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Barbara Baca

Dead camper’s dog found in good condition

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) –  An autopsy will determine the cause of death of a camper found dead Sunday night. 51-year-old Barbara Baca’s body was found in a rugged area just outside where searchers had been looking. Baca’s family says she wandered off Thursday with her Yorkie after a fight with her boyfriend. While some of her family suspects foul play, investigators say there is no sign of that. As for the dog, KRQE News 13 was told by a  searcher it was found in good condition Monday morning.

New Mexico makes another worst’s list

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) –  New Mexico has made another worst’s list. This time it’s ranked one of the worst states for retirement. According to “Kiplinger” the report actually recommends people not retire to New Mexico. Some of the reasons are social security benefits being subject to tax, the statewide gross receipts tax, and city and county taxes. Then there’s the high crime rate. Kiplinger suggests for people to move to Arizona. The only state worse than New Mexico was California.

Neighbors preview proposed solid waste facility

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) –  Neighbors of a proposed solid waste facility in the North Valley will get their first look at the preliminary design Tuesday night. The city wants to turn a 22 acre property at the corner of Edith and Griegos into a transfer station. Dump trucks would drop off loads of trash then a tractor-trailer would haul them to the landfill west of town. The city would also like the facility to be a place where the public can drop off their garbage. The plan has many neighbors concerned about increased traffic, pollution, odor and littering. The meeting is at the North Valley Senior Center. The city will unveil its design ideas and take questions from the public.

Police search for man that broke into Albuquerque restaurant

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) –  An Albuquerque restaurant owner is hoping surveillance video will help police catch a crook. A man broke into Vick’s Vittles Country Kitchen on Central near Wyoming early Monday morning.  The owner says the suspect used a crowbar to break a glass door to get inside. The restaurant just opened a year and a half ago. Unfortunately, this has happened before. And once again, they have to clean up the mess and make repairs. The owner says he will add more surveillance cameras.

Head of Department of Nuclear Safety applauds Albuquerque program

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The head of the Department of Nuclear Safety stopped in Albuquerque to applaud an on-going program. Denis Flory was at Sandia labs to celebrate the 25th session of the international training course. The three-week course has been held there since the late 70s. It instructs people on how to better protect nuclear material and facilities from theft and sabotage especially those not from the U.S. who don’t have any experience with nuclear technology. Forty-four students from 33 countries are scheduled to take this year’s course.

CDC investigating possible botulism cases in Lea County

LEA COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – State health officials are investigating two possible cases of botulism in Lea County. Botulism is a rare and potentially fatal illness caused by a nerve toxin that causes paralysis.
Health officials say they are still awaiting test results from the Centers for Disease Control to confirm it is in fact botulism. At this point health officials have not identified a possible source but botulism is usually caused by contaminated food. The two people infected are hospitalized and are adults but their conditions have not been released.

Local company expands, brings in new jobs

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Governor Martinez announced more jobs are coming with the expansion of a local company. Taos Mountain Energy bars is expanding to a 10,000 square-foot facility in Questa. It’s expected to create 15 full-time jobs. Taos Mountain Energy bars produces organic snack bars. The company was also the winner of the first ever Ski Lift Pitch contest in Taos in February, they took home a $10,000 prize. 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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