News Briefs: Officials watching weather ahead of prescribed burn

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Officials watching weather ahead of prescribed burn

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Officials with the Carson National Forest are closely watching the weather as they plan for a prescribed burn next week. The work is scheduled to begin next Wednesday on the east side of the Valle Vidal. It’ll include more than four square miles east of the McCrystal campground. Forest officials say the burn will help restore habitat in the area. It’ll also reduce the chance of a severe wildfire.

Popular Albuquerque restaurant to open Westside location

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The popular restaurant and brew house BJ’s is getting a new Westside location. BJ’s is opening next Monday at Cottonwood Mall south of Dillards. The restaurant offers an extensive menu and craft beer list. Its Winrock location opened up a few years ago and continues to bring in big crowds.

13-year-old in hospital after accidental shooting

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A 13-year old boy is in the hospital Tuesday night due to an accidental shooting. He was shot in the stomach Saturday in San Juan County. Detectives say the boy was on an annual family camping trip where people had been drinking and target shooting. At one point, a 26-year old man was showing off his firearm when detectives say the gun was accidently discharged. The 13-year old was hit and was airlifted to UNM Hospital. The case has been referred to the District Attorney’s office for charges. No names have been released.

Man arrested for spanking and touching 12-year-old girl

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A Tohatchi man is behind bars for allegedly spanking and touching a young girl at an Albuquerque Wal-Mart. Police say it happened Sunday when the 12-year-old was shopping with her mother at the Wal-Mart at Coors and I-40. The mother says she heard a loud slap then looked over and saw Todd Begay pressing his groin against her daughter’s buttocks. Police arrested Begay for criminal sexual contact of a minor.

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