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Driver Suspected in Fatal Las Cruces Hit-and-Run Identified, Charged

May 11, 2017

A grand jury has indicted 21-year-old Jose Luis Rodriguez-Antuna for his involvement in the March 30 hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of a pedestrian who was crossing Barker Road in Las Cruces.

Rodriguez-Antuna, of the 200 block of Branding Iron Court near where the crash occurred, is charged with a third-degree felony count of leaving the scene of an accident that caused death and a fourth-degree felony count of tampering with evidence. He’s also charged with operating a motor vehicle with an expired registration, a misdemeanor.

Albuquerque Police Monitor Lauds Progress, But Has Concerns

May 11, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A monitor has said the Albuquerque Police Department is making considerable progress toward reform but has also displayed a lack of cooperation.

Albuquerque police are about two years into a process brought on by a Department of Justice investigation that found officers had a pattern of excessive force and a "culture of aggression."

Throughout the process, independent monitor James Ginger has been analyzing how the police are complying with the reform, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

2nd Guilty Plea In Fatal Shooting Of Albuquerque Teenager

May 11, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A second person has pleaded guilty in a drive-by shooting in which an Albuquerque teenager was killed.

Dominic Conyers faces sentencing next week after pleading guilty Thursday to shooting at a dwelling and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the June 2015 killing of 17-year-old Jaden Chavez-Silver.

Conyers' plea agreement calls for a 12-year prison sentence.

Co-defendant Esias Madrid is charged with first-degree murder and is scheduled to go on trial in September.

New Mexico Supreme Court Won't Restore Funds To Legislature

May 11, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a request to override budget vetoes, leaving negotiations about how to solve the state's budget crisis — and restore funding to the Legislature — in the hands of the governor and lawmakers.

In a two-page order, the court said it was too soon to consider any possible constitutional violations related to Gov. Susana Martinez's vetoes of all funding for the Legislature and state universities in the coming fiscal year.

Univ Of New Mexico Reinstates Men's And Women's Ski Programs

May 11, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico has reinstated its men's and women's ski programs just one month after announcing they were being dropped due to rising costs and impending budget cuts.

UNM's Board of Regents voted Thursday to overturn the athletic department's recommendation to cut the ski programs Following an outpouring of support from students and the skiing community.

School officials say the ski team will be reinstated for the 2017-2018 season.

Heinrich Questions Acting FBI Director McCabe About Comey Firing

May 11, 2017
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned top intelligence officials during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence open hearing on Worldwide Threats. The committee received testimony from Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Michael Pompeo, Director of the National Security Agency Admiral Michael Rogers, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Lieutenant Vincent Stewart, and Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Robert Cardillo. 

Gas Line Break Prompts Road Closure In Las Cruces

May 11, 2017

Due to a gas line break in Las Cruces at El Paseo and University Ave, the portion of University Avenue between El Paseo to Espina has been closed. 

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New Mexico Supreme Court won't restore funds to Legislature

May 11, 2017
new mexico in depth

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a request to override budget vetoes, leaving negotiations about how to solve the state's budget crisis — and restore funding to the Legislature — in the hands of the governor and lawmakers.

In a two-page order, the court said it was too soon to consider any possible constitutional violations related to Gov. Susana Martinez's vetoes of all funding for the Legislature and state universities in the coming fiscal year.

CNM Gains Approval To Enroll International Students

May 11, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Central New Mexico Community College has received federal approval to enroll international students on certain visas.

The Albuquerque-based schools recently announced that CNM's Global Education office is now accepting international student inquiries for the 2017 Fall term. The targeted students are on M and F visas.

Officials say international students seeking a bachelor's degree can take the first two years of many bachelor's degree programs at CNM before transferring to a New Mexico university.

American Indian Pueblo Gets Electric Car Charging Station

May 11, 2017

SANTO DOMINGO PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — An American Indian pueblo is getting the first electric vehicle charging station along the Interstate 25 corridor between Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

The Public Service Company of New Mexico announced this week that charging station will be placed at Santo Domingo Pueblo thanks to a partnership with PNM, Ugo, and Nissan.

Officials say the Santo Domingo charging station will ease anxiety for electric vehicle drivers traveling between two of New Mexico's biggest cities.

"The Final Mission: Preserving NASA’s Apollo Sites," is a new book that highlights not just the space race, but book shares much about the research, training, and manufacturing that it took to put human beings on the moon.

  A Las Cruces native and field-leading researcher in the areas of cancer genetics and neurosciences recently spoke at New Mexico State University about breakthrough discoveries that could impact future treatment of diseases such as Lou Gehrig’s disease, Huntington’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Your Weekend Pulse!

May 11, 2017

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Lorena Sanchez, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, out and about with movies in the park for the summer, a mother’s day brunch, and a blessing of the fields.  

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Martinez Considers Bringing Back Tax On Groceries

May 10, 2017

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez said Wednesday she would consider reinstating New Mexico's tax on food sales if it can help lower overall tax rates, amid a standoff with lawmakers over how to resolve the state's budget crisis.

New Mexico eliminated the gross receipts tax on food in 2004 and previous attempt to revive the tax have drawn strong opposition from a long list of civic groups and advocates for the poor.

Celebrating 30 Years Of Fresh Air

May 10, 2017
Will Ryan

KRWG is celebrating 30 years of Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

Three decades of interviews and features is reason to celebrate!

Join us for Fresh Air every weekday morning at 11 on KRWG Radio.

And thank you for your's the reason our community enjoys the best local and national programming.

The Bulletin On The Radio

May 10, 2017

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

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Las Cruces Police have identified the victims in Sunday’s deadly crash on Valley View Avenue as 29-year-old Denise Chavez and 36-year-old Arturo Cordova.

Carlos C. Garcia, 50, of the 4200 block of Winters Street, was the driver of the GMC Yukon that struck Chavez and Cordova as they walked along Valley View Avenue during the early-morning hours of Sunday, May 7. Garcia remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition at University Medical Center of El Paso.

LAS CRUCES—For the fourth year in a row, the Centennial High School (CHS) Symphony Orchestra earned top honors at 2017 New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) State Symphony Orchestra Competition, winning first place in the 5A/6A Symphony Orchestra Division, March 31 - April 1 at Volcano Vista High School in Albuquerque, NM.

Navajo Nation Looking For Housing Authority Replacements

May 10, 2017

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation president has signed an emergency bill that begins the immediate search for new housing authority board commissioners.

The Gallup Independent reports Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed the emergency resolution Saturday to immediately replace the board. Navajo Nation Council Delegate Edmund Yazzie says a committee will review legislation to confirm three new members Thursday. The eight current members' terms will expire as soon as new members are confirmed.

Environmentalists Triumph As Senate Upholds Drilling Rule

May 10, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmentalists notched a rare win in the Republican-led Senate on Wednesday as a GOP effort to reverse an Obama-era rule restricting harmful methane emissions unexpectedly failed.

The 51-49 vote against the repeal measure was a blow to the fossil-fuel industry and groups linked to the conservative Koch Brothers, which had waged a public campaign to overturn the Interior Department rule.

School District Considers Cutting Jobs, Changing Programs

May 10, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A superintendent is recommending cutting jobs and offices and merging three alternative high school programs at a New Mexico school district in light of budget constraints.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Veronica Garcia did not say which jobs would be cut or what changes will be made to special education programs at a Tuesday meeting.

Garcia says eliminating 12 jobs would save the district $600,000. She says officials will consider all positions for possible cuts.

While she was a student at New Mexico State University, Brandy Streit worked on satellite tracking at the Physical Science Laboratory. When she wasn’t sitting in front of a computer, she could be found at an Aggie basketball game, sometimes joined by her parents, Ed and Sandy Streit, who would come from Roswell to travel with her to away games. 

"50 Lawns In 50 States" Stops In Las Cruces Tuesday

May 10, 2017

He’s been featured on NBC News, Buzzfeed and the Huffington Report, among other major media outlets, and now Rodney Smith, Jr., is planning a stop in Las Cruces at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 16, as part of his initiative to cut lawns in each of the 50 states to raise awareness for the Raising Men Lawn Care Service charity program.

NMSU physics summer camp for Las Cruces 9-12th graders

May 10, 2017

New Mexico State University’s Society of Physics Students is organizing its annual summer camp to run from July 10-14. 

“Camps like NMSU's physics summer camp give students a chance to explore specific fields at the college level,” said Tegan Fuqua, NMSU physics graduate student who is organizing the camp. “This not only exposes students to a subject to let them decide if they want to pursue it, but also lets them experience what studying at the college level will be like.”

Pearce Considers Run For New Mexico Governor

May 10, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Congressman Steve Pearce is meeting with community leaders outside his district as he considers whether to run for governor of New Mexico in 2018.

Pearce spokeswoman Keeley Christensen said the congressman was touring counties in northern New Mexico on Tuesday to listen to concerns about the state's direction.

She says Pearce is aware of his status as a potential candidate for governor next year and "will ultimately make a decision based on how he feels he can best serve New Mexico."

Events Celebrate Three-Year Anniversary of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

May 10, 2017

Throughout the month of May, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks are sponsoring a variety of free outdoor events to celebrate the anniversary of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument’s (Monument) designation on May 21, 2014.  All of the events are family friendly and will focus on introducing or reacquainting the public to the Monument’s scenic beauty and its outstanding recreation and cultural resources.

New Mexico State University commencement weekend kicks off with a hooding ceremony for doctoral candidates at the Pan American Center at 6 p.m. Friday, May 12.

Udall: Senate Rejects Repeal Of Commonsense Natural Gas Waste Prevention Rule

May 10, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after the Senate voted 49-51, defeating a measure to repeal the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) natural gas waste prevention rule through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Udall helped lead the fight against the repeal.

Storm In New Mexico Spawns Small Tornado

May 10, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A severe storm packing heavy rain and golf ball-sized hail has swept through parts of central and eastern New Mexico with a small tornado briefly down in Torrance County and causing minor damage.

National Weather Service officials in Albuquerque say a funnel cloud touched down at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday near Clines Corners for about one minute and uprooted some trees.

They say small funnel clouds also were reported near the unincorporated Lincoln County towns of Nogal and Ancho but didn't touch down.

Weldon Lamb-Maya Calendar

Weldon Lamb, retired NMSU adjunct professor in the Department of Anthropology recently sat down with KRWG to discuss his book "The Maya Calendar." Lamb talks about his interest in the culture and what discoveries he made while conducting his research on the calendar.