ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - It's not just the Emmys and the exposure. 'Breaking Bad' has been pretty good to Albuquerque's economy. As the show says goodbye starting Sunday night, the city says goodbye to a cash cow.
Staff at the Octopus Car Wash near Menaul and Eubank say they've seen the location's business rise, thanks to "Breaking Bad." They've had customers travel from far and wide just to get their car washed.
"One customer traveled all the way from Minnesota to get his car washed here," said Chris Castillo, a staff member at Octopus Car Wash. "He was like, 'Don't worry about vacuuming or nothing, I just wanted to come because I saw it on 'Breaking Bad.' "
From the Crossroads Motel to the Dog House Drive In, the series has driven in business. In Old Town, The Candy Lady cashed in on the craze, selling Breaking Bad Candy that looks like meth. Fans of the show haven't been the only ones shelling out cash over the years.
Albuquerque's Economic Development Office says the production spent about $1 million an episode in the city. According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, that's between $60 million to $70 million on goods, services and wages spent here in New Mexico.
The New Mexico Film Office issued a statement to KRQE News 13 saying that, "Having such a successful television series like 'Breaking Bad' has been a tremendous boon to our state. It's been great in terms of hiring, spending and increasing our profile around the country to attract more television in addition to tourism."
A District Court judge has ordered city leaders respond to a petition filed by an animal activist on the city's trap-neuter-return approach of managing feral cats.
Police responded to dozens of weather-related crashes in only a matter of hours Sunday.
A small plane crashed at about 8 a.m. Sunday morning on the Canyon Rim Trail near N.M. 502 and the entrance of Los Alamos.
Sunday night in Albuquerque and around the world people gathered for candlelight vigils to remember the loss of their children.
Department of Agriculture officials are warning customers to not get burned when buying firewood.
Church groups, parents and teachers met Sunday at the 20th annual Albuquerque Interfaith Convention. State education reform was their central focus.