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The people and culture of New Mexico and Texas.  Fascinating field reports, interviews, and local viewpoints showcase an image of our region you won't find anywhere else.  

Soon after graduating from college in 2008, Francisco Cantú joined the United States Border Patrol.  He spent the next four years as an agent, mostly in the field along the U.S./Mexico borders of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.  His very personal memoir of that time, and its aftermath, is The Line Becomes A River, Dispatches From The Border, just published by Penguin's Riverhead Books.

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Congresswoman Michelle Luhan-Grisham has represented District 1 in New Mexico since 2013.  Prior to serving in Congress, Lujan Grisham served as a cabinet secretary for three different New Mexico governors – overseeing the Department of Aging & Long-Term Services and the Department of Health. Luhan-Grisham is running for Democratic nomination for governor on June 5th. Edmundo Resendez spoke to Luhan-Grisham about her aspirations.  

VIDEO: Candidate Forum- Democrats Running For New Mexico Governor

Feb 12, 2018

  Three of the four candidates in the Democratic race for New Mexico governor visited Truth or Consequences for a gubernatorial forum Thursday at the Lyons Event Center. New Mexico state senator Joseph Cervantes, Jeff Apodaca, the son of former New Mexico governor Jerry Apodaca, and Dr. Peter DeBenedittis were there. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham was unable to attend in-person or via livestream due to the most recent government shutdown. The candidates answered questions from the audience on their plans for the state’s economic and educational policies and many other issues.

On a recent taping of KRWG-TV’s In Focus, Viki Harrison, Executive Director of Common Cause New Mexico says that her organization has called for an independent state redistricting commission. Harrison says with high profile court cases; the redistricting issue is heating up across the country.

“The legislators are drawing districts to suit themselves and their parties. It’s basically legislators choosing their voters instead of the other way around,” says Harrison.

IN FOCUS: Part Three Of A Conversation On Trade And NAFTA

Feb 2, 2018

IN FOCUS: Part Two Of A Discussion On NAFTA And Trade

Jan 26, 2018

Last November, Mexican Ambassador to The United States, Mr. Gerónimo Gutiérrez visited the Borderland. Jerry Pacheco, President of the Border Industrial Association was able to visit with the ambassador as he toured industrial areas in Santa Teresa and San Jerónimo on the Mexican side of the border.

Pacheco says the Mexican ambassador had much to say about the renegotiation of NAFTA. He says the ambassador weighed in on the what was going well, and what were the "sticking points" of talks, like the Trump administration trying to increase North American content in auto parts.

IN FOCUS: A Discussion On Border Business And Trade (Part One)

Jan 19, 2018

Jerry Pacheco, President of the Border Industrial Association and Executive Director of the International Business Accelerator shared on a recent taping of KRWG-TV’s In Focus that Doña Ana County and Santa Teresa took over as the top exporting area in New Mexico in 2017.

“We are now accounting for 53 percent of the entire exports that leave the State of New Mexico,” said Pacheco.

IN FOCUS: Child Well-Being In New Mexico

Jan 5, 2018

Child well-being in New Mexico is the focus of a new investigation that is set to publish this year from Searchlight New Mexico, a non-partisan, nonprofit news organization.

During a taping of KRWG-TV’s In Focus, Lauren Villagran, a reporter with Searchlight New Mexico says the organization is investigating a number of different topics associated with child-well-being.

“We’re basically going to look at a number of domains…the economy, health, education, and family, and really kind of dig deep into the problems that the state faces,” said Villagran.

Virgin Galactic says that more jobs are heading to New Mexico. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported the company was planning to move 85 more employees to the Las Cruces area, signaling the company may be closer to launching from Spaceport America.

This past summer the facility hosted local business and government officials to gather feedback for a major event for Virgin’s first launch.

Our Stories: Vietnam

Nov 9, 2017

"Our Stories: Vietnam," a three-part documentary series featuring 15 area veterans airs Monday through Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm on KRWG-TV.

PART ONE-Monday, 7pm

Story Abstracts

6 stories covering an advisor, negotiating a rescue ceasefire, a painful frightening night waiting for medics, valor to earn a purple heart, the mechanic that kept pilots safe and questions of faith.

In Chronological Order of Service

His iridescent shapes float in 3-dimensional space, an exploration of the mysteries of light.  "Some people, it puts them in a state of almost infancy," says August Muth of his holographic art.  "They can't resist the temptation to touch the light."  The Santa Fe artist's latest works are on view through November 9 at the Canyon Road gallery, OTA Contemporary

State of Change: Building A Resilient New Mexico

Oct 19, 2017
Dr. Chris Erickson

As part of our series "State of Change: Building A Resilient New Mexico," we spoke with New Mexico State University economist Dr. Chris Erickson.

Topics include New Mexico's "closing fund" used to attract new businesses and help existing ones expand, the state's film and television production subsidy, Spaceport America, New Mexico's tax system, and the importance of education in advancing economic development efforts.

Dr. Pat Hynes

Sep 27, 2017

On this episode of Images, Fred Martino speaks with Dr. Pat Hynes, Director of the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium.  They discuss the upcoming International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight.  

From the symposium website:

You are cordially invited to attend the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight, to be held October 11-12 at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Dr. Peter DeBenedittis

Dr. Peter DeBenedittis has announced that he is running in the Democratic Primary for Governor of New Mexico. He recently stopped by the KRWG-FM studios to share more about why he is running as a candidate. He also, shared his thoughts on issus the state faces, and he also discusses challenges that he says exist within the Democratic party.

Mental health advocates work daily to address the needs of those with behavioral health issues. One of those advocates is Micah Pearson, who was recently selected to serve on the national board with The National Alliance On Mental Illness or NAMI.

Video from a Monday visit at the Pan Am Plaza in Las Cruces:

KRWG is speaking with candidates who have announced that they are running for New Mexico's District two Congressional seat. On a recent episode of KRWG-TV's In Focus, David Baake a candidate who has announced he is entering the democratic primary for the district two seat shares why he is running.

"The reason why I wanted to get into politics is because after this last election, all of the progress that we have been making on trying to protect our environment, trying to create clean energy jobs, it's all in jeopardy," says Baake.

Immigration Is No Simple Process

Jul 27, 2017

Commentary: When you spend time with any of the media you’ll no doubt see or hear something about immigrants. One of the comments I encounter most often is “why didn’t they get their papers…why didn’t they come legally, …my grandparents came legally, why can’t they”?

President Trump’s executive actions aiming to enhance border security along with constructing a border wall has drawn criticism from environmental groups who say they are concerned about the impact a wall would have on ecosystems along the border.

Universal Healthcare Discussion Saturday In Las Cruces

Jul 17, 2017
Dr. James Lenhart

 “Conversations With Democrats” sponsored by the Federation of Democratic Women of Dona Ana County will have Dr. James Lenhart, MD, FAAFP, MPH, Prominent Physician, Author and Healthcare Advocate from Tacoma, WA leading its conversation on Saturday, July 22, 2 pm, NMSU Arrowhead Park Early College High School APECHS Bldg. 3, Las Cruces, NM. 

The Trump Administration has officially made it clear that it wants to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. On the campaign trail, and into his first months in office, President Donald Trump has made it no secret that he was not a fan of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

On a recent taping of “In Focus” on KRWG-TV, Jerry Pacheco, President of the Border Industrial Association shared his thoughts on the Trump Administrations efforts to renegotiate the trade deal. He says he hopes the efforts are to improve NAFTA.

Progressive Summit Planned For Las Cruces July 15

Jul 7, 2017

Progress Now New Mexico is planning a "Progressive Action Summit" Saturday, July 15, on the east mesa campus of Dona Ana Community College.  From :

Our last summit sold out quickly so don’t wait. Get your tickets now.

We’ve got some exciting panels from local folks as well as some great leaders from around the state. We’ve got something for everyone including:

Senate Republicans pushed back a vote on their proposed healthcare bill aimed at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act until after the Fourth of July congressional recess.

Commentary: Las Cruces, NM -- A group of local Iranians met today with Congressman Steve Pearce’s staff to discuss their concerns over President Trump’s Executive Order banning travel from six Muslim-majority countries, including Iran.

“We came today to let the Congressman know how this Muslim ban would be devastating to so many of his constituents, and how it would badly impact the broader Las Cruces community,” said Ali Scotten, who heads the New Mexico chapter of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC).

Newmakers 917 - Sarah Silva, Executive Director-CAFé

Jun 7, 2017

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.

Earlier this year, was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism to explore issues within New Mexico’s behavioral health system. http://

  A Las Cruces native and field-leading researcher in the areas of cancer genetics and neurosciences recently spoke at New Mexico State University about breakthrough discoveries that could impact future treatment of diseases such as Lou Gehrig’s disease, Huntington’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.