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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 – 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.

Las Cruces, NM – Mothers Against Drunk Driving have started a campaign targeted at a new "at risk" group.

Las Cruces, NM – The conference will be Dec. 3. More information can be found at www.nmtpc.org

Las Cruces, NM – Efforts to bring alcohol to campus prompted an NMSU public opinion class to gauge student responses.

Las Cruces, NM – An advocate for keeping Memorial Medical Center a "public" hospital says December is too soon for a decision on the matter.

Las Cruces, NM – Her father by the way is Missouri Congressman Dick Gephardt. He is a Democrat running for president. Chrissy is an advocate for mental health. She spoke to April Padilla and her social policy class at New Mexico State University. April was pleased that Chrissy has taken on a significant role in the Gephardt for President Campaign.

Silver City, NM – People receiving oxygen from a Silver City hospital will now have to purchase it elsewhere.

Las Cruces, NM – The shower will be easier to see than last years', with a waning moon that night. NMSU astronomer Kurt Anderson talks about the best places to view the shower and exactly where it will be in the night sky.

Las Cruces, NM – According to the State Economic Secretary, there is hope for Excell employees in Las Cruces.

Las Cruces, NM – Penny Rae has the top local, regional and state stories of the week.

Las Cruces, NM – One of the five races in Las Cruces municipal elections resulted in the defeat of the incumbent.

Las Cruces, NM – The state's largest and most popular lake is expected to continue receding to record-low levels next year, a forecast that could have major economic impact on southern New Mexico.

Las Cruces, NM – In response to child abuse resulting in death in southern New Mexico's recent past, area health and child care professionals are discussing ways to reduce such tragedies.

Las Cruces, NM – First term Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) was once viewed as the Democratic candidate to beat. When candidates started to report their fundraising this election Edwards claimed the blue ribbon in the race for cash. Now he is a distant third in campaign cash and ahead in the polls only in his native state of South Carolina. With campaign cash going out faster than it is coming in, it seems that Edwards is spending as much time trying to rationalize how he is still a contender for the nomination as he is fundraising.

Las Cruces, NM – Solar flares taking place may have an effect on communications.

Las Cruces, NM – The Alamogordo City Commission has approved a new watering schedule for the city.

Las Cruces, NM – Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is serving as a board member for LEAP, an acronym for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. The executive director of the organization is Jack Cole who says the war on drugs has actually increased drug addiction, crime, disease, and death. Cole discusses how the organization wants to change that by creating alternative public policies.

Las Cruces, NM – As this year's election campaign winds down, the mayoral race in Las Cruces is heating up.

Las Cruces, NM – The fate of Memorial Medical Center, area economic development, and the proposed convention center rests in the hands of Las Cruces City Council. KRWG's Katie Goetz reports on the two candidates vying for the council's district two seat.

Las Cruces, NM – Greg Bloom interviews Jim Steitz about the environmental and cultural value of Otera Mesa.

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico State University Prof. Neil Harvey speaks about his research and observations in Chiapas, Mexico.

Las Cruces, NM – NMSU is seeking public input in the hunt for a new president. The public meeting will be held next Wednesday.

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