Thursday’s Five Facts, Top Morning Headlines

Thursday’s Five Fact-

  1. Today will be mostly cloudy, with a slight chance of rain and snow in the morning. Then chances of rain in the afternoon, highs in the 40’s to lower 50’s. Tonight will be partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain in the evening.
  2. The girlfriend of a UNM football player, killed in a car crash, continues her recovery today. Alexus Ortiz’s mother posted online, saying her daughter was still in the intensive care unit earlier Wednesday evening. UNM said Ortiz’s boyfriend, 20-year-old Markel Byrd was with his girlfriend Alexus Ortiz when the vehicle had a blowout on I-40. He died on scene. Former teammates describe Byrd as a high energy player who could motivate others. There are go fund me pages setup for both Byrd and Ortiz.
  3. APS is offering its Chief Financial Officer the chance to come back to work with a new job title. More than four months after he was put on paid leave, Don Moya has been invited to come back with the same pay and benefits but as “Financial Systems Architect.” Moya’s attorney said he’ll continue to fight for his old position.
  4. Some New Mexico moms are helping make an impact across the world. Melinda Wetzel, the owner of “Other Mothers” is collecting baby carriers from throughout the state to donate to refugee mothers, to help take care of their little ones. Its called operation “Carry the Future.”
  5. Many gifts will be passed around throughout New Mexico in the coming days and it turns out Albuquerque is the most giving city in the U.S. that’s according to Groupon. The website crunched the numbers on how many Groupons were purchased as gifts to determine the “10 Most Generous Cities“. The Duke City came in number one.

Top Morning Headlines

Travelers are hoping things are back to normal as they head to airports across the country. Airlines have been scrambling to get travelers home this Christmas Eve. Rain and fog caused thousands of delays and hundreds of cancellations in the northeast yesterday. Many airlines are now shifting the timing of flights, adding red-eyes, and using bigger planes to get people home in time for the holidays.

As lawmakers prepare to address the state law on driver’s licenses in just weeks New Mexico could get an extension on federal real id enforcement that’s if the governor and lawmakers come to an agreement on revising the law. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich along with state reps Ben Ray Lujan and Michelle Lujan Grisham said they’ve been told by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that our state would get the extension if governor’s office tells federal authorities that they’ve agreed on a specific proposal and promise to pass it. New Mexico lawmakers are expected to begin revising the law which allows immigrants regardless of legal status to obtain driver licenses. 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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