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 – The Board of Commissioners declared southern Dona Ana County a disaster area Thursday morning. KRWG's Lindsey Bilovesky explains why.

Las Cruces NM – In his first day as President of New Mexico State University, Dr. Michael Martin addressed pay raises for faculty and staff, working with the state legislature, diversity in foreign languages and more. Bob Mitchell reports...

Las Cruces – Excitement was high at a ground-breaking ceremony Wednesday for Casa de Peregrinos' new location. KRWG's Lindsey Bilovesky explains why.

Las Cruces, NM – The Supreme Court says a law passed to protect children from on-line porn may be unconstitutional. As expected the New Mexico chapter of the ACLU is applauding the decision. Reporter Marco Grajeda has the details.

Las Cruces – With the July 4th holiday approaching, Elephant Butte staff readies themselves for a large crowd. KRWG's Lindsey Bilovesky reports.

Las Cruces, NM – The Senate has approved a bill that will make it easier for universities in New Mexico to qualify for additional government funding. Reporter Marco Grajeda has more.

Las Cruces – New Mexico's gas prices are declining. The recent decline can be attributed to an improving supply of gas as well as lower prices for crude oil.

Las Cruces – The race for Dona Ana County's District 2 seat could hardly be closer. Results won't be official until police investigations concerning ballots allegedly found in a trash can are finished.

Las Cruces, NM – An animal disease first reported in west Texas has been detected in southern New Mexico causing concern among livestock growers. Reporter Marco Grajeda has more.

Las Cruces – Firefighters continue to mop up three large fires in New Mexico. KRWG's Lindsey Bilovesky reports.

Las Cruces, NM – A local water company is accusing the city of Las Cruces of encroaching on its rights. As Bob Mitchell reports, it will be up to the Third Judicial District Court to decide whose (water) line is it, anyway?

Las Cruces – The city of Las Cruces held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday to commemorate the completion of a riverfront multi-use pathway. KRWG's Lindsey Bilovesky reports.

Las Cruces – The Dona Ana County Sherrif's Department is investigating the shooting of a robber by a Las Cruces Police officer after the suspect eluded police.

Las Cruces – A prayer vigil was held for the 20-year-old New Mexico State University student that was found dead after a night of partying in Juarez. KRWG's Lindsey Bilovesky shows the degree to which she will be missed.

Las Cruces – The cause of death of the 20-year-old New Mexico State University Nursing major remains to be seen. KRWG's Lindsey Bilovesky reports.

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico State University Department Head Frank Thayer received a call that his esteemed colleague Doctor Steve Pasternack had died. NMSU now mourns the loss of a great scholar, journalist and friend. KRWG's Michael Olson examines Pasternack's commitment to journalism and democracy.

Las Cruces, NM – A decision on Friday (June 11, 2004) by the New Mexico Highlands University Board of Regents to appoint Senate Majority Leader Manny Aragon as that university's next president is eliciting mixed local reactions. Bob Mitchell reports.

Las Cruces, NM – Border Patrol investigates death of Mexican teen fifteen miles outside of Columbus, New Mexico. The boy and two older brothers apparently made arrangements to be smuggled into the U.S. leaving their home town of Puebla, Mexico.

Las Cruces – A couple from Mesilla Park is charged with animal abuse in mid-May. Their arraignment is scheduled for Thurday. KRWG's Lindsey Bilovesky reports.

Las Cruces – A 20-year-old NMSU student is missing after celebrating her birthday in Juarez Saturday night. As KRWG's Lindsey Bilovesky reports, accounts of the night are conflicting.

Las Cruces, NM – Host Greg Bloom interviews Desert Exposure's David A. Fryxell on his "Range War" article about rancher Kit Laney and wise-use groups. Read the PDF version of the article:

Las Cruces, NM – Heightened security concerns along New Mexico's international border with Chihuahua has prompted varied responses from New Mexico's Senators. The massive federal debt is adding fuel to divergent approaches.

Las Cruces, NM – Host Greg Bloom interviews U.S. Border Patrol spokesman Doug Mosier on regional migration trends and arrest rates. Mosier, who has been with the agency for 16 years, says he's seeing an increase in illegal traffic on the New Mexico/Chihuahua border. Vision cultural correspondent Emily Guerra explores the world of Nopales.

Las Cruces, NM – A series of questionable moves by City Councilors last year has helped fuel the drafting of new ethics guidelines for city leaders.

Las Cruces, NM – A prescribed burn on the Gila National Forest has some homeowners fuming, not only because of the burn, but also because of the way it has (or hasn't) been publicized. Bob Mitchell reports.

Las Cruces – With almost all of the votes counted, Anastasia trails by only three votes. He does intend to challenge the count if the vote remains the same at the end of the canvassing session.

Las Cruces – The Department of Energy and the Environment Department reached an agreement Thurday to stop radioactive waste from entering New Mexico.

Las Cruces, NM – At the opening of his Las Cruces campaign headquarters, incumbent Steve Pearce says he isn't running unopposed so he is "running scared" against Democrat nominee Gary King. Pearce has raised over one-million dollars this puts King, who recently wrapped up a primary campaign, at a major disadvantage

Las Cruces, NM – Democrat Gary King says he is ready to take on incumbent Republican Steve Pearce in the Second District Congressional race. King who beat Jeff Steinborn in yesterday's primary election has an uphill battle against Pearce. That long, and some say unlikely trek to beat Pearce is off to an easier start. On Tuesday night Steinborn gave his opponent unequivocal support.

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Las Cruces, NM – Now that the primary election is over, the winners who have opponents in November can plot their courses of action. Bob Mitchell reports...