5. It’s IHOP’s Pancake Day. Head to any International House of Pancakes from 7am until 10pm and get a free short stack. All you have to do is make a donation to Shriners Hospital. And, this is Fat Tuesday, so live it up, Lent starts tomorrow.
4. Internationally, eyes are on Ukraine today and what Russia’s military is doing there. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Kiev to remind Ukraine’s government the United States is behind it. The White House says Russia faces serious repercussions if its military does not stay away from Ukraine.
3. The Albuquerque Public School district has more money to spend next school year. The district wants to hear from interested members of the public who have ideas on how the money should be spent. Tonight the first of four community meetings is being held at 6pm at Dennis Chavez Elementary School at Barstow and San Francisco.
2. Most of New Mexico is heading to the polls today; 101 of the state’s 105 municipalities. Several cities including Santa Fe and Rio Rancho are voting on a new mayor. For the first time, New Mexico’s Secretary of State has a website to track all of the local elections, you can link to here on KRQE.com.
1. It’ll be breezy and mild today, partly sunny with a high near 65. Light and variable wind becoming 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight it’ll be partly cloudy with a low around 34. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north after midnight.
5. If you missed last night’s Academy Awards, here are the top winners: 12 Years a Slave took home Best Picture, Matthew McConaughy won Best Actor, Cate Blanchette won Best Actress. Lupita Nyong’o won best support actress.
4. Chaparral Elementary School in northwest Albuquerque will be open today, despite a fire this weekend. APS estimates Saturday’s fire did as much as $200,000 in fire, smoke and water damage. The schools kitchen was effected so students should expected sack lunches for the next few weeks.
3. New Mexico troops deployed on active duty will not have to worry about custody battle’s while they’re away. Governor Martinez signed a bill preventing permanent changes to custody agreements for service members on active duty.
2. Come July, it will be illegal to text while driving anywhere in New Mexico. Governor Susana Martinez signed the bill this weekend. Violators will be fined $25 for the first citation, then $50 for each violation after that.
1. Expect a milder day, partly sunny skies with a high near 62, and calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Tonight it’ll be partly cloudy with a low around 32 and a northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
5. Metro Court in Albuquerque is closed today and tomorrow for a computer system update. Older online criminal records will disappear from the system because Metro Court can’t afford to pay for the storage space, so checking an online criminal record is about to become more difficult.
4. Today we could find out the legal proceedings ahead in the case of a Valencia County teen accused of murder. At issue is whether 15 year old Brandon Villalobos will be tried as a juvenile or an adult. Villalobos is accused of killing 12-year-old Alex Madrid in Meadow Lake, near Los Lunas on February 18th. Villalobos’ attorney does not believe her client understands the charges against him.
3. Businesses in Santa Fe can no longer put customer purchases in plastic bags. Violators can be fined and eventually lose their business licenses if they don’t comply. Santa Fe is giving merchants a 30 day grace period before the new law is enforced.
2. Federal authorities at WIPP say 182 essential workers at the nuclear waste storage facility are still on the job, working above ground, and believed to be safe. Authorities announced 13 workers tested positive for radiation contamination following a leak at the site two weeks ago. The Feds say the radiation detected was low level. New Mexico’s two US senators are asking the e-Environmental Protection Agency to conduct independent air quality tests. Conspiracy theorists online are having a heyday with the WIPP story, check out the story here on KRQE.com.
1. It’ll be party sunny this Friday with a high near 67 and a west wind of 10 to 15 mph. Tonight expect a 10 percent chance of showers, and mostly cloudy skies with a low around 41 and a southwest wind of 10 to 15 mph. Ther’s a chance of showers both Saturday and Sunday
Five things you need to know before you go this morning.
5. The trial lasted more than a month; jury deliberations, three days. They found Ronald Santiago not guilty of killing Greg and Bernadette Ohlemacher back in 2005. The defense thinks Albuquerque Police should reopen the case now that the department has new detectives and a new chief of police.
4. Albuquerque new chief of police, Gordon Eden will be officially sworn-in at 10:30am today at City/County Government center. Eden is a native New Mexican who grew up in the South Valley. He has 30 years of state and federal law enforcement experiences as he takes over the reigns of the troubled department.
3. Elderly metro area residents, beware. There’s a thief out there targeting the elderly. She appears at the door, claims she has car trouble, asks to use the phone then steals once she’s inside the house.
2. Texing while driving may soon be illegal in New Mexico, provided Governor Susana Martinez signs the ban passed by the State Legislature. There are concerns that the way the law is currently worded it could make it difficult to enforce. There are also privacy concerns about police confiscating cell phones.
1. Expect mostly sunny skies today with a high near 67, light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight, it’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 37 and a northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Five things you need to know before you go this morning.
5. A big announce from First Lady Michelle Obama today that could have a big affect on your kids’ schools. The government is now going to limit how much junk food and drink companies can advertise in schools on vending machines scoreboards and more.
4. We now know more about why Albuquerque Public Schools’s police chief is on leave. Sources tell us it has to do with ammunition disappearing from the storage locker. The school district is not talking about Chief Steve Tellez saying it’s a personnel matter.
3. A four-month-old baby girl has died and Albuquerque police are accusing the mother’s boyfriend Elijah Fernandez. He’s charged with child abuse resulting in death.
2. Give yourself plenty of extra time this morning if you take Paseo Del Norte near the I-25 construction project. Narrower lanes along PDN between I-25 and the railroad tracks opened over the weekend and are causing traffic delays Some people claim their drive time has tripled. The traffic control will be in place over the next few months.
1. It’ll be mostly sunny this Tuesday with a high near 71, and a light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight, expect mostly cloudy skies with a low around 33, and a north wind of 5 to 10 mph becoming east after midnight.