News Briefs: Hundreds pack Old Town for Holiday Stroll

Old Town Christmas Tree Lighting

Hundreds pack Old Town for Holiday Stroll

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The holiday lights are burning bright in Old Town Friday night. The annual Old Town Holiday Stroll and tree lighting took place Friday. Don Luis Plaza was packed with a sea of holiday shoppers, music and sweet treats. Old Town is a holiday hot spot for people visiting from out of town, and of course on Christmas Eve for the Luminaria Tour.

Portion of Central to close for Twinkle Light Parade

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Saturday night Central will be packed with parade-goers for the Twinkle Light Parade. The family event features floats, marching bands and much more including Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The parade starts just after 5:00 p.m. and traffic and buses in the area will be rerouted starting at 3:00 p.m. For more information »

Animals not included at new high-tech Colo. zoo

DURANGO, COLORADO (KRQE) – A high tech petting zoo in Durango won’t include any animals, but will include high tech toys. Kids and adults will get to test out a variety of tablets and other high tech devices.

The event will be held next Tuesday at the Durango Public Library from 2 p.m.to 3:30 p.m. There will be another event in the morning on December 12th.

Hogwarts comes to ABQ

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Harry Potter and Christmas don’t usually mix but on Friday night fans are getting a chance to be part of a Hogwarts themed party. It’s called Christmas at Hogwarts. The party just started at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Albuquerque. Attendees were asked to dress in costume. The $150 tickets included a feast and a competition within four houses that people are sorted into. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital.

WWII vet celebrates 90th birthday

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A World War II veteran who had his medals stolen, is celebrating his 90th birthday Friday. Roy Hopper says it’s great to celebrate with his many loved ones and his medals that were returned. In May the medals were taken from Hopper’s home while he was in the hospital after he broke a hip. Hopper survived the Normandy invasion and spent nine months as a prisoner of war during World War II.

NHCC wants naming rights on new welcome center

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Another Albuquerque institution wants to get in on the naming rights game. The board of the National Hispanic Cultural Center voted Thursday to authorize negotiations to sell the naming rights of a new welcome center that hasn’t been built yet but it could be named after a local company. It would cost that company about $200,000 to have the name up for several years. Earlier this week Wisepies, a local pizza company, announced it bought the naming rights to University of New Mexico’s Pit Arena.

State leaders will gather to discuss drought

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Gov. Susana Martinez and seven governors are crossing state boundaries to try to solve the drought problems. As water becomes scarce, many western states want to capture every drop of water with dams and diversions, but some think competition could erode collaboration. That’s why eight western states including New Mexico are getting together in Las Vegas this weekend. The main topic at hand is making sure the 40 million people living in the parched Colorado River Basin don’t go without.

Homicide suspect arrested

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police arrested the second suspect wanted for the murder of Ray Gurule, who was found dead an Albuquerque woman’s backyard last week. Charlie Montoya, 25, was arrested Friday morning. The suspect in the case was arrested earlier this week.

Hobbs boy continues recovery following crash

HOBBS, N.M. (KRQE) – A 14-year-old Hobbs boy is still recovering in a Lubbock hospital after losing the rest of his family in a terrible crash. Luis Torres was traveling with his family near Amarillo this weekend when a truck crossed the median and struck them, killing his father, mother and sister. Luis is the only one who survived but is suffering from spinal and brain injuries.

Vehicle strikes pedestrian on Paseo del Norte

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A busy artery for the morning commute was shut down Friday after a person was hit by a car. Paseo del Norte between Eagle Ranch and Coors was shut down while police investigated. Police say the pedestrian suffered serious injuries, but is expected to survive. The driver in the incident is not expected to face charges. Some drivers reported the pedestrian running in and out traffic. Police are still investigating.

 

Fire crews extinguish water heater fire

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque firefighters responded to an apartment fire overnight at 3505 Calle Cuervo Northwest. Upon arrival, crews found flames coming from a water closet and they quickly put it out. Firefighters want to remind the public to have fireplaces, chimneys, furnaces and flues inspected during the winter to avoid fires. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation, according to the fire department. No injuries were reported.

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