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Senate Republicans pushed back a vote on their proposed healthcare bill aimed at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act until after the Fourth of July congressional recess.

Commentary: Las Cruces, NM -- A group of local Iranians met today with Congressman Steve Pearce’s staff to discuss their concerns over President Trump’s Executive Order banning travel from six Muslim-majority countries, including Iran.

“We came today to let the Congressman know how this Muslim ban would be devastating to so many of his constituents, and how it would badly impact the broader Las Cruces community,” said Ali Scotten, who heads the New Mexico chapter of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC).

Newmakers 917 - Sarah Silva, Executive Director-CAFé

Jun 7, 2017

Interview: Rep. Steve Pearce

Jun 2, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Fred Martino interviews Rep. Steve Pearce regarding many recent issues in the news, including the Republican health care plan and the investigation into Russian interference in the election.

Earlier this year, was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism to explore issues within New Mexico’s behavioral health system. http://

  A Las Cruces native and field-leading researcher in the areas of cancer genetics and neurosciences recently spoke at New Mexico State University about breakthrough discoveries that could impact future treatment of diseases such as Lou Gehrig’s disease, Huntington’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

NMSU Las Cruces Group Aims To Encourage Civil Discourse

May 9, 2017

From the SPACE Facebook Page:

Full KRWG Interview: New Mexico Congressman Steve Pearce

May 4, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

KRWG's Simon Thompson spoke with New Mexico Congressman Steve Pearce about recent house votes on healthcare, public lands and President Donald Trump's tax returns. 

“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.

National Poetry Month

Apr 12, 2017

National Poetry Month 

A project by New Mexico State University students

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the students of Connie Voisine's creative writing class researched New Mexico poets with the help of NMSU's Archives. 

Greys Registry by Keith Wilson

Read by James Puff

Five Directions To My Home by Juan Felipe Herrera

Read by Lucio Orduno

Mad Love of Spirits by Jennifer Giron

Read by Nicholas Vessel

They Inherit A Packet Of Earth by Jay Wright

Read by Karly Kunko

LISTEN: KRWG Town Hall With Senators Tom Udall And Martin Heinrich

Apr 11, 2017
Senator Martin Heinrich (D) and Senator Tom Udall (D)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. —  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich held a town hall meeting at the Las Cruces Convention Center on Monday, April 17, 2017. The senators spoke with constituents and answered questions about critical issues facing New Mexico. The town hall was moderated by KRWG-TV/FM’s Fred Martino.

Here is the audio of the town hall event. 

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.

A Leap Forward At NASA: The James Webb Space Telescope

Mar 30, 2017

From NASA:  The James Webb Space Telescope stands tall in the world’s largest cleanroom at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center…..Webb is the biggest and most powerful space telescope ever built…..and it’s scheduled to launch next year.

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.

Melissa Block

Mar 17, 2017

This week, NPR's Melissa Block was in southern New Mexico.  Block is traveling the nation, reporting for NPR's "Our Land" series.  Fred Martino spoke with her about what she's hearing from people across the country and what it is like to be a reporter when journalism is under attack.

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.

Simon Thompson

Mar 4, 2017
Simon Thompson

KRWG reporter Simon Thompson hails from Australia.  Over his holiday break, Thompson talked about the election of President Donald Trump with friends and family overseas and filed a report here on what he found.  Fred Martino talked with Thompson about his impressions of the election and working as a border journalist during the beginning of the Trump administration.

Brandon Vasquez

Mar 3, 2017

Brandon Vasquez is a student at Dona Ana Community College.  His parents brought him to the United States from Mexico at the age of 2.  He has no memories of that journey and the United States is the only home he's ever known.  Brandon benefited from President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, better known as DACA.  But with the Trump Administration now in power, Brandon and millions of others are worried.  Fred Martino talked with Brandon.

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.

Interview: "Consumed" Author Todd Lawson LaTourrette

Feb 23, 2017

I recently got to know Las Cruces resident Todd Lawson LaTourrette, an actor of stage, film and TV. He is also the published author of two books.

His new book, Consumed, is a stand-out, because it takes mental illness out of the shadows into the clear light of day in a brutally honest manner.

I’ve never seen the story of mental illness told as clearly, as poignantly, whether here in New Mexico or to a wider audience nationally. Many families are seeking stronger advocacy to help affected loved ones, and the book serves as a good example of that.

A 2015 Pew Research report estimated there were around 3.3 million Muslims living in the United States.

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.

Newsmakers 906-Simon Thompson

Feb 8, 2017

This week on Newmakers; a field report with Australian reaction to the election of Donald Trump.  Plus...Fred Martino speaks with KRWG's Simon Thompson, a native Australian.

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.

Las Cruces-Area Group Will Sing To Your Valentine

Jan 25, 2017

 Since 2009, the Cactus Chords have entertained hundreds of people in Las Cruces and El Paso.  Dedicated to enhancing the lives of others through the music of barbershop.  Their venues have included numerous Assisted Living and Nursing Care Centers, the VA Hospital in El Paso, the Cancer Treatment Center in Las Cruces, civic clubs, churches, homes and Special Events at the Las Cruces Events Center and the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum.

Newsmakers 904-NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia

Jan 22, 2017

Fred Martino speaks with Lily Eskelsen Garcia, President of the National Education Association.

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.

Thoughts On The Candidacy Of Donald Trump

Oct 13, 2016 (donald trump)

Is my Memo to Donald Trump, advising him two weeks ago to start talking about policy and to expand his paid TV advertising, now meaningless in the aftermath of the bombshell video leak?

Sure, he said some unadvisable, sexist things a decade ago. He’s done the same as a candidate, which is unfortunate.

Trump remains the free-wheeling tycoon with perhaps still enough appeal as a non-career politician to still be counted in.

To many, especially in the national media, the video clip brings his relevancy, even legitimacy, as a candidate to a screaming halt.

Dr. Pat Hynes

Sep 12, 2016

On this episode of Images, Fred Martino speaks with Dr. Pat Hynes, Director of the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium.  They discuss the upcoming International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight.  From the symposium website:

You are cordially invited to attend the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS 2016), to be held October 12-13, 2016, at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, Las Cruces, New Mexico.