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The KRWG news team features the people, issues, and events that shape our community in this weekly news magazine.   Special Newmakers programs include political forums, as well as the hour-long programs "Issues and Answers" and "The Innovators."  E-mail your story and interview ideas to

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Newsmakers 721, 7/23/15

Aug 7, 2015


This episode of Newsmakers includes a discussion of public policy in New Mexico with guests state Rep. Bill McCamley (D-NM 33) and Paul Gessing, President, Rio Grande Foundation.


Newsmakers 720, 7/16/15

Aug 7, 2015

This episode of Newsmakers includes:  A report on the proposed diversion of the Gila River; an interview with Craig Fenske of Common Cause New Mexico about a proposal for public campaign financing in Las Cruces; and a mini-documentary on NMSU researcher Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto.

Newsmakers 719, 7/9/15

Aug 7, 2015

On this edition of Newsmakers:  Questions are raised about New Mexico's public art program; a controversy over the new Spaceport Visitor's Center will be resolved with a public vote in September; and a local restaurant makes the National Register of Historic Places.

Bilingual Education

Jul 9, 2015

Newsmakers 717, 6/18/15

Jun 22, 2015

Field reports include:  Hopes are raised for a proposal to create an enforcement mechanism for the Las Cruces minimum wage law; a profile of a Deming museum that offers free admission to a wealth of area history; and we'll examine why southern New Mexico spelling bee champs are competing for Texas.

Aggies Go Global Visits India

Jun 16, 2015

Fred Martino interviews several students from the Aggies Go Global program about their recent experience exploring India as part of an UBELONG expedition.

Chamber Economic Forum

May 19, 2015

Newsmakers 715, 5/14/15

May 19, 2015


This episode includes field reports on a proposal for commercial zoning at the base of Tortugas Mountain near Las Cruces; New Mexico State Police investigate charges of fraud in the recall election campaign against three Las Cruces city councilors; and a forum on standardized testing in public schools is held at New Mexico State University.

NMSU Exchange With The University Of LaSalle

May 13, 2015

This episode profiles an exchange between New Mexico State University and the University of LaSalle in Colombia. 

NEA Las Cruces President Patrick Sanchez

May 6, 2015


Simon Thompson interviews National Education Association Las Cruces President Patrick Sanchez.  Also includes an in-depth report on the Public Education Department's decision to force the Las Cruces Public Schools to treat contractually-negotiated sick and personal leave days as any other absence for teacher evaluations.

Newsmakers 712, 4/23/15

Apr 29, 2015

Field reports include:  

A visit to Magdalena, New Mexico, a village that ran
out of water two years ago; students who fail to take the PARCC standardized test won't qualify for a diploma in New Mexico; and a visit with southern New Mexico photographer Wayne Suggs.

Bill Allen, President/CEO-Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce

Apr 19, 2015

  Fred Martino interviews Bill Allen, President/CEO of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce.  They discuss a variety of issues affecting local business, including an increase in the Dona Ana County gross receipts tax and an increase in the Las Cruces minimum wage.

Newsmakers 710, 4/9/15

Apr 19, 2015

An update on the threat dairies may pose to groundwater; a Las Cruces exhibit takes you back to the 1800's in New Mexico; and a local "boot camp" prepares the workforce to apply for a job and stay employed.

Sarah Nolan, Executive Director-Communities in Action and Faith

Apr 1, 2015

Fred Martino interviews Sarah Nolan, Executive Director-Communities in Action and Faith of Las Cruces.

Newsmakers 3/26/15

Mar 27, 2015

Reports include:  Concerns over a lack of enforcement for the new minimum wage law in Las Cruces; NMSU students help an historic La Mesa restaurant get state recognition, and the National Register of Historic Places could be the next step; and a look at the dwindling groundwater supply in southern New Mexico.

Economic Development In New Mexico

Mar 24, 2015

This episode of Newsmakers includes field reports on the incentives being used to attract new business and grow existing firms in New Mexico.  Also:  Simon Thompson interviews Davin Lopez, President/CEO of the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance.

Newsmakers 706-Public Policy In Southern New Mexico

Feb 22, 2015

Field reports include: A look at compulsory voting policies following
low voter turnout levels; an update on plans to create new rules to
protect homeowners from arroyos in Las Cruces; and the Dona Ana County Commission considers a gross receipts tax increase.

Viki Harrison, Common Cause New Mexico

Feb 15, 2015

Fred Martino discusses the New Mexico legislative session with Viki
Harrison, Executive Director of Common Cause New Mexico.

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.