June 1 Morning Rush: Ute Park fire spreads to 4,500 acres, jumps Highway 64

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1. Fire crews continue to battle the Ute Park Fire. Fire officials say the blaze is threatening 150 homes along highway 64 between Eagle Nest and Cimarron. Evacuations have been ordered for homes in the area of Hummingbird Lane and along Highway 64. So far, there are also two Red Cross shelters open for evacuees- one in Eagle Nest and one at the Raton Convention Center. Highway 64 is closed on the east edge of Cimarron and also remains closed on the west side of Cimarron canyon at Eagle Nest.

Read the full story: Ute Park fire spreads to 4,500 acres, jumps Highway 64

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2. State Police have not yet said why they are not looking for a suspect in connection to three bodies found in northern New Mexico. Police got a call on Wednesday night from someone who was visiting the home in Dixon, north of Espanola. The caller said three bodies could be seen through the window. Although police have not confirmed it, neighbors believe the victims are a man, his girlfriend and another woman who lived in the home. They also believe drugs may have been involved.

Read the full story: Questions remain in Dixon triple homicide

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3. Lack of moisture, unseasonably hot temperatures and increasing winds will create the “perfect storm” for an awful day of fire danger Friday. RED FLAG WARNINGS have been issued for most of northern and central NM beginning 11 a.m. through 8 p.m. due to elevated to critical fire danger.

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4. The city wants to revise the deal to bring Topgolf to Albuquerque. A city council committee approved more than $2.6 million of incentives for the company to build the theme park. Mayor Tim Keller called them out for not following all the rules when offering incentives called LEDA funds. The current deal does not have job requirements or clawback clauses to prevent the company from taking the funds and leaving town without fulfilling its obligations. The Albuquerque Development Commission says Topgolf has to play by the rules if they want LEDA money.

Read the full story: Albuquerque Development Commission wants Topgolf offer revised

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5. A highly anticipated movie is set to film in New Mexico next month. Creed II will film scenes in Deming. The continuation of the Rocky saga and sequel to the 2015 hit Creed stars Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, reprising their roles of Adonis Creed and Rocky Balboa. The production will employ more than 100 New Mexicans.

Read the full story: Creed II to film in New Mexico

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