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.
Time for the five things you need to know before you go this morning.
5. Get ready for the food, the rides, rodeos and more because the New Mexico State Fair starts today. You can pick up discounted admission tickets at Walgreens through Friday. Don’t forget, The Midway doesn’t open until tomorrow. Get more info on all of it at KRQE.com.
4. Veterans, this is for you. The Department of Veterans Affairs is having two town hall meetings at the VeteransMemorial Park on south Louisiana today. From 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The discussion centers on VA Health Care Systems. From 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. They’re focusing on disability claims.
3. Don’t be surprised if some of your favorite websites are a little slow to load today, not really. A lot of sites including Netflix and Reddit will be showing you a loading icon all day long. It’s a way to protest the Federal Communication Commission thinking about allowing internet companies to control websites speeds.
2. President Obama will go on national t.v. later today to tell the Americans why the country should go after ISIS and how. This could include air strikes in Syria, but the president says it won’t include troops on the ground. Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry is still in the Middle East, trying to get support from countries there.
The 2014 New Mexico State Fair kicks off Wednesday September 10, 2014 with plenty of food and events.
Wednesday the Unique Food contest begins with entries like alligator tail, a deep fried green chile bacon cheeseburger and a deep fried carne adovada calzone. The exhibits, kidsway carnival and livestock shows open at 10.00 a.m. Wednesday. The midway carnival will open at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday.
This year the state runs through September 21, 2014.
State Fair goers are encouraged to use ABQ Ride Services including a free shuttle service on the weekends of September 12, 13 and 14 and September 19, 20 and 21. For more information about ABQ Ride Services and Specials visit myabqride.com.
For more ticket, event and other State Fair information visit exponm.com.
Craig Neal said the entire time that he wanted to be at New Mexico. The school helped their men’s basketball coach take another step in that direction by announcing a new 6 year 5.7 million dollar deal for Neal Monday that will keep him through the 2020 season. There is a million dollar buyout should either side decide to part ways early. That doesn’t seem likely at the moment. Neal is well connected in the community and has two children at UNM, including one playing for him in son Cullen. When Bobby Knight went to Indiana back in the day, it was for a long stay. With Neal being from Indiana, I asked him if his Lobo job was his Indiana. He answered by emphasizing once again how he wanted the New Mexico job to be a long stay. If his first season is any indication of what Lobo fans can expect, the best is yet to come. Neal led the Lobos to an unprecedented third straight Mountain West Tournament title in his first season and 27 wins. Neal is continuing what he and UCLA coach Steve Alford started at New Mexico. Outright conference titles and tournament titles have become the norm. Neal was the choice of the Lobo basketball community when Alford departed. He reminded everyone in attendance at his contract press conference how the community had a hand in his hiring. He also reminded all that it is the passion of the Lobo Nation that has made his job worthy of a permanent destination.