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Local Host(s): 
Fred Martino, Newsmakers Anchor


10:14 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Bilingual Education

3:45 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Newsmakers 717, 6/18/15

Field reports include:  Hopes are raised for a proposal to create an enforcement mechanism for the Las Cruces minimum wage law; a profile of a Deming museum that offers free admission to a wealth of area history; and we'll examine why southern New Mexico spelling bee champs are competing for Texas.

10:04 am
Tue June 16, 2015

Aggies Go Global Visits India

Fred Martino interviews several students from the Aggies Go Global program about their recent experience exploring India as part of an UBELONG expedition.

4:58 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Chamber Economic Forum

4:23 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Newsmakers 715, 5/14/15


This episode includes field reports on a proposal for commercial zoning at the base of Tortugas Mountain near Las Cruces; New Mexico State Police investigate charges of fraud in the recall election campaign against three Las Cruces city councilors; and a forum on standardized testing in public schools is held at New Mexico State University.

4:50 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

NMSU Exchange With The University Of LaSalle

This episode profiles an exchange between New Mexico State University and the University of LaSalle in Colombia. 

1:14 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

NEA Las Cruces President Patrick Sanchez

Simon Thompson


Simon Thompson interviews National Education Association Las Cruces President Patrick Sanchez.  Also includes an in-depth report on the Public Education Department's decision to force the Las Cruces Public Schools to treat contractually-negotiated sick and personal leave days as any other absence for teacher evaluations.

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11:24 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Newsmakers 712, 4/23/15

Field reports include:  

A visit to Magdalena, New Mexico, a village that ran
out of water two years ago; students who fail to take the PARCC standardized test won't qualify for a diploma in New Mexico; and a visit with southern New Mexico photographer Wayne Suggs.

11:41 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Bill Allen, President/CEO-Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce

  Fred Martino interviews Bill Allen, President/CEO of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce.  They discuss a variety of issues affecting local business, including an increase in the Dona Ana County gross receipts tax and an increase in the Las Cruces minimum wage.

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11:37 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Newsmakers 710, 4/9/15

An update on the threat dairies may pose to groundwater; a Las Cruces exhibit takes you back to the 1800's in New Mexico; and a local "boot camp" prepares the workforce to apply for a job and stay employed.

9:00 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Sarah Nolan, Executive Director-Communities in Action and Faith

Fred Martino interviews Sarah Nolan, Executive Director-Communities in Action and Faith of Las Cruces.

12:18 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Newsmakers 3/26/15

Reports include:  Concerns over a lack of enforcement for the new minimum wage law in Las Cruces; NMSU students help an historic La Mesa restaurant get state recognition, and the National Register of Historic Places could be the next step; and a look at the dwindling groundwater supply in southern New Mexico.

5:38 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Economic Development In New Mexico

This episode of Newsmakers includes field reports on the incentives being used to attract new business and grow existing firms in New Mexico.  Also:  Simon Thompson interviews Davin Lopez, President/CEO of the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance.

10:38 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Newsmakers 706-Public Policy In Southern New Mexico

Field reports include: A look at compulsory voting policies following
low voter turnout levels; an update on plans to create new rules to
protect homeowners from arroyos in Las Cruces; and the Dona Ana County Commission considers a gross receipts tax increase.

11:32 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Viki Harrison, Common Cause New Mexico

Fred Martino discusses the New Mexico legislative session with Viki
Harrison, Executive Director of Common Cause New Mexico.

7:26 pm
Sat February 7, 2015

Paul Gessing, Rio Grande Foundaton

Fred Martino discusses the 2015 New Mexico legislative session with Paul Gessing, President of the Rio Grande Foundation.  Next week, we discuss the session with Common Cause New Mexico, continuing our efforts to bring you the most diverse mix of viewpoints in the state.

5:24 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Newsmakers 703

Field reports include: A program to teach bike repair to prisoners at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility; a profile of a charter school in Sunland Park that focuses on health career preparation; and a profile of the NMSU Therapeutic Riding Program.

5:20 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Newsmakers 702

This episode includes a look at healthcare for veterans in El Paso; a local protest regarding the Keystone XL pipeline; and a visit to the Las Cruces Chamber Ballet.

10:54 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Newsmakers 701

Field reports include:  A look at the expanded use of body cameras coming to the Las Cruces Police Department in 2015; plans are underway to pave important roads in the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument; and New Mexico State University film students get real-life experience to prepare for a career.

1:59 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Chamber Economic Forum

Watch this week's economic forum taped at KRWG-TV.  New Mexico State University economists cover the national and regional pictures as well as the financial markets.

3:54 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Newsmakers 634 Education In Southern New Mexico

This program includes the following field reports:  A look at a National Education Association lawsuit against the New Mexico Public Education Department; some parents are refusing to allow their children to take some New Mexico standardized tests; a profile of the Mesquite Learning Center in Las Cruces. 

10:40 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Newsmakers 633-Las Cruces economic development; No police reports on private property

Field reports on this episode include:  A look at efforts to increase economic development in Las Cruces; the Las Cruces Police department will not issue police reports for accidents on private property; efforts to reduce the severity of wildfires in Ruidoso.

9:43 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Newsmakers 632--Las Cruces minimum wage; New Mexico water pollution; Right to die

Field reports include:  An update on the debate over how to implement
the new minimum wage law in Las Cruces; controversy over enforcement
of New Mexico environmental regulations...some say it is leading to
water pollution; and a court ruling may help terminally ill New
Mexicans get the right to die with the help of a doctor.

1:33 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Issues And Answers: The Minimum Wage

Issues and Answers:  The Minimum Wage

A documentary on the fight for the $10.10 minimum wage law in Las Cruces and a panel discussion with audience questions.

Panelists include:

Sarah Nolan, Executive Director-CAFe (Communities in Action and Faith)

3:45 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Paul Gessing and Alan Webber Discuss Different Views Of New Mexico Public Policy

4:17 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

New Mexico K-12 Education; G.O. Bond C

2:03 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Pearce And Lara Square Off At KRWG


 The only broadcast debate between the candidates in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District will air Thursday at 7pm on KRWG-TV and KRWG Radio.  Incumbent Republican Steve Pearce and his Democratic challenger Rocky Lara squared off at KRWG Wednesday. 

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11:39 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Gary King

Fred Martino interviews New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, the Democratic candidate for New Mexico Governor.

9:25 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Chamber Economic Forum

Economists from New Mexico State University discuss the national and regional economic picture and the health of the financial markets.

10:13 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Roxanne "Rocky" Lara

Fred Martino speaks with Roxanne "Rocky" Lara, the Democratic candidate in New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District.  Lara faces Republican Rep. Steve Pearce in the November election.