BERNALILLO, N.M. (KRQE) - They say everything's bigger in Texas, but one New Mexican says not so fast when it comes to his tree.
Richard Córdova of Albuquerque says he's now the proud owner of the biggest Rio Grande cottonwood tree in the nation, which takes the title away from Texas.
Córdova says his tree measures 34 feet around the base and is 85 feet tall.
The record is now confirmed by American Forests in its " National Registry of Big Trees ."
"I knew this was the biggest, but it did make me feel more positive about the whole thing in general," Córdova said.
Córdova says the family always has parties in their backyard, and everyone always notices the tree.
An Albuquerque Police officer involved shooting over the weekend marks the fifth since late October and city officials are taking notice.
A woman was stolen from her daughter's car, a woman who died more than five years ago.
Albuquerque police shot and killed a man Sunday night after responding to an assault call near UNM.
Deputies were led on a chase around 4 p.m. Monday after a person called 911 to report their vehicle had been stolen and was being driven recklessly around Albuquerque.
New Mexico could have hundreds of millions of dollars more to spend as legislators get ready to put together next year's budget in the upcoming legislative session.
Organizers of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl are hoping to shed the disappointing attendance numbers that weighed down the event last year when the Colorado State Rams and the Washington State Cougars face off Dec. 21.