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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.

Up front:  A look at managing water on the border.  The delicate balance at hand as the United States and Mexico share ground and surface water.

Plus:  We’ll have local in-depth reporting about the Las Cruces City Council move to try to secure more money for historic preservation.

And:  Commentary from Walt Rubel about the significant ramifications of restricting.

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

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

Up front:  A conversation with New Mexico U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján.  We’ll discuss the infrastructure plans pending in Congress and his contention that reform is needed because of the constant short-term increases in the debt limit.

We’ll have local in-depth reports about the Las Cruces City Council decision to fund a food bank warehouse and we’ll learn how the Las Cruces Public Schools plans to use federal relief money to address learning losses and other needs created by the pandemic.

Plus…Commentary from Peter Goodman about the alleged problems plaguing the Doña Ana County Crisis Triage Center.

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

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

Join us for a profile of Gabe Vasquez, the Las Cruces city councilor seeking the Democratic nomination in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District. 

We’ll also talk with young voters, who could be key to the Democrats’ hopes of defeating incumbent Representative Yvette Herrell.

This week, the Las Cruces City Council received an update on taxpayer-approved GO Bond projects.

And…we’ll hear about a major natural gas price hike proposed for Las Cruces Utilities' customers.

Plus…thoughts on the troubles plaguing the Doña Ana County District Attorney’s office.

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

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

This week, the Las Cruces City Council approved the purchase of five new electric buses.

And…we’ll hear how the Las Cruces Public Schools want state funding to allow for after-school bus service.

Plus…thoughts on politicians running elections from Walt Rubel.

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

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

This week, the Las Cruces City Council passed a resolution in support of the resettlement of Afghan refugees.  We’ll take you to that meeting and hear about the resettlement plans in other reporting.

And…we’ll hear how the Las Cruces Public Schools are solving a shortage of substitute teachers with a pay increase.

Plus…thoughts on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 from Walt Rubel.

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

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

We begin with the region’s in-depth coverage of the pandemic. We’ll get an update from New Mexico officials, who say the state could see a decline in new cases.  Hospital personnel hope that prediction is true, as the state struggles with little ICU capacity.

And…we’ll hear about a new documentary series about legendary boxer Muhammad Ali from the filmmaker himself, Ken Burns.

Plus…commentator Peter Goodman alerts Las Cruces residents about a plan that would force them to subsidize the expansion gas service to new areas.

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


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

We begin with the region’s in-depth coverage of flooding in the region.  We’ll hear what local officials are saying about the recovery.  And…why you might want to purchase flood insurance even if you are not in an official flood zone.

And…once again, the job market in the Las Cruces region is far behind the average recovery in the rest of the nation.  We’ll hear about an economic report delivered to the city council.

Plus…commentator Walt Rubel’s thoughts on the Las Cruces City Council decision to impose a mandatory 10-cent paper bag fee and tracking requirements for area retailers.  This will start next year, when the city bans plastic bags at most stores. 

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

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

We begin with the region’s in-depth coverage of the pandemic. We’ll get an update from New Mexico officials, who have instituted a new mask mandate for everyone indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

And…we’ll hear about the Las Cruces City Council decision to place restrictions on plastic bags at retailers starting next year.

Plus…commentator Walt Rubel’s thoughts on the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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

KRWG News This Week - COVID Surge; Las Cruces Economic Development

Aug 12, 2021

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

We begin with the region’s in-depth coverage of the pandemic. We’ll get an update from New Mexico officials, who say cases are continuing to grow, as is the test positivity rate.  And then, we travel across the state of Texas, where the surge is a crisis.  Hospitals are running out of room, with more than 10,000 COVID-19 patients this week.  One study says the state is projected to have more than 15,000 COVID hospitalizations by next month, a new record.

And…we’ll hear about efforts to boost economic development in Las Cruces.

Plus…commentator Peter Goodman addresses efforts by some Republicans to block pandemic safety measures.

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

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

We begin with the region’s in-depth coverage of the 2nd anniversary of the El Paso mass shooting.  We’ll update you on efforts to prosecute the alleged shooter and we’ll look at the grave concerns over the failure to expand gun safety in Texas.  In fact, the state reduces safety in September, when a new law makes it legal to carry a handgun without training or a background check.

And…we’ll hear about the requirement for everyone to wear masks in Las Cruces Public Schools, regardless of vaccination status.

Plus…Walt Rubel addresses efforts to censor false information on social media.

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 end of a federal eviction moratorium.  New Mexico is one of a handful of states that will still protect renters, but they must file some paperwork.

And…we’ll hear about plans for investments of $1.8 million in downtown Las Cruces.  That news comes at the same time for another city issue: how to regulate cannabis businesses.

Plus…Walt Rubel addresses churches who penalize legislators for their voting records.

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 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.

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