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Michael Astorga’s conviction will stand

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – New Mexico’s highest court says a convicted cop killer’s conviction will stand. Michael Astorga argued to the state Supreme Court he should have been tried outside of Albuquerque, his jury was prejudice and his attorney didn’t do a good job. But the justices Monday ruled against him. Astorga killed Deputy James McGrane in 2006 during a traffic stop.

I-25 NB reopened after crash near Raton

Raton crash
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Officials have reopened I-25 northbound at mile-marker 1.00, north of Raton after a crash on the Colorado state line. Drivers saw delays in the area. Officials urged drivers to use caution due to icy roads.

Help sought in fatal hit-and-run

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police need help finding the person who hit and killed a man. On October 25th, James palamino was pushing another man in a wheelchair near Zuni and Charleston southeast. That is when a red Ford truck was speeding down the street and hit Palamino, killing him.

The truck then sped off.

If you saw anything that day or have any information, call police.

Woman killed in Santa Fe skiing accident

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A 30-year-old Texas woman was killed in a skiing accident Saturday at Ski Santa Fe. Read the full story»

Superintendent sends letter to parents

RUIDOSO, N.M. (KRQE) – The controversial teacher evaluations and testing have prompted the Ruidoso superintendent to send out a letter to parents informing them of their rights. In the letter the superintendent cites the quote recent buzz about testing.

He then told parents they have a right to opt out of testing at any time and then explained that a school’s grade will drop one letter grade if 95 percent of students don’t take part. He also explained that bad scores from students will affect a teacher’s evaluation score.

Commissioners may decide to raise taxes Monday

BERNALILLO COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – Bernalillo County commissioners could decide Monday if they’re going to raise taxes. If approved, it would give the county about $42 million a year, but that means tax on most goods and services in Albuquerque would climb from 7 percent to 7.25 percent starting July 1. The tax ordinance won approval last month on a 3-2 vote along party lines, with Democrats in the majority. 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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