August 2 Morning Rush: Officials say fireworks perpetuated Gallup fire

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1. Crews are likely still on the scene of a major gas station explosion in Gallup. At last check, the fire remained contained to two metal buildings. They say it is under control but it is unknown if it is now completely extinguished. U.S. 491 north of Gallup was temporarily shut down. That has since reopened. Officials say fireworks did perpetuate the explosion. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fireworks, hay and oil are also stored in the buildings nearby. So far, no injuries have been reported.

Full story: Officials: fireworks perpetuated gas station fire

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2. It remains unclear if teepees will be used for Meow Wolf’s music festival this weekend. This comes after a social media post highlighting that teepees would be a main attraction. The post was deleted after people began to ask questions. The owner of the company promoting the event says he meant no disrespect and says the design was chosen because it’s functional. Meow wolf tells KRQE News 13 the company respects all cultures and there was never any ill intent behind the teepees.

Full story: Woman questions using Teepee at music festival in Taos

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3. Despite an area of high pressure sliding a bit further into New Mexico, enough moisture will remain over the area to fire off another round of afternoon/evening storms.

Full story: Kristen’s Thursday Morning Forecast
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4. Officials want your input on plans for a first of its kind roller coaster in New Mexico. Plans on the Sandia Peak Mountain Coaster have been in the works for years and are now ready to show to the public. The plans have been submitted to the U.S. Forest Service, the first step in making the nearly $2-million project. Once complete, riders will get a three-minute ride, weaving through the forest and down the mountain. If the decision is approved, they hope to begin construction next summer. The open house will be held at Sandia Peak Ski Area from 4 to 7 p.m.

Full story: Officials seek public comment on Sandia Peak Mountain Coaster
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5. An autograph signing with football hall of fame inductees will be held today in Canton, Ohio. And one of those inductees is UNM alum, Brian Urlacher. The Lobo and Chicago Bears great is set to be inducted on Saturday, but celebrations are already underway. You can see Urlacher on a giant banner in front of the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Urlacher’s high school coach from Lovington is also making the long trip to Canton.

Full story: Thousands gather in preparation for NFL Hall of Fame inductions
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