5. Today is Election Day in Albuquerque. Voters head to the polls to pick a mayor. Ten bond issues are also on the ballot. Polls are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at 50 voting sites. Full election coverage on KRQE news 13 and KRQE.com.
4. Albuquerque Public Schools district is reviewing the districts’ budget. They’re looking at ways of cutting energy and water usage, which makes up about $18 million of the budget. A new committee is coming up with ways the district can increase its energy efficiency while cutting costs.
3. More call center jobs coming to Albuquerque. The Fortune 500 company Canon Information Technology Services is moving to Jefferson and Osuna NE.
2. It’s a beautiful day for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta flying competitions.
1. The weather couldn’t be better for Balloon Fiesta with the Albuquerque box in effect this morning, meteorologist Kristen Van Dyke says.
The “Discover the Dinosaurs” exhibit is roaring into action at the Albuquerque Convention Center downtown.
The hands-on exhibit, which is traveling across the country, includes museum-quality dinosaur replicas. Kids are encouraged to get up close and touch some of the dinosaurs, an uncommon experience at most museums.
“Discover the Dinosaurs” is open from noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $12 for kids. According to the Albuquerque Convention Center website, all visitors will be able to see and participate in the dinosaur exhibit, dino dig, dino den, dino theater, dino coloring station and a scavenger hunt. With an exhibit-plus ticket, for $20, children also get unlimited dinosaur rides, mini golf and can play on inflatables.
The Albuquerque Convention Center is located at 401 Second Street. For more information, call 505-768-4575.
I’m so sadden to hear about the young Georgia woman who’s contract a rare, flesh-eating bacteria. Aimee Copeland fell from a home-made zipline and cut her calf. Doctors originally stitched the wound up but it got infected. Doctors had to amputate her left leg. She’s also lost part of her abdomen. They say she could loose her fingers. Aimee is heavily medicated to keep her comfortable and calm. I’m praying she pulls through. The 24-year-old was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis. The bacterium is found in water and in the environment that destroys tissues. Again, the disease is very rare. So sad.
Are you still having issues with moths? Ugh! We are here at KRQE. I’m thinking of giving the lovely moth that keeps messing with Matt Mauro, Kristen Van Dyke and me at the anchor desk on KRQE every mornings a name. Darn, pesky thing.. won’t leave us alone! What should we name it???
Check out our daily KRQE AM news team picture from today. Can you see the photo bomb? (We LOOOOVEEEE our executive producer Rebecca!) =)
What is wrong with people! Cops say a Clovis man orders fast food at Churches Chicken and then does something really bad when he goes to the window to get his food. The guy exposes himself to the employee who hands him his food! The worker managed to get his license plate number, called police, who then arrested the lad. Sick!
One of my favorite stories of the morning: It was a close call for an Albuquerque pooch after firefighters had to rescue the dog from a burning house this morning. The video our photographer shot shows a firefighter giving the pup mouth-to-mouth and it worked! The pup is expected to live. It happened in Northeast Albuquerque on Zena Lona. Fire crews say the fire started in the garage. No word if any one else was injured.
Counter-terrorism officials are on alert this morning after Al Qaeda announces a new threat against the U.S. and this latest plot could spell disaster for New Mexico. The terror group is calling its followers to set the Southwestern United States on fire! Al Qaeda made the announcement on an online newsletter. Why start wildfires? The terror group says it’s focusing on wildfires because they not only come with astronomical costs, they can take a human toll by destroying people’s livelihoods. Unreal!
Here is something else I find unreal and sick quite frankly: A New Mexico man is charged with killing his own dog. Fifty-five-year-old Ronnie Chavez from Alamogordo is accused of dragging his pet by its leash until it died. Officers found the dog dead on the sidewalk. Chavez is charged with animal cruelty. Ugh!
But on a more positive note this Friday, parts of Albuquerque will be featured on the big screen with the sure-to-be box office hit, The Avengers!! The movie is making its debut this weekend. A lot of the film was shot here in the Duke City. The Avengers is being called the ultimate comic book film, with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Hulk uniting for a battle against a force that’s out to destroy the world. Make sure you have a comfortable seat, The Avengers is 2 1/2 hours. Its rated PG-13. Cant wait! Have a fabulous Friday and weekend. See you Monday starting at 4:30am.