KRWG

Regional

Local news and weather for Las Cruces, El Paso, Alamogordo, Silver City, Ruidoso, Anthony, Cloudcroft, Deming, Truth or Consequences, Elephant Butte, and all of Southern New Mexico and Far West Texas.

Accident in New Mexico Closes Some Lanes Of I-10 In Arizona

2 minutes ago

A vehicle accident in New Mexico has forced the closure of the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 in southeastern Arizona.

Arizona Department of Transportation officials say Thursday afternoon's closure is about 70 miles east of Tucson, where traffic is being directed onto a roughly 100-mile detour along U.S. Highway 191 to Safford and then eastbound on U.S. Highway 70.

The detour will allow drives to reach I-10 in Lordsburg, New Mexico.

Authorities say there is no estimated time to reopen I-10.

Details about the accident weren't immediately released.

Santa Fe Cardiologist Changes Plea To Guilty In Fraud Case

4 minutes ago

A Santa Fe cardiologist accused of health care fraud and wire fraud has changed his plea to guilty.

Prosecutors say 53-year-old Roy Heilbron entered his plea Thursday in a federal court in Albuquerque.

They say Heilbron will be sentenced to two years in federal prison and term of supervised release to be determined by the court, which also will determine the restitution amount.

Member Of Sunland Park Heroin Ring Pleads Guilty

31 minutes ago

ALBUQUERQUE – Armando Daniel Marquez, 54, of Sunland Park, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to heroin trafficking charges resulting from a DEA-led investigation targeting a heroin trafficking ring operating out of Sunland Park, N.M. 

Las Cruces Utilities Warns of Possible Scam

32 minutes ago

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) that provides gas, water, wastewater, and solid waste service to the Las Cruces area is advising that an unknown person, or persons, is calling customers requesting payment for their utility bills.

Those making the calls are not associated with LCU.

The caller instructs customers to make a payment at a Walgreens location immediately to avoid interruption of utilities services and that they would then be reimbursed within 24-48 hours. Caller also provided a check number for the bogus reimbursement.

New Mexico Bill Would Ban Alcohol For Repeat DWI Offenders

1 hour ago

A new proposal would ban alcohol for New Mexico's repeat drunken drivers in what would make for one of the most restrictive DWI laws in the country.

The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Jane Powdrell-Culbert of Corrales is scheduled to be heard by a House committee Thursday.

Under the legislation, those convicted of a second drunken driving offense would be prevented from purchasing and consuming alcoholic beverages for a year. A lifetime ban would be imposed after a third conviction.

New Mexico Lawmakers Seek New Powers For Oil Regulators

1 hour ago

Efforts to increase the enforcement powers of New Mexico oil and natural gas regulators over drilling and environmental violations have earned an initial nod of approval from a panel state lawmakers.

A state Senate panel endorsed legislation Thursday that would restore the state's authority to impose administrative penalties of up to $10,000 when aquifers are polluted or threatened by drilling operations, and lesser fines for other violations of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Act. Texas allows daily penalties of $10,000.

The First Photo From Space

2 hours ago

New Mexico has had a lot of “firsts” when it comes to space research and development. Most everyone knows that Spaceport America is the first purpose built spaceport in the world, but did you know that the first U.S. designed rocket to reach the edge of space was launched from White Sands Proving Grounds (now White Sands Missile Range)? Or that the first flight of more than five times the speed of sound was also launched from the same location? So what about the first picture from space?

Las Cruces to settle holding cell beating suit for $400,000

4 hours ago

The city of Las Cruces has agreed to pay $400,000 to a man who claims police officers used excessive force on him when he was detained in a holding cell.

The settlement figure between the city and Ross Flynn was confirmed Wednesday. Flynn filed the lawsuit in 2015, claiming his Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and 14th Amendments were violated when he was arrested by Las Cruces police officers in December 2014.

A former New Mexico State University professor with photos in collections at the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum will have an exhibition at the University Art Gallery. “In Good Time: Photographs by Doug DuBois” will run from Feb. 23 through April 15, with an opening reception from 5-7p.m. on Feb. 24.

Silver City, NM – Joshua Odom and Ruth Moyer were determined not to become statistics when they enrolled in the Adult Education Services program at Western New Mexico University. Both high school dropouts, and without a steady job, this past fall they decided to make a turn in direction.

“I felt like it was time for me to do something with my life,” said Odom a 29-year-old Las Cruces native. “I had been in and out of jobs and had a rough childhood.”

Lobbyists spend more than $200,000 "wining and dining" New Mexico legislators

5 hours ago

  Mining, developers and film interests reported wining and dining New Mexico lawmakers last week.

Lobbyists and their employers have reported spending nearly $203,000 through Monday. They must report any spending of $500 to the Secretary of State within 48 hours.

Last week’s biggest event was a $15,845 dinner at the Hilton sponsored by the New Mexico Mining Association. The IATSE Local 480, a union for film employees, spent $6,378 on a reception at the Pink Adobe.

New Mexico Now 202

5 hours ago

Balderas Sues California Lawyers for Scamming New Mexico Homeowners

5 hours ago
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he filed a lawsuit last night against a group of California lawyers who are scamming New Mexico homeowners out of tens of thousands of dollars in a mass joinder lawsuit scheme. The out of state attorneys file sham mass joinder lawsuits in other states for upfront fees of $5,000 or more plus a monthly payment from each New Mexico homeowner.

Las Cruces man sentenced to ten years for meth conviction

5 hours ago

ALBUQUERQUE –Jessie Jesus Marquez, 37, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced last week in federal court to 121 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his conviction on narcotics trafficking charges.  The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Will R. Glaspy of the DEA’s El Paso Division, El Paso Sector’s Chief Patrol Agent, Jeffrey D. Self of the U.S. Border Patrol, Lt. Bobby Holden, Commander of the HIDTA Regional Interagency Drug Task Force/Metro Narcotics Task Force and Chief Pete N.

Las Cruces library closed due to power outage

5 hours ago

Branigan Memorial Library will remain closed for today, Thursday, Feb. 23, due to a power outage.

Crews are currently working to restore power.

Las Cruces city survey online through March 10

7 hours ago

  Las Cruces residents have a chance to participate in the third survey the City of Las Cruces has commissioned to receive opinions on community characteristics, the government of the city and your ability to participate in local city government decision making. Survey questions include how respondents would rate Las Cruces as a place to live, raise children, work and retire. Other topics include public safety, employment and housing opportunities.

 

The Bulletin On The Radio

9 hours ago

Time now for Bulletin on the Radio with Marty Raccine, Editor for the Las Cruces Bulletin and Edmundo Resendez. This week, marches and rallies in our community, the mayor’s state of the city, and Jack Nixon, the voice of the Aggies. 

The region's home page is only possible with your support.  Become a member, renew, or make an additional gift now.  Thank you.

Republican lawmakers in New Mexico pitch budget alternatives

18 hours ago
Rep. Nate Gentry

Republican lawmakers in the New Mexico House of Representative are admonishing their colleagues in the Democratic majority for proposed tax increases designed to close a budget shortfall.

Republican lawmakers including House Minority Leader Nate Gentry presented alternatives Wednesday that they say can avert spending cuts without outright tax increases.

New Mexico House Approves Revenue Increases; Governor Balks

18 hours ago

The New Mexico House of Representatives has approved a proposal to increase state revenues for the coming fiscal year to prevent further state spending cuts.

The Democratic majority backed the legislation on a 37-32 party-line vote on Wednesday. Republicans said they favored greater austerity measures and delays to construction projects to shore up the state general fund, among other measures.

New Mexico AG Urges Betsy DeVos To Protect Taxpayers And Students

19 hours ago
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

Commentary: Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas today joined with attorneys general from ten states to send a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Congressional leaders expressing their continued support of recent federal protections for students in higher education and taxpayers.

facebook.com (donald trump)

Commentary: WASHINGTONThe Trump administration is planning to release a new plan to rescind federal guidance to protect transgender students from discrimination.

Additional Charge Filed Against Las Cruces Father of Twins

19 hours ago

The 18-year-old man charged with injuring his 2-month-old son now faces an additional charge of child abuse for allegedly breaking the twin brother’s clavicle bone.

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, Christopher Jacquez, of the 9500 block of Butterfield Boulevard, was charged with one additional count of child abuse for recklessly causing great bodily harm to his 2-month-old son, Logan.

Last week, Jacquez was charged with two counts of child abuse resulting in great bodily harm for injuries incurred by Logan’s twin, Jace. All three counts are first-degree felonies.

The New Mexico State Senate voted 30 -10 to require that one of the five New Mexico State University (NMSU)  regents have a degree or at least experience in agriculture. 

The bill requires that one of the five regents have a bachelor, master or doctorate of science degree in the field of agriculture, agriculture systems management, animal science or a comparable discipline or at least four years of ag experience. It is sponsored by Senator Cliff Pirtle (R-Roswell) and Senator Pat Woods (R-Broadview.)

Teen Sentenced To 25 years For Albuquerque Killing

23 hours ago

The teenager accused of shooting and killing an Albuquerque homeowner during a night of mobbing has been ordered to serve 25 years in prison.

A judge sentenced 18-year-old Jeremiah King for the 2015 murder of Steven Gerecke during a court hearing Wednesday. Many of Gerecke's family and friends were in the courtroom.

King had reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in December in which he admitted to first-degree murder and several other charges.

Gabby Giffords Steps Into New Mexico Firearms Debate

23 hours ago
Facebook

Former U.S. Congresswoman and mass shooting survivor Gabrielle Giffords is stepping into a tense debate about whether to require background checks on most private gun sales in New Mexico.

Giffords and her national gun-safety advocacy group Americans for Responsible Solutions on Wednesday threw their weight behind efforts to build a broader support in New Mexico for bills designed to keep guns out of the hands of convicted criminals, perpetrators of domestic violence and the mentally ill.

New Mexico Senate Confirms Gallagher As Health Secretary

23 hours ago
Lynn Gallagher
nmhealth.org

The New Mexico Senate has confirmed 

 as the head of the state's public health agency.

The unanimous vote came during Wednesday's floor session.

Gallagher has held the top spot at the state Health Department since March 2016 when she was appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez following the death of then-Secretary Retta Ward.

Gallagher's resume included recent stints as deputy health secretary and general counsel for the Long-Term Services Department, after an early career in business and finance in New York and Florida.

Keller Raises Concerns Over New Mexico Insurance Audit

Feb 22, 2017
New Mexico State Auditor Timothy Keller (D)

SANTA FE, NM – The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) released the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance (OSI) annual audit for fiscal year 2016. The audit resulted in an unfavorable “disclaimer of opinion,” meaning that auditors were unable to obtain adequate information to support the agency’s financial statements. The report identified 31 findings, or problem areas, relating to all aspects of OSI’s financial operations. Auditors and the agency agreed at the onset of the audit for an additional level of scrutiny due in part to ongoing premium tax collection challenges.

  Commentary: SANTA FE, NM- Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the Co-Founder of 

Mock Pearce Town Hall Planned For Las Cruces Friday

Feb 22, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Las Cruces, NM—The failure of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) to communicate face to face with his constituents even once during Congress’s Recess Week of Feb. 18-25 has inspired a group of Truth or Consequences citizens to stage a Fake Town Hall. The event, complete with stand-in wearing a Pearce face mask, will take place outside Pearce’s Telshor Boulevard offices on Friday, February 24.

Veterans Urge Texas Lawmakers To Support Medical Marijuana; New Poll Shows 83% Approval

Feb 22, 2017

  Commentary:  AUSTIN, Texas — Texas veterans gathered at the State Capitol Wednesday for a lobby day in support of comprehensive medical marijuana legislation.  The event comes on the heels of a new 

Pages