Local news and weather for Las Cruces, El Paso, Alamogordo, Silver City, Ruidoso, Anthony, Cloudcroft, Deming, Truth or Consequences, Elephant Butte, and all of Southern New Mexico and Far West Texas.

Arizona – FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (KRWG) Two cousins accused of accidentally causing the largest wildfire in Arizona history are set to appear in court Monday in Flagstaff.

Caleb and David Malboeuf are scheduled for initial appearances before U.S. Magistrate Mark Aspey.

Las Cruces – Federal authorities seized more than 1,200 firearms and nearly 2 million rounds of ammunition when they raided a family-run gun shop in New Mexico last month.

The raid was part of a multi-agency investigation into illegal gun sales and smuggling.

The Albuquerque Journal ( says the tally of weapons seized was laid out in search warrant documents filed this week in federal court in Santa Fe.

The warrants were executed on the gun shop owner's home and shop south of Deming in late August.

New Mexico – A proposal to revamp New Mexico's congressional districts has cleared a Senate committee but Republicans aren't happy with the plan.

The proposal was approved Sunday by the Rules Committee on a party-line vote, with Democrats backing it.

Republicans objected that the plan splits Roosevelt County between two districts the heavily Democratic 3rd District of northern New Mexico and the GOP-leaning 2nd District of southern New Mexico.

Las Cruces – In a game that was decided in the final minutes, the New Mexico State football team fell to I-10 rival UTEP, 16-10.

Sophomore quarterback Andrew Manley threw for 242 yards on 20-of-37 passing with a touchdown. Senior wide receiver Taveon Rogers was Manley's favorite target with five receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown catch.

Defensively, senior linebacker Boyblue Aoelua led the Aggies with a game-high 11 tackles and a fumble recovery, which was his third of the career.

Silver City – The Western New Mexico football team has made it to Colorado for its game against Fort Lewis College, but its equipment didn't.

The chartered bus carrying the Mustangs caught fire Friday night on a freeway about 25 miles south of Bloomfield.

Authorities say nobody was injured, but most of the team's football gear and personal items were destroyed.

School officials say a flat tire apparently sparked the fire, which burned the bus down to its frame.

Santa Fe – Democratic lawmakers are urging labor unions and liberal activists to start gearing up for next year's legislative elections.

Rep. Brian Egolf, a Santa Fe Democrat, told a labor rally at the Capitol on Saturday that Democrats are facing a "mighty headwind" going into the 2012 election season.

The rally was held as the Legislature met in a special session to draw new boundaries of congressional, legislative and other districts for elective offices.

New Mexico – The New Mexico Department of Health is investigating a laboratory-confirmed case of the measles in an infant male from Lincoln County.

Authorities say the baby's exposure still is unknown. The child's name hasn't been released.

Health officials say it's the third measles case in New Mexico so far this year.

They say they're working closely with the family to identify anyone who may have been exposed to the highly contagious disease so more cases can be prevented.

New Mexico – SANTA FE, N.M. (KRWG) A House panel has selected former federal prosecutor Robert Gorence to handle an investigation of whether Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. should be impeached for misconduct in office.

Impeachment subcommittee co-chairman Rep. Joseph Cervantes said Thursday that Gorence will be the panel's special counsel.

Gorence works as a defense attorney in Albuquerque and formerly was a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office.

New Mexico – SANTA FE, N.M. (KRWG) New Mexico Magazine has produced an artwork calendar for the 100th anniversary of New Mexico's statehood.

The 2012 statehood centennial calendar can be purchased from the magazine (, which is part of the state Tourism Department.

The calendar features paintings of New Mexico scenes by Western artist Ronald Kil and an introduction by historian Marc Simmons.

Las Cruces – L&M Radiator, Inc. has completed the relocation of its plant in El Paso, TX, to Las Cruces, NM. L&M is leasing about 52,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space at 2100 South Valley Drive. The move will give L&M twice the manufacturing space of its former facility. L&M Radiator manufactures heavy-duty radiators and heat exchangers under the brand name "MESABI ."

Las Cruces – Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima will be honored at the White House on Friday, September 16 for his work strengthening the local economy and creating jobs along the SW border.

The White House Champions of Change initiative says it profiles Americans from all walks of life who are helping the country rise to the challenges of the 21st century.

El Paso – President Barack Obama has nominated a federal magistrate in West Texas to become a U.S. district judge.

The White House on Wednesday night announced Obama has selected Judge David Campos Guaderrama of El Paso. He's expected to replace Senior U.S. District Judge David Briones and served in the state's western district.

Campos Guaderrama has been a magistrate in El Paso since last October. He previously spent 15 years as a state district judge in El Paso.

New Mexico – The state is checking for possible cheating by teachers who may be changing student test scores.

Public Education Department Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera confirmed to the Santa Fe New Mexican ( ) the department plans to spend about $70,000 on an erasure-analysis program to check for suspiciously high numbers of erasures on standardized tests.

The check could indicate that teachers are changing students' answers from wrong to right to raise their school's scores.

Mesilla – In the 52 years that Mesilla has been a town, it's never increased property taxes. That could end soon because town officials are considering asking voters to approve a $1.5 million general obligation bond that would mean the first-ever property tax increase in Mesilla.

Mesilla resident Connie Delgado tells the Las Cruces Sun-News ( ) she wants to know more about it before approving any tax increase.

New Mexico – Twenty-one charter schools are making their cases for establishment before the New Mexico Public Education Commission.

KRQE-TV reports ( that applicants are slated Thursday to give presentations before a review panel.

Out of the 21 applicants, 10 are in Albuquerque and at least two in Las Cruces and two others in Santa Fe.

New Mexico – SANTA FE, N.M. (KRWG) State records show the flow of driver's licenses to immigrants has slowed since New Mexico tightened its application system last year, and the drop-off steepened after Republican Gov. Susana Martinez took office in January promising to end the licensing policy.

Texas – SAN ANTONIO (KRWG) Closing arguments are set for Thursday in San Antonio. Democrats and minority groups are urging a three-judge panel to invalidate a new redistricting map passed by the GOP-controlled legislature last summer.

Democrats say the map doesn't reflect a statewide surge in Hispanic growth over the past decade. They want more so-called "opportunity districts" for Hispanic voters to elect the candidate of their choice.

Texas – SAN ANTONIO (KRWG) Closing arguments are set for Thursday in San Antonio. Democrats and minority groups are urging a three-judge panel to invalidate a new redistricting map passed by the GOP-controlled legislature last summer.

Democrats say the map doesn't reflect a statewide surge in Hispanic growth over the past decade. They want more so-called "opportunity districts" for Hispanic voters to elect the candidate of their choice.

Santa Fe, New Mexico – SANTA FE, N.M. (KRWG) Gov. Susana Martinez's administration says it's testing a state office building for radon and has temporarily moved several workers out of part of the building as a precaution.

The General Services Department said radon monitors were placed Monday in the Willie Ortiz Building in Santa Fe and test results should be available next week.

Taos, New Mexico – TAOS, N.M. (KRWG) An official with the U.S. Interior Department will visit northern New Mexico to tour an area being considered as a candidate for wilderness protection.

The department says Deputy Secretary David Hayes will make a stop at the Rio Grande Gorge northwest of Taos on Thursday afternoon.

Conservationists have been pushing officials to protect the upper reaches of the Rio Grande Gorge and the Taos Plateau.

Las Cruces – Dona Ana County homeowners will likely seeing higher taxes when their bills arrive. Homeowners will likely being paying an average $16.93 more in taxes on a roughly $100,000 home later this year, assuming home valuations remained the same this year compared to 2010.

The Las Cruces Sun-News ( ) reports most rates countywide declined on non-residential property like vacant land or commercial buildings.

The trend in recent years has been for residential rates to increase in Dona Ana County.

New Mexico – Senator John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, introduced SB-29 today designed to reach a compromise with the governor on shoring up the state's Unemployment Compensation Fund.

"This proposal would lower the unemployment insurance rates that New Mexico businesses pay from the rate the legislature believed was necessary earlier this year while raising it from what the governor indicated she would accept," Smith said. "We're splitting the difference evenly."

Santa Fe, New Mexico – SANTA FE, N.M. (KRWG) A House panel expects to hire a lawyer later this week to handle an investigation of whether Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. should be impeached for misconduct in office.

Rep. Joseph Cervantes, a Las Cruces Democrat and co-chairman of the impeachment panel, said Tuesday about half a dozen lawyers are under consideration. He declined to name them, but said someone likely will be hired by Thursday when the subcommittee meets again.

Mexico – ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRWG) After years of planning, Mexican wildlife officials are close to releasing rare gray wolves in their historic range in northern Mexico, and that's prompting questions from wildlife managers and ranchers in the United States.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and officials with the Arizona Department of Game and Fish say they recently learned of the latest plan to release five captive-bred Mexican gray wolves in Sonora this month.

Santa Fe, New Mexico – SANTA FE, N.M. (KRWG) Labor unions and the liberal group MoveOn New Mexico plan to rally at the Capitol against the policies of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

Organizers say Saturday's rally will protest state budget cuts and other policies that they contend have hurt working New Mexicans, including public employees and educators.

New Mexico – ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRWG) Conservation groups have organized a forum to discuss furbearer trapping in New Mexico and a recent decision by state officials to end a trapping ban in the Mexican gray wolf recovery area.

WildEarth Guardians, Animal Protection of New Mexico and the Sierra Club outlined their concerns about trapping on public lands in a letter sent earlier this summer to the state Game Commission and the Game and Fish Department.

New Mexico – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said New Mexico's 24.7 percent uninsured rate - the second highest in the country - once again underscores how important it was to pass a health insurance reform law. Last year, New Mexico's uninsured rate was 23.7 percent - the third highest in the country.

Las Cruces – A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will help the Mescalero Apache Tribe and a New Mexico State University professor preserve and maintain Apache languages on the Mescalero Apache Reservation, about 100 miles northeast of Las Cruces near Ruidoso.

Las Cruces – Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference (LCIMC), represented by Phyllis Franzoy, conference Director, will receive the 2011 Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts in Santa Fe on September 16, 2011 in a special ceremony.

The Awards ceremonies will be held on Friday evening, 5:15 P.M. at the St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe.

Albuquerque – Albuquerque voters are considering whether to approve $214 million in city projects - $54 million more than a 2009 proposal.

Mayor Richard Berry is urging voters to support all 12 bond proposals, which would pay for libraries, streets and other improvements.

One proposal would rebuild the Paseo del Norte/Interstate 25 interchange. The other is the construction of a complex of sports fields and indoor courts.