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The Southwest Environmental Center and NMSU Art Museum are conducting an art workshop this October that will honor extinct and endangered species in southern New Mexico. The workshop is in partnership with 516 Arts, a contemporary museum in Albuquerque that is responding to the global extinction crisis and how it relates to our watershed with a regional collaboration called “Species in Peril along the Rio Grande.”


WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan left an immigration policy conference Monday without speaking after protesters shouted him down.

McAleenan was scheduled as the keynote speaker at Georgetown University Law Center during an annual immigration law and policy conference Monday held by the nonprofit immigration think tank Migration Policy Institute.

As McAleenan tried to speak, protesters stood up and held banners, one read "Hate is Not Normal" and shouted out the names of children who had died in immigration custody.

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Monday Business Watch

Oct 7, 2019

Desert Exposure - October

Oct 6, 2019

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Your Weekend Pulse

Oct 6, 2019

KRWG News speaks with editors from the Pulse section at the Las Cruces Sun News.  Get ready for weekend events and much more every Friday during Morning Edition and All Things Considered. .  Become a member, renew, or make an additional gift now.  Thank you.

The Bulletin On The Radio

Oct 6, 2019

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Unruly fans threaten New Mexico high school soccer games

Oct 6, 2019

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico high school sports governing board says unruly fans creating problems in football, cheerleading and basketball now are threatening the future of soccer.

The New Mexico Activities Association recently announced that soccer games are being canceled and the sport is losing officials over parental behavior, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

Association Executive Director Sally Marquez described the situation as a "crisis" in a letter to state coaches and athletic directors.

Mack's late TD run helps Liberty beat New Mexico State 20-13

Oct 6, 2019

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Joshua Mack ran for a 4-yard touchdown with six minutes left and Liberty held off New Mexico State for a 20-13 victory on Saturday night.

Jason Huntley's 12-yard TD run pulled the Aggies (0-6) even at 13-apiece with 7:46 remaining. On the ensuing series, Stephen Calvert threw a 54-yard pass to Mack, who scored on the next play. New Mexico State drove to the Liberty 8, but Jessie Lemonier forced a fumble from quarterback Josh Adkins with 3:15 remaining. Liberty's Solomon Ajayi recovered the ball and the Flames ran out the clock.

International balloon fiesta grounded by fog Saturday

Oct 5, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta kicked off Saturday, but balloons were mostly tethered to the ground because of fog.

The fiesta draws pilots from around the world and from 41 U.S. states. Mass ascension was canceled Saturday morning over the weather.

The Las Cruces man charged earlier this week with a federal crime of impersonating a U.S. Marshal now faces state charges for holding three occupants of a vehicle against their will.

Aaron Tyler Stroud, 38, of the 2100 block of Mars Avenue, has now been charged by Las Cruces police with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and three counts of false imprisonment. All six counts are fourth-degree felonies. He also faces one misdemeanor count of negligent use of a deadly weapon for allegedly discharging a firearm within city limits.

Michael Hernandez

Until they can vote, teenagers don’t have much say in the election process. 

That changed for a night as government students from five Las Cruces high schools questioned candidates running for Las Cruces mayor.

Oñate High School officials estimated nearly 300 people attended the forum, which featured nine out of 10 candidates in the race. The nonpartisan event marked efforts by Las Cruces Public Schools and civic groups to educate voters ahead of November’s municipal elections.

Netflix Series investigates migrant plights

Oct 4, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new Netflix documentary series investigates the diversity of migrants caught in the intricate U.S immigration system where uncertainty and pain often battle dreams.

“Living Undocumented”, now airing on the streaming service, follows the lives of eight families from Latin America, Israel, Laos and Africa who try to live normal lives in the U.S. despite family members’ immigration status.

New Mexico looks to jumpstart outdoor recreation businesses

Oct 4, 2019

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Economic Development Department will award up to $50,000 to business incubators that come up with the best programs to help outdoor recreation ventures that are in their early stages.

The program was announced Thursday during the Outdoor Economics Conference in Silver City.

The business incubators will have until Oct. 25 to respond if they’re interested in the state’s request of proposals.

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — A tree to be displayed outside the U.S. Capitol building over the holidays is supposed to come from a northern New Mexico forest.

That’s if the U.S. Forest Service can get an exception from a tree-cutting ban across all New Mexico national forests and one in Arizona.

A federal judge says people can cut firewood for personal use, but sidelined all other timber management activities.

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Coping With Construction In Las Cruces

Oct 4, 2019

Need a tractor? South Plains Implement on Valley Drive is open for business! For five years, it’s been a one-stop shop on 401 South Valley Drive for John Deere tractors, lawnmowers and specialized farming equipment at South Plains Implement. But, with the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) road reconstruction of Valley Drive… South Plains Implement salesman Raul Flores says sales have ground to a halt.

Finland agrees to return Native American remains to tribes

Oct 3, 2019

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The ancestral remains of Native American tribes that once called the cliffs of Mesa Verde National Park home will be repatriated as part of an agreement between Finland and the United States.

The White House on Wednesday announced the agreement involving the remains of about 20 people and 28 funerary objects taken from the Mesa Verde area more than 100 years ago. The remains and artifacts were unearthed during excavations by a Swedish researcher in 1891 and hundreds of items eventually became part of the collection of the National Museum of Finland.

NM State Police Investigate a Homicide in Mora County

Oct 3, 2019
Alex Pachecho / NM State Police

  Mora County- On September 28, 2019, the New Mexico State Police Investigation Bureau was called to investigate a homicide in Mora, NM.

During the investigation State Police agents learned in the early morning hours of September 28, 2019, Jermain Jennings (27) of Rio Rancho and a fifty-year-old male subject also of Rio Rancho, had gone over to Alex Pacheco’s residence, located off 1838 Highway 94 in Mora, NM. During a dispute, Jennings and the male subject were shot by Pacheco.  After the shooting, Jennings and the male subject drove to an Allsup’s Convenience Store in Mora, NM where they were met by emergency medical services. Both Jennings and the male subject were transported to a hospital.


Issues & Answers: Ranked Choice Voting

Oct 3, 2019

Fred Martino speaks with Doña Ana County clerk  Amanda López Askin about ranked choice voting, the new voting procedure being used in the Las Cruces Municipal Election. 

The recent arrest of a man suspected of impersonating a federal law enforcement officer has prompted Las Cruces police to ask residents for information on similar incidents involving the same individual.

Aaron Tyler Stroud, 38, of the 2100 block of Mars Avenue in the Four Hills Neighborhood, is charged with one federal count of impersonating a public official. He was arrested Monday and is currently being held without bond at the Dona Ana County Detention Center.

Police arrested a man suspected of stealing a car at knifepoint from an employee of IHOP early Thursday morning.

Tomas A. Brown, 25 of Vado, N.M., is charged with one count of armed robbery. The charge is a second-degree felony.

Charges Filed In Deputy-Involved Shooting Near Las Cruces

Oct 3, 2019

 The 36-year-old man shot by a Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputy on Sept. 24 has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and negligent use of a firearm.

   According to court documents, Daniel Carrillo, who lives in the 6300 block of Chula Vista Road in the East Mesa area of Doña Ana County, was at home with his father and a friend Tuesday night. Carrillo told detectives he and his father retrieved two firearms that were kept inside of a safe and began firing them into the air.

Silver City Report

Oct 3, 2019

Below is a list of street closures and traffic pattern changes for this year’s Las Cruces Country Music Festival, from Oct. 11, 2019 to Oct. 13, 2019 at the Hadley Complex. 

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019

  • East Hadley Avenue, between north Hermosa Street and Walnut Street, will be closed beginning at 6 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019

  • East Hadley Avenue, between north Hermosa Street and Walnut Street, will be closed all day.

Bedonie Campaign

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A northwestern New Mexico woman has announced she is running for an open U.S. House seat in New Mexico and wants to become the first Republican Native American female in Congress.

Karen Bedonie recently filed papers with the Federal Election Commission to seek the GOP nomination for an open U.S. House seat in northern New Mexico.

Española school district settles in sex abuse case

Oct 3, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Española Public Schools have paid $11 million to three former students of a convicted teacher charged with sexual abuse.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Wednesday that the women dropped the federal lawsuit filed in 2017 against the school district, 62-year-old teacher Gary Gregor and their former Fairview Elementary School principal Ruby Montoya.

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