Friday’s 5 Facts, Top Morning Headlines

The 5 Facts You Need to Know:

  1. Espanola Valley Schools is now looking for a new superintendent and a new head basketball coach. KRQE News 13 has learned superintendent, Bobbie Gutierrez fired Espanola Valley High school coach, Richard Martinez after video surfaced of him leading his team in prayer before the state championship game. But sources say there were other issues as well. Gutierrez then resigned. The PED is now investigating Martinez for quote serious potential ethical and criminal misconduct.
  2. Police have arrested a man connection to a shooting in northeast Albuquerque Thursday morning. 28-year-old Jarek Lovesee is charged with murder for a man police found bleeding from a neck wound inside a an apartment near Comanche and Juan Tabo. A criminal complaint said Lovesee told police he got into a fight with the victim because the victim wanted to leave and “kill some people.”
  3. Friday, mostly cloudy, chances of showers, some with thunder in the afternoon. Highs in the lower to mid 60’s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 miles per hour. Friday night, rain showers likely, lows in the lower to mid 40’s.
  4. A warning from APD and local businesses about an imposter tree trimmer who’s out to get your money for no work. APD said the man, between 25 and 30, wears a badge using the name Mario Pena claiming to work with Baca Trees, going door to door, collecting a 300 deposit for work but never returns. The owner of Baca Trees said the man does not work for him. Police worry the man could be casing out homes for a home invasion. Call 242-COPS if you run into him.
  5. Cat lovers will have to wait one more week to visit a unique eatery. Gatos y Galletas located at Central and Edith will be serving up vegetarian fare and there will be a separate building where you can snuggle with cat or two and even take them home to be your forever friend. It was slated to open Saturday, but permit issues set that back to next week.

Top Morning Headlines:

Some residents are not happy with the city of Albuquerque for an idea which could put a housing area to help the homeless in their neighborhood. South Valley neighbors and city planners met Thursday night at the Herman Sanchez Community Center to talk about the proposal. Planners say “Casa San Juan” will aim to provide people suffering hardships with a place to live. The city says residents of Casa San Juan will have to follow strict rules and pass drugs tests to live there.

Thursday, Gov. Martinez joined Department of Energy officials to mark the completion of a new Emergency Operations Center at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad  In February 2014, the plant was shut down after a container of waste from Los Alamos National Labs exploded underground. Twenty one workers were exposed to radiation and the leak reached the air above ground. The new center should make handling radiation leaks more efficient. The feds say the plant could re-open in December. 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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