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Paul Gessing, Rio Grande Foundaton

Feb 7, 2015

Fred Martino discusses the 2015 New Mexico legislative session with Paul Gessing, President of the Rio Grande Foundation.  Next week, we discuss the session with Common Cause New Mexico, continuing our efforts to bring you the most diverse mix of viewpoints in the state.

Newsmakers 703

Feb 4, 2015

Field reports include: A program to teach bike repair to prisoners at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility; a profile of a charter school in Sunland Park that focuses on health career preparation; and a profile of the NMSU Therapeutic Riding Program.

Newsmakers 702

Feb 4, 2015

This episode includes a look at healthcare for veterans in El Paso; a local protest regarding the Keystone XL pipeline; and a visit to the Las Cruces Chamber Ballet.

Newsmakers 701

Jan 22, 2015

Field reports include:  A look at the expanded use of body cameras coming to the Las Cruces Police Department in 2015; plans are underway to pave important roads in the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument; and New Mexico State University film students get real-life experience to prepare for a career.

Chamber Economic Forum

Jan 14, 2015

Watch this week's economic forum taped at KRWG-TV.  New Mexico State University economists cover the national and regional pictures as well as the financial markets.

Newsmakers 634 Education In Southern New Mexico

Dec 19, 2014

This program includes the following field reports:  A look at a National Education Association lawsuit against the New Mexico Public Education Department; some parents are refusing to allow their children to take some New Mexico standardized tests; a profile of the Mesquite Learning Center in Las Cruces. 

Field reports on this episode include:  A look at efforts to increase economic development in Las Cruces; the Las Cruces Police department will not issue police reports for accidents on private property; efforts to reduce the severity of wildfires in Ruidoso.

Field reports include:  An update on the debate over how to implement
the new minimum wage law in Las Cruces; controversy over enforcement
of New Mexico environmental regulations...some say it is leading to
water pollution; and a court ruling may help terminally ill New
Mexicans get the right to die with the help of a doctor.

Issues And Answers: The Minimum Wage

Nov 13, 2014

Issues and Answers:  The Minimum Wage

A documentary on the fight for the $10.10 minimum wage law in Las Cruces and a panel discussion with audience questions.

Panelists include:

Sarah Nolan, Executive Director-CAFe (Communities in Action and Faith)

New Mexico K-12 Education; G.O. Bond C

Oct 17, 2014

Pearce And Lara Square Off At KRWG

Oct 14, 2014


 The only broadcast debate between the candidates in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District will air Thursday at 7pm on KRWG-TV and KRWG Radio.  Incumbent Republican Steve Pearce and his Democratic challenger Rocky Lara squared off at KRWG Wednesday. 

Gary King

Sep 29, 2014

Fred Martino interviews New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, the Democratic candidate for New Mexico Governor.

Chamber Economic Forum

Sep 29, 2014

Economists from New Mexico State University discuss the national and regional economic picture and the health of the financial markets.

Roxanne "Rocky" Lara

Sep 28, 2014

Fred Martino speaks with Roxanne "Rocky" Lara, the Democratic candidate in New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District.  Lara faces Republican Rep. Steve Pearce in the November election.

Field reports include:  The dangers of building near arroyos-a closer look at a cautionary tale from Dona Ana County; the challenges for medical marijuana dispensaries; and a profile of Las Cruces arts educator Irene Oliver Lewis.

Field reports include:  A plan to protect property owners in Las Cruces by ensuring homes are not built in the path of floods; concerns over the New Mexico medical marijuana program; and voters in Dona Ana County will decide on a tax increase to support public transit.

Newsmakers 625 - Foraged food, GO teacher program, Feral pigs

Sep 9, 2014

New Mexico Fair Lending Coalition

Jul 27, 2014

Fred Martino speaks with Steve Fischmann of the New Mexico Fair Lending Coalition regarding a proposal for new regulations on the "payday" loan industry.

Dr. Garrey Carruthers

Jul 27, 2014

New Mexico State University President Dr. Garrey Carruthers discusses plans for a new private medical school to be located on land at NMSU.

Carl Graham-Coalition For Self-Government In The West

Jul 16, 2014

Newsmakers 6/19/14

Jul 2, 2014

This week on Newsmakers:  A look at the difficulties faced by veterans seeking care from the VA; challenges for the U.S. Mexico Border Health Commission; and the impact of the annual Border Book Festival. 

Newsmakers 6/26/14

Jun 25, 2014

On this episode of Newsmakers: Controversy regarding a proposed zoning change near Tortugas Mountain; an in-depth look at Sol y Tierra growers; and a proposal for a healthy food zone near Centennial High School in Las Cruces.

VIDEO: Democratic Hopefuls For Governor Debate At KRWG

May 23, 2014

Josh Wheeler, Essayist -"Failure To Launch"

May 23, 2014

Fred Martino interviews Josh Wheeler regarding his report "Failure To Launch" regarding Spaceport America.  

Dede Feldman, Author-"Inside The New Mexico Senate"

May 23, 2014

PRC Candidate Sandy Jones

May 23, 2014

Chamber Economic Forum

May 9, 2014

KRWG-TV's regular update with economists from New Mexico State University, fielding questions from our studio audience.

Lawrence Rael

Apr 26, 2014