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WATCH: Chamber Economic Forum

Nov 24, 2015

  The Chamber Economic Forum airs Wednesday at 7 p.m. on KRWG-TV. 

The program included a conversation on income inequality and ways to address the challenge.

Economists from New Mexico State University cited a number of ideas, including investments in infrastructure and education.

Newsmakers 728, 10/12/15

Nov 18, 2015

Field reports include:  A proposal to increase New Mexico's alcohol excise is aimed at reducing abuse and an education town hall is held in Las Cruces.  Simon Thompson interviews departing Las Cruces city councilor Nathan Small about Election 2015 and his decision not to run for re-election. 

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima

Nov 10, 2015

Las Cruces Sun News Editorial Board Meeting: City Council District 2

Oct 30, 2015

VIDEO: The Las Cruces Mayoral Debate

Oct 21, 2015

Newsmakers 726, 10/1/15

Oct 21, 2015

Las Cruces Sun News Editorial Board Meeting: City Council District 4

Oct 15, 2015

Las Cruces Sun News Editorial Board Meeting: City Council District 1

Oct 7, 2015

Newsmakers 724, 9/17/15

Sep 23, 2015

Newsmakers 723, 9/10/15

Sep 23, 2015

J.J. Wilson-WNMU Writer In Residence

Sep 10, 2015

Delano Lewis

Sep 2, 2015

Voice Of The Public

Aug 24, 2015

Voice of the Public is a program that brings you what Las Cruces voters expect from city government on issues affecting their community. Fred Martino is joined by the Las Cruces Sun News’ Walt Rubel and Diana Alba Soular.

Issues And Answers: The Disappearing Middle Class?

Aug 17, 2015

What state and federal policies are needed to boost the economy?  In
particular, with median household wages down and pay increases meager
or non-existent, what can be done?

A studio audience poses questions to:

Steve Fischmann, former state legislator and co-chair of the New
Mexico Fair Lending Coalition

Issues And Answers: Our Water Future

Aug 7, 2015

This documentary and panel discussion details water scarcity in southern New Mexico.  

Newsmakers 721, 7/23/15

Aug 7, 2015


This episode of Newsmakers includes a discussion of public policy in New Mexico with guests state Rep. Bill McCamley (D-NM 33) and Paul Gessing, President, Rio Grande Foundation.


Newsmakers 720, 7/16/15

Aug 7, 2015

This episode of Newsmakers includes:  A report on the proposed diversion of the Gila River; an interview with Craig Fenske of Common Cause New Mexico about a proposal for public campaign financing in Las Cruces; and a mini-documentary on NMSU researcher Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto.

Newsmakers 719, 7/9/15

Aug 7, 2015

On this edition of Newsmakers:  Questions are raised about New Mexico's public art program; a controversy over the new Spaceport Visitor's Center will be resolved with a public vote in September; and a local restaurant makes the National Register of Historic Places.

Bilingual Education

Jul 9, 2015

Newsmakers 717, 6/18/15

Jun 22, 2015

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.

Aggies Go Global Visits India

Jun 16, 2015

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

Chamber Economic Forum

May 19, 2015

Newsmakers 715, 5/14/15

May 19, 2015


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.

NMSU Exchange With The University Of LaSalle

May 13, 2015

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

NEA Las Cruces President Patrick Sanchez

May 6, 2015


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.

Newsmakers 712, 4/23/15

Apr 29, 2015

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.

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

Apr 19, 2015

  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.

Newsmakers 710, 4/9/15

Apr 19, 2015

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.

Sarah Nolan, Executive Director-Communities in Action and Faith

Apr 1, 2015

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

Newsmakers 3/26/15

Mar 27, 2015

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.