December, 2013

Rafael is looking good

December 31st, 2013 at 9:04 pm by under Latest Posts




Remember Rafael, the extremely emaciated dog found near death in Pojoaque in October?

Now he doesn’t even look like the same dog and weighs 80 pounds.

Rafael recovered for a couple of months at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and he’s now living at a foster home.

Shelter officials say once he’s back in shape, he will be adopted.

Rafael’s original owner has been charged with animal cruelty.

A nice end to 2013, but some changes ahead…

December 31st, 2013 at 5:13 pm by under Weather

A ridge of high pressure has been keeping the dry conditions and mild temperatures locked in place for the end of the 2013.   But, we are going to watch a disturbance move in from the northwest on Wednesday.   While its impact will be minimal, it will bring some minor changes for the middle of the week.

There will be some light snow over the Northern Mountains on New Year’s Day.  But, only a dusting to an inch will fall when all is said and done.   Then we will watch a weak cold front move into Eastern New Mexico.   This will drop high temperatures some for Thursday, but by Friday the mild weather returns for much of the state.

We’ll have to watch a storm system that could impact parts of the state over the weekend.   So stay tuned for more details on that!   In the meantime, Happy New Year!

Holiday pushes back trash, recycling collections

December 31st, 2013 at 6:09 am by under Latest Posts

The city of Albuquerque’s Solid Waste Department is taking New Year’s Day off, and that delays regular collections by a day for the rest of the week.

The department released this information on its plans:

  • Residential customers who are regularly serviced on Wednesdays should place their trash and recyclables at the curb on Thursday, January 2, 2014.
  • Residential customers who are regularly serviced on Thursdays should place their trash and recyclables at the curb on Friday, January 3, 2014.
  • Residential customers who are regularly serviced on Fridays should place their trash and recyclables at the curb on Saturday, January 4, 2014.

All three convenience centers, Montessa Park, Don Reservoir and Eagle Rock will be closed on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1, 2014 and will reopen in full operation from 8am to 5pm on Thursday, January 2, 2014.

  • Eagle Rock Convenience Center is located at 6301 Eagle Rock Rd. NE
  • Don Reservoir Convenience Center is located at 114th St. and Central SW
  • Montessa Park Convenience Center is located at 3512 Los Picaros Rd. SW

The main administrative office at 4600 Edith NE and the Cerro Colorado Landfill will also be closed for the holiday and will reopen Thursday, January 2, 2014.

For more information call 311, TTY 711, or visit

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go: December 31, 2013

December 31st, 2013 at 5:59 am by under 5 Things, Morning Show

5) Three U.S. senators are now asking the Senate Banking Committee to hold hearings into how hackers gained access to Target’s security system, possibly compromising as many as 40 million people’s personal information.

4) New Mexico’s Valley Meat Company won’t be opening as a horse slaughterhouse tomorrow because a judge issued a temporary restraining order. A hearing on the TRO is set for Friday.

3) An Albuquerque mother is accused of killing her 9 year old son, and the secretary of the Children, Youth and Families Department says the agency was not currently investigating Synthia Varela-Casaus’s home when police say she kicked her son Omaree to death.

2) This is New Year’s eve, and law enforcement will be out enforcing dwi and traffic laws. There are plenty of safe ways to celebrate without drinking and driving, check out KRQE Links here on our website to learn some of the ways you can get home safely if you’ve had too much to drink.

1) A mild and quiet end to 2013 with a very nice day.


John Smith’s New Year’s Eve Forecast

December 31st, 2013 at 5:59 am by under Morning Show, Weather

Your forecast for the last day of 2013 calls for lots of sunshine, and high clouds mainly in northern New Mexico. Temperatures are milders today, especially in the eastern part of the state. It will be breezy and windy in the east central plains. Nice weather for the end of the year.

Have a happy and safe New Year.
Meteorologist John Smith