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Feds: Possible Violations At Ex-Uranium Mill In New Mexico

Oct 14, 2016

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has identified five "apparent violations" at a former uranium mill in western New Mexico.

The Gallup Independent reports the commission said in a recent letter to Homestake Mining Co. of California that it is considering escalated enforcement action. The letter cited a failure to obtain monthly composite samples and the discharge of liquids among the alleged violations.

But the commission stopped short of issuing a notice of violation because it hasn't made its enforcement decision. It is offering the company 30 days to respond.

Arizona Man Sentenced For Trafficking Heroin Into New Mexico

Oct 14, 2016

A Phoenix man has been sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison for heroin trafficking in New Mexico.

The U.S. Attorney's office for New Mexico says 25-year-old Rodolfo Rene Ley received a 70-month sentence Thursday in Albuquerque under a plea agreement.

He will also be on supervised release for four years after serving his sentence.

Ley was indicted on possession of heroin with intent to distribute and pleaded guilty.

Fed Grant To Highlands University Aims To Help ESL Teachers

Oct 14, 2016

A new federal grant aims to help educators earn second language education degrees at Highlands University.

The northern New Mexico school announce this week that the U.S. Department of Education recently awarded Highlands a $2.2 million grant to help students with tuition, books, and related professional development.

Under the five-year grant, 30 educators who work with students, in the Santa Fe and Española school districts will earn their associate degree at Santa Fe Community College and then transfer to Highlands.

Feds Plan To Seal Part Of Nuke Waste Repository

Oct 14, 2016
Department of Energy


A top U.S. Energy Department official in southern New Mexico says the agency plans to close off part of the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository due to contamination and stability concerns.

Carlsbad Field Office manager Todd Shrader said during a public meeting Thursday that officials are considering plans to close the south end of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in phases.

Four Indicted In Las Cruces Homicide

Oct 13, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Today, District Attorney Mark D’Antonio announced that a grand jury has indicted four suspects connected to the brutal slaying of a 20-year-old Las Cruces man. 

Damika Childs, 19, Adrian Banda, 24, Alejandro Ruiz, 22, and Gregory Saaverda, 33, were each charged with a laundry list of crimes including first-degree murder, kidnapping and aggravated arson.  

According to investigators, they were responding to a burning vehicle when they discovered the body of 20-year-old Johnny Ramirez inside the trunk of the car. 

The Doña Ana County Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the Unified Development Code by a unanimous vote after two days of hearings.

The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the 450-page Unified Development Code or UDC, after close to two years of work and some controversy.

The UDC would eliminate the 5-mile Extra Territorial Zone between the city and the county, would create a single set of rules across unincorporated Doña Ana County, and unify zoning and development standards.

Woman Charged with Additional Financial Crimes

Oct 13, 2016

The Las Cruces woman indicted last week for embezzling more than $29,000 from Mathers Realty was arrested today and also charged for committing another financial crime while that investigation was ongoing.

Michelle R. Casas, 34, was pending four older felony cases while the two latest investigations were underway.


Starting October 17, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Dripping Springs Visitor Center, located off Dripping Springs Road, will undergo work to widen and resurface all of the sidewalks near the parking lot, bathrooms, and Visitor Center entrance.  Working with BLM engineering staff, the contractors will be on site for two weeks to complete the work.  The Visitor Center will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday – Sunday) for most of the work, except for October 24-26, 2016.


Democratic Candidate for NM Senate District 36 Jeff Steinborn joins us for Voice of The Public.

Albuquerque Mayor Introduces Anti-Crime Proposals

Oct 13, 2016
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry

The Albuquerque mayor has put forward an anti-crime agenda that focuses on keeping repeat offenders locked up longer.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Mayor Richard Berry's proposals include better screening of people released from pretrial detention and changes in procedural rules that authorities say lead to charges being dismissed.

Alamogordo Officials Vote To OK Off-Road Vehicles On Streets

Oct 13, 2016

Alamogordo officials have voted to allow the use of off-road vehicles on city streets.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that city commissioners voted in favor of the change but it won't be official unless it is finalized at the Nov. 1 commission meeting.

Southwest Suzuki Kawasaki owner Tyler Johnson says many of his customers have asked about Alamogordo's law. He says he supports the change, explaining that it simplifies things for ATV users who need to go slightly down a paved road to access another dirt trail.

Watchdogs Concerned About Readiness Of Nuke Dump

Oct 13, 2016

A series of recent ceiling collapses at the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository has watchdogs calling on officials to ensure safety before moving ahead with a planned reopening later this year.

U.S. Energy Department officials and the contractor that manages the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico will update the public on the collapses during a meeting Thursday evening.

Arrest in Attorney General Human Trafficking Operation

Oct 13, 2016

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General Human Trafficking Task Force recently conducted an undercover sting operation resulting in the arrest of Tyrone Davis. 

“Human trafficking is nothing short of modern-day slavery and it remains a top priority of this administration to continue to protect New Mexico's most vulnerable populations from this abhorrent depravity,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas.

LAS CRUCES - Kool Smiles, a leading provider of quality dental care in Las Cruces, is coordinating for the fifth year ‘Operation Troop Treats’, a program that helps give kids’ teeth a post-Halloween break, while giving U.S.

Dutch students from Eindhoven University of Technology designed and built an electric motorcycle to travel around the world in 80 days.  They want to show that electric transport is the next step on our way to a sustainable future.  They are coming to Las Cruces Thursday, October 13th.  After being escorted into town by local motorcycle clubs, the bike and the team will be on the new downtown Plaza de Las Cruces at 7 pm.

Students in New Mexico State University’s College of Business had an opportunity to travel to the Independent Insurance Agents of New Mexico Annual Convention in Albuquerque in September and learn more about the real world of insurance and risk management. It’s one of many hands-on learning and networking opportunities made possible by a gift last fall to the college from the Independent Insurance Agents of New Mexico and New Mexico Mutual.

LAS CRUCES---In early November, the Board of Education will make its final selection of a new superintendent for the Las Cruces school district.  Until that decision is reached, community residents can review comments made by the three finalists during a recent community forum, said LCPS spokeswoman Jo Galvan.  In addition, the candidates have provided a two-minute message to the community for the public’s review.

   Galvan said the individual comments are available at the following Internet sites:  for Dr. Gregory Ewing of Marrieta, Georgia:  

NMSU to host annual one-of-a-kind jewelry sale on Halloween

Oct 13, 2016

New Mexico State University’s Department of Art will host its annual jewelry sale from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31, in the lobby of the D.W. Williams Hall, 1390 E. University Ave., next to Barnes & Noble.

“These students have worked hard, and all have great talent. Each piece has it’s own character produced by the individual student,” said Motoko Furuhashi, assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Oct. 22 pre-game event combines farm animals, local food, fun

Oct 13, 2016

It’s the family-friendly event to beat all others in Las Cruces: on Oct. 22 you’ll find farm animals, games and prizes, and samples of local food all in one at a completely free event.

The fourth annual Agriculture Day street fair happens on the campus of New Mexico State University from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, before the NMSU Aggies play a home game against the Georgia Southern Eagles. In the parking lot between Aggie Memorial Stadium and the Pan American Center, you’ll find dozens of groups representing almost every facet of New Mexico’s diverse agricultural community.

White Sands Missile Range will conduct an installation-wide full-scale anti-terrorism
exercise on Monday, Oct. 17 and Tuesday, Oct. 18 between the hours of  9
a.m. and 4 p.m. affecting El Paso and Las Cruces gates.  On Oct. 17 an
exercise at the installation's post office will require police and fire
response and will cause a temporary closure from 9 a.m. to noon.  On Oct. 18
the Oro Grande gate will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon for safety reasons.
Residents are asked to plan ahead in order to avoid unnecessary disruptions
to scheduled activities.

The Bulletin On The Radio

Oct 13, 2016


Every week, KRWG News provides a preview of the stories in The Las Cruces Bulletin.

Gov. Martinez Highlights Growth In Tourism Industry

Oct 13, 2016
Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is highlighting the impact of tourism on the state economy in a series of appearances across the state.

The second-term Republican governor told an audience Wednesday in Albuquerque that growth in the tourism sector is helping New Mexico trim its economic reliance on the federal government.


Federal investigators say the U.S. Attorney's Office in Colorado has declined to prosecute an employee of the Environmental Protection Agency over a massive mine wastewater spill.

The EPA's Office of Inspector General said Wednesday that it found evidence the unnamed employee may have violated the Clean Water Act and given false statements.

However, office spokesman Jeffrey Lagda says federal prosecutors have declined to pursue the case. He says that in lieu of prosecution, the case will be sent to senior EPA management for their review.

UNM May Eliminate Some Sports Amid Budget Crisis

Oct 13, 2016



ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico may be forced to eliminate some sports amid budget cut and reduced state funding.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the school's athletic director Paul Krebs told a Board of Regents committee this week that slashing some sports from the school is a last option if the athletics department isn't able to fight off another deficit.

Gun Safety Advocates Pump Money Into New Mexico

Oct 13, 2016


Fall legislative elections are thrusting New Mexico into the national political tussle over access to firearms and whether current restrictions and background checks are sufficient to stem violence.

Report: Retail Gasoline Prices Across Texas Up Two Cents This Week

Oct 13, 2016

Retail gasoline prices across Texas rose 2 cents this week to reach an average $2.03 per gallon.

AAA Texas on Thursday reported the nationwide price at the pump held steady at $2.25 per gallon this week.

The association survey found Corpus Christi has the cheapest gasoline statewide at an average $1.96 per gallon. Texarkana has the most expensive gasoline in Texas this week at an average $2.09 per gallon.

AAA spokesman Doug Shupe (shoop) says Texas gasoline prices continue to be among the least expensive in the country.

Ex-Navajo Nation Council Delegate Sentenced In Bribery Case

Oct 13, 2016

A former Navajo Nation council delegate has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for misusing a financial assistance program intended to help tribal members.

The Daily Times of Farmington reports that George Arthur was sentenced Monday in Window Rock, Arizona.

Arthur represented Nenahnezad, San Juan and Tiis Tsoh Sikaad chapters from 1999 to 2011.

Park Being Developed Near International UFO Museum

Oct 13, 2016

The city of Roswell is set to get new $100,000 city park near the International UFO Museum and Research Center.

UFO Museum Executive Director Jim Hill told the Roswell Daily Record ( this week that work began a few weeks ago on the improvement project.

The park will be adjacent to the museum building, which is one of the city's major tourist attractions.

Officials say the unfenced park will use the flowering plant vinca as ground cover because it requires relatively little water and is hearty enough to survive winters.

The Latest: Activists Protest In Albuquerque After Mistrial

Oct 12, 2016
3/16/14 fatal shooting of James Boyd--Albuquerque Police Department video

The Latest on protests after the case against two former New Mexico police officers charged in the death of a homeless man ended in a mistrial. (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

Activists have protested outside the Albuquerque courthouse where the case against two former New Mexico police officers charged in the death of a homeless man ended in a mistrial.

Protesters made their way up Central Avenue downtown and toward the University of New Mexico before the crowd appeared to disperse around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives accompanied the remains of an unidentified personTuesday to the University of New Mexico Office of the Medical Examiner in Albuquerque, hoping to learn more information about the identity of the person and how s/he might have died.

A possible identification was made, but next of kin have yet to be located or notified. Medical examiners said it could take up to 90 days for positive identification.