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Newsmakers 10/10/13

Oct 9, 2013

Newsmakers 10/3/13

Oct 2, 2013

This week, Newsmakers features a variety of local field reports, including:

Efforts to attract new business to downtown Las Cruces

A summer camp run by NMSU for young people with autism

The JUMP program to help students academically at Las Cruces Public Schools

New Mexico In Depth's Heath Haussamen

Sep 25, 2013

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.

NMSU Student Regent Jordan Banegas

Aug 29, 2013

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.

Dona Ana County District Attorney Mark D'Antonio

Jul 30, 2013

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.

"The Good Life Lab-Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living"

Jul 29, 2013

Navy Operational Support Center-El Paso

Jul 16, 2013

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.

United Way Of Southwest New Mexico

Jul 1, 2013

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.

Valley Fever In New Mexico

Jul 1, 2013

The New Mexico Department of Health presents a documentary on Valley Fever. This episode also includes field reports on wildfire management and public transportation in Las Cruces.

El Pasoan Thiago Bahia, Finalist For Host Of "Wild Kingdom"

Jun 26, 2013

Aggies Go Global, Part 2

May 31, 2013

Fred Martino interviews students who have traveled overseas thanks to the Aggies Go Global program. Field reports include: A conversation with former Fort Bliss Commanding General Dana Pittard and a survey shows overwhelming support for making NMSU a smoke-free campus.

Aggies Go Global, Part 1

May 29, 2013

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

May 10, 2013

Domenici Institute Forum

Apr 19, 2013

Domenici Forum - Defense Sequestration: America's Strategic Cliff

Terry Brunner, USDA Rural Development Director-NM

Apr 19, 2013

Fred Martino interviews Terry Brunner, New Mexico USDA Rural Development Director. Also includes a preview of the KRWG documentary, Centennial High, featuring the first year of the new state of the art high school in Las Cruces.

NMSU Model U.N. Team, Part 3

Apr 19, 2013

Fred Martino concludes our 3-part series with New Mexico State University's Model United Nations Team. This segment includes interviews with team members following their return from New York City, where they were named a distinguished delegation, placing them among the top Model U.N. teams in the world.

NMSU Model U.N. Team-Part 2

Mar 25, 2013

NMSU Model U.N. Team-Part 1

Mar 25, 2013

Author Doug Fine

Mar 7, 2013

Fred Martino interviews New Mexico's Doug Fine, author of "Too High To Fail." Fine discusses his book, which includes his account of living in Mendocino, California, where marijuana was being produced for medical use.

Rio Grande Foundation-Part Two

Feb 28, 2013

Part Two of Fred Martino's interview with Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation.  Field reports include:  local reaction to proposals to increase the minimum wage and a Las Cruces dentist continues his annual effort to help those who cannot afford dental care.

Rio Grande Foundation-Part One

Feb 27, 2013

Part one of Fred Martino's interview with Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation regarding New Mexico legislative issues.  Field reports include:  A look at the new Center for the Arts at New Mexico State University and a behind the scenes report on the Las Cruces Community Theatre production of "The Mousetrap."

Common Cause New Mexico-Part Two

Feb 6, 2013

Fred Martino has part two of our interview with Viki Harrison, Executive Director of Common Cause-New Mexico. Field reports include: interest in military careers continues, despite the continuing war in Afghanistan; an in depth look at a dramatic film focusing on the disappearance of New Mexico's Col. Albert Fountain.

NM Public Regulation Commission

Feb 6, 2013

This episode includes part 1 of Fred Martino's conversation with former New Mexico PRC Commissioner Jason Marks. Field reports include: A look at efforts to market Las Cruces, El Paso, and Juarez as a region to enhance economic development and a report on efforts to require labeling of genetically-modified foods.

Common Cause New Mexico

Jan 22, 2013

Fred Martino interviews Viki Harrison, Executive Director of Common
Cause-New Mexico.  Field reports include: A look at the economic
benefits of a proposal for a new national monument in southern New
Mexico and an in-depth look at proposed impact fees on new development
in Las Cruces.

Bandstand: The Untold Story

Dec 24, 2012

Fred Martino interviews New Mexico author Stan Blitz about his book "Bandstand--The Untold Story," which is being produced as a play in 2013. Also...part 2 of our series on a proposal to create a national monument in the Organ Mountains.

NMSU International Programs

Dec 24, 2012

Fred Martino interviews Dr. Cornell Menking, NMSU Associate Provost for International and Border Programs. Also...part 1 of our series on a proposal to create a national monument in the Organ Mountains

Native American Issues

Dec 11, 2012

Sloan Patton interviews Robert Williams, an expert on Native American law. Field reports include: A local tribe continues to push for a new casino in Deming and the federal judge in Las Cruces is one of the busiest in the nation.

The Future Of Spaceport America

Dec 6, 2012

Fred Martino and a studio audience ask questions of Spaceport Executive Director Christine Anderson and Virgin Galactic Senior Program Manager Mark Butler.

New Mexico's Economy

Nov 26, 2012

Fred Martino interviews New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela.  Field reports include:  Controversy over the system that grades New Mexico schools and an inside look at the new Museum of Nature and Science in Las Cruces.

Senator Tom Udall

Nov 10, 2012

A conversation with U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM).  This episode also includes an in-depth report that shows how a juvenile detention center is working to ensure the students there graduate from high school.