November 30th, 2013 at 5:16 pm by Bill Diven under Community Affairs
The Albuquerque BioPark’s River of Lights kicks off today.
Thousands of people come out each year to see the nearly 400 light sculptures at the Botanic Gardens off Central Avenue NW near the Rio Grande.
Proceeds fund the BioPark, staff and animal supplies along with conservation efforts and school outreach.
The River of Lights runs nightly from 6-9 p.m. through Jan. 5.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 3 and older. Shuttle buses run from the parking lot at the BioPark Zoo on 10th Street SW on weekends and then nightly from Dec. 20-Jan. 5.
November 29th, 2013 at 10:08 am by Bill Diven under Community Affairs
If you didn’t get a Christmas tree over the weekend, and you’re ready to cut one down, then this is for you.
Cutting permits for the Valles Caldera National Preserve in the Jemez Mountains go on sale today.
You’ll be able to cut down your own tree or buy one that’s already cut.
All proceeds from the sale of trees and cutting permits will support the preserve.
November 27th, 2013 at 1:10 pm by Bill Diven under Community Affairs
While we’re moving into the season of thanksgiving, joy and shopping, it also can be a time of schemes and consumer overloads.
To help guide consumers the office of New Mexico Attorney General Gary King has released a list of tips for safe shopping under the headline “AG: Scammer Grinches Can Ruin the Holidays:”
“The holiday feeding frenzy is in full swing as consumers gobble up good deals shopping for gifts online, by phone, mail, or through local businesses,” the news release says. “Unfortunately, there are plenty of Grinches out there just waiting to leverage your goodwill for their private gain.”
Ads & Sales
- Read store ads carefully and do your homework in advance to know the value of the product. Is the store offering sale items in a limited quantity? Can you get a ‘rain check’ if it’s an out-of-stock sale item?
- Take the ad with you when you go shopping to make sure you find the right item at the price advertised.
- Focus on bottom-line prices, not discounts. Discount claims may not reflect real savings if the seller inflated the original price of an item and then discounted it to make the “discount price” appear as a bargain.
- Buy from a seller you trust. Whether the seller is down the street or across the country, know who you’re buying from. Be wary of online retailers that don’t disclose contact information, including a phone number and physical address.
- Understand the seller’s return and refund policies. How long do you have to return the item? Will you get a full refund, store credit, or nothing? Is there a restocking fee? Do you need a receipt and the product packaging? If the seller ships an item that you later decide to return, who pays for shipping?
- If you’re making an online purchase, make sure it’s a secure website. Secure sites use an “https” prefix in their web address. The “s” stands for secure, which means the site is not secure without it! Do not email financial information, such as credit card or bank account numbers.
- If ordering online or by phone, use a credit card because credit cards generally offer consumers better protections in cases of fraud or disputes. Only give credit card numbers to sellers you know and you called.
- Do not wire money or send cash.
- If it’s a mail or phone order, the merchant is required to ship the item within 30 days of the order, unless the seller clearly discloses a longer wait in advertisements or catalog.
- If you’re buying through a layaway, be sure you understand the policies, including any additional fees or restrictions, and cancellation policies.
Warranties & Extended Warranties
- How long does the seller warranty the product? Does a seller’s warranty go beyond the manufacturer’s warranty?
- Think carefully about extended warranties and service agreements. Understand the terms, including what is and is not covered. Extended warranties often mean add-on profits for sellers, but they can also offer peace of mind for the buyer and convenience if the product breaks during the warranty period.
- Understand the terms. Does the merchant charge a gift card purchase fee? Does the merchant charge an inactivity fee? (allowed after 12 months of inactivity)
- The card must clearly disclose the expiration date, and fees must be clearly disclosed on the card or its packaging. Gift cards/certificates must be good for five years from the purchase date, or from the last date any additional money was loaded onto the card.
Lastly–to help ensure the holidays are memorable for good reasons–shop safely, securely, and smartly.
November 27th, 2013 at 10:26 am by Bill Diven under Community Affairs
Tickets for the annual Albuquerque Luminaria Tour will go on sale at midnight Fridaymorning, ABQ RIDE has announced.
The Christmas Eve tradition involves a ride of 45 minutes to an hour through the illuminated Country Club and Los Altos neighborhoods and the Old Town Plaza.
There are six departure times between 5:20 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. from the Albuquerque Convention Center, and ticket prices top out at $3 for adults.
The tour is likely to sell out as it has in past years.
More information on tickets and free parking can be found on the ABQ RIDE website.
November 26th, 2013 at 10:48 am by Bill Diven under News
Torrance County Sheriff Heath White kept a bear cub at his home last night after state game officers couldn’t pick up the apparent orphan until today.
The cub, now named Ted, was caught rummaging around inside a garage east of Moriarty. Deputies waited hours to see if momma would return before taking Ted into custody.
Game officers estimated its age and under 1 year.
Reporter Crystal Gutierrez will have more on the bear’s rescue on KRQE News 13 at 4 p.m.
Torrance County bear cub. Robert Pugsley/KRQE.