Local news and weather for Las Cruces, El Paso, Alamogordo, Silver City, Ruidoso, Anthony, Cloudcroft, Deming, Truth or Consequences, Elephant Butte, and all of Southern New Mexico and Far West Texas.

Santa Fe, NM – The Legislature is considering Gov. Richardson's proposal to repeal the food tax as a way to help low-income families. Michael Olson reports from the State Capitol on the questions being raised about the bill.

Santa Fe, NM – The Legislature is considering Gov. Richardon's tax initiative, and many are questioning how the tax cuts are going to be absorbed elsewhere in the budget. KUNM's Tom Trowbridge reports.

Santa Fe, NM – The Senate has passed a measure to tax hospital beds during long-term stays as a way to bolster Medicaid funding. Michael Olson reports from the Capitol.

Las Cruces, NM – The period to protest the plan for oil and gas drilling on Otero Mesa has ended. As Katie Goetz reports, the future of the grassland is still uncertain.

Las Cruces, NM – Governor Richardson made a brief visit to Las Cruces to trumpet economic development in southern New Mexico. Katie Goetz attended the press conference at City Hall and filed this report.

Las Cruces, NM – Governor Bill Richardson says General Wesley Clark's trip to Southern New Mexico makes him a likely 1st or 2nd on Tuesday in NM.

Las Cruces, NM – An enduring symbol of the west will be available for adoption at the end of April in LC.

Las Cruces, NM – Regional water plans are being approved by the Interstate Stream Commission- three more this week for the Northwest, Socorro-Sierra and the San Juan River Basin Regions.

Las Cruces, NM – With less than a month to go KRWG's Michael Olson discusses the status of the NM caucuses with Democratic Communications Director Apryl Sandoval.

Las Cruces, NM – Temple University Assistant Professor Jose Antonio Lucero and Vision host Greg Bloom discuss the role of indigenous people in Ecuador and Bolivia have and continue to play in those nations in defining national and global priorities.

Vision cultural correspondent Emily Guerra is joined by woodcarver Tomasita Rodriguez.

Las Cruces – The New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women is looking for nominees for the Governor's Award for Outstanding Women and a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

Las Cruces, NM – KRWG-FM 90.7 will broadcast President Bush's State of the Union address and the Democratic response tonight starting at 7:00pm.

Robert Siegel hosts the news special. We'll have analysis from Mara Liasson,
as well as reaction from political analysts Daniel Schorr, EJ Dionne (columnist for the Washington Post) and Tod Lindberg (Editor of Policy Review and research fellow at the Hoover Institution).

KRWG's Bob Mitchell will be your local host.

Las Cruces, NM – On February 3rd, New Mexico's registered Democrats are eligible to cast a ballot for their presidential candidate of choice.

The NM caucuses are not like Iowa's. They don't require hours of participation, nor public speeches by supporters. It is an election with the typical polling process. However, some differences do exist. The election is run by the state Democratic Party and some voting locations are different than elections which are run by the city or county.

Las Cruces, NM – The shock of a case of Mad Cow disease in Washington state is being felt in the Land of Enchantment. Katie Goetz reports on the economic toll that news is taking.

Las Cruces, NM – Democrat Gary King is throwing his hat in New Mexico's 2nd District Congressional Primary. King says that he waited to decide on running to find out if failed 2002 Democratic nominee John Arthur Smith was going to run again. Right after he learned that State Senator Smith was not running, he felt the need to hold back yet again as former Congressman Joe Skeen passed away.

Las Cruces, NM – Las Cruces Mayor Bill Mattiace discusses how far the city has come - and how far it still has to go.

Las Cruces, NM – Opposition continues against the Bureau of Land Management's plan to manage oil and gas drilling on Otero Mesa.

Las Cruces, NM – After two years of a strained relationship, Mexican President Vicente Fox has embraced President Bush's immigration proposal with open arms. As KRWG's Michael Olson reports, the U.S. president is also getting local congressional support on his plan.

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico took a backseat to New Hampshire yesterday when General Wesley Clark opted to build on apparent momentum in the Granite State as opposed to making his scheduled appearance in Las Cruces. Instead of hearing from the former NATO commander, the Clark campaign announced a series of local endorsements and featured a speech from the general's wife Gert. KRWG's Michael Olson found some ardent Clark supporters but also discovered many at yesterday's event have yet to settle on any of the Democratic hopefuls...

Las Cruces, NM – The New Mexico Democratic Presidential Caucuses are right around the corner. One candidate that registered Democratic voters can select on February 3rd is former NATO commander General Wesley Clark. KRWG's Michael Olson spoke with Clark about his New Mexico campaign.

Las Cruces, NM – The state's Bureau of Land Management has proposed a plan to manage oil and gas drilling on Otero Mesa. Environmental groups are furious with the plan's implications, and they're not alone.

Las Cruces, NM – President Bush's guest worker proposal is raising many questions throughout the southwest. It is a relatively vague proposal overall. KRWG's Michael Olson had a recent conversation with NMSU Assistant Government Professor Jason Akleson to iron out some of the particulars

Las Cruces, NM – Improved fuel economy is the aim of ongoing research at Los Alamos National Labs. Katie Goetz examines the technology that could soon help satisfy the growing desire for more fuel-efficient cars.

Las Cruces, NM –
The NM Dept. of Labor says it's expecting 2004 to be similar to last year in terms of job growth- slow but steady.

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Las Cruces, NM – A fight at Mayfield on the 17th had parents worried and the school on lockdown. One student was sent to Thomason Hospital in El Paso and a staff member was also sent injured.

Las Cruces, NM – A press conference was held at Roberto's Restaurant to make the news public.

Las Cruces, NM – A show that looks at the different holiday traditions in the area.

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Las Cruces, NM – Plans for a new state park are now in the works for the Mesilla Valley, but additional funds still remain a concern for a local environmentalist.

Las Cruces, NM – Farmers, ranchers, county extension agents, and others in New Mexico were able to get the latest on the war on agriterrorism.