Voice Of The Public

This call-in program covers the most important issues in New Mexico and Texas.

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima, LCPD Chief Miguel Dominguez and Deputy Chief Kiri Daines discuss crime and policing in Las Cruces. 

Dr. Dolores Gomez of Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces takes your questions about the pandemic.  We'll have the latest information on COVID-19 and how hospitals in the region are faring.  We'll hear about the stress being placed on healthcare workers as well.  There's also good news from the CDC and the state of New Mexico, as new cases decline and the state is seen as a national leader in vaccination rates.

Chef Tom Drake, Culinary Arts Instructor at DACC's East Mesa Campus, shares some not-so-traditional holiday recipes and ideas. Click through to see the printed recipes!

Public Regulation Commission Chair Stephen Fischmann discusses the proposed Avangrid/PNM merger, El Paso Electric's rate decrease and their new power plant near the state line, the commission's transition to appointees rather than elected members and the state's move to 40% carbon-free electricity by 2025.  

State Climatologist Dr. David DuBois discusses climate change 

Dr. Eileen Van Wie, co-President of the League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico, Dr. Bobbie Green, President of the NAACP of Dona Ana County, and Dr. Amanda Lopez Askin, Dona Ana County Clerk, discuss voting rights and the recent webinar sponsored by the Southern New Mexico Suffrage Alliance.

Voice of the Public - Dr. Ruth Johnston

Aug 27, 2021

NMSU Vice Chancellor and Chief COVID Officer Dr. Ruth Johnston discusses the University's response to the pandemic and what fans attending the Battle of I-10 need to know. 

Voice of the Public - Red or Green Confidential

Aug 20, 2021

It's the 6th Annual Red or Green Confidential with Edmundo Resendez, KC Counts, Dr. Paul Bosland (NMSU Chile Pepper Institute) and Juan Morales from the Santa Fe Grill.

Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Ralph Ramos discusses safety measures, virtual learning, transportation and other issues as the new school year begins.

Kris Winterowd, Regional Coordinator with SHIP and Aging and Long Term Care Services discusses an array of senior services through the department.

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima joins the program to discuss plans for federal pandemic relief aid, cannabis business regulations and other community concerns. 

Dr. Dolores Gomez, Chief Medical Officer at Memorial Medical Center, offers her thoughts on the Delta variant of COVID-19 and what our community should expect moving from Summer to Fall. 

According to an annual report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, New Mexico ranks 49th in the country in child well-being. To learn more about this year's KIDS COUNT Data Book report we speak with James Jimenez, Executive Director of New Mexico Voices for Children and Lori Martinez, Executive Director of Ngage New Mexico on this week's Voice of the Public.

Kim Stewart

Dona Ana County Sheriff Kim Stewart discusses county concerns, policing reform, the New Mexico Civil Rights Commission and more. 

Voice of the Public - Economist Dr. Jim Peach

Jul 2, 2021

Economist Dr. Jim Peach discusses the state, national and international economy.

New Mexico Drug Policy Alliance Senior Director, Resident States Emily Kaltenbach and New Mexico Cannabis Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ben Lewinger address the upcoming change in state law to legalize possession of cannabis by adults 21 and over and the future of the cannabis industry once sales begin in April of 2022.

On this edition of Voice of the Public, a conversation with Dr. Bobbie Green NAACP of Doña Ana County. She talks with Fred Martino about Juneteeth, progress in the United States, and the work that still lies ahead.

Americans are rejoicing after President Joe Biden signed legislation establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday. But some say that while they appreciate the recognition at a time of racial reckoning in America, more is needed to change policies that disadvantage too many. The Juneteenth holiday commemorates the events of June 19, 1865. That’s when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas — some 2 1/2 years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had freed slaves in Southern states.

New Mexico State Senator Carrie Hamblen and PFLAG President Ryan Steinmetz discuss issues facing the queer community.

Las Cruces Public Schools Board of Education President Ray Jaramillo discusses in-person learning opportunities in Spring and Fall, the selection of Ralph Ramos as Superintendent and the resignation of board member Terrie Dallman.

Members of the Las Cruces Vaccine Task Force, City Councilor Tessa Abeyta-Stuve, Assistant City Manager Eric Enriquez and Southwest Region Director for DOH Dawn Sanchez and DOH Region Health Officer Dr. Eugene Marciniak discuss ongoing efforts to reach herd immunity.

Dr. Carol Calista and Executive Director of Action Programs for Animals Michel Munier discuss animal welfare issues and take caller questions.

Dr. Bob Del Campo discusses mental health and relationships.

Voice of the Public - Cyber Security

May 7, 2021

NMSU Chief Information Security Officer John C. Roberts discusses cyber security.

Voice of the Public - Labor Issues

Apr 30, 2021

NEA New Mexico President Mary Parr-Sanchez and former Workforce Solutions Secretary Bill McCamley discuss labor issues facing New Mexico and the nation.

Southwest Environmental Center Executive Director Kevin Bixby and PBS New Mexico Environment Reporter Laura Paskus discuss challenges climate change has created for the region and the world.

Ross Marks and Joe Bullock discuss the making of "Walking With Herb," a film shot in Las Cruces.

NMSU Athletics Director Mario Moccia talks about playing through the pandemic, March Madness, and much more!

Community Action Agency CEO Dawn Hommer and Director of Family Empowerment Program Isabel Dominguez discuss the free tax preparation program and other programs offered by CAA.