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Local news and weather for Las Cruces, El Paso, Alamogordo, Silver City, Ruidoso, Anthony, Cloudcroft, Deming, Truth or Consequences, Elephant Butte, and all of Southern New Mexico and Far West Texas.

Las Cruces, NM – On February 3rd, New Mexico's registered Democrats are eligible to cast a ballot for their presidential candidate of choice.

The NM caucuses are not like Iowa's. They don't require hours of participation, nor public speeches by supporters. It is an election with the typical polling process. However, some differences do exist. The election is run by the state Democratic Party and some voting locations are different than elections which are run by the city or county.

Las Cruces, NM – The shock of a case of Mad Cow disease in Washington state is being felt in the Land of Enchantment. Katie Goetz reports on the economic toll that news is taking.

Las Cruces, NM – Democrat Gary King is throwing his hat in New Mexico's 2nd District Congressional Primary. King says that he waited to decide on running to find out if failed 2002 Democratic nominee John Arthur Smith was going to run again. Right after he learned that State Senator Smith was not running, he felt the need to hold back yet again as former Congressman Joe Skeen passed away.

Las Cruces, NM – Las Cruces Mayor Bill Mattiace discusses how far the city has come - and how far it still has to go.

Las Cruces, NM – Opposition continues against the Bureau of Land Management's plan to manage oil and gas drilling on Otero Mesa.

Las Cruces, NM – After two years of a strained relationship, Mexican President Vicente Fox has embraced President Bush's immigration proposal with open arms. As KRWG's Michael Olson reports, the U.S. president is also getting local congressional support on his plan.

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico took a backseat to New Hampshire yesterday when General Wesley Clark opted to build on apparent momentum in the Granite State as opposed to making his scheduled appearance in Las Cruces. Instead of hearing from the former NATO commander, the Clark campaign announced a series of local endorsements and featured a speech from the general's wife Gert. KRWG's Michael Olson found some ardent Clark supporters but also discovered many at yesterday's event have yet to settle on any of the Democratic hopefuls...

Las Cruces, NM – The New Mexico Democratic Presidential Caucuses are right around the corner. One candidate that registered Democratic voters can select on February 3rd is former NATO commander General Wesley Clark. KRWG's Michael Olson spoke with Clark about his New Mexico campaign.

Las Cruces, NM – The state's Bureau of Land Management has proposed a plan to manage oil and gas drilling on Otero Mesa. Environmental groups are furious with the plan's implications, and they're not alone.

Las Cruces, NM – President Bush's guest worker proposal is raising many questions throughout the southwest. It is a relatively vague proposal overall. KRWG's Michael Olson had a recent conversation with NMSU Assistant Government Professor Jason Akleson to iron out some of the particulars

Las Cruces, NM – Improved fuel economy is the aim of ongoing research at Los Alamos National Labs. Katie Goetz examines the technology that could soon help satisfy the growing desire for more fuel-efficient cars.

Las Cruces, NM –
The NM Dept. of Labor says it's expecting 2004 to be similar to last year in terms of job growth- slow but steady.

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Las Cruces, NM – A fight at Mayfield on the 17th had parents worried and the school on lockdown. One student was sent to Thomason Hospital in El Paso and a staff member was also sent injured.

Las Cruces, NM – A press conference was held at Roberto's Restaurant to make the news public.

Las Cruces, NM – A show that looks at the different holiday traditions in the area.

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Las Cruces, NM – Plans for a new state park are now in the works for the Mesilla Valley, but additional funds still remain a concern for a local environmentalist.

Las Cruces, NM – Farmers, ranchers, county extension agents, and others in New Mexico were able to get the latest on the war on agriterrorism.

Las Cruces, NM – The Las Cruces City Council had two decisions to make regarding a proposed convention center.

Las Cruces, NM – As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season continues, the pangs of hunger are felt by many throughout the world, and Las Cruces is no exception. Rebecca Renteria, the Executive Director of Casa de Peregrinos, discusses the many needs of her program.

Las Cruces, NM – Former labor organizer and photographer David Bacon discusses his work and new book "Children of NAFTA".

Las Cruces, NM – Greg Bloom talks with Jose Oranga, a 1969 graduate of NMSU who went on to work in the U.S Attorney General's Office during the Carter administration. He discusses his work with the NMSU Foundation and promotes his new book, "The Buena Vida Dilemma".

Las Cruces, NM – Beatrice Vera, Executive Director for the Rio Grande and Rio Basin Coalition, talks with Greg Bloom to discuss the diminishing Rio Grande River. Because the river is now better traveled by foot than by boat, Vera suggests how it can one day become viable again.

Las Cruces, NM – One Mesilla Valley farmer says the EQIP program has been a lifesaver in this past year of drought and rising prices of farming the land.

Las Cruces, NM – Closing what seems to be an educational gap between minority and non-minority students is the focus of a plan that will soon be pitched to the New Mexico legislature.

Las Cruces, NM – When Shirley Baca ran against incumbent Congressman Joe Skeen in 1996, Baca lost. She ran against him again two years later. She lost again, but got more votes the second time around. Shirley Baca now serves on the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, but her memories of running against Skeen are still quite fresh.

Las Cruces, NM – Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish says changes to New Mexico's Medicaid system could be in store.

Las Cruces, NM – Rates of domestic violence are known to rise around the holidays. The New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence is expecting to get more calls and reports as a result of a media campaign it's initiating with the Department of Children, Youth and Families.

Las Cruces, NM – The holidays are here again, and the Forest Service is in the spirit with Christmas tree permits now available.

Las Cruces, NM – What began five years ago as a search for rare, wild jaguars has transformed into a bi-national conservation effort.

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