Tuesday’s Five Facts:
- Art inspired by the ART Project is sparking controversy: A cartoon on the front page of ABQ Free Press shows Mayor Berry holding a shotgun in the middle of Central while city councilors tear it up for the Albuquerque Rapid Transit system, or ART. Many businesses fear construction of ART will put them out of business, but at least one councilor said the cartoon is not funny, adding the project is meant to bring in more business.
- A sixth person is now facing charges linked to the prison escape in Artesia that sparked a state-wide manhunt for Lional Clah and Joseph Cruz. Both were caught days later in Albuquerque. KRQE News 13 has learned Cruz’s aunt, 45-year-old Felice Maes, is now charged with harboring a felon and assisting an escape for allegedly giving the duo a ride.
- Tuesday expect things to be mostly sunny. High’s in the 60’s. Northwest wind 10 to 15 miles per hour in the afternoon. Tuesday night, mostly clear. Lows in the mid 30’s to lower 40’s.
- Local officials are now looking into the ability to do their own tests for Zika right here in New Mexico as early as next month. They’re asking you do your part by not leaving standing water in flower pots, flower beds and troughs outside your home to help control the mosquito population.
- Some perks to keep drunk drivers off the streets in Santa Fe could be in place in just months. City officials are considering allowing drivers who may have had to much to drunk to keep their cars parked downtown until the next morning. They must have a voucher from a designated business. The mayor said could prevent drunk driving and possibly lure more business downtown.
Top Morning Headlines:
Officials in one eastern New Mexico community say it could take another two months to fix a leak that left a Portales street covered with water. City officials say they’d rather isolate the problem and install new valves rather than shut off the water for an extended time.
The vast majority of immigrant children arriving at the U.S. border alone are placed with adults who are in the country illegally. That’s according to federal data reviewed by The Associated Press. The government has long said it places the children with family and friends regardless of immigration status. But since more children began arriving on the border in 2014, officials have not revealed how often those sponsors lack legal papers.