Voice Of The Public

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

Voice of the Public - Coronavirus Update

Oct 16, 2020

New Mexico Department of Health Media Manager David Morgan and Dr. Salina Torres update listeners on the COVID-19 numbers, which have risen to record numbers in the last week. 

Voice Of The Public - The Future of Journalism in New Mexico

Oct 3, 2020

From Searchlight New Mexico:  This is a critical moment. The confluence of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the impending election, and widespread social unrest makes community connection and the news media more important than ever.

But the dialogue between representatives of the press and everyday New Mexicans is lacking. A virtual town hall presented by Searchlight New Mexico will endeavor to change this.

Hear a candidate forum with candidates for Dona Ana County Clerk. Incumbent Amanda Lopez Askin and challenger Cheryl De Young answer questions about the functions of the Clerk's office, securing the voting process and encouraging more participation in the voting process. 

Voice Of The Public - Voting And Voter Suppression

Sep 25, 2020

Today's program looks at voting and voter suppression. 

There are grave concerns about the election during the pandemic, as voter suppression has increased across the nation. 

Guests include: Dr. Christa Slaton-Government Professor at New Mexico State University and Eileen VanWie, Co-President of the League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico.

Voice of the Public - Fall Gardening Confidential

Sep 21, 2020

Listen to the Fall Gardening Confidential with Edmundo Resendez and Jeff Anderson.

Dr. Neal Rosendorf provides the history behind 9/11 and offers his perspective as a New York native. Sabiha Khan weighs in with perspective as a Muslim in America on 9/11 and beyond.

Red or Green Confidential

Sep 4, 2020

The Red or Green Confidential - with Edmundo Resendez, Dr. Paul Bosland and Juan Morales. It's Chile season in New Mexico!

Workforce Solutions Secretary Bill McCamley addresses the issues facing New Mexico's unemployed.

New Mexico Superintendent of Insurance Russell Toal discusses COVID-19 issues, changes to the health insurance exchange and legislation to import lower priced drugs from Canada.

This week, New Mexico Dept. of Health Spokesman David Morgan and Dr. Salina Torres, ABC's Coordinator with the Epidemiology Response Division discuss the state's progress on the COVID-19 pandemic and the latest information on face coverings, back to school, testing, contact tracing and reopening.  

Memorial Medical Center's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Dolores Gomez, updates us on the latest COVID news, how the pandemic has progressed in the region and what treatments might be showing promise on this week's Voice of the Public with KC Counts.

Dr. Raquel Garzon, RDN, discusses nutrition, exercise, and SLEEP during the Wellness Confidential on Voice of the Public. You can vote for her to win a grant to help teach gut health in Dona Ana and Otero Counties by clicking this link: by August 3rd.

Dr. Karen Trujillo, LCPS Superintendent, discusses the district's remote back to school plan. 

Voice of the Public with NMSU Athletics Director Mario Moccia, Football Coach Doug Martin, Volleyball Coach Mike Jordan and comments from men's Basketball Coach Chris Jans.

New Mexico Lt. Gov. Howie Morales discusses the hold on phase 2 reopening, back to school plans and the special legislative session to shore up the state budget on this week's Voice of the Public.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Michael Landen and New Mexico Health Department spokesman David Morgan discuss the current status of the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Bobbie Green, President of NAACP of Dona Ana County, Ambassador Delano Lewis and Boxer Austin Trout share their perspectives on racism, policing and policy changes on our Juneteenth edition of Voice of the Public.

Economist Dr. Jim Peach, NMSU Professor Emeritus, discusses the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic on a world-wide, national, state and local level on Voice of the Public.

Dr. Amanda Lopez Askin

Listen to Voice of the Public: Coronavirus Update - running an election during a pandemic with Dona Ana County Clerk Dr. Amanda Lopez Askin.

Fred Martino talks with Dr. Dolores Gomez, Chief Medical Officer for Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces.

Dr. Gomez fields a wide variety of questions about COVID-19 and safety protocols that are needed inside and outside of medical facilities.

To request a face covering be mailed to your home, go to:

Voice of the Public: Coronavirus Update- Mental Health

May 22, 2020

Election 2020 - New Mexico GOP Primary: U.S. House District 2

May 14, 2020

Election 2020: New Mexico GOP Primary U.S. House District 2 Forum with moderator Fred Martino. The show features three candidates running for the Republican nomination in New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District: Claire Chase, Yvette Herrell, and Chris Mathys.

Fred Martino speaks with New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver.  They discuss the challenges of running an election during a pandemic, New Mexico's dramatic increase in requests for absentee ballots, and the urgent need for Congress to provide funding to every state to offer mail-in and early voting options in November.

Voice Of The Public: Coronavirus Update - Elections And Campaigning

Apr 24, 2020

This week, a look at elections and campaigning during a pandemic.  Guests include: New Mexico Republican Party Chair Steve Pearce and New Mexico Democratic Party Chair Marg Elliston.

To request an absentee ballot for the June 2 New Mexico Primary, go to

Voice Of The Public: Coronavirus Update - K-12 Education

Apr 9, 2020

On this edition of the program, a look at adjustments to remote learning, now that school buildings have closed due to the pandemic.

Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Public Schools Superintedent Dr. Karen Trujillo and Deming Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Arsenio Romero.

This week, a conversation with Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima, including a wide range of your questions.

Today, the city council unanimously approved a resoultion granting the Mayor and the Council the power to declare a state of emergency in the city.  

While this action has not yet been taken, it may be of use during the continuing pubilc health emergency.

Leora Zeitlin (left) and Emily Guerra (right)

This hour-long program celebrates a true milestone: Leora Zeitlin (Intermezzo, Thursday/Friday-2pm to 4pm) and Emily Guerra (Fiesta!, weeknights-7pm to 9pm) are marking 20 years as KRWG hosts.

Listeners reflect on memories of talking with Leora and Emily over the years, their contributions to the arts in our community, and the profound impact they've had through their love of music and public media.