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"Plastics Unwrapped" Coming To Las Cruces

May 24, 2016

  The Branigan Cultural Center presents Plastics Unwrapped, a new exhibit that explores how material culture was rapidly and, perhaps, permanently changed by plastics. The exhibition opens Friday, June 3, and will be on display through Saturday, August 20.  An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 3. 

Is New Mexico tipping back to La Niña?

May 24, 2016

  At a water conference last week, David Gutzler, a professor in the University of New Mexico Earth and Planetary Studies Department, noted that the El Niño weather pattern didn’t exactly work wonders for New Mexico’s mountains, rivers, and reservoirs. And now, warmer and drier conditions are expected to return to the Southwest.

Living Here - El Bug O in El Paso

May 24, 2016

Living Here City of Rocks

May 24, 2016

Fronteras 610: U.S. Senator D-NM Tom Udall

May 24, 2016

Fronteras 611: Dangers of Zika Virus - Dr. Paul Ettestad

May 24, 2016

  Silver City, NM – A video titled Gila’s Fight showcasing the beauty of the Gila National Forest and surrounding areas was intended to be an end-of-semester project for Chris Theulen, it turned out to be a catalyst for film projects with regional and national organizations.

NMSU highlights spicy new Jolokia products from Chile Pepper Institute

May 24, 2016
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  It’s going to be a hot summer – in more ways than one – with a number of new, super-spicy products available at New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute. Holy Jolokia mustard, ketchup and spice mixture, each produced in collaboration with CaJohns Fiery Foods, are the newest in the growing line of Holy Jolokia products. 

US Appeals Court Revisits Texas Voter ID Law

May 24, 2016

A federal appeals court is preparing to take a second look at a Texas voter ID law.

Texas' law requires residents to show one of seven forms of approved identification. The state and other supporters of the law say it prevents fraud. Opponents, including the U.S. Justice Department, say it discriminates by requiring forms of ID that are more difficult to obtain for low-income, African-American, and Latino voters.

Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino

Last week, New Mexico State Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D-Dist. 12) called for the resignation of the Human Services Department Secretary Brent Earnest after he said the agency failed to "come clean" on allegations that state employees were directed to falsify food stamp applications (http://krwg.org/post/ortiz-y-pino-calls-new-mexico-hsd-secretary-s-resignation?nopop=1).

Mexican Nationals Arrested In New Mexico On Meth Charges

May 23, 2016

  ALBUQUERQUE – Two Mexican nationals are facing federal drug trafficking charges arising out of a seizure of 65-pounds of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Waldemar Rodriguez of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in El Paso, and New Mexico State Police (NMSP) Chief Pete N. Kassetas.

Governor Susana Martinez Announces Mako Medical Laboratories to Create 100 New Jobs

May 23, 2016

Albuquerque, NM - Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that Mako Medical Laboratories will partner with Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute to establish a location in Albuquerque, creating 100 new jobs. The jobs include laboratory technicians, administrative staff, and sales and marketing positions. The company is based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and chose New Mexico for its first location in the Western U.S.

New Mexico Probes Its Handling Of Emergency Food Aid

May 23, 2016
hsd.state.nm.us

New Mexico Human Services Sec. Brent Earnest says a practice of altering emergency food assistance applications that results in delayed benefits may date back more than a decade.

Earnest told state lawmakers Monday that he heard from agency employees that the practice is long-standing and dates back to 2003 without providing additional details.

New Mexico lawmakers are raising concerns of intimidation against whistleblowers as court and internal investigations probe whether records were falsified and kept emergency benefits from the poor.

Ex-Albuquerque Halfway House Guard Pleads Guilty To Abuse

May 23, 2016

A former employee at an Albuquerque halfway house for women has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing six inmates under his custodial authority.

Prosecutors say 35-year-old Eric Trujillo, of Albuquerque, entered his plea Monday in federal court to six felony counts.

They say Trujillo will be sentenced within the range of four to 15 years in federal prison and be required to register as a sex offender.

His sentencing hearing hasn't been set yet.

Police Hope Albuquerque Trump Protests Don't Spark 'Chaos'

May 23, 2016
donaldjtrump.com

Albuquerque police say they are hoping planned protests targeting GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump's Albuquerque visit don't turn into "chaos."

Police spokesman Tanner Tixier said Monday the department is working with state and federal authorities to make sure all demonstrations remain peaceful.

Trump is scheduled to hold a rally Tuesday evening at the Albuquerque Convention Center. It's his first campaign stop in the most Hispanic state in the nation.

   

  ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez and Special Agent in Charge Monte A. Cason of the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General, Dallas Field Office, announced that a former employee of a halfway house in Albuquerque, N.M., has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing six female inmates who were under his custodial authority.

New Mexico To Give Judges More Defendant Information

May 23, 2016

New Mexico officials plan to merge most of the state's major criminal, court and personal information databases to give judges access to more information before they set bail.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that state officials say they hope the Criminal History Clearinghouse will be operational by winter, but it could take longer. The project will link at least six databases to give judges a quicker, more thorough way to check defendants' backgrounds.

Officials say the project could also be more expensive than legislators budgeted for.

New Mexico Sues EPA, Mine Owners Over Gold King Spill

May 23, 2016
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

New Mexico is suing the federal government and the owners of two mines over environmental and economic damages caused by the release of 3 million gallons of wastewater from a southern Colorado mine.

The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court states the environmental effects of the August 2015 spill are far worse than claimed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA said last week it's taking responsibility for the cleanup.

It was an EPA contractor that triggered the release at the Gold King Mine.

Fatal Stabbing Suspect Arrested In Las Cruces

May 23, 2016

  Las Cruces Police arrested the man suspected in Saturday evening’s fatal stabbing at the Coachlight Inn.

Francisco “Pancho” Campos, 43, who resides at the Coachlight Inn, is charged with an open count of murder and one count of tampering with evidence.

The victim, 44-year-old Ruben Moreno, was pronounced dead at an El Paso hospital.

  El Paso, Texas -  The El Paso Symphony Orchestra Association announces the departure of Andy Moran, El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras (EPSYOs) Music Director and El Paso Symphony Orchestra (EPSO) Resident Conductor.  Andy has accepted the position of Director of Orchestras and Professor of Horn at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point starting in August 2016.  He will continue his role with EPSYOs and EPSO throughout summer.  “Although we are saddened by Andy’s departure, we are thrilled to see him continue to advance in his career.  We were fortunate and blessed to have Andy be a par

  The University of New Mexico and the Indian Health Service are teaming up to tackle opioid abuse among Native Americans using telehealth technology to share best practices in chronic pain management with health care providers.

Under a new agreement, UNM is providing expanded training to more than 1,200 IHS prescribers in hopes of reducing the disproportionate misuse of opioids among Native Americans.

Las Cruces Crews Battle House Fire; Cause Under Investigation

May 23, 2016

  Las Cruces firefighters extinguished a house fire Sunday evening. 

The fire department responded to a residential structure fire at the 2800 block of Primavera Street just before 9 pm Sunday.  The first arriving engine found a smoky haze in the area coming from the back of the house.  The occupants were not home when fire crews arrived.  Neighbors noticed the smoke and attempted to put out the fire with a garden hose.  Fire crews isolated where the structure was still smoldering and extinguished it.

Sheriff's Department: Two-Year-Old Boy Drowns In Rio Grande

May 23, 2016

Authorities say a toddler has drowned during a family camping trip in the Rio Grande.

KOB-TV reports that the body of the 2-year-old boy was pulled from the river Sunday.

The boy had been reported missing from a campsite near Pilar about a half-hour before searchers located his body in the water.

Taos County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Rael says a responding deputy performed CPR and was able to resuscitate the child, but he was taken to a hospital and later died.

The incident remains under investigation.

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Information from: KOB-TV.

Rio Arriba County Man Arrested In Neighbor's Rape

May 23, 2016

Rio Arriba County authorities have arrested a man on suspicion of breaking into the home of his 76-year-old neighbor and raping the woman.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Sheriff James Lujan says 30-year-old Jason Cordova was arrested Friday after DNA found on the victim's body connected him to the May 4 attack. He faces several charges, including first-degree criminal sexual penetration and aggravated burglary.

StoryCorps: Charles R. Clapp

May 23, 2016
StoryCorps

Time now for KRWG’s StoryCorps which visited our area in January. Lillian Clapp (11) interviews her grandfather, Charles R. Clapp (78) about his childhood, what it was like living in a farm, and his introduction to new technology.

Lillian Clapp interviews her grandfather, Charles R. Clapp on KRWG’s StoryCorps which airs Mondays at 8:45 am and 6:45 pm. KRWG is proud to have hosted 3 StoryCorps so that our stories too can be included in the Library of Congress. You can hear this....and other interviews on the StoryCorps page in the radio section....at krwg-dot-org.

Monday Business Watch

May 23, 2016

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Jason Gibbs. This week, state environment department offering free, anonymous safety inspections to help businesses become OSHA complient without fear of fines.

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Fish Barrier To Be Built In Western New Mexico

May 22, 2016
Gila Trout / wildlife.state.nm.us

Construction is set to begin on a fish barrier project along a creek in the western New Mexico.

U.S. Forest Service officials said Sunday the public should expect to see heavy equipment along Forest Road 28 between Snow Lake Road and Willow Creek for the next two months.

The Willow Creek fish barrier project is just north of the boundary of the Gila Wilderness.

Officials say the barrier will assist in the recovery of the Gila trout, which has been federally listed as threatened since 2006.

  ALBUQUERQUE – An estimated one in six Americans gets sick from foodborne illness each year, resulting in approximately 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To help educate the public on food safety practices in the home, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has developed the Food Safety Discovery Zone, a 40-foot-long multimedia demonstration kitchen on wheels that provides visitors of all ages with fun experiences that teach them how to prevent foodborne illness at home. 

Stan Rounds via LCPS

  LAS CRUCES—Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Stan Rounds will explain the proposed 2016/17 school district budget during a town hall meeting on Monday, May 23.  The meeting begins at 5:00 p.m. in the LCPS Administration Building Board Room, 505 S. Main, Loretto Towne Centre.  The Superintendent’s presentation will be also be web-streamed online at www.LCPS.TV, said Jo Galvan, district spokesperson.

APD ‘reverse drug sting’ netted homeless, mentally ill people

May 22, 2016

  Anthony Pounds traded the clothes off his back for some crack cocaine.

Pounds, a 49-year-old black man who is homeless and struggles with mental health issues, meandered around the Circle K parking lot at Pennsylvania and Central NE on May 9 until a man arrived and asked what he wanted to buy.

“Hard,” Pounds said in response, referring to crack, then told the man he only had $5 — not enough to afford the $20 rock for sale. The man asked if Pounds would be willing to trade his jacket and the $5. Pounds agreed, court records show.

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