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NMDOT airs new anti-DWI ad

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner and the state department of transportation has a new commercial out to try and end drinking and driving. The new ad is called “Slang Talk” and is geared to a younger crowd. The spot ran statewide the week of Saint Patrick’s Day. They tell KRQE News 13 they plan to run it again leading up to Cinco de Mayo

Dash cam video shows man’s DWI arrest

SANTA FE (KRQE) – Dash cam video shows a frightening scene. A Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol is suddenly blinded by headlights as a wrong way driver is coming right at him on State Road 14. At the last second the deputy swerves to avoid a head-on crash and then pulls a u-turn to go after the driver. Moments later the deputy finds the driver had ended up on the shoulder after swerving. Deputies arrested Patricio Quintana of Bernalillo for aggravated DWI, open container, reckless driving and a probation violation. Quintana has pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released from jail last Wednesday.  If convicted this will be his second DWI.

Gas prices decline in parts of Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Gas prices are going back down again. Since Sunday gas prices at both Sam’s Club and Costco on Coors in Albuquerque have now dipped to under $2.00 a gallon. AAA says fuel prices will also drop across the U.S. because refineries are now resuming production and transitioning from a winter blend gas. Track gas prices »

City of Santa Fe accused of mismanaging money

SANTA FE (KRQE) – An accounting firm says the City of Santa Fe mismanaged millions of dollars. The total comes to more than $30 million. In 2008, city voters agreed to improve parks and trails through a bond issue. Oscar Rodriguez, Santa Fe’s finance director, told the Santa Fe New Mexican that the city didn’t design projects and bid them to private contractors. Instead, they assigned city employees to do the work. Rodriguez says the city wanted to avoid layoffs because of the economic crash.

Albuquerque Police Academy Director honored

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A former Albuquerque Police Department deputy chief now has a lasting honor at the Albuquerque Police Training Academy. This remodeled gym is being dedicated to Don Daniel, who was he first director of the academy. Chief Gorden Eden says everyone who has passed thru the training academy has been influenced by Daniel. Daniel says he was surprised and is honored. His name now appears over the doors as you walk into the gym Daniel was also a marine.

AG wants scheming shop owner to follow law

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The attorney general wants an auto shop owner accused of scheming to follow the law and he’s threatening to arrest him if he doesn’t. Hector Balderas also wants the man’s customers to get their cars back. This month a district judge ordered A Reliable Engine Rebuilder to close after the owner, Robert Mitchell, failed to appear at a hearing. He was supposed to explain how he was going to pay restitution and penalties. Balderas says he will ask the judge to issue a warrant for Mitchell if he fails to appear in court again.

Bills protecting New Mexico families signed into law

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Three bills that’ll help protect New Mexico families are now law. Governor Susana Martinez signed the bills Tuesday at an Albuquerque child and family resource center. One of the new bills she signed into law forces all cell phone companies to send Amber Alerts to customers for kidnapped children. The second law cracks down on child prostitution, and the third one grants victims of violent crimes additional compensation.

Funding approved for Gila Wilderness catwalk

GILA NATIONAL FOREST, N.M. (KRQE) – Work on a famous trail damaged by floods, is moving forward. The catwalk national recreation trail in the Gila Wilderness just got approved for federal funding.

A district ranger said they are now working on a design so contractors can bid on the project. The contract is expected to be awarded in June, with work starting late summer or early fall. Their goal is to have the catwalk back open by next year.

Cub scouts join Roswell police on the job

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Some local cub scouts got a first hand look Tuesday morning at what Roswell police do on a daily basis. They stopped into the training room where a couple of the scouts got to test the strength of some of the protective gear officers wear. The group also stopped in to get fingerprinted.

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