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Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) blasted the Trump Administration’s approval of a final easement to build the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and its failure to undertake meaningful consultation with Native American tribes.

The Latest: GOP Congressman Praises Obama's Energy Secretary

Feb 9, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

The Latest on an address by U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce to the New Mexico Legislature (all times local):

1:10 p.m.

New Mexico's lone Republican congressman is praising former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz for helping restart the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository nearly three years after a radiation leak shuttered the facility.

Charges Allege Conspiracy To Sell Fake Native American Art

Feb 9, 2017

A federal grand jury in New Mexico has indicted four people on charges of conspiring to import and fraudulently sell Filipino-made jewelry as made by Native Americans.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says the indictment Tuesday stems from an investigation that began in early 2015, involved several federal agencies and resulted in a previous indictment.

The latest indictment charges four people with conspiracy and one of the four as well as a fifth person with violating the Indian Arts and Craft Act.

Gage Skidmore

Commentary: WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W.

The Bulletin On The Radio

Feb 9, 2017

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

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Hobbs Endorses Measure Against Recreational Marijuana Use

Feb 9, 2017
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A southeastern New Mexico city in the heart of oil and gas country is refusing to light up for recreational marijuana.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports Hobbs City Commissioners this week endorsed a resolution opposing the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in New Mexico.

City Manager J.J. Murphy presented the commission with a resolution and says recreational marijuana would be a detriment to Hobbs.

He says growers in California cannot deposit their money in most banks and instead hiding money in safe houses, which become targets of gangs.

Health Report Set To Be Released On Atomic Bomb Test Effects

Feb 9, 2017

A report is scheduled to be released on the health effects of the people who lived near the site of the world's first atomic bomb test.

The Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium will release the health assessment report Friday on residents of a historic Hispanic village of Tularosa near the Trinity Test in the New Mexico desert.

Scientists working in the secret city of Los Alamos, New Mexico, developed the atomic bomb as part of the Manhattan Project. The bomb was tested in a stretch of desert near towns with Hispanic and Native American residents.

New Mexico May Require Diaper Tables In Men's Rooms

Feb 9, 2017

Fathers in New Mexico may soon get a helping hand when it comes to diaper changing.

The state Legislature takes up consideration Thursday of a bill to require baby changing tables for all newly constructed restrooms in public places, whether for males or females.

The regulations would apply to hotel lobbies, restaurants, bars, movie theaters, concert halls, grocery stores, museums, gas stations, doctor's offices and more.

State officials estimate equipment and installation can range from $750 to over $3,000. Failure to comply could result in a fine of up to $250.

New Mexico Lawmakers Object To Possible Muslim Registry

Feb 9, 2017
rep. nathan small

New Mexico lawmakers are advancing a proposed memorial urging the U.S. Congress to prohibit the creation a possible Muslim registry.

President Donald Trump is seeking a temporary ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations and has said the U.S. needs a registry for Syrian refugees entering the country. Whether he wants a registry for all Muslims in the U.S. has been less clear.

Senator Tom Udall First 100 Days

Feb 9, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

The first 100 days of congress and president Trump are well on their way. There’s lots going on in Washington, DC, Edmundo Resendez spoke to the New Mexico delegation about the impact to New Mexico. Today, a conversation with Senator Tom Udall. 

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New Mexico may allow medical marijuana for all veterans

Feb 8, 2017

Extensive revisions to New Mexico's medical marijuana program that would automatically allow all military veterans to qualify as patients are advancing in the state Legislature.

The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed the proposed legislation on Wednesday despite objections from members to the veterans' eligibility provisions. The bill's next stop is the full Senate.

Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto

  Commentary: Santa Fe, NM – Today, the Senate Education Committee passed Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto’s Senate Bill 338 which would increase access to reliable and affordable high-speed internet throughout New Mexico. The legislation would create a statewide broadband network and make it more attractive for providers to invest in broadband infrastructure by combining demand for internet access among public and education institutions.

Fronteras 705: Director of ACLU-NM - Vicki Gaubeca

Feb 8, 2017

Living Here - Fort Selden

Feb 8, 2017

New Mexico Senate Toasts Wine Bill- Passes it Unanimously

Feb 8, 2017
Senator Ron Griggs - (R)

Commentary: Santa Fe- Restaurant and bar patrons wanting to drink their own bottle of wine in a New Mexico restaurant or bar could do so under a bill sponsored by Senator Ron Griggs (R-Alamogordo.) The bill passed the Senate this afternoon and heads to the House.

SB 58 allows a business with a liquor license to have the option of offering its patrons the service of uncorking a customer’s own bottle of wine and serving it to them  for a fee.

Bills to Open New Mexico to Industrial Hemp Marketplace Advance

Feb 8, 2017

Commentary: Santa Fe, NM – Today, in the House Labor and Economic Devleopment Committee, three bills establishing regulations for an industrial hemp market in New Mexico were rolled together and passed unanimously. The new Committee Substitute combines bills sponsored by Rep. Bealquin “Bill” Gomez (D-La Mesa), Rep. Rick Little (R-Chaparral) and Antonio “Moe” Maestas.

Chaparral Man Allegedly Beats Girlfriend Over Use Of Her Car

Feb 8, 2017

A Chaparral man is in custody for allegedly beating his girlfriend because she refused to lend him her car.

Dona Ana County Sheriff's officials say 35-year-old Jesus Vasquez-Macias is being held without bond on suspicion of one count of aggravated battery against a household member causing great bodily harm and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

It was unclear Wednesday if he has a lawyer yet.

Sheriff's detectives were called out to a Chaparral home about 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) spoke on the Senate floor today opposing the nomination of U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to serve as Attorney General of the United States. Heinrich read an excerpt from a 1986 letter written by Coretta Scott King, the widow of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., that urged Congress to block the nomination of Sessions for federal judge. When U.S.

One Arrested In Alleged Beating Outside Las Cruces

Feb 8, 2017

A Chaparral woman whose child alerted neighbors that her mother was allegedly being beaten at the hands of the woman’s boyfriend says the incident happened in part because she refused to lend him her car.

   Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives were sent to the 600 block of Paloma Blanca just before 9 p.m. Tuesday. When they arrived, the 29-year-old victim reportedly said her boyfriend, 35-year-old Jesus Vasquez-Macias, asked to borrow her car to allegedly transport someone illegally into the country.

New NMSU extension specialist offers tips on adopting healthy habits

Feb 8, 2017

By now, most people have already given up on their New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or exercise more. But adopting healthy habits can be done at any time of year. It just takes a healthy mindset, time and patience, said Raquel Garzon, New Mexico State University’s new nutrition and wellness extension specialist in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

New Mexico AG Asks For More 'Cooperation' To Fight Crime

Feb 8, 2017
Hector Balderas

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says community-based efforts and better cooperation can be used to prevent crime in one of the nation's poorest states.

Balderas told a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature on Wednesday that more resources for officers and increased funding for prosecutors and judges could help tackle rising violent crime rates.

The FBI says the number of murders reported by New Mexico law enforcement agencies jumped by nearly 16 percent in 2015 from the year before.

Udall Bill Would Create National Paid Family And Medical Leave Program

Feb 8, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined 26 of his Senate colleagues in reintroducing the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, or FAMILY Act, to create a universal, gender-neutral paid family and medical leave program that provides New Mexicans and all Americans with the paid leave they need to take care of their families without worrying about losing their jobs or a paycheck.

Senator Howie Morales

Feb 8, 2017

Newsmakers 906-Simon Thompson

Feb 8, 2017

This week on Newmakers; a field report with Australian reaction to the election of Donald Trump.  Plus...Fred Martino speaks with KRWG's Simon Thompson, a native Australian.

dr. jim peach

Top national and state economists will discuss economic forecasts for 2017 during the 6th Annual Economic Outlook Conference on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave.

New Mexico State University Regents Professor Jim Peach and Senior Economist Eugenio Alemán will look at state and national economic trends and how they play a part in New Mexico’s future.

Rodriguez: Texas Senate passes anti-immigrant SB 4

Feb 8, 2017
State Senator José Rodríguez

Commentary: Austin – Sen. José Rodríguez, Chairman of the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement on today's Senate passage of Senate Bill 4:

Perpetrator Stealing Personal Checks from Mailboxes in Las Cruces

Feb 8, 2017

Las Cruces Police are warning residents to refrain from placing payment checks in unsecured mailboxes as they could easily be stolen and fraudulently used by the perpetrator.

LCPD detectives have received reports of at least three incidents of outgoing personal checks that have been stolen from residential mailboxes and then ‘washed’ or bleached, and cashed by the perpetrator for much higher amounts.

Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Rules Committee, spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to serve as Attorney General of the United States. In his speech, Udall entered into the Senate record and read from a 1986 letter written by Coretta Scott King, widow of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., opposing Sessions’ nomination for a federal judgeship.

Rep. McCamley: Rollback Tax Giveaways for the Well-Connected

Feb 8, 2017
Rep. Bill McCamley (D-New Mexico House District 33)

  Commentary: Santa Fe, NM – House Democrats want to repeal the tax giveaways of the past few years that have only served to benefit the wealthy and well-connected and that have failed to create jobs in New Mexico. House Bill 310 rolls back some of those persoanl income tax cuts and limits the capital gains deductions that mostly benefit the top 10% of earners.

 

New Mexico Funding Freeze Endangers Las Cruces Project

Feb 8, 2017

Over the past five years, Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) has made great headway connecting several existing neighborhoods throughout the city to sanitary sewer. The homes in these neighborhoods were built with individual septic systems that are now aged; many are failing and risk groundwater contamination.

In high-density residential subdivisions, conventional septic tank systems are no longer considered an appropriate choice of technology due to various health risks and ground water contamination caused by nitrate concentrations that exceed the drinking water standard.

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