This week on Newsmakers: Business owners react to a potential increase in the Las Cruces minimum wage; efforts to save Fort Bayard; concerns remain about transparency in New Mexico government; and disappointment with a temporary fix to the New Mexico lottery scholarship.
Efforts to raise the minimum wage are an issue in New Mexico 2nd Congressional district race; a profile of Rus Bradburd, a former college basketball coach who's now making a name in the literary world; and New Mexico teams up with restaurants to encourage healthy eating.
The minimum wage debate heats up in Las Cruces; A profile of Tony Pennock, the artist who creates the most visible public art in southern New Mexico: the Las Cruces water tank murals; and several grants will fund equipment putting NMSU's Geology department in rare company.
On this episode of Newsmakers, field reports include: efforts to improve water infrastructure in New Mexico; hopes remain high for Spaceport America; and more Early College High Schools are coming to the region. Also: Glen Cerny interviews New Mexico State University President Dr. Garrey Carruthers.
Field reports on this episode include: The increasing demand on area food banks; a program to teach students about sustainability through a community garden; local groups push for immigration reform; and high hopes remain for Spaceport America.
Fred Martino interviews New Mexico State University student Kevin Cardoza. Just seven years ago, Cardoza moved to Las Cruces from El Salvador. In that short amount of time, he learned to speak English and adjust to a new life in the United States. Now, he's thriving at NMSU, where he's been part of the Model United Nations team.
Fred Martino speaks with New Mexico In Depth's Heath Haussamen. Field reports include: A look at efforts to reestablish New Mexico desert plants and NMSU researchers gain insight about the evolution of space with the help of NASA's Hubble telescope.
Fred Martino speaks with NMSU Student Regent Jordan Banegas. Field reports include: A look at the controversy over artificial turf at the Las Cruces Field of Dreams and New Mexico launches a summer reading program for children.
Fred Martino speaks with Dona Ana County District Attorney Mark D'Antonio. Field reports include a look at efforts to confront two of the region's most pressing challenges...hunger and affordable housing.
Fred Martino speaks with LCDR Michael Newman, Commanding Officer of the Navy Operational Support Center in El Paso. Also: An in-depth look at the effort involved in fighting the massive Silver Fire in the Gila wilderness.
Fred Martino interviews NMSU graduate Michael Zaragoza, President/CEO of United Way of Southwest New Mexico. Field reports include: NMSU hosts a summer camp for young people with autism and Dona Ana County holds a burial service for those who are unclaimed.