News Briefs: George R. R. Martin donates to local wolf sanctuary

George R. R. Martin donates to local wolf sanctuary

SANTA FE (KRQE) – Game of Thrones author and Santa Fe resident George R.R. Martin is giving back to New Mexico. Monday he gave the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary $172,000.

Martin raised the money by holding unusual fundraisers. One example, naming a book character after one of his fans for $20,000. That was a raffle which entered people to win a helicopter ride with Martin.

Tuesday, that winner will also get to tour the Wild Wolf Sanctuary in Ramah, New Mexico.

Santa Fe pulls top honors in small beer towns

SANTA FE (KRQE) – New Mexico is making its mark on national the beer and brewery scene. Monday, “Thrill List” named Santa FE as one of the top 9 small beer cities in the U.S.

The article looks at breweries in cities with a population of 100,000 or less. It wanted a new survey where the same beer cities aren’t listed repeatedly.

Santa Fe Brewing Company and it’s Black IPA is listed as an “essential beer”.

Art students’ show work at The Melting Pot Uptown

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The APS Education Foundation and The Melting Pot are teaming up for a benefit to help art students.

The students decorated fondue pots that are on display at “The Melting Pot” at ABQ Uptown.

“It’s really cool because this is a great opportunity. I never really thought about decorating pots; it’s not the first thing I would think of in an art class”, said Xena Gurule, an art student at Del Norte High School. Her design: mice and cheese

The fondue pots will be auctioned off Thursday night at 4:30 p.m. at “The Melting Pot”. The money goes to the artists and 10% of the food ordered from a special APS menu will go to the APS Education Foundation.

Maze Runner sequel Casting Call

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Producers of The Maze Runner sequel will be holding an open casting call at the Haynes Community Center (click here to view in Google Maps) in Rio Rancho, across from Intel.

The science-fiction feature will be in production in the metro area Nov. through Jan.

The production is looking for young adults aged 18 to 27. They are also looking for a diverse group of men, women and children for speaking and non-speaking paid roles.

Police ask for help in Central Ave. shooting

verner-thomason-02ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Authorities have released a photo of Verner Thomason, the victim of last Friday’s shooting on Central Ave.

Police are asking for help with information regarding the circumstances surrounding the shooting and Thomason’s death. Please call APD at (505) 242-2677 with any information.

Worker arrested twice for same crime

ROSWELL, NM (KRQE) – A store clerk in Roswell, NM has been charged with pocketing customer’s cash and bribing her co-worker to stay quiet about it.

Police say Joanna Aguero, 33, was working at a Family Dollar store when she short-changed a customer who paid with a hundred dollar bill; the man reported Aguero to the police the next day.

Officers say they checked with the store and found Aguero on surveillance pocketing the money. Aguero was arrested and bonded out soon after. Police then arrested her again two days later when they found out she tried to bribe her co-worker with $20 to be quiet.

Police: Man admits involvement in 7 burglaries

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A man with an extensive criminal history who police say admitted to seven burglaries was arrested Saturday.

Police say the caught Juan Martinez and four others driving a van associated with an auto burglary that day. When police arrested the five suspects, a detective discovered the van had been associated with other numerous burglaries.

Police say Martinez, 25, admitted to six other burglaries on top of Saturday’s. He was booked on a single count of burglary and detectives are working to obtain an arrest warrant for the other burglaries Martinez admitted to.

Gold store murder case heads to trial

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The man accused of murdering a gold store clerk was scheduled to plead guilty Monday, but at the last minute, he decided not to. That means his case is going to trial.

Manuel Gardner is charged with first-degree murder. Police say Gardner was caught on surveillance video shooting the clerk, Richard Glass, during a robbery at the national jewelry buyers store on Coors. Investigators say Gardner killed Glass because he thought the clerk recognized him. Police think Gardner had done business at the store, or had some other encounter with Glass.

Liquid nitrogen company to triple its output

FARMINGTON, N.M. (KRQE) – A company near Farmington that deals with liquid nitrogen is tripling its output.

Praxair Incorporated is expanding its liquid nitrogen supply at the company’s industrial gases facilities in Kirtland over the next two years.

The expansion will increase the company’s capacity of liquid nitrogen to more than 800 tons per day. Mayor Tommy Roberts says the company’s investment in the area continues to have a positive, economic impact.

2 shot, air-lifted to El Paso

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) – Two people were transported to the hospital, then air-lifted to a trauma center in El Paso after being shot late Sunday in Alamogorodo.

Police say they responded to the 1000 block of Hendrix Avenue around 11:45 p.m. and found two male victims inside a vehicle with gunshot wounds.

Police are investigating the incident, and no other information is known at this time.

Woman dies in weather-related crash near Cuba

CUBA, N.M. (KRQE) – Officers responded to a fatal crash they believe occurred due to heavy rain and hail that was falling at the time on State Road 550 near Cuba on Sunday.

Police say Yvette Garcia, 41, of Farmington was traveling southbound when she lost control of her vehicle, left the road and rolled several times. Police say she was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. Other passengers in the car who wore their seatbelts were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Police will continue to investigate the crash. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

River of Lights tickets on sale now

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Tickets for an Albuquerque tradition are on sale now.

The River of Lights attracts families to the ABQ BioPark’s Botanic Garden every year.

It’s New Mexico’s largest walk-through holiday production and there’s expected to be almost 400 light displays and sculptures up to 30 feet tall.

The River of Lights runs from Nov. 30 to Jan. 3.

Local radio station says goodbye with ‘NSYNC

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque radio station made sure everyone heard its swan song over and over and over Sunday.

Pop station 95.1 FM played ’NSYNC’s hit Bye Bye Bye on repeat for a large portion of the day, only pausing for commercials and for other ’NSYNC tunes.

The station went “Bye Bye Bye” on Sunday.

On Monday, oldies station 100.9 FM moved down the dial and took over.

Hikers find body near Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico State Police say two Taos gorge hikers found a body on the southwest side of the gorge bridge on Sunday morning.

Police say the hikers spotted the body around 8:30 a.m. Taos Fire and Rescue and state police officers investigated the incident, and police say it is believed the the man, Tommy Sanchez, 46 of Santa Fe, took his own life.

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