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Mountainair crews fighting fire in Manzano Mountains

Mountainair, N.M. (KRQE) – Mountainair firefighters are on scene of a fire in the northwest side of the Manzano Mountains. They say the Ojitos Fire is burning about one acre in the wilderness area. Nineteen firefighters are trying to contain the fire throughout the day. They say crews plan to camp overnight in the wilderness. They also say the fire is not threatening private property at this time.

New Mexico man faces felony animal cruelty charges

TUCSON, ARIZONA (KRQE)-   A New Mexico man is facing felony animal cruelty charges after police say he left dogs in his truck in the desert heat for up to two days. James Hutchinson was parked outside a Tucson, Arizona hotel when officials arrived. They found two dogs inside the truck where it was 102 degrees inside. The dogs were dehydrated but are okay.

Taos County unveils new animal control ordinance

TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) – After months of debate and revisions Taos County has a new animal control ordinance. According to the Taos News, the new ordinance requires all pets to be microchipped and licensed with the county. Licenses will cost $10 per animal. If an animal isn’t spayed or neutered then additional permits are required. Those who oppose the new ordinance worry it is over complicated and could cause overcrowding at the shelter there. One shelter is already struggling to stay afloat because of a lack of funds.

Police: Man lied to officers after fatal pedestrian crash

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – Police say a Carlsbad man lied about how fast he was going the night he hit and killed a pedestrian. Alfredo Griego, 21, was arrested Monday for the death of 28-year-old Anthony Luna Downs. Griego initially told police he going 40 to 50 miles per hour when he hit Downs back in March. Investigators now say surveillance video shows Griego was actually driving more than 80 miles per hour. Court documents reveal Griego has an extensive driving record dating back to 2013.

Santa Fe ready to present plans on new bike tunnel

SANTA FE (KRQE) – Santa Fe is getting ready to present its plans for the new bike tunnel that will connect the Acequia Trail with the rail yard. The new tunnel will run underneath Saint Francis Drive. And provide a safer route for bicyclists. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the city wants to put work up for bid this fall, and construction should take six to eight months. The tunnel proposal will be presented to the public in the beginning of September.

Judge: State doesn’t have to give aids services money

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The state doesn’t have to give money to the non-profit New Mexico Aids Services. A judge denied their request prompted by the state’s cancellation of its contract with them. New Mexico Aids Services has more than 800 HIV positive clients. The health department says they ended the contract, worth more than $700,000, because the non-profit lacks expertise. New Mexico Aids Services can still appeal the state’s decision.

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