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NMSU student advertising club wins district competition

Jul 18, 2016

  A team of journalism and mass communications students at New Mexico State University under the American Advertising Federation brought home a first place win in the organization’s district competition this spring in Salt Lake City -- a first for the team and for the university.

American Advertising Federation is an advertising trade association representing all facets of the advertising and marketing communications industry. NMSU’s chapter with 15 members is one of more than 200 college chapters nationwide.

Office of the Governor

  Santa Fe, NM — Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced the appointment of Duffy Rodriguez as cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration (DFA). Rodriguez brings more than three decades of public service to her new position. Her appointment fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Dr. Tom Clifford, who served more than 20 years in state government.

  Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall thanked Emerson Morrow of Las Cruces for his work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During his seven weeks on Capitol Hill, Morrow worked with the senator’s communications team.

"An internship in the U.S. Senate provides students with an invaluable learning opportunity, and it has been a pleasure to have Emerson in my office this summer,” Udall said. “I wish him the best as he uses the knowledge and experiences he has gained from his internship to pursue his passions."

Events On Tap For Downtown Las Cruces

Jul 18, 2016

  Main St:

·         Farmers and Crafts Market

o   July 20 & July 23, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

DACC Administrator is New Mexico’s Top Career & Technical Educator

Jul 18, 2016

  Las Cruces -- Dr. John Walker has been named the Outstanding Career & Technical Educator by the New Mexico Association for Career and Technical Education (NMACTE). Formerly known as vocational education, career & technical education helps students acquire academic, technical, and employability skills for in-demand careers.

Crews Mopping Up Fire That Burned Dozens Of Homes In Timberon

Jul 18, 2016

Rain is helping firefighters as they continue to mop up a wildfire that burned dozens of homes and other buildings in the southern New Mexico mountain village of Timberon.

An update Monday from fire managers say the fire is 80 percent contained, up from 60 percent Sunday.

The fire burned nearly half a square-mile as well as approximately 70 structures, including 44 homes, and numerous vehicles.

The fire started Wednesday and its cause is undetermined. Timberon is 25 miles southeast of Alamogordo.

Albuquerque Police To Use Buddy System Following Shootings

Jul 18, 2016

The Albuquerque Police Department is returning to the buddy system after officers were ambushed while responding to a suspicious person call in Louisiana.

Chief Gordon Eden is ordering officers to take extra precautions, including responding to calls in pairs. The department was taking the precaution after five police officers were killed and seven injured in Dallas on July 7th, but Eden had recently stopped the practice.

Navajo Nation Council Set To Begin Summer Session In Arizona

Jul 18, 2016

Navajo Nation lawmakers are expected to consider proposed legislation on mining as well as potential capital projects during their summer session in Window Rock, Arizona.

The Farmington Daily Times reports that the session is slated to begin Monday and include proposed legislation that would regulate surface coal mining, reclamation and coal exploration on tribal land.

Woman Sentenced To 18-Month Prison Term In Fatal Accident

Jul 18, 2016

A 30-year-old Navajo Nation woman faces 18 months in federal prison after being sentenced in an alcohol-related fatal accident in northwestern New Mexico.

A judge sentenced Sheiva Dee Joe of Kahtahey, New Mexico, on Friday in federal court in Albuquerque.

Joe had pleaded guilty on March 16 to involuntary manslaughter, acknowledging that she was intoxicated at the time of the Nov. 18, 2014 crash in McKinley County.

Court documents do not disclose the identity of the man who was killed in the crash but say he was a passenger in Joe's vehicle.

Suspect In Woman's Death Arrested After Albuquerque Standoff

Jul 18, 2016

Bernalillo County authorities say they have arrested a suspect in connection with his girlfriend's death following an hourlong standoff involving members of a SWAT team.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Felicia Romero said Sunday that the 44-year-old suspect had barricaded himself inside an Albuquerque apartment and refused to leave. She says he eventually surrendered and was taken into custody.

Capt. Justin Dunlap says the suspect is facing charges of murder and tampering with evidence in the death of 41-year-old Alma Contreras.

117 people from 11 different countries ranging in age from 18 to 17 were sworn in as U.S. Citizens. The new citizens immigrated to the United States in hopes of finding their own version of the American dream.

“Because I want to work in the United States,” Caliope Ortiz said. “And because I think it’s a great country. And I think it provides a lot of good opportunities for it’s citizens and people who live here.”

StoryCorps: Sabrina E. Van Why

Jul 18, 2016

Time now for KRWG’s StoryCorps which visited our area in January. Katherine Perez Lockett (38) talks to her friend, Sabrina E. Van Why (36), about her late husband, who passed away from substance abuse when her son was 16 months old after suffering from PTSD after spending time in Iraq.

  Santa Fe, NM — Today, Governor Susana Martinez directed state agencies responding to the Timberon Fire in Otero County to work with local leaders and other local, county, and federal entities on plans and actions required in the aftermath of the Timberon Fire. In the aftermath of devastating wildfires such as the Timberon Fire, affected areas can often be vulnerable to flooding, excessive debris runoff, and dangerous effects to the local watershed which can be difficult to control and cause further damage.

Asking Price For 20,000 Acre Santa Fe Ranch: $75 Million

Jul 16, 2016

Fashion designer and filmmaker Tom Ford is putting his sprawling Santa Fe ranch on the market.

Ford's 20,000-acre ranch is up for sale and area real estate insiders say the asking price is $75 million.

Cerro Pelon Ranch in the Galisteo Basin is seen as one of the largest private holdings in Santa Fe County.

It was designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando and includes reflecting pools, staff quarters and an airstrip.

Dale Heinemann, a broker who specializes in ranch properties, says it is "big ticket" sale rare for New Mexico.


No Charges For Three APD Officers In 2013 Shooting

Jul 16, 2016

   Three Albuquerque police officers involved in the 2013 shooting of a suspect will not be charged.

District Attorney Kari Brandenburg announced Friday there was "no probable cause" to prosecute James Edison, Luke McPeek and David Munoz.

Brandenburg says the officers acted properly out of concern for others.

Initially, there were questions as to whether suspect Shaine Sherrill, who survived the December 2013 shooting, was armed.

Police were responding that day to a domestic violence call involving Sherrill and his ex-girlfriend.

Public Meeting Over New Mexico Wild Animal Policy

Jul 16, 2016

Wildlife advocates and New Mexico lawmakers are planning to discuss outdoor safety and a state law that led to the death of a mother black bear in June following an attack on a marathon runner in the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday evening in Santa Fe.

Participants will include several environmental groups, the New Mexico Game and Fish Department and Karen Williams, the marathon runner who was attacked June 18 in the Valles Caldera.

The black bear was killed the next day for rabies testing.

Timberon Fire About 40 Percent Contained

Jul 16, 2016

Crews have gained more control of a southern New Mexico wildfire that has destroyed more than 40 homes.

Fire officials said Saturday that the fire in the mountain village of Timberon is about 40 percent contained.

The blaze has charred nearly 270 acres since it started Wednesday.

Gov. Susana Martinez declared a state of emergency Friday to free up resources to fight the fire.

Fire spokeswoman Linda Wallace says the blaze has destroyed 70 structures, including 44 dwellings, and numerous vehicles.

Navajo Pride Flour Mill To Reopen After More Than A Year

Jul 16, 2016

A flour mill owned by the Navajo Nation is reopening after undergoing renovations for more than a year.

Navajo Agricultural Products Industry officials announced Friday that the Navajo Pride flour mill will relaunch through a joint venture with a new company.  New Mexico Milling LLC will operate the mill.

CEO Wilton Charley, who was named to the position in March, says the venture will mean hiring 20 employees.

Charley says the operation will generate $1 million a year in wages to run it.

NMSU Won't Be Funding Its Equestrian Team After Next Season

Jul 15, 2016

New Mexico State University plans to phase out funding of the school's equestrian team after the 2016-2017 


Supporters of the equestrian program are seeking private funding to make the program self-sustaining.

University officials say NMSU still will fully honor the scholarships of its current equestrian student-athletes for the remainder of their eligibility.

NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers said in a statement Friday that the university continues to be under pressure to trim its budget by more than $12 million.

Praise For Pence Comes From Influential Trump Critic

Jul 15, 2016
Office of the Governor

The chairwoman of the Republican Governors Association is praising the choice of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as a vice presidential running mate despite her reservations about Donald Trump.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has been critical of Trump's comments about a Hispanic judge and plans to build a border wall during her tenure as chairwoman of the governors association.

On Friday, Martinez issued a statement that praised Pence's handling of the Indiana economy and his dedication to helping other GOP candidates for governor.

Navajo Nation Community Goes Without Water For 5 Days

Jul 15, 2016

The Navajo Nation community of Rough Rock went five days without water after a mechanical failure and is again being asked to conserve.

The Gallup Independent reports that Navajo Tribal Utility Authority officials say a water pump motor for the Rough Rock well broke on July 3, leaving 371 customers without water. The pump was repaired on July 7 but then water in the storage tank dropped to a level that caused the motor to stop again.

Police Identify Suspect Who Killed Himself After Chase

Jul 15, 2016

New Mexico State Police have identified a man who shot and killed himself after leading officers on a high-speed chase as a rape suspect from Albuquerque.

Police say Albuquerque officers saw 35-year-old Jeremiah Baldwin on Wednesday and identified him as a suspect. Detectives with the sex crimes unit had been looking for Baldwin since early June when he cut off his ankle monitor.

Baldwin had been charged with four counts of criminal sexual penetration, one count of kidnapping, bribery of a witness and other crimes for a rape police say he committed last July.

The Latest: New Mexico Wildfire At 16 Percent Of Containment

Jul 15, 2016

The Latest on a southern New Mexico wildfire (all times local):

Authorities say a wildfire in the southern New Mexico mountain village of Timberon has destroyed 67 structures and numerous vehicles and is now 16 percent contained.

The containment figure means firefighters have secured that percentage of the fire's perimeter to keep the fire from growing.

An update provided Friday by fire incident commanders says approximately 30 vehicles were destroyed or damaged, including 14 recreational vehicles.

Ex-Senator Gets New Arraignment Date In Corruption Case

Jul 15, 2016

Former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego is being called back to court on newly confirmed charges of fraud, bribery and perjury as the criminal corruption case moves toward trial.

New Mexico District Court Judge Brett Loveless has scheduled the arraignment for July 22 at a courthouse in Albuquerque.

State prosecutors allege Griego used his position as a senator to profit from the 2014 sale of a state-owned building in downtown Santa Fe by pushing approval of the transaction through the Legislature without proper disclosure.

NMSU Allows Equestrian Team To Compete In 2016-17 Season

Jul 15, 2016

New Mexico State University, along with the New Mexico State Athletics Department, announced today that the equestrian team will be allowed to compete in the 2016-2017 season. This will, however, be the final season for the team to be funded by the university.

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) introduced legislation to help launch businesses and create more jobs in Indian Country.

Their bill, the Native American Business Incubators Program Act, will establish and fund business incubators in Indian Country to help start and cultivate Native American-owned small businesses.

Contemporary Japanese Ceramics Highlight Las Cruces Exhibit

Jul 15, 2016


  Nature, Tradition, and Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Gordon Brodfuehrer Collection opens in the Las Cruces Museum of Art on Friday, August 5. The opening reception is 5-7 p.m., during the Downtown Ramble. Admission to the Museum of Art is free.

New Exhibit Coming To Las Cruces

Jul 15, 2016

  The Tombaugh Gallery presents the “Shining Stars” exhibit, the art work of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The show opens on Sunday, August 7th with a reception at 11:30 am.  By creating story boards, the artists tell their stories, expressing what makes them a “shining star.”  The artists have been invited to speak about their art work at the reception.  The Tombaugh Gallery is located at 2000 S. Solano, inside the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces.


Arrests at syringe exchange spotlight APD tactics

Jul 15, 2016

  Albuquerque police Detective Herman Martinez had an anonymous tip: a man and woman had warrants out for their arrests, they had been selling large amounts of heroin in the city, and the man had a gun.

So shortly after noon on June 28, Martinez and seven other plainclothes officers from the APD Narcotics and Vice units followed Camille Gabaldon, 38, and 37-year-old Greg Chaparro, in unmarked police cars as the pair drove through the city in a maroon sedan.

KRWG Music Spotlight - Tularosa Basin Musicians Union

Jul 15, 2016