Simon Thompson

Reporter/Producer

Simon Thompson is a reporter for KRWG-TV's Newsmakers.  You can also hear his reports on KRWG-FM's Morning Edition.

If you have a story idea, e-mail us.  The address is feedback@nmsu.edu

Regional
6:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

New Mexico Medicinal Cannabis Producers Say Reforms Need To Address Access and Security Issues

Mandy Denson is the Co-owner of Compassionate Distributors dispensary, Ruidoso- she says the New Mexico medicinal program needs to be more conscious of challenges posed by federal prohibition.
Credit Simon Thompson

Mandy Denson co-owns Compassionate Distributors dispensary in Ruidoso. She says when medicinal marijuana was approved in New Mexico and dispensaries started setting up shop they were mainly in the northern part of the state.

“Our portion of the state in southeastern New Mexico is very poor I grew up in Roswell so I am familiar with the general demographics ". She says.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Organ Monument Designation Key Factor In ETA's Denial Of Commercial Zoning Near Tortugas Mountain

Outdoors man and local resident Duane Mosley anxiously awaits the Extra Territorial Zoning Authorities decision on proposed commercial development near the base of Tortugas Mountain
Credit Simon Thompson

Tortugas Mountain is a site of cultural significance for the Our Lady of Guadalupe Tortugas Pueblo congregation, who climb the mountain in an annual pilgrimage to honor the Virgin Mary.  But it’s also an important place for local residents like Duane Mosley who go to the mountain to unwind, hike, and watch the sunset and the stars at night.

“It has always been a special place for me” he says “Eating the mesquite beans and watching lizards crawl around on the rocks it is something that brings me back to my center” he says.

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Regional
4:10 am
Thu July 17, 2014

ETA Denies Appeal For Commercial Zoning Near Tortugas Mountain

Residents are concerned the proposed commercial zoning of a piece of land near Tortugas mountain would ruin the surrounding recreational area
Credit Simon Thompson

On Wednesday night the Extra-Territorial Zoning Authority or ETA denied the appeal of the decision that rejected commercial zoning near Tortugas mountain.  After the 8 hour long public meeting, the 5 ETA members present voted unanimously against changing the decision.  A successful appeal would have allowed the property’s owners to build a strip mall on the site.

Dona Ana County Development Staff was the applicant making the appeal. The ETA says staff failed to prove a commercial zoning would be consistent with the comprehensive plan for the area.

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Proposed Changes To NM Medicinal Cannabis Program Could Make Medicine Harder To Access For Patients

Different strains of marijuana are spread across the counter at dispensaries Compassionate distributor in Ruidoso New Mexico
Credit Simon Thompson

Green Crack, Super Silver Diesel Haze and Snowberry- Just three of the names given to cannabis being legally used in New Mexico to treat anything from cancer to chronic pain to post traumatic stress disorder.

The New Mexico Department of Health is proposing changes to the state's medicinal marijuana program. Dispensaries are concerned that it will make the medicine even more expensive when some patients already faced shortages and difficulty paying for their medicine.

Mandy Denson is the co-owner of Compassionate Distributors dispensary in Ruidoso.

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Regional
8:30 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Feral Pigs Challenge Ranching Community In Southeast New Mexico

A feral pig looking for food in the New Mexican wilderness
Credit Courtesy of the USDA

Feral pigs cost the U.S. $1.5 billion dollars every year. But wild pigs aren’t just endangering wildlife and native plants. The animals are threatening the livelihood of a longtime ranching community in Otero County.

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Regional
1:38 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Las Cruces Dioceses Opens Its Doors To Immigrant Families

Bishop Oscar Cantu announces the Las Cruces Dioceses project to house, clothe and feed immigrant parents and their children
Credit Simon Thompson

When someone is apprehended crossing the border illegally they are handed over to Immigration and Customs enforcement or ICE.

But they don’t have enough of facilities needed to house the minors and families coming across the border. So once they have been processed they are released on their own reconnaissance, while they wait for their immigration hearings.

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Regional
10:22 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Boosting High Tech In Southern NM Means Faster Commercialization Of University Technology

The water desalination product was developed from existing New Mexico State University technology and patents
Credit Simon Thompson

32 of New Mexico’s fastest growing tech companies saw collective growth of 14% since the recession. That is according to the ‘The Flying 40’, a list that reports on New Mexico’s tech industry progress annually. But when it comes to tech companies in the southern part of the state few are even mentioned.

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Regional
10:36 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Drone Facility Puts Holloman At The Helm Of Changing Face Of Warfare

A MQ-9 coming in for landing after at test flight at Holloman air force base in Alamogordo
Credit Courtesy of Holloman AFB

While the federal government has been cutting military budgets over the last 2 years- the Holloman remotely piloted Aircraft training program has been growing.

Students in the remotely piloted aircraft facility at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo are training with two different unmanned aircrafts or drones The MQ1 "Predator" and the more powerful MQ-9 "Reaper". But not before racking hours and hours of training on simulators doing virtual missions.

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