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Obama Administration: States May Not Refuse To Accept Syrian Refugees

8 hours ago

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

8 hours ago

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

8 hours ago
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

14 hours ago

  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

21 hours ago
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

21 hours ago

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

Not Guilty Plea In Albuquerque Policeman's Shooting Death

Nov 24, 2015

An ex-convict accused of fatally shooting an Albuquerque police officer last month has pleaded not guilty to violating federal firearm laws.

Prosecutors say 34-year-old Davon Lymon was arraigned in federal court Tuesday.

He was indicted by a federal grand jury last week and remains in federal custody pending trial.

Lymon was arrested several hours after Officer Daniel Webster was shot multiple times during an Oct. 21 traffic stop outside a pharmacy.

Mackie Redd and the Band

Nov 24, 2015

New Mexico Man Pleads Guilty To Voluntary Manslaughter

Nov 24, 2015

A Sanostee man has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and assault charges and could be facing a 15-year sentence in a New Mexico federal prison.

Prosecutors say 43-year-old Roderick Talk entered into a plea agreement Tuesday in Albuquerque.

Talk was arrested in June and charged in a criminal complaint with killing a man in New Mexico's San Juan County on May 30.

Prosecutors say Talk and the victim argued while drinking and that led to a fatal assault.

Talk also was accused of trying to injure the victim's nephew with a pickup truck on the Navajo Nation.

WATCH: Chamber Economic Forum

Nov 24, 2015

  The Chamber Economic Forum airs Wednesday at 7 p.m. on KRWG-TV. 

The program included a conversation on income inequality and ways to address the challenge.

Economists from New Mexico State University cited a number of ideas, including investments in infrastructure and education.

December Events At Rio Grande Theatre

Nov 24, 2015


         Wednesday, December 2

Early Christmas                                                                                                7 pm 

  The newly established Veterans Theater presents its very first Early Christmas play and gift swap. Bring wrapped homemade gifts or give the gift of 1 to 5 hours of service. Doors open at 6pm, show begins promptly at 7pm. Free and open to the public. For more information email or visit

Friday, December 4

  The Internal Revenue Service, state revenue departments and the tax industry today released the first in a series of special tax tips designed to provide people critical information to help protect their tax and financial data.

The first of the Security Awareness Tax Tip series provides seven ways people can protect their computers, which takes on added importance as people prepare for the holidays and the 2016 tax season approaches. A new tip will be available each Monday through the start of the tax season in January.

Las Cruces Sets Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Nov 24, 2015

The City of Las Cruces’ annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at Albert Johnson Park, corner of Picacho Avenue and north Main Street.

Mayor Ken Miyagishima will lead the public in the lighting ceremony at approximately 6 p.m. A performance by the Picacho Middle School Choir will begin the event and snacks, beverages and candy canes will be provided.

Planned Water Outage In Las Cruces

Nov 24, 2015

Residents and business along Sixth Street from Wilson Avenue to the north dead end; West Ethel Avenue from north Fifth Street to Sixth Street; and Palmer Road from North Fifth Street to Sixth Street, will experience a water outage between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, while construction crews cap an existing water main. Adjacent areas also may be affected by the outage. 

  Conrad Vasquez Salazar 43, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court to 20 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on conspiracy and firearms charges.  Salazar also was ordered to pay $111,018.05 in restitution to the victim of his criminal conduct.

Salazar’s sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI, and Las Cruces Police Chief Jaime Montoya.

  FCA US LLC has announced the national rollout of its Degrees@Work program and the newly developed Degrees@Work Family offering with Strayer University designed to provide a no-cost, no-debt college degree to participating FCA US dealership employees and their immediate family members.

FCA US is not only the first and only company in the automotive industry to offer the programs; it’s also the first U.S. company of any type to provide a no-cost, no-debt college degree to both employees and their immediate families.

Former State Worker Pleads Guilty In Food Stamp Fraud Case

Nov 24, 2015

A former New Mexico Human Services Department worker has pleaded guilty to defrauding the federal food stamp program.

Joseph Martin Padilla pleaded guilty to conspiracy and fraud Monday in federal court in Albuquerque under a plea agreement that prosecutors said requires him to pay just over $181,000 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says the 34-year-old Albuquerque resident also faces a prison term when he is sentenced.

Depositions: Superintendent Investigated After Complaints

Nov 24, 2015

As Albuquerque news outlets fight for records pertaining to the resignation of Albuquerque Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks, depositions show he was investigated after a number of complaints.

Brooks resigned from the post in August after the board bought out the last two years of his contract.

House Democrats Outline Campaign Finance Reforms

Nov 24, 2015

House Democratic leaders are rolling out their proposals for reforming New Mexico's scandal-plagued campaign finance reporting system.

They also want to create an independent ethics commission and revamp a pension forfeiture law aimed at corrupt elected officials.

Democrats outlined their plans during a news conference outside the secretary of state's office in Santa Fe on Tuesday.

The announcement comes just a month after Dianna Duran tendered her resignation as the state's top elections official and pleaded guilty to embezzlement and other charges.

SCAM ALERT: Attorney General Warns New Mexicans about “Making Home Affordable” Program

Nov 24, 2015

  Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a scam alert to warn New Mexicans about a dangerous new scam preying on New Mexicans who are having trouble paying their mortgages.

“Do not pay Ocwen mortgage payments by Moneygram in response to 'Making Home Affordable' offer letters or calls,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas. “This is a scam and if you receive one of these letters or calls please contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Attorney General at505-222-9100.”

A former employee of the Income Support Division of the New Mexico Human Services Department has entered a guilty plea to defrauding the federal food stamp program.  Joseph Martin Padilla, 34, of Albuquerque, N.M., pled guilty in federal court yesterday under a plea agreement that requires him to pay $181,398.76 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  At sentencing, which has yet to be scheduled, Padilla faces a statutory maximum penalty of five years in prison.


New Mexico Catholic Bishops say they are praying for state lawmakers to come to an agreement on a "fair" two-tier compromise regarding New Mexico driver's licenses.

The bishops said in a statement Monday they hoped a proposed compromise will continue to allow immigrants suspected of being in the illegally to obtain licenses and make the state compliant under the federal REAL ID act.

State lawmakers are expected in January to begin work on revising a state law that grants New Mexico driver's licenses to immigrants regardless of status.

New Mexico Catholic Bishops: Support Syrian Refugees

Nov 24, 2015


  New Mexico Catholic bishops are urging state residents to write letters to President Barack Obama in support of expanding U.S. resettlement efforts of Syrian refugees.

The church leaders said in a statement Monday that they are joining the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in calling Catholics to pray for refugees.

Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester, Las Cruces Bishop Oscar Cantu and Gallup Bishop James Wall also asked parishioners to call members of Congress to support needed development aid for refugee host countries.

New Mexico To Temporarily Lock Down State Prisons

Nov 24, 2015



New Mexico's 11 state-run prisons will be on lockdown for a few days while staff member search for banned items.

The New Mexican reports that New Mexico Corrections Department Secretary Gregg Marcantel ordered the lockdown, which began Monday morning. Visitors will not be allowed at the prisons until the lockdown is complete, but prison officials say it should be over before Thanksgiving.

Marcantel said in a statement that the unannounced lockdowns help the corrections department examine its security, operations and prison conditions.