Ana Community College, will give a presentation on his latest trip to Jingdezhen, China, next week.

Schwaiger’s presentation on his three-month study is titled, “Handcrafted Porcelain in China: Collaborative Processes and Methods." 

This presentation  will be take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23rd in the Health and Social Services Building Auditorium, on the NMSU Campus in Las Cruces. 

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For more than 30 years Jim Patterson has been working on developing products and designs for horns. Jim and his wife Cora, both horn players, own and operate Patterson Hornworks, which repairs, designs, and handcrafts French horns in Las Cruces.

Jim Patterson says he handcrafts his horns in a "old school" way.

Chile harvest season is wrapping up across the Southwest, and as consumers add chile to their traditional foods this holiday season, growers are hoping that technology could soon help with workforce shortages.

In New Mexico, Chile is part of the state’s identity…so much that the official state question is: “Red or Green?”

Every year, New Mexicans rejoice as chile harvest season arrives, and as this season comes to a close, growers are hoping to find some answers to meet labor shortages plaguing the industry. 

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Recently, a historical marker was unveiled on the campus of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces to honor an innovator in bilingual education.

The marker, which is located on Espina Street between University Avenue and Stewart Street honors Maria Gutierrez Spencer, who was an advocate for bilingual education decades before it was as valued at the level it is today in the United States.

Applause filled a classroom at Doña Ana Community College Wednesday after DACC President Renay Scott and New Mexico State University Chancellor Garrey Carruthers announced that the associate nursing program at DACC has received national accreditation for the next five years by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

In 2012, the associate nursing program at Doña Ana Community College lost national accreditation. The following year, students filed a class-action lawsuit against DACC and NMSU over the loss of the accreditation.

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Last month, Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima announced that the city had joined a handful of others across the nation by having zero homeless veterans.

In 2014, The United States Housing and Urban Development Department estimated that on any given night just under 50,000 homeless veterans are on the streets in the United States, and between 2013 and 2014 there was an 11 percent decrease in homelessness among veterans, and a decline by 33 percent from 2009 to 2014.

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At Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility a new program is underway that is working with inmates and dogs. The program is called P.A.W.S. and the goal of the program is to help dogs who are just days away from being euthanized get basic training and find a home.  

James Gonzalez is an inmate serving a life sentence, but the dog he is training named Puck just escaped “Death Row” thanks to a new program called Prisoners and Animals Working Toward Success or P.A.W.S.

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