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Police: Las Cruces officer 'felt in fear of his life' before firing fatal shots | Las Cruces Sun Police: Las Cruces officer 'felt in fear of his life' before firing fatal shots
Las Cruces police release new details on officer shooting       
Las Cruces Sun | February 22, 2018
Alamogordo students talk with NASA astronauts | Las Cruces Sun Alamogordo students talk with NASA astronauts
Local students spoke to Scott Tingle, an astronaut aboard the International Space Station, in a 20-minute Earth-to-space call during a monumental event with NASA Wednesday morning.       
Las Cruces Sun | February 22, 2018
Mexican Gray Wolf Population Grows By 1 Animal, Survey Says | KRWG Mexican Gray Wolf Population Grows By 1 Animal, Survey Says
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — At least one more endangered Mexican gray wolf is roaming the American Southwest compared with a year earlier, and U.S. wildlife officials said Wednesday that lower survival rates among pups are primarily to blame for the lack of strong growth in the population. The annual survey documented 114 wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico. The number reflects on-the-ground data collected over the winter along with aerial surveys done in January and February. The latest figure includes 26 pups that survived through 2017. In 2016, the number of surviving pups was nearl
KRWG | February 22, 2018
New Mexico Legislature gets flurry of harassment complaints | Las Cruces Sun New Mexico Legislature gets flurry of harassment complaints
In the prior decade, just one formal complaint of sexual misconduct was filed against a legislator.       
Las Cruces Sun | February 21, 2018
Las Cruces High student detained over alleged social media threat | Las Cruces Sun Las Cruces High student detained over alleged social media threat
Las Cruces High School was briefly evacuated Wednesday before students went home for the day.       
Las Cruces Sun | February 21, 2018
Film Las Cruces Opens “Las Cruces Studios” | KRWG Film Las Cruces Opens “Las Cruces Studios”
Film Las Cruces, a non-profit organization working to grow the film industry in Doña Ana County, is opening a new film studio for film production and workforce training in Las Cruces. Here is the information provided by the organization: At 74,000 square feet “Las Cruces Studios” will be able to accommodate all sizes of film productions from major motion pictures and television series, to independent and student films and commercials. Film Las Cruces is opening the facility in partnership with Doña Ana Community College, to help attract New Mexico’s growing film industry to Doña Ana C
KRWG | February 21, 2018
NMSU Tucumcari performance bull sale largest ever to include online auction March 10 | KRWG NMSU Tucumcari performance bull sale largest ever to include online auction March 10
TUCUMCARI – The largest offering of bulls in the history of the Tucumcari Performance Bull Test and Sale will be presented at the annual sale on Saturday, March 10 . The sale is the conclusion of the performance test held at New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari. Viewing of the animals will begin at 10 a.m. , followed by lunch at noon and the sale beginning at 1 p.m. “This is probably the biggest performance test sale we have ever had at this facility with 142 bulls and 15 yearling heifers,” said Marcy Ward, NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer an
KRWG | February 21, 2018
NMSU collaborating in Sustainable Bio-economy for Arid Regions project | KRWG NMSU collaborating in Sustainable Bio-economy for Arid Regions project
Developing sustainable energy sources is a national quest of scientists in both the private industry and public university sector. Among these endeavors is the recently started Sustainable Bio-economy for Arid Regions project led by the University of Arizona. New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and College of Engineering faculty are among the collaborating investigators within SBAR, which is funded by a five-year grant of up to $15 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The SBAR pr
KRWG | February 21, 2018
NMSU earns high marks in new, 10-year accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission | KRWG NMSU earns high marks in new, 10-year accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission
The Higher Learning Commission will continue to accredit New Mexico State University through the 2027-28 academic year. According to a letter sent to NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers this week by the HLC, the university met all criteria for accreditation with no concerns. “This is a clean bill of health for our great university,” Carruthers said. “We wouldn’t be here, with this kind of response, without our faculty, staff, students and the greater NMSU community doing such an excellent job. I particularly want to applaud Provost Dan Howard and everyone who worked on this effort.” Th
KRWG | February 21, 2018
Push to Curb Opioid Abuse May Leave Chronic Pain Sufferers With Fewer Options | KRWG Push to Curb Opioid Abuse May Leave Chronic Pain Sufferers With Fewer Options
There is growing evidence that liberal prescribing of opioid analgesics by clinicians for patients suffering from chronic pain may have contributed to the current epidemic of prescription opioid abuse. Now, University of New Mexico pain management experts warn of a growing backlash among physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants in which they refuse to prescribe opioid painkillers at all. “The increase in opioid-related mortality fueled by injudicious prescribing and increasing illicit use of both prescription and illegal opioids has led some clinicians to simplify their lives
KRWG | February 21, 2018
New Information On Las Cruces Officer-Involved Shooting Death | KRWG New Information On Las Cruces Officer-Involved Shooting Death
Investigators looking into Saturday’s officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of 23-year-old Nathaniel Montoya have learned the suspect was armed with a .22 caliber gun that was modified and appears to resemble a shotgun. Montoya was pronounced dead Saturday evening after a roughly 10-minute vehicle pursuit that began on Galina Drive and reached speeds of 50-60 miles per hour. The pursuit ended at the Valero’s Corner Store, 1401 E. Lohman Ave. Montoya was the primary suspect in Friday evening’s shooting death of 29-year-old Abraham Gomez. A witness told investigators he saw
KRWG | February 21, 2018
Knights of Columbus crown free throw champions | Las Cruces Sun Knights of Columbus crown free throw champions
District champions of the 2018 Knights of Columbus District Free Throw Championship have earned the right to complete at the state level.       
Las Cruces Sun | February 21, 2018
Burglary ring suspect turns himself in to authorities | Las Cruces Sun Burglary ring suspect turns himself in to authorities
Andres Espinoza, 28, turned himself to the Sunland Park police Tuesday afternoon after a warrant was issued for his arrest, police said.       
Las Cruces Sun | February 21, 2018
Las Cruces teacher suspected of inappropriate contact with student | Las Cruces Sun Las Cruces teacher suspected of inappropriate contact with student
The charges stem from allegations that Patrick Howard "smacked" a 16-year-old student on her buttocks for an unknown reason.       
Las Cruces Sun | February 21, 2018
Bataan Memorial Death March on pace to have more participants than last year | Las Cruces Sun Bataan Memorial Death March on pace to have more participants than last year
"We're up by nearly 600 over this point last year," said Lisa Frankson, march director for White Sands Missile Range.       
Las Cruces Sun | February 21, 2018
Authorities arrest 4, look for 1 in connection to burglary ring | Las Cruces Sun Authorities arrest 4, look for 1 in connection to burglary ring
Authorities found over $60,000 in stolen property in a Sunland Park home.       
Las Cruces Sun | February 21, 2018
NM Governor's Race: KRWG Interview With Congresswoman (D1-NM) Michelle Lujan-Grisham | KRWG NM Governor's Race: KRWG Interview With Congresswoman (D1-NM) Michelle Lujan-Grisham
Congresswoman Michelle Luhan-Grisham has represented District 1 in New Mexico since 2013. Prior to serving in Congress, Lujan Grisham served as a cabinet secretary for three different New Mexico governors – overseeing the Department of Aging & Long-Term Services and the Department of Health. Luhan-Grisham is running for Democratic nomination for governor on June 5 th . Edmundo Resendez spoke to Luhan-Grisham about her aspirations. The region's home page is only possible with your support. Become a member, renew, or make an additional gift now. Thank you.
KRWG | February 21, 2018
Doña Ana Cemetery cleanup planned for Saturday | Las Cruces Sun Doña Ana Cemetery cleanup planned for Saturday
Participants can meet at the De La O Visitors Centers, at Joe Gutierrez and Cristo Rey streets.       
Las Cruces Sun | February 21, 2018
Doña Ana County Sheriff's blotter: Feb. 16-20 | Las Cruces Sun Doña Ana County Sheriff's blotter: Feb. 16-20
Doña Ana County Sheriff's blotter: Feb. 16-20        
Las Cruces Sun | February 21, 2018
Las Cruces Man Charged With Murder | KRWG Las Cruces Man Charged With Murder
A weekend encounter outside a home west of Las Cruces ended in the shooting death of a 28-year-old Las Cruces man. Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives say the man suspected in his murder is in custody. Deputies were called to the 700 block of Long River Lane, just off Bamert Road, at approximately 1:20 p.m. on Saturday . When they arrived, they reportedly saw a man in a black t-shirt kneeling over another man lying on the ground who appeared to be unconscious. The man in the t-shirt was later identified as Rueben P. Moralez, 25. Moralez reportedly lived in the home on Long River Lane. Mora
KRWG | February 21, 2018
Governor Martinez may veto bill on imposed pet food fee | Las Cruces Sun Governor Martinez may veto bill on imposed pet food fee
A bipartisan bill that would impose a fee on dog and cat food to help fund spay-neuter programs could find itself in Susana Martinez's crosshairs.       
Las Cruces Sun | February 21, 2018
Las Cruces Main Street, at Griggs Avenue, to be Closed for About Three Weeks | KRWG Las Cruces Main Street, at Griggs Avenue, to be Closed for About Three Weeks
Main Street, at the intersection of Griggs Avenue, will be closed to vehicle traffic for about three weeks, beginning Feb. 26 . A detour will be in effect during the closure. Northbound Main Street traffic will be detoured east onto Bowman Avenue, then north onto Church Street, west onto Las Cruces Avenue, and back onto Main Street. Traffic traveling south on Main Street will be detoured west onto Las Cruces Avenue, south onto Water Street, east onto Bowman Avenue, and back onto Main Street. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained. The road closure will not affect RoadRUNNER Tra
KRWG | February 21, 2018
Judge orders New Mexico governor to submit to deposition | KRWG Judge orders New Mexico governor to submit to deposition
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A state district court has ordered New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez to answer questions under oath in a defamation lawsuit linked to the eviction of a group from a political even in 2014. The Deming Headlight reports that Martinez must submit to a deposition in a lawsuit brought by Scott and Colette Chandler against the governor's State Police security detail. Martinez is not a defendant in the lawsuit. However, a district court judge rejected arguments that she is protected from answering questions. The Chandlers owns the Tierra Blanca Ranch program for troubled youth tha
KRWG | February 20, 2018
Stars, Educators Lead Effort For Kids To See 'Black Panther' | KRWG Stars, Educators Lead Effort For Kids To See 'Black Panther'
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — For years, Zavier Thompson has followed Marvel superhero movies. But the 16-year-old student in Albuquerque has always wanted to see a popular film with a black superhero and black themes. Thanks to an Albuquerque educator, the aspiring hip-hop and spoken word artist finally got his wish Thursday when he was given tickets to a private screening of "Black Panther." "It was amazing. The music, the action...everything," said Thompson, who is black. "It made me proud to see out culture depicted like that." "Black Panther" is about the mythical and highly advanced African
KRWG | February 20, 2018
Autopsy Details Fatal Wound Of New Mexico School Shooter | KRWG Autopsy Details Fatal Wound Of New Mexico School Shooter
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A gunman in a deadly New Mexico school shooting last year had no drugs or alcohol in his system the day of the rampage and an autopsy revealed a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, bruised knuckles and faint ink markings on his leg that included a swastika symbol. Autopsy and toxicology results for William Atchison were released Monday in response to a public records request. Despite the ink markings, authorities reiterated Tuesday that there was no indication that the 21-year-old former student's plot was influenced by white supremacist views as the victims we
KRWG | February 20, 2018
New Mexico deputy public defender facing harassment claims | Las Cruces Sun New Mexico deputy public defender facing harassment claims
Two female attorneys in southeastern New Mexico have accused Chief Deputy Public Defender Chandler Blair of sexual harassment.       
Las Cruces Sun | February 20, 2018
Heinrich Calls For Repeal Of Dickey Amendment That Restricts CDC From Researching Gun Violence | KRWG Heinrich Calls For Repeal Of Dickey Amendment That Restricts CDC From Researching Gun Violence
Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 20, 2018) - Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) called for repeal of the Dickey Amendment - a policy enacted in 1996 that restricts the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from researching gun violence and its effects on public health. "Our country is infuriated by the lack of action taken by Congress to combat the gun violence epidemic in America," said Sen. Heinrich. "How many people must die before Congress comes together and decides to do the right thing? How many families must mourn a loved one before Congress steps up and takes acti
KRWG | February 20, 2018
Check out the Las Cruces Sun-News Readers Choice 2017 winners | Las Cruces Sun Check out the Las Cruces Sun-News Readers Choice 2017 winners
The best of the best in the Mesilla Valley        
Las Cruces Sun | February 20, 2018
City council OK's spending on emergency teen shelter | Las Cruces Sun City council OK's spending on emergency teen shelter
An effort is underway to reopen the shelter on Idaho Avenue, which closed in May 2017.        
Las Cruces Sun | February 20, 2018
Meet Kate: She’s one of 40 at a school in N.M.’s sparsest county | KRWG Meet Kate: She’s one of 40 at a school in N.M.’s sparsest county
She lives in the least populated place in New Mexico – fewer than 700 people spread across 2,100 square miles in Harding County in the northeast quadrant of the state. Her house – the same one where her mother grew up – is a block from her school, where she and 40 other children make up the entire student body from kindergarten through 12 th grade. She loves the Future Farmers of America and can talk at length about her passion for the organization. She hopes one day, when she’s older than 7, she can raise chickens. For reasons only she knows – and she’s not telling – she likes t
KRWG | February 20, 2018
For these boys, school is nearly 2 hours away and ranching is a way of life | KRWG For these boys, school is nearly 2 hours away and ranching is a way of life
ALAMO-HUECO RANCH — The boys wake before dawn, eat sausage and biscuits in the cookhouse and saddle their horses at first light. James Hurt is 12, a month away from becoming a teenager. His brother, David, is 11. They wear Wrangler shirts, jeans and cowboy boots and move quietly in the dark corral, lit by a single bulb. It’s an autumn Sunday in 2017. Today they’ll help their Uncle Avery Hurt bring in from pasture a herd of hundreds of cattle. It is a dangerous job, and they know it. They take ranch work seriously and see their future here. James says he loves “the open land.” “Like
KRWG | February 20, 2018
NMSU’s Marketing and Communications Department wins two gold AVA Digital Awards | KRWG NMSU’s Marketing and Communications Department wins two gold AVA Digital Awards
The New Mexico State University Marketing and Communications Department is off to a great year being awarded with two gold AVA Digital Awards for 2018. The AVA Digital Award is an international competition that recognizes excellence by creative professionals responsible for the planning, concept, direction, design and production of digital communication. The competition is judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, which also sponsors the MarCom Awards. MarCom Awards honor excellence in marketing and communication while recognizing the creativity, hard work and gen
KRWG | February 20, 2018
Las Cruces Murder Victim Identified; Pursuit, Shooting Remain Under Investigation | KRWG Las Cruces Murder Victim Identified; Pursuit, Shooting Remain Under Investigation
Las Cruces police and the Officer-Involved Incident Task Force are continuing to investigate Saturday’s shooting death of 23-year-old Nathaniel Montoya who was the primary suspect in a homicide that took place the previous evening. Montoya was the suspect in Friday evening’s death of 29-year-old Abraham Gomez. Investigators learned that Montoya was with friends Friday, Feb. 16, at a home on the 2300 block of Sambrano Avenue. Montoya and Gomez exited the residence and, a short while later, a witness heard what appeared to be a gunshot and then a scuffle outside the home. One of the friends
KRWG | February 20, 2018
Annual lobbying ritual during New Mexico legislative session tops $200,000 | KRWG Annual lobbying ritual during New Mexico legislative session tops $200,000
Lobbyists and their employers reported spending of $207,215 during the just-concluded legislative session. That’s just a slice of the total spending to influence legislation, as amounts spent under $500 won’t be filed until May. Many of the expenditures were on events or gifts that are almost rituals at this point, annual occasions where lawmakers are wined, dined, and feted. New Mexico In Depth found that 84 percent of the spending was made by companies and organizations that spent similar amounts on similar events or gifts in 2017. A few examples: The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association (
KRWG | February 20, 2018
NMSU to host lecture on risks to democracy in US and around the world | KRWG NMSU to host lecture on risks to democracy in US and around the world
One of the most dangerous threats to democracy is the kind of political tribalism that divides people into factions according to a professor from Boston, who will give a lecture at New Mexico State from 4:45-5:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 , in the Nick Franklin Seminar Room in Breland Hall, Room 179. Benjamin R. Cole is an assistant professor of political science and international relations at Simmons College in Boston. He teaches courses on democratization, comparative politics, and public policy. He also coauthored the State Fragility Index and “Global Report” series from 2008 to 2016. Cole
KRWG | February 20, 2018
Jude fund to support Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley | Las Cruces Sun Jude fund to support Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley
Jared and Kellie Curry said they are raising the money in Jude’s name, after the dog was run over and killed Friday.       
Las Cruces Sun | February 20, 2018
New Mexico State regents respond to call for resignations | Las Cruces Sun New Mexico State regents respond to call for resignations
The regents argue it’s best practice for universities going through a transition and it’s critical for the new chancellor to select his or her team.        
Las Cruces Sun | February 20, 2018
Autopsy: Aztec school shooter has swastika, 'SS' markings | Las Cruces Sun Autopsy: Aztec school shooter has swastika, 'SS' markings
Autopsy and toxicology results for William Atchison were released Monday in response to a public records request.        
Las Cruces Sun | February 20, 2018
Doña Ana County Sheriff's blotter: Feb. 13-15 | Las Cruces Sun Doña Ana County Sheriff's blotter: Feb. 13-15
Doña Ana County Sheriff's blotter: Feb. 13-15        
Las Cruces Sun | February 20, 2018
County officials offer fire prevention, safety tips | Las Cruces Sun County officials offer fire prevention, safety tips
According to officials, fire crews have recently responded to an unusually high number of calls for service related to out-of-control open burns.        
Las Cruces Sun | February 20, 2018
Las Cruces school board to vote on anti-tobacco policy | Las Cruces Sun Las Cruces school board to vote on anti-tobacco policy
The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. tonight at the LCPS administration building.       
Las Cruces Sun | February 20, 2018
Police: Man who shot daughter fatally shot by another man | Las Cruces Sun Police: Man who shot daughter fatally shot by another man
Investigators say charges are not likely to be filed against the man, but the final decision will be up to prosecutors.       
Las Cruces Sun | February 20, 2018
Agencies point fingers as man who admitted killing his mom is released from institute | Las Cruces Sun Agencies point fingers as man who admitted killing his mom is released from institute
The health department says Justin Quintana was placed at the state behavioral health hospital against state law.        
Las Cruces Sun | February 20, 2018
Authorities: Man killed in Sambrano homicide shot in the back | Las Cruces Sun Authorities: Man killed in Sambrano homicide shot in the back
Abraham Gomez, 29, had a gunshot wound to the back, police said Tuesday. The suspect in that crime, Nathaniel Montoya, was shot and killed by police.        
Las Cruces Sun | February 20, 2018
Downtown Desert Yoga offers first yoga retreat weekend in the heart of Las Cruces | Las Cruces Sun Downtown Desert Yoga offers first yoga retreat weekend in the heart of Las Cruces
Inviting exploration and curiosity, each instructor will bring his own unique set of tools and resources to access different layers of the person.        
Las Cruces Sun | February 19, 2018
Portion of Doña Ana Road to be closed for four months | Las Cruces Sun Portion of Doña Ana Road to be closed for four months
Access to residences and businesses will be maintained during the construction, the city reports.        
Las Cruces Sun | February 19, 2018
Las Cruces Media Students Win State Journalism Contest | KRWG Las Cruces Media Students Win State Journalism Contest
LAS CRUCES—Las Cruces Public Schools is celebrating a big win in a journalism contest. Here is the information provided by the district: Taking home top honors at a statewide student journalism competition, students from the Centennial High School media program won 28 individual awards and first place in the team competition at the 2018 New Mexico Activities Association/New Mexico Scholastic Press Association State Competition Saturday, Jan. 27 at El Dorado High School in Albuquerque, NM. “It’s wonderful to see such talented students and educators being recognized for their work,” said
KRWG | February 19, 2018
New Mexico governor’s tense tenure with lawmakers nears end | Las Cruces Sun New Mexico governor’s tense tenure with lawmakers nears end
The rocky relationship between New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and state lawmakers is coming to a close.        
Las Cruces Sun | February 19, 2018
Water Managers Along Rio Grande Prepare For Irrigation Season | KRWG Water Managers Along Rio Grande Prepare For Irrigation Season
ELEPHANT BUTTE, N.M. (AP) — Federal water managers say they're preparing for the upcoming irrigation season in southern New Mexico. The Bureau of Reclamation said Friday water releases from Elephant Butte Dam will begin on Feb. 23 and releases from Caballo Dam to the south will follow on March 16. Officials are warning that dry riverbeds below both reservoirs will take on water quickly. They're asking the public to stay out of the river channels for their safety. Flows are expected to fluctuate through the spring and summer months according to downstream irrigation demands. Due to a dismal s
KRWG | February 19, 2018
New Mexico governor's tense tenure with lawmakers nears end | KRWG New Mexico governor's tense tenure with lawmakers nears end
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The rocky relationship between New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and state lawmakers is coming to a close as the Republican governor prepares to leave office and both sides ponder what might have been. Democratic leaders said they wished there had been better communication with Martinez and wondered if more could have been done years ago to resolve grinding difficulties related to unemployment and crime. Martinez told reporters last week that she regrets lawmakers didn't pass more of her major proposals during her tenure, describing unfulfilled initiatives to simplify the
KRWG | February 19, 2018