Mary Ann Hatchitt

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September 22nd, 2014 at 6:00 am by under 5 Things, Latest Posts, Morning Show

5) The Isis Crisis takes center stage in New York City today. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with world leaders gathering for the United Nations General Assembly. The goal is to garner more global support to fight ISIS terrorists. President Obama will meet with world leaders later this week.

4) The battle over what will make it on the ballot in November in two counties has been resolved by the New Mexico State Supreme Court. The high court ruled Friday that controversial poll questions will be allowed on the ballot in Santa Fe and Bernalillo counties. The court ruled Secretary of State Diana Duran was not doing her job when she refused to put questions on the ballot about reducing penalties for marijuana possession and increasing the sales tax to fund programs for the mentally ill.

3) A deadly crash involved a former Albuquerque police sergeant is finally going to court. IN 2012, then-Sergeant Adam Casaus was off-duty when he ran a red light, slamming into an SUV killing Ashley Browder and badly injuring her sister. Casaus says he was going after a drunk driver, but prosecutors disagree. Casaus was fired from APD after the crash.

2) Flooding in southern New Mexico is prompting emergency workers to evacuate people in Carlsbad, specifically along James Street because the Pecos River is about to overrun its banks. For the latest on the flooding, stay tuned to KRQE on air and online here at KRQE.com.

1) There’s a 40 percent change of scattered showers and thunderstorms today which could produce heavy rain. It’ll be partly sunny, with a high near 82 and a south wind 5 to 10 mph. Tonight the chance of precipitation drops to 20 percent with isolated showers and thunderstorms and partly cloudy skies , with a low around 59 and a south wind around 5 mph.


5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go

September 16th, 2014 at 6:00 am by under 5 Things, Latest Posts, Morning Show

5. KISS frontmen Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are in Albuquerque today for the official grand opening of their new restaurant Rock and Brews, located on Montgomery west of San Mateo across from Lovelace Womens Hospital. The ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m. will be followed by a military luncheon for more than 100 veterans and active military personnel. Later, Rock and Brews will present a check to the NM Healthcare system. Tonight there’s a charity gala at the restaurant for 400 guests. Tickets cost $150 per person.

4. The battle over the ballot in Bernalillo County is headed to the State Supreme Court a week from today. The court is preventing the county from mailing out absentee ballots this weekend because county commissioners want to put two poll questions on the ballot. The questions assess voters’ interest in decriminalizing marijuana and raising taxes to fund programs for the mentally ill, but they are not legally binding.

3. Interstate 25 at Paseo del Norte is closed overnight in both directions every night this week. The closures begin at 7 p.m. and continue through 6 a.m. the following morning. The push is so crews can get as much work done on the interchange reconstruction project before the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta begins the first week of October.

2. Today we could find out what the future holds for the Albuquerque Isotopes and the Los Angeles Dodgers. This is the first day major league teams can change up their AAA affiliation. A report in the Houston Chronicle says the Isotopes could end up with the Astros, but the ‘Topes General Manager John Traub says he hasn’t been notified about any plans for a change.

1. There’s a 20 percent chance today of isolated showers and thunderstorms, amid partly sunny skies with a high near 85 and an east wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon.¬†Tonight the chance of precipitation increases to 30 percent with mostly cloudy skies and a low around 58, with a south wind 5 to 10 mph.


5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go

September 15th, 2014 at 6:00 am by under 5 Things, Morning Show

5. It’s a great day to head out to the New Mexico State Fair and not break the bank. It’s dollar day, admission and the rides will each cost a buck. This afternoon restaurants will compete for bragging rights in the Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge.

4. In Washington, D.C. This week, congress is set to vote on President Obama’s plan to spend $500 million to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels to fight ISIS. Also, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Paris meeting with allies about a plan to defeat the brutal terrorist group which has beheaded three people in recent weeks.

3. Protesters will probably be back out again today, as Albuquerque hosts a national police shooting competition. This weekend protesters were in front of the State Fairgrounds, upset that the City would host the competition after all the controversial police shootings over the past few years. Mayor R.J. Berry says he’s honored to hold the law enforcement conference here.

2. Today we should know if Bernalillo County is going to take its ballot battle to court. The county wants to put two poll questions on the ballot, assessing voter’s opinions on reducing penalties for possessing less than a ounce of marijuana, and increasing the sales tax to help the homeless and mentally ill. The Secretary of State refuses to put poll questions on the ballot. Today, the County Commission will meet privately to decide what to do next.

1. There’s a 10 percent chance of more storms today after noon, with partly sunny skies and a high near 86 and a 5 to 10 mph wind becoming southwest in the afternoon.
Tonight Scattered showers and thunderstorms with a 40% chance of precipitation. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59 and an east wind 10 to 15 mph. C


5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go

September 9th, 2014 at 6:00 am by under 5 Things, Latest Posts, Morning Show, Photos, Weather

5. If you’re looking for a new job, there are some openings right now. Dave and Buster’s is taking applications for 260 new jobs. The new restaurant and game joint is opening this fall at Albuquerque’s Winrock Mall. Smith’s Grocery store chain is also hiring another 200 workers in New Mexico. You can get information on both jobs here on KRQE.com. Click on links.

4. Amazon is dropping the price of its disappointing Fire Smartphone to 99 cents. The price cut comes just in advance of today’s expected unveiling of the new iPhone 6 by Apple. Word is the new iPhone will be faster and come in two different sizes with a better camera. There are also rumors that Apple could also reveal a new Smart Watch today.

3. President Obama will talk about the Isis crisis today with members of Congress returning to the Hill today from their summer recess. One Senate Republican already introduced a bill authorizing airstrikes in Syria. The White House says the approach to defeating ISIS will be political, diplomatic and military. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is also traveling abroad today, looking to build an international coalition to combat the Islamic States of Iraq and Syria.

2. The Bernalillo County Commission last night trumped recent actions by the Albuquerque City Council and Mayor R.J. Berry about what will be on the ballot this November. Last night the commission approved the exact opposite of what the Council and the Mayor okayed last week. Commissioners approved putting two poll questions on the ballot, assessing voters’ interest in decriminalizing marijuana, and increasing the sales tax to help the mentally ill. The measures on the ballot assess interest only and are not legally binding. In doing so, the Commission nixed putting special elections, GO Bonds, and Council approval of hiring and firing the City’s police and fire chiefs on the ballot. The City Council indicated among those, hiring and firing the city fire and police chief was its priority.

1. Another rainy day in New Mexico, expect isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon with mostly sunny skies and a high near 89. A south wind of 5 to 10 mph becomes west 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. There’s a 20 percent chance of precipitation both today and tonight. This evening expect isolated showers and thunderstorms, with partly cloudy skies and a low around 60 with a west wind of 5 to 15 mph.


5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go

September 8th, 2014 at 6:00 am by under 5 Things, Latest Posts, Morning Show

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go

5. The Royal Family is expecting another child. The rumor has been floating around for a few weeks, but this morning, it’s official. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate are expecting another baby. No word yet on when the child is due, if it’s a boy or a girl, or if that’s even known at this point.

4. Hundreds of children across the country are getting sick and ending up hospitalized because of a bad respiratory virus. Enterovirus D-68 is spreading quickly, and 10 states have now contacted the Centers for Disease Control to investigate what appears to be a regional outbreak. There are 500 cases in Kansas City, Missouri, and hundred of children in Denver have presented with the same kind of symptoms.

3. Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. Return to Capitol Hill today, and finding a way to stop ISIS tops its agenda. The President plans to meet with congressional leaders tomorrow to talk about stopping the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria which recently beheaded two American journalists. Wednesday, the President plans to lay out those plans to the nation. Nine NATO countries have agreed to work to defeat ISIS and the head of the Arab League is urging its 22 members to confront the extremists as well.

2. Today we should get a better idea of what exactly will be on the ballot for voters in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County come November. The County Commission is set to decide if there’s room to include three initiatives on the ballot approved by Albuquerque Mayor RJ Berry last week. Some Commissioners want to add questions assessing voters interest in decriminalizing penalties for marijuana possession, and increase taxes to pay for programs for the mentally ill. If those two items get added to the ballot, they only assess the sentiment of voters and are not legally binding.

1. Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%. Tonight Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.