KRWG

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.

Dr. Gregory Ewing

School districts across the state have felt the impact of the budget crisis and has left them planning for the next fiscal year without a finalized budget agreement for the state.

Dr. Gregory Ewing, Superintendent of Las Cruces Public Schools says the New Mexico Public Education Department has taken $2.7 million from the district’s operating funds. Ewing says the PED also took $500,000 from the district's transportation budget which is used to transport students to school. He also says LCPS also had $191,000 from instructional materials and supplies account.

Tax day is tomorrow and a new report out from the personal finance website wallethub.com takes a look at state and local tax collections along with the service quality that residents are getting. The report says that New Mexico ranks near the bottom when it comes to taxpayer return on investment.

The report took a look at education, health, safety, economy, and infrastructure and pollution. 

https://wallethub.com/edu/state-taxpayer-roi-report/3283/

“The Final Mission: Preserving NASA’s Apollo Sites” is a new book that discusses in great detail NASA’s Apollo sites, and the need to preserve them. The book is authored by Lisa Westwood, a professional archeologist and professor at Chico State University, Wayne Donaldson, Chairman of National Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and Beth O’Leary, Professor Emerita of NMSU’s Anthropology Department.

Beth O’Leary recently was a guest on KRWG-TV’s “In Focus.” O’Leary says that the book is about space archeology and heritage.

Bev Courtney is former president and a current member of the Las Cruces Tea Party. Courtney on a recent episode of “In Focus” shares why she got involved with the organization.

“There was so many people there, and there was high energy, I liked the things they said, I agreed with them,” says Courtney.

Courtney says she is a supporter of President Donald Trump. She says Trump was successful in his campaign, because his message resonated with people like her.

The Republican Proposed American Healthcare Act failed to gather enough support last week in Congress, and that had some healthcare consumer groups relieved for older adults who they say could have faced great burden.

In part two of KRWG’s In Focus interview with Roman Jimenez, Chairman of the Doña Ana County Republican Party, Mr. Jimenez shares his thoughts on immigration enforcement, The North American Free Trade Agreement, and shares his perspective on why Republicans lost control of the New Mexico House of Representatives in the 2016 election.

The Republican-proposed American Healthcare Act has some consumer groups speaking out saying that the bill may threaten access to essential health benefits like maternity care, or mental health services, which are covered under the Affordable Care Act. 

Some consumer groups say the bill may also impact another essential health benefit…treatment for substance abuse disorders.

One of the provisions that the American Healthcare Act aims to remove is the individual mandate penalty from law and aims to replace it with a so-called “Continuous Coverage” penalty, and that has consumer groups speaking out against allowing companies to charge more to those who go without insurance.

Roman Jimenez, Chairman of the Doña Ana County Republican Party was a recent guest on KRWG’s In Focus. On the program, Jimenez shared what he says he wants people to know what the Republican Party stands for.

“We stand for the liberties that have been given to them. Their inalienable rights to free speech, their inalienable rights to own property, to make their voices heard and to live basically a free life over an intrusive government,” says Jimenez.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office says that under the GOP proposed American Healthcare Act 24 million people may be uninsured in 2026 if the bill changes Medicaid funding along with changes to subsidies for insurance.

A recent teleconference has some consumer groups raising concern that a repeal of The Affordable Healthcare Act may lead to the return of so-called high-risk pools.

As Congress debates GOP-led efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act many are concerned about how funding Medicaid may be affected. This week, consumer groups held a teleconference to voice their concerns about Medicaid funding.

Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid funding by states is matched by the federal government dollar for dollar. That system would change in 2020 under the Republican proposed American Healthcare Act.

For over a year, The Islamic Center of Las Cruces has offered classes to educate the Las Cruces community on Islam.

Radwan Jallad, President of the Islamic Center of Las Cruces said in a recent taping of “In Focus” the outpouring of response from the community has been very supportive.

“They recognize us as neighbors and friends,” says Jallad.

Community members reached out to the center for encouragement to offer presentations that provide a basic education of Islam, and what the faith is about to provide better understanding to the community.

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.

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima

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.

Anthony Moreno

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.

Anthony Moreno

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.

Anthony Moreno

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.

Anthony Moreno

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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