Author: Ryan Lowery

NM Supreme Court orders Otero County to certify primary results

The New Mexico Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a petition by Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver requiring that the Otero County Commission certify the results of the 2022 primary election no later than today. Commissioners voted unanimously on Monday against certifying the results, citing distrust of Dominion vote-tallying machines. “The voters and candidates of…
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Over and Over and Over Again

It happened again. That phrase has become a platitude. Three empty words we end up typing and speaking every few weeks, every few days. Funerals began this week for 10 people killed in Buffalo, New York. Ten lives ended by an 18-year-old with a rifle. Someone who drove a long distance to cause death. Mass…
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‘Rust’ production company fined for fatal on-set shooting

The production company behind the movie “Rust” was fined the maximum amount allowed under New Mexico law Wednesday for not following safety protocols on set. Details of an investigation by the New Mexico Environment Department’s Occupational Health and Safety Bureau determined that managers with Rust Movie Productions, LLC knew that firearm safety procedures were not…
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United, Sunport partner for ‘immersive experience’

Travelers arriving at the Sunport in Albuquerque will soon be greeted by an “immersive experience” that includes videos, messages, and projections featuring New Mexico United players throughout the facility. The displays are part of a new partnership between the Albuquerque International Sunport, the City of Albuquerque and New Mexico’s favorite soccer team that makes the…
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FAA allows Fiesta balloons to fly over ABQ

The Federal Aviation Administration has agreed to allow hot air balloons to fly over the Albuquerque metro without a costly GPS device required on other aircraft. In September 2021, the FAA began enforcing a 2020 rule that requires all aircraft flying over Albuquerque to have onboard tracking technology installed in the on-board flight computer, something…
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The strange link between Albuquerque High School and a college in Colorado Springs

Nestled on a plot of land where Interstate 25 and Interstate 40 meet in Albuquerque’s Martineztown-Santa Barbara neighborhood, Albuquerque High School serves the educational needs of some 1,700 students each academic year. But turn back the pages of its history a bit and you’ll come to the school’s founding figure who, at first glance, seems…
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Ronchetti quits KRQE, signals run for governor

Now former Chief Meteorologist Mark Ronchetti has submitted his resignation to KRQE, the station announced Thursday. Ronchetti apparently quit abruptly, citing that he planned to run for governor next year. The abrupt resignation could be due in part to reports that Ronchetti’s campaign website went live while he was on the air Thursday evening. Progress…
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Former ‘Harvey Girls’ dormitory once again welcomes residents

Restoration of the Rawlins Building — a National Register of Historic Places structure — is almost done, and it will soon function much like it did in the late 19th century, with commercial space on the main level and apartments for rent upstairs. In fact, owners Tom and Tina Clayton expect to start renting rooms…
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No vaccine requirement, capacity limit for Balloon Fiesta

The 49th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is set to launch Oct. 2 without capacity restrictions or proof of vaccination against the coronavirus. Face coverings will be required in all indoor areas, and in “crowded outdoor settings,” according to an update provided by Fiesta officials on Wednesday. Masks are also required for passengers riding on enclosed…
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Balloon Fiesta set to launch with new safety protocols

Rising Covid-19 numbers in New Mexico and across the country have resulted in the cancellation of some major events, but the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is still scheduled to launch some 588 hot air balloons from Albuquerque this October. The 49th annual event was postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic, but Fiesta organizers are…
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