News Briefs: Man pleads no contest to using son’s name to vote

Man pleads no contest to using son’s name to vote

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A Corrales man won’t spend any time behind bars for casting a ballot in his son’s name. According to the Albuquerque Journal, 68-year-old Eugene Victor cast the ballot last October to protest New Mexico’s last of voter identification requirement. The complaint says he felt guilty and turned himself into voting officials right away. Victor pleaded no contest to false voting and will serve 18 months on probation.

Easter bunny surprises sick kids at Presbyterian hospital

Hops of Hope
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Easter bunny turned Friday upside down for almost 100 children. Smiles from ear to ear, that’s what the Easter bunny saw when he handed out baskets at Presbyterian hospital. It’s part of a national campaign called “Hops of Hope.” this is the fourth year the Albuquerque Wells Fargo branch collected baskets for sick kids. An operations manager said they bundled about 200 baskets this year. He says more than 5,000 baskets were given out to children across the country.

Controlled burn planned for Santa Fe National Forest

SANTA FE (KRQE) – If you see smoke around Santa Fe it could be a controlled burn. Santa Fe National Forest crews are preparing to conduct the burn east of the city in the Pecos wilderness. They’re waiting for weather and soil conditions to be just right. Forest officials say the 2,100 acres is part of a long-term effort to protect the Santa Fe Municipal watershed from future fires. Fire managers worry a natural fire could become too big to handle and could potentially spill into the city’s two reservoirs.

Dairy commission to hold dairy meeting

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – There’s going to be a public hearing on possible changes to the state’s dairy regulations all to make sure your water is safe. The New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission is conducting the meeting in Roswell Monday afternoon. They’re discussing amendments specifying what steps dairy operators have to take to prevent water pollution and to monitor water quality. The commission says Roswell is an ideal place for the hearing since it’s located in the heart of diary country.

Albuquerque may not have young apartment buyers in mind

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – According to a new survey, Albuquerque may not have enough apartment options to keep young professionals in the city.The survey by the Apartment Association and Apartment Advisors shows less than 7 percent of apartments were built with millenials in mind but about 28 percent of the city’s population is made up of millenials. The survey found some young apartment buyers had to move outside of the area to apartments that could better suit their needs.

The Metro may be getting new park land

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The city of Albuquerque could go on a real estate shopping spree for more park land. Some city councilors want to use $11 million from an open space trust fund to snap up land in and around the Albuquerque area. This includes patches of the Bosque and wide tracts of land in the Foothills and on the Mesas. The trust fund is made up of money from sales of city land while the interest made from that fund is used to maintain open space. The park land idea would have to pass city council.

New Mexico to get millions to pay for Tres Lagunas fire damage

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – New Mexico is getting almost $2.5 million to help pay for the damage of the Tres Lagunas fire. The fire in summer of 2013 threatened homes and damaged thousands of acres of land in San Miguel County. The money is coming from a Fema grant. The Federal Disaster Assistance will also help pay for firefighting costs.

Albuquerque ranked tenth for sweetest state

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – If you’ve got a serious craving for sweets, you’re apparently living in the right place. “Travel and Leisure” ranked the best cities for a sweet tooth and Albuquerque came in tenth. The magazine highlights Golden Crown Panaderia, a North Valley Bakery known for its dark chocolate and java milkshake and its blue corn biscochitos, the state cookie. It also touted the Duke City’s wines and sweets like Casa Rodena’s chocolate merlot wine fudge.

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