Friday’s 5 Facts, Top Morning Headlines

Santuario de Chimayo

5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. Today will be mostly sunny with highs in the 60s and winds between 10 to 15 MPH.
  2. The biggest pilgrimage is the trek to El Santuario De Chimayo. Tens of thousands will lace up and make the long journey, some are even starting half way across the state. The Department of Transportation has been doing putting up temporary stop signs so pedestrians can cross roads. NMDOT has done everything from installing portable lights to covering cattle guards along the route.
  3. The suspected Bosque arsonist has been in trouble with the law before. Audie Helms was arrested in the Bosque, when an open space officer saw him leaving a fire before setting another with a lighter. We’ve learned the 37-year-old served four years in prison for his role in an Idaho murder in 1995.
  4. New allegations against the founder of a Evolv Fitness, which is the gym that just closed its doors without any warning to already paid members. A former partner at Evolv is now suing the founder, Curt Chavez. The suit claims Chavez diverted company funds to pay personal debts. Court records show Chavez denies the allegations and is counter-suing.
  5. The next time you go to a Lobo football game, expect to pay more. All football ticket prices will go up this season.
    They are expected to go up a dollar to $5. UNM said generating more money will help the department overall. The price hike…comes just a week after UNM announced it will now be paying its athletes to play. It also comes at a time when fan support in the stands has not been great and some worry it could only get worse.

Top Morning Headlines

The Rio Rancho Police Department says a missing woman may be headed to Socorro. Raquel Sanchez was last seen Thursday morning around 9:00 a.m. near Unser and Northern. Police say she has brown hair and light eyes. They say she was also wearing a pink shirt and black pants. They say she has long brown hair and light eyes with a diminished mental capacity. They believe she may be on her way to Socorro because she recently moved from there to Rio Rancho.

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