Top 20 bizarre New Mexico stories of 2018

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Another year has come and gone. Here are some crazy stories that happened this year in New Mexico. 


Some are calling it a miracle. People from all over visited Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Chuch in Hobbs church after hearing about its weeping statue.

Full Story: Hundreds visit Hobbs church to witness ‘crying’ Our Lady of Guadalupe statue


A homeless New Mexico man living dug himself a tunnel near a park and is living in it. The city where he has dug this intricate home in the ground can’t do anything about it.

Full Story: Clovis man found living in underground tunnel he dug himself


Hunting accidents are nothing new, but this one is: A 74-year-old man is in the hospital after his dog shot him during a hunting trip. 

Full Story: Dog shoots owner while hunting in southern New Mexico


A fifth-grade student at Albuquerque School of Excellence mistook her parent’s medicinal marijuana for candy and passed it out to other students at school.

Full Story: 5th grader unknowingly passes out pot edibles to schoolmates


“It” was a huge horror movie hit. Video of a scary clown in Albuquerque’s Bosque became also became a hit and had many wanting to know the story behind it.

Full Story: Video of scary clown spotted in Albuquerque’s Bosque goes viral


A high school is still the victim of an embarrassing prank drawn on a practice field four years later.

An aerial view of La Cueva High School when searching on Bing.com maps shows male genitalia etched across a large portion of a practice field.

Albuquerque Public Schools said the image is four years old and the school was made aware and fixed the destruction to the field.

Full Story: Suspected high school prank goes unnoticed by APS for years


For more than a decade, people from all over the state have traveled to one New Mexico zoo to see a strange sight — a talking raven named “Joe.”

Full Story: Talking raven at Clovis zoo draws in people from all over New Mexico


New Mexicans have probably experienced this at least once: people wondering if you need a passport to get here, or questioning whether our state is even part of the US. That’s exactly what happened to a man trying to get a marriage license in Washington, D.C.

Full Story: Couple had to prove New Mexico was U.S. state before applying for D.C. marriage license


Southern New Mexico may be home to an endangered species.

According to the Ruidoso News, people living in north Ruidoso have reported seeing what they believe to be a jaguarundi.

Full Story: Rare ‘jaguarundi’ sightings reported near Ruidoso


A New Mexico man shared his story of survival after he was attacked by a bear while walking his dogs. He killed the bear while its jaw was clamped around his leg, and the jaw stayed that way for a while.

Full Story: New Mexico man explains how he survived a bear attack


It turns out, Ozzy Osbourne is a fan of New Mexico’s chile milkshakes and mariachi music.

The former Black Sabbath frontman and his family drove through the state for their latest episode of “Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour,” and some New Mexicans were able to show them some New Mexico culture.

Full Story: Ozzy Osbourne and family tour New Mexico


A failed attempt to steal an ATM left quite the mess at a New Mexico business. Surveillance video shows a man and woman attempting to load an ATM into the back of a truck.

Full Story: Video shows suspects load ATM into stolen truck


MVD officials are turning to ‘Urban Dictionary’ to make sure license plates that hit the streets aren’t obscene.

Full Story: MVD uses Urban Dictionary to screen personalized license plates


An Albuquerque woman went to Supercuts and asked for a shoulder-length asymmetrical bob. She ended up with a choppy haircut, far from what she wanted.

Full Story: Albuquerque woman upset over ‘horrible’ haircut


As Albuquerque strives to revitalize the art scene, few people know that there are miles and miles of artwork hidden beneath the city.

Full Story: Man’s photos highlight artwork hidden beneath Albuquerque


A New Mexico man is facing charges after deputies say he stabbed another man during an alcohol-fueled fight then took a “burrito break.”

Full Story: Man takes “burrito break” after stabbing victim


In December, an Albuquerque homeowner was babysitting his grandchildren when he spotted five bobcats in his backyard.

Full Story: Five bobcats spotted in backyard on Albuquerque’s westside


Albuquerque residents were surprised to see an unusual sight in the sky, and it wasn’t a hot air balloon.

Full Story: Albuquerque residents report bizarre sight in sk


It’s a rare sight in northern New Mexico. Drivers along State Road 522 near Costilla spotted a moose. This is only the third moose sighting reported to Game and Fish in the last two decades. 

Full Story: Photos show moose strolling northern New Mexico neighborhood


A traffic stop on Main Street and Brasher Road in Roswell took an unexpected turn. As soon as the SUV stopped, people started pouring out.

Full Story: 21 men flee from SUV after Roswell officer tries to make traffic stop

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