A weak front has moved into Eastern New Mexico, bringing in its wake much colder temperatures. Daytime highs will hit the 30s and 40s for the eastern half of the state. Central and Western portions of the state will be a bit more mild. Lots of sunshine with highs in the 50s and 60s. Over the next few days, temperatures will warm back up in advance of our next storm system. Daytime highs will return to the upper 50s and 60s by the middle and end of the week. By Wednesday, we could see some rain and mountain snow in Northern NM and Southern CO.
Today: Mostly sunny and mild, highs near 55°. Tonight: Clear and cool, lows near 34°.
5. President Barack Obama now admits the U.S. underestimated ISIS. He talked about that and more on “60 Minutes” on Sunday night. The president said he hoped Iraq’s army could defeat the terrorist group, but that didn’t happen. House Speaker John Boehner says if the airstrikes aren’t enough, the U.S. might have “no choice” but to send ground troops after ISIS.
4. If recreational pot was legal, how much money could it make and draw in for taxes? A new study says $135 million of pot would sell here every year if it were legal, and that would mean an extra $28 million in taxes. Opponents still say that would be a bad decision.
3. The respiratory virus called enterovirus D68 is now in New Mexico. It’s like a cold, but can make it difficult to breath. It’s especially bad for kids with asthma.
2. Closing arguments will start in just a few hours for former APD Sgt. Adam Casaus. He’s accused of running a red slight and crashing into an SUV, killing one young woman and badly hurting her sister.
1. Grab your umbrella on the way out the door because rain is on the way.
5. Henry the Tortoise is going home today. He wandered away from The Jurassic Pet Store near Cerrillos Road and St. Francis Drive in Santa Fe, then ended up in an animal shelter. After he was recovered, it was learned that Henry’s been a regular fixture at the shop for about the past decade. Welcome home, Henry!
4. Internationally this morning, the United States and five Arab allies are now bombing ISIS strongholds in Syria. They launched the strikes overnight. They come as world leaders gather for the United Nations General Assembly in New York to talk about how to defeat the terror group.
3. People in southeastern New Mexico hard hit by flooding have been advised to boil their water. The state has issued a precautionary boil water advisory near the Pecos River, just to be on the safe side. The state is encouraging people to boil water for five minutes before cooking or cleaning with it, or drinking it, or use bottled water.
2. Heavy rain over the past few days have caused a lot of flooding in Carlsbad and Eddy County. Today schools in Eddy County are open, after closing yesterday because of the flooding. Dozens of people had to be rescued from the rushing water. People in the area say this is the worst flooding they’ve seen in a decade.
1. It’ll be mostly sunny with a high near 85 today, and a 10 percent chance for isolated showers and thunderstorms with a southwest wind around 5 mph.
Tonight it’ll be partly cloudy, with a low around 56 , and a southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
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.