ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Mid-May and road condition reports, snow and unseasonably cold temperatures are in the forecast today. Some roads in the northern part of the state, particularly U.S. 64 and others in and around Taos, are snow-packed and icy. The system that hit New Mexico is also responsible for 3 feet of snow in Colorado, flooding in Texas, and tornadoes in the Midwest.
Firefighters are hard at it in the Gila trying to get the Signal Fire under control this morning. So far there’s been no containment of the fire that’s scorched 4,700 acres 10 miles north of Silver City. About 300 firefighters, several helicopters and an air tanker are battling the fire today.
Concern in the hot air ballooning community this morning after the National Transportation Safety Board indicates it may consider some regulatory changes following a horrific deadly fire and crash in Virginia last week. The NTSB is considering requiring more training, inspections and licensing for hot air balloon pilots. The fear is increased regulations could mean fewer pilots and fewer balloons attending Albuquerque’s International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.
Trending on KRQE.com this morning is the story about the suspension of Sandia High School’s athletic director. Sources tell KRQE News 13 Tom Knauber is accused of planting a pot pipe in the boy’s basketball coach’s desk to get him in trouble. Some of Knauber’s former coaches reportedly had issues with him.