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Local brewery celebrates big milestone

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A local brewery is celebrating a big milestone Wednesday. The team at Marble Brewery canned their 1 millionth can of beer. The taproom in downtown Albuquerque opened up in 2008. The micro-brewery crafts over a dozen beers and distributes throughout New Mexico, Colorado, and parts of Arizona.

Last New Mexico TGI Friday closes

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – TGIF has closed at Cottonwood Mall. According to the restaurants website, it was the only TGI Friday’s restaurant left in New Mexico. It’s unclear why the restaurant is no longer in business in Albuquerque.

No decision reached on Taos airport renovation

TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) – No decision has been made on the expansion of the Taos Regional Airport. County Commissioners voted to take up the issue again next month. In March, the planning commission approved the construction permit allowing Taos to build a second runway to the airport. Supporters say it will modernize the airport and promote more economic development, but opponents say it’ll increase pollution and only benefit the town’s most wealth residents. They claim enough studies were not done.

Officials link bear to other Durango attacks

DURNAGO, N.M. (KRQE) – Wildlife officials have linked the bear they killed last week to several attacks around Durango. Colorado Parks and Wildlife killed the bear after it attacked a person at a homeless camp. A spokesman says hair samples collected from the bear show it was also responsible for another attack on two people in that same area. Officials say it was drawn there by the trash left from the illegal campers.

Albuquerque’s water the third best in the country

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque’s drinking water tied Boston’s for third place in a national taste test. Judges at the American Water Works Association sampled 29 municipalities from around the country. Albuquerque’s drinking water is a blend of groundwater and surface water from the San Juan-Chama Drinking Water Project. The Big Sky Water System in Billings, Montana took first place.

LANL security accepts new contract

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (KRQE) – Security workers who protect Los Alamos National Lab have accepted a new five-year contract. The parties have been negotiating for months over healthcare and retirement benefits. Guards will begin immediately paying 15 percent of their health insurance premiums. In return they’ll receive a 10 percent match for their 401K contributions starting next year.

Santa Fe Watershed Association receives large grant

SANTA FE (KRQE) – The city of Santa Fe’s Watershed Association received a $25,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Tuesday. They are going to use the money to build six bio-retention basins. They’ll divert storm runoff from streets into shallow rock basins where it’ll slowly seep into the ground. The city hopes it’ll help improve water quality a requirement under new federal clean water act rules.

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