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Police searching for man who robbed ABQ bank

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The FBI is looking for a man they say robbed the Bank of the West just after it opened Thursday morning at Central near Old Coors. The suspect is described as a heavy set male in his fifties, with pock marks on his face and tattoos on both hands, including one that is a solid black rectangle. He was also wearing a wig. If you know this man, call the FBI.

Group wants city to stop Bosque trail work

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – One group is fighting the city’s new Bosque trail. Crews began work this week on a multi-use trail from the Central Avenue Bridge to I-40. The Sierra Club says city officials implemented the plan without public comment and no advance notice. They also say the trail is not consistent with the natural character of the Bosque and is bad for the environment.

But the city says it held public meetings, including walk throughs, and that environmental studies were conducted. The city says the project will be finished by April before bird nesting begins. The sierra club says it wants the work stopped.

BioPark handing out Valentine’s Day treats to mammals

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Humans aren’t the only ones excited for Valentine’s Day. This Saturday all of the mammals at the Albuquerque BioPark will get a special Valentine’s Day treat. The treats will be given from 9 until 11 in the morning. A few of the animals that will be highlighted include the Tasmanian devils, Asian elephants and the giraffes.

Woman who swiped wallet from store wanted

SANTA FE (KRQE) – Santa Fe police are looking for a woman who they say took off with someone’s wallet from the Ross Store on Zafarano Drive. The wallet was sitting on a checkout counter and the suspect swiped it. Call police if you recognize her.

Police searching for armed SF robbery suspect

SANTA FE (KRQE) – Santa Fe police are looking for the person caught on tape holding up a Papa Murphy’s Pizza. It happened around 8:00 Wednesday night near Zia and St. Francis Drive. According to police the suspect walked in and appeared to be armed with a small gun. There is no word on how much cash he made out with. The suspect is said to be in his 20’s to 30’s, wearing baggy clothes and a skull face mask.

Construction begins on Sandia Prep track

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Ground was broken Thursday at a much anticipated a high school stadium. Construction crews started renovating Sandia Prep’s track and soccer stadium. They’ll treat and improve the soils which were causing headaches for those trying to dribble a soccer ball or jump a hurdle. Sandia Prep’s track and field head coach said the track has definitely been put to good use. It’s supposed to be finished just in time for Sandia Prep’s first home track meet in April.

Strange billboards draw attention in southern NM

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) – Strange billboards are making drivers do a double take while driving in parts of New Mexico. They are located on Highway 70 and I-10. A non-profit organization says the billboards are actually a moving gallery of contemporary art, called The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project. The project stretches from Florida to Los Angeles. The group says the markings are from old biblical terms used in the Ten Commandments.

PNM gives energy efficient kits to NM students

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – PNM is electrifying fifth grade minds all in an effort to conserve energy. They provided students with a kit that includes easy-to-install items, including a low-flow showerhead, faucet aerators, fluorescent bulbs and a night light. The kit is suppose to be a guide for families so they can do the installation together and learn together ways to reduce energy usage. This is the program’s second year. PNM says so far they’ve reached more 4,500 fifth graders in New Mexico.

City council considers banning miniature liquor sales

SANTA FE (KRQE) – Santa Fe could be the latest city to ban the sale of miniatures. City council members are proposing a city wide ban on the mini bottles of liquor. The goal is to combat litter. At this point it appears the proposal which would ban any single serving of alcohol 8 ounces or less, has enough support to pass. Right now it’s on the agenda for April 8th. Taos has a similar proposal on the table.

Woman’s death still a mystery following autopsy

DURANGO, COLO., (KRQE) – An autopsy has failed to reveal the cause of death for a Durango woman found dead in the Animas River, but further tests will be conducted. Karen Michelle Reyes went missing Friday night and was found the next day in the Animas River behind Durango High School. Investigators are now conducting a toxicology report which will reveal what was in her system at the time of her death and if that contributed to her dying. Police have called the case suspicious.

Santa Fe considers charging extra for paper bags

SANTA FE (KRQE) – The city of Santa Fe is once again considering a 10-cent charge for paper bags. The city banned single-use plastic bags in 2014. City councilors say they’ve done some checking and not enough shoppers are using reusable bags, so it’s the stores picking up the cost for the paper ones, which are significantly more expensive than plastic. Next month they will consider a surcharge. Most of the money will go back to retailers to help them off set costs.

New ‘House of Cards’ episodes leaked on Netflix

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A television series that filmed in New Mexico made a brief appearance on Netflix before its release date. Episodes for the highly-anticipated third season of “House of Cards” appeared out of nowhere on the streaming service Wednesday. This was a shock to most fans considering that episodes arrived two weeks before the series scheduled release date. To the show’s credit, it had some fun with the accidental leak saying “This is Washington. There’s always a leak,” on their official twitter account. Then the episodes disappeared as quickly as they appeared.

Sandia Labs group wins award for anthrax detector

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Sandia National Laboratories is being honored for it’s anthrax detector. A group at Sandia helped create a credit card-sized device that can detect bacteria that causes anthrax. They were awarded the annual Award for Excellence. The technology was licensed to Aquila, a New Mexico small business that specializes in the design and manufacture of technologies for nuclear security.

Free taxi rides offered on Valentine’s Day

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Going out this Valentine’s Day? The Tavern Taxi program is willing to give you a ride to and from your favorite restaurant. Residents are encouraged to make reservations by calling 505-999-1400 for rides. A server or bartender can call when residents need rides home.

Rollover crash reported at Montano and Culture

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A messy collision stalled traffic in north Albuquerque earlier Thursday at Montano and Culture. It appears two cars were involved including a red four-door that’s now missing its front half. Police blocked off traffic as they swept glass and debris off the streets. They say the drivers only suffered minor injuries, and should be OK.

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