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Ted Williams' Mexican-American Heritage Explored In PBS Film

Jul 19, 2018

ALBQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Ted Williams is the last major league baseball player to hit over .400. The Boston Red Sox slugger captivated millions with his dazzling swing and towering homers throughout the 1940s and 1950s in competition with New York Yankees hero Joe DiMaggio.

Lawmakers Debate Ways To Expand Early Childhood Education

Jul 19, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A key New Mexico lawmaker said Thursday that he agreed with early childhood education experts who say expanded pre-kindergarten programs could help alleviate poverty in one of the nation's poorest states.

But Sen. John Arthur Smith, chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, told The Associated Press that he remained opposed to advocates' push for New Mexico to dip into its Permanent Land Fund to finance universal early childhood education.

"Nope. Not going to support that," the Deming Democrat said. "Won't happen."

US May Pick Western Headquarters For Land Agency In 8 Months

Jul 19, 2018

DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration says it may pick a new Western headquarters for the nation's largest land management agency in the next six to eight months.

Susan Combs, a senior adviser to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, told a Senate committee Thursday that Zinke is committed to moving the Bureau of Land Management headquarters from Washington to the West. The bureau is part of Zinke's department.

Combs offered no hints about where the new headquarters will be.

Voice of the Public: KRWG's Financial Confidential

Jul 19, 2018
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Time now for KRWG's Financial Confidential - Financial Advice with Bryce on 90.7 FM and krwg.org! Listen to the following hour as Dr. Bryce Jorgensen and Edmundo Resendez discuss financial issues that impact us all. 

Nick Schnebelen calls in to the Dusty Banks to discuss his his new trio and tour as well as his past work in the internationally renowned band Trampled Under Foot. He'll even give some details on his upcoming album Crazy All By Myself slated for release in March 2019.

All that plus plenty of incredible music in this segment from Dry River Blues!

Driver Sought in Hit-and-Run Las Cruces Crash that Injured Pedestrian

Jul 19, 2018

Las Cruces police continue to investigate a hit-and-run crash that occurred Saturday evening and hope a reward of up to $1,000 will help lead to the identification of the driver of the vehicle.

NM Lawmakers To Hear From Early Childhood Education Experts

Jul 19, 2018

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Key New Mexico lawmakers are scheduled to listen to early childhood education experts as advocates push to expand pre-Kindergarten classes through the state.

Lawmakers who help to set spending priorities for New Mexico each year will team up with the National Conference of State Legislatures and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation at a special legislative hearing on Thursday in Santa Fe. State lawmakers are seeking to chart ways to boost early childhood education programs and strengthen the safety net for children.

New Mexico Education Commissioner Abstains From Pledge

Jul 19, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A member of a state education panel that oversees New Mexico's charter schools is abstaining from standing or saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Commissioner Carmie Lynn Toulouse declined to participate in the reciting of the pledge at the start of a meeting Wednesday in Santa Fe.

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Jean Guerrero Interview - Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir

Jul 19, 2018
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Emmy-winning journalist and KPBS Fronteras reporter and KRWG contributor, Jean Guerrero is the author of Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir. Edmundo Resendez spoke to Guerrero about the memoir’s complex exploration of immigration and borders through a family history that crosses back and forth between Mexico and the United States. 

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New Mexico stops taking fees from nonunion state workers

Jul 18, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has stopped deducting union fees from the paychecks of more than 1,800 nonunion state workers following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month.

The Albuquerque Journal reports State Personnel Director Justin Najaka told employees in a memo earlier this month that the agency would immediately cease the payroll deductions.

Commentary:  The University of Texas at El Paso continues its commitment to access and excellence in education with the launch of a new partnership with one of the leading research institutions in Juárez, Mexico.

On July 18, the director of Universidad Tecnológica de Ciudad Juárez, Guillermo Álvarez Terrazas, joined UTEP President Diana Natalicio on the UTEP campus to sign and formally announce the creation of this joint initiative.

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The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering a proposal from Holtec International to build a temporary nuclear waste storage facility near Hobbs in Lea County in southeastern New Mexico.

El Paso Man Charged With Conspiracy

Jul 18, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE – A U.S. Magistrate Judge sitting in Las Cruces, N.M., today found probable cause to support a criminal complaint charging Jose Alberto Garcia, 19, of El Paso, Texas, with conspiring to transport illegal aliens within the United States.  During today’s proceedings, Garcia was ordered detained pending trial, which has yet to be scheduled

The Bulletin On The Radio

Jul 18, 2018

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New Mexico AG Seeks To Void Hispanic Land Grant Transfer

Jul 18, 2018
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said Wednesday he is seeking to void a 2003 land transfer from a historic Hispanic land grant on grounds it was illegal.

Balderas's office filed a complaint against the Greeley, Colorado-based nonprofit group Al Frente de Lucha over a title transfer of property belonging to La Merced de Los Pueblos de Tierra Amarilla in northern New Mexico.

911 Calls Detail Aftermath Of Deadly New Mexico Bus Crash

Jul 18, 2018

ALBUQUERUQE, N.M. (AP) — Some callers were breathless and others were crying as they flooded emergency phone lines to report the aftermath of a deadly weekend bus crash on a dark New Mexico highway.

"There's children bleeding, there's people unconscious," a female caller tells a dispatcher. "They're pulling them out of the bus right now. The bus flipped over."

Authorities on Tuesday released 911 recordings and dispatch communications from the night of the crash along Interstate 25.

Downtown Las Cruces Events On Tap

Jul 18, 2018

Main St. Downtown:

  • Art Ramble: Friday, August 3, 5-7 p.m.
  • Farmers and Crafts Market
    • Wednesday, July 25, 8:30 a.m.to 1 p.m.
    • Saturday, July 28, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    • Wednesday, August 1, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Saturday, August 4, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Plaza De Las Cruces

o   Wednesday Nights on Main: Wednesday, July 25, 6-10 p.m.

o   Music on the Plaza: Thursday, July 26, 7-9 p.m.

o   Kids Expo: Saturday, August 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Las Cruces Gun Buyback Event Planned for July 28

Jul 18, 2018

The Las Cruces Police Department and the organization New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence will be co-hosting a gun buyback event on Saturday, July 28.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at the East Mesa Public Safety Complex, 550 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd.

Las Cruces Branigan Memorial Library to Close August 6-11

Jul 18, 2018

The Thomas Branigan Memorial Library will be closed August 6-11, 2018 for construction, staff training and cleaning.

Margaret Neill, Library Administrator, noted, “This closure is an annual event that allows staff to attend necessary trainings, complete a deep clean, and work on building improvement projects. For example, this year, we will be upgrading our front doors to make them more user-friendly.”

Las Cruces Cooling Stations to Reactivate

Jul 18, 2018

The National Weather Service is forecasting a return to triple-digit temperatures, so the City of Las Cruces will reactivate its five cooling stations Friday, July 20 through Monday, July 23.

A cooling station is a place that offers temporary shelter from the heat for the elderly, other high-risk residents, and the general public.

The cooling stations are:

Las Cruces Pet Owners Reminded of Leash Laws

Jul 18, 2018

Las Cruces dog owners are reminded that their four-legged friends should always be leashed when in public areas, and tethers should only be used as a temporary means to restrain their pets while at home.

In the last few months, Animal Control officers have noticed more dog owners in public places – at parks, ballfields and walking along sidewalks – with their pets unleashed. That practice is in violation of city ordinance. All persons owning or having charge, custody or care of a pet must keep the animal leashed, or under humane physical restraint, at all times while in public.

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Commentary: WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement after the Treasury Department ended a requirement that “dark money” groups must disclose their donors to the IRS:

“Secret, undisclosed money has flooded our electoral system and completely drowned out the voices of everyday citizens. Now, the Trump administration is making an already rigged system even worse -- ending some of the limited disclosure we have about who is spending these unlimited sums of money to try to buy our democracy. It just got even harder to follow the money and shine a light on the billionaires and foreign interests that are trying to decide our elections with their wallets. This decision, made without any public input, comes at a time when Americans are already disgusted with money in politics. And it comes as special interests are gearing up to spend massive amounts of money to put their hand-picked nominee on the Supreme Court to protect the awful Citizens United ruling and other rollbacks of sensible campaign finance limits.

Some Counties In Southern New Mexico Eligible For Drought Help

Jul 18, 2018

 

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Businesses in five southern New Mexico counties are now eligible for low-interest federal disaster loans to help offset losses caused by a drought that began earlier this year.

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the loans Tuesday, saying the focus is the economic effects on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered production losses due to the dry conditions.

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Silver City Report

Jul 18, 2018

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Daily Press and Independent reporter, Ben Fischer and editor, Christine Steele. This week, the NEPA meetings wrapped up with more questions regarding the Gila Diversion Project, the county votes on Thursday on whether they will sell the hospital, a woman accused of embezzlement is likely to receive a pre-prosecution deal, and the first annual Silver City Wine Festival wrapped up. 

Auditor: Alamogordo loses $250,000 to fake vendor

Jul 17, 2018

Santa Fe, NM – The City of Alamogordo last week paid more than $250,000 to an unknown scam artist, and recovery of that public money is likely to be difficult if not impossible. In light of that scam, State Auditor Wayne Johnson is reminding all of the state’s government entities to be extremely cautious and aware when it comes to e-mail communication from any vendors.

Secretary Perry Alma Mater Says He Didn't Tilt Nuke Lab Bid

Jul 17, 2018
Energy Secretary Rick Perry

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M University leaders say Energy Secretary Rick Perry wasn't involved in a $2.5 billion nuclear weapons lab contract that partly went to his alma mater.

Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp said Tuesday the National Nuclear Security Administration had favorably scored their proposal to manage Los Alamos National Laboratory near Santa Fe, New Mexico, before the former Texas governor signed off. Sharp and Perry were college friends at Texas A&M.

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