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Funds needed for Supercomputing Challenge

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Supercomputing Challenge turns 25 this year, and they’re asking for a birthday present. The program gives grade school students from all over the state a chance to complete science projects using high-performance super-computers, but their funding has shrunk. They say their budget is $20,000 short this year, so they’ve set up an account online asking for donations..

NM woman holds world slinky record

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s official, a Los Lunas woman holds the Guinness world record for the most slinkies. Susan Suazo received the official certificate from Guinness last month for her collection of 1,054 slinkies. Unfortunately, her entry to Guinness came after the 2015 book of world records was published but she says it’s still an accomplishment. Suazo now wants to focus on slinkies specifically from china. If you are interested in helping Suazo with her collection send her an email at

Input wanted on new solid waste facility

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Community members are invited to speak out Thursday night regarding the controversial plan for a new solid waste facility in Albuquerque. Garbage trucks and the public would bring in trash to the proposed facility at Edith and Comanche. Semi trucks would then haul it off to the landfill. Many neighbors are concerned about the increased traffic, odor and littering. Thursday night’s meeting starts at 6:00 p.m. at the North Valley Senior Center near 4th and Candelaria.

Senator Tom Udall stops by ABQ charter school

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – New Mexico Senator Tom Udall presented Albuquerque’s Amy Biehl High School with an important bill Thursday. The signed bill authorizes the charter school to purchase their building. It was passed by the U.S. House back in June. The school had been leasing the historic U.S. Post Office from the federal government since 2006. The purchase will allow the school to do what they want with the building which includes renovations and creating more classrooms.

Spaceport could see ‘for sale’ signs

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A bill that would put the Spaceport up for sale is moving forward in the Senate. Gallup Senator George Munoz is proposing the plan, saying a private company would do a better job running the $200 million facility. Flights at the spaceport were delayed again, after a Virgin Galactic test flight crashed in California last year. The bill made it out of its first committee after lawmakers said they want the debate to continue. It still would have to clear at least two more committees. The Spaceport Authority says the state will run into problems if it tries to sell it, including trying to find someone who could buy it.

Joe’s Boot Barn closing in Clovis

CLOVIS, N.M. (KRQE) – For more than 40 years, people have been buying boots from Joe’s Boot Shop in Clovis but now Joe’s is closing up shop. According to the Clovis News Journal former owners Joe and Darla Rhodes sold the store three years ago to their grandson who tells the paper, “it’s all over” but gave no other comment as to why they are closing. The store sponsored several rodeos and other community events. Residents tell the paper, it’ll be a crushing blow to Clovis.

Lovington superintendent resigns after 1 year

LOVINGTON, N.M. (KRQE) -The Lovington Municipal Schools superintendent has resigned after leading the southeastern New Mexico district for only a year. Superintendent Darin Manes submitted his resignation following a special executive session by the school board. Board President Ronnie Reeder says both Manes and the board have agreed to part ways, but they aren’t saying why. He was appointed as superintendent last February.

Man charged with rape cuts off ankle bracelet, flees

TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) – An El Prado man charged with raping and molesting children cut off his GPS monitor and is now on the run. Parole officers say Raymond Martin Martinez ditched his car near Taos, took off running, and severed his GPS monitor on his ankle. New Mexico State Police tracked him through the wilderness but eventually lost him. Martinez is accused of raping a 6year-old and molesting another last year. Those with any information are urged to contact police.

Police respond to overnight rollover crash

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque police are investigating what caused a rollover crash around 1 a.m. on northbound I-25 at the Gibson offramp Thursday.

There’s no word on if alcohol was a factor. The condition of the driver is unknown.

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