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The Motion Picture Association of America says the Twentieth Century Fox film "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" pumped more than $23.5 million into New Mexico's economy.

The association released new economic data Tuesday, just days after the sequel made a $30.3 million debut at theaters over the weekend.

Officials say the production resulted from 128 days of filming in and around Albuquerque last year. Nearly 1,600 local cast, crew and extras were hired for the project.

Report Highlights Organizational Challenges For NMSU

Sep 23, 2015

At an employee council meeting Tuesday, New Mexico State University Officials said that challenges facing NMSU are rising costs, declining enrollment numbers, and less federal dollars for research.

The university released findings of a report commissioned to take a look at staffing levels and examine the university’s mission and strategic plan to see if they are aligned.

Silver City Report

Sep 23, 2015

Time now for a new segment on KRWG and, the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent publisher, Nick Siebel discussing a couple of happenings going on this weekend. 

Man's Body Recovered After Being Swept Away In Albuquerque

Sep 22, 2015

Authorities say the body of a man has been recovered after he was swept away in an arroyo as heavy rain swept through Albuquerque.

Crews from the Albuquerque Fire Department say they tried to attempt a swift-water rescue on the man, but couldn't save the person Tuesday afternoon.

Bernalillo County Fire Department crews later recovered the body, which hasn't been identified yet.

They say the man is between the ages of 20 and 30.

New Mexico's Embattled Secretary Of State Returns To Work

Sep 22, 2015
NM Sec. of State Dianna Duran / Official photo

New Mexico's embattled secretary of state has returned to work amid allegations that she funneled campaign contributions into personal bank accounts and withdrew money at casinos around the state.

Dianna Duran came to work Tuesday and planned to be in the office for most of the week, according to one of her top staffers.

The two-term Republican pleaded not guilty earlier this month to dozens of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering charges.

Despite calls for Duran to resign, her attorney has vowed to fight the charges.

Albuquerque Police Say Retiring K-9 Won't Be Euthanized

Sep 22, 2015

Albuquerque police say a retiring K-9 that had faced the possibility of being put to sleep has escaped euthanization after the department received an outpouring of requests from former police dog handlers and animal shelters to take him.

Police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza says the department intends to turn over the K-9 named Rex to a sanctuary in California that specializes in caring for retired military dogs. She says Rex was trained as a military dog before becoming a part of the Albuquerque police's K-9 unit in 2013.

New Mexico Governor Heads To DC For Pope's Visit

Sep 22, 2015
Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is traveling to Washington, D.C., to meet with federal officials and attend a White House event welcoming Pope Francis to the United States.

The governor's office said she left New Mexico on Tuesday and will return Friday.

Martinez, the nation's only Latina governor, also was part of a U.S. delegation that traveled to Rome in 2013 to greet the then-new pope and attend his inauguration.

NMSU Alumnus, Artist to Visit Barnes & Noble at NMSU

Sep 22, 2015

  New Mexico State University alumnus George Mendoza will visit the Barnes & Noble at NMSU at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, to read and sign copies of “Colors of the Wind: The Story of Blind Artist and Champion Runner George Mendoza,” a book illustrated by him and based on his experiences.

Mendoza, who graduated from the individualized studies department in 1978, began going blind at the age of 15. He lost his central vision and began seeing things that weren’t there. He describes his condition as having “kaleidoscope eyes.”

  The following individuals filed their candidacy paperwork today for the Nov. 3 Las Cruces municipal election. The list is in the order the paperwork was filed for each position.


Ken Miyagishima (Incumbent)

Miguel G. Silva

Eugenia Montoya Ortega

City Council District 1

Kasandra A. Gandara

Steve D. Calderazzo

Melecio Eli Guzman

City Council District 2

Philip A. VanVeen

Gregory Z. Smith (Incumbent)

City Council District 4

UTEP Convenes Campus Concealed Carry Task Force

Sep 22, 2015


  The University of Texas at El Paso has finalized the membership of its Campus Concealed Carry Task Force that will meet over the course of the fall semester to recommend policies associated with next year’s August 1 implementation of S.B. 11.

Udall Announces Legislation In Wake Of Mine Waste Spill

Sep 22, 2015

The federal government would be required to identify the most dangerous abandoned mines in the West and make plans to clean them up under legislation introduced by members of New Mexico's congressional delegation.

Sen. Tom Udall announced the legislation Tuesday. The New Mexico Democrat says it's a response to the torrent of toxic wastewater from a Colorado mine that fouled rivers in three Western states.

First On KRWG: First Lab Confirmed Cases of Flu Reported in New Mexico

Sep 22, 2015
New Mexico Department of Health

  The New Mexico Department of Health is reporting the first lab-confirmed cases of influenza for the 2015 – 2016 season. The three cases were reported in women, ages 54, 68, and 77, from Bernalillo county.  The 68 and 77 year olds were hospitalized for treatment, and are now out of the hospital. The first flu case last season was reported in September.

  In one of the largest recoveries of overtime wages in recent years for the U.S. Department of Labor, oil and gas service provider, Halliburton, has agreed to pay $18,293,557 to 1,016 employees nationwide. The department’s Wage and Hour Division investigated Halliburton as part of an ongoing, multi-year compliance initiative in the oil and gas industry in the Southwest and Northeast.

  Jessie Manuel Pena, 32, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced this morning in federal court in Las Cruces to 77 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on heroin trafficking and firearms charges.

  The University of Texas at El Paso is presenting a series of lectures, panel discussions, and conferences featuring experts from around the country who will focus on issues regarding race, authority and violence in 21st Century America.


Clerk's Office Implements Privacy Changes Following Arrests

Sep 22, 2015
Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins

  Acting on the recommendations of a bipartisan Blue Ribbon Panel, the Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office has begun implementing a series of new steps designed to enhance the security of sensitive information belonging to registered voters in Doña Ana County.

   The panel was convened after the June arrests of a Clerk’s Office employee on various charges related to the theft of registered voters’ names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth for illegal private gain. Three others were arrested for improperly notarizing documents.

Third Candidate In Race For Las Cruces Council District 4

Sep 22, 2015
Richard Hall

  Richard Hall has announced his bid to replace Las Cruces City Councilor Nathan Small, representing District 4 on the City Council. Two others, Gilbert Vasquez and Jack Eakman have also announced candidacies in District 4.

Small previously announced he is not seeking re-election after two terms in office.

Along with his wife and stepson, Hall says he has lived in Las Cruces for nearly 20 years.  Hall adds that he is a small business owner and contractor.

Dr. Pat Hynes-New Mexico Space Grant Consortium

Sep 22, 2015


   Fred Martino speaks with Dr. Pat Hynes, Director of the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium.  Hynes discusses the 2015 International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight, which takes place on October 7 and 8 at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces.

International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight 

Tuesday – October 6th  

All activities at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum unless otherwise stated.

11:30-1:30 pm

New Mexico Auditor Releases Findings Of Statewide Review

Sep 22, 2015
Tim Keller, New Mexico Auditor

The Office of the State Auditor has finished examining nearly 450 government entities in New Mexico as part of a first-of-its-kind review.

The office released the findings Tuesday in an effort to make information about the financial health of state and local government more transparent and accessible to the public and policymakers.

State auditors looked at data from state agencies, cities, counties and school districts and other entities.

Only a small percentage of the entities had audit findings, indicating a deficiency or an issue of non-compliance.

Albuquerque Councilors Support Reduced Marijuana Penalties

Sep 22, 2015

The Albuquerque City Council has voted in favor of decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana, but that action will likely face opposition from Mayor Richard Berry, who plans to veto the legislation.

The council voted 5-4 along party lines Monday in favor of making it a civil offense to possess up to an ounce of marijuana. They also adopted a resolution declaring marijuana a low enforcement priority for police.

But Mayor Richard has cited conflicts with state and federal law as reasons to veto the measure.

Albuquerque Police Investigate Two Shootings; Victims Wounded

Sep 22, 2015

Albuquerque police are investigating two shootings that occurred early Tuesday morning.

Officer Fred Duran says officers responding to a shooting call founded a wounded female victim who was unable to tell them where the shooting occurred or who shot her. Duran says the victim's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Officers responding to a different shooting call found a male victim with at least one gunshot wound to his upper body. That person is reported in critical but stable condition.

Ages and identities of the victims weren't released.

Udall To Announce Legislation In Wake Of Mine Waste Spill

Sep 22, 2015
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall is expected to announce legislation aimed at compensating communities affected by the torrent of toxic wastewater from a Colorado mine that fouled two Southwestern rivers.

The New Mexico Democrat scheduled a conference call Tuesday to discuss his plans. His office says the legislation would require water quality monitoring of the Animas and San Juan rivers.

Colleges In New Mexico Seeing Declining Enrollment

Sep 22, 2015

Colleges in New Mexico are seeing declining enrollment and administrators says they are trying to adjust to the changing landscape.

New Mexico State University for example reported an enrollment drop for 2015, continuing a decrease over five years like other schools.

According to New Mexico State University, its 2015 fall was 15,490. Officials say that's a 14 percent drop from 2011. Standard & Poor's recently lowered the school's long-term rating to 'AA-' from 'AA' citing falling enrollment numbers.

Dog In Police Shooting Being Retired, May Be Put To Sleep

Sep 21, 2015

Albuquerque police say a service dog that was unleashed after officers shot a homeless man last year is being retired and may be put to sleep.

Police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza says K-9 Rex's time on the force is ending after his handler, Officer Scott Weimerskirch, retired Friday.

At 9-years-old, she says, Rex is too old to be trained to work with another handler.

She added Monday that Weimerskirch cannot keep the dog because he has a small child at home.

Las Cruces City Council voted unanimously to approve the issuance of up to $28.5 million in bond funding to be repaid over 20 years using revenue from the 2014 Hold Harmless GRT tax hike.

In a work session, council decided 20% of the funding will be used to increase energy efficiency of city facilities, 45% will be allocated toward road projects, and 35% will be used for business development.

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima says spending the money now will help save money in the future. 

Bergdahl Lawyer Asks Court To Make Interrogation Public

Sep 21, 2015

The lawyer for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier held prisoner by the Taliban for five years, is asking a military court to publicly release a transcript of Bergdahl's interview with military officials and a summary of an investigation into his disappearance.

Defense attorney Eugene Fidell has unsuccessfully tried to get the Army to make the documents public while Bergdahl faces charges, including desertion, for leaving his post in Afghanistan in 2009.

Third Candidate In Las Cruces Mayoral Race

Sep 21, 2015
Gina Montoya Ortega

  On Tuesday…candidates in the Las Cruces municipal election will submit voter signatures to get on the ballot. 

And a third candidate has announced in the race for Mayor.

Utilities Payment Scam In Las Cruces

Sep 21, 2015

  Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) is warning customers of a scam involving utility bill payments. In at least one case, a caller identifying himself as being with the “water billing department” informed the customer that water service would be shut off within an hour, unless the customer purchased a Walmart gift card for the exact amount owed on the bill.

  Attorney General Loretta Lynch today announced that the Justice Department has awarded grants totaling more than $23.2 million to 73 local and tribal agencies in 32 states to expand the use of body-worn cameras and explore their impact.  The investment includes $19.3 million to purchase body-worn cameras, $2 million for training and technical assistance and $1.9 million to examine the impact of their use.  The grants, awarded by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), are part of President Obama’s proposal to purchase 50,000 body-worn cameras for law enforcement agencies within

White House Touts NMSU Program As "Bright Spot in Hispanic Education"

Sep 21, 2015

  New Mexico State University’s College Migrant Assistance Program (CAMP) was named one of the country’s “Bright Spots in Hispanic Education.” More than 230 programs and organizations are now listed online in the national catalog that recognizes their commitment to narrowing the Latino achievement gap.