Wednesday’s Five Facts, Top Morning Headlines

The 5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. UNM officials say sophomore football player Markel Byrd has died. According to the university, he was killed yesterday in a single car crash near Gallup. Byrd was driving home for the holidays with his girlfriend when their car suffered a blowout on I-40.
  2. Two APD officers are on paid leave after a car-jacking suspect was killed in a police-involved shooting Tuesday. APD said officers were responding to a 911 call for an attempted car-jacking. Witnesses near Central and Utah in northeast Albuquerque said they heard five to six gunshots. Detectives say gun was found near the man’s body.
  3. Today will be breezy and mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. Highs are expected to reach the mid-40s to lower 50s. Tonight is expected to be mostly cloudy with slight chance of rain and snow in the evening, then, slight chance of snow after midnight. Lows will drop into the 20s.
  4. More questions are being raised about what happened at a Santa Fe hotel after the governor’s holiday party. In newly released recordings, Santa Fe police and hotel security can be heard saying they personally heard loud noise coming from a room and that they believe Governor Martinez was said to be “inebriated.”  Governor Susana Martinez says she and a small group quietly ate pizza that night two weekends ago and that alcohol had nothing to do with it.
  5. National geographic is naming Pajarito Mountain as one of the best secret ski towns in North America. Pointing to the ski area’s humble size and unique character.

Top Morning Headlines

New mexico law makers are expected to push again for tighter gun sale requirements at this year’s legislatvie session. According to the Albuquerque Journal, Rep. Miguel Garcia has already pre-filed a bill that would require checks at gun shows, on customers who don’t already have concealed carry permits.Right now, state law does not call for checks at gun shows. Still, licensed retailers often do them anyway. The new bill would require private individual sellers to do background checks too or face possible charges.

This morning the Bernalillo County Fire department was busy working a fire in an industrial complex in southwest Albuquerque. The Rail Runner Service did suspend its route from Albuquerque to Belen, early this morning. The route is back open and running again.We did reach out to BCFD for more information, they have yet to respond. 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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