News Briefs: Mayor Berry asks feds to keep Elena Gallegos as ‘open space’

Mayor Berry asks feds to keep Elena Gallegos as ‘open space’

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry asked the feds to keep the Elena Gallegos area designated as “open space.” The US Forest Service is thinking about changing its designation to “wilderness”, and the area would be off limits to mountain bikers. Mayor Berry says he worries losing the bike trails would discourage residents from biking and that would have a major economic impact on the city.

Rio Rancho police searching for shooting suspect

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – Rio Rancho police are looking for the person who shot someone near a movie theater late Sunday night. Police say they got the call at about 10:30 at the intersection of Unser and Southern. One person was shot but the injury is not life threatening. Police say they don’t have any suspects at this time.

Affordable housing application to open September 1

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – If you need to find affordable housing, next month is the time to sign up. According to the Bernalillo County Housing Department, the waiting list will re-open with 600 people still on the list. They expect to add thousands by the time the list closes again. Section 8 housing is long-term rental assistance for low income families and individuals. You can apply starting September 1st.

Santa Fe parking garage bathrooms to be locked

SANTA FE (KRQE) – Bathrooms inside parking garages in downtown Santa Fe will be locked from now on. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican city officials say there was just too much trash piling up in the facilities. Officials say parking attendants will have a key to let guests in. But they can refuse service to anyone.

BCBS $13K in school supplies to New Mexico schools

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A healthcare company is making sure schools are equipped with what they need for the school year. Blue Cross Blue Shield employees collected more than 25,000 items and $13,000 in one month to buy school supplies. They’ll be distributed to 25 elementary schools in New Mexico. Barcelona Elementary School is one of them. Blue Cross Blue Shield has been running this campaign for 25 years.

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