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City bus crash closes WB Central at Manzano

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque bus suffered serious damage after a crash that may have involved alcohol. It happened near Central and San Mateo Monday night, when a car collided with the bus.

The driver of the car was taken to the hospital.

Police aren’t releasing a lot of information, but officers were seen pulling a crushed beer can and a bottle of hard liquor from the car.

The driver’s condition is not known at this time, but his injuries are not life threatening.

Taos company wins Ski Lift Pitch Contest

TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) – The winner of the first Ski Lift Pitch Contest in Taos is a Taos company. ABQID hosted the event last month which had people from 12 startups ride a chairlift for 15 minutes, trying to convince investors that their idea is the next big thing. Taos Mountain Energy Bar took home the $10,000 prize. The company makes energy bars out of organic ingredients.

Santa Fe gets top rank for women-owned businesses

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – According to NerdWallet.com, Santa Fe is the best place for women-owned businesses. While most New Mexicans don’t consider it an affordable place to live, apparently it is when you compare it to 289 other cities in the country. The website also looked at the tourism industry in its calculations. Following Santa Fe on the list are Boulder, Colorado and Monroe, Michigan.

SpaceX launches first all-electric satellites

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) – SpaceX launched a rocket to space, an important mission for New Mexico. It’s carrying the world’s first all-electric communications satellites into orbit. They’re expected to be in orbit for about 20 years. After the satellites get beyond the earth’s atmosphere, the rocket will land in the ocean. Two more rockets are scheduled to launch by mid-April. If all goes well, the New Mexico Spaceport could see rockets like this one in the future.

Trinity Site opens to the public twice this year

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) – The Trinity Site – where the first atomic bomb was tested – will be open to the public twice this year. The site will now be open April 4 and Oct. 3. The Department of Defense previously reduced the Trinity Site open house from two times a year to once a year because of lack of funding. During the April opening, they’ll mark the 70th anniversary.

Crews fight overnight house fire

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Bernalillo County officials said a mobile home that went up in flames overnight is a total loss. The fire ignited before midnight off Isleta on Potomac Circle in southwest Albuquerque. Drivers on I-25 called 911 about the fire it was so big. The Red Cross is now helping two adults and two children who were living there. No injuries were reported.

The family is accepting donations at any Bank of the West. The bank account is under the name “Martinez Fund.”

NM Federal Credit Union officially changes name

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – According to the Albuquerque Journal, U.S. New Mexico Federal Credit Union is now U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union. Customers have been calling the credit union by the nickname “The Eagle” for years. The credit union’s CEO said the name change came about to better identify with that. A ceremony will officially unveil the name Monday morning.

ABQ Rail Yards Market seeks vendors

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Rail Yards Market is back on for the summer; all they need now is vendors. Those interested in being vendors have until Friday, March 6, to apply. Organizers are also looking for volunteers to help with organizing. After months of negotiations, it’s been decided that the market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. four Sundays a month from May to October. When there is a fifth Sunday, the city will be able to rent out the space.

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