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NMSU researcher aims to educate public about bed bug prevention

Jun 3, 2017

You may think the best way to deal with a bed bug problem is to only use insecticides. But many people often overlook the importance of using non-chemical methods and, more importantly, preventing the bugs in the first place. This is particularly critical in multi-unit housing buildings where bed bugs are very difficult to eliminate. 

Alvaro Romero, from New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, is working with other researchers to educate the public about preventing bed bugs.

PBS Kids to ‘take over’ NMSU’s KRWG studios

Jun 3, 2017

New Mexico State University’s KRWG television station will officially launch the PBS Kids 24/7 channel with a public open house Saturday, June 17.

Clifford, Cat In The Hat and Super Why! will greet families during the open house to celebrate the airing of the 24/7 PBS Kids Channel on Channel 22.3. 

Guests will be treated to storytelling, drawing tables and a red carpet experience with the stars of the Kids Channel from 9-11 a.m. in the Milton Hall facilities on the NMSU campus.

RUIDOSO – The influence of drought cycles on rangeland and cattle management options will be the theme for the second annual Sustainable Rangelands Symposium Wednesday and Thursday, June 21-22, at the Ruidoso Conference Center, 811 Sierra Blanca Drive, Ruidoso.

New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and Texas Tech University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources are co-hosting the event that will follow the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association conference.

Las Cruces-Area Inmate Charged Following Jail Stabbing

Jun 3, 2017

  

A Doña Ana County Detention Center inmate has been charged with possession of a deadly weapon and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after he allegedly used a makeshift knife to stab another inmate.

Unknown Child Found Near El Paso

Jun 3, 2017

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is working with the El Paso Police Department to identify a child who was found alone near the U.S. / Mexico border.

A male child, believed to be 2-3 years old, possibly with the name “Luis” was located on February 22, 2017 in Cd Juarez, Mexico.  The child has a small birthmark above his eye, and has short brown hair. When he was found, he was wearing blue sweatpants, black shoes and a shirt.

Law enforcement believes the child may be a U.S. citizen due to his fluency in English.

Interview: Rep. Steve Pearce

Jun 2, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Fred Martino interviews Rep. Steve Pearce regarding many recent issues in the news, including the Republican health care plan and the investigation into Russian interference in the election.

In Depth: New Mexico considering changes to Medicaid program

Jun 2, 2017

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State officials say keeping costs down while improving the delivery of health care for New Mexico's poorest residents is the focus as they propose changes to the Medicaid program to ensure sustainability as enrollment grows.

More than a quarter-million state residents have enrolled since the program's expansion in 2014. Now, more than 40 percent of children, the disabled and other low-income adults in New Mexico are covered.

Albuquerque mayor vetoes city budget, drafts new plan

Jun 2, 2017
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry has vetoed the city budget sent to him by councilors.

Berry says the budget sent to him last month was not fiscally sound, so he and two councilors have come up with a new one. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2qJUtDU ) the new $528.9 million budget will be presented Monday at a City Council meeting.

Attorney General: UNM Spending Review Will Continue

Jun 2, 2017
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on University of New Mexico Athletics Department spending (all times local):

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says he's pleased that University of New Mexico athletic director Paul Krebs is stepping down but that his office's look at athletic department spending will continue.

Balderas says in a statement reacting to Krebs' announcement Friday of his intention to retire June 30 that public officials who leave office "can still face legal consequences for actions they took while in office."

Paul Krebs / NCAA.com

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico athletic director Paul Krebs, who has faced intense criticism for spending public money on a 2015 golf trip to Scotland that included athletics officials and private donors, abruptly announced Friday that he is stepping down.

In a letter to acting school President Chaouki Abdallah, Krebs requested approval for retirement and said he wanted to step down for a while. "However, I believe my retirement at this time is in my best interest and the University's," Krebs wrote without directly mentioning the spending controversy.

The Latest: New Mexico MVD Says Computer Systems Back Up

Jun 1, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on Motor Vehicle Division computer problems (all times local):

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The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division says its computer systems are working again.

The division had reported Thursday morning that it was unable to process computer-based transactions because its computer systems were temporarily down.

A later announcement says an error in the implementation of an update in the computer system has been corrected and that all systems are operational.

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Medical Pot Producer Sues Over New Mexico State Fair Display

Jun 1, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of New Mexico's licensed medical marijuana producers is suing Expo New Mexico officials over refusal to let the company display its products at the state fair later this year.

Attorneys for Ultra Health Inc. filed the lawsuit in federal court Wednesday, alleging that the company's constitutional rights to free speech and due process are being violated.

Hawaii, Parts Of Southeast, Southwest Face Summer Fire Risk

Jun 1, 2017

DENVER (AP) — Forecasters say Hawaii and pockets of the Southeastern and Southwestern United States could face above-normal danger of significant wildfires this summer.

The National Interagency Fire Center's summer outlook released Thursday shows the risk on the Big Island of Hawaii is expected to be above normal through September.

Voice Of The Public: KRWG's Gardening Confidential

Jun 1, 2017
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KRWG wants to know, what makes your desert garden grow? Join us for a special Voice of the Public for the Gardening Confidential on 90.7 FM and krwg.org this Thursday at 1. We’ll discuss tips to be a successful gardener in the desert. Jeff Anderson, with the Cooperative Extension Service at NMSU will be our special guest. KRWG’s Gardening Confidential is brought to you by White Sands Federal Credit Union with Landscaping Loans at wsfcu dot org. Tune in for the Gardening Confidential this Thursday 1st at 1.

Rep. Ted Lieu

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Events On Tap For Downtown Las Cruces

Jun 1, 2017

Main St. Downtown:

·         Farmers and Crafts Market

o   Wednesday, May 31, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

o   Saturday, June 3, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

o   Wednesday, June 7, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

o   Saturday, June 10, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

·         Plaza De Las Cruces

o   Community Worship, Wednesday May 31, 5:30 – 9 p.m.

o   Music on the Plaza, Thursday June 1, 6 - 9 p.m.

o   Music on the Plaza, Thursday June 8, 6 – 9 p.m.

o   LGBTQ Equality March for Unity and Pride, Sunday June 11, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

A technology company supported by Arrowhead Center, the economic development and innovation hub at New Mexico State University, has been recognized by the New Mexico Small Business Assistance program as one of 10 success stories during its annual Innovation Celebration.

"Spirited: Prohibition in America" Coming To Las Cruces

Jun 1, 2017
Branigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces

  During the era of Prohibition, Americans could not manufacture, sell, or transport intoxicating beverages from 1920 until 1933.Spirited: Prohibition in America opens June 16, 2017 at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 North Main St. This exhibit explores this tumultuous time in American history, when flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and legends, such as Al Capone and Carry Nation, took sides in this battle against the bottle.

 

SCAM ALERT: Attorney General & HSD Warn about New Mexico Medicaid Program Phishing Scam

Jun 1, 2017

Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and Human Services Department Secretary Brent Earnest issued a joint Scam Alert to warn New Mexicans about a new scam that involves callers claiming to work for the New Mexico Medicaid program while phishing for personal and financial information. The solicitors are calling individuals several times a day and asking for their name, Social Security Number, and Medicaid number.

  Improving pathways to the professoriate for Hispanics in environmental sciences and engineering (ESE) and related fields is the goal of a new $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation that The University of Texas at El Paso will share with the City College of New York (CUNY-CCNY).

Silver City, NM – Western New Mexico University is introducing a new annual summer event with Fiesta Latina on Father’s Day weekend.

The three-day event includes mostly free, family-friendly components highlighting the rich colors and traditions of the Latino culture.

Fiesta Latina kicks off Friday, June 16 with an Opening Reception, live music by Baracutanga, and Columbian dancers. Admission is $10 person and begins at 5:00 p.m. in The Gardens and on Light Hall patio on campus.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

Commentary: Rio Rancho, NM - The New Mexico Federation of Democratic Women are hosting Pantsuit Power Workshops Saturday, June 3, 2017 to kick off Democrats’ Resistance Summer Program. The Pantsuit Power Workshops is a full-day training program for community members looking to organize against the reckless Republican agenda being pushed by President Trump and Republicans in the state.

 

Member Of Grant County Meth Trafficking Ring Sentenced

Jun 1, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE – Gary Lee Romero, 32, of Santa Clara, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 63 months in federal prison followed by four years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction. 

The Bulletin On The Radio

Jun 1, 2017

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

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Public Health Institute takes form in New Mexico

Jun 1, 2017

Silver City, NMNew Mexico joins the ranks of 33 other states by establishing a Public Health Institute. With its headquarters in Silver City, the New Mexico Public Health Institute (NewMexPHI) plans to unify the efforts of nonprofit organizations, government, public and private sectors, hospitals, schools and communities to create more equitable health outcomes for the State’s two million residents.

Your Weekend Pulse!

Jun 1, 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, Music in the Park series, the 10th annual Taste of Las Cruces, and a Dia de Los Muertos design contest. 

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UNM Grads Are Leaving New Mexico

May 31, 2017
Kaleb Davis / Photograph by Nick Fojud

  New Mexico is known for certain characteristics: great beer, the beautiful environment and a rich culture.

But the results of a small survey of University of New Mexico graduates and upperclassmen by NMID corroborates another characteristic and long-term trend the state’s leaders and policymakers repeatedly lament.

Many of the state’s best-educated youth are departing the state for places with better job opportunities.

Child Welfare Overhual In Texas

May 31, 2017
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  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a trio of new laws meant to improve Texas' troubled foster care system.

The Republican endorsed the legislation ringed by state lawmakers from both parties at the headquarters of Texas' family services department Wednesday.

Abbott declared more child welfare spending and reforms a priority for the state Legislature, which concluded its session Monday. Data last year showed Texas was failing to check on thousands of children at the highest risk of abuse or neglect.

New Mexico Lottery Scholarship Reduced From 90% To 60%

May 31, 2017

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — College scholarships funded by New Mexico lottery proceeds will cover 60 percent of tuition costs for the next school year — down from 90 percent — as state education officials announced changes Wednesday aimed at stretching revenue for the financial aid program.

The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute at New Mexico State University is hosting the New Mexico Evapotranspiration Conference June 6 and 7 at the Las Cruces Convention Center.

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