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Director Claudia Myers Talks About Her Film 'Fort Bliss'

Nov 12, 2015

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Teachers, Parents and Legislators gathered at Centennial High School to discuss some of the main education issues that will be handled at the next legislative session. The National Education Association of New Mexico hosted the event.

David Morales is a teacher at Mayfield High School and New Mexico’s newest teacher of the year; he said he attended the town hall to learn more about the issues when he speaks on behalf of teachers.

Hearing Set In Lawsuit Over Licensing Of Detention Centers

Nov 11, 2015

Lawyers for an immigrant rights group will ask a judge to block emergency rules issued by Texas health officials that would allow two immigrant family detention facilities to be licensed as residential child care centers.

A state district judge in Austin will hear their case Thursday as they seek an emergency injunction. The judge already issued a temporary restraining order late last month preventing Texas from proceeding with its emergency licensing process.

Sheriff's Department: 1 Dead In Albuquerque-Area Shooting

Nov 11, 2015

The Bernalillo County sheriff has identified a 31-year-old man as the person killed in a deputy-involved shooting.

Sheriff Manny Gonzales says Joseph Jaramillio was hit by gunfire Wednesday morning in southwest Albuquerque when three deputies shot at the vehicle, killing him and wounding a woman inside the truck he was driving.

She and another woman in the vehicle who reportedly sustained cuts and scrapes were treated at a hospital for non-life threatening injuries and released.

No sheriff's deputies were injured in the shooting.

Oilfield Service Company Baker Hughes Lays Off 67 Workers

Nov 11, 2015

An oilfield service company in the Four Corner's region has laid off 67 workers, citing low oil and gas prices.

The Daily Times of Farmington reports that Baker Hughes Pressure Pumping district manager Robert "Kevin" Jones said the Farmington company announced the layoffs on Tuesday.

Baker Hughes spokeswoman Melanie Kania says after the layoffs the company will still employ around 250 workers in New Mexico.

APD Reform Advocates Denounce Vote To Reinstate Officer

Nov 11, 2015

An Albuquerque personnel board's vote to reinstate an officer who was fired for violating orders to use his lapel camera has drawn criticism from local supporters of police reform.

The coalition APD Forward said Wednesday that it was dismayed the board would overturn a decision by Police Chief Gordon Eden to fire Officer Jeremy Dear.

Dear came under scrutiny last year when he fatally shot Mary Hawkes, a 19-year-old car thief suspect. His on-body camera was unplugged at the time.

Dear says he felt he didn't get proper camera training and experienced technical issues.

New Mexico Community Marks Opening Of Manhattan Project Park

Nov 11, 2015

Residents of a once secret government city in northern New Mexico are marking the beginnings of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park with the opening of a visitor center.

A crowd of Los Alamos County elected leaders, military veterans, history buffs and officials with the National Park Service and Los Alamos National Laboratory gathered outside the new visitor center for an unveiling ceremony Wednesday.

The event follows a signing ceremony in Washington, D.C., that established the park at sites in New Mexico, Washington and Tennessee.

Darren Phillips, NMSU

  An agreement between New Mexico State University and the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine will give qualified students at NMSU guaranteed admission into the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine after their undergraduate degree is attained.

The Osteopathic Medicine Pathway Program will give students the opportunity to go directly from their baccalaureate program to a doctor of osteopathic medicine program, at the same time providing a supportive and enriched undergraduate learning environment through a Living Learning Community. 

Pearce: We Honor The Sacrifice Of Veterans, Families

Nov 11, 2015
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued this statement in honor of Veterans Day:


“Today, we honor and celebrate our nation’s veterans,” stated Pearce. “Our service heritage in New Mexico is profound – through the decades, our soldiers have so selflessly answered the call around the world. From Bataan to Operation Inherent Resolve, New Mexicans have served.  They fought so we have the ability to live freely, and practice and hold dear the rights of our Constitution that are the envy of the world.” 

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall commemorated Veterans Day in Fort Stanton, where he addressed the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Fort Stanton State Veterans’ Cemetery and thanked New Mexico’s veterans for the sacrifices they have made for our nation.

Navajo Nation Opens San Juan River For Livestock

Nov 11, 2015

Livestock will again be able to use the San Juan River now that Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye says the river is safe again.

Watering activity was suspended in eh wake of the Gold King Mine spill in southern Colorado in August.

The Gallup Independent reports that the Navajo Environmental Protection Agency Water Quality Program recommended to the president that the river was safe for livestock based on samples collected from the river.

Man Pleads No-Contest In 2011 Tucumcari Slayings

Nov 11, 2015

After four years of court proceedings, a man has pleaded no-contest in the deaths of two Tucumcari men.

The Clovis News Journal reports that Muziwokuthula Madonda entered pleas Tuesday for the March 2011 deaths of 37-year-old Gabriel Baca and 57-year-old Bobby Gonzales. He faces up to 24 years in prison.

As part of the plea, Madonda has waived his rights of extradition to Ohio, where he is charged in two additional homicides.

Ute Beadwork Artist to Speak at NMSU University Museum

Nov 11, 2015

  The University Museum at New Mexico State University will host a free public talk by Ute Mountain Ute beadwork artist Rebecca L. Hammond from 4-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. 

“Rebecca L. Hammond will present a history of the Ute beadwork traditions,” said Anna Strankman, curator of the University Museum at NMSU. “Her work is a treasured highlight of the new exhibition.”

  EL PASO, Texas – The University of Texas at El Paso is celebrating Veterans Day with a No. 20 ranking out of 125 on the Military Times 2016 Best for Vets list. The magazine’s announcement coincides with UTEP’s Veterans Appreciation Week.


The magazine rates institutions on their commitment to providing opportunities to U.S. veterans and other military-affiliated students – active duty, reservists and their families. The University enrolls approximately 3,000 military-affiliated students and employs 325 people who have stated they are veterans.


Martinez Dedicates New Veterans Cemetery in Fort Stanton

Nov 11, 2015
Office of the Governor

  Fort Stanton, NM — Today, Governor Susana Martinez dedicated the new $5.7 Million Veterans Cemetery in Fort Stanton.

Silver City Report

Nov 11, 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, today is Veterans Day and we take a look at events happening in the historic National Cemetery in Fort Bayard. 

Meeting to Discuss Family Caregiver Plan

Nov 11, 2015

  How often do you hear someone say, “I’m not getting any younger”? 

Technically, it’s true for all of us, but there is a very real concern about that here in New Mexico – because our state population is not only not getting any younger, it’s getting older faster than many states in America today.

The United States Census Bureau projects the number of New Mexicans living at ages 80 and older will grow 80.5 percent even and our younger population of residents who can take care of us as we grow older isn’t growing fast enough to keep up.

  According to the CDC, New Mexico leads the Country in alcohol related deaths every year, with just about 16% of all deaths being caused by excessive drinking- But there is a new movement to help change that.

Excise taxes, sometimes called sin taxes are meant to help curb behaviors that can be destructive like smoking and drinking.

Navajo Technical University Expands Distance Education

Nov 11, 2015

CROWNPOINT, N.M. (AP) — Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint has been awarded nearly $450,000 in federal funds to expand opportunities for education on the vast reservation.

The grant for distance learning in telemedicine comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

The department's state director in New Mexico, Terry Brunner, and university President Elmer Guy will be part of a celebration Thursday for the upcoming distance learning center.

The center will use telecommunications technology to offer courses to people in remote areas.

Board Votes to Reinstate A Fired Albuquerque Police Officer

Nov 11, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A city personnel board has voted to reinstate an Albuquerque police officer who was fired 11 months ago for abusing lapel camera policies.

The board voted 3-2 Tuesday to reinstate Jeremy Dear.

Dear came under public scrutiny when he fatally shot a 19-year-old car thief suspect in April 2014. His on-body camera was unplugged at the time and didn't make a recording.

Police officials call the board's ruling unacceptable and say Chief Gorden Eden will work with the City Attorney to appeal the decision.

ACLU Urges 'Smart Justice' On New Mexico Public Safety Bills

Nov 11, 2015


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico is urging state lawmakers to think through various public safety proposals and consider their possible effects on civil rights.

ACLU-NM executive director Peter Simonson said the state needs "smart justice, not iron justice" as lawmakers promise to introduce all sorts of criminal justice legislation. Lawmakers are proposing bills from creating tougher penalties for most violent crimes to allowing cities to impose curfews targeting teens.

Obama Administration To Appeal Immigration Ruling To Supreme Court

Nov 10, 2015

  The Obama administration will ask the Supreme Court to weigh in on the president's plan to shield as many as 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally from deportation.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a Texas-based federal judge's injunction blocking President Barack Obama's plan to protect parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents along with more immigrants who came to the country as children.

The Justice Department says it disagrees with the 2-1 ruling and will appeal to the high court.


Diabetes Education Part 1- Trinidad TJ Jasso

Nov 10, 2015

Office of the Governor

  Albuquerque, NM - Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that National American University (NAU) has chosen Albuquerque as a location for its Distance Learning National Operations Center. NAU will hire 30 to 50 workers immediately, and add approximately 50 employees every few months, creating up to 300 new jobs over the next few years. The news comes just a day after the Governor announced 300 new high-tech jobs in Albuquerque.  


Preservation of 5900 Acre Double E Ranch in Southwestern NM Celebrated

Nov 10, 2015

  Silver City, NM – Today, the New Mexico Office of Natural Resources Trustee (ONRT) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) celebrated the preservation of a 5,900 acre property located in southwestern New Mexico that will become one of New Mexico’s newest state wildlife management areas. The celebration was hosted at Western New Mexico University by President Joseph Shepard.

First On KRWG: Recount Sought In Two Las Cruces City Council Races

Nov 10, 2015

  Two unsuccessful candidates for office in the 2015 Las Cruces municipal election Tuesday filed for a recount of the ballots in five of the 15 voting convenience centers used on Nov. 3.

City council candidates Melecio Guzman and Richard Hall’s application for a recount was filed Tuesday afternoon with Interim City Clerk Linda Lewis.

  Guzman, who sought the District 1 city council seat lost to Kassandra Gandara by 18 votes. Hall was defeated by Jack Eakman in the District 4 city council race by 11 votes.

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima

Nov 10, 2015

Woman Pleads Guilty To Stealing Credit Cards In Albuquerque

Nov 10, 2015

A woman has pleaded guilty to stealing and misusing credit cards from Albuquerque senior citizens.

Prosecutors say Ashley Martinez faces up to 45 years in prison when she's sentenced on Jan. 12.

The 28-year-old Martinez was indicted on 41 counts of taking advantage of elderly victims.

Prosecutors say Martinez went to many senior citizens' homes in 2013 and 2014 and fabricated stories about needing help or asking to borrow a phone.

When the victims would leave her alone in a room, Martinez allegedly stole credit cards or wallets.

New National Park Marks Development Of Nuclear Bomb

Nov 10, 2015

More than 70 years ago scientists working in secret created the atomic bomb that ended World War II and ushered the world into the nuclear age.

On Tuesday, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz formally established the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, as they sat in a federal building near the White House where plans for the bomb were developed.

The park preserves three sites where work on the bomb was completed: Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Hanford, Washington; and Los Alamos, New Mexico.

NM Stepfather Sentenced For Abusing 9-Year-Old, Other Crimes

Nov 10, 2015

New Mexico stepfather has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for child abuse and other crimes stemming from the case of a 9-year-old boy whose beating death led to calls for reform in the state child welfare system.

Before he was sentenced Tuesday, Stephen Casaus acknowledged mistakes in his life but said "child abuse was not one of them."

He was convicted in September of charges that included child abuse, tampering with evidence and intimidation of a witness in connection with the case of his stepson.