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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.