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KRWG News This Week

Saturday at 5pm

Saturdays at 5pm, join Fred Martino for the region's full hour of in-depth coverage: KRWG News This Week. 

The program features the region's top stories, interviews, and regular features, including:

  • Commentaries from Peter Goodman and Walt Rubel
  • Puentes a la comunidad (Bridges to the Community) with Emily Guerra
  • Healthwatch updates to keep the region safe and provide information about important health topics
  • Fronteras interviews with Anthony Moreno

If you have an idea for KRWG News This Week, email us.  The address is feedback@nmsu.edu

Another busy week of news, and we have you covered.

We begin with the region’s in-depth coverage of the Las Cruces City Council meeting.  The council discussed feedback on a mask policy for unvaccinated people in council chambers. They also took up the master plan for an industrial park on the West Mesa.

And…we’ll talk with Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Ralph Ramos about plans for the new school year, including COVID precautions, as well as efforts to increase equity in our schools.

Plus…Walt Rubel addresses the damaging effect of conspiracy theories on American society.

All that, plus the week’s other top stories, commentary, and more.

Another busy week of news, and we have you covered.

We begin with the region’s in-depth coverage of the decline in the Colorado River’s water supply.  This affects New Mexico and many other states in the West.

Plus…An in-depth look at how Las Cruces is proposing to spend federal American Rescue Plan Act funding.

And…We’ll talk with researchers who looked at the news media landscape in New Mexico and in communities across the nation.  In less than two decades, the circulation for the nation’s newspapers has nearly been cut in half.  What does this mean for society and what can be done to address the loss?

All that, plus the week’s other top stories, commentary, and more.

Another busy week of news, and we have you covered.

We begin with the region’s in-depth coverage of how New Mexico tracks groundwater.  While recent rains have eased dry conditions, we are still in a long-term drought.  A KRWG News investigation revealed some major challenges facing the state as it tries to ensure wells don’t go dry.

Plus…An in-depth look at the increase in migrants crossing the border in El Paso.

And…El Paso Electric is appealing its rate hike request to the New Mexico Supreme Court.  We’ll talk about that and more with New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner Steve Fischmann.

All that, plus the week’s other top stories, commentary, and more.

Another busy week of news, and we have you covered.

We begin with the region’s in-depth coverage of how the Texas legislature weakened gun safety in the state.  Just the opposite was expected after mass shootings in El Paso and Odessa.  But now, Texans may carry a handgun without a background check or training, extremely popular mandates elsewhere.

Plus…An in-depth look at discussions regarding pedestrian and bicycle safety in Las Cruces.

And…Education during the pandemic.  We’ll talk with recent Centennial High School graduate Noah Raess; he spent his last few months in high school talking to area students about how they managed remote learning and the loss of activities over the past year.

All that, plus the week’s other top stories, commentary, and more.

Another busy week of news, and we have you covered.

We begin with the region’s in-depth coverage of the situation at the border.  We include comments from Vice President Kamala Harris, who visited El Paso Friday.  And, a look at Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s plans to extend the border wall.

Plus…A guaranteed basic income pilot project could be implemented in Las Cruces—giving select city residents access to monthly financial support.  Councilor Johana Bencomo is advocating for the project, proposing that American Rescue Plan Act dollars could be used to partially fund the endeavor. 

And…A remarkable journey to Bolivia. David Fegan investigates the incredible history behind Machaq Mara - Ayamara New Year - and why it means people continue to journey to the ancient ruins of Tiahuanaco to receive the first rays of sun at the Winter Solstice.

All that, plus the week’s other top stories, commentary, and more.

Another busy week of news, and we have you covered.

We begin with the region’s in-depth coverage of the water crisis in the West.  We look for answers at a recent summit, and hear from experts, including recently-elected New Mexico U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury.

Plus…two special segments on food insecurity: we’ll hear from the leader of New Mexico’s largest food bank and we continue our conversation with Sharman Apt Russell, author of the new book “Within Our Grasp: Childhood Malnutrition Worldwide and the Revolution Taking Place to End It.”

All that, plus the week’s other top stories, commentary, and more.

Another busy week of news, and we have you covered.

We begin with the region’s in-depth coverage of federal American Rescue Plan Act funding designated for Doña Ana County. The report reviews how some $42 million dollars could be spent.

Plus…we travel to Mexico, where cannabis has not yet been legalized, despite a vote by representatives to do just that.  We’ll explain why.

And…part 1 of a conversation with Sharman Apt Russell, author of the new book “Within Our Grasp: Childhood Malnutrition Worldwide and the Revolution Taking Place to End It.”

All that, plus the week’s other top stories, commentary, and more.

Another busy week of news, and we have you covered.

We begin with the region’s in-depth coverage of police violence in New Mexico.  The rate of police killings in the state is the highest in the region.

Plus…join us for an in-depth report on the Las Cruces Schools Board appointment of Ralph Ramos as the district’s new superintendent.  The former middle school principal served in an interim role before getting a 2-year contract at $180,000 a year.

And…we’ll look at the growing alarm about the drought in New Mexico and what it could mean for the wildfire season.

All that, plus the week’s other top stories, commentary, and more.

Another busy week of news, and we have you covered.

We begin with the region’s in-depth coverage of COVID-19 vaccination news.  This includes a report that New Mexico State University does not plan to require vaccines at this time.  We’ll also hear about vaccine hesitancy through the Mountain West, and what can be done about it.

Plus…join us for an in-depth report on the large numbers of people seeking asylum at the border…it’s putting a strain on shelters in Juarez.

And…we’ll have a conversation with New Mexico State University economist Dr. Chris Erickson, who will assess pandemic relief measures and the state of the economy.

All that, plus the week’s other top stories, commentary, and more.

Another busy week of news, and we have you covered.

We begin with the region’s in-depth coverage of New Mexico U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján’s visit to the southern New Mexico. He talks with Fred Martino about priorities important to the area and the entire nation, including immigration reform, President Biden’s infrastructure plan, and the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

Plus…Two in-depth KRWG education reports: First, how New Mexico plans to alleviate learning losses during the pandemic. Then, we’ll find out how Las Cruces Public Schools are trying to improve equity in education.

Also:  KRWG has the region’s in-depth coverage of the Las Cruces City Council meeting.  This week, the council talked about efforts to eliminate septic systems, an important measure to safeguard our precious groundwater supply.

All that, plus the week’s other top stories, commentary, and more.

Another busy week of news, and we have you covered.

We begin with the region’s in-depth coverage of the Derek Chauvin conviction in the murder of George Floyd.  Our local guests include former Ambassador to South Africa Delano Lewis and Dr. Bobbie Green, President of the NAACP of Dona Ana County.

We’ll also hear an in-depth report on the New Mexico Civil Rights Act, which was recently signed into law by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.

And…join us for a conversation with Mary Parr-Sanchez, President of the National Education Association-New Mexico.  She addresses the challenges in returning to in-person learning and the funding needs for education statewide.

All that, plus the week’s other top stories, commentary, and more.

Another busy week of news, and we have you covered.

We begin with the region’s in-depth coverage of a busy week at the border.  We talk with two young men from El Salvador who entered the U.S. in El Paso.  The powerful story of their hopes for asylum, as they look for a better life here.

We’ll also hear how the Las Cruces City Council is considering a ban on plastic bags at most retailers.

Plus…we’ll see what the military is doing to address extremism in its ranks.

All that, plus the week’s other top stories, commentary, and more.

Another busy week of news, and we have you covered.

We begin with the region’s in-depth coverage of a busy week in Otero County.  A judge has ruled that efforts to recall county commissioner Couy Griffin, founder of “Cowboys for Trump,” can continue.  Then, hear Griffin talk about his failed attempt to get the county commission to vote to ignore state COVID safety rules.

We’ll also hear how communities on both sides of the border are dealing with the pandemic.

Plus…we’ll take you to a vaccine event in Hillsboro, where cases of COVID appear when construction workers moved in for a major highway project.

All that, plus the week’s other top stories, commentary, and more.

Another busy week of news, and we have you covered.

We begin with complete coverage of this week’s top story: the vote to legalize adult-use cannabis in New Mexico.

We have the region’s in-depth report on efforts to reduce the use of fossil fuels in New Mexico.

Plus…New Mexico State University launches a new center to boost economic development on the border.

All that, plus the week’s other top stories, commentary, and more.

Another busy week of news, and we have you covered.

We begin with a new Las Cruces program to provide at-home COVID-19 vaccination for people with mobility issues.

We have the region’s in-depth report on how the pandemic has reduced crucial cross-border employment.

Plus…an update on efforts to finally make immigration reform a reality.

Finally, we conclude our six-part series on New Mexico’s rural heritage.  This week, New Mexicans go to war...reflections on World War II, Vietnam, and Korea.

Another busy week of news, and we have you covered.

We begin with the major accomplishments during the New Mexico Legislative session, as well as the continued failure to legalize recreational cannabis. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will call the New Mexico Legislature into special session "roughly Wednesday, March 31," to finish the work of legalizing adult-use cannabis.

We have the region’s in-depth report on how the Las Cruces Public Schools plans to resume in-person learning on April 6.

Plus…Las Cruces businesses have been hurt by COVID-19 restrictions; we’ll hear from them.

And…we’ll cross the border to hear from asylum-seekers who hope to finally enter the U.S. after waiting in Mexico.

Finally, we continue our six-part series on New Mexico’s rural heritage.  This week, a look at religion, illness, Injury, and “home remedies” in the first part of the 20th century.

Another busy week of news, and we have you covered.

We have the region’s in-depth report on the Las Cruces City Council work session, which dealt with election process changes.

Plus…Reaction to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s decision to lift the state’s mask mandate and other COVID-19 restrictions…and a look at so-called COVID-19 “long-haulers,” people whose symptoms continue for week, months, or longer.

And…many jobs that ended during this pandemic might not be coming back.  We’ll explore the opportunities that could replace those positions lost over the last year.

We continue our six-part series on New Mexico’s rural heritage.  This week, a look at commerce in the first part of the 20th century.

Another busy week of news, and we have you covered.

We have the region’s in-depth report on a lawsuit against Dona Ana County over its policy to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for some personnel.

Plus…Reaction to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s decision to lift the state’s mask mandate and other COVID-19 restrictions.

And…we’ll learn about an online application designed to help people in New Mexico dealing with addictions.

We continue our six-part series on New Mexico’s rural heritage.  This week, a look at life on the farm in the first part of the 20th century.

We begin with the tragic news of the death of Dr. Karen Trujillo, Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent.  She died Thursday night after being hit by a minivan while walking her dogs.

We also report on how the Las Cruces Public Schools has been coping with remote learning.

Plus…we’ll talk with New Mexico residents who are traveling to Texas to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

And…what is the state of the city? We’ll hear Mayor Ken Miyagishima’s assessment of where we stand in the City of the Crosses.

Finally, we continue our six-part series on New Mexico’s rural heritage.  This week, a look at education in the state during parts of the 20th century.

Another busy week of news, and we have you covered.

We have the region’s in-depth report on how the Las Cruces Public Schools plans to increase in-person learning starting next week.

Plus…Senator Jeff Steinborn has introduced legislation that would allow communities to offer electric utility service.

And…where are the state and national economies headed?  We have an in-depth look at New Mexico State University’s Economic Outlook Conference.

We also begin a six-part series on New Mexico’s rural heritage.  This week, a look at life in the state without many of the modern conveniences we enjoy today.

It's a busy week for regional news, and we have you covered.  

In 2020, Las Cruces passed a Climate Action Plan pledging a 19% reduction in greenhouse  gas emissions by 2030,  and now, the City Council is taking steps to meet the goal. We have the details.

Meeting the goal of equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution is a major challenge for New Mexico and other states.  We have an in-depth look at the challenges facing seniors and we'll hear from a veteran physician to get his thoughts on improving the vaccination process.  

We'll also learn about the continuing efforts to legalize cannabis in New Mexico.  And, we'll hear Peter Goodman's commentary on a proposal to bring universal health coverage to the state.

This week, two in-depth local reports on very different controversial issues.  The Las Cruces City Council condemed Rep. Yvette Herrell's vote against certification of some votes in the Presidential election.  We'll also take you to a Las Cruces School Board meeting that went for hours, as the Board debated a return to in-person learning.  It's part of a future hybrid plan, in which students spend part of the week at school while still learning at home.

We'll also take y0u to Santa Fe for the latest on the New Mexico legislative session.  That includes a conversation with Rep. Angelica Rubio, who is one of the legislators pushing for a paid sick leave law in the state.  We'll examine continuing efforts to reign in high interest short-term loans in the state.  And, we'll hear about a statewide effort asking Rep. Yvette Herrell to resign after her vote against certification of some votes in the Presidential election.

All that, plus the week's other top stories and commentator Walt Rubel's thoughts on allowing fans to participate in Superbowl Sunday during the pandemic.

This week, part 2 of our preview of the New Mexico legislative session.  And, we'll hear a portion of this week's State of the State address delivered by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.  We also present an in-depth local report on the status of New Mexico COVID-19 vaccine distribution.  And, commentator Peter Goodman's thoughts on the transition of power in Washington, D.C.

All that, plus a conversation about the future of Las Cruces with city councilor Johana Bencomo. 

KRWG News This Week - Inauguration; New Mexico Legislative Session

Jan 22, 2021

It was an extraordinary week, and we bring you some of the most interesting highlights.  That includes National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman reading her poem "The Hill We Climb" at President Joe Biden's inauguration.

One of Biden's top priorities is climate change.  New Mexico is one of the fastest warming states.  And we learn how Las Cruces is working to address the challenge with various efforts to mitigate the effects of a hotter planet.

We'll also bring you the most comprehensive coverage of the New Mexico Legislative session.  An in-depth report focuses on measures supported by local officials, including the legalization of recreational cannabis.  Plus, we'll learn about a proposal to make the redistricting process more transparent.  And, commentator Walt Rubel says the virtual session format may increase productivity, allowing for more legislation to make it to the Governor's desk.

It's an extraordinaary hour this week, after an unprecedented period in U.S. History.  President Donald Trump became the first U.S. president to be impeached twice.  We'll hear from New Mexico U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, who was at the Capitol during the insurrection.  He talks about the danger that day and his thoughts on Trump's actions during the attack.

A diverse mix of New Mexico and Texas residents talk about the insurrection and the current polticial climate in the country.  And, we'll hear thoughts from commentator Peter Goodman.

This week, local officials talk about the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, including New Mexico U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján.  On a much more pleasant note, we hear about a new park coming to an East Mesa neighborhood in Las Cruces.  Fred Martino highlights the economic and environmental benefits of parks with some timely research.  Envrionmental relief is more important than ever in New Mexico, as the state faces enormous challenges due to climate change; we'll take a closer look at that issue and the opportunities it presents with the renewable energy business.  All that, plus more of the week's top stories and Walt Rubel's thoughts on federal executions during a lame duck Presidency.

KRWG News This Week - COVID-19 Update; Recreational Cannabis, Part 2

Dec 17, 2020

 

  On the program this week, two in-depth local reports:  A look at the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in New Mexico and supporters are rallying behind a proposal for required paid sick leave in the state. 

Plus, we continue our series on the proposal to legalize recreational cannabis in New Mexico.  Last week, we heard from state legislators who support the idea.  This week, we talk with two producers for the state's medical marijuana program.

All that, plus more of the week's top stories and Walt Rubel's commentary on the dysfunction in the U.S. Senate.

KRWG News This Week - COVID-19 Update; Recreational Cannabis

Dec 10, 2020

On the program this week, two in-depth local reports:  New Mexico State University is preparing to help the state with its COVID-19 vaccination plans and the city of Las Cruces looks to lower business registration fees. 

Plus, we'll start a new series on the proposal to legalize recreational cannabis in New Mexico.  This week, a conversation with some state legislators who support the idea.  They say it's not just good business, but also an important social justice effort.

All that, plus more of the week's top stories and Walt Rubel's commentary on the need for Congress to approve more COVID-19 relief funding.

KRWG News This Week - COVID-19 Update

Dec 2, 2020

On the program this week, two in-depth local reports:  New Mexico is moving to a county-by-county system to determine COVID-19 restrictions and a look at delays in testing.  

Plus, we'll see how hospitals in the Mountain West are already accepting COVID patients from other states.  Some of those places transferring patients have loose restrictions, including Texas.  We'll examine how Republican state legislatures, which normally emphasize local control, are doing just the opposite with the pandemic, blocking local safety precautions.

All that, plus more of the week's top stories and Walt Rubel's commentary on the need for more transparency at Spaceport America.

This week, we continue our conversation with U.S. Senator Tom Udall, as he completes his career in Congress. 

Plus, New Mexico Democrats call for more stable revenue in the state, including the legalization of marijuana. 

And, we'll hear from President-elect Joe Biden's choice for Homeland Security Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, the first Hispanic person to lead the department.

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