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Bill aims to increase DWI penalties

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A New Mexico lawmaker has introduced a bill at the legislature that would increase the punishment for repeat drunk drivers. Representative Sarah Maestas Barnes would like to see drivers convicted of their fourth DWI sentenced to 30 months in jail, instead of 18. The jail time would increase even more if they’re arrested after that and an eight-time DWI offender would spend 12 years behind bars for a second degree felony.

Bill hopes to set students on teaching career path

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A senate bill would recruit New Mexico students at a young age to become teachers. It’s called the “Teacher Career Academy Act.” $500,000 in funding would provide students from sixth to 12th grade with opportunities in teaching. It would include education clubs, courses, practice as a student assistant, peer teaching and even summer camps to encourage students to become teachers.ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque is not bad place to spend Valentine’s Day.

Wallethub has ranked the best and worst cities for February 14th. Albuquerque came in 26th overall out of 100 cities across the country when it comes to restaurants and the number of florists. But when it came to actual things to do for Valentine’s Day, the city came in 73rd.

No matter what your plans are this weekend, the day of love is big business.

If going out to eat for Valentine’s Day, another Wallethub survey found that Albuquerque has plenty of affordable restaurants.

Historic mill gets a boost

COLORADO (KRQE) – A historic, mill sitting at 12,000 feet in southern Colorado will soon be getting a facelift. The Sound Democrat Mill located near Silverton is the recipient of a grant for historic-preservation and it’s a big grant $3 million.

The owner of Silverton Restoration Consulting said the money will go toward completely restoring the building.

The Sound Democrat Mill was built in 1905 to process ore. It was then transformed to make stamps in 1909. It’s the only surviving stamp mill in the country.

The Sound Democrat Mill
The Sound Democrat Mill

Prairie dogs, gophers may be behind mysterious mounds

Pocket Gopher
Pocket Gopher
EDDY COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – People living in Eddy County are asking about mysterious mounds popping up in their yard. If the holes are open you could have prairie dogs. If the holes are closed, it’s most likely a pocket gopher.

Officials say they have seen a big increase in the burrowing rodents. They say this is the perfect time to control them since gophers are most active in the spring and fall when they are near the surface. They suggest two types of control, trapping or baiting, both available at feed stores.

Ruidoso homeowner shoots burglary suspect

Saiben Gabaldon
Saiben Gabaldon

RUIDOSO, N.M. (KRQE) – A burglar was shot by a homeowner in Ruidoso. It happened Saturday at a home on Sunny Slope Drive. Police said two men had kicked in the door of the home while the homeowner and a child were inside.

The homeowner got a gun and shot one of the suspect’s, Saiben Gabaldon, in the leg, while the other suspect fled.

Gabaldon was treated for his injury and arrested. The second suspect remains on the run.

Arena Fire burns over 10 acres near Hondo

HONDO, N.M. (KRQE) – Fire crews are mopping up a grass fire that started near Hondo, New Mexico. According to fire officials, they were able to keep the fire to about 10 acres. At least one structure was burned. An investigation into a cause is underway.

Kindness spreading throughout UNM campus

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It is Random Acts of Kindness week at the University of New Mexico. Among the acts of kindness are getting a kind saying, getting a free hug or a compliment or taking a seat and making a friend.

It’s where people have a chance to sit in a ball pit with a stranger and make a new friend. The so called “Pit of Kindness” will be at different locations on campus between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day.

Looking for romance? Look toward Santa Fe

SANTA FE (KRQE) – If you’re looking for a romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day weekend, you won’t have to look far. The travel company Orbitz asked its customers where the most romantic cities are in the country, and the city of Santa Fe came in fourth place. They say travelers are escaping the brutal winter storms and opting for warm weather vacations. The only places that came out ahead of Santa Fe were Honolulu, San Francisco and Charleston, S.C.

Autopsy may provide clues in woman’s drowningKaren Michelle Reyes

DURANGO, COLO. (KRQE) – Police hope an autopsy report will help them solve a mysterious death in Durango. The body of Karen Michelle Reyes, 42, was found behind Durango High School in the Animas River. Authorities have deemed her death suspicious since she was found submerged in water with no obvious cause of trauma. She was reported missing by her boyfriend after she left her home with her two dogs. Police are expecting the autopsy report Wednesday.

Teens recover after struck by vehicle

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Two teenagers are recovering after being struck by a car Monday morning. It happened at about 8 a.m. on Lomas near Tennessee. Police say both are 13-years-old and received non-life threatening injuries.

Officers said the driver who struck them did stop and is being interviewed. At this point police haven’t said who was at fault or if the driver will be charged. 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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