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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 Fronteras-A Changing America.

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.

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.

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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.

It took over a year to land Chope’s Town Café and Bar in La Mesa on the National Register of Historic Places.

What started off as a then-student project by New Mexico State University graduate Addison Warner and NMSU graduate student Norma Hartell took the café and bar’s nomination beyond the classroom and into history.

Their professor at the time Dr. Beth O’Leary who is now retired knew Warner and Hartell’s project was special.

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On May 26th, Chope’s Town Cafe and Bar in La Mesa was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

What started off as a then-student project by New Mexico State University graduate Addison Warner and NMSU graduate student Norma Hartell has flourished into a year-long effort to land “Chope’s” on the National Register of Historic Places.

When the sun starts to set in Chaparral, the Dolores Wright Center Park comes to life.

Basketball courts are filled with players, parents surround a playground where children play, an abandoned tennis court holds five-on-five street soccer matches, and organized youth soccer games are held on nearby fields.

Residents in Chaparral, like Daniel Kerr, have been very vocal about the possible closure of the park. Kerr, who uses the park to rollerblade, says that people come here to play sports and be active.

Due to vandalism and theft, Doña Ana County is considering closing the Dolores Wright Center Park and Colquitt Community Center in Chaparral.

Residents in Chaparral recently addressed the Doña Ana County Commission and have been speaking out about the value of the Park to the community.

Adrian Yañez has lived in Chaparral for most of his life. He has volunteered over 500 hours at youth camps held at the park. He says that if the park is closed there will be even less options for recreational activities in the community.

A new study says the risk for heart disease for American Indians is almost twice as high as the rest of the U.S. Population. 

Recently the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute released findings on the Strong Heart Study, an ongoing study to understand more about heart disease and to learn more about its risk factors in the American Indian Population. Dr. Amanda Fretts, Assistant Professor in Epidemiology at The University of Washington worked on the study. The study included men and women from 13 tribes in Arizona, Oklahoma, and North and South Dakota.

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The summer travel season is just around the corner and many folks may be planning trips abroad. One important thing they will need for international travel is a passport. The El Paso Passport Agency is hosting a local passport day this Saturday to help people apply for U.S. Passports.

Customer service Manager, Jennifer Archibeque, with the El Paso Passport Agency says the event is to help people apply for U.S. Passports.

With ongoing drought in the West, research is being done to find sustainable options for ranching in the future. To make that possible, some researchers are looking to a breed of cattle from the past to find answers.

On a windy weekday afternoon Alfredo Gonzalez navigates a narrow dirt road out into the Jornada Experimental Range located near Las Cruces. Gonzalez, an animal scientist at the range, is traveling to meet a herd of criollo cattle that he says are surviving on their own in the arid environment here.

According to a US Census Bureau 2013 report, nearly 22 percent of New Mexican households do not have a computer in the home.

Having a computer and an Internet connection are important components to bridging the digital divide that separates those who have access to the Internet along with digital resources. However, one expert on the digital divide says that more is needed beyond just hardware to reduce the divide.

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