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Prayer And Labor Fill The Day At A Monastery Near Silver City
(Content Notice: Video Shows Birth of Calf.) At Mass, Gregorian chants fill the church at Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery, just outside of the Gila National Forest. From outside the church you can witness a sea of green treetops that spans the peaks and valleys to the West. Father Cyprian Rodriguez started this Benedictine monastery in 1991 with a simple trailer. Today, there is a church, a rectory, a library, living quarters, and a farm. Father Cyprian felt a calling since his youth to this religious lifestyle. "I was just a young man in the world searching for my way, and going to college, majoring in architecture and different subjects. I had a desire to be religious since my youth. So, my focus, my orientation was in that direction from early on," Says Father Cyprian. The day of a monk is filled with prayer, learning, and labor. "We begin with several hours of official prayer for the church, and then the Monks leave church at daybreak and begin the worker part of the day. The monks do manual labor and farming. They raise cows, pigs, chickens, sheep, and also peacocks. They also take classes in theology, philosophy, and Latin. Most of the monks at the monastery are in their twenties, they are young men who feel a call to spend the rest of their live in prayer, labor, and service. The monks communicate with traditional hand signs used by the monks of the Benedictine order. This way monks from different countries and different languages can communicate through the day. This monastery is not recognized by The Vatican or Diocese in the area. According to Father Cyprian, it is affiliated with The Society of St. Pius X. Father Cyprian says that with Catholic schools closing, and seminaries along with convents emptying, more young people are becoming interested in the traditional vocations that existed in in the Catholic Church for centuries prior to the modernization of the church in the 1960s and 1970s. "The experimental, the ultra-modern, and the departure from tradition seems to be dying out," says Father Cyprian. According to Father Cyprian, there are over 100 young men on the waiting list to take up life as a Benedictine Monk at the Monastery.
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Monks Sell Coffee To Raise Funds For Monastery
At Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery much of the day is spent in prayer and labor. In the afternoon, while many monks begin labor chores, Brother Bernard Marino and another monk head towards a building to begin roasting coffee beans and fill requested orders for Abbey Roast Coffee, the coffee the monks roast and sell to raise money for the monastery. Entering the roasting room near the monastery, the smell of coffee beans greets your nose, while the pristine looking roaster complete with the Abbey Roast Label captivates the eyes. Brother Bernard, Guest Roaster and Dean of Coffee, is a former architect from New York who has been living at the monastery for over twenty years. It was on a trip to a sister monastery in Brazil where Brother Bernard learned about coffee. That monastery had a coffee plantation surrounding it, and Brother Bernard enjoyed the fresh tasting coffee so much that he drank it late into the evening. "I was there for about a month, and when I was there the brothers there taught me to roast coffee," says Bernard. After returning from Brazil, Brother Bernard approached his superior who liked the idea, and soon this coffee venture began. Brother Bernard learned basic roasting skills while in Brazil, but if the monks where going to make Abbey Roast a success they needed to seek the help of an experienced roaster. "It's not as simple as it looks, there are nuances to it," says Br. Bernard. The monks reached out to Bernie Digman, Owner and Operator of Milagro Coffee y Espresso in Las Cruces. "Roasting is like any culinary pursuit, it's a life-long endeavor. You can turn out a very drinkable product," says Digman. For eight months, Digman taught the monks the fine skill of roasting, and he was impressed with how determined his new students were. "They are exceptional students, they spend a lot of serious time learning the ins and outs of roasting," says Digman. The monks, using their connections in Brazil soon found a small family plantation to import coffee beans from. According to the monk's, in 2010 that plantations' beans won first prize in a Rio de Janeiro Specialty Coffee Competition. "That's very good, it's like winning a prize for T-Bone steaks in Texas," says Br. Bernard. Soon the monks received an attractive deal from a company to purchase their own roaster and Abbey Roast was up and running. "So right now we have our own roaster, and after a year and a half we have roasted thousands of pounds," says Br. Bernard. Around the roasting room are many different types of coffee beans that are labeled. Brother Bernard warms up the roaster, selects his beans and carefully pours them into the roaster. According to Brother Bernard, the high altitude of the monastery helps the beans open up faster giving a quality flavor to a roast. While Bernard roasts, another monk helps grind and package orders. The monks try to turn the orders as quick as possible to keep orders fresh. The monastery sells Abbey Roast online, and in several locations around New Mexico. The monks soon hope to sell the brand at a national level with a well-known company. The proceeds of Abbey Roast help fundraise for the support of the vocations of the monastery, and to build future housing for the over 100 men that are on a waiting list to take up the life of a Benedictine monk there. The monks also have plans for a new church in the future. Brother Bernard says that there is only one other monastery in the country that sells coffee. Like most roasters he stands by his product. Brother Bernard says you will not find a better cup of coffee, unless of course you visit his pal Bernie Digman's place in Las Cruces where the monks always try to stop by for a visit. "Now we kind of share beans, and he is always coaching us, so it's been a real deep friendship that's developed nicely," says Br. Bernard It's always nice to enjoy a cup of coffee with a friend, or in this case a brother.
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New Mystery at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
11.5.10 (SILVER CITY) - A new mystery surrounds the mystical Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. As KRWG's Jared Andersen reports, the Park Service doesn't know why less people are visiting.
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Research At NMSU Could Launch Shrimp Company
Imagine you are enjoying a delightful shrimp dinner at a restaurant. You share with the restaurant staff just how much you are enjoying the meal, and they respond by telling you that the shrimp you are eating is fresh from Southern New Mexico. That scenario could soon be a reality thanks to research being conducted at New Mexico State University. A glandless cottonseed meal is being used as a protein source for aquaculture being raised in temperature-controlled tanks at NMSU's Leyendecker Plant Science Center. These tanks also fill up a room in a new facility in Mesilla Park. Researchers have taken up new space to make room for the launch of a student ran shrimp company. This new move may produce many possibilities according to Dr. Tracey Carrillo, Assistant Director of Campus Farms Operations at NMSU. "A very large percentage of our shrimp that come into the country are imported from China, Thailand, and South America. So here is an opportunity to produce locally-grown shrimp straight out of the aquaculture setting on to the dinner plate," says Dr. Carrillo. This process of shrimp growing requires daily monitoring, much of which is done by NMSU students like Garrett Lee. "Death loss and excess feed will throw off our nitrogen levels. The Shrimp have antenna, and if the antenna are long it's a good sign that the shrimp are healthy, but if they are really short it's a sign that they are stressed," says Lee. According to Dr. Carrillo, the growing human population will require more affordable protein sources, and this glandless cotton seed appears to be a more sustainable possibility in replacing fish meal that is currently being used. "We are harvesting fish from the ocean to feed a fish that then feeds a human. Here we are taking a bi-product of a protein, feeding the fish, and using it for human consumption," says Carrillo. There are hopes that a student ran Shrimp Company will launch soon. Followed by orders coming in from around the state and country to receive shrimp grown right here in New Mexico.
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The Impact The 1966 Texas Western Men's Basketball Championship Had On The Game And More
There are unique moments in sports when you may be realizing that you are witnessing history unfold, and sometimes that historic moment may even help spark change in the world around us. On March 19th, 1966 the Texas Western College today known as the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Miners Men’s basketball team won the NCAA national championship by defeating Adolph Rupp’s University of Kentucky Wildcats 72-65 in College Park, Maryland. The team made history by starting five black players for the game. At the time, public universities were starting to integrate, but major college athletic conferences, especially in the south still remained mostly white like Rupp’s Wildcats. The Miner’s went 23-1 that season. Coached by Don Haskins, a defensive minded and later coaching legend, known as “The Bear.” Willie Cager was a 6-5-sophomore player on that historic team. “All I wanted to do is learn how to play defense for Haskins. Once I learned how to play defense...offense…I took care of it myself,” says Cager. Willie Cager says that the team had to deal with racism at the championship game when a confederate flag was being waved, but he says as a player he dealt with worse, like the time he received a death threat after picking up a hotel room phone in Lubbock, Texas. “Don Haskins took over, and they called the FBI and stuff and it was ok after that, but it was very scary.” Haskins may be in the history books for starting five African-American athletes, but according to Cager, Haskins just wanted his best players on the floor. “Don Haskins said he’s going to start the best possible five he could start and it was all black so…what can I tell you? It just happened that way,” says Cager. That color-blind approach to coaching was portrayed by actor Josh Lucas who played Don Haskins in the popular Walt Disney film, “Glory Road” released in 2006 about the historic team. Joe Gomez was a student at Texas Western during that championship season, and he has worked much of his life since then to have the 1966 championship team recognized for it’s accomplishments and legacy. Gomez recalls what the atmosphere was like in El Paso during that time. He says that after the Miner’s beat a top-ranked Iowa decisively that season the team became the hottest ticket in town. “Everybody was excited. You got to remember that Texas Western was the town’s school, not just the team. It was the town’s school. So, the town wrapped their hands around this whole Final Four,” says Gomez. The team’s victory against the legendary coach Adolph Rump and his top ranked Kentucky Wildcats is viewed as an upset, but if you ask Gomez, he says it wasn’t. “Texas Western was the number one rebounding team in the country, and we were top three in defense. So we knew that anything they threw at them we could at least play defense, but we knew that Adolph Rump produced some pretty good basketball teams and he was going to come right at you,” says Gomez. Gomez says there was a bonfire celebration and even police officers were celebrating nearby as they monitored the situation on campus. Many view the team’s victory against the legendary coach Adolph Rupp and his top ranked Kentucky Wildcats as an upset, but if you ask Gomez, he says it wasn’t. “Texas Western was the number one rebounding team in the country, and we were top three in defense. So we knew that anything they threw at them we could at least play defense, but we knew that Adolph Rump produced some pretty good basketball teams and he was going to come right at you,” says Gomez. The team’s victory was one that left a legacy, especially in the South, as schools across the country soon began recruiting African-American athletes and forever changing the game of basketball and major college and professional team sports. The team was honored at the White House in 2006 and inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007. In February the team was honored at a UTEP men’s basketball game celebrating the 50th anniversary, and at this year’s Final Four in Houston, it will be recognized for its accomplishments and the legacy it left on the game of basketball.
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Holloman Air Force Base Trains Remote Pilots
10.30.12 (ALAMOGORDO) Holloman Air Force Base just outside Alamogordo has become a training ground for the next generation of unmanned aircraft pilots. Two of these planes are the MQ-1 and the more powerful MQ-9. Pilots don't sit inside the plane, but control it from seats that look just like the inside of a cockpit. Anthony, a captain at Holloman Air Force Base, is now an MQ-9 instructor and was one of the first to finish training at Holloman. "We had the lieutenant colonel come to my base, he spoke to us. He came to us and told us about the possibilities and the future of the airframe and it sounded like something that I thought would be cool and I volunteered" He went through the second flight unit that trained at Holloman. "From then on, I went operational, spent three and a half years operational and then came back here to teach." It takes six months to a year to be trained to fly one of these planes. Far from the image of a drone aircraft that's sent out on autopilot. "There's no point in time when this aircraft is operating on its own. There's always a pilot and there's always gonna be a sensor in the seat controlling every move that the aircraft makes. The idea of remotely controlled or unmanned aircraft has been around for quite a while. Historian James Burrett says it goes back to the 1860's. "During the Civil War, they used balloons initially. Not very successful, not terribly accurate. They relied on a timer. There was no radio control at that point." The technology progressed, from radio-guided bombs in World War II to the laser-guided missiles that can be launched from the MQ-1 and MQ-9. "They're used to observe an area, if necessary attack targets in that area, but it's a progression that began back in 1863." Jeff Patton, a commander of the 9th Attack Squadron at Holloman says the base trains both pilots that haven't flown before and those that flew other types of planes. "We also train new RPA pilots from scratch and so our challenge is train those brand new student pilots up to the same level as the experienced pilot that crosses over from another platform," said Patton. Either way, the most important challenge is doing a lot at once. "I think the hardest thing about operating the platform is that there are so many forms of communication coming into a GCS and so multitasking is the biggest challenge for pilots to learn as they go through the program." Remotely piloting the planes makes sense. They cost less and use fewer resources, and more importantly keep pilots safe if something were to happen to one of the planes. "It's pretty much the way of the future. There's a lot of things and a lot of capabilities that this aircraft has that's gonna help us in the future so I've been excited to be part of that development," said Capt. Anthony. Sloan Patton reported.
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Army Recruitment and Deployment: A Profile
This is where many young people come who are considering joining the military. "Good afternoon." The Armed forces Career Center on Lohman Ave. It's where Pvt. Sonja Hamer came when she wanted to join. "I'd thought about joining for a while....so I came in and talked to Sgt. Brown and Sgt. Rich and talked about what the military can offer me." She already knows a lot about military life. Her husband has served for 10 years. He's preparing for his third deployment. She says being apart is their normal. "We're so used to it...its' just a way of life for us and our children" A lot of other people also seem to understand the military life before coming to the center. "You'd be surprised how many people come in who want to be deployed. Not all do but some." There's a good chance of being deployed, but Sgt. Richardson reminds potential soldiers nothing's set in stone. "We're at war. We've been at conflict for some years now. There's a good chance that everyone that joins can get deployed, but I can't guarantee them that they're going to get deployed or they won't get deployed." It takes more than signing up to be enlisted. "They still have to qualify morally and they also have to qualify medically." A military career can be demanding, but soldiers who serve and return to civilian life may find themselves out of a job. Bill Connor of the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce hopes to change that. "We definitely see some of that loss in the community. The difference for White Sands is that it has a multitude of different tenants on the base and so we're kindof buffeted a little bit." Pvt. Greg San Martin has the only job he needs right now. "It's a full time job now. We're gonna be overseas -- lot of conditioning training." Just outside Las Cruces over at WSMR, men and women prepared to go overseas. This was the third deployment in about six months from the base. According to Capt. John Davis this group will be back in about nine months. Greg could one day be in a ceremony like this...he signed up for the infantry division of the army. Before Greg and Sonja leave for basic training they'll no doubt stop by the recruitment center. And perhaps when they come back. "Usually when they come home, they'll come by to see us, let us know how it's going." Families wait for their loved ones to return to White Sands. Sonja may have a reunion of her own, but not here. She hopes to be stationed near her husband which the military tries to arrange with families. Meanwhile, Sgt. Richardson is here, wondering if he'll see Greg and Sonja back in his office again soon. Sloan Patton reported.
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Living Here - Alamogordo
Living Here is a series of short video essays featuring the communities served by KRWG. This installment of Living Here features Alamogordo, New Mexico.
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Program In Southern New Mexico Has Inmates Training Dogs
At Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility a new program is underway that is working with inmates and dogs. The program is called P.A.W.S. and the goal of the program is to help dogs who are just days away from being euthanized get basic training and find a home. James Gonzalez, an inmate serving a life sentence, but the dog he is training named Puck just escaped “Death Row” due to a new program called Prisoners and Animals Working Toward Success or P.A.W.S. “I know that by the training that we are giving them his chances of staying in a stable home are much greater,” Says Gonzalez. Gonzalez and other inmates many who are serving life or long sentences at Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility are taking part in P.A.W.S. program that prepares them to train dogs. The inmates live with the dogs as they train and get volunteer dog lessons from a trainer about dog behavior. Renee Waskiewicz, Region Three Manager with the New Mexico Department of Corrections worked to start the program. Through her work in the community she has learned that most dogs end up in shelters due to behavioral problems, and having a program like P.A.W.S. helps inmates learn a new skill while also taking on the high euthanasia rates dogs facing communities across the country. “So if you get a dog that is already trained, that doesn’t have these behavioral problems, this dog is going to be a better family pet, a better companion, and probably won’t end up in a shelter again. These inmates have nothing but time on their hands, and that’s what dog training takes is time and consistency,” says Waskiewicz. With that time, James Gonzalez has learned a lot about himself by taking part in the program. “Being involved in this program has just opened up my eyes to a lot of things I was doing wrong and now its just about doing good,” says Gonzalez. Gonzalez says that the program also has provided comfort to his family who has been impacted by his incarceration. “Not only am I doing time; my family is doing time. So when I tell them about things that we are doing. They see that I’m happy so it brings them a little bit more comfort knowing that I’m changing and making a change that I’m helping a dog also find a home.” Another inmate, Kevin Sutphin is training a dog named, Frankie. He says that the program has helped him remember a lot about himself that he has forgotten after many years of incarceration. “You let go of it after so many years in prison, trying to be hard-core; putting on that mask that we all wear in prison (you know that we’re all tough). It eventually becomes a habit and you eventually become that mask. Being around these dogs showed me that I could take that mask off and leave it off. I have no need for it. I can be who I am and that dog is letting me do that…through love.” Sutphin says he enjoys learning about the way a dog can communicate needs and wants. “It’s not just as simple as a bark or scratching on the door. It’s complex, and I never knew how complex that it is, and it’s amazing how they figure out how to talk to you.” For the inmates to get into the program there is a strict application process and they reside together in one pod in the prison according to Nina Salcido-Marquez, Unit Manager at Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility. “Not just any inmate can be in the program, and then if I see that they are not suitable or not programming, I do remove them and try somebody else out.” says Salcido-Marquez. However, like Kevin Sutphin and James Gonzalez say they have been able to learn new skills through the program, and with other inmates who have been in the program since the start, they were recently recognized at a graduation for some of the dogs being trained. Kevin Sutphin says the whole design of the P.A.W.S. program is something new and unique to that of any other program he has encountered in the system. “It’s definitely unique, opposed to any other program I’ve been involved with in corrections. I’ve never been around any thing that I could actually save or anything that could get any benefit for me really. I’ve been in self-help groups and all those kinds of things to help myself. I’ve never really been involved with anything to help something besides myself so that’s wonderful for me.” Besides, helping the dogs the inmates say that they work help the families that want to adopt dogs, by keeping a log on each dog that gets trained. The logs contain all the specific details to the training each dog has had, along with more information each dog’s personality so each family can be prepared to offer every dog adopted through the program the best home possible.
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Bowling Alley Massacre: 20 Years Later
02.10.10 (LAS CRUCES) -- It's been 20 years and there's still no arrest in a weekend massacre that happened inside a Las Cruces bowling alley, killing four people. Carlos Correa of KRWG reports.
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Late Chili Harvest
07.16.10 (LAS CRUCES) -- Cool spring temperatures means a late chili harvest. KRWG's Jared Andersen reports.
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97% of Texas Marijuana Convictions Are For Possession
9 states and Washington D-C have decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana. Across the country there’s an effort to expand these policies. Marijuana comprises more than half of all Texas drug arrests and 97% of those were for possession of 2 ounces or less.
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Feral Pigs Rival Ranching Community In Southeast New Mexico
Feral pigs cost the U.S. $1.5 billion dollars every year. But wild pigs aren't just endangering wildlife and native plants. As Simon Thompson reports the animals are threatening the livelihood of a longtime ranching community in Otero County. Pig Trapper Lewis Reeves is uses an electronic pig caller. He says letting off a piglet in distress call is one of the fastest ways to get a good shot at a feral female pig. "I have caught all the dumb ones now I am working on the smart ones and they get smart in a hurry". Reeves says feral pigs are having as many as three litters every year, as Otero County Wild Life Services Specialist, it's Reeves' job to keep those numbers down. As a one man operation Reeves drives around the county and the Lincoln National Forest setting up cage traps, outdoor cameras and rancid bait where he sees the tracks and signs of feral pigs. "We fill this bait tube up with corn and then pour strawberry soda pop on it- we will anchor to a post or a stake in the ground". Reeves says around these parts strawberry soda is a feral pig favorite. When even that doesn't get them into traps Reeves takes to the forest, usually at night armed with a semi automatic rifle and night vision gear. Otero County wasn't always so concerned with exterminating feral pigs. Reeves says the animals have been roaming the Lincoln National Forest since people started releasing them into the wild for hunting 30-40 years ago. Releasing pigs into the wild is now illegal in New Mexico. But Reeves says that hasn't curbed the population. The bigger it gets the more they are threatening livestock and ranching in the area. "They turn all the grass everything that is growing, they turn it upside down as soon as the sun comes out the next morning and bakes those roots it don't grow back" he says. Ranchers like Gary Stone graze their cattle on those grasses. Stone's family has been ranching for five generations. "If you take the grasses the only thing your looking at is feed lot type and you do away with the natural with the natural grass feed beef what people are wanting" Stone is the president of the Otero County Cattle Ranchers Association. He says the more grasses and pastures feral pigs dig up and destroy, the more liquid feeds and protein supplements they have to buy to feed to their cattle. And a lot of the time it's the feral pigs that end up eating it. "They would come in on that liquid feed and just actually move the cows off of it". Pig Trapper Lewis Reeves says the pigs will eat absolutely anything from grubs in the mud to baby birds. There have been cases of them killing baby calves off the ranches. "It is hard to prove cause when they do they eat the whole thing so you've almost got to witness what, when is going on of course" But feral pigs may pose an even bigger threat. The animals can carry as many as 32 serious diseases and because they're drinking from the same water holes and troughs as cattle, Gary Stone says a lot of those diseases can easily be transmitted to livestock. "If any of these diseases through the water through the feed get into our cattle they have the potential to pretty much shut the livestock industry down and New Mexico is short any way". he says. Take brucellosis, cattle infected can lose weight, become lame, and lose their calves. Reeves works with the ranchers. When he traps and kills a feral pig, he takes blood samples and sends them off to the USDA for testing so ranchers know what vaccines they need to protect their cattle. And those vaccines are crucial. Reeves says all it takes is one infected cow to create a disaster for all ranchers in the area. "If you come up positive on brucellosis,your neighbor that has a common fence and has cattle next to your cattle he is quarantined until he gets a clean test" Reeves says it takes up to a year before a ranch is allowed to sell cattle again after being quarantined. He adds there is only so much that hunting and trapping can do in the mountainous and dense forest in Otero County. He is hoping a feral pig poison under EPA evaluation will be approved. The poison has been successful in eradicating feral pigs in Australia and New Zealand. But with officials saying that approval process could take as long as 5 years it may not come soon enough. For KRWG, I'm Simon Thompson
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Living Here - Rockhound State Park
Located in Luna County about 13 miles from Deming, the park is unique in that it is made up of two units - Rockhound and Spring Canyon. Find out more about this and other New Mexico State Parks at nmparks.com.
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Blacksmith Business
11.16.10 (HATCH, NM) -- A local man is turning an old hobby into a business venture in Hatch, New Mexico and he's quickly learning success comes in many different shapes and sizes. KRWG's Carlos Correa reports.
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Report: Most STEM College Graduates Not Working In STEM Fields
According to a new U.S. Census Bureau report, college students with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics or STEM degrees have a greater chance of finding employment after graduation, but not necessarily in their field of study. The report says very few science majors are working in STEM fields, with only 26 percent of people with a physical science degree work in STEM jobs. The report also says 15 percent of biological, environmental and agricultural science majors, 10 percent psychology, and 7 percent of social science majors are actually employed in their STEM fields. According to Dr. Jim Peach, Regents Professor of Economics and International Business at New Mexico State University, the idea that everyone with a STEM degree is going to work in their field is not supported by the evidence. “The Census Bureau Report says that 74% of STEM degree holders were working in a Non-STEM field,” says Peach. He also says many people working in STEM fields do not have a STEM degree. Dr. Peach adds that many studies are not using the same definitions for STEM. “In New Mexico, the universities are encouraged to produce additional STEM degrees as STEMH degrees. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Health related),” Says Peach. STEM degrees and STEM fields can be very diverse which may result in higher placement of employment in certain STEM related fields. Dr. David Rockstraw, Department Head of Chemical Engineering at NMSU says many of his students find employment after graduation. “We have students going off into the traditional chemical oils and gas industry. They are re going off into the alternative energy areas, working in nuclear energy, and in advanced materials. So the opportunities for chemical engineering graduates are pretty diverse across the STEMH fields,” says Rockstraw. As far as STEM employment by state, the census report also listed a survey of Civilian employees ages 25 to 64 with a bachelor's degree or higher level of education. That survey ranked New Mexico ranked 7th with 26.1% of STEM or STEM related jobs. The survey says the states with the largest amount of STEM or STEM-Related jobs are Maryland (29.3%), Washington (29.1%), and West Virginia (26.9%).
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Musicians Across Globe Look To Las Cruces Business For Custom-Made Horns
For more than 30 years Jim Patterson has been working on developing products and designs for horns. Jim and his wife Cora, both horn players, own and operate Patterson Hornworks, which repairs, designs, and handcrafts French horns in Las Cruces. Jim Patterson says he handcrafts his horns, “the old school way.” “It’s becoming more popular…There’s a number of people like myself that are making handcrafted horns. It’s directly related to what happens to the bigger companies. The larger companies buy out the medium size companies, and all of a sudden there is nothing in between. So it leaves a little bit of a nitch market for us custom guys,” says Patterson. Making custom-made horns is something that requires patience. Jim Patterson says each horn may take weeks to design and build by hand. “It takes a lot of handwork to do it, and it takes a lot of time. Probably the number of hours to build a horn is in the 40 to 50 range, depending on which one your making, but it’s not like you can start a horn and 50 hours you’ll be done; that has to take place over a larger period of time. So it probably takes two to three weeks to build a horn,” says Patterson. Cora Patterson says that the Horn business is a competitive one, and it took time for the couple’s business to take off. Cora Patterson says that the company was hit hard by the recession in 2008, but with the help of a local group of retired small business executives the Patterson’s pushed harder to market their products. Today, the Patterson’s have goals large enough to fill the spacious concert halls where their horns are played. “We’re thinking about higher, and higher dreams of getting our horns in really fantastic players hands all the time around the world. I think our horns are better than they have ever been.” Musician, and NMSU Horn Professor Nancy Joy is a customer of Patterson Hornworks. She purchased a horn from Jim and Cora Patterson a few years back. Last year, her horn was stolen and was badly damaged when recovered; Jim and Cora Patterson rebuilt her horn. Joy says she loves the sound of her new and improved horn. “I think all of us have a sound concept in our heads that’s how we make our sound, we have this sound concept, and it just really helps when the horn really allows you to do what you have in your head, and that’s what Jim and Cora have done with this horn,” says Joy. Jim Patterson says that they’ve been able to achieve the sound profile that musicians are looking for through the handcrafted methods they use. Something he says can get lost on a large company’s mechanical assembly line. “When you get into the more automated methods, the more machines you use. It seems like you lose that special quality of the instrument,” says Patterson. Musicians, from around the world continue to look to this local business to find that special quality for their horns…A quality that has is handcrafted in a small home workshop in Las Cruces.
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A Las Cruces 4/20 Festival, but legal weed? Not just yet
Proposals to legalize recreational marijuana came before the New Mexico legislature this year. Once again the measures failed. But that didn’t stop New Mexicans from marking 420, the international day to celebrate and advocate for the cannabis culture. Vendors laid out their pipes and marijuana paraphernalia for sale as jam music rang out over the first annual 4/20 festival in Las Cruces at Young Park. 420 is internationally recognized as the day to celebrate cannabis culture and reflect on the progress that has been made in changing attitudes about marijuana and in some states ending prohibition. So far Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Washington DC have passed laws to legalize recreational marijuana. “New Mexico needs to wake up and smell the pot!” Organizer Melissa Thompson said, for states in the midst of the legalization debate like New Mexico- 4/20 is more about advocacy and education than celebration. Thompson said that was the biggest motivation behind the Las Cruces event. “That is the push absolutely until we can really get to that point we really need to drive that course with education and educate the community what it is like when it come ‘recreationalize’ what we can do different than Colorado.” Thompson said. Medical marijuana dispensaries, alternative health care specialists and a physician evaluating people for medical marijuana were all at the festival. As were advocates for recreational marijuana and hemp farming. Even the Dona Ana County Clerk’s office was there registering people to vote. The only thing that seemed to be missing was cannabis. In a statement the Las Cruces Police Department warned of patrols at the event….and said possession of marijuana would not be tolerated. Las Crucen Ray Miles says it’s a shame patrons had to leave their marijuana at home- he said events like this highlight the economic benefits of legalization possibly ending prohibition in New Mexico. ”It makes a good statement for it.” Miles said “You look around here there is not a lot of people running around, no one is lighting up. There is not people running around causing mischief- knocking things over- it is all cool calm and relaxed and that is basically what happens when you get a bunch of stoners together.” There are approximately 20,000 New Mexico medical marijuana patients according to the New Mexico Department of Health. Dispensary Ultra Health said those patients spent 800 thousand dollars on medical cannabis on April 20th alone. But Miles said there is a lot more marijuana bought and smoked everyday- that goes unmeasured and untaxed in New Mexico. Miles said he smokes about $130 worth marijuana a month recreationally and to deal with anxiety. Because anxiety is not a condition New Mexico allows to be treated with marijuana- he has to buy it on the black market. And New Mexico never sees the tax revenue. “I hope that finally they de criminalize it and as long as you are 18 you can buy it.” Miles said “Eventually people will just open their minds more and see the potential for not only revenue, but also for a happy people.” But states that legalized recreational marijuana are not happy about a new threat. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions- has voiced opposition to marijuana legalization reminding people it’s against federal law. And many worry that it could signal new federal enforcement actions. “Everybody that criticizes it, they haven’t needed it” Debbie Kemp said. “You have to try it before you can put it down.” Debbie Kemp came all the way from Roswell- to celebrate 420 with her daughters at the Las Cruces festival. She said marijuana changed the way she treats her chronic pain and that’s changed her life. “I was on about 13 to 14 medications. I am down to three” Kemp said “When I was on medications – I just slept all the time – I didn’t do anything- I didn’t move I was tired “ Kemp said she was ashamed to use marijuana in the beginning- but says without it she wouldn’t be able to run her business or get out of bed. She is worried about being able to access her medicine under the new administration but notes that popular support is in favor of legalization. According to a 2016 Albuquerque Journal poll Sixty-one percent of likely voters said they would support a proposal to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana for adults 21 and older. Festival organizers Melissa and Ken Thompson said they hope to put on cannabis festivals where people can smoke marijuana in the not to distant future.
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Chope's Town Cafe and Bar Gets State Designation
Today, Chope’s Town Cafe and Bar in the rural community of La Mesa may be a off the beaten path, but for much of the twentieth century this locally-owned cafe and bar was considered by many as the social spot of Southern Doña Ana County. The social and historical significance of this local business helped turn a New Mexico State University student project into a year-long effort Chope’s Town Cafe and Bar on the National Register of Historic Places. Chope's recently was recognized by the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee. Addison Warner, now an NMSU graduate has been working on this project with his partner, NMSU student Norma Hartell. “We started to see that the history and the family was very historic in a legendary part of actually the whole country itself, but definitely in La Mesa and New Mexico culture with the food and everything,” says Warner. Chope’s has a direct connection to U.S. agricultural history. In the early 1940s, the country established the Bracero Program, a guest worker program with Mexico to fill massive voids in the agricultural sector as farm workers left to serve overseas during World War Two. Norma Hartell has a personal connection to that history. She says that the Braceros would frequent Chope’s Town Cafe and Bar as customers and sometimes paid for their meals with crops they had picked that same day. “To me that was important, because both of my grandparents were Braceros, so I started to recognize how that affected the United States and especially agricultural communities like La Mesa and local businesses like Chope’s,” says Hartell. The history of this family cafe and bar goes back to 1915, when Longina Benavides opened a small dining room in her home to area residents. Locals knew that when the outside lamp of Longina’s home was lit, that they could find fresh enchiladas for sale inside. Later her son José “Chope” Benavides and his wife Guadalupe would take over the cafe, and build a bar next door. The couple raised their daughter’s just steps away from the kitchen of the Cafe. Dr. Beth O’Leary, a retired NMSU professor worked with her former cultural resources management students (Warner and Hartell) to get Chope’s on the state register of cultural properties. She says the history of this cafe and bar speaks for itself. “The Bracero program was incorporated into the cuisine, and where the family since 1915 (the women especially), have been cooking this marvelous food and preserving the recipes and the skills that they brought with them when they came to this country.” Amelia Rivas, Cecilia Yañez, and Margie Martinez the daughters of José and Guadalupe Benavides have owned and operated Chope’s Town Cafe and Bar since their father passed away in 1990. Margie Martinez says that her father who was known as “Chope,” was as a charismatic figure in the community she says she learned a lot from her parents. “The customers loved him and he loved people. My mother is a wonderful person. She is a wonderful cook, very giving, and they taught us to be good with people, to find good in everyone, and to treat people well,” says Martinez. According to Amelia Rivas, she and each of her sisters always have different opinions and thoughts when it comes to running the historic cafe and bar, but at the end of the day, the one they agree on is that they still consider the place to belong to their mother, 97 year-old Guadalupe who is still in the restaurant everyday. "We do everything for my mother. We always remind ourselves, it's my mother's business, not mine," says Rivas. Cecilia Yañez says growing up at Chope’s Town Cafe and Bar has been an experience that she wouldn’t have any other way. “I can’t not see myself in another kind of life..It’s been a lot of work, and hard work, but it is something that I have enjoyed very much,” says Yañez. Ara Janelle Woodward, was raised on a farm near Chope’s. She has been coming to the Cafe and Bar since high school. “I just think this is the best place to live, and Chope’s is the best place to eat. I just had red enchiladas,” says Woodward. Whether it’s red or green chile enchiladas, or even Chope’s famous Chile Rellenos. You can still find the original recipes of Longina and Guadalupe Benavides being served today, and the work to get Chope’s Town Cafe and Bar on the National Register of historic places is seeing progress. The Cultural Properties Review Committee in Santa Fe has unanimously passed that Chope’s Town Cafe and Bar be added to the state register of cultural properties, moving it forward to the National Register of Historic places for consideration. According to Dr. Beth O’Leary, the group should find out within the next couple of months if the family restaurant will be added.
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No Employment Protections For Medicinal Cannabis Patients In New Mexico
Robert Pack was working as the manager of ticketing and audience services for Monterrey Symphony Orchestra in Carmel, California, when he was diagnosed with adult onset epilepsy. “I had my first seizure at work”. To get it under control doctors prescribed him a string of different pharmaceuticals, the only one that worked gave him debilitating nausea, anxiety and difficulty sleeping, so his doctor recommended using cannabis medicinally. “Let me just say that Cannabis is the absolute best anti nausea medication in the world absolutely the best it immediately mitigated the nausea. It immediately took care of the anxiety and my appetite improved it became more normal”. Pack has used it twice a day, everyday since then. Despite living in California years after medicinal use of marijuana became legal he says there was still a stigma attached to it. “Oh yeah you know if you go to a dinner party people will say you bring the weed you know this kind of thing. It is perceived as a big kind of joke particularly if like I said you don’t look sick”. Not wanting to risk his job, Pack didn’t tell his employer and was able to continue working while managing his health issues. But it didn’t last, eventually the death of his mother brought him back to Carlsbad New Mexico, where he was offered a job as an assistant manager at Hastings books store, if he could pass a drug test. “They withdrew the job offer because I did test positive for cannabis use and I pointed out to them that New Mexico was a legal state that didn’t matter, I pointed out to them that I had no criminal record, that didn’t matter my work record my experience none of that mattered. They asked again why , why were you at a party? Did you happen to take in some smoke some where and I said no I am a medical cannabis patient". Arizona and four other states have laws stopping employers from discriminating against medicinal marijuana patients. New Mexico doesn’t. But New Mexico District 33 State Representative Bill McCamley says state protections are largely powerless in the face of federal marijuana policy. “Until there is a court case to decide which is superior or the federal government gets out of the business it makes it really tough to even have conversations about passing these laws because these questions are going to come up and we are just not going to have answer”. One such case filed in Albuquerque against Presbyterian healthcare services may change that. Medicinal marijuana advocates like Pack hope it sets a precedent for protecting patients. The woman’s lawyer is using the New Mexico Human Rights Act as the basis for the lawsuit. While it is litigated Pack says patients are finding their own ways around employer drug testing. “If you have a smoke shop in your town you can go get a kit that will help you pass a drug test". One of the most common is Strip NC, a $15.00, 7 day detox product, with the stated function of cleansing the body of toxins ingested through the air, food and water. But type Strip NC in to Google and this is what comes up, “How to pass a drug test”, “Does Strip NC work, Cannabis.com” “Used Strip NC but failed test please help” Pack told the regional management at Hastings he was a cannabis patient medicating twice daily. But he says they told him to take the drug test anyway. “They were kind of giving me the wink to go and get a masking kit and cover it up”. But he refused to do cover it up. “I am legal medical cannabis patient in a legal medical cannabis state I have nothing to be ashamed of and I shouldn’t have to lie to get a job that I am qualified for”. Pack has since retired, he says not by choice but because of the medicine he takes so he lives off the family farm and spends time doing medicinal advocacy in the state. He says most medicinal marijuana patients in New Mexico don’t have that option. Pack co-founded the Southeast New Mexico Medical Cannabis Alliance and his advocacy work continues for those who face employment discrimination because of the medicine they’ve been prescribed.
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Raising Awareness about ONH
05.17.11 (LAS CRUCES) -- A local business woman is looking to educate and bring awareness to a condition many people live with, including her daughter. Every month Krisha Delong sets aside one cupcake. "I just thought, what can I do to give back," she said. But she's not doing it for the reasons you may think. "It's a tough battle to weigh out," she adds. Delong's 11-year-old daughter has Optic Nerve Hypoplasia or O.N.H. which is a medical condition resulting in blindness. "When you're about eight weeks pregnant, the midline shaft of the baby's brain doesn't form properly and so you can have, there is a very wide spectrum of kids with this disease," said Delong. Delong owns "Cupcake Hut and Rock-n-Roll Gift Shop" in Las Cruces. She's helping put together a fundraiser, which not only raises money for research, but brings awareness about the condition to the community. "The community needs to have, I would love to raise more awareness about our blind children in this community. I think that they sometimes get forgotten," said Parisa Rad, who also has a blind daughter. Rad works hard every day to educate the public on the disorder. She has done research and says in New Mexico, thirty-three babies from birth to three years old have O.N.H. "It's definitely difficult at times, but getting to do things like this is very rewarding, knowing that I can do something to change her life and the quality of her life, you know sometimes it's just something as simple as having somebody approach her and say hi, people are sometimes scared of what they don't know, they are scared of the unknown so, getting this awareness will make the community more comfortable because ultimately want her to become comfortable in her own skin," she said. The fundraising event is taking place this Saturday, May 21, 2011 at the Cupcake Hut and Rock-N-Roll Gift Shop in Las Cruces. All proceeds will be donated to the One Small Voice Foundation. Reported by Carlos Correa.
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To Attend School, Young U.S. Citizens Who Live In Mexico Cross The Border Daily
Daylight hasn’t broken before 500 students from the tiny Mexican town of Palomas are up and on their way to school. But it’s not your typical commute. To get to class, these kids have to cross an international border. They show their U.S. passports and birth certificates. Immigration and Customs officials inspect their school bags. Then they’re bussed to school in Luna County, New Mexico. Lizett Preciado is a senior at Deming High School in Luna County. A U.S. citizen, she has lived in Palomas with her parents for seven years. “It's good to go to school over there. There's more opportunities to study and have a better job in the future," Preciado said. “It is great that this border allows us each day to go to school there.” x Lizett and her family moved to Palomas from Colorado after her mother, Rosa Maria Preciado, was deported for being in the country illegally. “I felt really bad, really badly, because I have my four children that are citizens of the United States and my husband was a resident,” Preciado said. “I didn’t want to go back to Mexico. I know it is my country, but life in Mexico is very hard.” Preciado and her husband, Ramon, make their living in Palomas raising goats. Ramon still crosses occasionally back into the U.S. to work. But because of Preciado's deported status, the isolated border crossing at Palomas is as close as she can get to her old life in the U.S. Preciado said having her children educated in the U.S. was important to her. That’s why they settled in Palomas. “A friend said Palomas would be a good option to live with my children. It’s easy to cross into the U.S. and there was a bus to take them to school.” Preciado said. Lizett Preciado, a senior at Deming High School in Luna County, and her mother, Rosa Maria Preciado, Oct. 16, 2016. Lizett Preciado, a senior at Deming High School in Luna County, and her mother, Rosa Maria Preciado, Oct. 16, 2016. Every year schools in Luna County welcome students and families coming from all over the country: Tennessee, Utah, Illinois. The principal of Columbus Elementary, Armando Chavez, said the schools usually see an influx of students when states enact strict immigration laws as Arizona did in 2010. “We are dealing with children that come from South Dakota, Missouri, it can be any state that they come. But we embrace our children that come to our door everyday,” Chavez said. Chavez said most of his students have at least one parent that can’t legally enter the U.S. “We are sometimes the holding spot for them, for them to fix the papers correctly.” Columbus Elementary Principal Armando Chavez talks to kids who cross the port of entry to go to school, May 24, 2016. Columbus Elementary Principal Armando Chavez talks to kids who cross the port of entry to go to school, May 24, 2016. School districts in Texas and California also allow students living in Mexico to come to school. But they often charge out-of-district fees or are private. For the U.S. citizens students coming from Palomas to school in Luna County, the education is free. And students have been crossing the border to attend school in Luna County since 1948. So it's not surprising that despite the 10-foot-high border fence, the ties between the schools in Luna County and the community of Palomas run deep — from businesses to culture to marriage. Many teachers in the Luna County schools crossed the border as students. Ricardo Gutierrez is one of them. He teaches fifth grade at Columbus Elementary, the school he attended as a child. “They gave me the opportunity,” Gutierrez said. “So now it’s my turn to give back to the community.” Gutierrez said keeping parents engaged in their children’s education is the biggest challenge. He opens his restaurant, San Jose, in Palomas for parent-teacher conferences via Skype. And every year he hosts live graduation ceremony watch parties for parents who can’t cross north. But not everyone living in Luna County thinks state money should be used to educate students who don’t live in the U.S. “They don’t live in the United States so that forces the state of New Mexico to pay for their education as well as those of us that are taxed in the Luna County to pay for them too,” said Russ Howell, chairwoman of the Luna County Republican Party. Howell said that allowing students to get a free education in Luna County motivates people to exploit birthright citizenship. “They are getting a free education because their mother decided to give birth in the United States rather than back in Mexico where they live,” Howell said. The New Mexico State Constitution requires public schools to be “open to, all the children of school age in the state” regardless of residence.
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Living Here - Truth or Consequences
Living Here features Truth or Consequences, N.M.
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Living Here - El Bug O in El Paso
For the last seven years in El Paso, TX on the Sunday after Easter, Volkswagen owners from across the area gather together to celebrate a common interest. These people gather to celebrate Volkswagens of all kinds, mostly air-cooled and some water cooled, enjoy the weather, show their cars, find parts and raise money for a local charity.
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Nation's Newest Major General Still Commands WSMR
(WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE) -- Maj. Gen. Gwen Bingham is the only female commander of White Sands Missile Range. In her own words -- she's come a long way. "This young gal from Troy, Alabama is profoundly...proud to...be part of the military services." She says, when she first became general, it was her height people most joked about... "He looked at me and he said you're a general? I thought all generals were tall. I simply said to him, you know, they're making them all shapes and sizes now." Now she takes a step up to two-star general while in command of the missile range. There were a lot of people in the receiving line to congratulate general Bingham. She has a phrase for that back in her Alabama hometown. "...a whole heap of people as we say in Alabama." At the ceremony, her children pinned her second star on. Her son Phillip Bingham says he's not a momma's boy, but he does keep in touch with his mother. "I call her pretty much everyday and tell her how I'm doing in school...my classes and whatnot." Phillip's sister, Tava, was glad to be here. "To us she's mom...it's so exciting to be able to participate in this today." For all her accomplishments as a woman and an African American woman...Maj. Gen. Bingham says she expects even more of her followers. I always tell 'em when they say, 'I want to be like you,' I say no, you want to be better than me." Sloan Patton reported.
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"Go Teacher" Ecuador Scholar Program at  NMSU
The "Go Teacher" program is in its third year at New Mexico State University. The goal of the program is to teach English Language fluency and English language teaching methodologies to Ecuadorian English teachers. The scholars spend seven months taking classes at New Mexico State University, while also discovering the culture of New Mexico and the U.S./Mexico border region. Produced, Photographed and Edited by KRWG-TV Photojournalist, Hugo Perez
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Our Stories: Vietnam Part 2
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Students Learn From Members Of The Tarahumara Tribe
Members of the Tarahumara tribe from the Copper Canyon in Mexico traveled to Southern New Mexico this weekend to celebrate their native culture. They stopped at La Academia Dolores Huerta to talk with students about their lifestyle. Students sang and dance to welcome members of the Tarahumara tribe to La Academia Dolores Huerta. Principal Octavio Casillas says it’s important for students to learn about different indigenous cultures. “Because there is a lot that we can learn from them,” Casillas said. “And I believe some of the reasons that kids lose their place in life is because they forget who they’re ancestors were, and who they are supposed to honor.” Casillas says there are also lessons to be learned from their lifestyle, they are almost exclusively vegetarians and eat only what they are able to grow. “The Tarahumaras,” Casillas said. “What’s special about them is they have been able to maintain their culture. And their lifestyle is beautiful you know they have like no diabetes, no high blood pressure, they don’t have any cancer. They’re vegetarians, they live a very healthy life, they’re highly mobile.” Irma Chavez Cruz spoke with students about her culture, and about how living a healthy lifestyle is out of respect for nature. “I believe we can adapt,” Chavez Cruz said. “Because in that way the importance of nature can be respected and appreciated because without it we would not have what we have.” Running also holds spiritual significance for the Tarahumara tribe, as part of their beliefs they think that running helps make the world go around, and they run out of respect for God. “Because it is the way we show appreciation,” Chavez Cruz said. “It is the thanks that is given to nature, because then we are part of everything, and everything is part of nature. We live in it, we breathe it. There is water we drink from, where we eat from, We have to be thankful because it gives us everything, and gives us that soul that we should follow walking.” Chavez Cruz hopes the students can take something away from the visit. “We are just one world,” Chavez Cruz said. “We all deserve respect. We all deserve to be treated with dignity. So, together we are able to achieve something from our heart. To make a change for all the things happening in the world, the violence, and so I would like for them to walk with us in the spirit with nature, respecting every being that walks on the ground, like the ants, like the chameleons, for the Raramuri every animal has a meaning and a function in life.”
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Vaqueros Spring Training
5.4.11 (LAS CRUCES) - Spring training begins for the Las Cruces Vaqueros. KRWG's Jared Andersen has this report.
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Our Stories: Vietnam Part 1
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Rugby: New Olympic Sport Taking Off In The U.S.
Despite international popularity…in the U.S…the century old game of rugby has largely been overshadowed by other contact sports like American football, soccer and lacrosse. This summer marks the first time since 1924 the game will be played in the Olympics. Simon Thompson takes a look at rugby’s growing popularity in the U.S. ________________________________________________ The Las Cruces Horny Toads are strapping their boots on, doing some warm up exercises and going over some last minute strategies…before taking the field for their first rugby match of the Chupacabra Tournament in Las Cruces. NAT – Team Grunt in Unison In this version of football…most players go without helmets or padding. And they don’t perform dance routines when they score. Rugby is a continuous head to head, muscle to muscle, multi-skilled game- and demands every player can run, kick, pass and tackle. NATT Rugby has become one of America’s fastest growing sports. Las Cruces Horney Toads Captain Justin Karrenburg says he was hooked in high school. “A friend of mine asked me if I wanted to go play rugby - and I wasn’t very familiar with it - and I said yes.. and so for the next year - we pretended to be in college so we could play on the college team and then once we got in to college we just kept playing and we just went from there.’ Rugby only started gaining real traction as a contact sport in the U.S. around ten years ago. But Karrenburg says southern New Mexico’s rugby tradition goes back much further. “This is a pretty deep culture in New Mexico - it is since the 70s - 40 years we are having the celebration in a couple of weeks- we will celebrate our anniversary.- to have that history makes for a better future- and even in 70s and 80s we were winning national champion ships back then” New Mexico rugby isn’t as strong…or as organized…as it was in its heyday. Karrenburg says his team is always looking for new blood. He says he was stoked when the Horney Toads recruited a new player from South Africa… a nation that lives and breaths rugby. “I got here and needed some South African things to do and kind of came across a rugby team which is pretty much potluck and unusual- but so far so good.” Nathan Blair moved to Las Cruces recently for a job at a winery. He says he’s been playing the game since he was a kid…but adds…even though most American players didn’t start until later in life…they’re holding their own. “A lot of them do come from American football back grounds - so from a perspective of being tough and being fit they are pretty decent in that regards” it is just the sense of kind of getting to grips with rugby terminology and how it is done.” With the game now being played in the Olympics, Captain Karrenburg says he hopes more American men and women will take up the sport. “It is just really growing - now it is in the Olympics is a lot more visible to people- so it is becoming a lot more familiar than it was.” “ STAND UP- With Jills New shirt ;-) “Rugby hasn’t been in the Olympic games since 1924, and the last time the it was played the US took home the gold.” Ten teams played in the Chupacabra Tournament- Teams came from Santa Fe, Albuquerque, El Paso- as well as one team from Ciudad Chihuahua, Mexico. Captain Rafael Chavez says though Mexico didn’t make the Olympic qualifiers…rugby has been a popular sport in his country for some time. He says it’s more rigorous than soccer. “It is the most demanding sport that I have played - when you run like crazy.. you have to hit people that are way bigger than you some times.” Rafael Chavez says he wants to see more clubs playing in the border region. “We were used to going to Monterrey, Saltillo other places- but to travel from Chihuahua south.. It is way- further than coming here to El Paso or Las Cruces - we are mostly trying get over here.” This year, the Santa Fe Santos took home the trophy. But that didn’t discourage Captain Karrenburg. He says the Las Cruces Horny Toads hope to win in the U.S. league’s national competition. South African Nathan Blair says there’s plenty of time to train for that….In the meantime…Blair says he wants to make sure his American teammates keep perfecting their game…while also enjoying the customary post-game celebrations. “Play hard and party harder” For KRWG- I’m Simon Thompson
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Guero Loco: Bringing The Beat To Bilingualism
A Michigan State University study says attending a bilingual school may improve reading and math test scores of native English speakers. Research also shows bilingual programs benefit those learning English as a second language. Despite the benefits…the state education department says only 17% of all New Mexico students are in bilingual education. With a cabbie hat, full face shades and a Latin style fade hair cut bilingual Spanish rapper Guero Loco looks more like the kind of guy you’d see hanging out the window of a low rider or MCing a Reggaeton show. But today he’s working the stage of the Deming High School auditorium. “The people with the money they get it, they have got their kids in the emergent schools learning languages. We need to spread that message to the kids-because I have had so many opportunities opened up to me not just as a music artist but also in the regular job market.” Guero Loco says. To get the message out Guero Loco takes the fundamentals of Spanish; the alphabet, vowel pronunciation and verb conjugations and raps them over hip hop beats. “It is hip with the hip hop! It is the youth they really love hip. I mean shoot 50 and 60 years olds love hip hop now. So just really taking a music that they like and putting the music and repetition to good use as far as teaching.” Guero Loco says. Sitting up in the back of the auditorium was the Deming Public Schools Director of Bilingual Education Michael Chavez he says he brought Guero Loco in to raise the profile of dual-language learning. “We service different kids within the program. We service English learners that are of course Spanish speakers that are learning English and we are also trying to recruit more English speakers that want to learn Spanish in our dual language programs” Chavez says. Chavez says the bilingual curriculum is not only identical to the English language curriculum but students work through it at the same pace. A 2013 Michigan state University study in Texas shows that native English speakers enrolled in schools with bilingual education perform much better on math and reading tests than students schools without those programs. According to the most recent New Mexico data native English speakers in the bilingual programs have achieved higher standardized test scores in many grades. Chavez says the trend runs true throughout the Deming school district and is an even stronger trend among English language learners in the bilingual streams. “There is a lot of people that believe in order to learn English you need to be in an all English environment and there is lots of research out there and we have data within our district that shows that English learners that are doing it through both languages, English and Spanish are actually out performing our kids that are not.” Chavez says. Of the 5261 students in the Deming Public School more than 31% are enrolled in bilingual programs. Deming High School sophomore Cristina Hernandez is one, she’s a native Spanish speaker she says there is a little bit of a cultural and language divide at Deming High School. She says kids in the bilingual stream and in the traditional English stream hardly interact and she says it doesn’t help that a lot of bilingual classes are off the main campus. “I feel like it is two different schools. We are at the same school but it is like if we have two different schools.” Hernandez says. Senior Jason Gomez is also a native Spanish speaker, he says relationships are a lot stronger within the bilingual program. “Spanish talkers can teach or help English talkers speak Spanish and English students can teach Spanish students learn English.” Gonzalez says. Both Gonzalez and Hernandez say their experience at Deming High School would be a lot better if more students were in the bilingual program or at least if speaking two languages was more celebrated at school. Chavez says they have been progressively working towards that goal for the last six years. He says one of the reasons Guero Loco has so much impact is because students can relate to him and his experience. He speaks perfect Spanish and knows his way around Mexican slang but he is no native Spanish speaker. “Guero Loco basically means the crazy white guy! They crazy gringo. Because my parents aren’t Latino. I don’t have any body in my family that is Latino” Guero Loco says. His Real name; Steve Stiegelmeyer. Born and raised in the suburbs of Indianapolis. Where he almost failed Spanish in high school. “For a lot of the gringo kids, I used to be in their position. I used to be sitting in their seats wondering why am I taking this language? How is this ever going to help me with my life? It is probably not, why should I even pay attention? So my job is to be that link and say this is why.” Guero Loco says.
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Green Crude
08.18.10 (LAS CRUCES) - Las Cruces is a hot bed of algae activity. As KRWG's Jared Andersen reports, employees at the Sapphire Energy research facility work 7 days a week in an attempt to create, "green crude".
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Final 'Last Call' For German Club At Ft. Bliss
Tonight, a Fort Bliss tradition comes to an end after 50 years. The German Club on base has provided opportunities for German troops stationed there an opportunity to meet and mingle with each other, American soldiers, and the El Paso community. When you walk into the German Club at Fort Bliss you open a door that has connected two countries since 1963. At the club you can eat authentic German food, and in the evening enjoy German Beer with friends. The beer garden outside of the club becomes a popular place to be every fall when the first keg is tapped kicking-off local Oktoberfest celebrations. The draw-down of German forces from Ft. Bliss has prompted this shutdown, bringing to an end a long legacy of celebrations from promotions, anniversaries, birthdays, and of course Karaoke Night. Marco Hauff, First Lieutenant with the German Air Force Air Defense Center, and Public Affairs officer says with the troop drawn down, the club will no longer be able to afford to keep the club doors open. "Around 500 German soldiers have been here in El Paso, and now we cut down our number of soldiers to 100 to 120. So we can not afford to keep the club open," says First Lieutenant Hauff. For the past 50 years the club has been the place where many friendships where established, with some even leading to marriages. The Club has served as a home away from home for many soldiers. Hauff, himself has fond memories of this club. "We had a big celebration for the birth of my son, so I am really close with this club," says First Lieutenant Hauff. Over the years, the club has been owned and operated by different groups ranging from churches to non-profit groups. Master Sergeant, Marco Andresen, with the German Air Force is the manager of the German Club. He says the club has gone through different changes, but it has always served as a place for German soldiers and their families to meet and share their culture with Americans. "That is the most difficult part," says Master Sgt. Andresen. "Hearing the Americans say that it's a shame the German Club is closing, it's hard." Since the announcement of the shut down many people have returned for one last visit to the club to share memories of a place that has hosted so many memorable events. This club has provided an opportunity for Lennart Marzinke, a civilian contractor from Germany to make many American friends. "Many Americans hang around here, and the atmosphere is always quite relaxed," says Marzinke. The Club may be closing it's doors for good, but the memories and stories of this place will last for generations.
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Poetry and the U.S. - Mexico border
08.09.10 (EL PASO) -- A native Las Cruces writer living in El Paso focuses on the border, and the violence in Mexico for his next book of poetry. KRWG's Jared Andersen reports.
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Living Here - Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park
The Asombro Institute for Science Education is the home of the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park. Located in the northern Chihuahuan Desert, the 935-acre Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park site is a topographically and biologically diverse example of this beautiful desert. The Nature Park encompasses a small section of the Doña Ana Mountains northeast of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Spectacular views of the Organ Mountains, San Andres Mountains and the Jornada Basin are also visible from the Park.
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KRWG Web Extra: Las Cruces H.S. Show Choir
04.09.11 (LAS CRUCES) -- The Las Cruces High School Show Choir recently performed at the Rio Grande Theatre in downtown Las Cruces. KRWG's Carlos Correa has more in this Web Extra.
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Doña Ana Village Boxing Club Helps Keep Kids Off The Street
The Doña Ana Village Boxing Club is trying to help keep kids off the streets and in school, and to do that take a lot of money and hard work. Samantha Sonner recently visited the club to find out more about the work they do and what they want to do in the future. Youth Boxers of all ages work out at the Doña Ana Village Boxing Club, Joscelyn Olayo, is 8 years old and started boxing at age six. “You have to work out like every day,” Joscelyn said. “And I like the workout part because it’s fun, and you get training to get ready to fight.” All the way up to professional boxers like Adan Vasquez, who started boxing at the age of 11, after getting into fights at school. As a professional, he still comes to train and help the younger boxers. “Boxing taught me a lot,” Vasquez said. “It kept me out of trouble, it kept me straight, and it actually brought my family closer because it’s my dad, my little sister, my brother, and now my 4 year old daughter that kind of trains, and my little girl gets into it.” Joe Triste, Head coach of the boxing club says they’ve been successful in getting kids off the streets and keeping them off. “We teach them to box,” Triste said. “But that’s only the beginning. We actually try to instill discipline, we teach them respect. We teach them how to respect themselves, respect others.” Triste says his boxers are less likely to get in fights outside of the gym. “Some of are rules that we actually apply are if they are caught fighting out on the streets,” Triste said. “Or in school, or wherever, then we suspend them and apply those sanctions. So they know, they know that it’s a sport. They know that it has to do with discipline and respect and that kind of thing.” Boxing can help the kids stay focused and do better in school. Triste says it also helps keep them healthy. “Of course we don’t all our kids playing video games all the time,” Triste said. “So this keeps them healthy, we talk about health, we talk about nutrition, we talk about being mentally healthy, and things like that, so it just kind of brings them to a cleaner better environment.” Training at the club is free, and most of the kids who practice there show up every day. “Most of the kids we have come from broken homes,” Triste said. “Or are at the poverty level. So, they really don’t have a way out, they don’t have an escape, they don’t have many places they can go to feel comfortable. Especially if they don’t have the transportation or the money to get to these activities, and the only thing they pay for here is their hand wraps and their mouthpieces which is no more then 20 bucks there.” Now, they are looking to help pay for their boxers to compete at amateur competitions with USA boxing, which costs about $85 dollars per boxer, something many kids there can’t afford. Triste says competing is an important experience. “I think that’s the way they grow,” Triste said. “You have to have a little bit of competition, so what we do here is we train them, we teach them. And what the competition does is, it helps them apply everything that they’ve learned so it build confidence. It helps ensure that they’re not working for nothing.” Triste says he wants to help all of the youth boxers follow their dreams and get a good education, like Joscelyn Olayo, who doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon. “I want to go until I’m the world champion,” Joscelyn said.” For more information about the Doña Ana Village Boxing Club or to donate call (575) 524-6760.
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Fake Service Dogs And Low Industry Standards Impact People With Disabilities
Service Dogs provide an essential role in many people's lives. However, a growing number of fake service dogs and an unregulated industry are impacting those who depend on a working dog everyday. Letticia Martinez is a freshman student at New Mexico State University. She is blind and decided to get a service dog this year to help her navigate campus. She has discovered that there are some challenges that come along with having a service dog, and the biggest one is that people always want to pet her working dog named,"Philly." "Oh yeah, it's a huge issue," says Martinez. Letticia says that some people still pet her dog even after she asks them not to. She tries not to offend people, but it can get frustrating. "She's not a normal dog, she's a working dog so she has to stay focused and stay on task," says Martinez. Another challenge facing people who need service dogs are fake service dogs. For example, anyone can go online and order a, "service dog" harness and take their pet anywhere. However, there are very few laws in place to find out if a dog is a true service dog. In fact, Letticia recently entered a building where a service dog she later questioned started to bark and growl at her and her dog. This confused and scared her dog, which in turn endangered her. "Service dogs aren't supposed to have that kind of behavior in buildings. So just having fake service dogs like that can cause problems," says Martinez. Trudy Luken is the Director of Accessibility Services at NMSU. She says..The Americans with Disabilities Act only allows someone to ask certain questions when encountering an individual with a service animal. "Is this dog required for a disability? And, what kind of tasks does this animal do or provide (for the disability)?" says Luken. These limiting questions may hurt the chances of preventing fake service dogs, but they do protect people who need them. "We're hearing people complaining, but we also need to be conscience of the fact that there are individuals who have a right to have these animals," says Luken. Another issue within the service dog industry is that there are no government agencies or certifications required for trainers of service animals. Karen Kendall, owns Karen's Animal House in Las Cruces. She has been a dog trainer since the mid 1970s. She says that fake certification takes away from the people who really need the service. "You can go and take their written test and get a piece of paper that says you're certified, but there is no one watching you. There is no hands on experience necessary and it's a lot of bogus certifications,"says Kendall. Kendall adds that besides having a commercial kennel license and passing an annual inspection there are hardly any regulations. She says the rules could be improved...but she does not want extreme regulations. "I'm at a fence here, because I am not in favor of a government certifying everybody and everything. On the other hand, I don't want people out there training dogs and people that don't know what they are doing." Says Kendall. Without regulation, the dog training industry is left up to reputation. "I have worked very hard for many years. Thirty-something years to build my reputation as a dog trainer," says Kendall. Steven Torres, owns and operates American Service Dogs in Las Cruces. He has been a dog trainer for over a decade. He too says experience is needed to give the correct service to someone in need. "We have to have standardization. You have to have more than just printing off a piece of paper. You have to have years of relationships with dogs, learning personality, learning canine behavior, and learning how to capture the true dogs ability and personality. Not every dog can be a service dog. One in one-thousand can be a service dog," says Torres. Torres says that fake service dogs are usually easy to point out because they may misbehave. However, when they do misbehave in public it can leave a negative legacy for someone with a legitimate service dog and disability. "It affects it because then businesses don't want dogs, they then look down on service dogs and they don't give them access, and it makes it harder for people with disabilities," says Torres. Torres adds that fake service dogs also make it hard for people with disabilities to feel the independence a true service dog can give.
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Stained Glass Art Project
06.15.11 (LAS CRUCES) -- Students at Lynn Middle School in Las Cruces are helping design a new look for their school and the work includes a brief lesson on history. 8th grader Katie LaPage is using well-known pictures to guide her through a new project being taught at Lynn Middle School. "Well, we had a little picture of the structure first so, we kind of went off of that so we saw the metals are orange and there was kind of like a sunset," said LaPage. Students are spending part of their summer vacation in class, creating stained glass window designs. "The best part is just being able to like really get into the art other than the school year and it's also a good way to spend your free time," she said. The young artists are put into groups where they come up with plans for their designs. "My stained glass panel is the leaning tower, it's actually part of a cathedral," said John Flores, student at Lynn Middle School. Students spend time sketching their work on a piece of paper, carefully drawing each line. They also spend time researching and learning about the history of each structure and portrait used on their panels. "I chose King Tut because I know most about him and I've seen him before so, I thought it was really interesting to see it in glass," said Shaunia Grant, 8th grader at Lynn Middle School. Once the workshop is complete, students will be able to see their work on display, teachers plan to post them on the windows all over school." "If feels nice that people get to see my art because most of the time when I draw in my class is not put, the things that I draw, that I like are not put on the walls because they are not assignments, but this is actually something I like and it feels really nice," she said. Reported by Carlos Correa.
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Our Stories: Vietnam Part 3
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Cadets in Command
04.26.10 (LAS CRUCES) -- EMMY nominated "Cadets in Command," takes a close look at what it's like being part of Onate High School's Navy JROTC program. KRWG's Carlos Correa reports.
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Owners Of A Hatch Restaurant Went From 'The Fields' To Running A Successful Eatery
Owners of a popular Hatch restaurant have gone from working in the fields harvesting chile and onions to owning one of the most popular restaurants in town for locals. Melva Aguirre and her sister Chayo Berela couldn’t be more different, but they are completely in sync when it comes to working a lunchtime rush. The two sisters have owned and operated the Pepper Pot, a popular Mexican and American restaurant for locals in Hatch for nearly 20 years. Melva is far from shy, as she spends most of her day serving and joking with customers while her sister, Chayo who preferred not to be interviewed for this story likes to work behind the scenes in the kitchen. Melva says that her first job when she arrived as a teenager from central Mexico was harvesting chile and chopping onions in the fields. “I thought…Yeah! I’m going to America…I got it made. Oh my God, If they would of told me that I was going to pick chiles and chop onions I would have stayed there,” says Aguirre. Today, many of the farmers and agricultural producers that Melva worked for a when she first arrived are regulars at the Pepper Pot. The farmers that show up for coffee in the morning say they like to solve all the world’s problems. Stormy Adams, CEO of Shiloh Produce is part of the group. Adams shares what he thinks is special about the Pepper Pot. “It’s one of the only restaurants that open everyday of the week, so it’s a great place to get together in fellowship, comradery, and have great food,” says Adams. The relationship with the local farmers and community was strengthened even more when The Pepper Pot was flooded and severely damaged during the Hatch flood nearly ten years ago. “It was like a month before the Chile festival and we needed it to be open by chile festival, and the farmers took turns. They painted, they sanded the walls, and my husband took four days off from the dairy, my brother-in-law too and we went 24-7,” says Aguirre. The restaurant was open by the Chile festival and season, and has since continued to thrive, and Melva Aguirre says that her love for the community in Hatch has grown as well. “You know after that it made me so proud to live in Hatch. You know people say ‘why do you live in Hatch.’ They don’t know the people of Hatch, if they did, they would live here too.”
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Green Chile Harvesting Machine May Offer Some Hope For Industry To Rebound In NM
If you talk to people who have spent some time in the chile industry, they may tell you that nothing will ever compare to a human harvesting a green chile pepper. However, Israeli inventor Elad Etgar is out to change their minds. Etgar’s company has developed a mechanized way to harvest green chile. He describes how the machine harvests the crop. “The head strips the fruit, and the leaves from the plant, and moves everything to the harvester. The harvester separates the leaves, and the fruit, and moves everything from the belt and the boxes,” says Etgar. Etgar has been developing mechanized harvesters for over 25 years. He says that already red chile mostly harvested mechanically, but green…well that’s a different story. “The challenge is on the green chile…to harvest gently and close to the ground and not pull the plan to the ground, “says Etgar. Etgar says that it is important to work with the growers on their irrigation techniques so that the plants won’t be easily pulled out of the ground. “This is the first challenge. The second challenge is to do it fast and the destemming,” says Etgar. The New Mexico chile industry has seen better days according to the New Mexico Chile Association 34,500 Acres were harvested in 1992, and only 9,600 were harvested in 2012. At NMSU’s Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas, researchers navigate and follow one an Etgar’s harvesting machines named Moses 1010 as it plucks green chiles from plants loads them on a conveyer belt where it falls into buckets to be sorted. Dr. Stephanie Walker, extension vegetable specialist at NMSU shares her team’s observations. “The varieties that have a lot of basil branches, those are very low-lying lateral branches where you get the main fruit set starting on a plant. If we have a lot of basil branches on a plant, the picking mechanisms are catching the basil branches and uprooting those plants,” says Walker. Walker adds that the more upright plants with minimal basil branches are working best for this machine. She says that nothing may ever beat a human harvesting green chile. However, she says right now there are some opportunities for mechanized harvesting for green chile. “Another possibility is a second pick green chile. Let hand crews go through and get that first pick, and then when the plants regenerate the second pick, I think this machine would be optimum on green chile plants.” Walker says that the state already has a quality reputation when it comes to green chile, and if growers can adapt to change then the industry could see a comeback. “If we can get over the issue about having a method to get the crop harvested when it needs to be harvested I think we can definitely bring acreage back to New Mexico.” So far the answer is unknown. Etgar is still working to improve his harvesting machine. He says so far very few chile growers are willing to show cooperation as far as testing goes, due to fear of losing labor. Etgar has moved his large harvester to Arizona to conduct more testing, where he says farmers are facing even tougher labor shortages there than in New Mexico.
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Prehistoric Trackways National Monument
07.15.10 (LAS CRUCES) -- Animal tracks 280 million years old. KRWG's Jared Andersen reports.
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Native American Pottery Collection Returns To Silver City
(SILVER CITY) -- Thirty years ago, Dr. Cynthia Bettison was a graduate student sifting through the dirt on a ranch outside silver city. Studying archaeology, she was looking for what was left of the Mimbres Native American people. Today, she is the curator of the museum at Western New Mexico University. She says, even then, she knew she'd be back. "I said to my cohort...I'm gonna come back and fix this place...9 years later, the position opened up and everybody that heard me say that gave me the advertisement. I'd already applied, of course." The Mimbres were a curious people. They lived from about A.D. 200 until the 1100's. Before they left, they swept the floors clean. There was still plenty of evidence to be found, though. Mimbres families buried their ancestors close by...with a well-worn bowl placed on the head of the body. "Someone would pass away...and a portion of the floor would be dug up...they would be buried underneath the floor." The bowls were painted, some in two or three different colors. Dr. Bettison says they're called a polychrome -- she chose one with a rattlesnake neck and head and the body of a turkey for the symbol of the museum. She says the two animals probably represent the intermarriage of clans. Academic researchers brought back all the material...a lot of material. The tools and pottery of the collection are so vast that it takes several rooms to store it all. Not all of it is open to the public, so the museum has dedicated a couple of rooms to just store racks and racks of the pottery. "Really what it did, it transformed our little museum that was known for...looted...Mimbres pottery into this incredible academic research museum...there will never be another collection like the NAN Ranch Collection." That's because the excavation was performed on private property and before New Mexico law prevented moving any Native American remains, even for research. Bettison says it could take decades to sort through everything here. For now, the material is waiting for a new generation of archaeologists to tell its story. Sloan Patton reported.
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Bonsai Business
07.26.12 (LAS CRUCES) -- Two recent college graduates are helping residents decorate their homes in a unique fashion and business seems to be blooming. Jouhl Zamora is getting a lot of questions about his new business Wisebliss. "People ask us things like 'do I need to spray it' because we say it doesn't need water. So people ask 'Oh ok that must mean that I need to spray it or mist it', absolutely not. They actually don't need to do any of that. It doesn't need light as well or doesn't need to be pruned. It doesn't need to be pruned because it stays the same size. It's an everlasting plant," said Zamora. The plant he's talking about is bio bonsai trees. A new plant made from creosote bush and preserved foliage from Norway. "Unlike a plastic plant, this actually is all real. There's no plastic involved, even the pot is real ceramic. So, we want to try and keep everything high quality and something that people will want to have in their home," said Jason Pawela, co-owner of Wisebliss. The foliage on the trees changes from firm to soft depending on the weather that day. They also come in four different colors and three different sizes. Storeowners say they will start to offer walnut flatware sets and hand painted parasails in the coming months. "That's our goal- to become just this design store that truly has stuff that's been meticulously made by regular people," said Zamora. Owners are not only selling the trees, but are working hard to educate the community about the bonsai's. "We love our customers, we love meeting new people at the Farmer's Market, we love the reaction we get from people. Also, we love making these because we graduated with Bachelors of Fine Arts, so we like making stuff that looks pleasing to the eye," said Pawela. The guys are at the Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts market every week. You can find more information about their business online at www.wisebliss.com or liking their page on www.Facebook.com/Wisebliss Reported by Katy Fagan.
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Living Here - Margaret Berrier
Metal-smith Margaret Berrier shows us her delicate jewelry creations from inspiration to completion.
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