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Dildo drone attack against sheriff deemed ‘planned act of violence’ after ‘dongcopter’ message found on suspect’s phone

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department labeled the harassment of a sheriff with a dildo-wielding drone as a “planned act of violence” after a message mentioning the term “dongcopter” was seen on a suspect’s phone. In viral footage from June 1, Albuquerque Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III was confronted with the flying...
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ABQ files liens against 10 hotels for lodgers tax

The city of Albuquerque during the pandemic has filed liens against 10 hotels for unpaid lodgers tax, including at least four associated with one of the state’s most prominent hoteliers. Jim Long’s Hyatt Regency in Downtown, Hotel Chaco and Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town and Nativo Lodge in Northeast Albuquerque,...
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Popular summer events and fireworks return to Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Mayor Keller and City officials announced on Thursday the return of fireworks and Summerfest to Albuquerque. The fireworks will be on July 4 at Balloon Fiesta Park, allowing spectators to attend. The city of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County partnered to bring Independence Day fireworks to each corner of the metro area – this gave people a chance to watch from home wherever they lived, and to keep social distancing in place.
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BCSO makes arrest in 2020 homicide on Pajarito Mesa

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a man on suspicion of fatally shooting a man last October on the Pajarito Mesa southwest of Albuquerque. Jesus De La Cruz Hinojos, 49, was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center early Wednesday on an open count of murder in the...
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Fire damages Albuquerque business

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque Fire Rescue is investigating a fire at a pipe supplier building Tuesday night. The fire started around 6:15 p.m. at 101 Pipe & Casing near San Pedro Drive and Alameda Place. Albuquerque Fire Rescue and Bernalillo County Fire Department were quick to the scene to working...
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Bernalillo County resumes single-use plastic ban

After a year long hiatus, in which single-use plastics were encouraged for Covid-safety, Bernalillo County is reinstating its single-use plastic ban. County manager Julie Morgas Baca is rescinding the order she implemented last summer allowing businesses to use the bags during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a press release from the county.
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Fire destroys structures in South Valley

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A fire destroyed a large barn shed and two trailers on a South Valley property Monday evening. Brian Rose, deputy chief of operations for the Bernalillo County Fire Department, said the three structures near Blake and Joe Sanchez SW were a total loss. He said a casita on an adjoining property was also damaged.
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New Mexico sees five additional COVID-19 deaths

The New Mexico Department of Health on Thursday reported five additional deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide toll to 4,310. The newly reported fatalities occurred in Bernalillo, Colfax, Lea, Otero and San Juan counties; the victims' ages ranged from 40 to 80. The state also reported 106 new coronavirus...
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Navajo man sentenced for assault

ALBUQUERQUE — Lyle Ryan Begaye, 44, of Tohlakai, N.M., an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation of Fort Defiance, Ariz., was sentenced June 2 in federal court to three years and 10 months in prison for assault resulting in serious bodily injury in Indian Country. Begaye pleaded guilty on Nov....
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Vaccination percentage grows to 57.9% in NM

SANTA FE – The share of fully vaccinated adults in New Mexico inched up to 57.9% on Monday as the state began its final push to a goal of 60%. The state is 34,738 vaccinations short of its goal. The Department of Health is offering $100 to anyone who either...
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Irrigation board candidate contests election loss

The local irrigation board has yet to declare official results from last Tuesday’s election. That’s because one candidate is contesting his loss with allegations of incomplete ballots and other “deficiencies.”. In the June 8 Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District board election, Simon T. “Scooter” Haynes ran against incumbent Joaquin Baca...
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Bernalillo County offering free lunch for 60-up

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Bernalillo County announced Wednesday it is offering free lunches to people 60 years and older at the South Valley Multipurpose Senior Center and Raymond G. Sanchez Senior Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Reservations are required, and the service is available now. “Seniors...
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Massive solar array is planned for West Side

Idaho-based solar developer Clenera LLC plans to build one of the state’s largest solar generating facilities to date on the West Side of Albuquerque and is asking for $430 million in industrial revenue bonds from Bernalillo County to move forward with the project. Clenera is planning a 300-megawatt solar farm...
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Mayor Keller: Fireworks and Summerfest Return to the Duke City

Today, Mayor Tim Keller announced the return of fireworks and spectators for a July 4th event at Balloon Fiesta Park. The Mayor and City leaders also announced plans to bring Summerfest celebrations back to neighborhoods around the city, public health orders permitting. Last year, the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County partnered to bring Independence Day fireworks displays to each quadrant of the metro area—a move that gave people a chance to watch from home wherever they live and avoid congregating. These displays were so popular, that the City and County will once again be launching fireworks across the metro. All displays will be set to music and broadcast on AM and FM radio.
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BernCo Offers Free Lunches for Seniors

Bernalillo County – Bernalillo County is offering free lunches to seniors 60+ at two senior centers: South Valley Multipurpose Senior Center (SVMPSC) and Raymond G. Sanchez Senior Center (RGSSC). Lunches are served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday. Reservations are required. “Seniors who call in their reservation...