March 4th Morning Rush: Two men wanted in connection to fatal Meadow Lake shooting


1. Authorities are searching for two men in connection to a deadly shooting at Meadow Lake. The shooting happened Saturday night and the victim Daniel Sandoval died at the hospital. Officials say Jesus Garcia and Alexandro Montelongo Murillo were taken into custody to be questioned about the shooting but were released because there wasn’t enough evidence to hold them. Now officials say they have enough evidence to issue warrants. Both men are facing charges including murder.

Full Story: Officials search for two suspects in Valencia County shooting

2. Fan attendance is not only down at the Pit, so is the interest in filling up seats for the annual trip to the Mountain West Tournament. Funds from that trip had gone to a local charity that supports underprivileged kids. Organizers say fewer seats filled mean less money for that charity. In the past, three buses would make the trip to the conference finale. As of Monday, they barely have enough people to fill one bus.   

Full Story: Numbers down for bus trip to Mountain West tournament

3. The cold, Arctic air that was brought in by Sunday’s cold front continues to settle over eastern New Mexico. Morning temperatures in the Plains are flat-out brutal with readings in the single digits, teens and 20s. In addition to the cold, freezing fog and drizzle is likely to develop. It’ll be a whole different ball game further west as high temps climb back into the 40s, 50s and 60s under a mostly to partly sunny sky.

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4. Santa Fe voters if you want to participate in this year’s mail-in election, you should mail in your ballots by Monday. The ballots must be at the county clerk’s office by Tuesday night at 7 p.m. to be counted. Voters are deciding on a five-year renewal of a property tax that brings in $11 million. As of last week, more than 27,000 voters had mailed in their ballot. Officials say this is far more than last year’s election. 

Full Story: High voter turnout expected for Santa Fe Public School special election

5. Local veterinarians are banking on the community’s help so they can perform some life-changing surgeries for homeless pets. The surgeries performed for Animal Welfare range from broken legs to a hernia. The cost can reach into the tens of thousands of dollars. Basic care is taxpayer funded, but specialty surgeries are funded by donations to the Angel Fund.

Full Story: Animal Welfare gives behind-the-scenes look at homeless pet care

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