News Briefs: H&M expected to open mid-November

H&M expected to open mid-November

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The popular H&M clothing store will be opening next month at Coronado Center. H&M will open on the south side of the mall selling clothing for men, women and children.

Albuquerque Business First reports, the Swedish retailer is hoping to open its doors in mid-November just as the holiday shopping season picks up. H&M is still hiring too. Fill out an application online to apply.

Zoo Boo kicks off Saturday

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The 26th Annual Rio Grande Zoo Boo kicks off Saturday. The family friendly festival includes costume contests, haunted habitats and of course candy. About 300,000 pieces of candy to be exact!

The Zoo Boo runs from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Saturday. Kids get in free with adults who pay regular zoo admission.

Suspect sought in fatal downtown shooting

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department is asking for information in a fatal shooting outside a downtown nightclub last Friday.

Police say the victim, 23-year-old Kyle Ntiforo, was arguing with a person just after 2:00 a.m. near Third Street and Silver at the Lotus Nightclub. That person pulled a gun and shot and killed Ntiforo. The gunman is still on the loose.

NM farmer vies for national program spot

MESILLA VALLEY, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico farmer is a national finalist to become the face of ranching. Jay Hill, 30, is one of eight finalists in the Faces of Farming & Ranching Program.

Hill is an up-and-coming farmer from Mesilla Valley. He attended New Mexico State while working at two farms. You can vote for Hill everyday until November 2nd and winners will be announced November 12.

Teen allowed back on dance team

GALLUP, N.M. (KRQE) – A 16-year-old girl will get to dance again on a high school team. Earlier this month, Gallup High kicked Brianna Mortensen off the dance team.

The school said Mortensen no longer qualified to be on the team because she’s also taking college courses at a UNM charter school. Gallup High cited a rule meant to keep student athletes from picking where they play.

Mortensen and her parents appealed and today the n-m-a-a unanimously overturned the school’s ruling.

Man on life support after beating

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque police are hoping someone will come forward with information about a suspect who injured a man so badly that he’s on life support.

It happened Tuesday night in the area of Carlisle and Montgomery. Police say they found the victim with several injuries which were a result of falling to the ground after being punched. Police are not releasing his name for his protection.

The suspect is described as part African American, part Native American with a tattoo on his neck. They believe he could be homeless and between 25 and 35 years old.

Woman convicted in fatal DWI crash

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A former healthcare worker has been convicted in a DWI crash that killed her patient. Back in 2008 Darla Bregar crashed her jeep near Highway 217 in the East Mountains.

Deputies discovered the jeep in a ditch and her passenger, 49-year-old Thomas Spurlin dead. Bregar was employed with Ambercare. She refused a breath alcohol test but a blood test came back confirming she was intoxicated.

Bregar faces six years in prison and an additional 8 years for two prior DWI convictions in Colorado.

Gunshot victim prompts police investigation in Grants

GRANTS, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico State police are investigating a shooting after a man arrived at a Grants hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest. The victim, Marty McBride, is a code enforcer for the city. McBride arrived at the Cibola General Hospital early Friday morning and is undergoing surgery.

No arrests have been reported.

KRQE News 13 will provide more details as they become available.

Los Alamos residents participate in electricity study

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (KRQE) – People in the town of Los Alamos have been undergoing an interesting experiment to figure out how to get people to conserve electricity. Some residents have been put on a sliding electric rate scale where they’re forced to pay higher rates during peak times and lower rates during slower times.

The goal is to see if higher prices will influence customers to shift their electric loads. The research is being conducted by Kyoto University and the Toshiba Corporation. The experiment comes as more and more communities struggle to meet power needs.

Classes cancelled for West African delegates

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Dozens of delegates from West Africa will not be allowed to visit the Law Enforcement Training Academy in Roswell as planned. A total of 72 delegates from Liberia, Senegal and other countries were scheduled to take law enforcement classes beginning November 24th.

According to the Roswell Daily Record because of the Ebola outbreak in those countries, the U.S. State Department has decided to reschedule the classes next year. The state department runs that training center in Roswell.

Sipapu to undergo multi-million dollar facelift

SIPAPU, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico ski resort is getting a multi million dollar facelift. Sipapu recreational development will use $4 million to purchase new equipment and pay off existing debt.

It’s getting the money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through loans. The Sipapu Ski and summer resort was founded in 1952. It has more than 40 ski trails and claims itself home to the longest ski season in the state.

NMSU organic program certified

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico State University students are now growing organic fruits and vegetables. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture certified them the program Friday.

The organic transition process took three years to complete. As part of a celebration next week they will be selling organic produce and student-made desserts at the university.

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