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11:49 am
Sun April 5, 2015

Controversy Over College Name Change

A name change is at the center of a dispute involving a northern New Mexico school already entangled in accusations of budget mismanagement and poor leadership.

A vote to change Northern New Mexico College's name to Northern New Mexico University is irking several lawmakers and even some school officials.

The school's Board of Regents approved the change in January.

However, newly confirmed regent Damian Martinez said Saturday that the school should stop referring to itself as a university because the Legislature never approved the change.

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3:05 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

Denver Takes Lead In Hiring DREAMer Teachers

A national organization that works to help disadvantaged students by encouraging bright college graduates to teach them has included a special group of immigrants in a pilot project that began in Denver.

Teach for America's pilot program has grown from just two teachers with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival status to 40 in classrooms across the country. Recipients or those eligible for deferred action status are known as DREAMers.

This year, 11 DREAMer teachers in Denver are the largest group, with others in Arizona, California and New Mexico.

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3:04 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

Navajo Pride Flour Recall

Navajo Agricultural Products Industry near Farmington has issued a voluntary recall of flour that may be contaminated with salmonella.

The Daily Times in Farmington reports the tribal company said Thursday that bleached, all-purpose flour labeled with an expiration date of March 16, 2016 should not be used.

NAPI initially put out a recall of more than 42,000 pounds flour from customers in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Utah.

The flour is sold under the company's Navajo Pride label. It comes in 5-pound, 25-pound and 50-pound cloth bags.

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3:03 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

Las Cruces Police Rolling Out Body Cameras

Credit taser.com

The Las Cruces police department will be the latest law enforcement agency in New Mexico to outfit officers with body cameras.

Police expect to implement 72 cameras on traffic and patrol officers in the coming weeks.

The cameras are only about 3 inches tall and weigh less than an ounce. They can be worn on shoulder lapels, helmets and sunglasses.

Deputy Chief Justin Dunivan says the main goals of the cameras are to protect officers and enhance the accountability of the department.

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3:01 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

Major Pot Busts

Border Patrol Agents in West Texas and southern New Mexico have confiscated more than $648,000 worth of marijuana in four separate incidents.

In the four incidents on Thursday, agents seized nearly 810 pounds of marijuana.

Two of the seizures took place near the Texas town of Fort Hancock, where agents confiscated more than 473 pounds and arrested six men from Mexico and Honduras. All six men were taken into custody by the Drug Enforcement Administration's office in El Paso.

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2:59 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

More Water For Santa Fe River

Credit NMFO

Planned releases from Nicholas Reservoir this spring will mean more water for the Santa Fe River.

Utility officials say the releases will be managed to keep the reservoir at an acceptable level to ensure a buffer against snowmelt and other runoff as temperatures warm up.

They also say the releases will allow construction to move forward on a new intake tower at McClure Reservoir. That work will allow future runoff to be captured and treated for drinking water and irrigation needs and to boost river flows.

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2:56 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

3.3 Magnitude Earthquake In West Texas

A minor earthquake has shaken an area in rural West Texas.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.3 magnitude quake occurred at 7:16 p.m. CDT Friday in Reeves County.

Experts say the earthquake was centered about 23 miles southeast of Pecos (PAY'-kuhs).

The Reeves County Sheriff's Office on Saturday had no reports of any injuries or damage.

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2:55 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

Another Busy And Wild Week In Texas Politics

Rep. Stuart Spitzer says he was a 29-year-old virgin. He wants more Texans to be like him.

The first-term Republican from Kaufman successfully amended the House version of the state budget to shift $3 million from programs to prevent HIV to abstinence education initiatives, saying: "My goal is for everyone to be abstinent until they are married."

A physician, Spitzer met his wife Shari while doing his residency and volunteered: "I've only had sex with one woman in my life, and that's my wife."

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4:51 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

$270,000 In Pot Left Under Brush In The New Mexico Desert

Agents with the U.S. Border Patrol have seized more than a quarter-million dollars of marijuana found abandoned in the southern New Mexico desert.

Agents spotted footprints crossing into the United States around noon Thursday while they were participating in a training session. They tracked the prints for about 3 miles until they came across two large bundles of marijuana under some brush.

A search ensued for the smugglers but it appeared from the tracks they headed back to Mexico.

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3:10 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Examining Education Reform-Dr. Audrey Amrein-Beardsley

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3:07 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

NM 90/Hudson Street Bridge Public Involvement Meeting

  Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) with Interstate Highway Construction will be holding a public involvement meeting to discuss the NM 90/Hudson Street Bridge Reconstruction Project for Silver City, NM.

When:

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Wednesday April 8, 2015

Where:

Grant County Convention Center

3031 Highway 180 – E

Silver City, NM

Purpose:

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3:06 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Las Cruces Issues Crosswalk Safety Alert

  Las Cruces motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists are reminded to use caution when approaching or utilizing crosswalks.

Over the past several months, the Las Cruces Police Department has responded to several crashes between vehicles and pedestrians or bicyclists. All of the crashes could have been avoided had one or both parties followed regulations established by the state and city.

Drivers:

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3:04 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

County Targeting Texting Drivers

  The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department will be taking part in a nationwide crackdown on drivers who – despite laws that prohibit it – refuse to put their phones down while driving, and they will be using creative patrolling techniques to catch drivers in the act.

The “U Drive, U Text, U Pay” campaign, spearheaded by the Department of Transportation, will utilize high-visibility enforcement along with advertising and media outreach to publicize the enforcement.

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3:02 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Governor Makes Two Appointments To UNM Board Of Regents

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has reappointed Democrat Jamie Koch to a seat on the University of New Mexico Board of Regents.

Martinez's office announced the appointment Friday.

She also named Marron Lee, a former federal prosecutor, to another seat on the board.

Koch's reappointment was confirmed by the Senate during the legislative session but he ended up firing off a resignation letter to Martinez in March. He disagreed with a Senate committee's rationale for refusing to confirm another regent because of political activity.

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3:01 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Martinez Appoints Republican To Vacant Senate Seat

Gov. Susana Martinez has chosen a Republican to fill a New Mexico Senate seat left vacant by the abrupt resignation of Democrat Phil Griego.

Martinez's office announced her pick of Ted Barela on Friday. Barela is the former mayor of Estancia.

The six counties that make up Senate District 39 had forwarded the names of nominees to the governor last month. The list included Santa Fe County Commissioner Liz Stefanics, former San Miguel County Commissioner Hugh Ley and former Santa Fe County Commissioner Jose Varela Lopez.

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2:59 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Weak Snowpack Not Encouraging In Drought-Weary West

Drought-weary Californians can't expect much encouragement from mountains elsewhere in the West: Snow that fills the Colorado River is lagging, too.

Federal officials said Friday that after a dry March, snowpack ranged from 51 to 79 percent of normal in the Colorado and Wyoming valleys where the river originates.

The Colorado River supplies water to about 40 million people and 6,300 square miles of farmland in seven states, including California.

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8:11 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Corrales Man Sentenced For Voting In Son's Name As Protest

A Corrales man will spend 18 months on probation after pleading no contest to false voting for casting a ballot in his son's name to protest New Mexico's lack of a voter-identification requirement.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that 68-year-old Eugene Victor told police he'd already voted when he cast a ballot in his son's name on Oct. 25.

According to a police complaint, Victor said he felt guilty and turned himself in to voting officials.

Victor appeared Monday in state District Court in Sandoval County.

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8:00 am
Fri April 3, 2015

New Mexico Regulators To Hold Dairy Hearing

The New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission is planning a public hearing to consider changes to the state's dairy regulations.

The hearing will start Monday afternoon in Roswell. Officials say it's possible the proceeding could last all week and more meetings could be scheduled in other parts of the state.

The Roswell Daily Record reports that the amendments would address regulations that specify what steps dairy operators have to take to prevent water pollution and to monitor water quality.

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7:57 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Hobbs Seeking To Conserve Water In New Ordinance

Credit http://www.hobbsnm.org/government.html

A southeastern New Mexico city is under a water conservation program requiring residents to limit water use during spring and summer.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports that Hobbs is seeking to preserve the water supply from the city's only source, the Ogallala Aquifer. Utilities director Tim Woomer says the aquifer is a shallow water table underneath the Great Plains.

The city's utilities department recently released a flier with the new regulations stemming from an ordinance passed in December. Water conservation will begin May 15 and will end September 15 of each year.

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7:47 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

UPDATE: Not Enough Petitions To Force Recall Election Against Sorg

Gill Sorg

A supplemental petition filed by the petitioner seeking to initiate a recall election of City Councillor Gill M. Sorg, Dist.5, lacked the necessary number of valid signatures.

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4:15 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Woman Pleads No Contest In Las Cruces Area Murder

  Las Cruces—Rebecca Gomez, co-defendant to Leonard Telles in the murder of Jerome Saiz, pled no contest today in district court. The original charge of 1st degree murder and 1st degree kidnapping were both reduced to 2nd degree felonies with a combined exposure of up to 24 years imprisonment. As part of the plea agreement Senior Trial Attorney Daniel Sewell agreed to request no more than an 18 year sentence for Gomez.

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4:05 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Audit: "Lack Of Ethics" Led To $110 Million No-Bid Contract In Texas

A state audit into a $110 million contracting scandal at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission says a lack of ethics and accountability cleared the way for a no-bid deal that remains under criminal investigation.

The report Thursday heaps more criticism on state health Commissioner Kyle Janek's embattled mega-agency. Janek signaled no intention of resigning in a letter this week to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

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2:18 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Prescribed Burn This Weekend Near Las Cruces

  Las Cruces, NM – Starting Friday, April 3, through Monday, April 6, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cruces District Office and Fort Bliss Fire and Emergency Services firefighters, in coordination with the Environmental Division of the Fort Bliss Directorate of Public Works, will be burning approximately 400 acres of grass and brush fuels within the southern portions of the Organ Mountains, inside the Fort Bliss Military Reservation. 

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2:12 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

"Gunslingers" Starts Season Two Production In New Mexico

  SANTA FE - New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that "Gunslingers" Season 2 is in production in New Mexico through early April in Santa Fe, Las Vegas and Chama.

The production will employ at least 55 New Mexico crew members and approximately 200 local background talent.

 

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2:10 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

American Indian Week At NMSU Las Cruces Highlights Cultural Traditions

  The annual New Mexico State University American Indian Week, a celebration centered on a culture rooted in tradition, will take place April 6-11.

“This is an effort to show our students and the greater NMSU community that Native Americans are still living, still thriving, and engaged in the classroom just like all of our other students,” said Justin McHorse, director of the NMSU American Indian Program. 

The events feature a parade, guest speaker, native food, music and dance. A pageant, arts and crafts and more are open to the NMSU community. 

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2:09 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Pedestrian Injured In Las Cruces Crash

  A vehicle vs. pedestrian crash Wednesday evening sent a 30-year-old man to an El Paso hospital.

Shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, Las Cruces Police were called to Idaho Avenue where the crash occurred. The 30-year-old pedestrian had multiple injuries to his head and was unresponsive when he was transported to Memorial Medical Center. He was then airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso.

His injuries were not considered to be life-threatening, and he was said to be alert and talking Thursdaymorning.

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2:08 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Man Suspected Of Pointing Handgun At Woman

  Las Cruces Police arrested a man suspected of using a handgun to threaten a woman Wednesday afternoon.

Arthur Lewis Scott, 43, of 1135 Milton Avenue, is charged with one count each of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and negligent use of a deadly weapon.

At around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to Scott’s apartment after a woman called 911 to report that she was threatened by Scott who was said to be armed with a handgun.

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2:07 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Man Suspected Of Stabbing Brother In Fight

  An argument between siblings over a lost cell phone is what investigators believe led to a physical confrontation and a man stabbing his younger brother Wednesday evening.

Manuel Garcia Lilly, 33, is charged with one count each of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence.

Shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, Las Cruces Police were called to 2215 S. Espina Street and what was initially described as an affray with weapons.

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2:04 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

$39,220 And Counting: Help Us Reduce Or Eliminate Program Interruptions

  It's time to give!  YOU have the power to eliminate pledge drive program interruptions.  For the next two weeks, help KRWG meet our $80,000 Spring Membership Goal.  If we succeed, there will be no on-air pledge drive in April.

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9:56 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Records: Santa Fe Police Ignoring City's Pot Ordinance

Police in the New Mexico's state capital appear to be largely ignoring a new city ordinance that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Record show that Santa Fe police since November have been filing cases only under state statute in Magistrate Court.

After the Santa Fe council voted last summer to adopt the new ordinance, officers were given discretion to issue citations under either municipal or state law.

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