News Briefs: BCFD quickly extinguished Bosque fire

Bosque Fire
BCFD is responding to a large outside fire at 4201 2nd street.

BCFD quickly extinguished Bosque fire

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Bernalillo County Fire Department is responding to a large outdoor fire on 2nd Street. BCFD says this was a Bosque fire and no structures were involved. They had 15 firefighters respond and knocked it down in 20 minutes. The fire was about 200 feet by 200 feet.

Committee clears bill banning illegal licenses

SANTA FE (KRQE) –  A bill to keep illegal immigrants from getting New Mexico driver’s licenses is moving forward.The proposal cleared its final house committee this afternoon on a party line vote.The repeal effort drew protests from immigrant’s rights groups this week but Governor Susana Martinez has been a big supporter of the bill since she was elected.It’s expected to get through the house soon but the bill could have problems in the Democrat controlled state Senate.

House Republicans shoot down gun bill

SANTA FE (KRQE) – Saturday evening state lawmakers worked on gun control laws. House Republicans killed a Democrat backed bill to require a background check to buy a gun at a gun show on a party line vote. Two years ago the firearm transfers act made it out of the house and had support from the governor and some Republicans, but died on the senate floor.

SFPS superintendent may be headed to Texas

SANTA FE (KRQE) – Santa Fe schools superintendent Joel Boyd could be leaving for a top job in Texas.Boyd was announced as the only finalist to be the Fort Worth independent school district’s new superintendent. He can’t officially be offered a deal for another three weeks. Boyd has been with Santa Fe schools since 2012.

Fire blazes through ABQ home

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An apartment is charred after a fire tore through the home. It happened on Cortaderia near Academy and Tramway. The apartment was fully engulfed when Albuquerque Fire Department got there. Witnesses say they tackled the fire quickly. One man says there was a man inside the burning apartment. AFD says only one unit was burned. They are still looking into what caused the fire.

New Mexicans vying for $380M lotto prize

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – People are hoping to get richer tonight. Tonight’s Powerball jackpot is $380 million. It’s the second largest in almost a year. To enter the drawing you need to buy a ticket before eight Saturday night. The biggest Powerball jackpot in history was $590 million.

City certifies new lifeguards

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque lifeguards are getting certified with hands on experience today by practicing on each other. Dozens were taking the American Red Cross certification test at the West Mesa Pool where they were put in life-like stressful situations. The City of Albuquerque says most of the trainees are still in high school. The city is expected to certify more than 400 new lifeguards this year.

Angel Fire hosts world shovel races

The world shovel racing championships are in full swing at Angel Fire Resort Saturday morning. KRQE News 13 participated in the women’s media part of the competition. Wouldn’t you know it, KRQE News 13 Gabrielle Burkhart came out on top.

NM health department provides free HIV testing

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The State Department of Health is helping people get tested for HIV for free. It’s part of National Black HIV and AIDS Awareness Day. Saturday the testing is being done at New Mexico Empower. That’s on Washington near Central. There will also be a health fair there. It began Saturday morning and runs until 9 p.m.

Community comes together to offer input for safer biking

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A community group came together Saturday to try and make the road safer for bikers in Albuquerque. Bike-ABQ wanted to know what the community thought was important so they surveyed people to narrow down projects the city should focus on. Organizers say the goal is for organizations to collaborate and focus together on projects that are needed the most. Some ideas included adding more bike lanes around town. To share your input »

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