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Texas Department Of Transportation Director To Step Down

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The director of the Texas Department of Transportation has announced he'll step down at the end of the year.

Joe Weber made the announcement Tuesday. The former three-star Marine general was chosen only last year to run the agency.

According to a statement released by TxDOT, Weber in his announcement to the agency's 11,000 employees called his past 18 months "a true highlight in my life." The agency is primarily responsible for maintaining and expanding the 80,000-mile state highway system.

New Mexico Ok's New Medical Marijuana Farm Near Roswell

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The New Mexico Department of Health has approved several applications to grow medical marijuana in the state, including a hotly debated proposed farm near Roswell.

An attorney for Pecos Valley Pharmaceuticals told the Roswell Daily Record this week that the company was a recipient of the sole license granted in Chaves County.

The proposal by Pecos Valley Pharmaceuticals seeks to turn a former dairy processing plant near Roswell into a place to grow marijuana. That plan has drawn scrutiny from some Chavez County commissioners.

Hip-Hop Entrepreneur Master P To Visit Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

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Hip-hop mogul Master P is going to help close out the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

The rapper and his family are scheduled to visit the gathering of balloons Saturday to promote his new show on REELZ, "Master P's Family Empire."

The show, set to launch in November, will follow the single dad as he navigates raising his youngest children while his oldest carve out entertainment careers.

Master P, whose real name is Percy Miller, says the show is about making it cool to watch good, positive, family TV.

Albuquerque Voters Approve Proposal For Police, Fire Chief Hires

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Albuquerque voters have strongly supported having future mayoral picks for police and fire chief positions submitted to the City Council for approval.

The measure to amend the City Charter was on the ballot in Tuesday's municipal election.

The final count had the police and fire chief appointment amendment supported by more than 63 percent of the vote.

Officials Say Gas Balloon Race In Question Due To Weather

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Officials say the 20th America's Challenge gas balloon race delayed this year by weather must launch by Wednesday night. Otherwise, it won't happen.

According to Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta organizers, seven teams from the U.S., Germany, France, Poland and Spain plan to participate in the distance race, initiailly scheduled to launch Saturday in Albuquerque.

But showers and thunderstorms have forced delays.

Rules say the launch window for the race must close Wednesday before midnight.

Silver City Report

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Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Ben Fisher taking a look at the recent decision about the Mexican Gray Wolf in the Gila National Forest.

As Part of a partnership with universities in China, The Confucius Institute at NMSU brought a song and dance troupe from China to celebrate the start of fall.

Judge Recognizes 1st Common-Law Same-Sex Marriage In Texas

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A judge has become the first to officially recognize a common-law same-sex marriage in Texas.

Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman has signed a judgment acknowledging that the eight-year relationship between Stella Powell and Sonemaly Phrasavath met the legal requirements of marriage without a license. The Austin American-Statesman reported that Herman signed the ruling Monday in Austin but distributed it on Tuesday.

Branigan Library Offers Free Computer Classes in October

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  Thomas Branigan Memorial Library will offer free computer literacy classes in the Computer Training Lab, on the library’s second floor, during the month of October. Registration is not required, however, only the first 5 attendees will be guaranteed a computer. Attendees are welcome to bring their own computers if space permits.

Introduction to Computers: The Basics

Thursday, October. 8, 2 – 4 p.m.

Las Cruces Armed Robbery Suspects Located, Detained Within Minutes

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Lewie A. Gonzalez

  A pair of men suspected of Saturday morning’s armed robbery at a Telshor area fast food restaurant are facing multiple first and second degree felony counts.

Lewie A. Gonzalez, 28, and Frankie Valenzuela, 36, are charged with 10 counts each of armed robbery, five counts each of kidnapping and one count each of conspiracy. The armed robbery counts are second-degree felonies while the kidnapping counts are first-degree felonies.

Arborist Testifies In Wildfire Case About Utility Standards

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A certified arborist says an electric cooperative wasn't following industry standards at the time an aspen tree fell onto a power line, sparking one of the largest wildfires in New Mexico's recorded history.

Kevin Eckert testified Tuesday in a civil case that'll decide whether the co-op and the transmission company that supplies it with power should be held liable for the 2011 Las Conchas fire.

Attorneys for more than 300 plaintiffs say negligence by the two companies is to blame.

Albuquerque voters appear to be in favor of having future mayoral picks for police and fire chief positions submitted to the City Council for approval.

The measure to amend the City Charter was on the ballot in Tuesday's municipal election.

Early results had the police and fire chief appointment amendment with more than 62 percent of the early and absentee vote totals.

  Tapping the natural heat of the earth may be more cost-effective and clean thanks to a research project by New Mexico State University Assistant Professor Kenneth C. Carroll and others. 

Carroll is a member of a group that has published two papers related to a new area of geothermal energy, called enhanced geothermal systems. These systems are designed to enable power production in areas where conventional geothermal techniques don’t work. 

First On KRWG: Las Cruces Police Arrest Man In Bomb Threat

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  Las Cruces Police arrested a man believed to be responsible for Monday’s bomb threat at a south Valley Drive convenience store.

Kevin M. Green, 51, who is believed to be homeless, is charged with one count of intentionally delivering a facsimile or hoax bomb. The charge is a fourth-degree felony.

  New Mexico State University College of Education Associate Professor Azadeh Osanloo, the Stan Fulton Chair for the Improvement of Border and Rural Schools, and former College of Engineering Dean Ricardo Jacquez were recognized recently for their contributions to education and improving the lives of children.

Osanloo and Jacquez were named local American Graduate Champions by KRWG-TV. The American Graduate program is funded through a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports PBS and NPR.

Navajo Nation Considers Replacing Tribe's Aging Aircraft

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Navajo Nation officials are lobbying for new jets to replace the tribe's aging aircraft.

The Gallup Independent reports that the Navajo Nation Council tabled legislation to approve a $20 million loan to purchase new planes in July. The Health, Education and Human Services Committee and the Resources and Development Committee to have a work session on the need for new planes.

At the joint meeting, Division of General Services Director Virgil Brown said the tribal government needs to either buy new planes or gradually shut down its air transportation department.

NM Governor Weighs In On Union Fees For US Supreme Court

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New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling allowing public-sector unions to collect fees from employees who decide not to become union members.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Martinez argued in an 18-page brief that the fees violate employees' free-speech rights.

The Republican governor has clashed with labor unions since her election in 2010. She recently backed legislation that sought to block unions from collecting so-called "fair-share" fees, but it died in New Mexico's Democrat-controlled Senate.

District 1 Las Cruces City Council Candidate Withdraws From Race

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  Steven D. Calderazzo, candidate for City Council District 1, has submitted an affidavit that he is no longer a candidate for office.

Per NMSA 1978 Section 3-8-27(I), Calderazzo’s name will remain on the ballot as ballots have already been printed.

Information from city of Las Cruces

 Join us on KRWG Radio for the most comprehensive coverage of the Las Cruces Municipal Election.  Thursdays at 1pm, you will have a chance to pose your questions to the candidates during our live call-in program "Voice of the Public" 

10/8- District 2; 10/15- District 1; 10/22- Mayoral Candidates; 10/29- District 4 

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'The Martian' Screenwriter Says Los Alamos Influenced Film

Oct 6, 2015

The screenwriter for the newly released film, "The Martian," says growing up in Los Alamos, New Mexico, inspired his project.

The Los Alamos Monitor reports that Drew Goddard said being surrounded by scientists affected his understanding of the film based on Andy Weir's 2011 novel "The Martian."

Los Alamos was the site where the U.S. developed the atomic bomb and is home to a national laboratory.

Goddard says the script is about scientists doing their best to work together.

Federal Grant Aims To Bring Recycling To New Mexico Tribes

Oct 6, 2015

The New Mexico Recycling Coalition will be developing a training program and providing technical assistance to help Native American communities around the state with recycling programs.

The work is being funded with a $40,000 grant from the federal government. The funding was announced Monday.

As part of the program, 20 eligible tribes will benefit.

Hearing On New Mexico Teacher Evaluation System Nears End

Oct 6, 2015

A hearing over unions' push to halt part of New Mexico's teacher evaluation system is set to conclude.

A Santa Fe judge is scheduled Tuesday to hear closing arguments over whether the state should stop its use of test scores in the evaluations.

American Federation of Teachers New Mexico and the Albuquerque Teachers Federation are seeking an injunction to halt the use of test scores while their lawsuit against the evaluation system goes through the court system.

Las Cruces City Council unanimously passed the Amador Proximo community blueprint Monday after months of community planning.

Over 200 people from all over Las Cruces participated in community discussions to create a plan for growth in the Amador community. The blue print provides suggestions for different zonings for residential, business areas, and open space to create a mixed-use community.

Councilor Nathan Small helped guide the project and says this kind of development is what people are looking for in the communities.

Border Patrol Parent Agency Issues Custody Standards

Oct 5, 2015

The Border Patrol's parent agency has issued nationwide custody standards, a little more than a year after its jails were overwhelmed with Central American children fleeing to the United States.

The standards released Monday govern a wide range of scenarios and circumstances. They include guarding an immigrant's personal belongings, properly using handcuffs and other restraints and setting thermostats.

Forbes Ranks NMSU as One of America’s Top Colleges in 2015

Oct 5, 2015

  New Mexico State University has been recognized as one of America’s Top Colleges in 2015 by Forbes. 

On the list of 650 institutions, NMSU ranked 417th overall and 92nd in the South, which are improvements of 25 spots nationally and 12 spots regionally from a year ago.

  Despite the return of monsoon rainfall this summer, New Mexico continues to be immersed in a prolonged drought, and the state’s limited water resources will continue to be squeezed.

Water resource management throughout the West is facing dramatic challenges that go to the core of our cultural, economic, and societal foundations. 

La Cella Bella Performs Free Concert In Las Cruces

Oct 5, 2015

  La Cella Bella performers Allison Reynolds and Alicia Dolan will perform in concert at the Doña Ana Community College (DACC) East Mesa Auditorium on Friday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m.

La Cella Bella perform on cellos which are part of the violin family and are the second largest bowed string instrument in modern symphony orchestra.

The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) announced today that it will be issuing licenses to 12 applicants who applied to become licensed non-profit producers (LNPPs) in the state’s Medical Cannabis Program. Licensure is contingent upon the applicants’ acceptance and demonstration of regulatory compliance. This will bring the total number of LNPPs to 35.


New Mexico Elected Officials Declare Support For Power Plant

Oct 5, 2015

Several New Mexico officials recently declared support for a plan to build a nearly $1 billion natural gas and solar power plant in San Juan County.

The Daily Times of Farmington reports that Gov. Susan Martinez, the state's five congressmen and County Executive Officer Kim Carpenter wrote letters to Western Area Power Administration in support of the plant. It's known as the Clean Path Energy Center and could start operating in late 2019.

Power plant developer Western Energy Partners is awaiting approval to connect transmission lines to the plant.