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Councilors vote against Rio Rancho water rate freeze

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – There will be no water rate freeze in Rio Rancho. The city pays some of the highest rates in the state, second only to Santa Fe after a series of rate hikes over the last five years. One city councilor wanted to freeze rates for one year, saying they have enough money for projects right now, and need to bring a little relief to residents. A big reason for the rate hikes was the old failing water lines throughout the city. In the end the council voted down the proposed freeze on a vote of 4 to 2.

US Marshals arrest one of New Mexico’s most wanted

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The U.S. Marshals have arrested one of New Mexico’s most wanted.  Mario Talavera was found hiding in Mexico last week. Back in 2011, he was featured on America’s Most Wanted in connection to the 2008 murder of Danny Baca. Talavera and two others are accused of killing Baca over a drug deal. They allegedly left his burned, bullet-riddled body in the west mesa. Talavera is now booked in the Otero County Jail. He’s charged with federal drug trafficking, murder and kidnapping.

Presbyterian hosts Daffodil Days

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s that time of year again, Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation is hosting their 31st Annual Daffodil Days. More than 150 volunteers are preparing and packaging 160,000 daffodils. Proceeds from this event benefit the patient care fund at Presbyterian Hospice and home health care. It provides patients with basics like food and medication. For more info or if you would like to volunteer or donate»

Banks warn customers of debit card scheme

TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) – A phone scheme is hitting Taos residents, the caller pretends to be from their bank. People’s and Centinel Bank both say they’ve received dozens of complaints from customers in the last few days saying they received an automated call saying their debit card had been deactivated. They were them prompted to call a number and asked to provide account information and other personal details. Officials say as far as they know, no bank information has been compromised, so they don’t know why their customers are being targeted. They suggest you call the bank directly if you have any questions.

Police seek man accused of stealing bag of cash

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – An Allsups employee is accused of walking out with a cash bag, filled with thousands of dollars. Police are now looking for 30-year-old Roberto Herrada-Espinosa who worked at the Allsups on south Main in roswell. Fellow employees say Herrada waited until a cash bag was left unattended then grabbed it and walked out. They say it contained more than $6,000. Police say Herrada also goes by the first name of Adrian. They’re asking anyone who knows where he is to call them.

Rita’s Italian Ice opens in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The weather is warming up and what’s better than cooling off with an Italian Ice? Rita’s Italian Ice opened Tuesday in the Mountain Run Shopping Center on Eubank. It’s one of 15 stores planned for the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas. To celebrate their big opening they will be giving away free Italian Ice and custard Wednesday through Saturday.

Bill would force companies to pay for vaccines

SANTA FE (KRQE) –  A bill requiring health insurance companies to help the state buy vaccines is on the governor’s desk waiting for a signature. Like several other states, New Mexico runs a universal vaccine purchasing program, but unlike other states, payment is not mandatory. The legislation would force companies to reimburse the health department for vaccines purchased for privately insured children. The department spends up to twelve million dollars each year for those purchases.

Lawmaker demands investigation on bill’s delay

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A New Mexico lawmaker is demanding an investigation into why the House hesitated in sending a bill to the Senate which could mean its demise. Under the proposal, lobbyists would have to reveal what issues or causes they’ve been hired to represent. It also extends how long the state keeps records on lobbyists. A House Representative said the bill had typos and that the delay is all apart of the legislative process.

Bosque Brewing takes top prize in national contest

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s official – an Albuquerque brewery is the best of the best. Bosque Brewing Company’s Scale Tipper IPA won the national IPA challenge. It was up against a beer from Canteen Brewhouse, also from Albuquerque, in the finals. The contest started off with 128 different brews from across the country. Last year, the winner was La Cumbre Brewing Company, also from New Mexico.

Santa Fe customers may start paying for paper bags

SANTA FE (KRQE) – People in Santa Fe could soon pay more at the check-out line. The city council’s finance committee voted 3-2 in support of imposing a 10-cent surcharge for paper bags. The city banned plastic bags in 2014, but instead of encouraging reusable bags, most shoppers opted for paper bags provided by the stores. The stores had to eat the cost. The proposal is expected to reach the city council for a public hearing next month.

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