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5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go

August 29th, 2014 at 6:00 am by under 5 Things, Latest Posts, Morning Show

5. There are lots of fun events taking place in New Mexico this Labor Day weekend. They includes the New Mexico Wine Festival in Bernalillo, the Hatch Chile Festival, and the Lobo Football home opener tomorrow. There will also be DWI checkpoints. From all of us here at KRQE News 13, have a happy and safe Labor Day weekend, and please, don’t drink and drive.

4. The countdown is underway to tonight’s burning of Old Man Gloom. Zozobra will be torched this evening at Santa Fe’s Fort Marcy Park. Old Man Gloom is turning 90 this year, and he’ll be bigger than ever in stature. This year there’s a 1920′s theme. If you drink, Santa Fe County is sponsoring a one dollar taxi ride home. Call 438-0000 to get a taxi.

3. In just a few hours we could know if a judge will approve Former Albuquerque Public School Superintendent Winston Brooke’s buyout. He resigned two weeks ago and the District agreed to pay him $350,000 because he still had two years left on his contract. We’ll let you know what the judge decides.

2. Today we should know if voters in Albuquerque will get to decide if they want to reduce pot penalties in the Duke City. Mayor R.J. Berry has until today to approve or veto whether the reduced pot penalty measure gets on the ballot. It would reduce the penalty for possessing an ounce of marijuana or less, a $25 fine and no jail time. In the past, Mayor Berry said he does not support the plan.

1. Expect a warm and sunny Friday, with a high near 90, and a north wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Tonight, it’ll be mostly clear with a low around 59 and a west wind around 5pm. This weekend, it’ll be mostly sunny with temperatures in the mid-90′s.

$1 cab rides offered for Zozobra

August 28th, 2014 at 6:12 pm by under Latest Posts

The Santa Fe County DWI Program is providing a $1 cab ride Home from a bar or party this special Zozobra Friday night. Take a Cab Ride Home from a bar or party Friday night. Call 438-0000.

The reduced rate rides start at 5:30 on Friday and end at 2:30 early Saturday morning. The normal rate for the subsidized ride home is $5 per cab for 1-2 riders and $10 per cab for 3 or more and runs from 5:30 PM to 2:30 AM Friday and Saturday nights. The DWI Program offsets the first $25 of these cab rides home. Patrons are responsible for the portion of the fare over $25.

Law enforcement agencies in Santa Fe County are conducting several checkpoints this week and next. In addition to these sobriety checks there will be extra officers on the highways and streets reminding you to Think Safe. Don’t drink and drive.

FBI offers $2,000 reward in ABQ hate crime case

August 28th, 2014 at 5:14 pm by under Latest Posts

The FBI is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for attacking and robbing an Albuquerque woman while yelling obscenities about Muslims.

The FBI, which is working closely with the Albuquerque Police Department on this case, is investigating this incident as a hate crime.

On June 5, 2014, an unknown masked man forced his way into the victim’s home in Albuquerque

The victim said the suspect punched her in the head and stomach while yelling obscenities about Muslims. The victim and her family are not Muslim, and immigrated to the United States in 2008.

The victim said the man ordered her to show him where her gold and money were located. A substantial amount of gold and cash was reportedly stolen.

The suspect also tore up citizenship papers belonging to the victim and her family.

“A man forcing himself into a woman’s home, beating her up and robbing her, is a crime that should make people angry,” said Carol K.O. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the Albuquerque FBI Division. “When such an attacker also denigrates what he perceives to be his victim’s religion, it should make all Americans feel disgusted. The FBI and the Albuquerque Police Department take this crime very seriously, and we will leave no stone unturned until we bring this culprit to justice.”

The suspect is described as being approximately 5’9″ to 5’10″ with a pale complexion, blue eyes, and large muscles. He wore a black ski mask that covered his whole head (except for his eyes), blue winter gloves, a baggy, yellow short-sleeved polo shirt with no markings, and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the FBI in Albuquerque at (505) 889-1300 (24 hours) or Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at (505) 843-STOP.
Tips also can be submitted online at

An FBI wanted poster can be downloaded from:

Detailed information about the FBI’s Civil Rights Program, including the fight against hate crimes, can be found at:

Rock and Rhythm Youth Orchestra launching at South Broadway

August 28th, 2014 at 9:00 am by under Latest Posts

In September, the first Rock and Rhythm Youth Orchestra for highly motivated high school students will launch at South Broadway Cultural Center.

The program is seeking high school students who love music and are looking for an exciting, non-traditional collaborative musical experience.

The 10-week program offers them the opportunity to improve on their musical skills and experience what it’s like to play in a band.

The program is open to all high school string players and rock band musicians. Those who play violin, viola, cello, upright bass, guitar, electric bass, keyboards, and drums may apply, as well as vocalists.

Interested students must sign up for interviews that begin the first week in September. While some musical talent and experience is valued, the right attitude and motivation to play music is an important factor.

For interview information, click here»,  e-mail, or call at 505-715-5066.

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go

August 28th, 2014 at 6:00 am by under 5 Things, Latest Posts, Morning Show

5. A plant to help with flood control is causing concerns because it’s also poisonous. The City of Albuquerque planted the Virginia Creeper vine at Zuni park to help keep water from running into the street. But the City admits, the plant’s berries are toxic. Neighbors are concerned the children or animals will eat the berries, and get sick.

4. Protesters took to the streets of Albuquerque again last night. They’re opposed to a national law enforcement shooting competition scheduled to take place in the city. They say the competition is inappropriate given the number of police shootings.

3. Santa Fe’s City Council voted five to four last night to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. There were questions whether the City could get the measure on the November ballot, so instead, councilors passed the law themselves. Santa Fe’s Mayor supports the decision.

2. The Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating a plane crash that killed four people near the Las Cruces airport last night. Witnesses tell State Police the plane was flying low before it went down shortly after takeoff, about a mile south of Interstate 10. The plane burst into flames on impact, killing everyone on board. So far, no names have been released. The plane was headed to Phoenix.

1. Expect it to be drier and warmer today. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88 and northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Tonight partly cloudy, with a low around 58, a 5 to 10 mph northwest wind becoming light and variable in the evening.