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Court Mandates New Recovery Plan For Mexican Gray Wolves

Oct 18, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must update its decades-old recovery plan for the endangered Mexican gray wolf under a court order issued by an Arizona judge.

The judge on Tuesday signed off on a settlement that was reached earlier this year between environmental groups and the federal agency.

The agreement set a November 2017 deadline for the agency to come up with a new plan. The agency also has to provide the court and other parties in the case regular updates on the planning process.

Pearce: BLM’s Rulemaking Efforts Take Aim At New Mexico Jobs

Oct 18, 2016
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced finalization of three rules to update and replace Onshore Oil and Gas Orders: 


Man Gets Probation For Grabbing Woman's Headscarf On Flight

Oct 18, 2016

A North Carolina man who acknowledged grabbing and pulling off a Muslim woman's hijab on a flight from Chicago to Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been sentenced to a year of probation that includes two months of home confinement.

Federal prosecutors say 37-year-old Gill Parker Payne of Gastonia also was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

Payne pleaded guilty in May to a misdemeanor charge of obstructing a person's free exercise of religious beliefs in connection with the Dec. 11 incident on a Southwest Airlines flight.

Sanders Rally In New Mexico Draws Hundreds Ahead Of Election

Oct 18, 2016

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders made a brief stop in New Mexico to rally Democrats ahead of the general election.

Sanders, who unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nomination for president, is campaigning Tuesday in New Mexico and Arizona for nominee Hillary Clinton. In Albuquerque, he spoke to a crowd on the campus of the state's largest university.

He talked about creating an economy for the middle class and voiced support for raising the minimum wage.

Begaye Focuses On Economy In State Of The Nation Speech

Oct 18, 2016

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye says the nation was facing a financial crisis before its current fiscal year began.

The Daily Times reports that during his State of the Nation address Monday, Begaye focused on the economy and the work he and the Navajo Nation Council did to avoid a $21 million budget shortfall before fiscal year 2017 began on Oct. 1.

Smoking To Be Banned At Most El Paso County Government Sites

Oct 18, 2016

Leaders of a West Texas county have voted to ban smoking on most county-owned property starting in 2017.

The El Paso County Commissioners Court on Monday approved the Tobacco-Free Worksite Policy.

The updated rules are promoted as an effort to provide safe and healthy work areas. Previous rules required smokers to stay 20 feet away from county buildings before lighting up.

Texan Faces Life In Prison In Slaying Of Wife, Two Relatives

Oct 18, 2016

A Texas man faces mandatory life in prison over a 2008 murder-for-hire scheme in Mexico that U.S. prosecutors say left his wife, her sister and their father dead.

Samuel Velasco Gurrola of El Paso was convicted Monday of conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country and conspiracy to cause foreign travel for murder for hire. Two of his relatives pleaded guilty to conspiracy-related counts and face up to life terms.

Immigrant ID Revisions Raise New Humanitarian Concerns

Oct 18, 2016

New Mexico officials are running into criticism as they try to implement revisions to New Mexico's immigrant driver's license law.

Advocates for vulnerable populations such as the homeless and victims of domestic violence say proposed regulations unnecessarily tighten documentation requirements for basic identification cards that poor, displaced people can use to secure jobs or apply for government health benefits.

Leaders In Commercial Space Flight Visit Las Cruces For Symposium

Oct 18, 2016

Leaders in the commercial space industry recently came together in Las Cruces to talk about the industry and share ideas on what they believe it will take for the commercial space business to succeed.

The theme for this year’s International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight was “We will not stop” The symposium brought together industry professionals to demonstrate and discuss what they are excited about within the industry along with challenges.

Pat Hynes, Curator for ISPCS says the symposium’s mission is to grow the industry by bringing people together.

As part of the budget fix passed by the New Mexico Legislature during the special session, money from certain capital improvement projects was clawed back.

Interim City Manager David Dollahon says the city has approximately $7 million worth of state capital outlay funding from 2013 forward, and funding from only one project has been slated for a claw back.

The Latest on an agreement between the U.S. Justice Department and University of New Mexico aimed at improving the school's response to sexual assault complaints (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

The University of New Mexico president says he's sensitive to the reality that the school didn't handle past sexual assault and harassment cases as well as it should have.

Man arrested in Las Cruces in killing of Santa Fe-area woman

Oct 17, 2016
Robert Mondrian-Powell

New Mexico state police have arrested a 57-year-old man accused of killing a Santa Fe-area woman whose dead body was found in her blood-splattered bathroom of her home.

State police say Robert Mondrian-Powell was booked into the Dona Ana County jail after detectives arrested him Friday in Las Cruces on a murder charge in the death of 67-year-old Elvira Segura of Nambe.

According to court documents, Mondrian-Powell had lived with Segura, a former Santa Fe librarian.

NMAA Board Modifies Decision Regarding Onate Football

Oct 17, 2016

Commentary: Dr. Steven Sanchez, Las Cruces Public Schools Interim Superintendent, announced today that the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) Board of Directors modified an NMAA ruling based on an appeal by Las Cruces Public Schools on behalf of Oñate High School, which reverses the previous forfeiture of four games by the Oñate Knights football team.  Sanchez informed the team during lunchtime today at Oñate.

Construction On Albuquerque Rapid Transit Project Begins

Oct 17, 2016

Drivers in Albuquerque can expect lane closures and some delays as crews begin heavy construction on the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project.

KOAT-TV reports that the city has begun work to construct a dedicated bus lane along 9 miles of Central Ave. and work is expected to run into late 2017.

Pre-construction work began over the summer, but full construction is now underway. At least one lane will remain open at all times during construction.

Man Arrested In Las Cruces In Killing Of Santa Fe-Area Woman

Oct 17, 2016

New Mexico state police have arrested a 57-year-old man accused of killing a Santa Fe-area woman whose dead body was found in her blood-splattered bathroom of her home.

State police say Robert Mondrian-Powell was booked into the Dona Ana County jail after detectives arrested him Friday in Las Cruces on a murder charge in the death of 67-year-old Elvira Segura of Nambe.

According to court documents, Mondrian-Powell had lived with Segura, a former Santa Fe librarian.

Sanders to hold rally for Clinton in Albuquerque on Tuesday

Oct 17, 2016

Hillary Clinton's campaign has announced that Sen. Bernie Sanders will hold a Democratic Party rally in Albuquerque on Tuesday to get out the vote for the Democratic presidential candidate.

Clinton's campaign says the Vermont senator will discuss the economic plans of Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump.

The rally will be held Tuesday morning on the campus of the University of New Mexico.

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Monday Business Watch

Oct 17, 2016

What’s happening in the world of business in the Mesilla Valley? Time now for the Monday Business Watch with Edmundo Resendez and Lucas Peerman, Content Director for the Las Cruces Sun-News. This week, today is National Boss’s Day and a look at Organ Mountain Outfitters. 

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Developer Resumes Work On Massive New Mexico Wind Farm

Oct 17, 2016

After years of planning and delays, work is resuming on what officials are billing as one of New Mexico's largest wind farms.

Officials are gathering in Torrance County on Monday to celebrate the restart of construction on Avangrid Renewables' El Cabo Wind Farm.

The 56,000-acre project spans private property and state trust land. It will be made up of more than 140 wind turbines.

Supporters say the project is expected to provide at least $2 million in lease and payments in lieu of taxes each year over the 30-year life of the project.

Holloman Air Force Base officials have released the name of an airman found dead on base.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that the body of 21-year-old Airman 1st Class Nathan Wilson-Ross was discovered in the base dormitories Oct. 11.

Base spokesman Arlan Ponder says no foul play is suspected.

No possible cause of death was given.

Wilson-Ross, of San Angelo, Texas, was an F-16 aircraft maintenance specialist assigned to the 54th Fighter Group.

Ponder says Wilson-Ross was deployed to Holloman from Aviano Air Base in Italy a year ago.



NASA scientists are projecting dry conditions are only going to get exponentially more severe in the next thirty years. On KRWG 90.7 FM Voice of the Public we discuss water scarcity with experts and stake holders

KRWG Voice of the Public - Water Scarcity, hosted by Simon Thompson Featuring guests Western Resource Advocates Policy Analyst- Jorge Figueroa New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity Director - Anthony Gutierrez Silver City Assistant Town Manager - James Marshall Friday October 21st 2016.

‘Threatening’ GOP mailer angers recipients

Oct 16, 2016

  “When Democrats win the election and you didn’t do your part to stop it… Your neighbors will know.”

That’s the message on a mailer from the New Mexico Republican Party encouraging early voting.

But not everyone is thrilled by it.

“I feel like this is a threat,” said Dusty Deen, a 35-year-old Roswell resident who received the mailer this week.

The flier features a woman peeking out her blinds “as though she voted for Hillary and they’re forming a mob,” said Deen, who is an unaffiliated voter..

Hearing on Albuquerque police mistrial set for next month

Oct 16, 2016

Prosecutors will have to decide by next month if they will retry two former Albuquerque police officers in the death of a homeless man.

The Albuquerque Journal reports ( that State District Judge Alisa Hadfield's office issued notice Friday that she will conduct a status hearing Nov. 14 on the criminal prosecution of Dominique Perez and Keith Sandy.

A judge declared a mistrial Tuesday after jurors deadlocked over whether to convict them in the death of James Boyd.

Celebrating 100 Years At Elephant Butte

Oct 16, 2016
Elephant Butte / File photo-Simon Thompson

Elephant Butte Dam officially turns 100 years old Sunday and officials are celebrating with everything from tours of the towering structure to a fireworks show and pie-eating contest.

Neal Brown operates Elephant Butte Lake's three marinas and the Dam Site Recreation Area. He told the Albuquerque Journal ( that it's fitting to celebrate the dam's centennial because it has had a lasting impact on the state.

Stark Differences In New Mexico Secretary Of State Race

Oct 16, 2016

The two candidates vying to become New Mexico's next secretary of state are meeting in a public debate to help voters decide who is best suited to be the state's top elections officer.

Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver hopes to reinstate Democratic leadership of the Secretary of State's Office by defeating Republican state lawmaker Nora Espinoza of Roswell in the November general election.

A debate between the two was scheduled for Sunday morning at a Jewish community center in Albuquerque.

Mexico official: 'El Chapo' could be sent to US early 2017

Oct 15, 2016

Mexico's national security commissioner says jailed drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman could be extradited to the United States by early next year.

Renato Sales tells Televisa it could happen "in January or February."

A lawyer for Guzman said recently that a court could rule on his extradition around the end of the year. But he says either side would then be able to appeal.

Sales also said in the interview posted online Friday that the Sinaloa drug cartel boss "is not running absolutely anything from prison."

New Mexico State University Engineering New Mexico Resource Network, in cooperation with U.S. Senator Tom Udall, will host the inaugural STEM Day Oct. 15 at the Mesilla Valley Mall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Final Report Details Destructive New Mexico Wildfire

Oct 14, 2016

Investigators say a wildfire that destroyed a dozen homes in the Manzano Mountains earlier this year started after a wood-chipping machine struck a rock and sent sparks flying into brush and forest debris.

It took just minutes for a small patch of flames to erupt into a blaze that would burn for weeks and end up costing more than $10 million to put out.

Details of the fire's cause and the response by firefighters are outlined in a report released this week by forest officials.

New Mexico's Corrections Chief To Step Down At End Of Month

Oct 14, 2016

Gov. Susana Martinez says the top corrections official for New Mexico is retiring at the end of the month after nearly five years at the helm of the state's prison system.

Corrections Department Secretary Gregg Marcantel says he is leaving his job to spend more time with his ailing mother.

Charges Dropped Against Woman Connected To Veteran's Death

Oct 14, 2016

New Mexico officials have dropped charges against a woman accused of killing decorated veteran at an Albuquerque ATM.

KOAT-TV reports that the Bernalillo County District Attorney's office dropped robbery and tampering charges against Veronica Trimble on Thursday. Prosecutors say they didn't have significant evidence against her.

Trimble and Mathew Chavez were arrested earlier this year in the February shooting of 24-year-old Army veteran Tyler Lackey.

November Events at the Rio Grande Theatre In Las Cruces

Oct 14, 2016
Sons of the Pioneers

Friday, November 4,     5 to 7 p.m.

Exhibit opening with artist Ruth Drayer