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    "I know I can make it this time. I got everybody's support, your support, Kaitlyn's support, I got all the people who donated, and I got my family back."

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  • Albuquerque man accused of raping 13-year-old teen multiple timesAlbuquerque man accused of raping 13-year-old teen multiple times

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque man is facing 13 counts of rape after police say he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl on multiple occasions. He is also charged with kidnapping her for two days. Oliver Delgadillo-Vasquez was arrested on Friday. According to a criminal complaint, the allegations stem back to more than a year, with the latest incident just last month when Delgadillo-Vasquez showed up at the 13-year-old’s home and punched her. The girl’s mom intervened and he drove away. In an interview with the girl days later, she told detectives she first learned of Delgadillo-Vasquez through Facebook, then met him in person while walking around her neighborhood when she was 12. After that, she says he routinely dragged her into his truck while she was out walking, and raped her at multiple locations. The teen also says at one point, he kidnapped her for two days. She escaped when her aunt showed up to Delgadillo-Vasquez’s home. In court on Saturday, the state filed a motion to keep him locked up until trial. The teen also says Delgadillo-Vasquez often beat her, including during the alleged two-day kidnapping. The girl’s mother told police she was unaware of the kidnapping until charges were brought. It’s unclear why. Online court records show Delgadillo-Vasquez has been charged with one other violent crime in recent years. The 2015 battery charge was for punching a security guard after the two got into a fender bender. ———— Send a Breaking News Tip Report an error or typo Learn about the KRQE appsFiled under: Albuquerque - Metro, Crime, Home, News, SmartTV, Top Video

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  • Coach Weir receives bitter welcome from Aggie fansCoach Weir receives bitter welcome from Aggie fans

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) – Basketball Coach Paul Weir did not receive a warm welcome as he faced the Aggie fans he left behind to become a Lobo. Friday night, Weir made his return to Las Cruces after UNM lured him away from New Mexico State with the offer of more money and a higher profile job, something many Aggie fans are bitter about. One student fan approached the bench and cursed at Coach Weir until police removed him. Weir says he wasn’t sure what to expect during rivalry week. The Lobos lost by 19 points. ———— Send a Breaking News Tip Report an error or typo Learn about the KRQE appsFiled under: Home, New Mexico, News

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  • Ex-state Sen. Ralph Shortey to plead guilty to child sex trafficking charge, lawyer saysEx-state Sen. Ralph Shortey to plead guilty to child sex trafficking charge, lawyer says

    Former Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey has agreed to plead guilty to one count of child sex trafficking in exchange for three other charges to be dismissed, Shortey's lawyer confirmed.

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  • Taos ski resort to move hazardous dirt to new locationTaos ski resort to move hazardous dirt to new location

    TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico ski resort has announced it is moving a load of hazardous dirt after coming under fire for dumping it near the Rio Grande. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Taos Ski Valley crews came across soil contaminated with diesel fuel along one of its ski runs back in August. The company moved more than 60 truckloads of dirt to a waste-handling site about a mile from the Gorge Bridge. The State Environment Department said the soil would not threaten groundwater, but nearby residents were concerned about other health implications and what they called a “lack of transparency” about the decision. Taos Ski Valley says after the community feedback, it has decided to move the dirt to a site in Farmington. ———— Send a Breaking News Tip Report an error or typo Learn about the KRQE appsFiled under: Home, New Mexico, News

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  • APD: Woman stabbed man with kitchen knife to break up fightAPD: Woman stabbed man with kitchen knife to break up fight

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Officers were called to a stabbing Friday, only to find the knife still stuck in the victim’s chest. Police say Sabrina Mexicano stabbed a man at the Circle K on Carlisle and Indian School yesterday after her boyfriend and another man got into a fight in the parking lot. APD says Mexicano broke up the fight by stabbing the man with a large kitchen knife. Mexicano told officers she recently got out of prison. Court records show she has a lengthy, violent criminal history. She saw a judge Saturday morning, who released her on her own recognizance, but she will stay in jail until she faces a probation violation in another case. ———— Send a Breaking News Tip Report an error or typo Learn about the KRQE appsFiled under: Albuquerque - Metro, Crime, Home, News

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  • Lone GOP lieutenant governor candidate drops bid - Santa Fe New MexicanLone GOP lieutenant governor candidate drops bid - Santa Fe New Mexican

    Lone GOP lieutenant governor candidate drops bidSanta Fe New MexicanHer announcement came just a day after New Mexico Democratic gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham called for Democratic state Sen. Michael Padilla of Albuquerque to end his bid for lieutenant governor over claims he harassed women as a ...and more »

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  • 'Partridge Family' star David Cassidy in critical condition'Partridge Family' star David Cassidy in critical condition

    A rep for the singer and actor says he is out of an induced coma and surrounded by family.

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  • UNM women's cross country captures second title in three yearsUNM women's cross country captures second title in three years

    For the second time in three years, the University of New Mexico Women’s Cross Country runners were crowned national champions Saturday morning in Louisville, Kentucky.

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  • Father left sitting in own feces for weeks, police sayFather left sitting in own feces for weeks, police say

    A Florida man was arrested after police say he left his father in a chair for so long, his skin began to rot.

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  • Ski season kicks off in Taos and DurangoSki season kicks off in Taos and Durango

    (KRQE) – The ski season is underway, depending on where you go. Saturday, both Sipapu near Taos and Purgatory in Durango opened for the season. The resorts only have a few lifts and trials open at this point. Meanwhile, Pajarito in Los Alamos has pushed back its opening from next week to Dec. 16. Ski Apache, Taos and Angel Fire also plan to open in December, but all are reporting no base on those mountains yet.Filed under: Home, New Mexico, News

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  • Lone GOP lieutenant governor candidate drops bidLone GOP lieutenant governor candidate drops bid

    Former New Mexico Indian Affairs Department Secretary Kelly Zunie, a member of Zuni Pueblo, dropped out Friday, citing concerns about residency requirements.

    SantaFeNewMexican.com / 2 h. 21 min. ago
  • Months after clashes, free speech rally held in BostonMonths after clashes, free speech rally held in Boston

    The rally moved from the Boston Common to the steps of the State House, chanting "USA" and "All Lives Matter."

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  • Teen rocks out with KISS front man Gene Simmons Teen rocks out with KISS front man Gene Simmons

    "I got some high-fives and 'good jobs' from other fans. It felt pretty good."

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  • Women's cross country: New Mexico wins NCAA title for second time in three years - NCAA.comWomen's cross country: New Mexico wins NCAA title for second time in three years - NCAA.com

    NCAA.comWomen's cross country: New Mexico wins NCAA title for second time in three yearsNCAA.comLOUISVILLE, Ky. — After Saturday, the University of New Mexico may never want to run another national championship outside of Louisville. For the second time in the last three years, the Lobo women's cross country team won the national title at the ...Ednah Kurgat Wins and Leads New Mexico To Women's Team Title at 2017 NCAA Women's Cross Country ...LetsRun.comall 9 news articles »

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  • Man gets his dying wish: To be buried with cheesesteaksMan gets his dying wish: To be buried with cheesesteaks

    A Pennsylvania man had two of his favorite sandwiches in his coffin.

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  • Manhunt continues after Pa. police officer fatally shotManhunt continues after Pa. police officer fatally shot

    Officer Brian Shaw had been with his department less than a year.

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  • Tax filers in most states claim deduction targeted by GOP plansTax filers in most states claim deduction targeted by GOP plans

    The change could alter the bottom lines for millions of taxpayers who itemize.

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  • Unions: Power plant contractors violating Navajo labor lawsUnions: Power plant contractors violating Navajo labor laws

    Unions that represent Navajo workers in northwestern New Mexico say the tribal members are being passed over for jobs at a local power plant in violation of tribal labor laws.

    KOB.com / 7 h. 33 min. ago
  • Northern Arizona, New Mexico Win NCAA DI Cross Country Team Titles - U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches AssociationNorthern Arizona, New Mexico Win NCAA DI Cross Country Team Titles - U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association

    U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches AssociationNorthern Arizona, New Mexico Win NCAA DI Cross Country Team TitlesU.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches AssociationThirty-one men's teams and thirty-one women's teams learned that the hard way on Saturday at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships as the Northern Arizona men and New Mexico women captured team titles at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park.Northern Arizona and New Mexico Win National Cross-Country ...Runner's Worldall 11 news articles »

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  • Ednah Kurgat Leads New Mexico To 2017 NCAA XC Title Over San Francisco - FloTrackEdnah Kurgat Leads New Mexico To 2017 NCAA XC Title Over San Francisco - FloTrack

    FloTrackEdnah Kurgat Leads New Mexico To 2017 NCAA XC Title Over San FranciscoFloTrackLed by a relentless Ednah Kurgat, the New Mexico Lobos placed four runners in the top 15 to secure the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championship title today with 90 points amid windy conditions in Louisville, Kentucky. San Francisco's historic year ended ...

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  • GOP Lieutenant Governor Candidate Drops Bid Over Residency - U.S. News & World ReportGOP Lieutenant Governor Candidate Drops Bid Over Residency - U.S. News & World Report

    GOP Lieutenant Governor Candidate Drops Bid Over ResidencyU.S. News & World ReportGOP Lieutenant Governor Candidate Drops Bid Over Residency. The only Republican candidate for New Mexico lieutenant governor has abruptly withdrawn from the race. Nov. 18, 2017, at 11:09 a.m.. GOP Lieutenant Governor Candidate Drops Bid Over ...

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  • UNLV stuns New Mexico with late TD, still alive for bowl - Las Vegas Review-JournalUNLV stuns New Mexico with late TD, still alive for bowl - Las Vegas Review-Journal

    Las Vegas Review-JournalUNLV stuns New Mexico with late TD, still alive for bowlLas Vegas Review-JournalUNLV wide receiver Kendal Keys (84) catches a pass in the end zone to score the go-ahead touchdown as New Mexico cornerback Elijah Lilly (19) defends during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 ...Armani Rogers stars in UNLV's 38-35 win over New MexicoNews & ObserverLive blog: Rogers leads Rebels to 38-35 win at New Mexico -Las Vegas Sunall 15 news articles »

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  • NCAA Cross Country Championships: Northern Arizona, New Mexico lead Saturday's winners - NCAA.comNCAA Cross Country Championships: Northern Arizona, New Mexico lead Saturday's winners - NCAA.com

    NCAA.comNCAA Cross Country Championships: Northern Arizona, New Mexico lead Saturday's winnersNCAA.comThe day began with a bang, when New Mexico's Ednah Kurgat, in her first year with the Lobos, capped off a perfect season by setting the DI women's NCAA record with a 19:19.5, a truly masterful race which she led for miles en route to a New Mexico ...and more »

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  • New Mexico sees over-the-year job growth in private sector | KRQE ... - KRQE News 13New Mexico sees over-the-year job growth in private sector | KRQE ... - KRQE News 13

    New Mexico sees over-the-year job growth in private sector | KRQE ...KRQE News 13New Mexico's unemployment rate edged lower in October to 6.1 percent, slightly less than the previous month and nearly a percentage point le…and more »

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  • UNLV defeats Lobos in final minuteUNLV defeats Lobos in final minute

    UNLV's Armani Rogers set a school rushing record for quarterbacks with 193 yards and completed two big passes in the final minute to give the Rebels a 38-35 victory over New Mexico on Friday night.

    KOB.com / 19 h. 1 min. ago
  • Lujan Grisham: Senate leader should leave raceLujan Grisham: Senate leader should leave race

    Michael Padilla has long denied the harassment claims dating back to 2006 that he links to issues of a hostile workplace environment and not sexual harassment.

    SantaFeNewMexican.com / 19 h. 6 min. ago
  • Field narrows to five in race for Santa Fe mayorField narrows to five in race for Santa Fe mayor

    Harvey Van Sickle, 66, an at-large board member of the nonprofit Keep Santa Fe Beautiful, collected only 232 verified voter signatures and did not qualify to run for office.

    SantaFeNewMexican.com / 19 h. 6 min. ago
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  • Hearing on water standards wraps up; state’s decision expected next yearHearing on water standards wraps up; state’s decision expected next year

    A hearing officer will now have 30 days to issue a recommendation to the Water Quality Control Commission on the proposed changes. The commission will have 60 days to deliberate and is expected to issue a decision in March or…

    SantaFeNewMexican.com / 19 h. 21 min. ago
  • Menendez juror says television series was '95 percent accurate'Menendez juror says television series was '95 percent accurate'

    It was a trial that captivated the country. The Menendez brothers' murder trial was the first trial of its kind to be televised. This year it the gained new life when "Law and Order" went from stories ripped from the headlines to true crime.

    KOB.com / 19 h. 53 min. ago
  • Another case pending for former Sen. Phil GriegoAnother case pending for former Sen. Phil Griego

    The legal troubles for former Democratic State Sen. Phil Griego aren't over yet.

    KOB.com / 19 h. 56 min. ago
  • Woman linked to web of crime pleads guiltyWoman linked to web of crime pleads guilty

    A woman accused of stealing a house pleaded guilty to 10 felony charges Friday.

    KOB.com / 19 h. 56 min. ago
  • Suspect sought in Clovis child abuse caseSuspect sought in Clovis child abuse case

    Southern New Mexico authorities are asking for help finding a child abuse suspect.

    KOB.com / 19 h. 57 min. ago
  • Man sues Health Department over food poisoning claimsMan sues Health Department over food poisoning claims

    His business down the drain and reputation tarnished, a Santa Fe man says he was left with pretty much nothing after the New Mexico Department of Health blamed him for giving dozens of workers food poisonin

    KOB.com / 19 h. 58 min. ago
  • Luna Community College placed on notice by education boardLuna Community College placed on notice by education board

    LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Luna Community College has been ordered by the Higher Learning Commission to show that it deserves to keep its accreditation. School administrators received a letter from the commission last week, saying they have until Feb. 1 to show the college is meeting accreditation standards. Earlier this year, a peer review team found the college was out of compliance with several core components and cited problems with financial oversight and administrative and governance structures. Interim Luna Community College President Ricky Serna tells the Las Vegas Optic he feels the programs and procedures put in place since last spring have brought the college closer to full compliance. Serna said many of the findings have more to do with administration documentation and training than with how the college functions day-to-day in each classroom.Filed under: Education, Home, New Mexico, News

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  • Some navigation changes will come with ARTSome navigation changes will come with ART

    If you drive in Albuquerque, chances are you know orange cones and barrels well, especially if your route includes Central Avenue.

    KOB.com / 20 h. 12 min. ago
  • Franchini expects insurers’ back taxes will be easy to collectFranchini expects insurers’ back taxes will be easy to collect

    Lawmakers are facing another year of relatively flat general fund revenue projections and want to be able to use any back-tax collections in planning spending for fiscal year 2019.

    SantaFeNewMexican.com / 20 h. 21 min. ago
  • Sandoval County inmate being treated for tuberculosisSandoval County inmate being treated for tuberculosis

    SANDOVAL COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – The Sandoval County Jail is trying to stop the spread of tuberculosis. A recent unidentified inmate is said to have brought the virus into the facility. The county says that inmate is now being treated outside of the jail, and no other  inmates or staff have gotten sick. The state Health Department says it’s now working with the jail on specific procedures, to make sure no one else gets it. Tuberculosis is contagious and can be deadly if left untreated. ———— Send a Breaking News Tip Report an error or typo Learn about the KRQE appsFiled under: Health, Home, New Mexico, News

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  • Waiting for Old Man WinterWaiting for Old Man Winter

    As ski season approaches, temperatures have been hitting record-breaking highs.

    SantaFeNewMexican.com / 21 h. 6 min. ago
  • Lujan Grisham calls out state senator over harassment claimsLujan Grisham calls out state senator over harassment claims

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham is calling on a fellow Democrat to end his bid for lieutenant governor over claims he harassed women. Two federal lawsuits say Sen. Michael Padilla harassed women while managing Albuquerque’s 911 call center in 2007. Padilla was accused of making inappropriate comments and asked women out on dates despite their rejections. He has always denied the claims. Lujan Grisham says there are no excuses for sexual harassment, and Padilla should be held accountable. Meanwhile, Padilla called Lujan Grisham a great candidate. ———— Send a Breaking News Tip Report an error or typo Learn about the KRQE apps  Filed under: Home, New Mexico, News, Politics & Government

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  • Police respond to apparent shooting at northwest Albuquerque parkPolice respond to apparent shooting at northwest Albuquerque park

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department says officers are on scene at Laurelwood Park in northwest Albuquerque. Officers arrived at the park near Unser and Ladera after getting a call about shots being fired. There, police say they found someone who appeared to have been shot. That person was transported to the hospital where he is listed in stable condition. Police have not yet identified a possible suspect or said what might have led up to the shooting.Filed under: Albuquerque - Metro, Crime, Home, News

    KRQE.com - Crime / 21 h. 47 min. ago more
  • Taos Ski Valley says contaminated dirt will be moved away from Rio GrandeTaos Ski Valley says contaminated dirt will be moved away from Rio Grande

    In August, crews working to reshape part of a ski run discovered the buried pocket of tainted soil, which contained enough fuel to threaten human health.

    SantaFeNewMexican.com / 23 h. 21 min. ago
  • Drilling rules still up for debate in Sandoval CountyDrilling rules still up for debate in Sandoval County

    Frustrated tribal leaders won a temporary victory early Friday at a marathon meeting on a much-disputed proposal that would guide energy development across for a large swath of land bordering New Mexico’s largest metropolitan area and numerous Native American communities.

    SantaFeNewMexican.com / 23 h. 21 min. ago
  • Lawsuit: Silver City hired violent cop who later killed exLawsuit: Silver City hired violent cop who later killed ex

    The family of Nikki Bascom alleges the police department hired Mark Contreras despite a history of violence, did little to stop his physical abuse toward his ex-girlfriend and eventually promoted him to captain.

    SantaFeNewMexican.com / 23 h. 21 min. ago
  • Purgatory Resort to offer skiing, biking opening dayPurgatory Resort to offer skiing, biking opening day

    For the second year in a row, Purgatory Resort will offer both skiing and mountain biking on opening day Saturday, as a result of little snow.

    KOB.com - Four Corners / 23 h. 28 min. ago
  • New anti-DWI ads releasedNew anti-DWI ads released

    The consequences of drunken driving are swift and many. They not only ruin the lives of victims and their families, but also destroy those of the suspects.

    KOB.com / 23 h. 29 min. ago
  • Stabbing victim is recovering, police sayStabbing victim is recovering, police say

    Police say a man stabbed in the chest at a Circle K is doing better.

    KOB.com / 23 h. 30 min. ago
  • Lapel video released from 2016 police shooting in Santa FeLapel video released from 2016 police shooting in Santa Fe

    For the first time, newly released video shows the chaotic moments after a Santa Fe police detective shot and killed an armed robbery suspect.

    KOB.com - Santa Fe / 23 h. 30 min. ago
  • Pecan weevil quarantine extended in southeast NM,aPecan weevil quarantine extended in southeast NM,a

    In hopes of eradicating the notorious pecan weevil, state officials announced another emergency quarantine to restrict shipments from four southeast New Mexican counties. During that time, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture intends to solicit input from the pecan industry to make the ban permanent.

    New Mexico News / 23 h. 37 min. ago
  • Video shows police scuffle with felon after suspicious person callVideo shows police scuffle with felon after suspicious person call

    HOBBS, NM (KRQE) — What started as a suspicious person call soon turned into chaos. Officers found themselves in the middle of a scuffle and ended up getting a gun pulled on them. Monday, Nov. 13, officers responded to a call on South Avenue B in Hobbs. The call came in around 9 p.m. from people worried about a suspicious looking man in a black hoodie. The man in the black hoodie was Omar Mesa. Officers arrived and tried to get information from Mesa. Instead, police said he made his way into a house and started a scuffle. Then, officers said he pulled a Smith & Wesson handgun out of his waistband. However, the officer was able to knock Mesa’s weapon to the ground. “Give me your hand now,” the officer commanded, as authorities tried to place Mesa into custody. It was at that moment when officers said they had a quick decision to make. According to the police report, the responding officer said he feared his life, which is why he pulled out a taser. In a blink, Mesa was on the ground and getting tased. “I’m not doing nothing, man,” Mesa told police. “I was talking to you,” the officer replied. “I was identifying you, and you tried to come inside and you have a firearm on you, and you were trying to pull it out.” Mesa told police the firearm was instead sitting next to a television set. The officer answered, “No it wasn’t. You had it in your waistband. I saw you pull it out.” Officers began to arrest Mesa, but he wasn’t having it. When a woman outside asked Mesa why he was being arrested, Mesa yelled back, “They said there was a suspicious person around these houses.” To which the woman replied, “Are you serious? He lives right there with me.” Mesa was released the following day and charged for assaulting a peace officer, resisting and evading an officer, and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Mesa’s handgun is being held by the evidence department in Hobbs. ———— Send a Breaking News Tip Report an error or typo Learn about the KRQE appsFiled under: Crime, Home, New Mexico, News, SmartTV, Top Stories, Top Video

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  • Couple says realty scammer took $2,000 from themCouple says realty scammer took $2,000 from them

    A couple of Rio Rancho residents thought they were getting a fresh start in a new home. Now they're out thousands of dollars after making a deal with a scam artist.

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  • Video appears to show group 'mobbing' in AlbuquerqueVideo appears to show group 'mobbing' in Albuquerque

    Steven Roberts’ security camera detected motion in the street outside his home around 3 a.m. Friday. When he woke up, he checked the video and was shocked when he saw two cars pull up outside his house. The people inside got out.

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  • NMSP investigating fatal, head-on collision in northern NMNMSP investigating fatal, head-on collision in northern NM

    One man is dead following a head-on crash between a pickup truck and a semi-truck Thursday evening in northern New Mexico, according to state police officials, who are investigating the incident.

    KOB.com - Santa Fe / 1 d. 0 h. 13 min. ago
  • Judge allows prosecutors to examine flat tire in case against Silver City DAJudge allows prosecutors to examine flat tire in case against Silver City DA

    SILVER CITY, N.M. (KRQE) – Attorneys duked it out in court Friday over who gets custody of a flat tire. It all started last year when Francesca Estevez, the Grant County District Attorney, was caught on camera speeding and weaving along a highway near Silver City. When police caught up to her, the state-owned car she was driving had blown a tire. Prosecutors demanded the defense fork over that tire for examination, along with a receipt from when Estevez used government money to replace it. The defense argued the state had no right to take away its evidence, but Friday a judge ruled the state can take the tire for now and must give it back later. Related Coverage: DA accused of reckless driving refuses to turn over evidence to prosecutors State Supreme Court could handle case against Silver City DA DA Francesca Estevez denies reckless driving, ethics charges in statement Police chief: No charges against District Attorney Estevez in alleged DWI case Police investigating if officers gave county DA a break ———— Send a Breaking News Tip Report an error or typo Learn about the KRQE appsFiled under: Home, New Mexico, News, SmartTV, Top Video

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  • Former New Mexico tax worker pleads guilty in extortion caseFormer New Mexico tax worker pleads guilty in extortion case

    A former agent with the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department has pleaded guilty to extortion charges.

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  • Lujan Grisham: Senate leader should leave race - Santa Fe New MexicanLujan Grisham: Senate leader should leave race - Santa Fe New Mexican

    U.S. News & World ReportLujan Grisham: Senate leader should leave raceSanta Fe New MexicanALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Democratic gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham said Friday that Democratic Sen. Michael Padilla should end his bid for lieutenant governor over claims he harassed women as a city of Albuquerque supervisor.APNewsBreak: Lujan Grisham Tells Senate Leader to Leave RaceU.S. News & World Reportall 6 news articles »

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  • Missing Gallup baby found; Amber Alert canceledMissing Gallup baby found; Amber Alert canceled

    New Mexico State Police have issued an Amber Alert for a missing and possibly endangered 8-month-old Native American boy, after he was taken by his father following a domestic dispute late Thursday night.

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  • ENMU raises money to show support for rival football teamENMU raises money to show support for rival football team

    PORTALES, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico college has a big show of support for a rival football team. Back in September, Eastern New Mexico University started a fund in honor of Midwestern State University football player Robert Grays. The 19-year-old died after suffering a neck injury during a football game earlier this year. During Saturday’s game against MSU, ENMU presented a $5,000 check to the team. The money will be used to establish a scholarship in Grays’ memory. ———— Send a Breaking News Tip Report an error or typo Learn about the KRQE appsFiled under: Home, New Mexico, News

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  • Department of Transportation releases new warning about risks of DWIDepartment of Transportation releases new warning about risks of DWI

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Department of Transportation has a new warning about the deadly risks of drinking and driving. Their new ad features road signs warning drivers of the consequences of DWI, including job loss, heartbreak, jail time and death. As the holiday season approaches, law enforcement will be increasing DWI checkpoints and patrols. During last year’s blitz, law enforcement made nearly 200 DWI arrests and gave more than 100 citations. Watch the new ENDWI ad here >> ———— Send a Breaking News Tip Report an error or typo Learn about the KRQE appsFiled under: Home, New Mexico, News

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  • Taos police issue warning about possible yard work scamTaos police issue warning about possible yard work scam

    TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) – Taos police are warning residents about a man who they believe to not be what he claims. They say the man is knocking on doors offering to do yard work or deliver firewood to get money to buy medicine for his daughter. Police say he provides a fake name and addresses and he and his wife, who he is often with, have criminal records. The man has been seen driving a red or maroon 2005 Ford Escape. They remind people that if they pay him and he doesn’t deliver, it’s a civil matter, not a police matter. ———— Send a Breaking News Tip Report an error or typo Learn about the KRQE appsFiled under: Crime, Home, News

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  • New Mexico posing quarantine to stop pecan weevil bugNew Mexico posing quarantine to stop pecan weevil bug

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico agriculture officials are issuing a quarantine in hopes of stopping the spread of an invasive bug threatening the state’s pecan industry. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture says an emergency pecan weevil quarantine will take effect Monday and last for 180 days. No pecan shipments from Chaves, Curry, Eddy and Lea counties will be permitted. Meanwhile, the agency is also working with pest control companies to remove the weevil from residential and commercial trees. In late 2016, and January of this year, the weevil was found in pecan orchards in multiple counties in southeast New Mexico. Pecan producers worry the quarantine could prevent them from trading to the west where New Mexico’s $180 million pecan industry is most lucrative.Filed under: Home, New Mexico, News

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  • New Mexico labs, bases to benefit from spending billNew Mexico labs, bases to benefit from spending bill

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation say a sweeping defense policy bill awaiting President Donald Trump’s signature includes funding for federal laboratories and military bases around the state. The defense authorization bill for 2018 sailed through the Senate on Thursday. The House approved the measure earlier this week. It includes more than $14 billion for the U.S. Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration. That’s an increase of nearly $1 billion over the last fiscal year. The funds support nuclear weapons programs and environmental cleanup at Los Alamos and Sandia labs as well as the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico. The bill also authorizes spending for projects at New Mexico bases, including $50 million at Cannon Air Force Base, $4.2 million for Holloman and more than $9 million for Kirtland Air Force Base.Filed under: Home, New Mexico, News

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  • Judge allows lawsuit against SFUAD to proceedJudge allows lawsuit against SFUAD to proceed

    SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – A lawsuit against the Santa Fe University of Art and Design will move forward. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, a judge made a ruling Thursday refusing to dismiss the suit at the school’s request. Fifty-four students filed suit against the school after administrators decided to close the university, citing financial challenges. The students claim the university committed fraud, breached its contract and left their educational future in limbo. University officials say they plan to help students transfer to other schools. ———— Send a Breaking News Tip Report an error or typo Learn about the KRQE appsFiled under: Home, New Mexico, News

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  • Teens involved in deadly crash appear before judgeTeens involved in deadly crash appear before judge

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Three teens allegedly involved in a deadly crash appeared before a judge Friday. Last month, police say a group of teens and a twelve-year-old crashed a stolen Jeep into another car at Eubank and Menaul. That crash killed 23-year-old D’Markus Blea. They say 18-year-old Domonic Rougemont admitted to stealing the car and causing the crash. Quontez Kuvinka and Matthew Nieto were the passengers. Rougemont is charged with first-degree murder, among other offenses. Kuvinka and Nieto are charged with conspiracy and tampering with evidence. Rogemont and Kuvinka have already been ordered to remain locked up. However, Judge Stan Whitaker denied a state motion to keep Nieto locked up pending trial. Friday, prosecutors tried again, this time with Judge Christina Argyres, pointing out that Nieto was on probation at the time of the incident. Nieto was on juvenile probation when the incident happened and according to the prosecution, has since been charged with attempted first-degree murder. Judge Christina Argyres denied the request again. Prosecutors say they plan to appeal. ———— Send a Breaking News Tip Report an error or typo Learn about the KRQE appsFiled under: Albuquerque - Metro, Crime, Home, News, SmartTV, Top Video

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  • Legislators Scrutinize Proposed Public Education Department History and Social Studies ChangesLegislators Scrutinize Proposed Public Education Department History and Social Studies Changes

    In Santa Fe, round two in a battle over state educational standards exploded Thursday when the Legislative Education Study Committee grilled a state Public Education Department representative on proposed revisions to end of course, or EOC, testing question topics. The move, coming without advance warning on the part of the PED, has raised the ire of educators, .. and some of them are sitting on the LESC. The mood in room 322 of the Roundhouse was tense, when PED deputy secretary and director of teaching quality Matt Montano, began his presentation. http://traffic.libsyn.com/ksfrnews/legislative_hearing.mp3

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  • Wake Up Call November 17Wake Up Call November 17

    On today's show, we speak with Senator Martin Heinrich about House Republicans' vote on the tax plan, and we take a closer look at a state Public Education Department move to make changes in history and social studies topics that are on the end of course assessments. http://traffic.libsyn.com/ksfrnews/Nov_17MP3_Whole_Show.mp3

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  • Senator Martin Heinrich: GOP Tax Cut Not Paid ForSenator Martin Heinrich: GOP Tax Cut Not Paid For

    In Washington, House Republicans approved their sweeping tax-cut package Thursday, setting up a showdown with the Senate, where Republicans are struggling to win support for their own significantly different approach. Senate GOP leaders, after making some revisions this week, are facing mounting dissent and criticism that their tax plan favors corporations and the wealthy. An analysis by Congress' bipartisan tax experts on Thursday concluded the Senate plan would raise taxes for some of the poorest Americans by 2021. KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge spoke with New Mexico Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich Thursday about his thoughts on the legislation: http://traffic.libsyn.com/ksfrnews/Nov17-SenHeinrichGOPTaxBill.mp3

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  • Spring runoff, late rains boost reservoirs in New MexicoSpring runoff, late rains boost reservoirs in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Federal water managers say good spring runoff and heavy rains in the fall helped to boost reservoir levels in New Mexico this year. The Bureau of Reclamation announced this week that the Rio Grande in 2017 marked its highest spring runoff since 2008. The Rio Chama, the largest tributary to the Rio Grande in New Mexico, had its sixth best spring runoff since 1956. Officials say the good flows allowed for the first time in four years a full allocation of water to those who depend on the San Juan-Chama project. Heron Reservoir stores water from the project. It currently holds nearly 150,000 acre-feet, significantly more than last year. One acre-foot (1,200 cubic meters) is enough to supply a typical U.S. family for a year. In the south, Elephant Butte and Caballo reservoirs also marked higher levels.Filed under: Home, New Mexico, News

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  • Navajo Times Focuses On Dine LanguageNavajo Times Focuses On Dine Language

    The Navajo Times newspaper this week is focusing on the Navajo—or Dine—language and its future. KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge spoke with Times editor, Duane Beyal Thursday to find out more. http://traffic.libsyn.com/ksfrnews/NavajoTimesNov17.mp3

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  • County moves to open annexation dialogue with cityCounty moves to open annexation dialogue with city

    County commissioners this week approved a resolution, introduced Commissioner Anna Hansen, to request a meeting with city councilors on various concerns.

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  • County gets briefed on military Joint Land Use StudyCounty gets briefed on military Joint Land Use Study

    County Commissioners were recently briefed on the Southern New Mexico - El Paso, Joint Land Use Study, a study by the U.S. Department of Defense. Commissioner of District 2 Susan Flores discusses the Southern New Mexico - El Paso, Joint Land Use Study and her involvement at the Nov. 9 Otero County Commission meeting.

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  • New Mexico County Weighs Rules for Oil and Gas Drilling - U.S. News & World ReportNew Mexico County Weighs Rules for Oil and Gas Drilling - U.S. News & World Report

    U.S. News & World ReportNew Mexico County Weighs Rules for Oil and Gas DrillingU.S. News & World ReportAhjani Yepa, a Jemez Pueblo member, testifies in opposition of a proposed ordinance that would govern oil and gas development in Sandoval County as others raise their fists in solidarity during a County Commission meeting in Bernalillo, N.M., Thursday, ...Drilling rules still up for debate in New Mexico countySacramento Beeall 8 news articles »

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  • Griego found guilty on multiple corruption countsGriego found guilty on multiple corruption counts

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  • Senate OKs defense bill, which presses for decision on pit workSenate OKs defense bill, which presses for decision on pit work

    The U.S. Senate approved a nearly $1 billion funding increase for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, which will boost work at New Mexico’s national laboratories and underground nuclear waste storage site.

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  • Officials describe New Mexico judicial system in crisisOfficials describe New Mexico judicial system in crisis

    High crime, low compensation rates and the bureaucracy associated with recent bond reform measures, officials said, are all contributing to the judiciary’s woes.

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  • New Mexico teens may know rules of the road better than adultsNew Mexico teens may know rules of the road better than adults

    Lots of people complain there are too many bad drivers on the road, and teens get the worst rap for it. But as KRQE News 13 discovered on Special Assignment, teens may know the rules of the road better than most adults.

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  • Former Sen. Phil Griego guilty on five counts in corruption trialFormer Sen. Phil Griego guilty on five counts in corruption trial

    A jury in New Mexico is weighing whether to convict a former state senator on corruption charges for his role in the sale of a state-owned building.

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  • Police: Repo man used flashing police lights, attempted to pull over driverPolice: Repo man used flashing police lights, attempted to pull over driver

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Officers said a man tried to pull over another driver with his police lights. However, he’s not a cop. Last month, an officer in an unmarked unit spotted a tow truck near I-25 and San Antonio “with red and blue flashing overhead lights.” According to the criminal complaint, the driver of the tow-truck was 33-year-old Gilbert Chavez. The officer said Chavez “appeared to be in pursuit” of a silver sedan. He stated the two vehicles blew through a few red lights. The officer, in an unmarked unit, followed both vehicles from a distance, but eventually lost sight of the sedan. Officers finally caught up with Chavez on San Francisco Road. According to the complaint, Chavez took it upon himself to pull over and get out of the truck. Lapel video shows Chavez refusing to follow the officer’s commands to keep his hands out of his pockets and in the air. Officers finally got Chavez in cuffs, but discovered he wasn’t alone. He claimed the woman on the passenger side of the truck was his wife. He also claimed to be a repo-man on the clock. “I’m not trying to do nothing. I’m working, God,” he said. Chavez continued to tell officers that “he was attempting to get information (from the sedan) which he believed to be in default. He said that’s when the driver of the sedan backed into his tow-truck. He said he followed the driver because he didn’t want to get in trouble for the damage on the truck. Albuquerque police didn’t find any damage to the front of the tow-truck. However, officers did find a “small glass pipe” they say Chavez tossed when they were asking him to keep his hands out of his pocket. KRQE News 13 was unable to verify if Chavez is really a repo man and the company he works for. Chavez was charged with impersonating a police officer and reckless driving. He ended up taking a plea and was convicted of a lesser charge of disorderly conduct. ———— Send a Breaking News Tip Report an error or typo Learn about the KRQE appsFiled under: Albuquerque - Metro, Crime, Home, News, SmartTV, Strange, Top Stories, Top Video

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  • Bizarre attempted break-in leads to arrest of repeat offendersBizarre attempted break-in leads to arrest of repeat offenders

    LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) – On a normal Saturday night, two sisters and a friend were hanging out in their garage. Suddenly, they heard a knock on their garage door. “She’s asking for the jumper cables,” said Rachel Martinez, the homeowner. Martinez said a young woman told them “our” car broke down and she needed jumper cables. Martinez only saw one person outside the windows on her garage door, so it immediately didn’t sit right with her. “Just the hour. Most people don’t knock on another person’s garage door that late at night or early in the morning, I should say,” said Martinez. It was around 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12. Martinez and her sister, Sarah Estrada, told the young girl to leave, but she didn’t. So, they called the Los Lunas Police Department. Martinez said then it seemed like the young girl did leave. Then when they saw an LLPD officer drive by their house — worried he was lost — they opened the garage door to flag him down. “I asked, ‘Julie do you hear that? Do you hear something?’ It was like someone was wrestling around in the rocks. They were moving pretty fast,” said Martinez. Martinez said at that point, she saw a man sprinting directly at her. “He knew exactly where he was going. The garage door was open and that was their opportunity to get in,” said Martinez. Martinez and her friend ran back into the garage and slammed the manual door shut. “You walk outside your house and there’s some wild man running, sprinting at you. It was… it was pretty scary,” said Martinez. From then on, Martinez, her sister, and a friend watched a standoff unfold outside their home. After police arrived, the alleged criminals barricaded themselves inside a stolen car. According to the police report, the responding officer says Gary Baca and Monique Lariva were found hiding in a stolen Crown Victoria car. The officer says he found a “clear crystal-like substance,” drug paraphernalia, and “extensive damage to the motor vehicle’s ignition” inside the car. Baca and Lariva were both booked into the Valencia County Detention Center for receiving or transferring stolen motor vehicles, use or possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and trafficking controlled substances. This is Baca’s fourth stolen motor vehicle charge. The prior three came out of Albuquerque. He also has arrests for speeding, drugs, and insurance related charges. Baca is being held at the Valencia County Detention Center on a no bond hold. Lariva had been arrested in Albuquerque twice on shoplifting charges. Lariva was released on her own recognizance. Martinez said she doesn’t know why the two were trying to get into their home while they were home. “It’s obvious they’re not very afraid of these types of things, to break into people’s homes, because our lights were on,” said Martinez. Martinez said they’re happy things worked out the way they did, and that they could help get these repeat criminals off the streets, at least for a few days. ———— Send a Breaking News Tip Report an error or typo Learn about the KRQE apps  Filed under: Crime, Home, New Mexico, News, SmartTV, Strange, Top Stories, Top Video

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  • Jury convicts New Mexico state senator in corruption trialJury convicts New Mexico state senator in corruption trial

    A former New Mexico state senator has been found guilty of bribery and fraud in a corruption trial over accusations he used his position as a lawmaker to profit from the sale of a state-owned building

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  • Spaceport America to seek funding, confidentialitySpaceport America to seek funding, confidentiality

    Virgin Galactic's carrier plane, the WhiteKnightTwo, sailed the skies of southern New Mexico on Wednesday, part of its first visit to Spaceport America since the summer of 2014. Spaceport America CEO Dan Hicks asks the local tax board to approve spending excess tax revenue collected in DoA a Ana and Sierra counties on spaceport operations during a meeting in June 2017.

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  • Neighbors to fight height, floors on new Nob Hill apartmentsNeighbors to fight height, floors on new Nob Hill apartments

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Neighbors are picking a fight with another new building going up near Central Avenue in Nob Hill, claiming the city skirted the rules without giving them a say. The Nob Hill Neighborhood Association says it will file an appeal against the under-construction apartments at the corner of Aliso Drive and Copper Avenue. Neighbors claim the building is too tall and shouldn’t have four floors. Meanwhile, Albuquerque city officials say the apartment building is now within the required limits and that city officials didn’t break any rules in granting the developer a special exemption for construction. Crews are currently building a four-floor, 12 unit town home style apartment building on part of the site of the old Tewa Motor Lodge in Nob Hill. The building has seen on and off construction over the last few months because of design issues, specifically related to the building’s height and the number of floors. Those issues have been worked out according to the Albuquerque Planning Department, but neighbors disagree. “What’s at issue here is, again, the process,” said Adrian Carver, president of the Nob Hill Neighborhood Association. Carver says the association is now in the process of filing an appeal against the city’s decision to approve construction at the site, saying neighbors should have had a say in the final exemption the city granted the project. “The neighborhood and the public should have a voice in the way that that decision is made,” said Carver. Originally, the Albuquerque Planning Department approved a 42-foot tall building for the corner of Aliso and Copper. The city’s Deputy Planning Director Brennon Williams says that approval shouldn’t have happened. “The building was taller than it was supposed to be,” said Williams. It was about three feet taller than it should have been. According to rules outlined in the Nob Hill-Highland “Sector Development Plan,” the maximum allowed building height should have been 39 feet. The building also shouldn’t have been allowed to have a fourth floor. [caption: Approved plans show the apartments have a reduced height.] The city says the initial mistakes were an oversight. “My understanding is that, not only the complexity of the (Nob Hill-Highland) Sector Development Plan, the unique standards and nuances of that plan, combined with the project that was being put forward … that that contributed to the oversight initially as it related to the building heights,” said Williams. Once problems were discovered, the city made the developer halt construction on the project. “We put a stop work notice and put a red tag on the project,” said Williams. In September, the city ultimately made the developer reduce the total height of the building to 39 feet. However, the city’s planning department approved a special exemption to the Nob Hill Highland Sector Development Plan, allowing the building have four floors. The approval was authorized by Albuquerque Planning Director Suzanne Lubar. In an interview with KRQE News 13, Deputy Planning Director Brennon Williams said the department agreed to allow the four floor exemption based on discussions with the developer about the project’s overall density and the city’s interpretation of the Nob Hill Highland Sector Development Plan (SDP.) [caption: CABQ Planning sent this letter, approving the special exemption for the apartments at Copper & Aliso.] Williams says the department felt the SDP’s building height and story limitations were meant to protect the neighborhood from large apartment complexes being built. “Because (the proposed building) was so unique and the arrangement where… it’s not four floors of apartment units, but it’s actually two floored– double floored units, the density was actually less for this particular project than it would be for a project at three or even four stories,” said Williams. “It’s not a situation where we’ve got a developer that’s trying to sardine a bunch of people, which obviously would be a concern of any neighborhood,” said Williams. However, the neighborhood association thinks it should have had a say in that special approval. They’re also still concerned the building is too tall. “This is again, an example of the pattern of behavior that the city and bureaucrats at the Planning Department have used to rubber stamp projects for well-connected developers,” said Carver. The city denied allegations of “rubber stamping” projects, saying it followed all the rules necessary to grant the building special approval for four floors. According to city code, the city’s Planning Director is allowed discretion to approve the exemption under “Sector Development Plan Procedures,” (14-16-4-3). Under section D, titled, “Review and Administration,” rule two allows the planning director to “approve minor changes to an approved Sector Development Plan or Landscaping Plan if it is consistent with the use and other written requirements,” if buildings are of “the same general size,” and “neither the city nor any person will be substantially aggrieved by the altered plan.” The neighborhood association is planning on filing an appeal soon. It is also planning on an appealing against the city’s approval of four floor storage facility on the corner of Central and Montclaire. As for the future, according to the city’s memo outlining the building’s final approval, the exemption “shall not be used as precedent or as a justification for any other request for change” to the Nob Hill Highland Sector Development Plan in the future. ———— Send a Breaking News Tip Report an error or typo Learn about the KRQE appsFiled under: Albuquerque - Metro, Home, News, Politics & Government, SmartTV, Top Stories, Top Video

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  • Employees get sick after DOH holiday party; caterer sues over ruined businessEmployees get sick after DOH holiday party; caterer sues over ruined business

    SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Shannon Quintana had a successful sandwich shop in Santa Fe called Bad Ass Sandwich Co., but last December he said his life was flipped upside down. “I was hired to cater a luncheon for the Department of Health for 250 to 300 people,” said Shannon Quintana. It was the Department of Health’s holiday party at their headquarters in the Harold Runnels Building in Santa Fe. On the menu, lemon pepper chicken, balsamic steak with red chile mashed potatoes and green chile calabacitas. “None of those items are on my regular sandwich menu so I needed access to the event kitchen,” said Quintana. However, in the lawsuit Quintana filed on Wednesday, he claims the Department of Health didn’t give him access to that kitchen although he said it was promised to him, forcing him to leave the food out at room temperature for a couple of hours. “No reasonable accommodation whatsoever, no kitchens, when I got there was two, six-foot tables, I had 500 pounds of hot food,” said Quintana. After the holiday party, the state reported 71 employees got sick. “These stories absolutely killed my business,” said Quintana. He was then cited by the New Mexico Environment Department for not having a catering license, which he said the Health Department never asked for. Quintana also believes he got singled out, because a few Health Department employees made all the desserts for the party. “So I got cited for not having a catering license, they served food also, they didn’t get anything that I know of,” he said. Quintana said the state tested three of the sick workers. They found a common cause of food poisoning, but Quintana wonders if it could have been the desserts. “Those tests cannot distinguish between foods,” he said. Now, the once thriving business owner said he’s lost everything. “I had to close my shop within a month of these reports,” said Quintana. Department of Health spokesman Paul Rhien said they were unable to identify the specific food that caused the outbreak, but they believe it was caused by Quintana’s food. ———— Send a Breaking News Tip Report an error or typo Learn about the KRQE appsFiled under: Health, Home, New Mexico, News, Politics & Government, SmartTV, Strange, Top Stories, Top Video

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  • New Mexico Democrats announce plan to fight crime, Republicans reactNew Mexico Democrats announce plan to fight crime, Republicans react

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – House Democrats proposed a plan Thursday to fight crime in the state, while House Republicans quickly fired back, asking what took them so long. Democrats say New Mexico has a crime crisis, and too many families don’t feel safe. They’re proposing changes to sentencing laws, increasing penalties for felons caught with guns, and tackling problems Albuquerque is facing with pre-trial detention. Democrats also want to help cities across the state get federal funds to pay for more officers. “When Albuquerque doesn’t do well, it holds back the rest of the state. When Albuquerque does well, it can be an engine for the state and help pull us forward,” House Speaker Brian Egolf said. “We’ve been working on this for eight years, trying to move the needle. I’ve been there six years, trying to get these things through,” Rep. Kelly Fajardo (R) responded. House Republicans say they agree with strengthening laws, but say a police shortage didn’t have to happen. They blame Democrats for shooting down a Return-to-Work Bill that would have allowed departments to hire retired officers. ———— Send a Breaking News Tip Report an error or typo Learn about the KRQE appsFiled under: Crime, Home, New Mexico, News, Politics & Government, SmartTV, Top Video

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  • DWI charge dropped against man who admitted to driving drunkDWI charge dropped against man who admitted to driving drunk

    SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – A DWI charge has been dropped against a man who admitted on camera to driving drunk. Santa Fe County deputies caught up with Xavier Aguilar back in July after he was seen driving erratically and forcing other cars off the road. Deputies told Aguilar he looked drunk and smelled like alcohol, and Aguilar told them he drank more than two pints of vodka. He ended up blowing a .31, almost four-times the legal limit, but DWI charges have been dismissed because prosecutors failed to hand over 911 calls in the case. Aguilar is still facing car theft charges. Deputies say the car he was driving that day was stolen from a Santa Fe parking lot. ———— Send a Breaking News Tip Report an error or typo Learn about the KRQE appsFiled under: Crime, Home, New Mexico, News

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  • Pipeline work to halt, highway reopen over holidaysPipeline work to halt, highway reopen over holidays

    A stretch of Highway 68 in northern New Mexico impacted by work on a pipeline project will be open for the Thanksgiving holiday, a spokesperson for the New Mexico Gas Company said Thursday.

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  • Committee: Fatal officer-involved shooting was justifiedCommittee: Fatal officer-involved shooting was justified

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  • Killing spree suspect indicted on four murder chargesKilling spree suspect indicted on four murder charges

    A grand jury indicted a northern New Mexico man suspected in a killing spree that left five people dead this past June.

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  • New Mexico tanning salon owner takes plea deal in voyeurism caseNew Mexico tanning salon owner takes plea deal in voyeurism case

    ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico tanning salon owner who secretly recorded women has taken a plea deal. Cody Garcia, 28, was captured on the business’s surveillance video last year recording two women with his cell phone while they were in a tanning booth. According to the Alamogordo Daily News, Garcia pleaded guilty to two counts of fourth degree felony voyeurism and 164 misdemeanor counts. The state has agreed to cap his sentence at 18 months in prison. ———— Send a Breaking News Tip Report an error or typo Learn about the KRQE appsFiled under: Crime, Home, New Mexico, News

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  • Man accused of exposing himself to charter school studentsMan accused of exposing himself to charter school students

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  • Man accused in shooting rampage indicted on four murder chargesMan accused in shooting rampage indicted on four murder charges

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The young man accused of murdering five people in one night in northern New Mexico has been indicted on four counts of murder among nine other charges by a Rio Arriba County grand jury. Damian Herrera, 21, is accused of shooting and killing his stepfather, Max Trujillo; his mother, Brenda Herrera; and 20-year-old brother, Brendon; at their La Madera home. Police say he then shot and killed a man in Tres Piedras after that man gave him a ride. Police say Herrera stole that victim’s truck and drove to Bode’s General Store in Abiquiu where he shot and killed another man. A Rio Arriba grand jury indicted Herrera on four first-degree murder charges for the murders in that county. The district attorney in Taos is handling the fifth murder. Herrera has attempted to escape jail twice since his arrest. He has since been moved to a high-risk facility. ———— Send a Breaking News Tip Report an error or typo Learn about the KRQE apps  Filed under: Crime, Home, New Mexico, News

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    With New Mexico lawmakers recently questioning whether it's necessary to keep funding the commercial spaceport in the southern part of the state….and some politicos calling Spaceport America a “boondoggle,” KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge asked Spaceport CEO Dan Hicks to respond. Here’s what he said: http://traffic.libsyn.com/ksfrnews/Spaceport.mp3

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  • KSFR’s Wake Up Call - November 16, 2017KSFR’s Wake Up Call - November 16, 2017

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  • City approval on ‘Symphony Tower’ delayed until JanuaryCity approval on ‘Symphony Tower’ delayed until January

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – One of Mayor Berry’s pet projects won’t get his final approval. After months of talks, the possibility of downtown Albuquerque’s new tallest building is inching closer, but it will be the next mayor, Tim Keller, who ultimately signs off on it. The Albuquerque Development Commission has to approve the proposal for the “Symphony Tower” first, then the city and the developers can start negotiating a deal. Thursday afternoon, the ADC postponed approval, saying it wanted to wait until incoming mayor Tim Keller is in office. The last time the ADC met in September, it heard a range of proposals for the new high rise, but it didn’t approve one. Instead, it narrowed in on the “Symphony Tower,” asking the developers to return this month with more details on their idea. The developers did just that Thursday, explaining how they plan to drive residential and commercial occupants to the 386-foot tall building that will also boast a hotel. “I’m sure you all have the confidence that we area willing to spend the time and money to figure this out. We just need a chance to succeed otherwise we are doomed to failure,” developer David Silverman said. Silverman and his group say they already have 20 prospective buyers for the condos, which would tentatively sell at $450 per square-foot. That’s high for Albuquerque, but much less than markets like Denver, Phoenix or Dallas. The ADC also pressed the developers when it came to parking, concerned over whether the structure would leave enough public parking for downtown. For now, approval of the “Symphony Tower” waits until at least January when the ADC meets again. Once that happens, the city and the developers can start discussing sharing the parking lot, along with things like tax breaks, waiving fees, and gifting the lot at Fourth Street and Marquette Avenue to the developers. Keller’s camp said it will evaluate the merits of the project after he gets into office, after Dec. 1. ———— Send a Breaking News Tip Report an error or typo Learn about the KRQE appsFiled under: Albuquerque - Metro, Home, News, Politics & Government, SmartTV, Top Stories, Top Video

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  • Las Cruces lawmaker to run for New Mexico state auditorLas Cruces lawmaker to run for New Mexico state auditor

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  • Tim Keller begins quick transition to Albuquerque’s mayor officeTim Keller begins quick transition to Albuquerque’s mayor office

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  • Tim Keller reacts to being elected Albuquerque’s next mayorTim Keller reacts to being elected Albuquerque’s next mayor

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  • KRQE Political Analyst weighs in on Tuesday’s runoff electionKRQE Political Analyst weighs in on Tuesday’s runoff election

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