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4:24 am
Sat August 19, 2006

Hatch Recovering From Flood: Chile Festival To Go On

Hatch, NM – The Hatch community is trying to heal from this week's flooding- devastating the downtown and leaving close to 200 residents homeless. They're digging out, just in time for the Annual Hatch Chile Festival. As KRWG's Jodi Breisler reports, Hatch may be battered, but it's spirit is not broken.

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11:05 am
Tue August 15, 2006

Hatch Evacuated, More Rain Expected to Fall

Las Cruces, NM – Heavy rains flooded Hatch this afternoon. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, things could get worse in Dona Ana County.

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7:36 am
Tue August 15, 2006

Breaking News: Floods Hitting Dona Ana County

Las Cruces, NM – The Dona Ana County Fire Department dispatched a mobile emergency response unit to Hatch this afternoon after torrential rains flooded the town. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports the severe rain is effecting all of Dona Ana Conuty.

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7:03 am
Mon August 14, 2006

News Brief: NMSU Ranks High Nationally

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico State University is being named by the U.S. Department of Education as a leading school in awarding degrees to minority students. NMSU Media Coordinator Victor Venegas says the university stands out nationally.

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7:01 am
Mon August 14, 2006

Las Cruces Police Testing Drivers

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico is ranked last in the country for pedestrian safety, so the Las Cruces Police Department is targeting the problem. As KRWG's Yasmin Pinon reports, starting this week and continuing for the rest of the summer, police will be giving out warnings and then tickets to drivers who don't yield to pedestrians.

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6:48 am
Mon August 14, 2006

Mexican Ambassador: Bi-National Support Needed to Stop Illegal Immigration

Las Cruces, NM – Mexico's Ambassador to the United States Carlos de Icaza was at New Mexico State University this morning. Joined by community leaders and local Mexican representatives, de Icaza detailed his country's perspective on illegal immigration. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, de Icaza says the U.S. and Mexico together need to come up with a comprehensive plan which would actually work.

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9:29 am
Sat August 12, 2006

Methamphetamine Tour Winds Down

Las Cruces, NM – U.S. Representative Steve Pearce is close to wrapping up a two week series of community presentations in Southern New Mexico concentrating on the state's growing methamphetamine problem. KRWG's Marco Grajeda was at this weeks meeting in Deming and has this report.

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6:29 am
Fri August 11, 2006

Camp Introduces Youth To Real World Situations

Las Cruces, NM – A conference for youth emancipating from the foster care system was held at New Mexico State University. As KRWG's Lacey Daniell reports, these young adults have to transition from the foster care system to living completely on their own.

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3:31 am
Fri August 11, 2006

The Becky Fund- 2006 Trip

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7:23 am
Tue August 8, 2006

News Brief: Local Soldier Dies in Iraq

Las Cruces, NM – The Department of Defense announced today the names of three soldiers that were killed Sunday in Iraq. One of the men is from Sunland Park.

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6:52 am
Tue August 8, 2006

News Brief: Grace Period on Unpaid Traffic Fines

Las Cruces, NM – Unpaid traffic ticket offenders have an Amnesty Week to make due on payments without going to jail. The Las Cruces Public Information Officer says after that time period there will be arrests.

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6:08 am
Tue August 8, 2006

County Commission Pushing For More Affordable Housing

Las Cruces, NM – The Dona Ana County Commission today unanimously supported a resolution making affordable housing a priority. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, local government agencies and non-profit organizations have formed a taskforce to make home ownership possible for more families.

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4:32 am
Tue August 8, 2006

News Brief: Re-opening of Quemado Lake Recreation Area

Las Cruces, NM – The Gila National Forest is re-opening the Quemado Lake Recreation Area, after having to shut down after three black bears entered the camp grounds. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish removed the last bear on Thursday by using traps, patrols and dogs. District Ranger John Pierson, says the black bears came for the food and trash people leave behind or don't put away properly.

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2:23 am
Tue August 8, 2006

Sean Johnson Leaves NMSU

Las Cruces, NM – This week New Mexico State University will be losing Assistant Director of Athletic Media, Sean Johnson. As KRWG's Yasmin Pinon reports, Johnson's last day is Thursday.

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8:21 am
Fri August 4, 2006

House Committee Meets In Las Cruces on Illegal Immigrant Voting

Las Cruces, NM – A Federal House Committee met Thursday in Las Cruces to talk about illegal immigrants voting in American Elections. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, some witnesses at the meeting are pushing for a photo ID requirement to prevent this type of voter fraud, while others warned the proposed measure would exclude many Americans.

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5:02 am
Fri August 4, 2006

NMSU President Michael Martin Visits Iraq

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico State University President Michael Martin went to Baghdad this week to discuss revitilizing the agriculture there.

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8:16 am
Thu August 3, 2006

NMSU Volleyball Summer Camp Concludes

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico State University's volleyball summer camps are bringing in many student- athletes and coaches from all over the country, to develop their skills. Participants came from as far as Texas, Colorado, Arizona and California. The first week focused on younger players, as KRWG's Yasmin Pinon reports.

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7:36 am
Thu August 3, 2006

Canutillo Elementary School Houses Flood Victims

Las Cruces, NM – Flooding in El Paso has left homes, cars, buildings and roads battered and broken, if not destroyed. As KRWG's Yasmin Pinon reports Canutillo Elementary's cafeteria opened its doors to over 260 people who left their homes due to mother nature's damages.

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6:49 am
Mon July 31, 2006

Democrats Hold Reunion

Las Cruces, NM – Democratic voters and candidates gathered for a reunion in downtown Las Cruces Saturday afternoon. The event was part of a nationwide effort to contact voters and encourage them to vote for democratic party candidates.

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6:07 am
Sat July 29, 2006

<em>A Taco Testimony </em>Details Las Cruces Writer's Life

Las Cruces – Friends, family and fans of Las Cruces writer Denise Chavez packed the cozy Ranchway BBQ restaurant Thursday evening. They were all waiting to hear Chavez read excerpts of her new book, A Taco Testimony.

KRWG's Lily Olivas has more.

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6:00 am
Fri July 28, 2006

Air Force Phases Out Stealth Fighters

Las Cruces – F117 Stealth Fighters are celebrating 25 years of service this year and have been located at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo since 1992. But, instead of celebrating their years of service, the Air Force has decided to phase out the fighters and bring in F22 Raptors. KRWG's Lily Olivas has more.

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5:11 am
Thu July 27, 2006

News Brief: Sacramento Ranger District to Prescribe Burns

Cloudcroft, NM – Forest Rangers in the Sacramento Ranger District are conducting prescribed burns in the Rio Penasco and James Ridge areas.

Ranger Joe Garcia says the controlled fires will remove flammable pine and conifer materials.

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5:07 am
Thu July 27, 2006

News Brief: NMDOT Holds Dona Ana Meeting

Dona Ana, NM – A public meeting opened a forum for area residents with concerns and questions about construction at the interstate 25 interchange near Dona Ana. Three people were in attendance Wednesday night, and only one expressed concerns.

George Candela Jr. owns one of two gas stations located near the interchange, and was concerned about access to his business.

New Mexico Department of Transportation officials reassured Candela the rumors were false.

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4:54 am
Thu July 27, 2006

High Contaminant Levels of Uranium Found in Las Cruces Water.

Las Cruces, NM – Las Cruces residents received a quarterly notice this week letting them know wells throughout the city are contaminated with higher than acceptable uranium levels. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, one of the wells has levels of uranium nearly four times the state's maximum contaminant level.

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7:04 am
Tue July 25, 2006

Dona Ana County Manager Gets A Raise

Las Cruces, NM – Today the Dona Ana County Commissioners convened in closed session to discuss the job performance of County Manager Brian Haines. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, when the council met in open session they unanimously supported extending Haines contract, and gave him a raise.

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6:58 am
Tue July 25, 2006

Las Cruces City Council Tables Annexation

Las Cruces, NM – Las Cruces City Hall was filled to capacity Monday night, as a standing room only crowd awaited the decision on the proposed annexation of land for the Vista Rancho Subdivision. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports after nearly four hours of discussion and comments, the council moved to table the ordinance.

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7:45 am
Mon July 24, 2006

New Area Code Dividing New Mexicans

Las Cruces, NM – A consistent population growth of around twenty percent along with an increase in new telephone numbers is forcing New Mexico to adopt a new area code, in order to cope with the additional lines. Now, Public Regulation Commissioners are visiting constituents, to figure out who will get the new 575 area code. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, a proposed geographic split may divide New Mexicans, and PRC commissioner Shirley Baca says the southern half could have to make the change.

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5:25 am
Mon July 24, 2006

News Brief: Dona Ana Interchange Public Meeting

Dona Ana, NM – Area residents will have a chance to ask questions and comment on construction work being done on interstate 25 near the Dona Ana interchange during a public meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday at Dona Ana Elementary school.

New Mexico Department of Transportation Project Manager Gilbert Clemente says the meeting will allow the public to preview what bridge construction remains.

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6:14 am
Fri July 21, 2006

Fair Housing Agency Opens Las Cruces Office

Las Cruces – On Thursday, the Border Fair Housing and Economic Justice Center organization, together with representatives from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, announced the opening of its new office in Las Cruces.

The agency first opened its doors in El Paso in 2004. Since then, they have fought for fair housing and fair lending in their community.

KRWG's Lily Olivas spoke with executives to find out how the new office will help the Las Cruces area.

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