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  The Branigan Cultural Center presents Around the World, Around Other Cultures, by Alejandra Gamez.  The exhibit opens Friday, December 4, and will be on display through Saturday, December 26.  A reception with the artist will be held from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Friday, December 4. 

"Remembering The Mays" Opens Friday In Las Cruces

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  The Branigan Cultural Center presents Remembering the Mays, an exhibit celebrating local history and one of Las Cruces’ pioneering families.  The exhibit opens Friday, December 4, and will be on display through Saturday, January 23, 2016.  An opening reception will to be held from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Friday, December 4, with decedents of the May family present. 

Recreation Will Soon Be Off Limits At Jemez Dam Overlook

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Recreation will soon be off limits at the Jemez Canyon Dam overlook.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it's temporarily closing the day-use area so the agency can assess the long-term viability for recreation while maintaining the area's cultural resources and infrastructure.

The closure begins Nov. 30. It could be next fall before the situation is re-evaluated.

The overlook includes a picnic area with views of the Jemez Mountains. The access road also is popular among cyclists and motorcyclists.

The Army has released the identities of four crew members who were killed when their helicopter crashed during a routine training exercise at Fort Hood in Texas.

Ski Santa Fe Opens To Crowds, But People Aren't Taking The Bus

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Ski Santa Fe opened to crowds of skiers but the new bus route from downtown Santa Fe to the ski basin remained mostly empty.

About 2,000 showed up to the slopes on Thursday, which was the opening day of Ski Santa Fe's 2015-16 winter season. The resort doesn't always open on Thanksgiving, but recent storms have brought 58 inches of snow already this year.

As for the bus, North Central Regional Transit District public information officer Jim Nagle says ridership numbers have been disappointing since the service began in late September.

  Six freshmen are paving the way for future Conroy Scholars at New Mexico State University.

In their first semester at NMSU, the scholarship recipients are meeting the challenges of honors courses, acclimating to a new environment and juggling the many responsibilities college students face.

The first-ever Conroy Scholars include Adam Brooks of Albuquerque, Angela Kearns of Las Cruces, Caroline Korte of Albuquerque, Guadalupe Ochoa of Tucson, Arizona, Haley Stewart of Oklahoma City and Leah Stiff of Yucaipa, California.

Woman Files Lawsuit For Marriage Equality In Tribal Court

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 Cleo Pablo married her longtime partner when gay weddings became legal in Arizona and looked forward to the day when her wife and their children could move into her home in the small Native American community outside Phoenix where she grew up.

The Ak-Chin Indian Community doesn't recognize same-sex marriages and has a law that prohibits unmarried couples from living together. So Pablo is suing the tribe in tribal court to have her marriage validated.

State Charges Dropped In Fatal Stabbing

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State charges were dropped against two New Mexico prisoners suspected of fatally stabbing another inmate, but the prosecutor's office indicated that the case is going to be filed in federal court.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that no federal charges have yet been filed against Jerry Montoya and Jerry Armenta in the 2014 death of 34-year-old Javier Enrique Molina at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility.

Molina had been stabbed more than 40 times.

New Mexico To Receive $496 Million In Oil/Gas Revenues

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Oil and gas development and mineral production on federal and tribal lands in New Mexico have netted nearly a half-billion dollars in revenues for the state.

The U.S. Interior Department announced this week that more than three dozen states, 34 American Indian tribes, numerous counties and thousands of individual Indian mineral owners are getting disbursements from energy development during the last fiscal year.

New Mexico's share is $496 million, second behind Wyoming's $886 million.

State Supreme Court To Review Breaking-And-Entering Case

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The New Mexico Supreme Court will review the case of a man convicted of breaking-and-entering for placing his hand behind a window screen.

The Albuquerque Journal that the high court agreed to hear Anthony Holt's case in October.

Holt was convicted of breaking and entering but argued the law was ambiguous. He said putting his hands between a screen and a window wasn't the same as actually entering a home's interior.

New Mexico Court Orders New Trial In Excessive Force Case

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The New Mexico Court of Appeals is ordering a new trial in a civil case against the city of Clovis and three police officers accused of using excessive force in restraining a man in 2006.

The court ruled this week that a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of the estate of Juventino Hernandez of Mexico should be heard again.

Among the arguments, the court said Hispanics were unconstitutionally excluded from the jury when defense lawyers were allowed to use peremptory strikes against prospective Hispanic jurors.

Doña Ana County approved a series of resolutions to support the New Mexico Association of Counties legislative priorities for the 2016 session.

The New Mexico Association of Counties lobbies on behalf of all the counties in New Mexico. Commissioner Ben Rawson says it’s important to work with coalitions to help get things done.

“Any time we build a coalition with other people,” Rawson said. “It helps us advance an agenda, so it’s always beneficial to be able to have other people we can work together with on issues.”

White Sands National Monument

  Alamogordo, N.M. – The public is invited to join in a special holiday open house at White Sands National Monument on Friday, December 4, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. 

NMSU Hires Eager New Rodeo Coach

Nov 26, 2015

  New Mexico State University has hired a new rodeo coach, Logan Corbett, from Murray, Kentucky, set to start next semester.

Corbett graduated from Murray State University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. He competed on the collegiate rodeo team at MSU for four years in bareback riding, as well as some bull riding and team roping. Corbett competed at the College National Finals Rodeo in bareback riding in 2012 and 2013.

North Texas Families Sue Drillers Over Water Contamination

Nov 26, 2015

Two families in rural North Texas have sued oil and gas drilling companies for contamination of their water wells.

The state's oil and gas regulator, the Texas Railroad Commission, said in a report that one of the family's well water contained chemicals that may pose "adverse health effects" and an "explosion hazard."  The agency attributed the contamination to a "natural occurrence in the groundwater" and recommended the family vent its water well.

Storm Brings Poor Conditions To Northern New Mexico

Nov 26, 2015

A mass of cold air that moved through northeastern New Mexico on Thursday brought a mixture of freezing rain, sleet and snow.

The wintry weather began moving into the state Wednesday evening, is expected to peak Friday and likely to taper off on Saturday.

National Weather Service meteorologist Kerry Jones says the cold front brought mostly freezing rain by midday Thursday, though there were reports of snow near Clayton, Trinidad and Raton Pass.

The wintry precipitation is a result of a warm, moist air stream mixing with colder air.

Report: Pope Francis Visiting Juarez In February

Nov 26, 2015

The National Catholic Reporter says Pope Francis will visit four cities in Mexico in February, ending his trip with a visit to Juarez.

In May, Low Staffing levels at the Doña Ana County Detention Facility forced County Officials to close the Juvenile Detention Center and move detainees to a portion of the adult facility that was completely separated by both sight and sound. Detention Center Director Chris Barela says it’s a difficult job, made that much harder when the detention center is short staffed.

Obama Administration: States May Not Refuse To Accept Syrian Refugees

Nov 25, 2015

The Obama administration is reminding state officials across the country that states do not have legal authority to refuse to accept Syrian refugees.

A letter sent Wednesday by the Office of Refugee Resettlement says states may not deny benefits and services to refugees based on a refugee's country of origin or religious affiliation.

County Will Not Censure Sheriff

Nov 25, 2015

Dona Ana County commissioners will not pursue a censure of County Sheriff Enrique "Kiki" Vigil, based on findings of a personnel investigator.

County Commission Chairman Billy Garrett said on Tuesday that the investigation cleared the sheriff of allegations made against him by an employee who has since resigned.

A censure is a public reprimand by county commissioners.

Vigil filed a federal lawsuit last month alleging that the commissioners had started the personnel investigation in retaliation and in an attempt to interfering with his First Amendment rights.

F-16 Crashes North Of Las Cruces, Near T or C

Nov 25, 2015
U.S. Air Force

  HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. - The 49th Wing has confirmed there were no
injuries involved when an F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed Wednesday at
approximately 8:45 a.m. northwest of Salinas Peak near Truth or
Consequences, N.M.

The crash site is in a remote location in rugged terrain. Travel to the
crash site is discouraged until further notice.

The pilot successfully ejected and was transported to a local medical
facility. He is assigned to the 314th Fighter Squadron at Holloman Air Force
Base, N.M.

Sunland Park – A free career readiness bootcamp and job expo will be held on December 2 at the Sunland Park Center of Doña Ana Community College (DACC). The two events will assist students and residents of southern Doña Ana County to prepare for job interviews and then find employment with local employers at the job fair.   


Warrant Issued For T-Ball Coach Accused Of Embezzlement

Nov 25, 2015

  An Anthony man accused of collecting more than $1,000 in fees for a youth t-ball team has been charged with embezzlement after he allegedly did not produce uniforms as promised and abruptly canceled practices.

   A nationwide warrant was issued earlier this week for the arrest of 40-year-old Moises Martinez. According to Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department detectives, several parents came forward to report they had answered a Facebook post from Martinez, who was reportedly organizing a t-ball team for children ages four to six years of age.

Doña Ana County Commissioner Wayne Hancock

  Doña Ana County District 4 Commissioner Wayne Hancock will be among the presenters at an upcoming community town hall meeting.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 at the Doña Ana County Community College East Mesa Campus auditorium, 2800 Sonoma Ranch Boulevard.

Commissioner Hancock will discuss the upcoming legislative session, and future plans for Doña Ana County. He will also be available to answer questions

Information from Doña Ana County

  A massive fire that followed an explosion Monday morning in the small village of San Pablo is still under investigation by Doña Ana County fire investigators, who say damage estimates could top more than a quarter of a million dollars.

Use Holidays to Learn Your Family Health History

Nov 25, 2015
New Mexico Department of Health

  Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Many of us will be home with family tomorrow, enjoying a meal, taking in some football, even some evening shopping.

While you’re hanging out, consider taking a few minutes to talk about one of the last topics that would cross your mind until it’s too late: your family to share everything from a meal to your family health history.

Silver City Report

Nov 25, 2015

Time now for our weekly segment on KRWG and, the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Ben Fischer who looks at the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s decision to approve the Gila diversion agreement. 

The effort to incorporate Santa Teresa was halted after the Doña Ana County Commission determined the proponents of the incorporation haven’t met all of the legal steps needed to continue.

Santa Teresa Incorporation efforts were complicated because the area proposed for incorporation is within 5 miles of the city of Sunland Park, because of that Santa Teresa is considered an urbanized territory of the city of Sunland Park.

The Doña Ana County Commission approved a 1- year contract for County Manager Julia Brown.

KRWG asked Commissioner Ben Rawson if the extension should be considered a vote of confidence in the County Manager.

“I think the fact that it was a one-year contract says plenty,” Rawson said.

Commissioner Billy Garret says he hopes to see significant improvements.

Parental Engagement In Education

Nov 24, 2015