News Briefs: HP company split may affect Rio Rancho jobs

HP company split may affect Rio Rancho jobs

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – Hewlett-Packard is splitting into two companies and it could affect jobs in Rio Rancho. HP said it’s part of its restructuring plan. It will put its PC and printer operations under “HP Inc”, and its software and business services under “Hewlett Packard Enterprises.”

Jobs at the massive facility in Rio Rancho are print and PC. HP Inc’s CEO is expected to visit Rio Rancho on Friday and that employees have not been told anything about their jobs.

The company has cut jobs at the Rio Rancho location over the past couple of years.

Balloon pilot suffers heart attack during flight

Route 66 Again Balloon
Route 66 Again Balloon

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A pilot is in the hospital after having a heart attack shortly after he launched his balloon. It happened Saturday morning when Douglas Lenberg Jr. of Farmington was flying his balloon called the Route 66 Again.

Lenberg realized something wasn’t right and he immediately landed.

No word yet on his condition.

Officials prepare for Cider FestivalCider Festival

ALBUQUERQUE(KRQE) – October isn’t just about pumpkins. This weekend it will be all about the apples at the botanic gardens heritage farm.

This next Saturday and Sunday is the 9th annual Cider Festival. Golden delicious, red Rome and Macintosh apples are grown on-site. You’ll be able to buy bags of apples and freshly made cider.

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Virgin Galactic to offer space passengers more lodging

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (KRQE) – Virgin Galactic wants to give its future space passengers more places to stay and things to do in New Mexico. The company said it’s partnering with a lodge owned by media mogul Ted Turner.

The Sierra Grande Lodge and spa is in Truth or Consequences. It is will offer customers eco-safaris on Turner’s ranches. Virgin galactic has already chosen Hotel Encanto De Las Cruces as the preferred hotel for its customers.

Flights from the spaceport cost $250,000 a person.

Bicycle EMS team showcased at Balloon Fiesta

Balloon Fiesta Bicycle EMS
Balloon Fiesta Bicycle EMS

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – There’s something new and potentially life-saving at this year’s Balloon Fiesta. The Rio Rancho Fire Department showcased their newly developed bicycle EMS team over the weekend.

The bicycle response team carries basic life support equipment and is able to maneuver through the crowds to get people in a medical emergency faster treatment.

NB I-25 reopens at Tramway

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputies worked to clear the scene of a six-car crash on northbound I-25 at Tramway on Monday afternoon.

Officers say no one was injured. Details on the crash are unknown.

Marble Brewery recognized at Denver festival

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – For the second year in a row, an Albuquerque brewery took home a top prize at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

The Marble Brewery Company won the Small Brewery of the Year honor and also took two gold medals for its double white ale and imperial red ale.

New Mexico breweries received a total of eight medals last week.

There were more than 700 breweries competing.

Woman dies a week after rollover crash

COLFAX COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – State Police officers say a woman who was involved in a Sept. 27 rollover crash on southbound I-25 near Raton has died.

Manuela Leos of Juarez, 75, died Oct. 3 in the hospital. She was ejected from the vehicle. Three other injured passengers were transported to a Raton hospital for treatment.

Police say they are still investigating the crash.

Farmington to vote on funds for detox center

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) – Farmington officials are considering a proposal to keep San Juan County’s only detox center open until a new program can start.

The Daily Times reports that the Farmington City Council will meet Tuesday to discuss approving more than $79,000 in funding for the Four Winds Recovery Center.

Center executive director Jolene Schneider told officials last month that the increase could keep the facility operating until its contract ends June 30.

The council would also consider allowing the city manager to work with partnering organizations to open a new program for treating chronic substance abuse and homelessness.

ABQ makes unbelievable crime list

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Huffington Post recently listed the most unbelievable acts that landed people behind bars.

The Albuquerque arrest of Brandon Amburgey came in at number three. He was thrown in jail for littering when he flicked a lit cigarette onto Broadway after an officer asked him to put it out.

The top crime went to a 23-year-old Georgia Woman who was arrested after police thought a mysterious residue on a spoon was meth. Turns out it was Spaghettios.

3rd Congressional District candidate forum planned

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Candidates for the 3rd Congressional District of northern New Mexico are to appear at a forum later this month sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County.

The group says the candidate forum is scheduled for Oct. 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the downtown Santa Fe public library’s community room.

Three-term Democratic incumbent Ben Ray Lujan is running against Republican challenger Jefferson Byrd, who lost a bid for the congressional seat two years ago. Republican Thomas Hook of Portales is a write-in candidate. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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