Rebecca Valdez

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go

April 18th, 2014 at 6:00 am by under 5 Things, Morning Show

Time for the five things you need to know before you go this morning.

  1.  Lots of people, especially parents, are talking about this. The 14-year-old girl from Albuquerque who had an Amber Alert out for her for almost three weeks has been found. U.S. Marshals say she was with Robert Butler,26, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Investigators say the two met online and took off last month.
  2. This is still making headlines all across the country the article from Mother Jones magazine and some audio of Governor Martinez and her staff ridiculing her opponents, women, teachers and more. The governor is responding now, but she’s not apologizing.
  3. If you’re thinking about making the pilgrimage to Santuario de Chimayo or Tome Hill, it’s time to get a move on. Hundreds of the faithful are making the trek to pray and reflect on the meaning of Good Friday. If you’re driving through these areas, remember to look out for people walking.
  4. We hope you have a safe and Happy Easter this weekend. Lots of churches have sunrise service and you can always go to the big one at University Stadium at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. For more Easter fun, head to KRQE.com and click on links.
  5. Better keep that umbrella handy it could rain this weekend.

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go

April 17th, 2014 at 6:00 am by under 5 Things, Morning Show

Time for the five things you need to know before you go this morning.

5. A bigger talker this morning a lot of water in Portland, Oregon is getting flushed down the toilet, because one guy apparently couldn’t find a toilet. Investigators say he relieved himself in a drinking water reservoir this week and now the city has to dump all 38 million gallons of water that was in there. The guy got a ticket for trespassing and public urination.

4. Take a look at this video from back here in New Mexico State Police just released it. It shows an officer trying to pull over Shae Russell Nakai Blair for going nearly 100 miles an hour near Taos. Once the officer pulled blair over he wrestled with the officer…pinning him to the ground yelling, see the video at krqe.com.

3. A lot of parents in Valencia county are worried about this, a guy police say tried to kidnap a little girl Tuesday night. They say the girl was walking home alone on Festival court near LosLunasHigh School, when a guy in a red vehicle got out and grabbed her shirt. The girl was able to get away, police don’t know who the guy is.

2. Not what we want to hear on a dry week, but there are fires in the Bosque. Firefighters have been out all night long looking for hotspots after a number of fires overnight…some with flames six feet tall. these were in the area off Atrisco almost a mile south of I-40. Investigators haven’t said how they started.

1.A number one, thank goodness fire danger shouldn’t be up today.


5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go

April 11th, 2014 at 6:00 am by under 5 Things, Morning Show

Time for the five things you need to know before you go this morning.

5. Quick work by Albuquerque police who managed to locate a stolen diamond. A thief lifted the three carat diamond that’s been housed at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science on Wednesday. The thief was trying to hock it at local pawn shops. One store owner recognized it and contacted police.

4. Even though it’s still spring, the boys of summer are already playing hard this season. Tonight, the Albuquerque Isotopes have their home opener. The game against Tacoma starts at 7:05 p.m.

3. Today will be sunny with a high near 81. Winds will be light at 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight you can expect cloudy skies with lows around 50. Winds could get up to 15 mph.

2. The Department of Justice federal 18-month-investigation into Albuquerque’s Police Department was brutal. According to the report there’s a pattern of excessive force in the department officers use deadly force too frequently on people who posed a minimal threat. Justice says APD officers need more training and tools to ensure they can protect without escalating potentially violent situations.

1. Today is a new beginning, a fresh start for Albuquerque police. as the department and the city start making changes based on the justice department’s recommendations. Mayor R.J. Berry says his administration is ready to make changes and the path forward is vital as Albuquerque begins negotiating with the justice department to reform the police force. The mayor says a key component will be public involvement.


5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go

April 10th, 2014 at 6:00 am by under Morning Show

Time for the five things you need to know before you go this morning.

5. This morning we know much more about a school stabbing in Pennsylvania we told you about as breaking news yesterday. Investigators say at student at FranklinRegionalSenior High School just outside of Pittsburg stabbed almost 20 students before an assistant principal tackled him. At least five students are still in critical condition.

4. UNM Hospital is open today as federal aviation investigators look at a helicopter that crashed yesterday when it was taking off from the hospital’s roof. The pilot is in satisfactory condition, two passengers are ok. If you’re going to the hospital for something scheduled call ahead to make sure things are still a go.

3. Here comes the fire danger. There is a red flag warning and it’s not a good day to be burning.

2. It’s going to be a big news day with the Department of Justice investigation into APD coming out at 10 a.m. this morning. Get a look back at all our coverage of police shootings including a timeline of events, videos, pictures and more.

1. What could be quite the scathing report from federal investigators is due out at 10 this morning. This is the result of the Department of Justice’s investigation that’s been going on for a year and a half. We’ll have team coverage of the announcement reaction and more on air on all our newscasts and don’t forget watch it all live at KRQE.com.


5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go

April 9th, 2014 at 6:00 am by under 5 Things, Morning Show

Time for the five things you need to know before you go this morning.

5. Before you get the bacon frying this morning, here’s some food for thought. A virus is making millions of pigs get sick and die. It won’t make humans sick though.  Pork prices are up at least 10 percent as a result of the virus.

4. If you’re looking for work there’s a job fair being held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.today at the New Mexico Workforce Connections at 501 Mountain Road. Hundreds of employers will be looking to fill many positions. Tweak your resume, dress for success and show up good luck.

3. Detectives in Roswell are investigating a death on campus at the EasternNew MexicoUniversity. No one is talking about whether the victim is a student. There’s no word so far this morning about any suspects. We’ll keep you posted.

2. It’s going to be an anxious day in Albuquerque.  We’ll get what many think will be a scathing report from the Department of Justice on APD tomorrow. On the heels of that APD has named a new deputy chief to help with the DOJ recommendations similar investigations in other cities have ended up costing as $55 million to make changes. We’re following this story on air and online and will live streaming tomorrow morning’s news conference at 10 a.m. on KRQE.com.

1. Today you can expect a high near 80. There will be southwestern winds coming at 10 to 15 mph this morning. Tonight it will be partly cloudy with a low around 48 and from 5 to 10 mph becoming light after midnight.