The 5 Facts You Need to Know
- This week the Albuquerque Public School board will hold a closed door special meeting again to discuss personnel matters, relating to the new superintendent Luis Valentino. This comes as an online petition calling for his firing is gaining ground. It all surrounds the hiring of the now former deputy superintendent who is facing child sex assault charges. A background check was never complete for the deputy superintendent. Valentino claims he was unaware of this, but an HR head says she raised the issues six times in emails.
- New Mexico government emails were found in the recent hack of the cheating website Ashley Madison, which could be a state code of conduct violation. On the list, were state email addresses *and domains maintained by the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, LANL and state courts.
- Today will be partly cloudy with haze in the morning. Isolated showers and thunderstorms are expected in the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 80s to lower 90s.
- Air quality alerts are popping up across the west. You’ve probably noticed the haze hanging over parts of New Mexico recently, even covering the Sandias yesterday. It’s coming from wildfires burning across the western states. Limit time outdoors, especially if you deal with respiratory problems.
- Some Belen residents say they’re on the mayor’s side and sending a big message to the out of state group, which is demanding the city remove its iconic nativity scene. The message” you don’t have a right to come and tell us who we are”. The nativity has been in the center of town since 1992. The Freedom from Religion” foundation wants it taken down.
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New documents show the EPA had an advance warning of the toxic water spill that contaminated the animas river. a contractor told the agency more than a year ago that such a spill could happen according to documents released Friday.They also show the contractor repeated the warning in may this year. The spill happened earlier this month, when 3-million gallons of wastewater poured out of an abandoned mine. The EPA says the contamination is now back to where it was before the incident, but some experts say… toxic metals have only sunk to the river bed and they can be stirred up again.
AFD says a fire started at a strip mall at around 3:30 this morning at Coors and Sequoia NW. Crews spent the morning sifting through the fire, putting out hot spots. Firefighters say when they got there smoke and flames were coming from several stores but they managed to contain the fire to two stores. It was a strip mall where there are a few shops including some restaurants, although at this point its unclear what may have started the fire.